Accidents in the workplace are a far too common occurrence in Oregon and throughout the United States, and injuries can be life-altering. If you have been injured in a job site accident in Oregon, contact a Portland workplace accident attorney right away to ensure your rights are protected.
The Occupational Safe and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that thousands of fatalities and millions of injuries occur on job sites each year. In Oregon, workers’ compensation is available to help individuals injured on the job. Workers’ compensation benefits include:
- Compensation for reasonable medical bills, including doctor visits, surgery, hospitalization, physical therapy, imaging tests, medications, and more.
- Compensation for lost pay, at 2/3 of your usual rate of pay for the period of time you are unable to work due to your injuries, and supplemental pay for time you must work for less pay due to injuries.
- Disability benefits if you experience any permanent impairment due to your accident.
- Vocational rehabilitation if you are unable to resume your prior position or find another job that pays 80% of your prior pay.
Workers’ compensation does not, however, provide any compensation for pain and suffering. Many individuals assume that workers’ compensation is their only recourse for injuries suffered on the job. Although workers are not able to take action against their employer, they may have a third-party claim. For example, if an individual works for XYZ Construction and, while on the job, a scaffolding collapses, they can proceed with a workers’ compensation claim for injuries sustained during the collapse. They are NOT entitled to bring a claim against XYZ Construction (their employer), however they may be eligible to bring a third-party claim against Joe Smith, the contractor that failed to properly build the scaffolding. Additionally, if a product is to blame, a claim can be brought against the manufacturer.
It’s easy to see how complex worksite injuries can be under the law. That’s why it is critical to have proper legal representation from the start. A Portland workplace accident attorney can help determine if you may have a third-party claim in your case. In addition, an experienced worksite attorney can help ensure that you receive the maximum workers’ compensation benefits that you are entitled to under the law. A workplace injury can be a major setback, both physically and financially. If you have been hurt at work, contact Wm. Keith Dozier today online or by phone at 503-594-0333 for a free consultation.