Have you been injured on the job? Are you struggling to make ends meet because you’re too hurt to work? Do you need help with medical bills? If you answered yes to at least one of those questions, then you may benefit from hiring an injury lawyer portland. It’s your employer’s responsibility to keep you safe on the job and if they fail to do that, you may be able to receive compensation for your injury and the consequences it may have caused.
Know Your Rights
Did you know that you can get workers’ compensation for your injuries? But first, before you start mentally counting your money, you should talk to a personal injury lawyer about your options. An experienced lawyer will advise you that workers’ comp often limits the amount of money you can get and the types of situations that qualify for benefits. However, your lawyer can help you determine if you qualify for workers’ comp benefits. You may also be able to sue your direct employer or other parties involved such as another company, manufacturer, general contractor, or the owners of your company. In Oregon, you generally cannot sue your employer if they have workers’ compensation insurance coverage.
There are four types of workers’ comp benefits:
- Wage loss: Helps provide you with a percentage of your lost wages while you’re out of work because of the covered accident/illness.
- Permanent disability: If you will never be able to return back to work, workers’ comp can provide you with a percentage of your lost wages while you are out of work.
- Medical treatment: Covers the costs for necessary medical care for a covered injury or illness.
- Vocational rehabilitation: Helps pay for medical and therapeutic care necessary to help you cope with and recover from a work-related injury or illness.
If you or someone you know has been injured or believe you’re suffering from an illness caused by your job, don’t hesitate to consult with an experienced lawyer who may help you receive compensation.