Legislative Updates

Restore Justice For Survivors

We do not have jury trials or pain and suffering damages in our workers compensation system. Some people who have workers compensation claims also have third party cases (i.e. cases against third parties that can be litigated in Circuit Court). Our Supreme Court recently reversed an old case and reinstated caps on damages. This takes
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Letter to the Secretary of Labor From Congress

Regardless of how you plan to vote in the Presidential election this is an excellent letter to the Secretary of Labor from Congress people and Senators including Patty Murray from Washington, Ron Wyden from Oregon and Bernie Sanders from Vermont.  It is a good read, and while it is difficult to get anything done in
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Oregon Trial Lawyers Association Work Comp Legislation 2015 Session

The last 25 years have been particularly brutal on both injured workers and on the lawyers who represent them. In 1990, the legislature met in special session and enacted some very significant changes in the law. At that time, the law was relatively simple to understand, and reasonable lucrative for the attorneys representing injured workers.
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How Much Is Your Arm Worth?

Each state determines its own workers’ compensation benefits, which means workers in neighboring states can end up with dramatically different compensation for identical injuries. by Michael Grabell, ProPublica, and Howard Berkes, NPR March 5, 2015 AT THE TIME OF THEIR ACCIDENTS, Jeremy Lewis was 27, Josh Potter 25. The men lived within 75 miles of
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Our Legislative Commitment

Our law firm has been committed to aggressively representing and defending the rights of injured workers during Oregon’s legislative process. Oregon’s legislature meets in regular session every other year in odd numbered years. Since the workers’ compensation statute was created by our legislature, they have the ability to alter it (and do frequently alter it)
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