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The statute of limitations sets out the time limits – What you need to know!

In virtually every compensation scheme, there are, what lawyers refer to as, statute of limitation. The statute of limitations sets out the time limits under which claims can be filed. It is presumed that people know their rights and obligations (even when it is usually not true). Oregon’s Workers’ Compensation Act is no different.
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The statute of limitations sets out the time limits – What you need to know! 2018-10-19T11:38:46+00:00

Oregon’s Workers Compensation System – Skewed Toward Employers!

In Oregon’s workers compensation system, insurers and self-insured employers rely on so called independent medical evaluators (IME’s). These are doctors, usually retired from the normal practice of taking care of people, who evaluate injured workers. These doctors provide opinions regarding the compensability (work relatedness) of claims and evaluate the disability that is a consequence
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Oregon’s Workers Compensation System – Skewed Toward Employers! 2018-09-27T09:46:41+00:00

This Court is poised to become more business friendly than any Court since the 1930’s.

It is easy to ignore national current events. Particularly, the Supreme Court. The current fight about the life time appointment to the United States Supreme Court will have a significant effect on all consumers, and simply regular people. This Court is poised to become more business friendly than any Court since the 1930’s. The
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This Court is poised to become more business friendly than any Court since the 1930’s. 2018-09-26T15:30:22+00:00

Celebrating our Labor Day weekend, remember to thank the folks at Organized Labor!

As we prepare to celebrate (or come back from celebrating) our Labor Day weekend, please remember to thank the folks at Organized Labor. Many people have mixed emotions about the organized labor movement and unions in general, but we mustn’t forget that it is because of organized labor that we have child labor laws
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Celebrating our Labor Day weekend, remember to thank the folks at Organized Labor! 2018-09-26T15:30:31+00:00

Illegal Immigration is a Very Hot Topic These Days

Illegal immigration is a very hot topic these days, and it is a very divisive one. As you can see here, however, it is not only immigrants who are attempting to take advantage of being in this country illegally. Here is an example of one employer whose business model apparently included deliberately hiring illegal immigrants,
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Illegal Immigration is a Very Hot Topic These Days 2018-09-26T15:30:40+00:00

Drones May Be Watching Injured Workers!

I’ve had the pleasure of representing injured workers in Oregon for 36 years now. I have watched with some fascination (and some horror) as technology has drastically changed both the practice of law and the way insurers process workers’ compensation claims. From the very beginning, I have encountered insurance companies who conduct surveillance on
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Drones May Be Watching Injured Workers! 2018-09-26T15:30:49+00:00

Doctors are the gatekeepers of the workers compensation system!

The authorize time loss (wage replacement), permanent disability, medical care and vocational assistance.  This makes communication with the doctor paramount.  The doctor needs to understand the injured person and must believe them.  The way we talk to them is crucial.  Here is a look at how to communicate with them about Words Matter When Talking
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Doctors are the gatekeepers of the workers compensation system! 2018-09-26T15:30:57+00:00

Selecting Federal Administrative Law Judge’s By Performance!

Very recently, President Trump issued an executive order which puts an end to selecting federal administrative law judge’s by performance on a competitive examination and exempts them from all civil service protections to which they’ve long had. What this means is that it has turned all of the administrative law judge positions into patronage positions.
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Selecting Federal Administrative Law Judge’s By Performance! 2018-09-26T15:31:06+00:00

WORKERS COMPENSATION IS A POLITICAL FOOTBALL!

In 1995 the Republican party had control of both houses of Oregon’s legislature, and they had a major piece of legislation (SB 369) which was intended to drastically curtail workers rights. Then Governor Kitzhaber referred to Workers Compensation as “the Bosnia of Oregon Politics.” He then traded some environmental protections for workers rights, and
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WORKERS COMPENSATION IS A POLITICAL FOOTBALL! 2018-09-26T15:31:17+00:00

Opioids! The other side of the coin.

I have posted about some of the addictive dangers of opioids. Here is the other side of the coin.  I have many clients with significant chronic pain who need these meds on a regular basis.  They worry about addiction, but they follow the doctor’s orders and do not seek meds early or elsewhere.  Opioids
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Opioids! The other side of the coin. 2018-09-26T15:31:24+00:00