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The workers compensation system has recognized acupuncture as a compensable medical expense

As this article notes acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years.  For the over 35 years I have been in practice, the Oregon Workers Compensation system has recognized acupuncture as a compensable medical expense.  It isn’t for everyone, but I do have clients that have received benefit from acupuncture.  It is important to
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The workers compensation system has recognized acupuncture as a compensable medical expense 2018-02-22T14:47:37+00:00

How to establish a mental stress claim in Oregon

How to establish a mental stress claim in Oregon Next week, I am going to Nashville, Tennessee, to speak at the American Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section mid-winter meeting. I’ll be on a panel discussing mental stress claims. I think this is as good a time as any to revisit Oregon’s workers’
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How to establish a mental stress claim in Oregon 2018-02-22T15:25:58+00:00

Must Read – Medical Marijuana, Oregon is..

IMPORTANT! Medical Marijuana, Oregon is an at-will employment state! In my practice, I get asked about medical marijuana and interactions with the workplace. I posted about this earlier but felt like it was necessary to post about it again. First, it is important to remember that marijuana is still illegal in all 50 states under
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Must Read – Medical Marijuana, Oregon is.. 2018-02-13T11:44:59+00:00

Don’t wait too long to hire an attorney!

Author: Christopher Moore Feb, 8th 2018 Don’t wait too long to hire an attorney! In the past couple of weeks, I had the opportunity to meet with two people who had waited too long to hire an attorney, and as a consequence were poorly served by the workers compensation system. In one case, a person
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Don’t wait too long to hire an attorney! 2018-02-13T11:44:59+00:00

Workplace deaths are declining in Oregon.

Workplace deaths are declining in Oregon. There are fewer loggers, and that is one of the most deadly occupations in Oregon. Workplaces are safer as well. Nonetheless, too many people die at work. Benefits are limited to payment of spousal support, but the couple must have been married or have a child under 18 living
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Workplace deaths are declining in Oregon. 2018-02-22T15:14:18+00:00

Canada is using NAFTA to demand protection for US Unions

When I was in college and part of law school, I worked at the Toledo Oregon Georgia Pacific pulp mill. I had joined a Union (the AWPPW) to work there. It was the highest paying job I had ever had. Unions brought an end to child labor, got us the 40 hour work week (and
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Canada is using NAFTA to demand protection for US Unions 2018-02-13T11:44:59+00:00

Although this is not a workers compensation issue, it is an important concern.

Although this is not a workers compensation issue, it is an important concern.  Workers compensation has arbitrary limits on benefits. The tradeoff is that injured workers don’t have to prove negligence. In liability cases, caps and other limits prevent injured victims from being adequately compensated.  Moreover, there is no benefit gained by the general public,
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Although this is not a workers compensation issue, it is an important concern. 2017-09-13T12:40:26+00:00

It Just Got Easier to Become a Lawyer in Oregon

The Supreme Court is making it easier to pass the Oregon State Bar exam. While I don’t necessarily think the Bar exam is the best way to sort out lawyers, it is better than most other ways. What this tells me is that people who hire lawyers need to be very careful. The best way
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It Just Got Easier to Become a Lawyer in Oregon 2018-02-13T11:44:59+00:00

Long Waits And Long Odds For Those Who Need Social Security Disability

Too many clients are having their claim for Social Security Disability rejected by the Judges. Treating doctors are being rejected in favor of a doctor that reviews the treating doctor’s chart notes. It is ridiculously unfair. -Chris Moore   Long Waits And Long Odds For Those Who Need Social Security Disability by Alex Smith June
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Long Waits And Long Odds For Those Who Need Social Security Disability 2018-02-13T11:44:59+00:00

The Demolition of Workers’ Comp

As you can see, although Oregon started its race to the bottom in 1990, and continued in 1995, many other states are doing their best to ruin workers compensation for workers.  It is all about lining the pockets of owners and management, and not about taking care of injured workers.  -Chris Moore   The Demolition
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The Demolition of Workers’ Comp 2018-02-13T11:44:59+00:00