Governments

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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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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Oregon significantly cut back benefits for injured workers!

In 1990 and again in 1995 Oregon significantly cut back benefits for injured workers.  Oregon is not the only one. In Kentucky, their legislature has made it much more difficult for coal miners to get compensation for black lung disease.  One of the big changes is to limit the doctors who can read x-rays
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Oregon workers have rights as a consequence of workplace stresses.

In Oregon workers still, have the right to establish a psychological injury as a consequence of workplace stresses. The claims are difficult to prove, but it can be done.  In many states, it is not possible to even file these claims.  Some cracks are beginning to show, and here is one. Governor
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Waiting in Pain – a three part series – Part 1

The Honolulu Civil Beat has a three-story series on workers’ compensation.This is in Hawaii, and much of the Hawaii law does not track with Oregon law, but many of the problems are the same. I am going to post the three articles separately. Here is the first one, which is titled Insurance “Hell” Leaves Many
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This is a great victory for workers, and this sort of thing is why I do this work

One of the success stories for trial lawyers was getting acknowledgment of workers having two jobs and getting time loss paid based on both wages.  This means that if you are injured doing a very low wage job, but you are unable to do the higher paying job as well you can get paid
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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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How will Trump’s Presidency Affect Workers’ Compensation

Making Workers' Compensation Great Again: How will Trump's Presidency Affect the Industry?   Washington, DC (Workers Compensation.com) - Like the rest of the nation, workers’ compensation experts are wondering how President Trump's campaign promise to make America great again will affect their field and policy. The first and apparent change will come from stronger immigration
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