Legislative Updates

In our practice, we are fortunate to represent a number of healthcare employees!

In our practice, we are fortunate to represent a number of healthcare employees. Nursing and other healthcare occupations can be very dangerous. I represented a number of people who work for the Oregon State psychiatric hospitals, and they routinely get attacked by their patients.There are other safety hazards that nurses, CNAs, and so forth have
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Legislation is being introduced to prohibit forced arbitration clauses!

While it is always uncertain what legislation can get passed (particularly when you have shared control with the Democrats in control of the house and the Republicans in control of the Senate), it is good to see that there is now some push being made to restore some worker rights vis a vis their employers.
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Oregon’s Workers Compensation System Is Too Complex!

Oregon’s workers compensation system is in many respects far too complex. If you are familiar, at all, with Rube Goldberg’s creations (and one of those would be the mouse trap game that many of us played while growing up), then you will understand when I say that this workers compensation system is a Rube
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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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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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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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