Workers Compensation Attorneys
Many workers end up needing the help of experienced Oregon workplace accident attorneys to get the funds they deserve after an on-the-job injury. The workplace injury lawyers at Dwyer Williams Cherkoss Attorneys, PC are seasoned and battle-tested, ready to fight for the money you deserve after you get hurt at work in Oregon. We understand how intimidating the process of applying for time-loss benefits can be. Let our compassionate and dedicated work injury attorneys fight on your behalf, so that you can focus on healing.
If you have been injured on the job in Oregon, you may have many paths available to you to secure compensation for your injury, including Oregon workers' compensation benefits or a civil claim against a third-party responsible for causing the accident.
Finding Maximum Compensation after Career-Ending Injuries
The ability to perform well at work and provide for ourselves or our families is a source of great pride and satisfaction for many of us. When that ability to work for a living is taken away through a career-ending injury, victims of these injuries often feel depressed, purposeless, and worried about their future. Often, these accident victims need and are entitled to financial assistance through a personal injury lawsuit.
Workers’ compensation is a valuable benefit after an on-the-job injury. Since workers’ compensation is markedly less than the wages you made when you were working, however, it may not be enough to meet all of your household’s needs. This is especially true if you were struggling to make ends meet on your regular salary. You may think that workers’ compensation is your only option for relief after a career-ending injury on the job, but in many cases, this isn’t true. Workers may be entitled to file a third-party claim for damages if their employer is not exclusively responsible for the injuries they’ve suffered.
Workplace Injuries Caused by Third Parties
Career-ending injuries don’t just stem from day-to-day tasks on the job. Many of the most serious risks that workers face on the job are posed by third parties—meaning, companies or individuals other than you or your employer. Common third-party injuries are caused by:
- Traffic accidents while driving for work
- Defectively designed or manufactured machinery
- Careless independent contractors
- Failure of negligently installed scaffolding
- Defective safety equipment provided by a third party.
Career-ending injuries aren’t always the result of dramatic or catastrophic accidents. If you work in a physically demanding job, any injury that keeps you from performing at a high level can have a career-ending effect. When you can no longer do the job that you’ve spent your whole career learning, you’ll need economic support as you consider your professional options or begin training for the next phase of your professional life. At Dwyer Williams Cherkoss Attorneys, PC, we’ve helped many injured workers get back on their feet after a career-ending injury by pursuing money damages on their behalf.
Time is Critical When Applying for Benefits
In the state of Oregon, the process of claiming workers’ compensation is relatively simple. When you are hurt on the job, you file an Oregon Report of Job Injury or Illness Worker's Compensation Claim prior to being issued your official workers’ compensation determination order. In reality, however, despite the deceptively simple process of submitting a workers’ compensation claim, many problems can arise when you file for workers' compensation. Potential problems include but are not limited to:
- Your entire workers’ compensation claim being denied.
- Your workplace injuries being denied because of a preexisting condition.
- Your time-loss payments being calculated incorrectly or cut off wrongly.
- Medical bills related to your workplace injury not being paid.
Evaluating the Right to Compensation
The attorneys at Dwyer Williams Cherkoss Attorneys, PC can conduct a thorough investigation into the accident in order to evaluate your right to compensation. We will seek the compensation you need to pay your medical expenses, lost wages, diminished quality of life, and other costs. If you have suffered any devastating injuries as the result of a workplace accident or injury, you may be entitled to the full value of your loss including intangible damages like pain and suffering.
The damages you may be entitled to include:
- Reimbursement of all medical expenses including rehabilitative care
- Any wages that are lost
- Future lost earnings resulting from the inability to work
- Pain and suffering including the impact on your enjoyment of life
- Loss of services or companionship of a spouse
- Burial or funeral costs (for wrongful death accidents).
"For over 52 years I have been protecting the financial future of personal injury victim's in Oregon by fighting for maximum compensation in every case." - Roy Dwyer
Working in a safe environment is the legal right of every employee. However, a job in the construction industry can be dangerous by nature. Excavation, demolition, and other construction activities often expose workers to risks of accident and injury.
Safety at construction sites for employees is regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). To improve worker safety, employers and contractors in the construction business should identify workplace danger zones in accordance with OSHA rules, and provide working conditions that are free of any known and avoidable dangers.
A worker who gets injured at a construction site during the course of their job will have a right to receive legal compensation for their losses. If the injuries are significant, it may be best for a construction worker to get in touch with an experienced Oregon construction attorney to pursue a legal claim for compensation from the responsible parties.