Benefits | Workers Compensation Attorney in Salem, Oregon
When you are in need of a work injury lawyer in Hillsboro, OR, it is imperative to select an attorney who will tailor their legal representation to your specific case. At the Law Offices of Peter O. Hansen, we start by helping you understand the benefits of workers’ compensation in Oregon and how it will apply to you. When an injury or illness occurs because of an individual’s working conditions, it is comforting to know an experienced attorney is in your corner. Whether you need medical care, physical rehabilitation, vocational retraining, or compensation for lost wages, you can depend on Mr. Hansen, a workers’ comp attorney in Portland, Oregon.
Mr. Hansen provides personalized legal advice for every client because every situation is different. With over four decades of experience, Mr. Hansen can guide you step-by-step through the entire workers’ compensation process and determine which benefits apply to your specific circumstance. Schedule a free consultation with a workers’ compensation attorney in Salem, Oregon by calling our firm at (503) 862-3042 right now.
Medical and Disability Benefits
Immediately after you are hurt on the job is the best time to get the appropriate medical care and get advice from a doctor about how long your injury is going to last, as well as how it’s going to affect your life. Workers’ compensation benefits do include the costs of your medical care, including treatments, medications, as well as mileage to and from various medical facilities. These benefits may be affected by pre-existing conditions, but Mr. Hansen will do everything he can to prove that your work-related injury is the major cause of your issues.
If you are unable to return to work immediately, you may also receive temporary disability. This amounts to two-thirds of your normal paycheck. If, however, you are able to do some work at a level lower than what you were performing before, temporary disability can be used to make up the difference in pay.
Unfortunately, some accidents lead to more permanent injuries. That’s why the state’s workers’ compensation benefits also include permanent partial disability. Some impairments, such as loss of range of motion or strength, may qualify you for an impairment-only award. However, if your limitations keep you from doing work at the level you were before, you can get impairment plus work disability to compensate for future lost earnings, in some cases for the rest of your life.
Benefits for Those Who Can’t Go Back to Their Previous Jobs
The last type of workers’ compensation benefit that the state provides is vocational rehabilitation. This benefit helps those who can’t perform their job above 80% of what they did before their injury. In this case, workers can be retrained at a school or college for a total of 18 months and have the program paid for, and be paid disability benefits while enrolled and engaged in an authorized retraining program.
Contact Mr. Hansen today to learn about the benefits you may qualify for. He proudly serves clients in and around Portland, Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsboro, and Salem, Oregon.