29 May Injured at Work: Workers’ Compensation Claim or Lawsuit?
Nearly every employer in Oregon is required to carry workers’ compensation coverage for injuries at work. Mend Clinic specializes in helping patients file key aspects of their workers’ compensation claim. Filing a claim requires submission via a doctor, which will be taken care of when you are treated at Mend Clinic. However, there are a lot of myths when it comes to workers’ compensation claims and work-related injuries.
Work Injuries and Treatment At Mend Clinic
First, the definition of “work injury” is fluid and changing. An injury doesn’t have to happen on a work site. It may happen while traveling for business, working at home, or in any activity related to business. Work injuries may be sudden and traumatic, such as falling off a ladder, or they can happen over time. Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common causes of a workers’ compensation claim. It’s a repetitive stress injury often caused by hand tools or working on a computer.
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Another wrong “fact” is that you don’t qualify for workers’ compensation if you caused the accident. This isn’t usually true. It doesn’t matter who caused the injury, whether it was the patient, the employer, or someone else. There are some caveats, such as intentional negligence (i.e., horsing around while on the job), but in most cases who was at fault doesn’t make a difference in these claims.
A worker can file only a workers’ compensation claim or sue the employer. By filing a workers’ compensation claim, you are giving up your right to sue the employer. Most people opt for a workers’ compensation claim because it is faster, easier, and there are no required attorney fees (though you can certainly opt to hire a workers’ compensation attorney). Suing the employer doesn’t come with any guarantees, though it is usually accompanied by attorney fees.
However, workers’ compensation coverage does not include mental anguish, pain, suffering, or anything beyond lost wages and medical bills. It’s up to you whether to pursue a workers’ compensation claim or a lawsuit is the best option, but in many cases, it’s safer to file a workers’ compensation claim.
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When you’re hurt at work, your health and safety should be a top priority. Mend Clinic is open seven days per week and can help you get the workers’ compensation claim process started.