Your Workers' Compensation Rights in Oregon

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Employers Must Provide Insurance

Oregon law states that most employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. This includes, by definition, anyone who has workers that they pay to provide services, whether the payment is in cash or in exchange for goods of value. With a small number of exceptions, all workers are subject to these rulings and have the right to insurance provided through a commercial insurer or a state-chartered organization. The main exception is in the case of independent contractors, which Oregon law defines as those providing a service by contract without direct supervision or control and, instead, control how they provide those services.

Workers’ Benefits

If you suffer injury or disease in your employment, workers’ compensation insurance covers for:
  • medical expenses for your work-related conditions;
  • lost wages;
  • permanent disability benefits;
  • vocational help if you cannot return to work;
  • death benefits to your spouse and children.

Filing Your Claim

In such an event, you must file a claim for compensation as soon as possible. Your employer is required to provide the necessary paperwork and/or contact the insurer so they can get in touch with you. If your employer obstructs this process, including firing or otherwise discriminating against you, you should contact the Workers’ Compensation Division. The insurer will either accept your claim and pay benefits agreed upon or deny it partially or in whole. You, however, have the right to make an appeal if denied or if you dispute the amount of monetary benefits provided. Consulting an attorney is your best bet in making your case, and no fees will be charged unless you win the appeal. This grants workers leverage in making sure they and their families don’t suffer financial jeopardy on top of the worker’s injuries.]]>


What Happens At A Substance & Alcohol Abuse Evaluation?

Substance and Alcohol Abuse Evaluation and Its Purpose In most states, DUI evaluation is a requirement for any person arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). The evaluation helps determine if the person has any substance and alcohol problems. It helps in determining the best form of assistance for the individual. The judges also use the substance and alcohol evaluation to determine reasonable sentences for the offenders. The evaluation plays a part in the determination of the probation conditions for the offender. While the evaluation can be conducted by any certified agency, the requirements vary from state to state although the process may be similar. However, the main goal is to determine the reasons leading to the offender’s DUI and finding a solution to the underlying issues. A substance and alcohol evaluation helps identify the extent of a person’s drug or alcohol problem. It thus allows for the development of an appropriate treatment plan that would help the person recover from the problem.

The Evaluation Process

The DUI evaluation process has two main phases. After a DUI arrest, the offender first goes through screening. He/she takes a CAGE Questionnaire, which is a short drug and alcohol assessment. The purpose of the assessment is to determine whether the person has a drug or alcohol problem. The results of the assessment determine the assessments and treatment programs that follow. If the assessment reveals a drug and alcohol problem, the person would have to go through extensive assessments and treatment programs after the screening process. After screening, the person then goes through the interview and assessment. The interview aims to find out details about a person such as his/her medical history, health, substance abuse as well as the possible reasons leading them to substance use. The information is helpful for the development of appropriate treatment plans. The interview and assessment phase uses the Diagnostic Interview Schedule-IV (DIS-IV) or the Addiction Severity Index (ASI). The DIS-IV interview seeks to establish whether a person has any psychological disorders that may be a factor in the substance abuse. It involves easy and clear questions, whose answers help the interviewer to draw accurate conclusions. The Addiction Severity Index interview involves questions that go deeper into the individual’s personal life. It aims to reveal the factors in the personal life of an individual that may have led them to substance abuse. The interview would delve into the person’s relationships, employment, as well as alcohol and substance use. The interview also goes into the person’s history to establish any past problems that may be relevant in understanding the current problem.

Outcomes of the Evaluation

The results of the DUI evaluation guide the recommendations and requirements for the offender. Where the substance and alcohol evaluation determines that the offender has a substance and alcohol problem, he/she may have to join a program that would help treat the problem. He/she may have to go through substance abuse counselling or join Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous to help rehabilitate.]]>