Need an Attorney
Although the Ombudsman can provide you
information regarding the workers’ compensation claim process and can contact
the insurer to help resolve some issues, the Ombudsman cannot provide you legal
If your claim has been denied and you’re
considering appealing the decision, you are considering a claim settlement or you have a dispute that may result in a loss or reduction of your benefits, we strongly encourage you to seek legal
representation. You may want to consult with an attorney who specializes in
workers’ compensation. You can locate an attorney for a free consultation
through the Yellow Pages, online, or by contacting the Oregon State Bar
referral service (the $35 referral fee does not
apply to workers’ compensation cases).
Oregon State Bar Lawyer Referral Service
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Phone: 503-684-3763 or toll-free in Oregon at
If you obtain an attorney, you are not
responsible for attorney fees. However, you may be responsible for some costs
incurred in pursuing your case (costs for records, fees for experts/witnesses, etc.).
These costs are reimbursed by the insurer up to a maximum amount only if you
win your case.
The attorney will receive no attorney fee
unless he or she is successful in getting the insurer to accept a denied claim
or in obtaining an increase in your compensation. If the attorney is successful
in getting a denied claim accepted, the attorney’s fee will be paid by the
insurer. If the attorney obtains an increase in your compensation, the attorney’s
fee may be paid from the increase in compensation. You are encouraged to
discuss the payment of attorney fees and costs with the attorney at the time of
your initial consultation.