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FAQ: I got hurt on the job and it was not my fault. Can I sue my employer for negligence?

The short answer is "probably not." Which deserves a better explanation.

Attorney Fee Inequality: An Access to Justice Issue for Injured Workers

When I meet potential workers' compensation clients for the first time, often the first question asked is about attorney fees.  This is understandable because injured workers often do not have the money to pay for an attorney.  All potential clients are relieved to hear that I am paid on a contingency fee basis, which means that my fee is contingent on doing something positive for their case.  This often means prevailing at hearing.

Third-Party Liens: How to maximize results

Oregon Workers' Compensation Law allows an injured worker to bring a cause of action against a person or corporation who is not the employer of the injured worker and who is not a co-worker.  A third-party case can be valuable and important to an injured worker in seeking just compensation. Unfortunately, a workers' compensation insurer can attach a lien to any money recovered from a third-party.  This often leads to an injured worker getting substantially less money in his/her pocket.

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