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Either the insurer or an injured worker may request mediation services from Workers` Compensation Board or the Workers` Compensation Board if they dispute a claim issue; either the insurer or an injured or ill worker has the right to request a hearing or an administrative review. Some issues must be appealed to Workers` Compensation Board before going to the Workers` Compensation Board. During the appeals process, the insurer will have a lawyer; injured workers may also hire lawyers, with fees paid out of or in addition to the compensation awarded.
An injured worker may also contact The Office of the Ombudsman, which was established for Injured Workers as an independent advocate for Oregon`s injured workers and reports only to the director of the Department of Consumer & Business Services. The ombudsman`s office helps injured workers dealing with the workers` compensation system.
For further information, you can contact the Workers` Compensation Division at the address or phone number below.
Workers` Compensation Division
350 Winter St. NE, Rm. 27
Salem OR 973013879
Division Reception (503) 9477810
Workers` Compensation Infoline (toll free in Oregon)
This article is intended to be helpful and informative. But even common legal matters can become complex and stressful. A qualified workers' compensation lawyer can address your particular legal needs, explain the law, and represent you in court. Take the first step now and contact a local workers' compensation attorney to discuss your specific legal situation.