Consequential Injury Claim Attorneys
From Portland, OR to Vancouver, WA and the Surrounding Areas
Whether You Have a New or Omitted Medical Condition, We Can Help
Workplace injuries are rarely simple. Workers’ compensation exists to help injured workers cope with lost wages, expensive treatments, and life disruptions.
But what if you have a serious injury and your employer’s insurance company says it’s “just a strain”? What if your injury causes you to suffer another injury or develop a medical condition like arthritis or carpal tunnel?
If you’re in a situation like this, we’re here to help. Our dedicated and compassionate attorneys at RGMR will help you file a new, omitted, or consequential claim and help you fight for the treatment and benefits you deserve.
We won’t charge you a penny unless we win your case.
What to Do If You Have A Consequential Injury
Your workers’ compensation claim is only covered for the medical conditions that are listed on your Notice of Acceptance. But what if this notice doesn’t accurately reflect your current situation? There are many workers who aren’t getting the benefits to which they’re legally entitled. There are a couple of reasons for this:
1. Omitted conditions – Sometimes, insurance companies, like SAIF, are able to downplay a worker’s injury successfully. For example, a Notice of Acceptance may state that you suffered a “sprain” or “contusion” when in fact your real injury is much more serious, such as a rotator-cuff tear or a herniated disc. If you’re receiving workers’ compensation but aren’t getting the treatment your physician says you need, we can help you file a claim for the real or “omitted” condition.
2. New conditions – Workplace injuries can be complicated and it’s not uncommon for one original injury to cause you to sustain another injury or develop a related medical condition. If you’re suffering from a new “consequential” injury or condition (meaning it’s the direct result of your original workplace injury), we’ll help you file a consequential claim to help you receive additional benefits and treatment.
Consequential Injury Examples
If you’re suffering from a new, omitted, or consequential injury, you should work with a consequential injury lawyer to file a claim and fight to ensure you receive the correct treatments and compensation. Here are some examples of new, omitted, and consequential injuries:
- Tendon, ligament, or meniscus tears caused by accepted shoulder or knee injuries
- Herniated discs, disc disease, or spinal stenosis caused by a previously accepted spinal injury
- Infections following surgery or treatment of the initial injury
- Injuries resulting from overusing or favoring one hand, arm, or leg due to the initial injury
- Arthritis that develops years after the initial injury
- Depression or pain syndromes related to serious chronic injury
Unsure if your situation qualifies as a consequential condition or injury? We offer free consultations and can help you determine the right course of action for your specific circumstances and case.
We’re Committed to Getting You the Benefits You Rightly Deserve
At RGMR, we dedicate each and every day to fighting for the rights of Oregon and Washington workers. When you sustain an injury at work or an old injury comes back or causes you to develop a new condition, it can feel like the whole system is stacked against you and no one is on your side.
But you’re not alone. We care about your situation and we want to hear about your case and fight to ensure you get all of the compensation and treatment you’re entitled to, for as long as you need it.
Areas We Serve
We fight for the interests of injured workers throughout the greater Portland and Vancouver area, including:
- North Portland
- Downtown Portland
- Southeast Portland
- And many more!
What if I’m not sure if my new injury was caused by my old one?
Contrary to what many people assume, consequential injuries don’t have to happen at work in order for you to be eligible for further benefits. They simply have to be caused by the original injury.
Depending on your initial injury, the type of treatment you received, and the amount of time that has passed, it can be difficult to know if a new injury or medical condition is actually considered “consequential.”
Don’t worry if you’re not sure – we can help! Part of our job as consequential injury attorneys is to help you figure out how best to proceed given your specific situation.
What should I expect from a first consultation?
At RGMR, we offer free consultations and we don’t charge you anything unless we win your case. During your initial consultation, you’ll meet with us and tell us about your situation.
If you’ve previously filed a workers’ comp claim, we’ll discuss your original injury and Notice of Acceptance (or Notice of Closure), your medical history and current situation, and your legal options going forward.
We’re here to listen, understand, and help you navigate the often-frustrating process in a comfortable and judgment-free environment.
Why do workers’ compensation claims get denied?
There are a number of reasons why workers’ compensation claims get denied.
They include: employers denying the injury occured, insurance companies simply hoping you won’t appeal the denial, incorrectly filed claims, and incorrect or incomplete IME (independent medical exam) reports.
Many of these claim denials are unfair; if your claim is denied, it doesn’t mean you’re not entitled to compensation. We know how the system works and are here to offer professional, expert representation.
Let Us Fight For You
If you’re suffering from a new, consequential, or omitted injury, we’re here to offer you compassionate and accurate legal advice and fight your case on your behalf.
The experienced attorneys at Ransom, Gilberston, Martin, & Ratliff, LLP are committed to helping Oregon and Washington workers get the compensation they deserve.
We’re here to help you build and argue the strongest possible case. Don’t give up! We’re on your side.