Workers’ Comp Settlement Attorneys
From Portland, OR to Vancouver, WA and the Surrounding Areas
Are You Suffering From a Work Injury?
A Long Legal Battle Isn’t Your Only Option.
As Oregon workers’ compensation attorneys, we’re frequently asked if it’s possible to get a settlement after a work-related injury. The answer is often yes.
At RGMR, we specialize in fighting for the interests of injured workers and ensuring they get the benefits they deserve.
We’re here to help you understand all of your legal options so you can make an informed decision.
We offer free consultations and can help you fight your claim in court or resolve your claim by negotiating a settlement.
What is a Workers’ Compensation Settlement?
Workers’ compensation settlements involve negotiating agreements between workers’ comp insurers and injured workers. In a settlement, you may receive payment for unpaid benefits or medical bills as well as compensation to cover the cost of future treatment.
In general, a settlement means you’ll receive a lump sum rather than workers’ compensation claim benefits – although structured payment schedules do exist. The settlement process is often faster than fighting your claim in court, and it can give you more control over your treatment. But it’s important to have professional legal representation to ensure you get a fair settlement that includes all the compensation to which you’re entitled. We’re here to help!
Why You Should Enter a Settlement
SAIF and other workers’ compensation insurance companies are interested in controlling the cost of your claim. They may ask you to enter a settlement for less than your claim is actually worth. You deserve a fair settlement. That’s why it’s so important to have experienced legal representation to advise you and guide you through the negotiation process when you choose to settle.
Helping You Navigate the Settlements Process With Ease
At RGMR, we can help you navigate the process of reaching a settlement. Even if you’re not fighting your claim in court, having expert legal representation will help you get the compensation you need. Depending on your illness or injury and whether your claim has been denied or accepted, there are two types of settlements you can pursue:
- A Disputed Claim Settlement (DCS), which is for denied conditions and claims and allows you to trade all of your workers’ compensation benefits for a lump sum.
- A Claims Disposition Agreement (CDA), which is a settlement of temporary disability, permanent disability, and vocational training that allows you to keep the medical treatment benefits for your accepted conditions.
We’re here to listen to the details of your situation and help you develop the most effective plan as we work towards a fair settlement.
Don’t Let Insurance Companies Rob You Of Your Benefits
When you win a workers’ compensation claim, you can obtain valuable benefits. However, insurance companies such as SAIF have a vested interest in reducing the cost of your claims and in some cases will attempt to deny them completely.
A settlement, in other words, removes the middleman, allowing you to manage your own recovery with an agreed-upon lump sum.
We can help you avoid unfairly denied or disputed claims so that you can take control of your recovery and return back to work safely through a transparent and advantageous settlement.
We’re Committed to Getting You the Best Outcome
At RGMR, we’re dedicated to fighting for your interests. We have decades of experience working with injured people in Oregon and Washington and we have a record of winning. We’re not here to tell you what’s right for you. Instead, we’ll help you understand all of the legal options available to you.
If you’re interested in a workers’ comp settlement, or you want to discuss your options, call the attorneys at Ransom, Gilbertson, Martin, & Ratliff, LLP. We’re dedicated to getting you the best possible outcome. That’s why every consultation you have with us is completely free, and we won’t charge you a penny unless we win your case.
Areas We Serve
We fight for the interests of injured workers throughout the greater Portland and Vancouver area, including:
And many more!
What is the difference between an award and a settlement?
In the most basic sense, settlements and awards both constitute payment from an insurance company to compensate a worker for the injury they’ve sustained.
However, settlements are almost always more substantial than awards. Settlements take into account existing unpaid medical bills, the predicted cost of future treatments, lost wages, and more.
If your injury has resulted in permanent impairment, you may also be entitled to a disability award, but the amount is limited to compensation for permanent disability.
What should I expect from a first consultation?
When you visit our firm for your initial consultation, you’ll meet with us directly to tell us about your injury or illness, medical history, past experience with workers’ compensation, and current situation.
We offer in-depth, compassionate consultations where we’ll listen to you and develop a clear understanding of your needs and goals to ensure that we offer you the best representation possible.
RGMR’s consultations are completely free and we won’t charge any fees unless we win your case.
Why do workers’ compensation claims get denied?
Workers’ compensation claims are denied for a variety of different reasons. Some of these include:
- Employers denying the occurrence of your injury or denying responsibility
- Insurance companies hoping that you won’t appeal
- Mistakes when filing your claim
- An incomplete or inaccurate independent medical exam (IME)
Unfair claim denials are unfortunately common and deeply frustrating – but you don’t have to give up. We have in-depth knowledge and years of experience helping clients get the compensation they deserve.
When do you need a lawyer?
Having a workers’ compensation attorney on your side significantly increases your chances of winning your claim or negotiating a fair settlement.
We understand the ins and outs of the legal process and we know the tactics used by employers and insurance companies, so we can help level the playing field and get you the compensation you need and deserve.
The best time to reach out to an attorney is immediately after you sustain your injury.
We’re on Your Side
If you’re interested in a workers’ compensation settlement, or you want to learn more about your options, call the attorneys at Ransom, Gilbertson, Martin & Ratliff, LLP. We’re here to help.
Our legal team has more than 70 years of combined experience working for injured people’s rights in Oregon, and we always fight for the best possible outcome for our clients. That’s why every consultation you have with us is completely free, including your first one. Let’s talk about your case.