Workplace Injuries and Occupational Diseases
No matter where you work or what your job is, work-related pain can affect your life.
When you think of workers’ compensation, you may think about drastic, life-altering accidents. While these injuries certainly fall under workers’ compensation, other job-related injuries and diseases that develop over time can also lead to significant wage loss and medical bills and can harm your quality of life.
For example, you may have severe back pain form working in a factory or on a farm, you get carpal tunnel syndrome from working in a restaurant, or develop hearing loss from a noisy construction site. If so, you are entitled to proper compensation. The attorneys at Ransom, Gilbertson, Martin & Ratliff, LLP help workers all across Oregon get the benefits they need and deserve.
Common Workers’ Compensation Injuries
A variety of injuries qualify for workers’ compensation. It doesn’t matter what your job is or where you work — whether it’s a small town like Pendleton, or a big city like Portland. Common work-related injuries include:
- Back injuries, neck injuries, spinal fractures, herniated discs
- Amputations, loss of limbs, toes or fingers
- Knee injuries, ACL tears, meniscus tears, traumatic arthritis
- Sprains, strains, contusions, concussions
- Shoulder injuries, rotator cuff tears, SLAP tears, impingement
Whatever your injury, if it has resulted in lost wages, medical or hospital bills, or physical or emotional pain, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation.
Common Workers’ Compensation Diseases
Depending on the industry and conditions you work in, you could develop one of the following debilitating occupational diseases:
- Hearing loss
- Trigger finger, Carpal tunnel, Cubital tunnel
- Shoulder impingement syndrome, tendinitis
- Epicondylitis (commonly known as tennis elbow or golf elbow)
- Back and neck degenerative disc disease, arthritis
You may still file an Occupational disease claim after you have left employment, or even retired. It’s important to note that the time limit for filing an occupational disease claim is different from the relatively short time limits for filing on-the-job injury claims.
If you have had a serious work injury, or your claim has been denied or closed, it may be hard to imagine going through a difficult legal process right now. But we want you to get the compensation you deserve. We’ll do our best to understand your concerns and make the experience as easy as we can.
How We Can Help
If you’ve been injured on the job or developed an occupational disease as a result of your working conditions, it’s important to get advice from a great attorney. At Ransom, Gilbertson, Martin & Ratliff, LLP, we won’t charge you any legal fees and every consultation is free. Instead, we collect a small portion of the benefits you receive if you win your case.
We care about our clients. Our experienced and compassionate workers’ comp attorneys can help you understand your legal rights and file your claim.