Is It Too Late to File a Workers Compensation Claim?
Q: I got hurt on the job. My employer told me not to file a Workers’ Compensation claim and he paid my doctor bills. Now, my doctor says I need surgery and my employer won’t help. Is it too late to file a Workers’ Compensation claim?
A: No. It may not be too late. The law requires all Oregon employers to carry insurance to cover the job injuries. Some employers discourage their employees from filing claims for financial reasons, but if you were hurt on the job you can make a Worker’s Compensation claim including medical benefits. Generally, a notice of injury should be made as soon as possible, even if you don’t go to the doctor right away, but at least within 90 days of the accident. If your employer had notice of the injury, you may have up to a year to file a claim. You should contact someone experienced in handling on-the-job injury claims as soon as possible because there are some time limits that cannot be missed. The State of Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division also has people who can advise you how to file a Workers’ Compensation claim.