Oregon Workers’ Compensation Benefits: How to File Your Claim

Oregon workers' compensation benefits process

All workers’ compensation claims are handled at the state level. This means employees who get hurt or sick on the job and wish to file a claim in Oregon should follow the specific steps for that state. See the typical workers’ comp claim process outlined below, plus statistical insights into Oregon’s program history.

How to File Your Oregon Workers’ Compensation Claim

Most employers in this state must carry an Oregon workers’ compensation insurance policy. This coverage protects both parties when a workplace injury or illness occurs. To see if your employer has coverage, look for this compliance poster somewhere in your break room, kitchen or lobby. According to the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division, you’ll usually follow these steps when you apply:

  1. If you get hurt at work or develop an occupational illness, notify your supervisor immediately.
  2. To start the claims process, ask your supervisor for a Report of Job Injury or Illness Form 801 to fill out. If you seek medical attention before notifying your supervisor, tell your treating physician the injury is work-related and ask for a Worker’s and Physician’s Report for Workers’ Compensation Form 827 instead. (If you’re using Form 827, your doctor must submit it to your employer’s insurer within three business days.)
  3. After you’ve reported your illness or injury, your employer is required by law to submit your workers’ comp claim to the company’s insurer within five days.
  4. Your employer’s insurance company must either accept or deny your claim within 60 days after receiving it. Once the insurer makes that decision, the WCD must be notified within 14 days that your workers’ comp claim was either accepted or denied.
  5. If your request is approved, your employer’s insurer must notify you by mail using a Notice of Acceptance letter. That letter explains exactly what medical conditions are covered.
  6. In the event your claim gets denied, you’ll get a letter in the mail explaining why and instructions on how to file your appeal with the WCB’s Hearings Division.

We’ve only listed the most general steps in the process, and no two Oregon workers’ compensation claims are exactly alike. If you have questions about types of benefits offered, payment schedules or something else we haven’t covered here, you can contact an ombudsman directly by faxing 503-378-3351. For more information on the Oregon workers’ compensation process, read the WCB’s Frequently Asked Questions brochure.

Oregon Workers’ Compensation Statistics

Nearly every state gets included in the annual workers’ compensation report that’s published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This annual report lists the total number of workers’ comp claims filed, how many employees missed work due to injury or illness, and claims data across every employment sector. See how Oregon workers’ compensation claims changed from 2011 to 2015 in our chart below.

Looking at the Oregon workers’ compensation statistics in our chart shown above, there’s little variation in program numbers throughout this five-year period. The biggest bump we see occurred in 2014 when 3,000 more employees missed work or changed jobs compared to the previous year.

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