Visitor Question

Employer never paid my medical bill?

Submitted By: Angelica (Saint helens, Oregon)

I got hurt last year at work and was told to go to the urgent care center. I started getting bills from the care center and they kept coming every month. Finally this month I got another one after repeatedly asking my employer about it. I asked why it wasn’t taken care of but got ZERO answers.

I finally had to pay the bill myself due to me not wanting it to go to collections under my name. Would it be worth suing the company even though it was a couple hundred bucks? I feel like I shouldn’t have to pay for a workers comp related medical bill. What can I do?

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Answer

Dear Angelica,

Under Oregon’s Workers Comp Statute Section 656.017, your employer is required to make available medical treatment to workers injured while performing their work duties. Based on the facts, you should be entitled to the medical treatment you need to treat your on-the-job injury.

Contact your employer and the insurance adjuster who handled your workers comp injury claim. Ask that you be reimbursed for the medical bills you continue to receive. Moreover, make sure the matter has not been referred to a collection agency.

Oregon law prevents injured workers from suing their employers. However, if you are not satisfied with the response from your employer or the insurance company, contact Oregon’s Workers Compensation Division. They can intercede on your behalf.

Learn more here: Suing an Employer

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

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