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COVID-19: Indirect impacts on existing Oregon claims

By Vincci Lam - on: Mar 20, 2020
The implications of the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic is permeating daily life on an increasingly greater scale. An earlier Reinisch Wilson Weier blog (linked here) discussed the relevant legal analysis if you receive a claim for COVID-19, as a work-related condition. What about impact of COVID-19 on active claims in an indirect fashion? Below are…

Coronavirus and Washington workers’ compensation

By Shawna Fruin - on: Mar 19, 2020
A few weeks ago, we shared our initial thoughts on coronavirus (“COVID-19”) and workers’ compensation. Since then, the World Health Organization classified COVID-19 as a pandemic, and the Department of Labor and Industries (“Department”) has offered additional guidance on how to handle COVID-19 claims. The attorneys at Reinisch Wilson Weier continue to closely monitor this…

Oregon claim processing implications for COVID-19

By Allyson Swecker - on: Mar 19, 2020
As our Oregon workers’ compensation industry navigates the impact of the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”), Reinisch Wilson Weier PC is providing the following starting points to help you review and process COVID-19-related workers’ compensation claims. [NOTE: “COVID-19” is short for coronavirus disease. The actual name of the virus is “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 or…

Is your Washington worker truly an “Independent Contractor”?

By Jennifer Truong - on: Jan 24, 2020
Employers are often caught off-guard when a Washington Department of Labor and Industries’ workers’ compensation audit results in a daunting Order of Assessment demanding back payment of industrial insurance premiums, penalties and accruing interest due to the misclassification of covered workers. Simply labeling a contractor as “independent” does not take away the workers’ compensation protections…

Material Cause Standard Applied to Medical Services in Oregon Combined Condition Claim

By Karen Varney - on: Nov 18, 2019
On remand from the Oregon Court of Appeals, the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Board recently found that although a combined condition had been accepted and a current combined condition denial issued, the material cause standard applied for determining compensability of a diagnostic MRI. In Daniel B. Slater,[1] the worker’s claim was accepted for a medial collateral…

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