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Asking for a Settlement - - - Oregon
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I was injured July 21st of this year at work. I was in the dishroom and slipped on a rubber mat. Slipped on a rubber mat you ask? Yes, Someone left water that accumulated under the mat which in turn made the rubber mat slide across the floor when I stepped on it. I slipped forward a foot and a half with my left foot and caught myself but something happened in my hip.

I filed WC with my employer who was negative from the start. Talking down at me like a child, blaming the incident on me, reducing hours, not being very friendly, etc..

I have seen a few doctors since and each tells me a different thing. Either it's 'just a muscle strain', one said it was an enguinal(spelling?) hernia which was wrong via a 3rd doctor who seemed to think I was using the injury to get medication(this guy really upset me as I do not even take Tylenol or Ibuprofen and told him I didn't want medication, I wanted the problem solved).

Any how, I got a doctors notice of limitation saying no repetitive bending, squatting, lifting, etc. At first my employer refused to even allow me to work for nearly a month until I went in and told them that they need to accommodate my limitations or I will reach out for legal assistance. They are now giving me 2 or 3 hours of work on the opposite shift but the work is pretty much everything I was told not to do on my notice. They have me laying on the ground in awkward positions cleaning under the grill and counters at my job. Washing walls, cleaning and organizing store rooms, on my knees cleaning out underground drains in the kitchen, etc.. I don't get the WC pay anymore since I am working the 2 hours and my employer knows this. When I bring it up to them they come across as the 'oh, we are just trying to accommodate you and do whats best for your health' but still treat me like crap.

My employer also refused to communicate with the WC people about my not being at work for the month so I still have yet to receive payment other than the $123 for the first few days I was not at work in July. The WC case worker also will not get back to me regardless of calling 10 times a day and leaving multiple voice mails. I've got a box of pennies and spent my last few $100 on rent. I have no money. I've been totally screwed this whole WC experience.

Can I go higher than my case worker and ask for a settlement to avoid dealing with this situation so I can just move to the Philippines like planned?

On my acceptance letter for the WC it says 'Disabling Injury'.
 
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yes you can but it's doubtful it'll be successful.
at this point your best bet is to contact a work comp lawyer and see what they are willing to do for you.
many states have help lines and work comp specialists at the state work comp office that provide information.
Ombudsman for Injured Workers: (800) 927-1271, (503) 378-3351,
Reminder :
........Each state has their own comp system; POST YOUR STATE to get accurate information. Use the search feature to find information from similar questions.
THANKS FOR POSTING.
 
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