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The Oregon Ombudsman for Injured Workers http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/OIW/pages/index.aspx

Toll-free in Oregon: 800-927-1271 •  503-378-3351 •  Text-display telephone: 503-378-4100

The ombudsman's office helps those injured at work. It was established to assist Oregon's injured workers and reports only to the director of the Department of Consumer & Business Services. It's imperative that workers injured on the job report all carrier misbehavior to the ombudsman's office and seek its help when needed. It also gets your difficulties "on-the-record" which may help you in the future.

The Ombudsman will provide answers about: workers’ rights and responsibilities, time-loss benefits, medical benefits, claim closure, the litigation process, claim disposition agreements (CDA's), disputed claim settlements (DCS's) and independent medical exams.

Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services (DCBS) - Workers' Compensation Division http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/wcd/index.html

Workers' Compensation Infoline: 800-452-0288 •  Text-display telephone: 503-947-7993

The Workers Compensation Division (WCD) administers and enforces Oregon's workers' compensation laws. Pages within WCD include:
•  A Quick Reference Guide — Introducing Oregon’s Workers’ Compensation System http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/wcd/communications/publications/3225coded.html
•  Oregon Laws and Administrative Rules Relating to Workers' Compensation http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/wcd/policy/rules/oarors.html
•  Oregon Workers' Compensation Board http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/wcb/index.html is required to provide timely and impartial resolution of disputes arising under the Workers' Compensation Law and the Oregon Safe Employment Act.
•  Workers' Compensation Statistics and Reports http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/wcd/statpg.html
•  Authorized Vocational Rehabilitation Providers http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/wcd/policy/bulletins/b151_lst.pdf
This is a listing of vocational rehabilitation organizations authorized by the Department of Consumer and Business Services to provide return-to-work help to injured workers.

Oregon Legislature http://www.leg.state.or.us  (IWA's Page)

Every Oregonian has one state senator and one state representative. It's imperative you keep them informed of difficulties with the workers comp system. The good one will fight for you.

Governor Ted Kulongoski http://www.governor.state.or.us  (IWA's Page)

Oregon has never had a governor more knowledgeable about workers compensation. Please contact his office and ask for fairness in Oregon's Workers' Compensation System.

Bureau of Labor and Industries (Oregon BOLI)http://www.oregon.gov/BOLI/index.shtml

With some exceptions, employers are prohibited from discriminating against those injured at work. It's not required that workers actual file a workers' compensation claim. Visit BOLI's FAQ section at http://www.oregon.gov/BOLI/TA/T_FAQ_Tainjwkr.shtml to learn details.

Oregon OSHA http://www.cbs.state.or.us/osha

Oregon OSHA enforces Oregon's workplace safety and health rules.

U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) http://www.osha.gov

OSHA's mission is to save lives, prevent injuries, and protect the health of America's workers. Their section entitled "The Workers' Page" is at http://www.osha.gov/as/opa/worker/index.html

Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services (DCBS) - Insurance Division http://www.oregoninsurance.org

The Insurance Division perform a major balancing role, protecting the public's interests -- by ensuring the financial soundness of insurers, the availability and affordability of insurance, and fair treatment of policyholders and claimants -- while maintaining a positive business climate.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - ADA http://www.eeoc.gov

Title I of the ADA requires an employer to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment, except when such accommodation would cause an undue hardship.

Management - Labor Advisory Committee (MLAC) http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/MLAC  (IWA's Page)

Members, appointed by the governor, include five labor and five management representatives. This committee is charged by law with studying the workers' compensation system in areas such as decisions of the courts which have a significant impact, the adequacy of benefits, medical and legal costs, the adequacy of assessments paid into the department's reserve programs, and the operation of programs funded by the Workers' Benefit Fund.

SAIF Corporation - Workers' Compensation Insurance http://www.saif.com

SAIF Corporation provides workers compensation coverage solely for employers of Oregon workers. They are self-supporting, not-for-profit, and publicly owned. SAIF is governed by a five-member Board of Directors appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. SAIF is not officially owned by Oregonians, instead it's called a quasi-state.

Oregon State Library Infor-State Government http://www.osl.state.or.us

Using the phrase "Workers' Compensation" will show cases and decisions by the Oregon Court of Appeals and Oregon Supreme Court. Use your browser's "Find on this page" feature to locate specific text within a page. Visit http://www.osl.state.or.us/NAV/workore.html to view a list.

Social Security Advisory Service http://www.ssas.com/connect/index.html

SSAS offers information about Social Security and its programs but is not affiliated with the Social Security Administration (SSA) or any other government agency. Included is the Connect Bulletin Board - a real-time forum for Social Security comments, questions and replies.

NOSSCR Online http://www.nosscr.org/faqind.html

View Social Security Disability Frequently Asked Questions at this Web site.

U.S. Department of Labor: State Workers' Compensation Laws http://www.dol.gov

The Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities (IIF) program provides data on illnesses and injuries on the job and data on worker fatalities.

Oregon Department of Justice http://www.doj.state.or.us

The DOJ responsible for general counsel and supervision of all civil actions and legal proceedings in which the state is a party or has an interest. The Department, through the Attorney General, also has full charge and control of all the state's legal business that requires the services of an attorney or legal counsel. It is divided into six operating divisions: Appellate, Civil Enforcement, Criminal Justice, General Counsel, Division of Child Support, and Trial.

U.S. Department of Justice - Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/adahom1.htm
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