Author: Elyse Lopez

September 29, 2021
by Elyse Lopez

Status of In-Person Hearings in Oregon

As we wrap up the 18th month of the COVID-19 pandemic, what does the future hold for Oregon workers’ compensation in-person hearings? The Board remains…

May 27, 2021
by Elyse Lopez

Unreasonable Claim Closure in Oregon: Why Chronic Condition Impairment Matters

The time has come to close your claim. Your claim closure checklist likely has a section for “chronic condition” impairment but how can you be…

January 27, 2021
by Elyse Lopez

Oregon’s 2021 Legislative Session has Started: SBH’s Watchlist

The Oregon State legislative session for 2021 is underway and we have seen several bills introduced in the House and the Senate that will be…

September 30, 2020
by Elyse Lopez

As the COVID pandemic continues, where does the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division stand on telemedicine?

In March 2020, the Division set out temporary rules to address fees related to telemedicine appointments following Governor Brown’s “Stay at Home Order.” The temporary…

June 3, 2020
by Elyse Lopez

In the midst of COVID-19 pandemic, Oregon Court of Appeals issues troubling ruling for processing new/omitted condition claims

The Oregon Court of Appeals issued its decision in Coleman v. SAIF, 304 Or App 122 (2020) on May 13, 2020. Claimant filed a claim…