Lower Attorney Involvement In Workers Compensation

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Chris Posted At 16:33:58 06/11/2000
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Legal Reforms Lower Attorney Involvement In Workers Compensation Lost Time Claims
by N. Mike Helvacian and Kyumin Shim

Synopsis of State Reforms

Oregon (HB 1197, effective July 1, 1990): HB 1197 was part of a series of reforms initiated in 1986 that contained specific provisions to reduce attorney involvement. This law established an ombudsman program and restricted the compensability standard to include "major contributing cause." The latter provision set standards for compensating highly litigious mental stress claims and cumulative injuries (e.g., carpal tunnel). Following the reform, the percentage of attorney involvement in the state declined from 18.0 percent in 1992 to 12.8 percent in 1994, and to 9.6 percent in 1995. Preliminary estimates indicate that it may be as low as 6.5 percent in 1996.

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