Or. Admin. R. 438-009-0022 - [Effective until 10/1/2022] Required Information in a Claim Disposition Agreement

(1) If a claim disposition agreement involves more than one claim, the disposition shall contain all of the information required by this rule for each claim including a separate first page of the claim disposition agreement as set forth in section (3) of this rule.
(2) The insurer/self-insured employer shall provide the claimant information explaining claim dispositions in a separate enclosure accompanying the proposed claim disposition agreement. The Board shall prescribe by a bulletin the specific form and format for the enclosure. If the claimant does not read or comprehend English, or is otherwise unable to understand written language, the insurer/self-insured employer shall provide this information in a language or other manner which ensures the worker understands the meaning of the disposition.
(3) The first page of the claim disposition agreement shall include, but not be limited to, the following information:
(a) The worker's name;
(b) The case number assigned to the claim by the Board, if any;
(c) The insurer's/self-insured employer's claim number;
(d) The date of the compensable injury or disease;
(e) The file number assigned to the claim by the Workers' Compensation Division, if known;
(f) The name of the insurer/self-insured employer;
(g) Specific identification of all benefits, rights and insurer/self-insured employer obligations under Workers' Compensation Law which are released by the agreement;
(h) The total attorney fee, if any, to be paid to claimant's attorney;
(i) The total amount (excluding attorney fee) to be paid to the claimant; and
(j) A statement indicating whether or not the parties are waiving the "30-day" approval period of ORS 656.236(1)(a)(C) as permitted by 656.236(1)(b).
(4) The claim disposition agreement shall also contain, but not be limited to, the following:
(a) Identification of the accepted conditions that are the subject of the disposition;
(b) The date of the first claim closure, if any;
(c) The amount of any permanent disability award(s), if any;
(d) Whether the worker has ever been able to return to the work force following the industrial injury or occupational disease;
(e) The worker's age, highest education level, and the extent of vocational training (or in the event that the worker is deceased, the age, highest education level, and the extent of vocational training of the worker's beneficiaries);
(f) A list of occupations that the worker has performed (or in the event that the worker is deceased, a list of occupations that each of the deceased worker's beneficiaries has performed);
(g) That the worker has been provided the informational enclosure prescribed by bulletin pursuant to section (2) of this rule (attachment of the informational enclosure to the parties' claim disposition agreement is not required, unless the enclosure is expressly incorporated into the agreement); and
(h) The following notice in prominent or bold face type, which shall either be included in the claim disposition agreement or incorporated by reference into the agreement:

"NOTICE TO CLAIMANT: UNLESS YOU ARE REPRESENTED BY AN ATTORNEY AND YOUR CLAIM DISPOSITION AGREEMENT INCLUDES A PROVISION WHICH WAIVES THE 30-DAY "COOLING OFF" PERIOD, YOU WILL RECEIVE A NOTICE FROM THE WORKERS' COMPENSATION BOARD OR THE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE WHO MEDIATED THE AGREEMENT TELLING YOU THE DATE THIS AGREEMENT WAS RECEIVED BY THEM FOR APPROVAL. YOU HAVE 30 DAYS FROM THE DATE THE BOARD OR THE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE WHO MEDIATED THE AGREEMENT RECEIVES THE AGREEMENT TO REJECT THE AGREEMENT, BY TELLING THE BOARD OR THE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE WHO MEDIATED THE AGREEMENT IN WRITING. DURING THE 30 DAYS ALL OTHER PROCEEDINGS AND PAYMENT OBLIGATIONS OF THE INSURER/SELF-INSURED EMPLOYER, EXCEPT FOR MEDICAL SERVICES, ARE STAYED ON YOUR CLAIM. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN ATTORNEY, YOU MAY DISCUSS THIS AGREEMENT WITH THE BOARD IN PERSON WITHOUT FEE OR CHARGE. TO CONTACT THE BOARD, WRITE OR CALL: WORKERS' COMPENSATION BOARD, 2601 25TH STREET SE, SUITE 150, SALEM, OREGON 97302-1280, TELEPHONE: (503) 378-3308, TOLL-FREE AT 1-877-311-8061, 8:00 TO 5:00, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. "YOU MAY ALSO DISCUSS THIS AGREEMENT WITH THE OMBUDSMAN FOR INJURED WORKERS, WITHOUT FEE OR CHARGE. TO CONTACT THE OMBUDSMAN, WRITE OR CALL: OMBUDSMAN FOR INJURED WORKERS, LABOR & INDUSTRIES BUILDING, 350 WINTER STREET NE, SALEM, OR 97310, TELEPHONE: TOLL-FREE AT 1-800-927-1271, 8:00 TO 5:00, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. "YOU MAY ALSO CALL THE WORKERS' COMPENSATION DIVISION'S INJURED WORKER HOTLINE, TOLL-FREE AT 1-800-452-0288."

Notes

Or. Admin. R. 438-009-0022
WCB 2-1995, f. 11-13-96, cert. ef. 1-1-96; WCB 1-1999, f. 8-24-99, cert. ef. 11-1-99; WCB 2-2007, f. 12-11-07, cert. ef. 1-1-08; WCB 1-2012, f. 8-22-12, cert. ef. 11-1-12

Stat. Auth: ORS 656.726(5)

Stats Implemented: ORS 656.236

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