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Frequently Asked Questions about Hearings


How do I request a hearing?

In writing, either mailed or hand delivered to one of our staffed offices in Salem, Eugene, Portland, and Medford, or fax your hearing request to (503) 373-1600. It's helpful in processing your request for hearing if you include your name, address, employer, date of injury and claim number. Hearing Request Form & Instructions for filing a Request for Hearing/Board Review

WCB Salem - 2601 25th St SE, Ste 150, Salem, OR 97302
WCB Portland - 800 NE Oregon St, Ste 340, Portland, OR 97232
WCB Eugene - 1140 Willagillespie Rd, Ste 38, Eugene, OR 97401
WCB Medford - 115 W Stewart Ave, Ste 102, Medford, OR 97501

How do I get an attorney?

Call the Oregon State Bar Referral Service (1-800-452-7636) for an attorney in your area who specializes in workers' compensation law, or try the yellow pages in your phone book. Attorneys only get a fee if they win your case -- in some instances the fee is paid by your employer's insurer, in other instances the fee is paid from your award of compensation.

How do I get my hearing postponed?

To get a hearing postponed, you must have a good reason, such as recently hiring an attorney. You must contact the opposing party to get their position on your request for postponement. You then must contact the Hearings Division, either in writing, via facsimile, or by telephone to request a postponement. Do not assume your request will be automatically granted. The Hearings Division will then notify you regarding whether or not your hearing as been postponed.

Why does it take so long to reschedule a hearing once it has been postponed?

New requests for hearing are required by law to be scheduled within 90 days of the request. Postponed cases are required by law to be rescheduled within 120 days. There are many factors affecting the availability of docket time: holidays, mediations or OSHA hearings that have to be scheduled.

How do I cancel my hearing?

If you are withdrawing your request for hearing, you must inform the Hearings Division in writing. Once your submission has been received, an Order of Dismissal will be issued. If you have settled your case, please inform the Hearings Division of the settlement.
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Why does it take more than 30 days to get an Order?

The 30 day deadline for issuance of an order starts when the record closes. Sometimes the record doesn't close on the day of the hearing because additional evidence (for example, a medical report or a deposition of a doctor) has to be obtained and submitted to the ALJ.