Oregon lawmakers have introduced bills to require prompt reporting of injuries by employers and to allow physician assistants to treat injured workers in comp cases.
House Bill 3467, filed Tuesday, would require employers to report to their insurance companies any workplace injury that could result in a workers’ compensation claim being filed within five days of the employer becoming aware of the injury. Failure to do so may result in employers having to reimburse insurers for any penalties related to the delay.
There would be a reporting exception in cases where workers do not require any medical treatment or if they only require on-site first aid that does not lead to further evaluation.
House Bill 3412, also filed Tuesday, would add physician assistants to the list of medical professionals allowed to treat injured employees in workers’ compensation cases.
Both bills were given first reading on Tuesday and then sent to the Speaker’s desk for further action.