Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Workers' Compensation Division

Rule Rule 436-060-0400
Penalty and Attorney Fee for Untimely Payment of Disputed Claims Settlement


(1)

Right to request penalties and attorney fees. If the insurer fails to pay amounts due on a disputed claims settlement within five business days of receipt of notice from the worker that the payment is late, the worker or worker’s attorney may request penalties and attorney fees.

(2)

Requirements for requests. Requests for penalties and attorney fees under this rule must be in writing, state what payments were delayed or remain unpaid, and be mailed or delivered to the division within 180 days of the date of notice to the insurer. In order to be awarded an attorney fee the attorney must submit a signed, current retainer agreement.

(3)

Required response from the insurer. When notified by the director that a penalty or attorney fees have been requested under this rule, the insurer must respond in writing to the division.

(a)

The response must include any information or documentation requested by the director.

(b)

The response must be mailed or delivered to the division within 14 days of the date of the director’s inquiry letter; and

(c)

Copies of the response, including any attachments, must be sent simultaneously to the worker and the worker’s attorney, if any.

(4)

Failure to respond. If the insurer fails to meet the requirements of section (3) of this rule, the director may assess additional civil penalties under OAR 436-060-0200 (Assessment of Civil Penalties).

(5)

Penalty and fee amounts. The penalty and fee will be based on the amounts allocated to the worker and the attorney in the settlement agreement as prescribed in ORS 656.262 (Processing of claims and payment of compensation)(12)(b). Penalties will be issued in accordance with the matrix set forth in Appendix “C.”

(6)

Timely payment of penalties. Penalties and attorney fees ordered under this rule must be paid to the worker and attorney no later than the 30th day after the date of the order, unless the order is appealed. If the order is appealed and later upheld, the penalty and attorney fee will be due within 14 days of the date the order upholding the penalty becomes final. Failure to pay penalties and attorney fees in a timely manner may subject the insurer to civil penalties under OAR 436-060-0200 (Assessment of Civil Penalties).
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