Workers’ Compensation

ORS 656.310
Presumption concerning notice of injury and self-inflicted injuries

  • reports as evidence


In any proceeding for the enforcement of a claim for compensation under this chapter, there is a rebuttable presumption that:


Sufficient notice of injury was given and timely filed; and


The injury was not occasioned by the willful intention of the injured worker to commit self-injury or suicide.


The contents of medical, surgical and hospital reports presented by claimants for compensation shall constitute prima facie evidence as to the matter contained therein; so, also, shall such reports presented by the insurer or self-insured employer, provided that the doctor rendering medical and surgical reports consents to submit to cross-examination. This subsection shall also apply to medical or surgical reports from any treating or examining doctor who is not a resident of Oregon, provided that the claimant, self-insured employer or the insurer shall have a reasonable time, but no less than 30 days after receipt of notice that the report will be offered in evidence at a hearing, to cross-examine such doctor by deposition or by written interrogatories to be settled by the Administrative Law Judge. [1965 c.285 §40; 1969 c.447 §1; 1981 c.854 §21]

Notes of Decisions

Report by out-of-state physician is not admissible unless physician is “treating or examining doctor.” Downey v. Halvorson-Mason, 20 Or App 593, 532 P2d 807 (1975), Sup Ct review denied

Where first insurer offered written medical reports and second insurer made arrangements for doctor to appear at hearing for cross-examination, first insurer was responsible for paying fees and expenses incident to doctor’s appearance as witness. Hanna v. McGrew Bros. Sawmill, 44 Or App 189, 605 P2d 724 (1980), modified 45 Or App 757, 609 P2d 422 (1980)

Specific allowance of medical, surgical and hospital reports does not exclude introduction of other types of reports. Stevens v. Champion International, 44 Or App 587, 606 P2d 674 (1980)

Statements in medical reports constitute prima facie evidence of medical matters only, not causation issues. Zurita v. Canby Nursery, 115 Or App 330, 838 P2d 625 (1992), Sup Ct review denied


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