Oregon Workers’ Compensation Insurance

You can save up to 25% in discounts on business insurance.*

Workers’ Compensation can help pay for:

Medical expenses

Medical expenses

Includes examinations, treatments and rehabilitation.

Lost wages

Lost wages

Gives employees time to recover from an injury before returning to work.



Helps employees who need to learn skills and enter a new field.

Permanent injury

Permanent injury

Provides benefits for employees who can no longer work due to injury.

Is Workers’ Compensation insurance required in Oregon?

Workers’ compensation insurance is required for most Oregon businesses that have employees, even if your employees are part-time. However, there are some exceptions to this basic requirement. But no matter how many employees you have, workers’ compensation insurance is a key layer of protection for both owners and employees in case of a workplace accident. Without coverage, your business could be on the hook for significant medical expenses and other penalties.

Who is exempt from Workers’ Compensation insurance in Oregon?

The Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division sets the guidelines for all businesses with employees.

The following businesses are not required to have workers’ compensation coverage:

  • Independent contractors
  • Sole proprietors
  • Business partners
  • Private residence workers, including cleaners, home health care aides and gardeners
  • Casual labor workers who are paid less than $500 in any 30-day period
  • Corporate officers who serve on the board and own more than 10% stock
  • Most members of limited liability corporations (LLCs)
  • Out-of-state workers temporarily working in Oregon, as long as they are covered by a policy in their home state

The benefits of buying Oregon Workers’ Comp insurance

Workers’ compensation insurance helps protect your business from being held financially responsible for injuries your employees might suffer while on the job. It also offers important coverage for business owners if they experience a workplace injury.

Not having coverage for your employees can leave you vulnerable to potential liability and out of compliance with state laws. Your Oregon workers’ compensation policy can help cover expenses related to:

  • Emergency treatment
  • Ongoing medical care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Lost wages
  • Death benefits

How does Workers’ Compensation work in Oregon?

There were over 3,000 workers’ compensation claims filed in Oregon in 2020, according to statistics provided by the Department of Labor. The payout for these claims has exceeded $165 million.

Injuries or illnesses can happen at any time. If your employee is installing solar panels on a roof, slips and breaks his leg, leaving him unable to work for two months, he can file a workers’ compensation claim.

Your coverage is there to help protect you in exactly this sort of scenario. Workers’ compensation insurance can help pay for your employee’s lost wages from the time he’s unable to work until he returns, as well as his medical expenses.

Oregon offers two types of settlements:

  • Claim disposition agreement (CDA): A legal agreement, where in return for a monetary amount, an employee gives up their right to certain benefits and disability awards.
  • Disputed claims settlement: An appeal on a previously denied claim to the board. The insurance company may agree to a cash settlement on this new claim.

Oregon workers’ compensation settlement amounts are agreed upon either by the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Board or the insurer. The statute of limitations for workers’ compensation claims in Oregon is one year from the discovery of the illness or injury.

Workers’ Comp death benefits in Oregon

If an employee dies while on the job, the survivors may be eligible for death benefits through workers’ compensation. In Oregon, workers’ compensation statutes say surviving qualified family members are eligible for monthly benefits. The state also requires insurance companies to pay for depositions and funeral expenses, up to a maximum amount.

What are the penalties of not having Workers’ Comp in Oregon?

Accidents happen. No industry or company is immune. Because of that potential, many states, including Oregon, require businesses to have workers’ compensation insurance. Even if you work in a low-risk industry, the costs associated with covering the medical expenses of an injured or ill employee can pose a severe financial burden.

Workers’ compensation coverage helps to reduce those risks and provide coverage for medical expenses, up to your policy limit. From plumbers to accountants, Oregon workers’ compensation insurance can help protect your company.

If the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division finds your company violates the rules, you may be subject to a fine. The first offense can be twice your estimated premium amount, with a minimum of $1,000. Further non-compliance can result in a penalty of $250 per day with no limit, followed by a permanent court injunction.

How much does Workers’ Comp cost in Oregon?

The cost of a workers’ compensation insurance policy depends on several factors with your business operations:

  • Your industry and the type of work your employees do
  • How many employees you have
  • Your claims history (more injuries means higher costs)
  • Your location

To find out how much you could pay for workers’ comp coverage, start a free online instant quote.

How NEXT Insurance helps Oregon businesses find the right Workers’ Comp coverage

NEXT Insurance can help you get the right workers’ compensation coverage you need at an affordable price.

We offer a seamless and painless process that can be completed entirely online. If you have any questions, our team of licensed U.S.-based insurance advisors are ready to help.

Getting started is easy. Answer a few questions about your business; from there, you’ll be able to review coverage options and buy the policy that’s best for you.

Start an instant workers’ comp quote online today.

Other business insurance policies to consider

In addition to workers’ compensation, Oregon-based business owners often look at a few other types of business insurance in Oregon to further protect their companies.
We typically recommend:
General Liability
General Liability Insurance

General liability insurance protects your company from common mistakes or accidents, such as customer injury or property damages.

Commercial Auto
Commercial Auto insurance

Commercial auto insurance covers your business in case of accidents, injuries, or property damage while driving for business purposes.

Errors & Omissions
Professional Liability insurance (E&O insurance)

Also called errors and omissions insurance, professional liability insurance covers businesses in case of professional mistakes and accusations of negligence.

Get customized insurance wherever you do business

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Business insurance is divided into different policies. We offer seven types so it's easy to design the coverage that fits your business.

General Liability insurance
General Liability

Protect yourself from accidents that cause physical injury or damaged property.

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Professional Liability/E&O

Shield yourself from lawsuits that claim your work errors caused financial losses.

Workers' Compensation Insurance
Workers’ Compensation

Cover medical bills and lost wages if your employees have an accident at work.

Commercial Auto Insurance
Commercial Auto

Stay on the road with coverage for dents, tows and damage to someone else’s vehicle.

Tools & Equipment Insurance
Tools & Equipment

Upgrade your general liability coverage to protect any gear that’s stolen, damaged or lost.

Commercial Property Insurance
Commercial Property

Keep your building, inventory and equipment protected from fire or water damage.

Business Owner’s Policy Insurance
Business Owner’s Policy

Combine general liability and commercial property into one policy to protect your business.

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