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Spencer  Aldrich

Spencer Aldrich

Committed to helping injured workers in Oregon.
  • Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury
  • Oregon
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Biography

Workers' Compensation is extremely complex and I've spent most of my career learning it, and practicing it, so that i can help you get the benefits you're entitled to. I do it with compassion, skill, and an understanding of both sides of the system.

For many years I worked on "defense", which means I represented employers and an insurance company. It really wasn't for me, though. About 5 years ago I "switched sides" and began helping injured workers, and feel it was the right decision. I went to law school to help people, and I'm proud to be able to do that everyday. After working with a great practice owned by a pair of excellent attorneys, I started my own practice in late 2021.

When not practicing law, I like to shoot film photography, game, and enjoy the many animals my partner and I have (cats, dog, chickens, and honeybees). I moved to Oregon in 2009 and I've loved it ever since. I grew up in the Midwest, and went to law school in southern California, but have really settled in Oregon. It's fantastic.

Practice Areas
    Workers' Compensation
    Personal Injury
    Car Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    All consultations are free.
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Oregon
Oregon State Bar
ID Number: 092699
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Languages
  • English
Professional Experience
Founder
Aldrich Law, LLC
- Current
Associate Attorney
Schoenfeld & Schoenfeld, P.C.
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Field Counsel
Liberty Mutual Insurance
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Paralegal Coordinator
Liberty Mutual Insurance
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Assistant General Counsel
Advantage Point Learning
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In-House Counsel
TreesNW
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Education
Chapman University Fowler School of Law
J.D. (2009)
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Miami University of Ohio
B.A. (2005) | History and Political Science
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Honors: Honors.
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Professional Associations
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
Guardian
- Current
Activities: OTLA's 1000+ attorney members and support staff represent injured consumers, patients, workers, employees and all Oregonians. OTLA provides many tools and services to help you help your clients. These include immediate access to hundreds of colleagues through the OTLA listservs, cutting-edge Continuing Legal Education seminars, advocacy work to preserve and enhance your clients’ rights at the state and federal levels, first-rate professional publications, networking opportunities and more.
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Oregon State Bar - Workers' Comp Section
Executive Committee Member at Large
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Activities: Member of the governing body for the WC section of the State Bar. I'm the co-chair of the Going Forward subcommittee, and also on the Bench Bar subcommittee.
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Multnomah County Bar Association
Member
- Current
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Oregon State Bar  # 092699
Member in Good Standing
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Speaking Engagements
Effective and Ethical Communication in Workers' Compensation Matters
Oregon State Bar Association
What Every Attorney Needs to Know About Workers' Compensation
Multnomah County Bar Association
Continuing Education seminar designed to education non-WC attorneys about the WC system and how it may overlap with their practices.
Certifications
Accredited
Better Business Bureau
Websites & Blogs
Website
Aldrich Law, LLc.
Blog
Aldrich Law, LLC - Blog
Legal Answers
2 Questions Answered
Q. I got a large burn at work. The first aid kit did not contain what I needed. Can I press charges?
A: The simple answer to your question is "probably not." As your injury was on the job, your remedy is the Oregon WC system and that generally prevents you from being allowed to sue your employer for negligence (i.e. your harm caused by their breach of a duty to keep appropriately stocked med kits). Also, "pressing charges" generally implies a criminal action with the police which seems unlikely (but is outside my expertise). Maybe OSHA/DCBS could be involved, but that's also outside my expertise. From a WC perspective, if you sought professional medical care (ER, urgent care, etc.) you should be sure to notify your employer of the injury (if you haven't already) and make a WC claim. This will get the ball rolling on getting WC to pay the medical bills and potentially your lost wages if the doc took you off work or gave you restrictions that can't be accommodated. If you just treated yourself with OTC stuff from the drug store and were not taken off-work by a doctor, making a WC claim probably isn't worth your time.
Q. I was awarded a settlement by SC workers comp case on a bone infection case. However, the infection returned can I reopn
A: First, if you had an attorney help you with the settlement you should go back to that attorney with this question. Second, be sure you have a copy of the settlement you signed and read it over. It should address what rights you released, and what rights you kept. In a more general sense, the act of accepting a settlement usually means you're giving up rights/benefits in some way. Each jurisdiction is different, however, so you'll want to consult a SC attorney. As an example, in Oregon there is a kind of settlement where you keep medical rights, but lose the right to have the insurance pay you in the future (for lost wages, permanent disability, etc.). There's also a total buy-out settlement where you lose all rights to future treatment or benefits. My gut would be that if you settled a WC claim for money, you probably lost the right to have the carrier reopen the claim. In general, not many WC carrier's are interested in a settlement where they pay a worker and then still have to bear the risk of providing future benefits to that worker.
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Aldrich Law, LLc
PO Box 83628
Portland, OR 97283
Telephone: (503) 536-1737
Fax: (503) 462-1838
Monday: 9:30 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 9:30 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 9:30 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 9:30 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 9:30 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed