Can I Still Get Work Comp Benefits after a Layoff?

(Re-printed and updated from a post by Steve Bradt originally published 5/3/13) If you have ever been laid off from a job, either on a temporary basis or permanently, you know the gut-wrenching fear of suddenly being without a job and without income. What will you do about house payments, truck payments, groceries, school expenses … Continue reading Can I Still Get Work Comp Benefits after a Layoff?

Are Work Comp Benefits Available After a COVID-19 Layoff?

Are there work comp benefits available to me? If you have recently been laid off as a result of the COVID-19 virus, or for any other reason, you may wonder if there are any work comp benefits available to you. In other words, if you have previously been injured on the job but were continuing … Continue reading Are Work Comp Benefits Available After a COVID-19 Layoff?

Workers’ Compensation Protection for First Responders and Certain Healthcare Workers Who Contract COVID-19

As a response to the current coronavirus pandemic, the Minnesota legislature has stepped up and enacted a law which affords protection to various groups of individuals who are working on the front lines of the pandemic. This was bipartisan legislation, supported by Governor Walz, which recognizes that the people who provide our health and childcare … Continue reading Workers’ Compensation Protection for First Responders and Certain Healthcare Workers Who Contract COVID-19

Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry Announces Coronavirus Precautions for Workers’ Compensation Proceedings

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI ) has announced procedures to deal with the current issues and concerns surrounding the coronavirus situation. Beginning Monday, March 23, all DOLI workers' compensation mediations and conferences will be conducted remotely by telephone or videoconference only. This is an effort to continue providing services within the workers' … Continue reading Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry Announces Coronavirus Precautions for Workers’ Compensation Proceedings

Bradt Law Offices Case Report: Permanent total disability claim for denied injury

TYPE OF CASE:  Worker’s Compensation FACTS:   Our client had been receiving Social Security disability benefits for a number of years and could only work very limited hours. She also had a history of neck problems, including an MRI which showed a herniated cervical disc before she began working at the job where we claimed she was … Continue reading Bradt Law Offices Case Report: Permanent total disability claim for denied injury

Choosing the Best Medical Specialist in a Minnesota Work Comp Claim

If you have suffered a work injury and are receiving workers’ compensation benefits, one of the most important decisions you will make is which doctor you choose. This isn’t necessarily true in every case, as most work injury claims involve minor injuries and little, if any, lost time from work. Example: Foot and Hand Injuries … Continue reading Choosing the Best Medical Specialist in a Minnesota Work Comp Claim

“Quick Tips” from Bradt Law Offices: Five Things You Should Know about Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Claims

1. You must give your employer prompt NOTICE of any work injury or if you believe you have a medical condition caused by, or related to your work activities or work environment; 2. YOU GET TO CHOOSE your treating doctor or chiropractor. Your employer or work comp insurer has nothing to say about who provides … Continue reading “Quick Tips” from Bradt Law Offices: Five Things You Should Know about Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Claims

Is the Workers’ Compensation System Adequately Protecting You When You Are Injured on the Job in Minnesota?

An interesting 2016 study and report by the US Department of Labor takes an in-depth look at our workers’ compensation systems and asks the question: Does the workers’ compensation system fulfill its obligations to injured workers? The report reviews a number of programs and issues but also sounds an alarm: Working people are at great … Continue reading Is the Workers’ Compensation System Adequately Protecting You When You Are Injured on the Job in Minnesota?

New Laws Increasing Your Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Benefits

There is a little good news to report on the Minnesota workers’ compensation scene. While suffering an injury on the job is never a good thing, the state legislature has passed a few laws which increase benefits for Minnesota workers injured on or after 10/1/2018. Temporary Partial Disability benefits (TPD):  These are partial wage loss … Continue reading New Laws Increasing Your Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Simple Suggestions to Avoid Problems with Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Medical Coverage after a Settlement

In my 35 years practicing Minnesota workers’ compensation, my experience has been that most work comp cases in which attorneys become involved are eventually settled. I am referring to cases where some dispute has arisen or an injured worker feels the need to hire a lawyer to protect his or her interests. There are many … Continue reading Simple Suggestions to Avoid Problems with Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Medical Coverage after a Settlement