UPM Blandin Layoffs Announced. Are Minnesota Work Comp Benefits Available?

Here in northern Minnesota, we recently received some bad news with the announcement by UPM Blandin that it plans to close down one of its two remaining paper production lines. With the permanent shutdown of Machine 5, approximately 150 jobs will be lost. This is a significant blow to our community and to the workers … Continue reading UPM Blandin Layoffs Announced. Are Minnesota Work Comp Benefits Available?

Reporting A Minnesota Work Comp Injury

This has been the subject of previous posts on this site but it is important enough that a friendly reminder is always in order. It seems that at least once every month I speak with someone who has a possible work injury claim which has not been reported. There are several reasons why you might … Continue reading Reporting A Minnesota Work Comp Injury

How Long Does a Minnesota Work Comp Claim Stay Open?

A few times each year I get calls from people with questions about an old Minnesota work comp claim. Most often, they have either had some type of flareup or progressively worsening symptoms from a work injury which had occurred several years in the past. The questions usually relate to whether the insurance company is … Continue reading How Long Does a Minnesota Work Comp Claim Stay Open?

Bradt Law Offices Case Report: Ankle Injury on a Flat, Dry Floor

Type of Case: Workers’ Compensation Legal Issue or Dispute: Denial of ankle injury claim which occurred at work Facts: Our client was employed with one of the mining companies in northern Minnesota. His job duties required him to maintain and repair equipment within the facility. On the day he was injured, one of the machines … Continue reading Bradt Law Offices Case Report: Ankle Injury on a Flat, Dry Floor

Laid off Boise Cascade Employees May Have Workers’ Compensation Claims

If you are an employee of Boise Cascade in International Falls who recently lost your job due to the layoffs, you may be surprised to learn that you have work comp claims. We have represented people in similar situations over the years following major layoffs at Blandin Paper Company and LTV Mining, to name a … Continue reading Laid off Boise Cascade Employees May Have Workers’ Compensation Claims

Are Work Restrictions Important in a Minnesota Work Comp Case?

The simple answer to this question is: Heck Yes!! As you progress through a typical work comp claim in Minnesota, you will likely be given work restrictions by your treating physician.  You may be off work completely for some period of time or you might be able to continue working within  restrictions.  At some point, … Continue reading Are Work Restrictions Important in a Minnesota Work Comp Case?

Bradt Law Offices Case Report: Permanent total disability benefits awarded following trial

Type of Case:   Workers’ Compensation Legal Issue or Dispute:   Permanent total disability  (even though our client was still working part-time). Facts:   Our client was 57 years old when she went to work on a part-time basis for the employer. She had some history of low back problems but did not have any restrictions … Continue reading Bradt Law Offices Case Report: Permanent total disability benefits awarded following trial

What Is a Repetitive or Gillette Work Injury in Minnesota?

One of the more confusing issues in a Minnesota work comp claim is what constitutes an “injury”.   If you fall off a ladder and break your arm while at work, we would all agree that you had a work injury.  If you wrenched your back lifting a heavy box at work -  again, that … Continue reading What Is a Repetitive or Gillette Work Injury in Minnesota?

Bradt Law Offices Case Report: Gillette Injury and Back Surgery Accepted

Type of Case:   Workers’ Compensation Legal Issue or Dispute:   Denial of claim for a work-related low back injury and surgery Facts:   Our client worked for a mid-sized employer in northern Minnesota.  Her job involved assembly and the operation of various machines. She was on her feet throughout most of a work shift, standing on a … Continue reading Bradt Law Offices Case Report: Gillette Injury and Back Surgery Accepted

Bradt Law Offices Case Report: Repetitive Thumb Injury and Surgery

Type of Case:   Workers’ Compensation Legal Issue or Dispute:  Denial of claim for a repetitive thumb injury requiring surgery Facts:   Our client worked for a large healthcare provider in northern Minnesota.  His job duties over many years involved repetitive work with his hands and thumbs. He developed a condition which required a significant hand surgery … Continue reading Bradt Law Offices Case Report: Repetitive Thumb Injury and Surgery