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?
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
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
This is an excellent article in the Washington Post which describes the long delays in getting Social Security disability and the despair suffered by people who are disabled and have nowhere else to turn while they wait two years or more for a disability determination. In our practice representing people injured on the job, we … Continue reading Social Security Disability in America: Longer and Longer Delays
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?
This is a question that I am asked frequently, by my own clients and often by people who don’t have an attorney and are dealing with an insurance company on their own. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to this question because every case is different and the value of a claim is based on … Continue reading What is a Fair Work Comp Settlement in Minnesota?
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
This is another of the common problems we often deal with when helping people who have been injured on the job across northern Minnesota. Typical situation: you have been working for several years without any physical problems, work restrictions, lost time or any other difficulties or limitations. Then one day at work, you are lifting or … Continue reading My Minnesota Work Comp Claim Was Denied Because of a Prior Injury. Now What?
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?
This is a question I frequently hear not only from clients but also from people who have settled a claim, with or without a lawyer, at sometime in the past. In fact, sometimes many years have gone by since the settlement before this issue arises and I receive a phone call. The question is usually … Continue reading Can the Insurance Company Refuse to Pay Medical Bills after a Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Settlement?