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
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
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
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