For anyone new to the work comp system, it seems there are always more questions than answers. If you haven’t been through the system, it’s all new and can be very confusing. A frequent question we hear is "does my employer have to provide modified work within my doctor’s restrictions following a work injury?" The … Continue reading Is My Minnesota Employer Required to Provide “Light Duty” Work after My Work Injury?
I think we can all agree that the world is a considerably different place today than it was just a year ago. Virtually every business and occupation has been impacted in one fashion or another by the arrival of the coronavirus. As a lawyer representing injured workers in northern Minnesota for more than 36 years, … Continue reading Work Injuries and Legal Help in the midst of Covid 19
(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 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?
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
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