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 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?
At some point in almost any work comp claim where you are paid wage loss benefits, you will receive a Notice of Intention to Discontinue benefits, commonly referred to as an NOID. An NOID is simply a form which the insurer is required to serve and file whenever they will be discontinuing wage loss benefits. … Continue reading What Should I Do If I Receive a Notice of Intention to Discontinue Benefits on My Minnesota Work Comp Claim?
Over the past several years we have seen the increasing use of mediation to settle work comp cases in Minnesota. If you have a work comp claim, you may wonder why a settlement conference was scheduled on your case but a mediation has then been proposed or scheduled. What’s the difference, and is one better … Continue reading What Is the Difference Between a Settlement Conference and Mediation in a Minnesota Work Comp Case?
Unfortunately, the work comp insurance company can deny a claim on almost any basis, no matter how flimsy. This is how insurance companies avoid paying claims, because they know that a certain percentage of people will never hire a lawyer or pursue a claim if it has been denied. This is particularly true where the … Continue reading Can the Insurance Company Deny My Minnesota Work Comp Claim Because of a Pre-existing Condition?
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
At some point in your work comp claim, you will almost certainly receive a letter or notice from the insurance company advising you that you have reached Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI). After receiving such a notice, these are some of the questions you may have: What is MMI? Will it have an effect on … Continue reading What is Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) in a Minnesota Work Comp Case?
So, you were injured on the job, filed an injury report and the claim has been denied by the work comp insurance company. What do you do next? Simple. You should contact an attorney in your area who has experience in Minnesota work comp claims. Why wouldn't you? Most attorneys will not charge you to … Continue reading My Minnesota Work Comp Claim Was Denied. Now What?
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?
A work injury can happen to anyone, at any time. Injuries happen to people on the first day of a new job or after 20 years of injury-free employment. There just isn’t any rhyme or reason to when an injury occurs. An injury can be as trivial as a sprained thumb or as serious as … Continue reading The Risks of Not Reporting a Work Injury in Minnesota