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
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?
In my experience, the majority of Minnesota work comp claims “fly under the radar”, meaning there are no lawyers involved, no major disputes, no conferences or trials with the work comp judges, no settlements, etc. Claims involving minor injuries with fast recoveries typically are opened and closed relatively quickly without any involvement in the legal … Continue reading Avoiding Problems in Your Minnesota Work Comp Case
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
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 and tuition? What about health insurance or other benefits that your employer … Continue reading Can I Get Minnesota Work Comp Benefits after a Layoff?
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?
According to a recent article in Compact, a publication of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, the number of injury and illness cases in Minnesota’s workplaces continued its long-term downward trend. The most recent occupational injury and illness figures show that during 2010, there were an estimated 76,700 recordable injury and illness cases; about … Continue reading Most Common Minnesota Work Injuries
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
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?