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?
Common questions and answers are provided by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry's COMPACT Newsletter for March 2021. For valuable information about: - what to do if you believe you may have contracted COVID_19 in the workplace; - your employer’s obligations; - your rights if your claim is denied; - work comp benefits available … Continue reading Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Employees 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
TYPE OF CASE: Worker’s Compensation FACTS: Our client had been receiving Social Security disability benefits for a number of years and could only work very limited hours. She also had a history of neck problems, including an MRI which showed a herniated cervical disc before she began working at the job where we claimed she was … Continue reading Bradt Law Offices Case Report: Permanent total disability claim for denied injury
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
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
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?