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?
(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
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?
Type of Case: Workers’ Compensation Legal Issue or Dispute: All benefits discontinued based upon insurance company’s independent medical exam (IME) Facts: Our client was seriously injured when she fell at work. There was no question that her injury occurred at work and the claim was accepted by the work comp insurance company and they paid wage … Continue reading Bradt Law Offices Case Report: Benefits discontinued after independent medical exam (IME)
This is a question or concern I frequently hear from clients after they have been injured at work. Another way of asking the same question would be: Does my work comp claim end if I no longer work for the employer where I was injured? Let’s face it, if you have been injured at work … Continue reading What Happens to My Minnesota Work Comp Claim If I Switch Jobs?
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?