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?
How Long Does a Minnesota Work Comp Claim Stay Open?
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?
What is Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) in a Minnesota Work Comp Case?
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?
Can I Get Minnesota Work Comp Benefits after a Layoff?
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?
My Minnesota Work Comp Claim Was Denied. Now What?
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?
Are Work Restrictions Important in a Minnesota Work Comp Case?
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?
Website Recommendation for Working Men and Women in Minnesota
Bradt Law Offices highly recommends Workday Minnesota as a great source of news and information for working men and women in Minnesota. Workday Minnesota is the result of a partnership between the University of Minnesota Labor Education Service and the working people of the state and their labor organizations. Workday Minnesota is a news and … Continue reading Website Recommendation for Working Men and Women in Minnesota
The Risks of Not Reporting a Work Injury in Minnesota
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
Retraining in a Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Case
Among the many benefits available to an injured worker in Minnesota, retraining can be one of the most beneficial and life-changing. If you have been injured and live in northern Minnesota, you may quickly find that your employment options are extremely limited after you recover from your injury. This may be especially true if you … Continue reading Retraining in a Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Case
Can I Get Fired for Filing a Minnesota Work Comp Claim?
I have spent the past 28 years proudly representing people who have been hurt on the job. A large part of my law practice involves just talking to people. On the phone. In my office. At the grocery store. In a boat while fishing - you name it. Some of these people are clients, some … Continue reading Can I Get Fired for Filing a Minnesota Work Comp Claim?