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
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?
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?
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?
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?
It's bad enough that state legislatures, including ours right here in Minnesota, have chipped away at the rights and benefits of injured workers over the past 30 years. Now, some states are getting rid of workers’ compensation altogether and creating their own systems for compensating workers injured on the job. The argument made by business owners … Continue reading Beware of a New Attack on Benefits for Injured Workers
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
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
Although there is no single or simple answer to this question, I have posted it because this is one of the most common search requests I see from people visiting our blog. Every day, I see search requests which involve some form of the question: how much is a work comp settlement in Minnesota? It … Continue reading How Much Can I Receive for a Minnesota Work Comp Settlement?
Type of Case: Workers’ Compensation Legal Issue or Dispute: Denial of claim for a work-related low back injury and surgery Facts: Our client worked for a mid-sized employer in northern Minnesota. Her job involved assembly and the operation of various machines. She was on her feet throughout most of a work shift, standing on a … Continue reading Bradt Law Offices Case Report: Gillette Injury and Back Surgery Accepted