So you injured yourself while you were on the job. Now what?
Filing for workers’ comp can be an added stress to an already stressful situation. Here a few things you should know about workers’ compensation in Minnesota.
- Always report an injury: There are notice requirements under Minnesota Workers’ Compensation law. It is critical that you report your injury to your employer as soon as possible, even if it seems trivial. Failure to do so may have negative consequences to your claim. Furthermore, many large employers have policy requirements that require you to report any injury “immediately” or “as soon as possible.”
- Always meet with a workers compensation attorney: Speaking to a workers’ comp lawyer is an important step in the process, even if the employer/insurer are paying your benefits. It helps to have an attorney who is prepared if, and most likely when, a dispute arises. Even with admitted claims where an insurer is paying benefits, many time a dispute will arise at some point, and your attorney will be prepared to take action or stop an adverse action before it happens.
- Find a lawyer with a solid reputation: Not only is finding a lawyer with workers’ compensation experience in the state of Minnesota important, you should also look for a workers comp attorney who knows about your particular injury, especially if it’s a less common injury. Many times you end up fighting with the insurance company for benefits, so if your lawyer understands Minnesota workers’ compensation law and the treatment you will undergo with your specific injury, then you should be able to rest easy knowing you’ll be taken care of. Here at ShermoenJaksa Law, we concentrate in:
- Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Neck and Back Injuries
- On the job exposure to asbestos
- Orthopedic injuries (hands, arms, shoulders, knees, legs, feet)
- There are a number of workers compensation benefits: Because every single worker’s comp claim in Minnesota is different, it helps to meet with a workers’ comp attorney because they will be able to review your specific case and explain the different benefits that are available to you. At a minimum, you are entitled to payment of your medical expenses, payment of your wages if you are off work due to your injury, and certain vocational training or rehabilitation if needed. If the employer/insurer are paying benefits, an experienced work comp attorney can also double check to make sure they are paying the proper amount and you are receiving all the benefits available.
- If you believe the injury is your fault, still file a claim: Workers’ compensation in Minnesota is basically a modified “no-fault” system, however not every injury that occurs at work is covered. If the employer/insurer denies your claim, you should immediately consult with a workers’ compensation attorney.