Minnesota Workers' Compensation Law Blog

Your Boss's Responsibilities Regarding Workers' Compensation

Minnesota workers, regardless of job description or duties, would be wise to know their rights regarding workers' compensation. Injured workers or those who become ill because of job conditions could have the right to medical care, recovery of lost wages and other types of financial support. It can also be beneficial to know what the employer's responsibilities are regarding workers' compensation.

When an employer fails in his or her obligations regarding workers' compensation, it can be detrimental to the worker. You should know your employer's procedures for work accident events, filing a claim and other aspects of the actual claims process. Your employer cannot prevent you or discourage you from seeking rightful compensation.

Chronic pain and your claim to workers' compensation benefits

You know that a work injury can sideline you from work for an extended amount of time. For some injured Minnesota workers, recovery from a work injury is complex, and pain and complications affect their ability to work long into the future. You may find yourself in this situation as well, dealing with chronic pain and other related issues. 

In some cases, a one-time injury, even something as simple as a bruise, can be the source of a diagnosed condition known as complex regional pain syndrome. This medical condition, sometimes called chronic pain syndrome, can be debilitating and impact a person's ability to work. Your case of CRPS could be the result of your work accident and injury.

What do you need to complete an application for disability?

You may have a valid disability and be unable to work in Minnesota, yet knowing how to actually obtain the benefits to which you have a rightful claim can be a complex and difficult process. It can be helpful to know what to expect and how you can move forward with your claim for Social Security Disability benefits.

Many initial claims come back denied. This is frustrating, but you have the right and option to appeal. However, properly preparing your claim the first time can be a positive step toward securing the disability benefits you need. No matter the details of your individual situation, you have the right to seek guidance for the entire benefits application process.

Denied workers' comp claim? Here is what you should do next.

Workers' compensation benefits exist for the benefit and financial support of injured workers. If you suffered an injury while at your Minnesota workplace, you know how important it is to secure these benefits for medical bills, lost wages and other accident-related needs. When a claim comes back denied, you need to know what you should do next and how you can continue to fight for the benefits you need.

After a denied claim, it can be helpful to first try and understand why the insurance company denied it. These companies do not have your best interests in mind, but you have the right to keep exploring your options and pursing the support needed for your recovery. 

Arthritis: A common condition that could have an uncommon effect

Arthritis is a relatively common medical condition, but your individual case could have an uncommon impact on your life. This type of illness could ultimately compromise your ability to work and support yourself, causing financial strain for your family. If you consider yourself disabled because of arthritis, you would be wise to explore your options for seeking certain benefits.

Many Minnesota workers do not realize how serious a case of arthritis can be. While arthritis itself is not a terminal disease, it certainly can have an impact on multiple areas of your life. In the most serious cases, victims may be strictly limited in movement or immobile and living in constant pain.

Work in a hospital? You may be at high risk for a back injury.

Doctors, nurses and other individuals who work in Minnesota hospitals face a number of risks to their health and safety every time they show up at work. One of the most significant risks is that of a back injury, often related to patient handling and overexertion. Back injuries may be common among hospital workers, but the recovery from these types of injuries can be both complicated and painful.

If you suffered a back injury while working in a hospital, you still have the right to workers' compensation benefits. However, due to the complexity of the insurance system and other factors, it can be difficult to actually obtain these benefits and secure what you need for a full recovery and eventual return to work.

You have a hand in preventing workplace injuries

Most people in Minnesota are familiar with the feeling of coming in from shoveling snow to find their hands numb with cold. For a few moments, you may feel helpless as your fingers begin to tingle. Until the feeling returns, there is little you can do for yourself. You may be feeling that same exasperation now after your hand injury at work.

Hand injuries are among the most frustrating because most people are completely dependent on the use of their hands. To lose a hand, even temporarily, such as when it is in a sling or cast, may mean days or weeks of struggling through basic tasks like feeding and dressing yourself. Most concerning of all is that you can't work, which means no money is coming in.

Repetitive stress injuries and your right to compensation

Not all work injuries are the result of an accident in the workplace. You can suffer serious, often debilitating, injuries simply by doing your job on a daily basis. Repetitive stress injuries are common for many Minnesota workers, but they are often overlooked and dismissed as minor and insignificant.

Any type of work injury is serious, and if you are suffering from a repetitive stress injury as the result of your job, you have the right to workers' compensation benefits. It can be difficult to secure rightful support for these types of unseen injuries, but you do not have to walk through the process without assistance.

Does a mental condition preclude you from working?

Many Minnesota residents struggle with mental conditions or issues, yet many of them are able to deal with these matters in a way that allows them to have productive, successful careers. It is difficult to manage these conditions perfectly, and, as a result, people may sometimes find that they are unable to work for a period of time. If you are in this situation, you have options; you could be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.

New changes to workers' comp laws for 2017

Many people make changes for the New Year and so does the state government. Even though a large portion of the population may not consider it to be breaking news, the changes that will go into effect this year will change the legal process for some individuals who work with current workers' compensation programs.

In addition to a shift away from caucuses to presidential primaries, the state of Minnesota also altered two aspects of the workers' compensation regulations with the start of the New Year.