If you have sustained a Minnesota Workers Compensation Injury then you may have received a notice of a Stip Status Conference to be conducted at the Office of Administrative Hearings. Stipulation for Settlement Conferences are a relatively new program instituted by the former Chief Administrative Law Judge, Ray Krause a few years back. The idea is that after a case settles, the compensation judge works to ensure that the paper work is drafted quickly. As an attorney representing only injured workers I actually welcome this process as it's not unsual for the parties to settle with weeks passing without any documents drafted by the insurance company attorney. Often times it's due to the difficulty they have in negotiating with parties who paid or provided the injured worker with health care treatment or other benefits. At times, however, it's due to the defense attorney not properly prioritzing your claim.
Though you have received notice of a stip status conference ordering you to appear at OAH at a particular date and time, unless your attorney requests your presence you do NOT need to attend. This is an open court conference with multiple lawyers pertaining to multiple cases. Your attorney, the opposing attorney and parties that may have provided you with benefits meet in person with a judge. The conference itself lasts only a few minutes with the parties updating the compensation judge and advising him/her when the stipulation is expected to be completed.
At Atkinson Gerber Law Office, our attorneys have over 40 years of combined experience working with injured and disabled individuals. Both Tom Atkinson and Kerry Atkinson had there first work comp hearings over 20 years ago. Tom has been involved in thousands of work comp disputes and has tried hundreds of workers compensation cases since that time. Kerry is a litigation expert and has been recognized as a Certified Civil Trial Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association. A designation limited to only small number of attorneys in Minnesota and one of only a handful of workers compensations attorneys with this designation.
We would be happy to meet with you to discuss how we can assist you with your workers compensation claim. There is NEVER a fee for us to meet you to discuss your case. In addition you will NEVER write us a check in order to retain our services. We work on a retainer which means we don't get paid unless we recover benefits for you and then we get paid directly by the insurance company. We get calls by prospective clients every day and would be happy to discuss your injury over the phone or in person throughout the entire state of Minnesota. If you live outside the state and were injured here, we can also assist you with your claim. Call today 651-333-3636, our phones are answered 24/7 and you will be able to speak to an attorney TODAY.