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.
What should my employer do?
Regarding workers' compensation, an employer must do certain things. In addition to actually providing this type of insurance coverage in the first place, your boss must do the following:
- Provide immediate emergency care when workers suffer injuries in on-site accidents
- Post a notice of compliance with workers' compensation laws in clear view of all workers
- Provide medical help in the event that a worker cannot find a doctor
- Complete injury reports in a timely manner and send them into the proper places
- Make written reports of anything that happens that results in the injury of a worker
- Work cooperatively with further requests for information from the worker or other party regarding the workers' compensation claim
By failing to do any of the above steps, not only is the employer failing to comply with workers' compensation regulations, he or she could be directly impacting your rights and ability to get the recovery you deserve.
If you believe that your employer failed in his or her duty to you or intentionally violated regulations regarding workers' compensation, you would be wise to take quick action to find out what you should do next.
Your rights after a workplace injury
Suffering an injury in a workplace accident can be frustrating and overwhelming. You may be unsure of what to do next and how you can get the benefits you need to get better and move forward with your life.
As an injured worker, you could be entitled to medical treatment, financial support and even vocational retraining. You can protect your interests and learn more about these rights by reaching out for help with the claims process as soon as possible after an injury.