If your job involves repairs and maintenance of industrial machines in the manufacturing industry of Minnesota, you will no doubt be aware of the many hazards you face as you go about your tasks each day. Even when not active and operating, machinery poses dangers that could claim your limbs or your life. Attached energy sources like compressed air, natural gas, electricity, steam and pressurized water pose risks if there is no lockout/tagout program in place.
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.
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.
Head injuries are at the forefront of issues in sports today. Following a billion dollar class action lawsuit filed against the NFL, former players continue to seek compensation for on-field injuries suffered during their careers. Linebacker Henri Crockett, who played for the Minnesota Vikings for two seasons from 2002 to 2003, is among a group of 38 former players who filed a workers' compensation lawsuit against the NFL.
If you become injured as a result of work-related circumstances, you will want to utilize every resource available to you to ensure that you are able to continue supporting yourself and your family while you are recovering. Workers' compensation is often allows people to accomplish this, but Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) may be another viable option for you.
Most people have heard of carpal tunnel syndrome (CPS), a form of repetitive strain injury. The medical condition develops over time. Many workers may not recognize the early symptoms, while other workers do not realize that the symptoms may be connected to their work, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The agency says it is difficult to track how many workers suffer from CPS due to under reporting. People who never file claims may be missing out on important benefits to cover the costs of treatment and lost wages related to CPS.
For many people, being injured at work can lead to feeling depressed. Work injuries can be stressful and are almost always accompanied by physical pain or trauma which can be depressing in and of itself. On top of that stress and physical pain, work injuries often cause limitations in everyday activities, which can exacerbate feelings of depression.
Chances are, if you were injured while on the job in Minnesota, you are entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Federal and state laws are designed to make sure employees have the protections they need to get benefits, treat their injuries and if possible, get back to their jobs.
If you work in Minnesota and have been injured on the job, it's important to understand the benefits of having an experienced workers' compensation lawyer representing your interests.
Every day our office receives calls from injured Minnesota workers looking for a workers compensation attorney. My advice; choose an attorney with extensive experience, with whom you feel a connection, and has experience representing both sides over the course of their careers.