You just sustained a Minnesota workers compensation injury to your knee, elbow or shoulder at work and the prescription by your doctor may well be a cortisone shot. For most, the pain relief is almost immediate!
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.
Just today I had a client in my office and I asked her how her ski vacation went last weekend. She looked at my in surprise; she hadn't mentioned it to me. I then turned my computer screen around and showed her various pictures posted to the Facebook pages of her children, husband and he own; keeping in mind that I don't "friend" my clients. Though she had nothing to hide because she sat in the lodge knitting while her family went skiing, she thought her facebook settings had been set to private.
Work related knee injuries generally involve sudden onset of pain as the result of a specific action or develop gradually over time resulting in what we call Gillette injuries. Gillette refers to a Minnesota Supreme Court case recognizing that many injuries can take
When I meet with new clients I often tell them to take time to think about what I have told them before hiring an attorney. However, if you get an NOID or Notice Of Intent To Discontinue Benefits you need to call and meet with an attorney with ONE week of receiving the notice.
If you have been involved in a work related car accident, you are entitled to more than just work related benefits. Though the workers compensaton insurance company has "primary liability" for the work injury, you may also be entitled to some no-fault benefits AND personal injury benefits against the negligent driver. NEVER assume you are limited to only workers compensaton benefits. You may be entitled to receive BOTH workers compensation benefits and additional monetary benefits.
The best lawyers are those who have decades of experience, preferably on both sides of cases AND most importantly one who really listens to you. By "listen to you" I mean letting you drive where you want the case to end up. Are you fighting to get the treatment you need, do you want to be retrained, are you fed up with the workers compensation system and just want to be done with the whole thing? Every client has a different objective when they come in to meet with me. At Atkinson Gerber Law Office, we make recommendations and answer questions while you help us navigate where to take your case. Experience absolutely matters in this regard. Inexperienced lawyers make mistakes, they don't know the judges, defense lawyers, insurance adjusters and the ins and outs of this complex system called Minnesota Workers Compensation. Minnesota workers compesation cases often require immediate decisions that matter.