Workers’ Compensation tips from an “Inside Man”

I have a unique perspective regarding helping injured workers.  For the first 8 years of my practice I defended a large multi-national corporation.  While I cannot say the name, I can say it was founded by a guy named Sam.   During that time I learned from the best  how to maneuver a claim and resolve it by paying the least amount of money to the injured worker.  After years of legal wrangling, I finally saw the light and now only represent injured workers in Minnesota.  My paralegal, Karen, similarly spent the previous 12 years as the lead workers compensation …

What Is DOLI In Minnesota?

Your Minnesota DOLI (Department of Labor & Industry)   What’s the DOLI… That’s the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, your one-stop agency for labor and employment law enforcement.  The department aims to ensure healthy and safe workplaces for Minnesota workers.  And, as you might have discovered if you’re in the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim, it also oversees the state workers’ compensation program, through the Workers’ Compensation Division. …and what can it do for you? Practically everything (well, maybe it can’t clean your house or fill out your tax return–so make that practically everything workers’ compensation related).  …

Running on Empty: What to do if your Minnesota Employer Doesn’t Have Workers’ Compensation Insurance?

What to do if your Minnesota Employer Doesn’t Have Workers’ Compensation Insurance? Virtually all Minnesota employers are subject to a legal requirement that they carry workers’ compensation insurance. This requirement is not generally dependent on the size of the employer. It applies regardless of the number of employees a particular employer has. So what happens if, for example, you work for a small, family-run business with only a few employees, and recent discussion about another employer’s situation has led you to believe that your employer does not have any workers’ compensation insurance whatsoever; what should you do? First of all, …

Disability Values For Injuries To Fingers and Hands Under Minnesota’s Workers’ Compensation Act

Disability Values Under Minnesota’s system of workers’ compensation, permanent partial disability benefits are awarded based on a finding of what percentage of whole body impairment the worker has suffered. This percentage is based, in turn, on a schedule of various injuries which allocates different percentages to different injuries.  This is what is called the Table of Disability Values and includes information on Workers’ Compensation, Disability Benefits, and Permanent Partial Disability. While it might seem slightly cold and calculating to determine the correct amount of benefits based on a mathematical formula for what essentially amounts to “how injured are you?” the …

Retaining A MN Work Comp Lawyer

When hurt on the job, it is of paramount importance that you retain an experienced and qualified attorney to help guide you through the process of litigating your work comp claim.  The benefits are varied and complex and, if you are like most people, you are not as knowledgeable on the nuances of workers compensation law as the insurance adjuster who is representing your employer’s interests.  Don’t make the mistake of trying to represent yourself. You do not need to pay a “retainer” to hire an attorney in a workers compensation case.  Work Comp attorneys get paid “on contingency” meaning …