DISABILITY VALUES FOR INJURIES TO FINGERS AND HANDS UNDER MINNESOTA’S WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ACT

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.   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 percentage system does have the advantage of making it relatively straightforward and easy to determine what sort of compensation you can expect for …

Minnesota Work Comp Penalty Awards – Are You Getting What You Deserve?

Having an accident at work is bad enough, what with the injury itself, the medical bills, and time off work. The last thing you need are delay tactics, unreasonable negotiations by your employer, or an outright failure to pay your workers' compensation claim after your award has been determined. The good news is that there is a silver lining if your employer (or your employer's insurance company, but for brevity's sake we'll stick with “employer” throughout this post) engages in such behavior: you may be able to recover additional workers' compensation as a penalty. Penalty awards can be applicable in …

MN Work Comp Law And Law Enforcement

Police officers face a number of potential sources of injury on a daily basis, and accordingly, police officers who are injured on the job in Minnesota have more than one source of available compensation.  If you are an injured police officer, make sure you’re aware of your options so that you don’t miss out on any of the compensation you’re entitled to. Standard Minnesota workers’ compensation First, you may be entitled to compensation under the same laws that provide benefits to other types of Minnesota workers.  This is compensation for things like medical expenses and wage loss.  It might include …