What Is An IME? – Independent Medical Examiner

So… what is an IME? An IME is an “Independent Medical Examiner”, also sometimes referred to as an “Adverse Medical Examiner”, and it is their job to examine an injured worker on behalf of the insurance company or the employer. As I pointed out, these parties are typically “adverse to your interests”, and what that means is that they working against you or your case. In other words they are there to give a separate opinion from your treating physician. Now from the insurance company or employer’s point of view, this almost always a “medical investigation”, and sometimes it is …

What Is A NOID?

YouTube   What Is A NOID? So… What is a NOID? A NOID is a “Notice of Intent to Discontinue Benefits“. This is oftentimes the result of the insurance company responsible for the cost of an injured employee’s injuries, has the belief that the employee (you) has made a full recovery. Although, this is not always the case. Reasons Insurance Companies File a NOID • Insurance companies may want you to see an independent medical examiner of their choosing who, says “you’ve made a full recovery“, even though your doctors may not feel the same • Your doctor(s) may indicate that they believe you have …

Should I Hire A Workers’ Compensation Attorney?

YouTube Recorded on Aug 7th, 2014 and Published on Aug 8th, 2014 So… should you hire a workers’ compensation attorney? This question is frequently asked question in my practice, and certainly a question I have answered many times for my clients.  While I cannot speak for every state, I can tell you that hiring an attorney in Minnesota for a workers’ compensation case is ESSENTIAL. If you are not getting the benefits you deserve, or there is a problem with your case, things can go wrong very quickly, and it’s your attorney’s job to make sure that doesn’t happen.  This …

If You Think Compensation Costs You Money Upfront, Think Again

If You Think Compensation Costs You Money Upfront, Think Again Hiring a lawyer can be expensive, but if you’re injured at work there’s something you should know: Hiring an attorney costs you nothing upfront, and an attorney can only collect if you win your case. Surprised? Minnesota Statute 176.081 deals primarily with attorney’s fees in workers’ compensation cases, and is the foundation for further statutory provisions.  This statute starts with subdivision one, which is an outline of an attorneys limitation of fees, and is very important when discussing how much a workers’ compensation case may cost you. As it points out, …

Injured At Work: What Am I Supposed To Do Now?

  Workers’ compensation is a system that provides benefits if you become injured or ill from work-related activities.  In the state of Minnesota, all businesses are required under law to purchase workers’ compensation insurance or become self-insured.  It is also important to note that Minnesota is a “no-fault” state, meaning that it does not matter whose fault the injury or illness was, the compensation benefits must still be paid. While the concept of Workers’ compensation is relatively straight forward, and in many cases, claims are paid without any problems, like any area of the law, issues arise from time to …

What is RSD / Chronic Pain?

What is RSD / Chronic Pain? Workers’ compensation claims aren’t the result of a traumatic industrial accident involving heavy machinery or a severely injured body part.  Sometimes a work-related injuries, such as RSD, can be more subtle, less visible—but still produce the same life-affecting results. One common chronic injury that often give rise to workers’ compensation claims in Minnesota is Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and is catagarized by chronic, severe pain that worsens over over time. You might also know it as Sudeck’s Atrophy, or Causalgia (which is actually a slight variation from the …

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, …

Who Decides a Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Claim?

Who Decides a Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Claim? If you were injured on the job in Minnesota, you’ve probably been looking into making a workers’ compensation claim (smart move). Who will actually decide your claim? Do you have to go to court? Workers’ Compensation Judges In Minnesota, work’ comp claims are first decided by special judges who work for the Workers’ Compensation Division. The Workers’ Compensation Division is part of the Office of Administrative Hearings, which is an administrative office. That means that the courtroom you go to for a workers’ compensation claim is being run by a judge who specializes in …

My Job Is Done But I’m Still Being Hurt! | MN Work Comp For Post-Termination Injuries

My Job Is Done But I’m Still Being Hurt! | Minnesota Work Comp For Post-Termination Injuries Minnesota has a work comp system set up for people who are injured on the job to receive benefits when they are injured at work. But what happens if your injury has some connection to work but happens after your employment is over? Let’s say, for example, you quit your job one week and return the next week to pick up your paycheck. Can you make a claim for workers’ compensation? The short answer is yes (don’t you love it when a lawyer can …