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, …

Workers’ Compensation Benefits and Bankruptcy

Workers’ Compensation Benefits and Bankruptcy What happens to your Minnesota workers’ compensation benefits when you file for bankruptcy? Considering filing for bankruptcy but worried that you might lose your workers’ compensation benefits by doing so? Under both federal law and Minnesota law, these benefits are generally exempt from claims by creditors, and Minnesota law in particular has this situation well-covered. State law specifically provides that work comp claims are exempt from seizure or sale for the payment of any debts or liabilities. What that means as far as bankruptcy is that your workers’ compensation benefits can generally be “reclaimed” from …

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 …

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 …

Can Someone Back Out of a MN Workers’ Compensation Settlement?

Can Someone Back Out of a MN Workers’ Compensation Settlement? We’ve previously blogged about whether you should settle your case and the general effect of a settlement of your workers’ compensation claim. In some cases, however, you might have already executed a settlement agreement but that agreement may no longer be in your best interest or you may feel that the settlement agreement is no longer appropriate. Are there any circumstances in which you can challenge the prior settlement? The most common type of situation when this comes up is where you suffer an injury, enter into a settlement based on …

Workers’ Compensation Benefits Combined With Other Payouts

Workers’ Compensation Benefits Combined With Other Payouts If you were injured at work in Minnesota, you might have already looked into a workers’ compensation claim—good! You might have also looked into making a personal injury claim against someone else—for example, another driver, if you were injured in a road accident while working—who was responsible for your accident. But what happens if both claims are successful? Can you keep both awards of money? First of all, successfully getting workers’ compensation benefits does not prevent you from bringing a lawsuit against a negligent third party. Additionally, your employer (or more likely your …

Should You Sign It? | Workers’ Compensation Settlements in Minnesota

Should You Sign It? | Workers’ Compensation Settlements in Minnesota Imagine you were hurt on the job and talked to your employer about seeking workers’ compensation benefits. After lots of discussion, you sit down in a meeting with your employer and your employer’s insurance company and they present you with a settlement agreement. It provides you with a certain lump sum of money and says that the money is in full and final settlement of any workers’ compensation claim you might have related to the injury at issue. It sounds like a pretty good deal. Should you sign it? Rule number …