How Do I Protect My Workers’ Compensation Rights?

Protect Your Rights

The Minnesota Legislature enacted The Workers’ Compensation Act to provide medical and lost-wage benefits to employees injured during the course of and/or arising from their employment. So, if you injure yourself at work, you should take all necessary steps to assert your Workers’ Compensation claim and protect your rights. There are many things to keep in mind if you want to maximize your benefits including:

  • Making sure that your employer is immediately notified of your injury or injuries. If possible, file a written report like a First Report of Injury (FROI). Never attempt to hide an injury. If you fail to report an injury, it will seriously deter later efforts to collect under Minnesota law.
  • An occupational disease is completely different, in legal terms, from a “traumatic injury.” While they are equally compensable, occupational diseases are sometimes more difficult for your doctor to diagnose as work-related. They also pose issues with establishing a specific date of injury. Therefore, you must approach them with a different workers’ compensation claim strategy.
  • Seek medical help immediately. This will document your symptoms and injuries if they should come into dispute.

Rosengren, Kohlmeyer & Hagen represents injured Minnesotans in their workers’ compensation claims on a contingent-fee basis. This means you pay a fee only if you win an award of compensation. If you don’t receive compensation, we don’t receive compensation We invite you to contact us at 507-625-5000 for an initial consultation to learn more.