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 …

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

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 work comp 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 …

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 …

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 …

Take My Advice…Please! Confessions Of A MN Work Comp Lawyer

So, you’ve done your research and decided to hire an attorney to represent you in your Minnesota work comp case.  You’ve signed a retainer agreement. You’ve signed a stack of releases and medical authorizations that your attorney has used to request your work comp file from the state, your medical records and your employment file.  Hopefully, you are satisfied that he or she is knowledgeable in the law and has the experience necessary to help you navigate your case through the morass that is the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Act.  You are confident in their ability.  You trust your attorney.  You …