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 …

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 …