Monthly Archives: June 2010

The framework of litigated Minnesota Workers Compensation cases

You were injured at work, but for some reason the workers’ compensation insurer has denied your claim. At this time, you are now faced with a question that many injured workers face. What do I do now? A majority of these injured worker’s retain an attorney to assist them in fighting for their entitlement to […]

The NOID needs to be CLEAR |Powell v. Stein Industry

The document arrives in the mail at the injured worker’s home who has been receiving wage loss benefits for the last month. He opens his mail hoping to receive his weekly wage loss check when suddenly he discovers his benefits are being discontinued. This can be devastating for an injured worker and his family especially […]

Do I have to give a recorded statement?

You just sustained a work-related injury. A day or two later the claims representative assigned to your file by the insurance company contacts you and wants to take a recorded statement. Do you have to provide one? The answer is no. There is no requirement under Minnesota law that an injured worker provide a recorded […]

Will my work injury be covered if I have had prior problems?

Injured workers often wonder whether an injury will be covered under workers’ compensation if they have experienced prior problems with the body part at issue.  The answer is – it depends.  Under Minnesota law, a work injury need not be the sole cause of a condition.  It is not even required that the work injury […]

MN DOLI evaluation of employee’s saftey in nursing homes

The Workplace Safety Consultation (WSC) unit of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry undertook a collaborative project to provide ergonomics assistance to nursing homes to help management and workers reduce ergonomic risk factors and improve the safety of their workplaces. The study can be found here. It was noted in the report that work-related […]

Waddel Signs: What does it mean for my Minnesota workers’ compensation case?

One of the many ways the employer and insurer may try to deny you claim is on the basis that you are “faking” your symptoms. In order to determine if you are faking, they will typically have you undergo an Adverse Medical Examination to assess your symptoms. Mike Bryant posted about “Waddel signs” which is […]

Finding Minnesota Workers Compensation Court of Appeals Decisions on the Web

Attorneys rely heavily on case law to support their case or to dispute the other sides position. Several services such as Westlaw and Lexis-Nexis offers the ability to search for particular cases related to work comp matters. Unfortunately, these services can be quite expensive. Fortunately, there are less expensive alternatives for researching case law. The […]