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Who Can Get Reimbursed for Transporting an Injured Worker to a Medical Appointment?

The Minnesota workers’ compensation statute provides for reimbursement of “medical mileage” when the employee travels by car for necessary medical care. Reimbursement of medical mileage directly to the employee is supported by case law. It is also supported by rule. See Minn. Rule 5221.0500, Subpart 2E. This Rule states that travel expenses incurred by an […]


Do I need a Work Comp Lawyer?

In most circumstances, you first need to speak with a lawyer to go over the facts of your case to determine whether or not you need to retain a lawyer to represent you.  Our office, offers a free consultation to all potential clients.  We don’t set any time limits on the conference, and often times […]

Do Workers’ Compensation Cases Settle before going to Trial?

Most workers’ compensation cases settle at some point during the litigation process.  Now, there are some cases where the work injuries resolve and there are no settlements because the injury has completely healed.  While in other cases, the effects from the injury continue to linger and at some point the injured worker, the work comp insurer, […]

Should I get a Lawyer to go after or sue my Employer?

The reason why I titled this article as I did is that many of the people that I speak with, including employers, feel that if they have a work-related injury that the claim is going directly against the employer.  While the employer is listed in the workers’ compensation documents, the claims are not typically paid […]

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2014 Super Lawyers | Law Office of Thomas Mottaz

The Law Office of Thomas Mottaz is proud to announce that David Kempston and Thomas Mottaz have been named Minnesota Super Lawyers . Congratulations to Thomas Mottaz and David Kempston for their recognition again as being one of the top and best Minnesota workers’ compensation lawyers in Minnesota. Please join us in congratulating these wonderful attorneys on their accomplishments […]

Changes to the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Law

The Minnesota Worker’s Compensation statute underwent substantial revision during the past legislative session. Most of the statutory changes will take effect October 1, 2013. The following is a short summary that outlines the main changes: The implementation of pain contracts. This will affect employees who use opioids on a long term basis. These circumstances will […]

Be Aware of Social Media

As the Internet expands and social media becomes ever more popular, insurance companies and their investigators and attorneys are often turning to Facebook and other internet venues to help defend against injured workers’ claims. Requests for access to Facebook posting are not that uncommon anymore. Moreover, Courts typically allow these requests because, as a general […]

The Workers’ Compensation Insurer has Stopped my Chiropractic Treatment for my Work Injury, but my Chiropractor Continues to Recommend Further Treatment. What are my Options to get More Treatment?

After an injury, the employer and insurer are required to pay for all reasonable, necessary and causally related medical treatment. However, there are limits to the duration and frequency of certain treatments that you can receive. One of those treatments that have limits include chiropractic care. Typically, workers’ compensation covers 12 weeks of chiropractic treatment. This varies depending […]

Does an Employer have to Purchase or have Workers’ Compensation Insurance?

Most employers in Minnesota are required to have Minnesota Workers’ Compensation insurance, or for some companies, be self-insured. There are certain limited situations where an employer may not need to have coverage, however, in most situations they are required to have workers’ compensation insurance on their employees. Even though a Minnesota employer may not have […]

If I have a Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Case, can I Sue the Company for an Unsafe Workplace or Under an OSHA Violation?

Minnesota workers’ compensation is typically an exclusive remedy. In other words, you cannot sue the employer for damages but must file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. Despite having the workers’ compensation claim, you can still file a complaint with OSHA regarding the employer’s conduct. The Occupational and Safety Health Act (OSHA) was established to […]