What is a QRC and How do I Go About Getting One for My Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Case?

[title type="h5" class="tfuse"]What is a QRC and How do I Go About Getting One for My Minnesota Workers' Compensation Case?[/title] One of the benefits that is offered to injured workers in Minnesota is the assistance of a QRC or a qualified rehabilitation consultant. The job of a QRC is to help the injured worker in getting them back to work with the date of injury employer, either in their original job or in a new position within the employer. If the employee cannot go back to work with the same employer, and they are allowed to return to work, job placement services may be initiated to

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My doctor gave me restrictions and the employer cannot accommodate those restrictions and bring me back to work – What are my options?

Unfortunately, under Minnesota law there is no absolute right for an employer to provide light-duty work. However, the law prohibits employers from discriminating or retaliating against an injured worker who has suffered an injury or filed for workers compensation benefits.

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My doctor gave me restrictions and the employer cannot accommodate those restrictions and bring me back to work. What are my options?

Unfortunately, this is a situation that occurs all too often. Under Minnesota law there is no absolute right for an employer to provide light-duty work. However, the law prohibits employers from discriminating or retaliating against an injured worker who has suffered an injury or filed for workers compensation benefits. Employers are required to make reasonable efforts to find acceptable positions for injured workers. This does not mean that the employer has to change their business practices. The question is whether the employer can make the necessary modifications without impacting the core

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Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE) in Minnesota woekwes conpensation matters

Following a serious work related injury there comes a point when your medical doctors want to determine what your physical capabilities in order to return you to work, evaluate your disability, determine how non-work related conditions affect your work ability or to determine your overall functionality. A Functional Capacity Evaluation or FCE objectively measures an injured employee's capability, not disability, by identifying safe performance capabilities and comparing them to the job requirements detailed in a Job Demands Analysis (JDA). FCE’s and JDA’s through the assistance of a physical

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The Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Maze

The Department of Labor and Industry published the following illustration. It does a fairly good job of showing some parts of the workers' compensation "maze." Click on the links and you will be directed to a the DOLI website. Learn moreFAQs Suggestions for: -- successful doctor visit; -- communicating with insurance adjuster; -- communicating with employer

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What types of workers’ compensation benefits are available for injured workers?

Although the law controls the specific amounts duration and types of benefits in effect at the time of the injury, there are 4 main types of benefits available to an injured worker.

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Providing health care to Minnesotans

Injured workers rely on workers' compensation to cover their work related medical treatment. In cases where the employer and insurer are denying benefits, the injured worker is often times unable to receive the proper medical treatment due to the lack of insurance. Alessandra Fuhrman with Workday Minnesota recently published the following  article concerning proposed legislation to provide health care to all Minnesotans.  The article can be found here.

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Police officers : Stress related heart attacks

Police officers in the line of work face an overabundant amount of stress. It has been shown that police officers are at an increased risk for cardiovascular events and even emotional difficulties such as depression. More than 400 police officers have participated in a study with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. The Science Daily Reports more than 400 police officers have participated in the study to date, with the researchers aiming for 500. Results from the study shows, among other findings, that officers over age 40 had a higher 10-year risk of a coronary event

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Getting rehab on it

When you have a work related injury, sometimes all you need is a little help to get back on our feet. That is one of the reasons why rehabilitation services are offered to injured workers through Minnesota workers' compensation. If you are injured at work, you may be eligible for rehabilitation services if you are in need of medical management and/or help returning to work because of your injury. The general purpose of rehabilitation is to help injured workers to return to their former employment or to modified employment that will bring them as close as possible to their pre-injury economic

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