Abbreviations and Glossary for MN Work Comp 101

Minnesota workers' compensation has many abbreviations that get used by adjusters, attorneys, employers, etc. Understanding what they represent is a difficult task for employee's who have never dealt with workers' compensation. The following is a list of common abbreviations and terms used. Some people may abbreviate terms differently, but hopefully it will provide some guidance in distinguishing the various abbreviations.

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What happens after I file a workers’ compensation case?

One of the more difficult parts of the Minnesota workers' compensation system is understanding how the process works. For many injured workers this is the first time they have ever had an injury. At times the process can be like assembling IKEA furniture - frustrating and oftentimes, stressful. Fortunately, there are lawyers (including myself) that are experienced and can provide guidance through the process.

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What happens at my Minnesota workers’ compensation deposition?

You have filed a workers' compensation claim on a disputed case and then you get a letter from your lawyer indicating the adverse attorney has scheduled your deposition.  Bad Perry Mason re-runs come to mind.  You get unwanted advice about how to testify from various friends and relatives.  You have lots of questions.  First and foremost - you wonder whether the other attorney is allowed to even take your deposition. The answer is yes.  Although the Rules governing discovery in workers' compensation cases suggest that an order is required for a deposition, the usual practice is that discovery

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10 Things to Keep in Mind When You Have a Work Related Injury

  When you have a work related injury and you are unrepresented, there are several things you should keep in mind. Top 10 List Report your injury to your supervisor, foremen or any other designated representative with your employer; Seek medical treatment; Request the assistance of a QRC to determine if you are a qualified employee for vocational assistance; Consult a lawyer if you have questions or if your benefits are discontinued or denied. Make sure to keep updated work restrictions; Save all important documents including medical records, incident reports, restrictions

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The Law Office of Thomas D. Mottaz | Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Star for 2011

The Law Office of Thomas Mottaz is proud to announce that its attorneys have been named Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2011. 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. Congratulations to Jerry Sisk for his recognition as a Rising Star. Please join us in congratulating these wonderful attorneys on their accomplishments and ongoing commitments to excellence. Every year, Super Lawyers magazine, which is published in all 50 states and reaches more than 13

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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 work comp benefits. From that point on, the litigation portion of the Minnesota workers' compensation system begins. The following is a brief summary of the litigation process for Minnesota workers' compensation cases.

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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 statement to an insurance company. In fact, depending upon how soon the statement is taken, it may not even be admissible in a court of law. Caution is thus urged in providing a recorded statement.

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Finding the right Minnesota workers’ compensation attorney

Another lawyer and I recently had a conversation about how people find attorneys. He was quite surprised to hear how many people used the internet to find an attorney.  He said, "how can someone make such a big decision just from reading a website." I began thinking about what he said - and it made a lot of sense. I have always been the kind of person to ask around, research and even try out things before I buy them. Why would an attorney be any different? If you think it about, it is very easy for attorneys to sound great on their website. This is part of their job. The question, then, is

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DOLI’s Video on Minnesota Workers’ Compensation

If you have some free time on your hands. Check out the video DOLI developed for injured workers.  You will need Windows Media Player to view it or you can order a DVD through the website. The video is about 50 minutes long so plan on sitting at your computer for awhile. If you have a general question you may be better off searching Comp Wonk or the DOLI website.

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Mistakes Injured Employees Make with their Workers’ Compensation Cases

The following is a list of some of the many mistakes employees make when they have a work-related injury or illness. Failure to report an injury immediately Often an employee fails to report their injury to their employer because they think it will heal or that it will get better. The motivating factor is typically that the employee is worried about negative repercussions from the employer. However, if the employee fails to report the injury until many days after the injury, the employer may deny the claim. And if an employee waits too long, the claim may be barred entirely.

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