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Beware of Social Media – Second Posting

I have written on this subject before; however, it bears revisiting.  I cannot overemphasize the importance of caution when it comes to the use of social media by an injured worker.  Increasingly, insurance companies, their investigators, and their attorneys are turning to the internet to obtain information to help them defend workers’ compensation claims. It […]

How Do I Collect my Lost Wages?

How Do I Collect my Lost Wages? Following a work-related injury an employer and insurer are required to pay for lost wages due to your work injury if your disability lasts longer than three days. The law requires that the employer and insurer file appropriate documents and notify you as to whether or not they […]

Can I Re-open my Prior Worker’s Compensation Claim by Filing a Petition to Vacate?

I seem to get more and more injured workers that come to me following a settlement of their case questioning whether their Minnesota workers compensation case be reopened. Often times, it is a situation where circumstances, including their medical condition, has changed. Others are dissatisfied with how their case was handled or the monetary amount […]

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 […]

New contributor to Comp Wonk – David Kempston

We are very happy to announce that we have a new team member and author on board, David Kempston, an attorney with The Law Office of Thomas Mottaz. David has been a strong advocate for the injured worker. Since 2000 he has been designated “Super Lawyer” by the Minnesota Journal of Law and Politics. He also […]

Link round up

Comp as Enabler: The Nadya Suleman Story| Workers’ Comp Insider How to Prevent Long-Term Disability from Back Injuries | My Disability Blog Be a hero on your own time (McDonalds refuses to pay work comp) | Arkansas Times Immigrant advocate: SC workers’ comp bill unfair | Forbes

Find me on the internet

One of the many things that sets me apart from other attorneys is my accessibility. Not only am I available on my cell phone, email and at the office, I also can be found on a variety of social media outlets. Most evenings you can find me on facebook or twitter talking about work comp […]

Link round up: back injuries

Preventing Back Injuries in Healthcare Settings | The NIOSH Glossary of back terms | AJNR Back pain at work: Preventing aches, pains and injuries | Mayo Clinic MRI of the Spine | Radiology Info Back Problems and Injuries – Check Your Symptoms | WebMd

The effects of an aging workforce

Due to advancements in technology and improvements in medical treatment, Americans are living longer and staying healthy longer then ever before. And many are working longer, as well. The US Department of Labor reports that from 1977 to 2007, employment of workers over the age of 65 increased 101%. People past the “retirement age” are […]