Tag Archives: injured worker


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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How Long do Workers’ Compensation Benefits Last in Minnesota?

Injuries can range from strains to fractures to no wage loss to being permanently and totally disabled where you can never return to work. The benefits an injured worker receives depends on the injury and whether that injury continues to remain a substantial contributing factor in their disability. Tied into this is the limits on […]

If I accept a retirement package or severance, would I be entitled to benefits now or in the future?

Accepting a retirement package or severance will not preclude you from receiving benefits including lost wages. In cases of voluntary termination, the injured worker’s right to wage loss benefits is suspended until the injured worker can show that the work-related disability is the cause for the inability to find or hold new employment. This can […]

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 […]

The Employer and Insurer have Stopped Paying my Medical Bills and will not Approve any Further Treatment with my Doctor—What are my Legal Options?

As I have discussed in previous posts, the employer and insurer are responsible for all reasonable, necessary and causally related medical treatment.  This would include visits to your doctor, physical therapy, injections, chiropractic treatment, surgery, etc.  Now, there are limits to certain treatment based on the Minnesota Treatment Parameters which limit the types and duration […]