Monthly Archives: January 2009

Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Act proposed amendments

On January 28th the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Committee (WCAC) met to discuss recommendations for changes to the workers’ compensation statute. This was the first time a proposed draft  to the statute was made public.  In its present form, it appears to be a “rough” draft. But if passed in roughly the same form, it would […]

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 […]

Foreign-born workers face difficulties in obtaining workers’ compensation benefits

For many foreign born  workers, obtaining medical treatment following a work injury can be extremely difficult. This can be due to misconceptions about the culture and language barriers. Let me give you an example.  The other day I was sitting in on a statement of my client to an insurance adjuster and their interpreter.  Fortunately, […]

Keeping track of your out-of-pocket expenses

When an injured worker has a compensable work related injury, the employer and insurer are responsible for paying for any reasonable travel expenses incurred when receiving medical treatment including mileage, co-pays, parking, and, if necessary, lodging and meals. This is also true if an employer has the injured worker submit to an independent medical examination. […]

Look for work, look for work, look for work!

If you are completely off of work due to an occupational injury or disease, you may be entitled to temporary total disability (TTD) benefits for that period of time you are disabled. However, you are also required to conduct a “diligent” job search during that period of time unless the job search would be futile, […]

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

Symptoms of a herniated disc

One of the most common work related injuries I see as a Minnesota attorney are back injuries.  For many, these types of injuries are only soft tissue which ultimately resolve over time.  However, some back injuries are more serious. The more serious injuries are typically herniations or bulging disks in the spine.  These work injuries […]

How do we injure our back at work?

Back injuries are one of the most common work place injuries. In fact, they represent next in line to the common cold for absenteeism from work. OSHA lists back disorders as one of the leading causes of disability for people in their working years and afflict over 600,000 employees each year with a cost of […]