MN Work Injury Penalty | Minnesota Workers Compensation

After a work injury you are entitled to certain benefits. We all have a role within the workers’ compensation process. Whether it is a doctor, employee, QRC, judge or adjuster. Obviously, it is the adjuster’s role to pay benefits when they are owed. Failure to do so causes undue hardship for you, the injured worker. Especially, if it is just poor investigation on the part of the adjuster and it results in you not getting benefits. This type of failure puts the insurance company at risk for a penalty. Some of these penalties are payable to you while others are payable to the special compensation fund.

After a Work Injury

Under the law, the employer and insurer are required within 14 days after the employer has been notified of an injury to admit or deny liability. Wage loss benefits are not payable for the first three calendar days following an injury. However, if your disability lasts greater than 10 days, compensation is due from the date your disability commenced. In other words, they are required to pay from the first day.

Temporary and Permanent Total Disability Benefits are due on the date you would have received wages had you continued working.

Temporary Partial Disability Benefits are due 10 days following mailing of your check stub.

Permanent Partial Disability benefits are due within 30 days a medical report containing a PPD rating or medical information the insurer may determine a rating.


If the work comp insurer does not pay benefits when owed you could be entitled to penalties. Penalties can be assessed for specific prohibited acts such as failure to respond to requests, failing to conduct an investigation or advising you not to obtain an attorney. Other penalties can be assessed for frivolous denials or inexcusable delay in payment of benefits.

We can safely say that the system was developed to allow the injured worker a way to recover. The system also put in place rules for the insurance company to follow in order to assist in that recovery. Sometimes the adjuster and insurance company lose sight of these obligations. Our office can make sure the adjuster is following the law and providing appropriate and timely benefits.

If you have been denied workers’ compensation benefits or have concerns about your case, we at The Law Office of Thomas Mottaz are workers’ compensation attorneys that help people with Minnesota work injuries anywhere in MN. Contact us for a free consultation and we will answer your questions or help you find the right lawyer for your situation.


(855) 354-2667
3340 Northdale Blvd. NW, #140
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
Phone: (763) 421-8226
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