After an injury, the employer and insurer are required to pay for all reasonable, necessary and causally related medical treatment. However, there are limits to the duration and frequency of certain treatments that you can receive. One of those treatments that have limits include chiropractic care. Typically, workers’ compensation covers 12 weeks of chiropractic treatment. This varies depending […]
Following a work injury, the injured worker generally possesses the right to pick the treating doctor. It has long been the law that Minnesota employees are given great latitude both in choosing and changing physicians. This choice can be limited, if the employer participates in a certified managed care plan. If that is the case, the employee will be required to pick a physician within the list provided by the plan – unless a documented history of treatment before the injury with that doctor can be demonstrated. Absent a certified plan, however, the employee has the right to choose the doctor who treats the injury.
The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) has established a new Office of Workers’ Compensation Ombudsman to provide advice and assistance to employees and small businesses. “Our goal is to help injured workers and small businesses who are having problems navigating the workers’ compensation system,” said Ken Peterson, DLI commissioner. He said the ombudsman […]
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 […]
PPC Injury Tracker Application Professional athletes who suffer injuries while working in Minnesota, may be entitlted to Minnesota workers’ compensation benefits. Professional athletes often times suffer debilitating injuries in the course of their career. A study in 2003 found that the NFL players were nearly eight times higher to have an injury than that of […]
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 […]
Injured workers often wonder whether an injury will be covered under workers’ compensation if they have experienced prior problems with the body part at issue. The answer is – it depends. Under Minnesota law, a work injury need not be the sole cause of a condition. It is not even required that the work injury […]
One of the first things we have to determine when an employee comes into our office is whether the claimed injury is work related. As such, we need to look at what a compensable “personal injury” would be under the law.
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 […]
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 […]