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Joe, I wanted to take a moment and thank you for all your help and calm guidance with my workers’ compensation case. I really don’t know what I would have done without you (and Dawna). Fred and I both said not sure how anyone would get through this process without a great attorney like you! Thank you again for all your help, we really appreciate it more than words can say!
Who does Workers’ Compensation insurance cover?
Workers' compensation insurance covers employees who are injured on the job and while in the course and scope of their employment. Work injuries include traumatic injuries, injuries caused by repetitious and repetitive activities, or occupational diseases caused by the work environment.
What you should do if you are injured at work:
Report your injury in writing to your employer and keep a copy of the report. Be specific on how the injury occurred, not just that you noticed symptoms while at work.
What benefits are available to injured workers?
Medical Benefits are paid for reasonable and necessary medical care in order to cure or relieve the effects of the work-related injury. Many forms of medical treatment are covered, but there are certain limits on some forms of medical treatment.
Wage Loss Benefits are based on the injured worker's average weekly wage at the time of the injury.
Permanent Impairment Benefits are benefits paid to the employee for any permanent injury rated by their doctor under the Minnesota workers' compensation guidelines.
Vocational Benefits are benefits paid to a professional who will assist the injured worker in returning to their employment with the employer or assist the employee in finding suitable, alternative employment if the injured worker is unable to continuing in their pre-injury occupation.
Death Benefits are benefits paid in the unfortunate event the work injury causes the death of the worker. They cover funeral expenses for the deceased worker and are also paid to the deceased workers' dependents.
Can my employer fire me for filing a Workers’ Compensation claim?
It is unlawful for an employer to discharge (or fire) an employee for seeking workers’ compensation benefits. It is also unlawful for an employer to even threaten to discharge an employee or reduce an employee’s pay or benefits for seeking workers’ compensation benefits. If you feel that your employer is treating you differently because of a workers’ compensation injury, please contact us to discuss whether you have a claim.