OSHA cited a Minnesota Security Hospital

A security hospital in St. Peter was recently cited by the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) due to recurring safety issues in the facility. These issues are reported as risking the health and safety of staff and patients, the St. Peter Herald published on August 15.

Though OSHA recognized the safety improvement of the Minnesota Security Hospital in the last two years, an inspection on August 1 revealed that it will have to improve further regarding safety in the workplace. OSHA did not publicize the details of the citation.

A previous report revealed that the security hospital had cases of administrative chaos and patient neglect. Staff members that were interviewed last May revealed that several policies in handling patients compromised their safety.

The Minnesota lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates advocate for workers whose safety is being compromised in the workplace. If you have been injured while doing your job, we may be able to help you get your much needed workers’ compensation benefits for a faster recovery. Speak with us today by calling 612-334-3444 to learn more about your options.



Finalists Announced for Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals

Three finalists, one of which will replace the Honorable Thomas L. Johnson once his term is up, for the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals were named by Governor Mark Dayton last Friday.

According to Dayton’s statement, Judges Bradley J. Behr, Manuel J. Cervantes, and Philip B. Moosbrugger will be undergoing an interview process in the next few weeks before the final judge to be appointed to the position will be determined. Currently, Behr works as a Workers’ Compensation Judge at the Office of Administrative Hearings, Cervantes works at the Office of Administrative Hearings as an Administrative Law Judge, and Moosbrugger works in the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry as the Workers’ Compensation Ombudsman.

The Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals sees workers’ compensation cases, rendering judgements on these claims.

Pursuing financial assistance through workers’ compensation after you’ve sustained an injury while on the job can be complex, frustrating, and overwhelming. However, with the support of a qualified workers’ comp lawyer from Robert Wilson & Associates, you can more easily obtain the financial aid you need. Call us at 612-334-3444 today.



Injured workers at risk of becoming addicted to narcotics

A new report by the Workers Compensation Research Institute published this week reveals that one in 12 injured workers who were prescribed narcotics are still using them three to six months later.

The report shows that most doctors do not follow recommended treatment guidelines, such as monitoring services to prevent abuse, for workers who are to use the narcotics long term. According to the Insurance Journal, longer-term use of narcotics can increase disability and work loss.

Previous studies also reflect this unfortunate trend. In 2009, a study by the National Council on Compensation Insurance revealed that narcotics accounted for a quarter of all workers’ compensation prescription costs.

If you or someone you love has been injured at work and would like to learn about workers’ compensation benefits, contact the workers’ compensation attorneys of Robert Wilson & Associates by calling 612-334-3444.



Workers’ compensation claims drop from 1997

According to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, the number of workers’ compensation claims fell from 8.7 per 100 full-time workers in 1997 to 4.9 per 100 workers in 2010. The labor commissioner attributes this to Minnestoa’s safer workplace environments.

The report released today also shows that paid workers’ compensation claims fell 43 percent between 1997 and 2010. However, medical treatment for workplace injuries increased the annual cost per claim by more than five percent above wages since 1997.

In 2010, the workers’ compensation system was at its lowest since 1997 at $1.25 per $100 of payroll.

If you or someone you know has been injured on the job and is now struggling to secure the workers’ compensation benefits they need, contact the  workers’ compensation attorneys at Robert Wilson & Associates today at 612-334-3444.



Lack of sleep can lead to work injuries, says researchers

According to researchers for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, lack of can cause workplace injuries and even illness. About 30 percent of American workers as of 2000 did not get enough sleep, up from 24 percent in the 1980s.

Lack or inefficient sleep can be contributed to factors such as working irregular or night hours, shift timing, and work demands. NIOSH suggests shorter work shifts, such as five eight-hour shifts or ten four-hour shifts.

Working long hours can lead to higher rates of occupational injuries, depression, and poor health; a decline in physical ability and mental function; increased risk of illness and injury; and an increased risk of long-term health problems.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a workplace accident, contact the workers’ compensation lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates at 612-334-3444.



Workers’ comp claims up in the air during state government shutdown

Because Minnesota’s state government was recently shut down, many workers’ compensation claims have been left up in the air with workers questioning whether or not they will be receiving the benefits that they deserve.

Disputed workers’ comp claims are usually mediated by government officials. However, during the government shutdown, mediation for workers’ comp disputes was not ruled to be a necessary service, so it was eradicated. Because of this, workers who were involved in disputes about their workers’ comp claims are having to do without their workers’ compensation.

Workers have already complained about the situation. One man who had to undergo back and neck surgery following an injury at his workplace has said that he is still waiting for a $100,000 ruling in a dispute with his insurance company.

If you or someone you love has been injured on the job and is having difficulty receiving workers’ compensation, please contact the Minnesota workers’ compensation lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates at 612-334-3444.



Report shows workers’ comp claims have decreased in Minnesota

A report recently issued by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry shows that workers’ comp claims in Minnesota decreased by 44 percent from the years 1997-2009. However, despite this drastic decrease in claims, there has been a 40 percent increase in worker disputes.

Despite disputes increasing, many think that things are improving for Minnesota workers. According to Ken Peterson, the commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry, “Minnesota’s workplaces have become much safer for employees and comparatively less costly for employers since 1997.”

The report was issued as part of an annual series that details Minnesota’s workers’ compensation system from 1997-2009. It also found that because the number of claims fell over the years, the rate of medical, cash, and rehabilitation benefits also fell.

If you or someone you love has been injured on the job and is having difficulty receiving workers’ compensation, please contact the Minnesota workers’ compensation lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates at 612-334-3444.

 



Illinois moves to end workers’ compensation

Legislation to end workers’ compensation recently went to the Senate in Illinois after being approved by a Senate committee. The bill hopes to end workers’ compensation so that fraudulent workers’ compensation cases are decreased.

The bill was approved in a 9-6 vote in the Senate Executive Committee. If the bill is approved once again on the Senate floor, then it will next go to the governor, where it could be made into a law.

While effectively ending workers’ compensation, the bill would force workers to file lawsuits in order to receive compensation for injuries suffered at work. This will bring an estimated 50,000 new cases a year to Illinois courts. So far, no bill of this kind has been approved in the Minnesota legislature.

If you or someone you love has been injured at work and are having difficulty receiving workers’ compensation, please contact the Minnesota workers’ compensation lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates at 612-334-3444.



Man awarded $361,000 after being fired by company

A man who worked at G&K Services from 2008 through 2010 was recently awarded $361,000 in a lawsuit he filed against the company for unjustly firing him.

According to the lawsuit, the man was fired because he sought worker’s compensation after being injured while on the job. He had been a shuttle driver for the company in 2008 when he suffered injuries in a car accident. The man was awarded workers’ compensation and told by a doctor that he would not be able to lift more than five pounds or sit for more than 45 minutes at work. The man’s managers accused him of faking his injuries and fired him in 2010 for allegedly faking doctors’ statements.

The man sued the company for his unjust termination, and a jury found in favor of the former employee.

Anyone who is injured while on the job has a right to workers’ compensation. If you or someone you love has been injured on the job, please contact the Minnesota workers’ compensation lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates at 612-334-3444.