Minnesota truck operator injured in road accident

A semitrailer truck operator from Isanti, Minnesota became injured when the vehicle he was driving got involved in an accident in the eastern portion of Preston, the Post Bulletin reported on June 30.

Information coming from the Minnesota State Patrol revealed that 28-year-old Peter Burhite was brought to Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Mary’s Campus due to non-life threatening injuries he sustained. Sheriff Tom Kaase of Fillmore County said the semitrailer was on the southbound portion of U.S. Highway 52 when it lost control and struck a cemented culvert. The state Department of Transportation reportedly assisted responding authorities in the crash scene.

The lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates strongly believe that Minnesota workers should immediately get their workers’ compensation benefits when they sustain injuries due to job-related events. If you believe your benefits are being wrongfully denied to you, our workers’ compensation attorneys may be able to help. Speak with a member of our skilled legal team by calling (612) 334-3444 today.



Injured St. Cloud fireman denied workers’ compensation benefits

A St. Cloud fireman who suffered injuries while responding to a fire several months ago received a denial of his workers’ compensation claim, SC Times reported on December 14.

Freeport volunteer firefighter,  50-year-old Jerry Hartsworm, suffered injuries while responding to a barn fire that broke out last May. Hartsworm was admitted to a hospital and spent weeks out of work recovering after he was knocked unconscious in the fire. He was appalled to learn that his workers’ compensation claim was denied by the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust (LMCIT). The insurance company stated that his injuries were triggered by an existing health condition and was not the result of responding to the call. Though LMCIT finally covered the bill for his physical injuries, they are still denying treatment for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder Hartsworm claims was caused by the incident.

If you believe your workers’ compensation benefits have been unjustly denied in Minnesota, the lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates may advocate for you. Find out how our skilled attorneys may be able to help you secure your much needed treatment funds today by calling (612) 334-3444.



Staff injuries at psychiatric hospital spike

Hospital staff at a psychiatric center in Minnesota are reporting increased incidence of assault cases as a result of admitting more mentally-challenged convicted criminals, CBS Minnesota reported on December 6.

The increasing assault incidents on staff at the hands of patients in Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center is likely the result the new “48-hour rule” that requires the fast admission of mentally ill inmates in the facility. Data showed that since the law took effect in November 2013, at least 40 assaults on staff were reported, up from 24 cases the year before. Reports show that workers’ compensation claims in the center in 2014 increased by three folds as a result of the attacks. A hospital employee stated that at least three staff members recently required medical attention after they were assaulted by a patient.

Workers are often burdened with financial difficulties after suffering injuries in their workplace. If you are in such situation in Minnesota, the lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates may be able to assist you in applying for your much needed workers’ compensation benefits. Consult with us today at (612) 334-3444 to find out how we may help you.



Minnesota commemorates workers injured and killed on the job

On April 28, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) commemorated workers who were injured or lost their lives while working on roadway construction zones with Workers’ Memorial Day held at the Chaska Truck Station..

According to MnDOT information technology specialist Judi Holloway, remembering workers who were killed on duty is important for the department and to the people of Minnesota, as well. Since 1960, there have been at least 33 MnDOT workers killed while on the job. Road workers in the state are at high risk of suffering serious and fatal injuries due to thousands of workplace crashes recorded in the last four years.

The lawyers at Robert Wilson & Associates understand that many workers in Minnesota are exposed to serious injuries on the job, and if you or someone you love has been injured in the course of performing work-related duties, you could be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Learn more by contacting us today at (612) 334-3444. 



What to do if a workers’ compensation claim is denied

Workers who sustain an injury in their workplace often must deal with not only the medical bills and other expenses that accrue as a result of their injury, but also, depending on the seriousness of the injury, lose income due to time off work. As such, many workers in this situation count on getting workers’ compensation benefits to help them deal with the financial difficulties an injury can bring about. Unfortunately, this means that when a claim is denied, a worker can be placed in a very difficult position.

Fortunately, though, there are certain things that injured workers whose initial claim was denied can do. For instance, they may bring their case to the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals (WCCA). In WCCA, claims of injured workers will be reconsidered by judges, and claimants are given the opportunity to prove their claim in court. By making an appeal, issues like mixed-up information or other errors in the initial claim can be clarified and claimants may eventually get their needed benefits.

Our lawyers at Robert Wilson & Associates help injured workers in Minnesota who have been denied their much needed workers’ compensation file appeals to get the benefits they are seeking. Call our lawyers today at 612-334-3444 to find out how we may help you appeal your claim.



Minneapolis officer bitten by man

A Minneapolis police officer was severely injured after a mentally ill man bit off his finger.

According to police reports, the officer responded to a mental health emergency on the night of April 9 and subsequently had a 54-year old mentally ill suspect bite off a finger on his left hand. The mentally ill suspect was subdued by several other officers who responded to the scene. Minneapolis president of the police union, Sgt. John Delmonico, said the officer’s end finger was completely bitten off, but withheld his identity.

Unfortunately, police officers are often seriously injured or, as in this case, disfigured while doing their job. Depending on the situation, however, they may be owed workers’ compensation benefits, helping them financially make it through such a loss. Call 612-334-3444 to speak with a lawyer from Robert Wilson & Associates to discuss your legal options if you believe you are owed workers’ comp benefits.



Fund raising event set for injured farmer

A fund raising event has been organized for a farmer that was injured in a farm accident last year.

Zion Lutheran Church in Princeton has organized an event to benefit cattle farmer Norman Sawyer, who broke his next in a farm accident April 19, 2012. Following the injury, Sawyer was confined at a neuro-trauma hospital in Rockford, Illinois, and has undergone six months of rehabilitation at the Minneapolis VA Spinal Cord Injury Center. A dinner followed by a live auction and entertainment will be held this coming April 13 at the Princeton Fire Station.

Event proceeds will be used for renovating Sawyer’s home to make it handicapped-accessible.

Although there are many ways in which those injured while on the job can obtain financial assistance, one of the most beneficial is workers’ compensation. While not all employees injured on the job are qualified to receive the benefits of workers’ comp insurance, many are. As such, if you’ve been harmed in an accident while completing work-related activities, don’t hesitate to get the help you need by calling the legal team of Robert Wilson & Associates at 612-334-3444.



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.



Study finds that paid sick leave prevents future injuries

A new study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reveals that workers who are given paid sick leave are less likely to be injured in the workplace as compared to people who do not receive paid sick leave.

Not only do the risks of injuries increase, but so does the need for more time off at a later date due to an illness. The study of more than 12,000 employees in the private sector found that workers without paid sick leave are 53% more likely to need two weeks off later on.

Researchers found that if illnesses are continually ignored, then there is a 72% chance that workers would need as much as two months off at a later date.

If you have been injured on the job and have been denied workers’ compensation benefits, contact the workers’ compensation lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates at 612-334-3444.



Safety inspections don’t harm business profits, says report

Workplace safety inspections do not harm businesses’ profits or sales, the Associated Press reports. Researchers studied inspections conducted by the Californian division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration between 1996-2006.

The report found that inspected companies saw a 9.4 percent drop in injury claims as compared to companies that were not inspected. Those same companies also saved an average of 26 percent on workers’ compensation costs in the four years following the inspections.

Inspected companies also saved about $355,000 on paid lost work and injury claims in the following four years. The Harvard Business School, which helped conduct the research, estimates that inspected businesses nationwide could add an estimated $6 billion in value.

If your workers’ compensation claim has been denied, contact the workers’ compensation lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates at 612-334-3444.