Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
A workplace injury can seriously affect your life. Medication, hospital visits, and physical therapy can cost immense amounts of money. At the same time, you may have to miss months—even years—of work while you recover, severely reducing or completely eliminating your income.
Thankfully, many in Minnesota are covered by workers’ compensation insurance through their employer. If you were hurt on the job or became ill due to workplace conditions, you might be entitled to benefits that would pay for your medical expenses and cover your lost work wages. Workers’ compensation can cover:
- Medical costs related to your injury
- Work wages lost to recovery time
- Vocational rehabilitation services
- Benefits for permanent bodily damage
- Benefits to your family if you die due to a workplace injury
- Travel costs for vocational rehabilitation services and/or medical care
It can be difficult to secure the workers’ compensation you are due, even from an insured employer. At Robert Wilson & Associates, our skilled Minnesota workers’ compensation lawyers fight to get you the benefits you legally deserve.
Workers’ Compensation Cases We Handle
Workers across Minnesota often struggle to receive compensation after getting injured on the job. Employers and insurance companies have been known to unjustly deny, delay, and reduce claims by exploiting legal loopholes or even by simply ignoring the law. Some companies assume workers will be too intimidated to seek justice. That’s why we are ready to fight for you. The experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at Robert Wilson & Associates have the knowledge and the skills to help you get the benefits you need. Some common cases we handle include issues involving:
- Long-Term / Permanent Disability: when a workplace injury or illness permanently impact your health, you are legally due certain benefits
- Short-Term / Temporary Disability: as you recover from an accident or sickness, you need workers’ compensation to make sure you stay financially stable
- Workplace Injuries: even if your employer provides benefits through workers’ compensation insurance, you might be due monetary recompense from another party responsible for your injury
Even though we rely on insurance companies and our employers to take care of us when we are injured, it’s important to remember that these businesses are primarily concerned with profit. Your well-being is not their top priority like it would be for a Robert Wilson & Associates attorney. Our practiced workers’ compensation attorneys can make sure your interests are protected by working to safeguard your finances and secure your benefits.
Minnesota Workplace Injury Statistics
Every year, thousands of people across Minnesota are hurt while at work. Sometimes these injuries occur due to an employer allowing hazardous conditions or violating safety regulations. However, accidents can still happen even when there’s technically no one to blame. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015:
- Over 65,000 workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in Minnesota
- There were 3.5 injury cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers
- The Minnesota workplace injury rate was significantly higher than the national average
- There were 74 fatal work injuries in Minnesota
- Nationwide, there were 4,836 fatal work injuries
Many of these injuries happen in industries typically considered risky or dangerous. Compared to other fields, manufacturing, construction, and transportation see a great deal of worker injury and death. However, workers can be hurt in any job. Whatever your occupation, if you were injured at work, you should seek immediate legal counsel. You may be due workers’ compensation benefits.
Workplace Injury and the Law
Current workers’ compensation laws in Minnesota compel employers to purchase insurance that will provide benefits to employees hurt on the job. These benefits can come into effect when a worker suffers an injury due to a job-related accident such as a slip and fall in a restaurant or an equipment malfunction in a factory. Additionally, workers are also covered if workplace conditions cause illness or another medical condition. Respiratory problems can arise if employees often work around hazardous fumes or chemicals. Some workers are also threatened by lead or mercury poisoning while performing their occupational duties.
Whatever the nature of the injury or illness, if it happened on the job, it will most likely be covered by workers’ compensation. It’s important to remember that your employer does not need to be at fault for creating unsafe conditions or allowing dangerous behavior. You can receive benefits even if the accident occurred without any discernible cause. However, employers and insurance companies have been known to unjustly deny legitimate claims. They might also try to delay your claim or severely reduce the payout. If you have been hurt on the job, you could greatly benefit from legal counsel. A skilled workers’ compensation attorney can help you protect your best interests and secure the payments you are legally due.
Frequently Asked Questions about Workers’ Compensation
If you were injured on the job or got sick due to workplace conditions, you probably have a lot of questions. We have compiled a brief list of some of the most common questions we hear from our clients for your general reference. If you have specific concerns relating your unique case, feel free to give us a call at (612) 334-3444 to get answers from a dedicated legal professional.
Why should I choose Robert Wilson & Associates?
Our experienced Minnesota attorneys understand just how important workers’ compensation can be for our clients. Many injured employees wouldn’t be able to afford adequate medical treatment without these benefits, and many others would be forced into debt due to lost work wages. Workers’ compensation can mean the difference between financial stability and financial ruin for you, and that means we take our job very seriously. Our skilled attorneys have a long history of winning compensation for workers who were initially denied their rightful benefits. We went to trial to secure over $600,000 for a roofer who tragically lost his leg in a work accident. We won a $94,000 settlement for a nurse unable to work after suffering a back injury. At Robert Wilson & Associates, we have the know-how and the experience necessary to handle even the toughest workplace injury cases, and we have a substantial record of legal victories to back us up.
Why do I need a lawyer if I’ve been injured at work?
Many people assume that they will be covered by their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance when they get injured on the job. After all, Minnesota law requires most businesses and companies to cover costs related to workplace injuries such as medical expenses and lost wages. Unfortunately, as far too many workers discover every year, getting compensation for a job-related injury can be much more difficult than it should be. Workers with legitimate injuries see their claims unfairly denied, delayed, or severely reduced.
If you were injured at work, you can profit greatly from obtaining the services of a skilled attorney. A lawyer can help you safeguard your rights by properly filing the required paperwork in a timely manner. An attorney can also help you appeal an unjust decision if your claim is mishandled.
Can I receive wages while I am recovering from my injury?
If you are one of the many Minnesota employees covered by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance, then you can continue to receive an income while you handle your injury. After a three-day waiting period, you can start to receive monetary compensation for your lost wages. Individuals who need more than ten days off work to recover from their injury will ultimately be paid wage-loss benefits starting from the day they were forced to miss work.
Minnesota workers’ compensation laws actually describe a variety of medical issues that require wage-loss benefits, including permanent total disability, permanent partial disability, temporary total disability, and temporary partial disability. Total or partial disability is often determined by your ability to work following the accident. If you are unable to work during your recovery but can ultimately return, you will probably qualify for temporary total disability benefits. If you are unable to work ever again, it’d be permanent total disability benefits. If you are disabled, but still able to work, they’d be partial disability benefits, regardless of how long the disability lasts.
Getting injured in a workplace accident can put you in financial distress. Not only do you have to deal with personal pain and suffering, but you have to handle new expenses like hospital fees. Additionally, many medical conditions can make it impossible to return to your job. In many injury cases, while your bills go up, your income goes down. However, there is a safety net in place for a great number of Minnesota workers.
If you have been injured on the job or have become ill due to workplace conditions, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. The skilled workers’ compensation attorneys at Robert Wilson & Associates understand the importance of these benefits. Many injured employees rely heavily on workers’ compensation to cover their otherwise unaffordable medical bills and to supplement income while they recover. Our attorneys want to make sure you get the benefits you deserve. Call us today at (612) 334-3444 to speak with a dedicated legal professional to learn exactly how we can help you secure the compensation you need to handle the costs of your workplace injury.