St. Paul Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
When you are hurt on the job, you may be forced to cope with debilitating pain, exorbitant medical expenses, and lost wages. Though all of these factors can quickly put overwhelming stress on your family, you may be eligible for financial benefits through the Minnesota workers’ compensation program.
The process of filing for worker’s compensation can be very long and tedious, so in order to quickly access the full benefits you deserve, it is highly recommended that you get an attorney to represent you. If this is your first time pursuing workers’ compensation, your lawyer will help you through each step of the process and make sure that everything is done right the first time. If your claim is denied, your lawyer can guide you through the appeals process and help you understand your options moving forward.
The team at Robert Wilson & Associates understands just how stressed you may feel when you’re injured and we are here to help. Our lawyers lead with compassion and empathy, putting our legal experience to work for your benefit. If you or someone you know has been injured on the job, contact the St. Paul workers’ compensation attorneys of Robert Wilson & Associates today at 651-793-8888 to discuss your claim with a skilled and experienced lawyer who is committed to helping you through this difficult time.
Why Do I Need a Worker’s Compensation Lawyer?
Worker’s compensation insurance exists to provide monetary support for injured workers in the state. If you were injured on the job it is likely that you are entitled to some form of monetary compensation. In order to make sure you get benefits commensurate with your injuries, there is an established process that must be followed. The process of applying for worker’s compensation consists of filing your claim, compiling and submitting a proof of injury, attending mandatory meetings with doctors (sometimes even company-specific doctors), and arguing and advocating for yourself if your claim is denied.
While this process may seem tedious, with the help of a lawyer you can feel confident that you are taking all of the right steps. Unfortunately, making even the slightest mistake can give an insurance company a reason to deny your claim. When you are dealing with the physical and financial consequences of a work-related injury, managing your claim independently may present even more obstacles for your family.
Rather than letting the worker’s compensation process stress you out, let an attorney handle it so you can focus on your recovery. While Minnesota law requires most workplace injuries to be covered by insurance, our skilled attorneys can assist you by filling out all of the required paperwork correctly and promptly.
Why choose Robert Wilson & Associates To Handle My Case?
While filing for workers’ compensation benefits may be stressful for you, understand that the lawyers at Robert Wilson & Associates have successfully helped people just like you time and time again. Our team understands just how critical worker’s compensation benefits are to Minnesota families because we’ve witnessed firsthand how families are impacted when the household’s top earner can no longer provide.
The support received through workers’ compensation allows workers to afford the medical care they need. When you hire us to help you, our talented and experienced attorneys do not take this responsibility lightly. We are dedicated to making sure that our clients get the full amount of compensation they need.
Daniel C. Swenson began his law career here at Robert Wilson & Associates, working as a clerk throughout his time in law school at Hamline University School of Law. We then brought him on as an associate after his graduation with high honors in 2014. He specializes in worker’s compensation and personal injury law and has always advocated for workers’ rights. He served as a steward and negotiator for seven years as part of a labor union before deciding to put his talents and passion towards a career in law.
Robert E. Wilson, the founder of Robert Wilson & Associates, has dedicated the last 25 years to helping accident victims get back on their feet. He earned his bachelor of arts from the University of Minnesota, followed by his Juris Doctor from the William Mitchell College of Law. Wilson was nominated by his peers as a Minnesota Super Lawyer in 2003 and 2004, and also used to be a police officer for the city of Minneapolis where he won the Medal of Valor.
Attorney Wilson is very proud of the growth his firm has gone through since it was founded, including its expansion to five attorneys dedicated solely to supporting the rights of injury victims. The firm has a proven record of recovering compensation for injured workers, including a $600,000 payout for a man who lost his leg while doing his job as a roofer, as well as a $94,000 settlement for a nurse who incurred a back injury lifting a patient and couldn’t work anymore.
Workers’ Compensation Cases We Handle
If you are unable to work after being injured performing your regular work duties, workers’ compensation benefits offer financial relief for you and your family while you recover. Our attorneys are well-equipped to handle workers’ compensation cases from a variety of angles. We can help you with any of the following concerns:
- Long Term/Permanent Disability – This form of disability is available to workers who take an extended period of time off of work to recover from an injury or illness. Permanent disability means that the worker loses the ability to do their job indefinitely. These individuals may be concerned about their ability to continue to earn a living wage, but a worker’s compensation payout could give them security. Once their short term disability benefits expire, these workers will typically still earn 50-60% of their salary.
- Short Term/Temporary Disability – These benefits are for workers who are ultimately expected to recover return to work. It’s also a way to compensate workers who must take time off of work for temporary illnesses or disabilities.
- Death Benefits – When a fatal injury claims a worker’s life, their surviving family members may be eligible for death benefits. The amount paid to the surviving spouse of dependent children varies per case.
There are also some types of workplace injuries that are more common than others, especially in occupations that involve physical labor. Some of the most common workplace injuries include:
- Slips, Trips, and Falls – These are the cause of about a third of all workplace injuries and can include slipping over a wet surface or loose floors, tripping due to poor visibility or uneven surfaces, and falling from elevated surfaces.
- Vehicle-Related Accidents – which can include being run over, falling off or out of a vehicle, or getting crushed by a vehicle that has fallen or flipped. These accidents are the cause of the most fatal injuries.
- Fire and Explosions – which can have many causes, the most common of which are improperly stored flammable materials and faulty gas lines.
- Overexertion – which is often due to improper lifting and a lack of breaks. Back pain is one of the most common and most costly workplace injuries.
- Machinery Malfunction – Defective or malfunctioning machinery can lead to a variety of accidents including blindness and loss of limbs and death.
Many people can’t afford to pay their medical bills without the financial assistance awarded by worker’s compensation. When you are injured and are unable to work, you will naturally worry about how you’re going to pay for the costs to support yourself and your family. Even paying your mortgage or buying food can be difficult. As an injured worker, it is important to know your rights and eligibility to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
Too many injured Minnesota workers aren’t granted the full worker’s compensation they deserve because their claim is denied due to small details. Don’t let this happen to you. If you or someone you know has suffered an injury on the job, contact the experienced St. Paul workers’ compensation attorneys of Robert Wilson & Associates by calling 651-793-8888 for assistance with your initial claim or appealing a denial.