The attorneys at Robert Wilson & Associates know that accidents do happen, and they often occur while you are at work. Your employer has a responsibility to keep their workers safe from harm and provide adequate safety training and equipment. However, in the event of an injury accident on the job, workers are often forced to deal with short-term or long-term disability. Thankfully, many workers are covered by workers’ compensation insurance through their employers.
Employers, in many cases, provide their injured employees with compensation to help them cover the cost of their injuries, losses, and recovery. Sometimes, workers can face some opposition or difficulty when attempting to obtain the fair workers’ compensation that they need at the time of their injury, even from an insured employer. Employers and insurance companies have been known to unfairly deny, delay, and reduce claims by exploiting legal loopholes or even by just ignoring the law.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a workplace accident, the Minnesota workers’ compensation lawyers fight to get you the benefits you legally deserve. Contact the offices Robert Wilson & Associates by calling (612) 334-3444 today and rest assured, we will evaluate your case, and we will be your advocates!
We have assisted injured workers in the Minneapolis and St. Paul areas for years, and we will fight to protect your rights. Our philosophy is to treat every client as if they were a family member. We have the experience, track record, and client satisfaction to be able to deal with difficult employers so that you can get the compensation that you deserve. We work diligently so that neither you or your family suffers negative long-term financial consequences.
Why Do I Need a Workplace Accident Attorney?
A workplace injury can have a lasting impact on your life and your ability to work to support yourself and your loved ones. After being hurt at work, it is natural to have questions. How do I pay my medical bills? How long will I be out of work? Do I need an attorney? As an injured worker, you may be owed compensation that can cover some of the costs that you have been forced to pay out of pocket for following an accident on the job. This often means medical bills, physical therapy, lost wages, and short or long-term care. Although, it is unlikely that you can get the fair compensation that you deserve without a lawyer to represent you.
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. Obtaining the services of a skilled attorney can help you safeguard your rights by properly filing required paperwork on time. An attorney can also help you file an appeal if an unjust decision is made on your claim.
Workers’ Compensation Cases We Handle
At Robert Wilson & Associates, our workers comp lawyers are prepared to handle a wide range of workplace injury cases involving:
All employers, especially those in the construction and transportation industries, should be prepared to support the rights of workers injured on the job by providing adequate workers’ compensation coverage. In the event of an accident, the worker’s compensation insurance policy is responsible for covering medical bills and other losses fairly. Often, injured workers and their families may face an uphill battle when trying to secure their claims and get assistance.
Don’t wait—complete our online form or call our offices today at (612) 334-3444 and let us work to help you secure the compensation you need.
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 put together this list of FAQs that we often hear from our clients so that you can learn more about your legal rights and options. 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 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 workers’ compensation cover any bills after being injured?
Workers’ compensation coverage often includes:
- Payment for medical bills, hospital expenses, and therapy
- Lost wages from time off of work from the injury, recovery, and rehabilitation
- Rehabilitation services (vocational)
- Benefits for permanent disability
- Benefits for family members in the event of a workplace death
- Travel costs for medical attention and rehabilitation
How do I know if my type of injury on the job qualifies for workers’ compensation?
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 could receive benefits even if the accident occurred without any discernible cause. However, employers and insurance companies have been known to deny legitimate claims unjustly.
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 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.