If you’ve suffered an injury at work and you need to make a claim for workers’ compensation, you need to make sure you have everything required to make a successful claim for benefits. One of the leading reasons for the denial of benefits or claim delays is insufficient medical documentation.
You should first report your injury to your employer and obtain a First Report of Injury (FROI) form. Obtain medical care as soon as possible after your injury. You don’t have to use your employer’s doctor—you can choose your own doctor, even in an emergency.
When you are examined by a doctor for your workplace injury, you will need documentation of your condition. Tell them you were injured at work and list the symptoms you’re experiencing. The doctor should provide you with a Report of Work Ability (RWA) form, which provides you, your employer, the insurer, and a qualified rehabilitation consultant with information about any work restrictions that you may have because of your condition.
It’s essential that you obtain medical evidence as soon as possible after your injury because medical conditions change over time. Your doctor should provide you with notes and a treatment plan, if applicable. Keep this together with any prescriptions, pictures, and receipts for medical care. If you have pressing questions about your case, don’t hesitate to contact us today.
Other Things to Remember
Choice of MD. Note that Minnesota law doesn’t require you to use the doctor selected by your employer or their insurance company, even for emergencies. This may be the easiest option, however, especially if you need immediate care. If a doctor treats you twice for a job-related condition, they become your primary care physician for the purposes of workers’ compensation.
If you want to change doctors, you have 60 days to make the switch. After this deadline, you will need approval from a worker’s comp judge, your employer’s insurance company, or the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.
Independent Medical Examination (IME). The workers’ compensation insurance company may require you to be examined by their own doctor. It’s very important to attend an IME if it’s requested because it can have a major impact on your ability to receive benefits. Even though the IME doctor is hired by your employer’s insurance company, it’s important to be honest and cooperative during your IME.
If the insurance company decides to stop paying your benefits, they must provide you with written notice, a Notice of Intention to Discontinue Benefits (NOID).
If you haven’t already spoken with a skilled workers’ compensation attorney, you should speak with one as soon as an IME is scheduled. If your benefits are ended, you will only have a short window to challenge the decision, and it will help to have the advice of a skilled lawyer. Contact us today.
Advice for a Successful Doctor’s Visit
It’s hard to know how to proceed with a workers’ comp claim if you’re new to the process, and you already have an injury to deal with. Here are some tips for dealing with your doctor’s appointments.
- Get medical attention right away. Don’t wait on this. It could put your benefits in jeopardy. If you delay, your physical symptoms could change and could distort your diagnosis and medical documentation.
- Bring the following to your doctor visits, for reference:
- The name of the workers’ compensation insurance company
- Name and contact information, including fax number, of the claims adjuster and your employer
- The name of other doctors or health care professionals treating you
- A current list of your medications
- Previous and new symptoms you’re experiencing, including pain levels
- Questions you’d like your doctor to answer
- Arrive at all appointments on time and give proper notice if you need to cancel.
- Ask your doctor to fax any prescriptions, referrals, or restrictions to your insurance adjuster.
- Follow your treatment plan thoroughly.
- Keep copies of everything, including receipts and medical records, together in a single file.
Don’t forget to keep your lawyer and your insurance adjuster up to date on your medical appointments and recovery.
Speak with a Workers’ Compensation Attorney Right Away
If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident, you have other things to worry about besides the benefit claims process. Your health and well-being come first. An experienced workers’ comp attorney can help you make sure all the necessary paperwork is in order, and all deadlines are met. Peace of mind regarding your claim will help you recover that much quicker.
Workers often struggle to provide for the daily needs of their family, especially when they suffer injuries while doing their job. Workers who are unable to continue work for several weeks often rely on workers’ compensation benefits to supplement their daily income while they recuperate. Workers may need to prove that their employer was liable for their injuries in order to receive the benefits they need.
Employers are considered negligent if they fail to provide sufficient training to their employees. For example, factory workers are at risk of limb dismemberment if their employer fails to train them on how to properly operate machinery. Employers are required to follow safety codes imposed by federal and state authorities, and they can be held liable for violating those codes, especially if violations result in serious injuries. Lastly, workers should note that their employers should provide proper safety gear that is fully functional and can protect them from harm in the workplace. Failure to do so could translate to serious injuries.
Employers, unfortunately, use deceptive tactics to cover up their violations. If your employer caused you injuries, enlisting an experienced attorney can help you obtain the benefits you and your family need while recovering. Speak with an attorney at Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota today by calling (612) 334-3444 to learn more about your options.
A June 30 article of KFGO News revealed the rate of workplace accidents resulting in injuries in Minnesota continues to decrease.
According to the Department of Labor and Industry’s Ken Peterson, there were 96,000 workers in 2014 who filed for workers’ compensation benefits compared to the 176,000 injured workers recorded in 1997. The “big drop” in workplace injuries was attributed to technology advancement, better training, and an increase in employer and employee safety awareness. Peterson said that employers reduce their spending if workplace injuries decrease. Although injuries are more likely to occur in construction zones, Peterson noted that construction sites in Minnesota are much safer than they used to be.
Unfortunately, workers often must struggle to support their families if they suffer injuries in the workplace. If you were injured on the job, enlisting the help of a qualified attorney can help, especially if your workers’ compensation benefits are being delayed or denied. Speak with a Minnesota attorney at Robert Wilson & Associates today by calling (612) 334-3444 to find out how we may work on your behalf.
Regardless of the severity, workers who have been injured while doing their jobs should receive sufficient benefits for recovery. Unfortunately, families are often left struggling with a great financial loss when insurance companies become negligent in assessing their claim. Injured workers and their families may take the following actions to prove the workers’ compensation benefits they received were insufficient:
- Investigate why the benefits are insufficient.
- Collect all papers, such as medical records, supporting one’s injury claim.
- Make a detailed summary of all expenses, including receipts, related to injury treatment.
- Seek legal advice from an experienced attorney.
A workers’ compensation attorney may be able to help you determine if the benefits you are receiving as an injured worker are sufficient. If you suspect that your insurer has been negligent in releasing your benefits in Minnesota, an attorney at Robert Wilson & Associates could work for you. Find out how we can help you get your much-needed benefits by calling (612) 334-3444.
The state of Minnesota commemorated the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) workers who have been killed on the job in honor of Workers Memorial Day on April 28.
Workers Memorial Day began in 1970 as a way to recognize the men and women who have died doing their jobs. MnDOT in particular has recorded 34 fatalities among their employees since 1960, as well as 15 deaths of private contractors. Last year, the state authorities recorded 10 road fatalities and more than 1,600 traffic-crashes in Minnesota road work zones. Workers Memorial Day was originally established to remind workers to promote safety within the workplace at all times
Families are often left devastated when their loved ones suffer injuries or serious accidents in the workplace. If you or someone you know has been involved in such an accident, working with an attorney is a good way to help receive the compensation you need for recovery. Find out how a lawyer at Robert Wilson & Associates could work for you in Minnesota by calling (612) 334-3444.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is expecting to save 2.3 million workers in various industries from inhaling hazardous silica dust in their work environment, nwlaborpress.org reported on April 18.
Beginning June 23, employers will either require their workers to use respirators or prevent silica dust from becoming airborne by using water and vacuum. OSHA on March 24 unveiled the “silica standard” to give workers the right to protect themselves from breathing airborne glass particles that can cause serious or fatal respiratory illnesses like lung cancer, and obstructive pulmonary disease. Unlike other dust particles, silica dust is too small for the human body to filter. People who work in environments where sawing, blasting, drilling, cementing or crushing are frequent activities are expected to benefit from the new rule.
Sadly, there are many hazards in the workplace that are not prevented by the law. The Minnesota lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates understand many workers have to deal with financial loss due to illness acquired from the workplace and believe these individuals deserve worker’s compensation benefits for fast recovery. Find out how we may work on your behalf today by calling (612) 334-3444.
The workers’ compensation benefits program is designed to sustain the financial needs of individuals who have been injured while doing their jobs. While a majority of companies provide such coverage to their employees, it is important for claimants to consider the following before filing a claim:
- Whether your company provides workers’ compensation coverage
- If your injury was sustained in the workplace or while performing work-related duties
- How to provide as much information regarding the injury as possible
- If a personal injury lawsuit may be more appropriate than a workers’ comp claim
Fully considering the above factors before applying for your workers’ compensation benefits will be an essential part of filing a successful claim that can help you recover from your workplace injury.
The lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota advocate for people who have sustained injuries in the workplace and are seeking compensation for expensive treatments and missed wages. We offer legal assistance to individuals applying for or appealing their much needed workers’ compensation claims. To discuss your case with our legal team today, call (612) 334-3444.
Attorney Roger Poehls of Robert Wilson & Associates was recently featured in the StarTribune after helping Christopher “Kip” Hedges, a former baggage handler for Delta Air Lines, reach a settlement in a workers’ compensation case filed against the Atlanta-based airline. Hedges suffered severe back injuries in the course of his job, and filed a workers’ compensation claim to pursue compensation for these injuries. In accordance with the terms of the settlement, the actual amount settled upon is to remain private.
According to Poehls, “I think all parties were satisfied with the results. It was a difficult situation for someone that spent so much time working for the airlines.”
In addition to the workers’ compensation case, Hedges was also pursuing a separate claim against the company after he was fired for making public comments about low wages and attempting to unionize.
This case began when Hedges claimed he was fired in December for stating that “a lot of Delta workers make less than $15 an hour and are very concerned about this issue.” The statement was made during a video interview for the online labor publication Workday Minnesota. Hedges also reached a confidential settlement in this case.
Officials of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently updated a phone application (app) for workers to monitor hot temperatures while in the field, azcentral reported on June 17.
The “OSHA Heat” app that was originally launched in 2011 reportedly released an improved version for users to detect heat index in particular areas and warn them of the illnesses that they may get from exposure to excessive heat. The Department of Labor revealed that 650 workers, the majority of which were male, have died since 1999 as a result of being exposed to heat. People may download the “OSHA Heat” app in their mobile phones for free.
Workers unfortunately are left dealing with financial problems when they suffer illnesses caused by their workplace. If you are in this difficult situation, you should be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits for your fast recovery. If you are applying for your benefits in Minnesota, the attorneys of Robert Wilson & Associates may work for you. Find out how we may assist you in the filing process today by calling (612) 334-3444.
Sporting their work safety apparel, construction workers recently gathered in Saint Paul to honor lost coworkers at the annual Workers Memorial Day ceremony, Daily Planet reported on April 30.
This day pays tribute to workers nationwide who were either killed or injured while doing their jobs, as well as serves to promote workplace safety.
In this year’s commemoration, four construction workers from Building Trades carrying crosses were seen at the Workers Memorial Garden. The four crosses were dedicated to the four individuals who died of work-related illnesses or accidents in 2014.
Senator Tom Bakk said that 15 people die in construction accidents in Minnesota every year. State labor and industry commissioner Ken Peterson said that many workers from other line of jobs are at risk of dying in the workplace, as well. From all occupations, 60 to 70 people are killed from workplace-related causes in Minnesota every year.
The Minnesota lawyers at Robert Wilson & Associates understand that many people are injured in their workplace every year. Call our offices at (612) 334-3444 today to learn how we may help you pursue workers’ compensation benefits.