Tina Fey to settle $79k workers’ compensation judgment

Comedienne Tina Fey was recently ordered by the New York Supreme Court to pay $79,000 for failing to provide workers’ compensation insurance to her employees, according to a report published on April 1.

According to reports, the order was issued to the 43-year-old actress on March 20. Fey reportedly failed to provide workers’ compensation insurance to her employees from November 2012 until February of this year. However, a spokeswoman for the comedienne stated that the notices had been sent by the New York Workers’ Compensation Board to an old mailing address and the issue was a result of a clerical error.

Though court documents failed to specify the type of employees that were affected, the spokeswoman said that the worker’s comp insurance never lapsed.

Unfortunately, many workers who do have workers’ compensation insurance struggle to actually get the benefits they need and deserve. If you are dealing with such a situation in Minnesota, our lawyers at Robert Wilson & Associates can help you explore your legal options. Find out how we may be able to help you today by calling (612) 334-3444.



Workers compensation organization in Minnesota gets a new name

A workers’ compensation organization in Minnesota recently got a new name as they celebrated their 43rd anniversary, an article by the Brainerd Dispatch reported on January 24.

Formerly known as the Minnesota Self-Insurers’ Association (MSIA), the Minnesota Employers Workers Compensation Alliance (MEWCA) is committed to making sure businesses in the state stay competitive and to ensuring that assistance is given to injured workers. In connection with the name change that took effect on January 1, MEWCA will now allow any Minnesota employers that have an interest in a workers’ compensation system, even for those who self-insure, to join as members.

MEWCA president Sandra Bodensteiner said the new name has paved a way to further improve the workers’ compensation system in a way that will benefit both employers and workers.

The lawyers at Robert Wilson & Associates understand how difficult it can be for Minnesota workers who have been injured while working to get the workers’ compensation benefits they need. Fortunately, with our help it may be easier. Call (612) 334-3444 to discuss your situation and find out how we can help.



Ambulance paramedics injured in head-on collision

Two on-duty ambulance paramedics were severely injured after their ambulance was involved in a two-vehicle accident in Buffalo, Minnesota.

The incident occurred Saturday, January 18 around 1 a.m. on County Road 35, when a westbound ambulance collided with an oncoming SUV.

Ambulance driver, Tim Daly and paramedic, Brian Nagel were both hospitalized after sustaining serious injuries. The driver of the other vehicle was also taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Being involved in accidents while working can be devastating. If you have sustained an injury while working, you could be eligible to receive workers’ compensation. The legal team at Robert Wilson & Associates understands that injured Minnesota workers do not always receive the compensation necessary to cover expenses related to their injuries. Find out how our attorneys can help you by calling (612) 334-3444.



Typical injuries painters sustain on the job

Depending on the workplace, painters can be at high risk of sustaining serious injuries while doing their jobs. Depending on where a painter works and the conditions of their job, they could possibly sustain any one of the following injuries or illnesses:

  • Lung problems that stem from working in closed areas and inhaling the vapors and mists of the paint
  • Serious head injuries and broken bones, usually due to falling off a ladder or having objects fall on them
  • Back injuries, typically the result of lifting a heavy object
  • Burns, which can be caused by caustic substances like certain paints

The legal team at Robert Wilson & Associates helps painters and other workers in Minnesota who are in need of workers’ compensation benefits after being injured while on the job. Talk with us at (612) 334-3444 if you have sustained an injury on the job and need help filing for these benefits.



Office injuries are often caused by repetitive motion

Office workers who spend most of their time sitting in front of a computer screen may unknowingly sustain injuries from repetitive movement.

Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) affect the tendons, joints, and nerves of the upper body. These injuries initially go unnoticed since they are minimal and their exact cause is unobvious.

Employees who type for long hours at poorly set up workstations could suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. Additionally, workers who avoid taking breaks are more likely to suffer from migraines and bursitis. Bursitis occurs when the sacs over the joints swell.

Injuries caused by repetitive motion may prevent workers from doing their job. If you sustain an injury at work, you could be eligible for compensation. For legal representation in Minnesota, contact Robert Wilson & Associates. Give us a call today at 612-334-3444 to see how we can help you.



Lifting related injuries

Although any worker may be susceptible to developing lifting related injuries, a person who works in the construction industry typically has a higher risk of sustaining injuries due to excessive lifting of heavy materials or equipment.

Excessive lifting of heavy materials on the job site may lead to serious injuries in the long run. In fact, construction workers may develop disorders in their back and other parts of their body if muscles and other bones are injured as a result of lifting heavy objects in the work place. Workers may also suffer strains in their shoulders and legs when lifting heavy objects. Additionally, more serious injuries may affect workers if they sustain nerve damage or if their spinal cord is affected.

Sustaining injuries in the workplace that are caused by heavy lifting can have numerous detrimental affects on a worker’s life. Fortunately, if you have sustained such an injury in Minnesota, an attorney from Robert Wilson & Associates might be able to help you get much-needed financial assistance through workers’ compensation. Discuss filing a claim by calling (612) 334-3444.



Three workers injured on the job

Three Nor-Son employees were injured Friday, Sept. 20th while working on Timberwood Church in Nisswa, Minnesota. The construction workers suffered non-life threatening injuries when multiple trusses collapsed at the site.

Two workers were treated at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center, while the other was treated at North Memorial Medical Center. All three had yet to be released as of Friday night.

The company as well as the Nisswa Police Department refused to release the names of the injured workers out of respect for their privacy.

Being injured in the workplace is difficult on the victim emotionally, physically, and economically. When something like this happens to us or someone we love, we aren’t always sure of what steps to take to receive appropriate compensation. The attorneys at Robert Wilson & Associates are here to help victims in Minnesota through this difficult time. If you have been injured on the job and would like to file a workers compensation claim, give us a call at (612) 334-3444.



Walmart agreed to pay $190,000 and improve safety in stores

After inspectors at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) discovered safety violations in a store in New York, Walmart agreed to pay $190,000 and to improve its safety conditions in its stores, according to a report from Wednesday, August 7.

OSHA found that workers in a Rochester Walmart were facing unnecessary hazards after they discovered “repeat and serious” health and safety violations in the store. The hazards that OSHA found in this particular Walmart were similar to those found in other stores and included poor training for handling hazardous materials, blocked exits, and practicing dangerous trash compactor procedures.

The $190,000 fine was almost half of the original amount proposed in the settlement, as Walmart agreed to improve the health and safety conditions of more than 2,800 stores nationwide.

Sadly, poor safety and health conditions in the workplace can cause you injuries that can prevent you from working. However, in such a situation, you are likely owed workers’ compensation, which can help you financially. To learn more about filing a claim in Minnesota, speak with a lawyer from Robert Wilson & Associates by calling (612) 334-3444.



2 city workers hurt on the job

Two city workers were injured in an accident while cleaning a sewer in Minnesota on the afternoon of Thursday, July 11.

Reports coming from authorities said the accident happened in the 1900 Block on Plymouth Avenue. The two workers were knocked down by a fire hose that they were using to clean a sewer. The fire hose was dragged down the street after it got tangled in the axle of a truck.

The city workers are reportedly recovering after sustaining minor injuries in the accident.

Sustaining injuries while working may prevent you temporarily from working, in addition to causing you medical expenses. Fortunately, with the help of a lawyer from Robert Wilson & Associates, workers injured in Minnesota may be able to get the workers’ compensation they need. Call (612) 334-3444 to learn more about your options.



Preventing office related injuries

People working in an office do not often expect to be injured; however, every year many people suffer injuries and harm in workplace accidents. As a result, all employees should practice proper safety and try utilizing certain tips to try avoiding workplace injuries.

Ergonomics experts have said that certain chronic problems, like back pain and other strain-related disorders, can often be prevented by promoting proper posture while working at a desk. Workers are also encouraged to make sure their sitting position is comfortable enough when working long hours, especially in front of a computer.

Additionally, some tips that can help workers avoid being injured while on the job include reporting any dangerous situations that are found and avoiding substances, especially chemicals, that they are unfamiliar with.

Unfortunately, even if certain precautions are taken, many employees injure or harms themselves at work, resulting in financial difficulties. If you have been injured at your place of work in Minnesota, our lawyers at Robert Wilson & Associates may be able to help you obtain workers’ compensation. Call (612) 334-3444 to find out if you are eligible for this financial assistance.