Common office injuries that may cause disabilities

Unfortunately, there are a number of injuries that occur in an office setting and which may prevent an employee from performing his or her job.

One of the most common accidents that occurs in the office is a slip and fall accident. This typically happens because of wet floors, sitting on unstable chair, frayed carpets, or tripping on electrical cords. Such falls can cause a person to break a bone or suffer other injuries, which lead to short or long-term disabilities.

Another common cause of office injuries if faulty office equipment. When there is defective equipment in an office, an employee may be seriously injured in a variety of ways. For example, an employee who accidentally plugs in a busted cord of a computer or printer may be electrocuted, or an employee who lifts heavy objects in the office may sustain debilitating back injuries.

Sustaining injuries in an office accident may cause you disabilities that can prevent you from working. However, after such an injury you may be entitled to workers’ compensation to cover your loss. If this has happened to you in Minnesota, learn about getting such compensation by calling a lawyer from Robert Wilson & Associates at (612) 334-3444.



Workers’ compensation claim proven false by appearance on “The Price Is Right”

A former postal worker who was receiving workers’ compensation payments pleaded guilty of fraud in federal court on June 3 after she was seen spinning the “big wheel” on the popular game show, The Price Is Right.

Former Fayetteville postal carrier Cathy Wrench Cashwell claimed that she could not lift mail trays and put them in a truck after sustaining a shoulder injury while working in 2004. However, in September 2009, Wrench’s claim was questioned after she was seen on The Price Is Right spinning the “big wheel” twice. An indictment filed on September 2012 described how Cashwell managed to spin the wheel using her supposedly disabled arm. As a result, it was found that Cashwell deliberately lied when she stated on September 2011 that she is incapable of sitting, standing, climbing, bending, and reaching.

After being injured in the workplace, many employees are eligible to seek workers’ compensation. Make sure your Minnesota workers’ comp claim stands the best chance possible of being approved by enlisting the support of the legal team at Robert Wilson & Associates. Call (612) 334-3444 to discuss your legal needs today.



Minnesota workers’ compensation bill amended

A bill was recently approved to amend workers’ compensation, placing a limit on workers’ access to rehabilitation services.

The amended bill, which was approved on April 30 a

nd was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee by the Finance and Policy Committee, will limit the development and placement services offered to workers injured on the job to six months. People receiving workers’ compensation will now get 20 hours per month of services from a qualified consultant, which was previously unlimited, and will have their progress reviewed after three months. If deemed necessary, the clients can receive up to three months more of consulting services.

The Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council provided the recommendation for the amendment. The bill was amending after negotiations with union and labor industry officials, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and the Department of Labor and Industry were conducted.

Getting the financial assistance and other aid you need after a workplace accident can be difficult, but can be much easier when you have the support of a lawyer from Robert Wilson & Associates. Call 612-334-3444 to find out how we can guide you through this process.



Fund raising event set for injured farmer

A fund raising event has been organized for a farmer that was injured in a farm accident last year.

Zion Lutheran Church in Princeton has organized an event to benefit cattle farmer Norman Sawyer, who broke his next in a farm accident April 19, 2012. Following the injury, Sawyer was confined at a neuro-trauma hospital in Rockford, Illinois, and has undergone six months of rehabilitation at the Minneapolis VA Spinal Cord Injury Center. A dinner followed by a live auction and entertainment will be held this coming April 13 at the Princeton Fire Station.

Event proceeds will be used for renovating Sawyer’s home to make it handicapped-accessible.

Although there are many ways in which those injured while on the job can obtain financial assistance, one of the most beneficial is workers’ compensation. While not all employees injured on the job are qualified to receive the benefits of workers’ comp insurance, many are. As such, if you’ve been harmed in an accident while completing work-related activities, don’t hesitate to get the help you need by calling the legal team of Robert Wilson & Associates at 612-334-3444.



Finalists Announced for Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals

Three finalists, one of which will replace the Honorable Thomas L. Johnson once his term is up, for the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals were named by Governor Mark Dayton last Friday.

According to Dayton’s statement, Judges Bradley J. Behr, Manuel J. Cervantes, and Philip B. Moosbrugger will be undergoing an interview process in the next few weeks before the final judge to be appointed to the position will be determined. Currently, Behr works as a Workers’ Compensation Judge at the Office of Administrative Hearings, Cervantes works at the Office of Administrative Hearings as an Administrative Law Judge, and Moosbrugger works in the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry as the Workers’ Compensation Ombudsman.

The Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals sees workers’ compensation cases, rendering judgements on these claims.

Pursuing financial assistance through workers’ compensation after you’ve sustained an injury while on the job can be complex, frustrating, and overwhelming. However, with the support of a qualified workers’ comp lawyer from Robert Wilson & Associates, you can more easily obtain the financial aid you need. Call us at 612-334-3444 today.



Study finds that paid sick leave prevents future injuries

A new study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reveals that workers who are given paid sick leave are less likely to be injured in the workplace as compared to people who do not receive paid sick leave.

Not only do the risks of injuries increase, but so does the need for more time off at a later date due to an illness. The study of more than 12,000 employees in the private sector found that workers without paid sick leave are 53% more likely to need two weeks off later on.

Researchers found that if illnesses are continually ignored, then there is a 72% chance that workers would need as much as two months off at a later date.

If you have been injured on the job and have been denied workers’ compensation benefits, contact the workers’ compensation lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates at 612-334-3444.



Safety inspections don’t harm business profits, says report

Workplace safety inspections do not harm businesses’ profits or sales, the Associated Press reports. Researchers studied inspections conducted by the Californian division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration between 1996-2006.

The report found that inspected companies saw a 9.4 percent drop in injury claims as compared to companies that were not inspected. Those same companies also saved an average of 26 percent on workers’ compensation costs in the four years following the inspections.

Inspected companies also saved about $355,000 on paid lost work and injury claims in the following four years. The Harvard Business School, which helped conduct the research, estimates that inspected businesses nationwide could add an estimated $6 billion in value.

If your workers’ compensation claim has been denied, contact the workers’ compensation lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates at (612) 334-3444.



Construction worker sues for $10 million

A construction worker has filed a lawsuit against his former employers after he suffered a severe injury while on the job. The man says his boss was negligent and inattentive as she was backing up a truck and ran him over. As a result of the accident, the man’s leg had to be amputated.

He is seeking $10 million in damages for the severity of his injuries as well as medical expenses, lost income, unpaid overtime, and his wife’s emotional distress.

The man’s boss claims she is eager to help and apologetic over the incident, but believes his compensation should be capped by workers’ compensation laws to around $50,000. However, he argues he was not covered by workers’ compensation insurance at the time of the accident so the cap should not apply to his case.

If you or someone you love has been permanently injured by a workplace accident, contact the Minnesota long-term disability lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates at (612) 334-3444.