Robert Wilson to present at national conference on workers’ comp

At Robert Wilson & Associates, we are excited to announce that our very own Robert Wilson will be presenting as part of a national seminar called “Negotiating Workers’ Compensation Settlements” on the 10th of June. The seminar will cover strategies that attorneys can use to help their clients achieve fair settlements through negotiation.  In particular, Wilson will be discussing strategies by which the Affordable Care Act may be used during workers’ comp settlement negotiations, along with how attorneys can minimize Social Security Offsets during these negotiations. To learn more about the seminar and the other presenters, please take a moment to click here and visit the National Business Institute’s site.


Minnesota commemorates road workers killed on the job

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.

Millions of workers’ lives expected to be saved by new OSHA rule

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, 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.

Over 10,000 serious workplace injuries took place in the US in 2015

A March 17 article from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revealed that 10,388 severe injuries in the workplace were recorded in 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor reported.

The total number of reported serious workplace injuries was released after OSHA required employers to report cases of serious injuries taking place in their work areas as of January 2015. Instead of conducting inspections, OSHA worked with employers to determine and prevent workplace hazards. Of the serious injuries recorded in twenty-six states last year, 7,636 resulted in hospitalizations and 2,644 of the incidents resulted in amputations. Report author Labor Assistant Secretary, David Michaels, stated that factual reporting of serious workplace injuries resulted to “safer workplaces for thousands of workers.” OSHA is also working to increase awareness among small employers about the new policy of mandatory reporting.

The lawyers of the Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota work for people who have suffered serious injuries in their workplace. We strongly believe that workers compensation benefits should be given to injured workers for their fast recovery. Find out how we may work on your behalf today by calling (612) 334-3444.

Worker hospitalized in Marshall construction mishap

A man working on a construction site in Marshall, Minnesota was taken to a hospital in South Dakota after he was involved in a workplace accident. Information coming from authorities revealed that a worker, whose name has been withheld to protect his privacy, was trapped after a concrete wall fell on him at the Lyon County Courthouse at around 1:00 in the afternoon.

The Marshall Fire crews worked together with the victim’s co-workers to try and extract the trapped man. The injured worker was later airlifted to a medical facility in Sioux Falls after being admitted at the Avera Medical Center. The severity of the victim’s injuries is still unknown.

If you have suffered an injury or illness as a result of your occupation, contact the workers’ compensation attorneys at Robert Wilson & Associates to discuss the particulars of your case and learn about your legal options. Call us today at (612) 334-3444 to speak to a lawyer and begin working on your recovery.

Alternative school staff members attacked in Minnesota

A staff member at Harrison Education Center was assaulted by a student on January 7, causing shock and alarm to the Minneapolis School District. This incident marks the fourth assault of a staff member in Minneapolis schools.

Reports said there were two other employees at Harrison Education Center who were attacked by students since December, and a similar incident also took place at River Bend alternative school for K-8 in November. Though the unidentified female teacher who was assaulted on January 7 was not injured, other incidents resulted in staff members sustaining injuries. Principal Monica Fabre of Harrison Education Center, who was assaulted by a female student last month, said she is hoping to recover soon from the concussion she sustained.

The workers’ compensation lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota know all too well that employees can suffer a great deal when they are subjected to hostile or dangerous work environments. Our legal team will work to ensure that the parties responsible for your injuries will be held accountable. To learn more, call (612) 334-3444 today.

Four qualifying factors for workers’ compensation claims

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.

Minnesota Security Hospital hit with $63K fine

A $63,000 fine was recently imposed on the Minnesota Security Hospital (MSH) after a surprise inspection in July revealed that safety protocols were being ignored.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) were both aware of the penalty issued on December 4. During a surprise visit from OSHA, official investigators discovered that employees of MSH are vulnerable to attacks due to a lack of proper protection while in the workplace.

The maximum fine of $7,000 was levied for each incident that took place in the MSH facility, bringing the total fine up to $63,000. One such incident involved a female staff member suffering serious injuries after being grabbed by the hair and having her head beaten against a wall several times by a patient on July 13.

If you have sustained significant injuries in the workplace, contact the lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates to learn how our experienced workers’ compensation team can help you through the recovery process. Call us at (612) 334-3444 today.

Are you at risk of repetitive motion injuries?

Workers are likely to develop repetitive motion injuries in the workplace if their everyday tasks require repetitive physical movements. Workers should understand that they may consider filing for workers’ compensation benefits if they have been injured from doing the following jobs:

  • Construction jobs that require the use of heavy duty machineries
  • Any jobs that require workers to stay in a certain position for prolonged hours
  • Jobs in assembly lines
  • Desk jobs that require continuous typing

While some of the injuries linked to jobs with repetitive motions are often considered minor, workers may require expensive treatment if they develop injuries like bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, or tendonitis.

The lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates represent workers in Minnesota who have decided to file for benefits after sustaining injuries in their workplace. We strongly believe that injured workers should be given their workers’ compensation benefits as soon as possible to facilitate the recovery process. Call us today at (612) 334-3444 to learn more about your options.

Worker dies in Lakeville industrial mishap

An industrial worker was recently killed after he was involved in a workplace accident in Lakeville, a November 16 local Eyewitness News article reported.

Information coming from Lakeville Police said Burnsville resident Mitchell Robert Hauschildt, 28, suffered serious injuries at a Genpak industrial facility located at 8235 220th Street on November 15. According to the incident report, authorities were notified of a workplace accident at around 7:43 in the morning. Houschildt was reportedly involved in an incident with a packaging machine that resulted in his sustaining severe injuries. He was airlifted to a hospital, but was unable to recover and died later.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revealed that Genpak has previously received three citations that were all considered to be serious. OSHA and police are investigating the fatal workplace accident, and Genpak representatives have announced that they will be cooperating with authorities during the investigation. The company also expressed sympathy for the family of the victim in a statement issued after the death.