Workers injured in Beltrami granary blast

At least two workers recently sustained injuries after an explosion occurred at their place of work in Beltrami, Minnesota, a news article reported on Wednesday, October 7.

According to reports, at about 8:40 a.m., an explosion occurred at the Beltrami Ag Services Granary facility. Authorities from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that two workers suffered injuries from the blast. The workers, only identified as “two males,” were both transported to a medical facility in Crookston, and the extent of their injuries is unknown. Authorities are investigating the cause of the “small explosion.”

Employees who are injured in the workplace often have to deal with unexpected financial and physical hardships that can make maintaining a steady income difficult. If you have been involved in a workplace accident, the workers’ compensation attorneys at the Minnesota offices of Robert Wilson & Associates may be able to help you pursue compensation to help you recover. Call us at (612) 334-3444 to discuss your case today.

Injured workers at risk of becoming addicted to narcotics

A new report by the Workers Compensation Research Institute published this week reveals that one in 12 injured workers who were prescribed narcotics are still using them three to six months later.

The report shows that most doctors do not follow recommended treatment guidelines, such as monitoring services to prevent abuse, for workers who are to use the narcotics long term. According to the Insurance Journal, longer-term use of narcotics can increase disability and work loss.

Previous studies also reflect this unfortunate trend. In 2009, a study by the National Council on Compensation Insurance revealed that narcotics accounted for a quarter of all workers’ compensation prescription costs.

If you or someone you love has been injured at work and would like to learn about workers’ compensation benefits, contact the workers’ compensation attorneys of Robert Wilson & Associates by calling 612-334-3444.

Workers’ compensation claims drop from 1997

According to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, the number of workers’ compensation claims fell from 8.7 per 100 full-time workers in 1997 to 4.9 per 100 workers in 2010. The labor commissioner attributes this to Minnestoa’s safer workplace environments.

The report released today also shows that paid workers’ compensation claims fell 43 percent between 1997 and 2010. However, medical treatment for workplace injuries increased the annual cost per claim by more than five percent above wages since 1997.

In 2010, the workers’ compensation system was at its lowest since 1997 at $1.25 per $100 of payroll.

If you or someone you know has been injured on the job and is now struggling to secure the workers’ compensation benefits they need, contact the  workers’ compensation attorneys at Robert Wilson & Associates today at (612) 334-3444.

Lack of sleep can lead to work injuries, says researchers

According to researchers for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, lack of can cause workplace injuries and even illness. About 30 percent of American workers as of 2000 did not get enough sleep, up from 24 percent in the 1980s.

Lack or inefficient sleep can be contributed to factors such as working irregular or night hours, shift timing, and work demands. NIOSH suggests shorter work shifts, such as five eight-hour shifts or ten four-hour shifts.

Working long hours can lead to higher rates of occupational injuries, depression, and poor health; a decline in physical ability and mental function; increased risk of illness and injury; and an increased risk of long-term health problems.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a workplace accident, 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.

Workers’ comp claims up in the air during state government shutdown

Because Minnesota’s state government was recently shut down, many workers’ compensation claims have been left up in the air with workers questioning whether or not they will be receiving the benefits that they deserve.

Disputed workers’ comp claims are usually mediated by government officials. However, during the government shutdown, mediation for workers’ comp disputes was not ruled to be a necessary service, so it was eradicated. Because of this, workers who were involved in disputes about their workers’ comp claims are having to do without their workers’ compensation.

Workers have already complained about the situation. One man who had to undergo back and neck surgery following an injury at his workplace has said that he is still waiting for a $100,000 ruling in a dispute with his insurance company.

If you or someone you love has been injured on the job and is having difficulty receiving workers’ compensation, please contact the Minnesota workers’ compensation lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates at (612) 334-3444.

Report shows workers’ comp claims have decreased in Minnesota

A report recently issued by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry shows that workers’ comp claims in Minnesota decreased by 44 percent from the years 1997-2009. However, despite this drastic decrease in claims, there has been a 40 percent increase in worker disputes.

Despite disputes increasing, many think that things are improving for Minnesota workers. According to Ken Peterson, the commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry, “Minnesota’s workplaces have become much safer for employees and comparatively less costly for employers since 1997.”

The report was issued as part of an annual series that details Minnesota’s workers’ compensation system from 1997-2009. It also found that because the number of claims fell over the years, the rate of medical, cash, and rehabilitation benefits also fell.

If you or someone you love has been injured on the job and is having difficulty receiving workers’ compensation, please contact the Minnesota workers’ compensation lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates at (612) 334-3444.

Illinois moves to end workers’ compensation

Legislation to end workers’ compensation recently went to the Senate in Illinois after being approved by a Senate committee. The bill hopes to end workers’ compensation so that fraudulent workers’ compensation cases are decreased.

The bill was approved in a 9-6 vote in the Senate Executive Committee. If the bill is approved once again on the Senate floor, then it will next go to the governor, where it could be made into a law.

While effectively ending workers’ compensation, the bill would force workers to file lawsuits in order to receive compensation for injuries suffered at work. This will bring an estimated 50,000 new cases a year to Illinois courts. So far, no bill of this kind has been approved in the Minnesota legislature.

If you or someone you love has been injured at work and are having difficulty receiving workers’ compensation, please contact the Minnesota workers’ compensation lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates at (612) 334-3444.

Man awarded $361,000 after being fired by company

A man who worked at G&K Services from 2008 through 2010 was recently awarded $361,000 in a lawsuit he filed against the company for unjustly firing him.

According to the lawsuit, the man was fired because he sought worker’s compensation after being injured while on the job. He had been a shuttle driver for the company in 2008 when he suffered injuries in a car accident. The man was awarded workers’ compensation and told by a doctor that he would not be able to lift more than five pounds or sit for more than 45 minutes at work. The man’s managers accused him of faking his injuries and fired him in 2010 for allegedly faking doctors’ statements.

The man sued the company for his unjust termination, and a jury found in favor of the former employee.

Anyone who is injured while on the job has a right to workers’ compensation. If you or someone you love has been injured on the job, please contact the Minnesota workers’ compensation lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates at (612) 334-3444.