Minnesota sees fewer workplace injuries

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.



Ways to handle insufficient workers’ comp benefits

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.



Companies involved in fatal U.S. Bank Stadium accident facing fine

After being cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a U.S. Bank Stadium contractor and subcontractor are facing fines amounting to $173,400 in connection to last year’s accident that killed one worker and injured another, an article of Star Tribune reported on June 16.

Mortenson Construction and Berwald Roofing facilitated the construction of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. During the construction process, Jeramie Gruber, 35, and another worker, accidentally fell from the building while working in August. Gruber died as a result of his injuries and the other worker sustained serious injuries after they fell and slid off the roof due to the company’s safety violations. OSHA did not detail the citations that were considered “willful” and “serious” safety violations the two companies committed.

The attorneys at Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota strongly believe workers who are involved in workplace accidents should receive their much-needed benefits in a timely manner. If you have been injured in a workplace, call us at (612) 334-3444 to find out how we may be able to help you get your workers’ compensation benefits.



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.



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.



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.



Abuse rampant in US poultry industry

A recent report of a global organization revealed that people in the U.S. are at high risk of experiencing various hazards while working in the poultry industry, a November 5 article of People’s World reported.

A report from Oxfam America found that employees of poultry production companies are at a higher risk of suffering injuries in their work environment. The report also found that workers in the poultry industry are only earning minimal salaries in exchange for their work. The report, which was produced with the help of a worker center in Minnesota and other related groups, gathered data from conducting worker interviews and from studying existing articles on the conditions that are faced everyday by poultry workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a new program to improve poultry workers’ conditions days after Oxfam released their report.

The lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota understand that many workers are unable to meet the needs of their families after suffering injuries in the workplace. If this happens to you, our legal team can offer you representation in pursuit of your rightful workers’ compensation benefits. Call us today at (612) 334-3444 to learn more about your legal options.



Workers’ right to report incidents resulting in injuries

Every worker in the United States has a right to report injuries or illnesses that were acquired while in the workplace as mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

It is employers’ responsibility to provide record-keeping for their workers to use in reporting injuries or illnesses that have occurred in their workplace. The record-keeping system should be understandable and should be easily used by every worker. Every employer should encourage their workers to immediately notify them about injuries or illnesses happening in their work environment. Every worker who believes that they are being discriminated or retaliated against by their employer after reporting such incidents have a right to file a complaint to OSHA within 30 days.

The legal team of Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota advocate for workers who have been injured in their workplace. If you are in such a situation, we may possibly help you get your much-needed workers’ compensation benefits for your fast recovery. Find out how we may work on your behalf today by calling (612) 334-3444.