Workers’ Compensation

Overview of Workers’ Compensation in Minnesota

If you are injured in the course of your employment, you may be able to bring a claim for benefits under the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Act.  If your employer is covered by workers’ compensation insurance, you will work directly with the insurance company to address recovery of lost wages, medical bills and other expenses arising from your work injury.

Until you are able to return to work, bills can add up and often become overwhelming. The longer you are out of work, the more you and your family are inconvenienced while medical bills and lost wages take their toll.

If you would like an advocate to step in and help you through this process to ensure that the insurer and your employer are not attempting to take advantage of you, we can help file your claim and lead you through this process.  Call the Chair of our Workers’ Compensation team, Keith Sjodin, at 952-442-7700 for a no-charge consultation to discuss your case.

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Keith Sjodin
has been representing clients in workers’ compensation claims for more than 35 years.  Keith is certified as a Civil Litigation Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association and will answer questions specific to your situation.  952-442-7700

 

Workers’ Compensation Benefits.

Benefits that may be covered by workers’ compensation include:

  • Lost wages, total or partial
  • Permanent partial disability
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Retraining
  • Death benefits and dependency benefits

Injuries that may be covered by workers compensation insurance include a wide range of problems, from sudden accidents that result in death or injury, to injuries that occur over a period of time as a result of the duties performed, or even illness or disease caused by exposure in the workplace.

Examples of on the job injuries that are generally covered under the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Act include, but are not limited to:

  • Amputation injuries
  • Animal and dog bites
  • Back injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Broken bones / fractures
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Neck, back and shoulder injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Strained muscles
  • Traumatic brain injury

These injuries may have been sustained as the result of:

  • Commercial vehicle accidents
    • Bus
    • Heavy equipment
    • Tractor-trailer
    • Trucks
    • Vans
  • Construction accidents
  • Drunk, careless or reckless driving accident
  • Environmental chemicals
  • Mesothelioma and asbestos
  • Mold
  • Motor vehicle accidents: cars, trucks
  • Plane crashes
  • Product Liability
  • Railroad crossing accidents
  • Repetitive trauma
  • Toxins
  • Water related accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Other

Call for a Free Consultation to Discuss Your Case

Keith Sjodin has been representing clients in workers’ compensation claims for more than 35 years.  Keith is certified as a Civil Litigation Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association and will answer questions specific to your situation. Call Keith at 952-442-7700 for a no-charge consultation to discuss your case.

Coverage Information and Frequently Asked Questions

Minnesota Statutes section 176.181, subdivision 2 requires that most employers in Minnesota have insurance coverage for their employees in the event a work-related injury is sustained. 

Coverage

  • Workers’ Compensation coverage applies to both full-time and part-time workers.
  • There are limited exceptions to mandatory coverage under Minnesota Statutes section 176.041.
  • If your employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance, you may still be eligible to receive benefits through the Minnesota Special Compensation Fund.

Independent Contractors

Independent contractors are defined in the workers’ compensation statute.  However, independent contractors for certain industries are subject to other statutes:

When You Have Been Injured

If you are injured, be sure to:

  • Seek prompt medical attention, be sure to tell your doctor how your injury occurred, and follow your doctor’s instructions.
  • Document your injuries. Keep copies of the First Report of Injury form, as well as all documents, letters, Emails, forms, checks, and medical bills.
  • Record thorough notes of phone and in-person conversations: who, what, where, when.
  • Track your expenses: mileage and parking fees related to doctor/medical appointments, vocational rehabilitation, as well as job search efforts and interviews.
  • Make sure you keep your employer informed about your progress and when you plan to return to work.
  • Include important information on all of the information you send to the Workers’ Compensation Division: name, social security number, date of injury, employer, insurance company.

Frequently Asked Questions

Keith Sjodin is a certified Civil Litigation Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association and will answer questions specific to your situation, such as:

  • What kind of workers’ compensation benefits might I be entitled to?
  • How long will my benefits continue?
  • What happens if my claim is denied?
  • What happens if I’m fired from my job after my work injury?
  • What happens if my employer refuses to follow work restrictions imposed by my doctor?
  • What happens if I’m not able to return to my job because of work restrictions from my work injury?

Call the Chair of our Workers’ Compensation team, Keith Sjodin, at 952-442-7700 for a no-charge consultation to discuss your case. Keith has been representing clients in workers’ compensation claims for more than 35 years.