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The Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that serious injuries from falls have risen in the past few years, and the number of citations issued to companies who fail to protect workers has more than doubled since 2011. Although deaths from workplace falls have remained constant over the last five years, MNOSHA said...
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Insurance Business of America published a story earlier this month highlighting 10 “red flags” that signal an employee is attempting to scam the workers’ compensation system. The list provides troubling insight into the insurance industry’s treatment of injured workers. Today, Workers’ Compensation attorneys Mike Lammers and Ben Heimerl give their take on the list. Here are...
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If the recent heat wave in Minnesota wasn’t enough, it turns out August it actually the most dangerous month for workers and commuters. Analysts concluded that August was the most dangerous month for workers by reviewing Travelers’ insurance claim data from the pasty two years. Although the data was limited to claims filed in Texas,...
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has taken another step in their quest to protect women from on-the-job injuries by signing an agreement with the National Association of Women in Construction to develop and implement new training programs designed to reinforce safety at construction sites for female workers. Both OSHA and NAWC want to educate...
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The study conducted by a Social Security Disability Insurance company found that Maine is the most dangerous state to work in, while New York registered as the safest state. For the study, researchers examined work accidents and injury data provided by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. In order to determine which...
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Think you know a lot about workers’ compensation claims in Minnesota? Or do you want to try your hand at guessing? Test your knowledge with our 10-question quiz! (All data has been taken from the 2012 Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Claims Characteristics pamphlet.) 1)   Which type of work-related injury resulted in the most fatalities in 2012?...
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Minnesota legislators made a revision to the state’s Workers’ Compensation Act earlier this month, adding a clause that makes “mental-mental” injuries compensable. The revision specifically changes how claims of post-traumatic stress-disorder are viewed under Minnesota law. PTSD was previously viewed as a disease that arose “out of and in the course of employment peculiar to...
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A new study known as the “Workers’ Perspective on Settlements and Hearings” has shed some light on how claimants view the workers’ compensation process in Minnesota. To narrow their study, researchers focused on individuals who settled their claim outside of the courtroom. Their goal was “to ensure voluntary settlements are in the workers’ best interests.”...
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A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that employees who have the ability to take paid sick leave were 28 percent less likely to be injured on the job than people who can’t take paid sick leave. The study, conducted by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,...
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A Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel recently ruled that an on-call employee was an exception to the “coming and going rule”, meaning that the employee was eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. The case began when Tina Shannon was injured in a motor vehicle accident on her way home from work.  Shannon served as a...
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