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  Kaarin S. Nelson is an attorney at Halunen & Associates. She represents employees facing workers’ compensation retaliation and other employment related issues. Below, she discusses how employees can face scrutiny after filing a claim. You’re a good employee and you work hard at your job. You go in everyday and tuck yourself under a...
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One of the first questions you must consider in your workers’ compensation case is whether you are an employee or an independent contractor. In Minnesota, this distinction is very important. One of the most fundamental requirements of workman’s compensation is that the worker is in an employee-employer relationship. Usually, this means that the worker is...
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The first thing you should know is that the doctor performing the exam is paid by the insurance company. This means that the insurance company and the employer are looking for reasons to discontinue your workers’ compensation benefits in whole or part. There is no doctor-patient relationship established, which means nothing is confidential. The sole...
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Temporary workers in Minnesota are at a much higher risk for injury than permanent workers, according to a study of more than 3.5 million injury claims. The multi-state study conducted by ProPublica sought to better understand how temporary worker injuries compared to those of permanent workers in respect to incident type, rate and severity. The...
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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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