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Workers Comp
If you have had a workplace injury and your employer sent you to a doctor they chose, it is important that you act quickly to obtain a doctor who is on your side. Your doctor and his or her diagnosis lays the foundation for your workers’ compensation claim. This means that having the right doctor...
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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 customer’s...
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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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A First Report of Injury (FROI) is the initial accident report you fill out with your employer following a work injury. Your employer should then submit this form to their insurance company and the State of Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. It is important that this form be filled out to document that the...
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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 the...
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Workers’ Compensation is a great system that provides benefits and payments to workers who become injured while on the job. Unfortunately, some workers fail to report their injuries because they don’t want to miss work, they fear there will be repercussions, or for other related reasons. Not only are employees putting themselves at risk for...
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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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