Under Minnesota workers compensation law, if you are hurt on the job, you are entitled to benefits with very few exceptions. These benefits usually exist regardless of who is at fault. Unlike personal injuries outside of the work place, in most instances Minnesota work comp law provides for benefits to injured workers regardless of negligence. If you are uncertain whether you injury is related to your employment, contact one of our attorneys today.
The most common type of work related injuries are usually specific, or acute, in nature. This means that most Minnesotans who are hurt at work suffer their injury in an accident, in an act of exertion, or in some kind of traumatic event. This often leads to back injuries, broken bones, neck problems, and other varieties of muscular and skeletal injuries.
If you are hurt in an accident at work, it is very important that you seek immediate medical treatment to protect your health and to preserve your legal rights. Too often employees injured on the job try to “tough it out” or ignore their injury.
Sometimes employees are not hurt in a specific incident at work, but instead develop their injury over time. Some examples of these types of injuries include: Carpal Tunnel syndrome, Tennis Elbow, knee problems, shoulder injuries and neck and spine problems. In Minnesota work comp law, these types of injuries are often compensable.
Whether an injury which develops over time is compensable depends on whether it was caused by the performance of your job duties. To determine whether your long term injury is related to your job call us today at one of our two Twin Cities locations.
Another type of work injury in Minnesota can be occupational diseases. Occupational diseases are something other than ordinary disease of life such as the common cold or the flu. They are serious medical conditions that arise from exposure to hazards in the work place. The most notable examples are disease caused from the exposure to asbestos or hazardous chemicals. There must be a causal connection between the onset of the disease and your employment. If you think you have a disease caused by your employment or something you were exposed to at work you should contact an attorney to evaluate the compensability of your claim.