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Broken Bones
Broken bone injuries happen all the time – on the playground, at a friend’s house, at the workplace. However, this is not an injury can should be taken lightly, especially when the injury is caused by the neglect of another person. Broken bones can take a long time to recover from and you could be...
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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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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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Workers’ compensation claims can be awarded or denied for some of the most trivial reasons. Although two claims may seem identical, one claim could be compensable while the other claim is denied.  Below, we’ll highlight two such cases. Exhibit A In October 2008, a nursing assistant was attending a mandatory work seminar at which she...
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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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A New Jersey woman who volunteered at a local thrift store recently had her workers’ compensation claim denied because a judge ruled that she was not considered an employee under the scope of the law. Vasiliki Rallatos, who routinely shopped at the local thrift store, said she decided to submit a volunteer application after she...
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The short answer to the question “can I sue my employer” is no. In Minnesota, if a person is injured on the job, their exclusive remedy is the workers compensation system. In other words, you can file a work comp claim, but you cannot bring a civil suit against your employer for any negligence on...
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