St. Paul Work Injury Attorney
Job-related injuries come in many forms and varying degrees of severity, but one common fact unites them: In most cases, suffering an on-the-job or job-related injury can entitle you to workers’ compensation benefits.
At Bosch Law Firm, lawyer Gerald Bosch draws on his more than 25 years of experience in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area to help injured workers obtain the full benefits they need to facilitate their recovery and be able to pay their bills. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 651-243-2877.
What Type Of Injury Do You Have?
According to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI), the most common work-related injury-causing events are:
- Arm and Shoulder Injuries
- Brain Injuries
- Chronic Pain
- Construction Site Injuries
- Lifting Injuries
- Mining Accidents
- Neck and Back Injuries
- Occupational Diseases
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Psychological Injuries
- Repetitive Stress Injuries
- Slip and Fall Injuries
- Truck Driver Accidents
- Warehouse Injuries
We routinely help people suffering from these injuries and other injuries obtain the workers’ compensation benefits they deserve. We’ve helped those with claims ranging from brain injuries to psychological injuries to chronic pain. Our office can handle a wide variety of injury claims.
We Represent Workers In All Fields
We focus solely on helping injured workers and have a proven record of success in these cases. We handle injuries that have taken place in all types of work environments. Workers we represent include:
- Construction workers, including those in a Union
- Health care professionals
- Truck drivers
- Warehouse workers
Arm And Shoulder Injuries
Arm and shoulder injuries can happen for any number of reasons, but they all have one thing in common: They require significant medical treatment and recovery times.
If you have suffered an arm, wrist, elbow or shoulder injury on the job, you have a right to receive compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. Many arm and shoulder conditions are the result of complex medical factors that are not externally visible. As a result, your employer’s insurance company may try to downplay the severity of your injury or even deny compensation outright.
What Are Some Typical Arm And Shoulder Work Injuries?
Many types of arm and shoulder injuries can occur in the workplace. Some of these injuries are repetitive cumulative injuries, which occur when a particular action is repeated many times. Others are the result of a single, catastrophic incident. Some of the injury claims we handle include:
- Carpal tunnel: Carpal tunnel and other wrist and elbow injuries are often suffered by office workers and assembly line workers who are required to perform small, repetitive tasks such as typing or packaging.
- Rotator cuff injuries: Shoulder injuries frequently occur when workers are asked to lift or carry heavy objects.
- Epicondylitis: Also known as tennis elbow, this injury often occurs in workers whose duties require them to rotate their arms at the elbow.
Repetitive Stress Injuries
When chronic pain develops over time due to manual work that requires you to complete the same motion over and over, it can become difficult, if not impossible, to do your job, complete daily routines and enjoy your life. Work injuries that develop over a period of time are known as repetitive stress injuries and can be just as debilitating as injuries caused by accidents and one-time traumas. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to adequately describe these injuries, and workers’ compensation benefits may be denied even when you have a valid claim.
What Is The Difference Between A Specific Injury And Repetitive Injury?
Specific injuries are what most people think of when they think of work injuries covered under workers’ compensation. These injuries are the result of a particular incident or event such as slip-and-falls, lifting incidents, cuts and crush injuries. Some examples of specific injuries include sprains, strains, contusions, fractures, tears, herniations, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis and heart attacks.
However, not all injuries are the result of one specific incident. Repetitive injuries occur as a result of doing your job duties over a period of days, weeks, months or years. Even though they develop differently than specific injuries, they are still covered under workers’ compensation laws. Tasks that commonly lead to these injuries include repetitive:
- Machinery operation
These and all other repetitive tasks can wear out muscles, cartilage, ligaments and tendons, and lead to degenerative disk disease, sprains and strains, tendinitis, bursitis, arthritis, and many other illnesses and injuries. Those whose jobs involve significant grasping or wrist flexion, such as hairstylists, mechanics, plumbers, laboratory workers and others who work with handheld tools, commonly have the strongest chance of proving the existence of carpal tunnel syndrome.
How Long Can I Wait To File A Claim For A Repetitive Stress Injury?
It can take some time to recognize that you have a repetitive stress injury and that you received it from your job. Once you do make the connection, you have at most 180 days in Minnesota to file a claim for these injuries.
Can I See My Own Doctor For My Injuries?
Most of the time, you will need to see the doctor that the workers’ compensation requires you to see. Be sure to see that doctor, but it is possible to get a second opinion from your own doctor. Your attorney can help you pursue the medical attention you deserve.
Back And Neck Injuries
The spinal cord, vertebrae, and many important muscles and ligaments that affect movement are located in close proximity in your neck and back. As such, any work-related neck or back injuries can have catastrophic consequences that may impact your ability to work, go about your daily routine and enjoy life.
In Minnesota, back injuries stand out from other work-related injuries. According to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI), workers injure their backs more than any other body part. In 2010, back injuries made up 26% of total work injury cases, nearly three times as much as the second most-injured individual body part. Our firm handles many of these cases and can guide you through the process of pursuing the benefits allowed by the law.
What Are Some Types Of Back And Neck Injuries?
Injuries to the neck and the upper and lower back take on many different forms, and are characterized by a broad range of signs and symptoms. Some of the common work-related neck and back injuries include:
- Herniated disks
- Compressed disks
- Bulging or torn disks
- Cervical dislocation
- Spinal subluxations
- Fractured vertebrae
- Spinal cord damage
- Back sprain or strain
- Whiplash, typically in job roles that require driving
- Paralysis (paraplegia or quadriplegia)
- Chronic pain
Any accident or injury involving these or other back or neck injuries should be treated as exceptionally serious, and you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. In some cases, particularly those involving herniated disks, months or years of repetitive cumulative injuries can contribute to spinal damage. This is often true among people who are required to lift and carry objects in the course of their work. Back, neck and spine injuries can be persistent and difficult to treat, leaving victims in significant pain or discomfort. These injuries can also go hand in hand with chronic pain syndrome, a condition that can permanently disrupt your ability to work.
How Long Do I Have To File A Claim?
Even if it has been some time since your accident, it may not be too late to file a claim. In Minnesota, a victim of a personal injury has two years to file a claim to collect the compensation they deserve.
Brain Injuries And The Work Comp Process
Those who have suffered a work-related traumatic brain injury need two things: personal attention from a trusted adviser and the assistance of an experienced St. Paul workers’ compensation attorney. At Bosch Law Firm, we provide this and more to clients in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and throughout Minnesota who have been the victims of workplace traumatic brain injuries.
Medical professionals have given a great deal of attention to traumatic brain injuries in recent years, and it has become clearer that head injuries, even those that appear to be minor, can lead to significant side effects that persist long after the initial injury
What Is A Traumatic Brain Injury? (TBI)
In recent years, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), including concussions, have gained increased recognition in the medical and legal communities. TBIs have many severe, long-lasting side effects such as memory or concentration problems; slurred speech; seizures; weakness or numbness of the extremities; loss of coordination; light, temperature and odor sensitivities; and impairment of hearing, vision and balance. Although any type of trauma to the head can lead to traumatic brain injuries, more than 50% of TBIs are caused by falls and motor vehicle accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accidents and falls commonly harm:
- Truck drivers
- Construction workers
- Bus drivers
- Delivery drivers
- Utility workers
- Taxicab drivers
Falls that lead to traumatic brain injuries are especially prevalent in the construction industry, and often involve workers falling from:
- Scissors, boom or mast lifts
- Poorly maintained stairways
- Elevated work areas without guard rails
What Kind Of Compensation Can I Get For A TBI?
A TBI can take a lot from an accident victim, and the compensation they receive for their injuries needs to reflect the total cost of the damages. Common costs of these injuries include lost income, medical costs, loss of bodily function, and pain and suffering.
What Can Cause A Traumatic Brain Injury?
TBIs do not just come from major accidents like heavy equipment falling on your head. Events that seem minor can still cause violent head-shaking that can lead to a TBI. If, after an accident, you are suffering symptoms like headaches, dizziness or nausea, you may be suffering from a TBI.
Injured While Lifting Something At Work?
In Minnesota, overexertion while lifting is the second leading cause of workplace injuries, accounting for 15% of all work-related injuries. When overexertion while pushing or pulling – two common actions that typically accompany lifting – is included, that figure rises to 19% and leads all other causes of work injuries.
Whom Do Lifting Injuries Affect?
Although lifting injuries can occur in most types of jobs, situations that lead to back injuries more often than others include:
- Truckers lifting boxes, trays, bales, cartons, bundles, bins and racks
- Construction workers lifting equipment, tools or building materials
- Nurses and nurse’s aides lifting heavy patients
- Warehouse workers and delivery drivers lifting heavy packages
- Fuel company employees lifting fuel containers such as propane tanks
- Repairmen and women moving furniture and other objects in the course of their work
- Movers carrying furniture and other heavy objects
Regardless of what industry you work in, if you have suffered a lifting injury, we can help.
Do I Really Need An Attorney For A Lifting Injury?
While a lifting injury may not seem like a serious matter, the consequences can last a lifetime. You deserve a lawyer you can trust to secure the best possible outcome in your claim.
Workers’ Compensation Claims For Chronic Pain
Chronic pain syndrome is a nerve disorder that often develops after a serious injury, heart attack or surgery. The disorder causes significant, persistent pain in the affected areas of the body, disrupting the victim’s life and making it significantly more difficult to perform his or her work duties.
Chronic pain syndrome goes by many names, including:
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Reflexive sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
- Shoulder-hand syndrome
- Sudeck’s atrophy
If you feel a persistent throbbing pain, a burning sensation, or sensitivity to heat or cold at or around the source of an injury, it is important that you speak to a doctor as soon as possible, as early detection and intervention can improve treatment outcomes. Then, contact our firm for assistance with the next steps. From our St. Paul office, we represent clients throughout the state.
What Are Signs Of Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain syndrome can afflict people in many different ways. Victims of this kind of pain can experience it as joint pain, fatigue, muscle aches, reduced mobility and sleep problems.
What Are The Different Types Of Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain comes in two different pain types, neuropathic or nociceptive pain. Neuropathic pain comes from damaged nerves, whereas nociceptive pain comes from an injury that affects something outside of the nervous system. For chronic pain, nociceptive pain occurs when nociceptors continue sending pain messages even though the injury has fully healed.
Recovering Workers’ Compensation Benefits For Occupational Diseases
Have your job duties made you vulnerable to dangerous exposures or cancer-causing properties and therefore susceptible to a life-changing occupational disease?
What Is An Occupational Disease?
An occupational disease is a medical condition directly related to or caused by your work. If you have been exposed to dangerous or toxic substances while working and suffer from any of the conditions below, you may be entitled to monetary compensation or medical coverage. Examples include:
- Diseases connected to chemical and toxic exposures
- Repetitive stress injuries (carpal tunnel syndrome)
- Loss of hearing due to industrial noise
- Radiation disability
The pressures of your profession may have caused you to suffer a heart attack, stroke or psychological problem. As to whether your condition was caused by the job you do, you should discuss this important matter with Mr. Bosch as soon as possible. Many times, the more complicated the occupational disease case is, the more difficult an employer’s insurance company can become in discussions about the benefits you deserve. Gerald W. Bosch listens carefully as you describe how you came to contract your work-related illness. He conducts in-depth research and investigation for the facts he uses in negotiations with insurers – and litigation against them if necessary.
How Do I Prove I Have An Occupational Illness?
It is not enough for an employee to claim that they received an illness as a result of their work, they need to provide supporting evidence of the claim. We help clients provide this information by providing that something at the job is capable of causing the illness in question, and it is reasonable for the workplace exposure to cause the illness.
How Long Can I Wait To Report My Illness?
Workplace injuries require employees to report the injury within two weeks of the accident. For illnesses, an employee needs to report it within 14 days of becoming aware that the illness may be related to work.
Workers’ Compensation And Psychological Injuries
A number of professions, and serious injuries that occur in accidents on the job, can create tremendous mental and emotional stress for a worker. Job stress, the pressure to obtain medical benefits to deal with it and pressures to maintain certain productivity levels, can produce psychological injury that prevents a worker from performing at his or her best.
In St. Paul, Minneapolis, and across Minnesota, experienced workers’ compensation attorney Gerald W. Bosch helps employees who feel tension and anxiety every day – unbearable psychological stresses that make life decisions difficult.
How We Use Our Experience To Benefit You
Gerald W. Bosch’s in-depth knowledge of our state’s workers’ compensation system, gained from his more than 25 years of experience, can increase your chances of obtaining the psychiatric treatment, medication, in-patient services and counseling you need to move on with your life and continue providing for your family.
Mr. Bosch works hard to guide you smoothly through the claims process, advocates for you in negotiations with your employer’s insurer if a previous claim has been denied and is fully prepared to be your voice in court if necessary.
Are You Suffering From Workplace Psychological Injuries, Depression, Mental Disability Or PTSD In Minnesota?
Gerald W. Bosch offers proven skills, attentive service and reputation for results to you if your work-related psychology injury includes:
- Sleep disorder
- Panic attacks
- Post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD)
- Mental disability
Do I Need Workers’ Compensation For My Psychological Injuries?
People often underestimate how damaging mental illnesses are. These illnesses can cause someone to have to struggle with emotional therapy bills, lost income, and loss of life enjoyment, and your compensation should reflect these and all other losses.
Pursuing Challenging Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Claims
When an employee is involved in a dangerous, stressful or frightening situation, it can have long-lasting consequences. In particular, victims and witnesses may develop post-traumatic stress disorder.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by a traumatic experience. If the disorder was caused by an event that occurred while the worker was on the job, he or she has a right to seek workers’ compensation benefits. PTSD claims are most common among first responders and people in high-risk professions such as police officers, firefighters and paramedics. All workers, however, are at risk. A traumatic event such as a robbery or a violent attack can happen in any workplace; witnesses and victims have a legitimate claim to workers’ compensation if the experience leads to PTSD.
How Do I Know I Have PTSD?
The American Psychiatric Association has eight different criteria to confirm if you have PTSD. If you are experiencing symptoms of PTSD after surviving a traumatic event, you can consult with a doctor to verify if you are suffering from PTSD by reviewing the criteria with you.
What Does PTSD Look Like?
PTSD can affect people in many different ways. If a traumatic event caused someone to suffer PTSD, they may experience consequences like disturbing thoughts, realistic flashbacks, anxiety attacks and emotional changes.
What Can I Do If The Insurance Company Denies My Claim?
It is possible to appeal a denial. We can help you review your application, look for ways to strengthen your claim and appeal the denial to receive the compensation you deserve for your PTSD.
Do Not Let An Insurance Company Deny Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
PTSD cases can be complex and difficult, as insurance companies often fight hard against workers’ compensation claims involving mental health. If you are planning to make a claim, it is important that you seek out professional legal assistance as soon as possible.
Construction Worker Injuries
Construction work is hazardous duty. A serious accident injury on a job site can change or end a life in seconds.
Gerald W. Bosch has been an advocate for Minnesota’s injured construction workers for more than 25 years. He can guide you through the workers’ compensation benefits legal process to a negotiated or litigated outcome. If your construction employer and its insurer have turned a blind eye to the severity of your injury, he can help.
Mr. Bosch can meet with you at your home or hospital room if you are too injured to travel. He has a proven record of success in helping injured people to return to work and resume normal lives.
How Did Your Injury Occur?
Are you being denied benefits, losing wages or lacking medical treatment for your injuries? Did a loved one suffer a fatal injury on a job site?
We represent construction workers in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and throughout Minnesota who seek wage, medical, rehabilitation and disability benefits after being injured at a job site. These injuries include:
- Falls from heights, falls from scaffolding
- Neck and back injuries
- Lifting injuries
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Slip-and-fall injuries
- Electrical accidents
- Warehouse injuries
Our firm also represents injured construction workers who belong to a union. We know the ins and outs of these cases and can help you with your claim.
What Do I Do After A Construction Accident?
After your injury, immediately inform your employer of the injury so they can begin their end of the workers’ compensation process, then go see a doctor or get to a hospital. Once you are in stable condition, contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can help you pursue the compensation you need.
What Should My Compensation Cover?
The compensation you get for your injury should cover more than the initial medical expenses, it should also reflect future medical costs, physical and emotional therapy, lost income during recovery, and pain and suffering. The first settlement offer you receive may not reflect these costs, so you want to be sure you are negotiating for the compensation you deserve.
Trusted Advocates For Injured Union Construction Workers
Here in Minnesota, union workers have access to a unique workers’ compensation system, presenting employees with unique opportunities and challenges.
If you are a union construction worker and you have suffered an on-the-job injury, you need a workers’ compensation attorney who understands your rights and opportunities as a union member. At Bosch Law Firm, our attorney has more than 25 years of experience working with all aspects of Minnesota workers’ comp laws. We can help you navigate the union workers’ claims process and pursue the maximum possible recovery. From our office in St. Paul, we represent clients throughout the state. We will help you navigate your union workers’ compensation claim to obtain the support you need to get back on your feet.
Helping You Handle The Mediation Process
Our lawyer can help you avoid any mistakes that could damage your ability to collect compensation. In particular, union employees are often pressured to settle their disputes through mediation. Though mediation can be an effective way to resolve disputes, it is imperative that you speak to an experienced workers’ compensation attorney before you agree to a mediation session.
If you are a union construction worker, don’t go into the process alone. Let us help you defend your rights and interests.
Your Union Rep Is Not An Attorney
Your union representative may have your best interests at heart, but he or she is not an attorney. Your union rep cannot represent you. For that, you need to speak to an experienced Minnesota workers’ compensation attorney.
When you contact us, we will examine your case carefully to determine the best course of action. We will provide clear, straightforward legal advice every step of the way, helping you make decisions that will benefit your future.
Health Care Workers Injured On The Job
Health care workers are often required to work long hours in difficult and stressful conditions. Unfortunately, this environment represents a significant injury risk for nurses, personal care attendants and other professionals, many of whom are harmed in the course of their work.
Have You Suffered A Workplace Injury?
Health care professionals face various risks and hazards in the workplace. Back injuries are particularly common, as nurses and personal care attendants are often required to lift and move patients. These injuries can be both painful and debilitating, leading to heavy medical bills and substantial lost wages. Often, repetitive stress can contribute to lifting injuries, as repeated lifts can put significant strain on the back and spine. When you work with us, we can help you pursue the maximum possible recovery for your repetitive cumulative injury case.
Lifting injuries are not the only dangers health care workers face. We are prepared to assist with a wide variety of occupational injuries and illnesses, including:
- Slip-and-fall injuries
- Exposure to hazardous substances or contaminants
- Injuries caused by assault from patients
- Needle-stick injuries suffered while treating patients
Protecting Victims Of Mining Accidents
While we do not always think of Minnesota as mining country, our state is the largest producer of iron ore and taconite in the U.S. We also have abundant supply of clay, silica sand, granite, limestone and peat. From the Mesabi Range to the Minnesota River Valley, thousands of Minnesotans are involved in the mining industry, and it is dangerous work. It is critical that workers and their families understand their rights in the event of an accident.
Mr. Bosch knows how to handle mining accident cases involving equipment malfunctions, truck accidents, falls, explosions and more to help make things right for victims. If you or a loved one is suffering due to a mining-related injury or an illness like silicosis, contact us today.
Help Is Available For Mining Accident Victims
Attorney Gerald W. Bosch has dedicated his career to helping injured workers and their families get the medical care, wage loss benefits and other services they need to move forward after a workplace accident. No matter how your mining accident occurred, or who caused it, Mr. Bosch is prepared to help.
In Minnesota, employers are obligated by law to provide injured workers with workers’ compensation benefits for any injuries or illnesses suffered in the course of employment. This includes medical benefits and wage replacement. Mining accidents are often very serious, sometimes leading to fatal injuries, and workers’ compensation insurance providers are likely to offer you less compensation than you are entitled to by law. We can help you understand your options to pursue maximum compensation.
Mesothelioma, Silicosis And Lung Diseases
Mining has been linked to multiple respiratory diseases. Mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer, has been reported by miners in the Iron Range. Silicosis, another lung disease, can be caused by breathing silica dust. Silica is a mineral substance that can be released during mining, fracking and construction.
If you or someone you love is a miner or industrial worker suffering from pulmonary disease or lung cancer, make sure you understand your rights. Gerald W. Bosch can work to help you prove that this is an occupational disease and that you should be compensated for your medical expenses, lost wages and more.
Work Injuries To Truck Drivers
The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) reports that from 2008 to 2010 (the most recent statistics reported) drivers of heavy trucks, tractor-trailers, light trucks and delivery vehicles had the highest combined annual average of reported injury cases.
Who Is Eligible?
Truck drivers do not have to be Minnesota residents in order to receive workers’ comp benefits. Due to the mobile nature of trucking jobs, the protection of Minnesota workers’ compensation laws may be extended to those who are:
- Hired in Minnesota, but hurt in a different jurisdiction
- Receiving checks from a Minnesota-based trucking company
- Given work orders from an office in Minnesota
After taking the time to fully assess your situation, we give you an honest assessment of your situation and provide you with straightforward legal advice. At all times, our goal is to help you receive the full benefits to which you are entitled so that you can make as full a recovery as possible and get back to your job and your life.
Do I Have To Be Driving To Receive Workers’ Comp?
Over-the-road and long-haul truckers, as well as those who drive all other types of trucks, do not have to be driving or in a semi-truck accident at the time they are injured in order to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Work-related injuries can also occur when picking up a trailer, strapping down a load, checking on cargo at a truck stop, refueling and in any situation related to the scope of a driver’s employment, and these injuries may also be covered under Minnesota’s workers’ compensation statute.
What Are Examples Of Trucking Injuries?
Because truckers can receive injuries without the vehicle ever being on, there are many different types of injuries they can experience. Common injuries can include repetitive stress injuries, neck and spine injuries from sitting for so long, injuries from maintaining or operating the vehicle, and even from falling out of the truck.
Recovering Workers’ Compensation For Warehouse Injuries
Recovery from a serious injury accident in a warehouse may take days, weeks, months or years – and sometimes not at all. When a forklift, ladder, heavy lifting or manufacturing accident strikes, a worker’s life can be changed or ended in a matter of seconds. Has a warehouse accident caused you to lose precious income, seek much-needed medical treatment and consider vocational rehabilitation because your injuries are extensive, and your employer and its insurer refuse to recognize your sacrifice?
Warehouse workers can be seriously injured or killed in so many ways, including:
- Accident caused by defective or malfunctioning heavy work equipment
- Accident caused by large falling or swinging objects
- Ladder or scaffold accident
- Forklift accident
- Slip and falls on unsafe surfaces
- Repetitive stress injury caused by constant twisting, turning, bending and lifting
- Accident causing catastrophic injury to a worker’s back and neck, brain or spinal cord
- Accident in a company vehicle, including trucks
Warehouses are loud, busy, often raucous and stressful work environments that can cause hearing loss and psychological injury to workers who are overexposed to these conditions. Poor ventilation and exposures to chemicals can cause breathing problems, occupational disease, heart attack and stroke.
Workplace Slip-And-Fall Injury
If you slipped and fell at work, and your serious injury has sidelined you from your job and saddled you with lost wages and medical bills, our St. Paul-based attorney can help.
We Handle All Workplace Accident Claims
Did your jarring slip-and-fall accident injury occur at a construction site, in a factory or warehouse, or any other unsafe work environment? Was it caused by a third party? If the injury is the result of the negligence of a third party, there is a potential “third-party” claim or a personal injury claim in addition to the workers’ compensation claim. We will listen carefully as you describe your accident, investigate your claim, negotiate with insurers and, if necessary, are fully prepared to take your case to court.
What Can Cause A Slip And Fall?
The reckless or negligent actions of a person can cause someone to fall in many different ways. Loose carpets or rugs, uncleaned spills, uneven stairs or sidewalks, ice patches, and loose handrails can all cause someone to fall and suffer serious injuries.
How Serious Are These Injuries?
A serious fall can cause someone to suffer a lifetime of consequences. Broken hips or legs can leave a victim with a lifelong limp, and a broken wrist can leave them with impaired motor skills or permanent nerve pain. There is no telling how long you will suffer consequences from a slip and fall, so be sure the compensation you receive is prepared to cover all the costs.
Workers’ Compensation FAQ
Does Workers’ Compensation Only Cover Injuries?
No, workers’ compensation also covers injuries and illnesses that are a result of work, but not from an accident. Common examples of this include carpal tunnel syndrome, back issues and repetitive stress injuries.
Won’t My Workers’ Compensation Give Me The Compensation I Need?
While workers’ compensation can provide necessary funds to recover from your injury or illness, it is not a guarantee that you will receive it. Experienced lawyers can help you secure the compensation you deserve, while also pursuing other sources of compensation.
How Long Can It Take To Receive Workers’ Compensation?
It typically takes between 14 and 30 days for a workers’ compensation claim to receive an approval or denial. However, if there are difficulties or errors during the application process, it may delay the time it takes for you to reach a resolution.
Can Family Members File A Claim For A Wrongful Death?
If a workplace injury or illness resulted in the death of a family member, their spouse, children, parents, grandparents or siblings can all file a claim. Compensation for this loss can include lost income, lost benefits, lost retirement contribution and lost years of a relationship.
Don’t Insurance Companies Handle My Compensation?
While insurance companies are often responsible for providing workers’ compensation settlement offers, the offers are often far less than the victim deserves. An experienced attorney can help you pursue a fair and full compensation.
Can Reporting My Injury Endanger My Job?
No, the law protects employees from any kind of retaliation for reporting a workplace injury and collecting workers’ compensation. Employers who break the law by acting in retaliation often face lawsuits for violating employee rights.
Can I Just Deal With The Insurance Company?
Insurance companies may want you to think that lawyers only slow down the compensation process, but an attorney may be one of the few people who are looking out for you. We can help you oversee your injury claim and avoid lowball settlement offers. You can also count on us to negotiate on your behalf to secure the best possible outcome in your claim.
Can’t I Just Rely On Insurance For Fair Compensation?
Insurance companies have a history of offering settlements that are actually lowball offers. Your lawyer can help you identify the compensation you deserve and negotiate for the compensation that you deserve.
Do I Lose My Workers’ Compensation If They Deny My Application?
No, in most cases, it is possible to appeal the denial, with many appeals having successful results. While our goal is to earn benefits on the initial application, we can help you review any denials and build a strong case to appeal it.
Contact A Lawyer Serving All Of Minnesota
For a free consultation with an accomplished workers’ compensation attorney, call us at 651-243-2877 or contact us via our online form.