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$148,000.00 – Workers’ Compensation
LPN unable to return to normal job. Back injury with consequential psychological injury
Gerald W. Bosch
What Can I Recover From Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
The amount of workers’ compensation benefits you receive in Minnesota depends on a large variety of factors, including the length of time you are unable to work, the severity of your injury, whether your injury is temporary or permanent, your preinjury average weekly wage, and whether you can again earn what you were able to earn before you got hurt.
Types Of Benefits
Workers’ compensation benefits are available not only for new injuries, but also for aggravations or gradual worsening of previous injuries, and pre-existing or underlying conditions, including arthritis.
Workers’ compensation benefits available to you include:
- Medical benefits, including doctor examinations, chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, work hardening, injections, medications, psychological or psychiatric counseling, durable medical goods such as scooters, wheelchairs, braces, splints, and TENS units, and pain clinics.
- Wage loss benefits, including weekly monetary benefits if you are unable to work or if your employer is unable (or unwilling) to accommodate your restrictions, or if you have a decrease in your earnings as a result of your injury.
- Vocational rehabilitation benefits, including assistance from a qualified rehabilitation consultant (“QRC”) of your choice. Vocational rehabilitation benefits include medical management to help schedule and coordinate your medical treatment, assistance in returning you to a job that is physically appropriate, and if you have a significant drop in your earning capacity as a result of your injury, you may qualify for additional schooling, skill enhancements or retraining which will give you the additional help you may need to earn what you would have earned if you did not have your injury.
- Permanent partial disability benefits; which are payments for loss of use of your injured body part. Your physician will assign a permanent partial disability rating from a list of permanent impairments and the workers’ compensation statute converts that rating into a monetary payment to you. “PPD” benefits can be paid weekly at your normal workers’ compensation rate, or you can elect to receive your PPD benefits in a lump sum (subject to a deduction of up to 5 percent).
- Death and dependency benefits, provide for payment of benefits to surviving family members when a worker dies due to a workplace injury or occupational illness. Death and dependency benefits cover burial expenses, medical bills incurred prior to death as well as weekly cash benefits to help families sustain a lost source of income.
Contact Us For A Free Consultation
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your claim for workers’ compensation benefits, please call our St. Paul area firm at 651-243-2877 or 800-355-6503. Or, if you prefer, send us an email. We serve clients in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and statewide.
There is no charge for the initial consultation with an experienced lawyer. Further, you would not pay any attorney fees unless there is a recovery of disputed benefits as a result of our involvement. In other words, as long as the insurance company continues to pay the appropriate benefits, you do not pay attorney fees even though you would obtain legal advice when you need it most. The decisions you make now may have a significant impact on your claim for additional benefits.