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Slip and Fall

What Injuries Qualify for Workers Compensation?

Any injury, illness, or condition that occurs at work or because of what you do at work qualifies for workers compensation in Minnesota. This also covers injuries that gradually develop over time.

If you have a broken bone due to a fall or something heavy hitting you, you may be covered by workers’ compensation laws. In addition, if you are responsible for engaging in a repetitive task, such as cutting meat or typing, this may cause strain. You may be able to receive money if you have a condition.

You need to keep the following in mind: even if you did not receive the first injury at work, you may still be owed money. An injury that gets worse at work may qualify you for workers’ compensation. For example, if you have a bum knee that is aggravated due to walking and lifting, you might be eligible.

Toxins, pollutants, and asbestos can cause unseen harm. Unsafe working conditions can cause chronic harm that lasts for decades. Lung, heart, and other internal injuries are covered by workers’ compensation laws.

Minnesota Law

The state of Minnesota protects its citizens’ mental health. Our laws provide compensation when:

  • Mental stress causes a physical injury
  • Physical trauma causes a mental injury
  • Mental stress causes a mental injury

Certain emotional issues, such as PTSD, can make you eligible to receive benefits under the law. You should keep in mind that mental stress causing a physical injury may be a little bit more difficult to prove. The same is true with mental stress causing a mental injury.

For example, if a cop or firefighter pulls someone out of a burning building, that might scar them mentally. In certain circumstances, they will be able to receive workers’ compensation. Other situations are not as likely to make people qualified to receive workman’s comp for mental injuries.

Reaching out to a lawyer will help you understand if your injury makes you eligible.

Fall at Work

5 Steps to Take if Injured on the Job in Minnesota

Work injuries happen all the time. Although in many instances you may walk away with something as small as a scrape on your leg or a cut on your finger, in other instances the damages may be more severe. Every month, more than 8,000 people are hurt in work-related accidents in Minnesota and of these 8,000 people, many are forced to go on workers compensation while they recover from the accident. If you have been injured on the job or are suffering from an illness due to a workplace incident, then you need to discuss your concerns and compensation with an experienced Minnesota work injury attorney right away.

Work Injury Rules and Regulations

Many people will assume that if they caused a workplace related accident, then they are not entitled to workers compensation benefits. This is not the case. No matter who caused the accident, no matter how silly it may have been, you are still entitled to workers compensation under the Minnesota laws.

It is also important to note that many employers will attempt to persuade their employees not to file a claim if they are injured at work. If you are in this situation, it is important to contact a Minnesota workers compensation lawyer and report this unethical behavior. You are not only protecting your legal rights, but also the rights of the other employees of your company.

Injured on the Job

If you are injured on the job, there are certain precautions you need to take every time. Below we have listed what to do when injured on the job:

  • As soon as you hurt yourself, report your injury to a supervisor or your employer. You need to notify your supervisor right away about the injury. If you don’t, then you may lose your ability to claim workers compensation. Even if the injury seems minor at the time, report it. After all, some injuries do not become painful until a day, a week, or even a month after the fact.
  • Fill out Injury Report in the workplace. You will need to fill out an injury report in your workplace. Ask for a copy which will be used when filing a claim.
  • Get medical attention. It is important to see a doctor right away and to explain that the injury occurred at work. Your doctor will put this in your medical records which will later be used during your workers compensation claims.
  • Keep records of all your claims and expenses, no matter how minor they seem. Make copies in case the receipts are damaged or fade.
  • Always let your employer know what is happening with your injury. This will ensure that your relationship remains intact. However, if you are noticing that you are being mistreated by an employer due to an injury at the workplace, then you need to report this harassment and retaliation. It is against the law for employers to treat those who are injured any differently.

And, finally, contact a Minnesota work injury lawyer to ensure that your rights are protected. Insurance companies are known to swindle people out of money and workers compensation insurance companies are no different. The Law Firm of Heimerl and Lammers can protect you against this unjust treatment and ensure you are getting the compensation you deserve.

Medical-Mileage-Reimbursement

Medical Mileage Reimbursement After a Work Injury

After you suffer an injury on the job, there will be doctors’ appointments and physical therapy as part of your recovery. If you drive your vehicle to and from medical treatments, Minnesota law allows for mileage reimbursement. Many injured workers are unaware that they qualify for medical mileage reimbursement. As a result, they fail to keep track of their mileage and miss out on a valuable benefit.

With today’s gas prices, you will need reimbursement for trips to the doctor, physical therapy and to the pharmacy.

How to Get Medical Mileage Reimbursement

As of January 1, 2013, the medical mileage reimbursement rate is 56.5 cents per mile. This also includes reimbursement for:

  • Parking
  • Public transportation
  • Tolls

There is a form to record your mileage and expenses that you will send to the insurance company. Generally, you will receive a check within 45 days.

There are certain mileage restrictions depending on where you live and where your doctor is located. In addition, there are exceptions if you are medically unable to travel or if you need a specialty service or treatment. In some instances, your workers’ comp insurer must reimburse you for lodging and meals if you have to travel a long distance for treatment.

Free Consultation with an Experienced Minnesota Work Comp Lawyer

The workers’ compensation system can seem overwhelming to anyone. Your main concern will be your recovery, so you can return to work and a normal life. Let us help you with all aspects of your Minnesota workers’ comp claim.

It is easy to contact one of our workers’ compensation lawyers. You can fill out the contact form on this site or call one of your offices in the metro at (612) 294-2200 or (651) 777-1811 to schedule a free and confidential consultation. We have two convenient locations in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. We can also travel to meet with you at a location nearest you.

Third Party Liability

Third Party Liability & Work Injuries in Minnesota

If you suffer a work injury, you have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim for medical and wage loss benefits. But you cannot sue your employer for liability for your work injury. However, in some cases, someone other than your employer might be responsible for your injury. In those instances, you can file a third party claim for liability.

Do You Have a Third Party Claim for Your Work Injury?

Third party liability claims for work injuries are common on construction sites. Multiple companies and contractors are working at the job site with heavy equipment and machinery. Any one of these companies might be responsible for your injury. Other cases of third party liability include the following:

  • A car accident while you are on the job
  • An injury caused by a defective product
  • An injury on the job but on another person’s property

Getting the proper information in third party claims is especially crucial. These claims involve multiple parties, witnesses, and insurance companies. It is best to gather information while the accident is still fresh in your memory and within the statute of limitations.

Injured workers are usually surprised when they find out they cannot sue their employers for their work injury. Even if the accident was your employer’s fault, you cannot file a liability suit in absence of a third party.

Trust Our Experienced Work Comp Lawyers

After your work injury, you might not even think that a third party caused your injury. That is why it is crucial to speak with a workers’ comp lawyer at Heimerl & Lammers. We will assess your situation and pursue any available third party liability. If there is third party liability, you are entitled to compensation.

We have offices conveniently located in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Feel free to call us at (612) 294-2200 or (651) 777-1811 to schedule a no cost consultation. Fill out the contact form on this site and one of our workers’ comp lawyers will get in touch with you about your claim.

Work Safety Tips

Helpful Tips for Staying Safe on the Job

Avoiding an accident at work means more than just carrying a first aid kit in your car and knowing where the fire exits are. Below are some tips on staying safe on the job and what to do if you are injured in the workplace.

Avoiding an Accident

  • If you are working outdoors, wear the appropriate clothing. This means during the winter you might want to consider purchasing long underwear while in the summer be sure to pack a hat and plenty of sunscreen. And don’t forget the water!
  • Invest in proper safety and protection equipment including steel toed boots and a safety helmet if working in construction. If you work in an office, you may need to invest in comfortable shoes, an ergonomically friendly chair and compression stockings to avoid blood clots.
  • Furthermore, if you are feeling unwell or extra tired, take the day off. Fatigue can be a serious killer on the job. You will not only be risking your own safety, but also the safety of others.

Protecting Yourself and your Future

Injured at work? If you have had a work related accident, make sure you follow these guidelines for filing a report:

  • Make sure you report any injury, no matter how small and silly it seems. Even a paper cut can lead to an infected finger causing serious pain. Some work-related injuries will not show up for hours, days or even weeks later, such as whiplash and back pain. It is best to report everything just in case. Don’t be embarrassed or worried about what the boss will think – it is against the law to avoid filing out an accident report and against the law to fire someone for being injured.
  • Take pictures of your injury and where the accident took place. Most people will not carry a camera to work with them but if you happen to have a mobile phone, snap a few close ups of the scene. Any evidence can be useful down the road.
  • If others were around to witness the accident, ask them to write down what they saw. These witnesses may be needed later if you take the case to court.
  • Keep all the receipts from medical visits, prescription and pain medication, rehabilitation fees and even fuel receipts from driving to and from the hospital and clinics. You might want to photocopy the originals in case they fade over time.

Worker’s Compensation Attorney and Advice

Many people will assume that they do not need to speak to an attorney about a work related incident. After all, your company will have worker’s compensation which will take care of the problem right? In some instances, this is true, but, in other instances, this unfortunately is not the case. Worker’s compensation only covers a certain amount of time and takes care of some, but certainly not all of the expenses.

If you cannot work, worker’s compensation may pay a percentage of your regular wage while you recover, but what about the additional duties you need done – who will pick up the kids from school and watch them on the weekends? Who will keep the house clean if you are in the hospital? Who will drive you to your rehabilitation meetings if you are unable to walk or drive? In most instances, the additional expenses incurred from a work related issue are not covered under insurance.

This is why it is important to seek legal advice from a qualified Minneapolis workers compensation attorney.