Not every injury at work requires a lawyer. One of the main benefits of the Minnesota workers' compensation system is that it allows people recompense without an involved court process that pits them against their employer. With that in mind, your application should be relatively smooth.
If you are experiencing any kind of trouble or noticing any hesitation, it could be a sign that your process is not going the way it should be. However, some employers are simply less efficient than others in handling these incidents. Here are some things that could warrant further scrutiny and possibly legal action.
In most cases, employers are enthusiastic about having their workers get better and return to the job. However, some companies see injured workers as a potential risk. If you feel like there is any type of intimidation or bad behavior on the part of your employers, you may want to think about whether or not they are approaching the process ethically.
Specifically, the workers' compensation process may require some information from the company you work for, or from your co-workers. If your boss is trying to block your peers from reporting the accident or if the company is withholding crucial information, this could be a sign that there is a lack of compliance with the workers' compensation program overall.
In general, employers should value the benefits that workers' compensation provides. They do not have to enter into negotiations with every worker who gets injured. Their insurance covers a wide range of different types of incidents.
Even so, there are various reasons that your company may not want to work together with you to get you the compensation you need to recover. These could include ignorance or unethical behavior. Your employer may not even be covered for your injury. This is true even though, as mentioned on FindLaw, Minnesota requires companies to carry insurance. Every case is different, so please do not view this as legal advice for any material situation. It is only general background information.