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What are the steps in the workers' comp claims process?

If you get injured on the job in Minnesota, you need to make sure take the proper steps to make your workers' compensation claim. Any legitimate on-the-job injury makes you eligible to seek compensation for lost wages, medical bills and possibly other expenses related to the injury. However, if you do not follow the right procedure to make your claim, you could be denied any benefits.

Work-related injuries among truckers

If you work as a commercial truck driver, you are at risk for several types of common injuries that can not only cause pain and medical expenses but also take you away from your job. If your company is based in Minnesota, or you live there or worked there at the time you were injured, you may be eligible for the state's workers' compensation program.

5 frequently asked questions about workers' compensation claims in Minnesota

One day you are hard at work, and the next, you find yourself injured, unable to complete your job. You probably have many questions about the workers compensation claim process and how this injury may impact your life and the ability to support yourself or your family. 

Are employers obligated to pay for retraining?

Many workers are in skilled labor industries. This is especially true in Minnesota, where road construction occurs annually, and many people work in factories every day. These industries are also high risk for workplace accidents. 

Overcoming obstacles in the workers' compensation process

A work injury can leave you with many hardships, including steep medical bills and lost time from work. If you have suffered an on-the-job injury, you don't need the added burden of having to struggle with legal problems. The good news: You don't have to go it alone.

Shifts in Minnesota workers’ compensation claims

Minnesota residents who experience injuries or illnesses related to their jobs should be able to count on workers’ compensation as one form of assistance during these times. The benefits provided through workers’ compensation can include the payment of medical treatments and other costs, lost wages and vocational rehabilitation. Over the years, the state has seen a shift in the number of claims it has received and has paid out.

Vocational rehab after an on-the-job injury

If you have been injured on the job, you may not be able to perform your job due as you did before. If this happens to you, you may be able to benefit from the Minnesota program that offers vocational rehabilitation. This is a way that people can be retrained to get them back to work.

Waiting periods for workers’ compensation

If you are injured in an accident that happens while you’re at work or performing your job even away from your actual place of employment, you may need to file for workers’ compensation benefits. Understanding how this might work is important for you, especially so that you know about any potential waiting period. The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry provides information about how wait periods may apply to a case.

What is an occupational disease?

Like most Minnesota employees, you may be aware that the state may provide workers’ compensation benefits to persons who become injured while on the job. There are also benefits available to survivors if an accident at work results in a fatality. In addition to benefits related to an injury or death, the state’s program can also provide benefits to you if you have experienced an illness connected to your employment.

How does vocational rehab work in Minnesota?

If you have experienced a work-related accident or injury in Minnesota, you may be learning about various programs available to help you. For example, you may seek workers’ compensation benefits to receive financial assistance while you are unable to work. You may also wish for some help in preparing to return to work. In this situation, you may benefit from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry’s Vocational Rehabilitation unit services.

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