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Getting injured on the job in Minnesota can be overwhelming and complicated. It’s important that if you’ve been injured at work, you get the care and treatment you need. At LaCourse, Poole & Envall, P.A., our experienced worker’s compensation lawyers located in Duluth have over 60 years of combined experience in helping injured workers in all of Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, to include Duluth, Virginia, Hibbing, Cloquet, Grand Rapids, Two Harbors, and Grand Marais. Workers’ Compensation laws in Minnesota are complicated and it’s important to know your rights. Our attorneys will help you navigate the system and help you fight for a fair award. Our success is no accident.
Please take a look below at some of our frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions, please contact us at 1-800-535-1665 or (218) 727-5384; or fill out our contact form.
If you are hurt on the job, report your injury to your supervisor/employer either verbally or in writing immediately. If you do not report your injury you may not be able to claim benefits later. Seek medical treatment right away as it is important to document all of your injuries and how they happened. Make sure your doctor knows that you were hurt at work and explain all possible injuries so your doctor can properly assess them. Make sure your employer knows if the doctor recommends restrictions on your work activities. The employer must honor these restrictions. Finally, contact an attorney to make sure your rights are protected from the beginning of your claim.
Workers’ Compensation covers all injuries, conditions or illnesses that occur on the job or as a result of your work activities:
If you cannot return to your pre-injury job due to your restrictions, you may be entitled to total or partial wage loss benefits. You will still be entitled to medical care and treatment.
Not necessarily. For instance, if you are injured in Minnesota, do most of your work in Minnesota, or live in Minnesota, you may be entitled to file a claim for benefits in Minnesota even though your employer is from Wisconsin. Minnesota is liberal in allowing jurisdiction for work injuries with a Minnesota connection. This is important because Minnesota Workers’ Compensation laws are more favorable to employees than those for surrounding states like Wisconsin and North Dakota.
If you need help returning to work due to your injuries, a QRC can help you with rehabilitation services. Although insurance companies prefer to appoint a preferred QRC, you have the right to choose your own. However, you have a very limited time to choose your own QRC. This choice may be more important than you realize if there are problems with your return to work or if retraining is needed.
Minnesota’s Workers’ Compensation rules and laws are very complicated and are continually changing. It is important to have an attorney who has extensive experience with Minnesota Workers’ Compensation claims so that you know your rights and obligations under these laws. We can help you avoid making decisions that could jeopardize the benefits you may be receiving now.