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Meshbesher & Spence is committed to protecting the rights of injured workers under the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Act. Our attorneys can help you access any wages you may have lost and fight to ensure you receive the medical, rehabilitation, and retraining benefits to which you are entitled so that you can focus on the healing process.

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Defending You When It Matters Most

When a work crisis hits you hard, you deserve a trusted Minnesota workers’ compensation attorney who puts you first. We represent injured workers across the state of Minnesota. Our clients come to us from all professions after a work injury, including:

Serving Minnesota's First Responders

Our law firm is dedicated to representing all injured Minnesota workers, and we are especially proud to fight for those who serve our communities daily. Relying on our years of experience and past successes, we know how to assist first responders in navigating the complex and, at times, fraught process that follows an in-the-line-of-duty injury.

First responders are at serious risk of developing physical and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) injuries during their duties because of the dangerous nature of their jobs. The workers’ compensation and PERA disability attorneys at Meshbesher & Spence understand the complexity of these claims and will work with you to ensure that your benefits from all sources are maximized.

We have represented hundreds of first responders injured in the line of duty, including:

Injured Workers Deserve Fair Compensation. We Help You Get It.

Our workers’ compensation and PERA disability attorneys are well-versed in navigating your workers’ compensation claims and are also experienced PERA and MSRS disability and Minnesota Statutes 299A.465 attorneys. Therefore, they understand the interplay between disability and workers’ compensation benefits and will work to maximize your overall recovery. 

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What Does Workers’ Compensation Cover?

If your work duties result in an injury or make a pre-existing condition worse, your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy pays for benefits that may include:

Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, which means benefits are paid regardless of fault. This means an employee does not need to prove negligence on the part of the employer to establish liability. It also means that an employer cannot use negligence on the part of the employee to deny a claim.

All Minnesota employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance or be self-insured for workers’ compensation benefits unless they are specifically exempted, which only applies to a very limited number of employers in the state.

Common Workplace Injuries

Any type of work injury or condition that is caused, aggravated, or accelerated by your work duties may be covered under your employer’s workers’ compensation policy, including specific injuries (e.g., a fall at work), injuries that result from repetitive job duties over time, occupational exposure to chemicals/substances, and psychological injuries.

While different types of work environments can lead to different types of injuries, some workplace injuries are more common than others.

Here are a few examples of the most common types of workplace injuries in Minnesota:

To file a claim for workers’ compensation in Minnesota, you must report the injury to your employer within 14 days of the injury. Your employer must then report the injury to their workers’ compensation insurance carrier within 10 days. If your claim is approved, you may be eligible for medical treatment, wage replacement, and vocational rehabilitation benefits. If your claim is denied, you may have the right to appeal the decision.

In Workers' Comp Cases, Experience Matters

Every workers’ compensation case is unique, but there are standard protocols to follow in Minnesota to ensure you receive the pay and benefits owed to you. The best advice we can give before getting started is to not wait to consult with a Minnesota workers’ compensation lawyer, who can advise you of your rights.

Follow these steps:

Every case is different, and these steps will be different in complex cases, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Our workers’ compensation lawyers at Meshbesher & Spence will guide you through every step of the process to ensure your rights are protected.

Understanding Your Benefits

What Are Wage Loss Benefits in Minnesota?

If you cannot work because of your work injury or if you cannot earn your full wages because of your work injury, you may be entitled to wage loss benefits. Additionally, under Minnesota law, the insurer must accommodate your request for direct deposit, if applicable. 

Wage loss benefits are calculated based on your Average Weekly Wage (AWW) and include the following:

There is a waiting period before injured workers are eligible for wage loss benefits. Learn more about wage loss and how it may apply to your situation. 

Calculating Average Weekly Wage

An injured worker’s average weekly wage (AWW) on the date of injury controls benefit amounts for the claim. The goal of determining the average weekly wage in a Minnesota workers’ compensation case is to “arrive at a fair approximation of the employee’s probable future earning power that has been impaired or destroyed by the [work] injury.”

Your average weekly wage should include:

Are Medical Costs Covered Under Workers' Compensation?

The employer and workers’ compensation insurer should pay for the cost of all reasonable and necessary health care treatment related to your work injury, including:

However, there may be certain limitations and restrictions in your coverage that you’ll need to be aware of.

What Are Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits?

Vocational rehabilitation benefits, including educational retraining, are available to help injured workers in Minnesota return to work after an injury. You can request a vocational rehabilitation consultation at any time.

In fact, you may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services if you meet the following criteria:

What Is Permanent Partial Disability (PPD)?

PPD benefits are payable for the permanent functional loss of use of the body based on a disability schedule—and are separate from wage loss benefits

Employees injured at work in Minnesota are eligible for PPD benefits if they have any of the following ailments:

A healthcare provider’s opinion is essential in determining the appropriate rating for the work injury, which is typically evaluated using the schedule outlined in the Minnesota Administrative Rules Chapter 5223.

Can I Choose My Own Doctor?

Yes! In most cases, you can and should choose your own doctor to evaluate and treat you for your work injury. You should not let your employer or the workers’ compensation insurer direct you to a certain clinic or doctor without consulting an attorney. Your primary care provider is usually a good place to start to get a referral to the appropriate specialist for your type of injury.

Note, however, there are very few cases in which an employer may require an employee to see a designated healthcare provider for treatment.

What If I Have a Preexisting Condition?

Workers’ compensation in Minnesota is designed to provide benefits to employees who are injured on the job, regardless of whether they have preexisting medical conditions. However, it can be more challenging to receive workers’ compensation benefits if you have a preexisting condition. 

Here’s what you need to know about Minnesota workers’ compensation and preexisting conditions:

Every workers’ compensation case is unique, but there are standard protocols to follow in Minnesota to ensure you receive the pay and benefits owed to you. If you have questions about a workers’ compensation claim or about what qualifies as a preexisting condition, please contact our law firm for guidance.

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With So Much at Stake, You Need Exceptional Representation

At Meshbesher & Spence, we have the experience to guide you through your claim, helping you navigate the insurance and liability confusion that often ensues when accidents happen. Our team will handle any legal and insurance problems on your behalf.

In addition, our law firm can quickly bring in an investigator to document the incident by interviewing witnesses, taking photographs, and doing whatever else is necessary to investigate the incident. This step is critical and will significantly impact the outcome of your claim.

We always offer a free, no obligation consultation. That means we do not get paid until we successfully recover benefits for you. There are no upfront fees or hourly fees attributed to you. 

Did you recently become injured on the job? Contact our Workers' Compensation attorneys at Meshbesher & Spence today. Remember, cases are stronger when you begin the claim process right away.


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PERA/MSRS Disability

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Jim and staff were very professional, sympathetic, kind, understanding, explained everything to me in a timely manner. Jim was available at any time I needed him with quick responses. They also explain everything in detail and made the process a better learning experience. In addition to great personal interpersonal communication skills, they also got me the maximum settlement. If you ever need an Attorney Meshbesher is your trusted partner time and time again! Thank you!

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