Know What Qualifies as an Injury Under Workers' Compensation

Types of Work-Related Injuries

Hurt on the Job?

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Any 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 (i.e., a fall at work), injuries that result from repetitive job duties over time, occupational exposure to chemicals/substances, and psychological injuries.

Who's At Risk of Work-Related Injuries?

Minnesota has a range of industries reporting the highest number of work-related accidents and illnesses yearly.

  • First Responders: 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.
  • Construction: Construction workers are often exposed to hazards such as falls from heights, electrical dangers, and heavy machinery accidents. In addition, they risk developing long-term health conditions due to exposure to hazardous chemicals and substances. The job’s physical demands can also lead to overexertion injuries, including strains and sprains.
  • Healthcare: Healthcare workers must lift and move heavy objects, such as patients, equipment, and supplies, which can lead to back injuries, strains, and sprains. In addition, professionals in this field are at a higher risk of exposure to infectious diseases, which can result in illness or infection. The fast-paced healthcare environment can also lead to slips, trips, and falls, especially in areas with wet or slippery floors.
  • Manufacturing: Employees in the manufacturing industry encounter various physical hazards on a daily basis, such as operating heavy machinery, exposure to toxic chemicals, and repetitive motions for long periods without breaks. These hazards can result in workplace injuries that could be career-ending or life-threatening.

While certain industries are more susceptible to workplace injuries, any employee can suffer from an injury at work that may result in the need for medical treatment, hospitalization or long-term care, wage loss, or hinder their ability to perform their job effectively.

Meshbesher & Spence is dedicated to supporting all Minnesotans, regardless of their profession. We strive to offer the highest level of support and service to ensure you receive the fair compensation you deserve.

Common Work Injuries

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 pre-existing medical conditions. However, it can be more challenging to receive workers’ compensation benefits, and you will need to follow specific requirements when filing your claim if you have a pre-existing condition. 

Hurt at Work?

Follow These Next Steps

To file a claim for workers’ compensation in Minnesota, you must report the injury to your employer immediately or as soon as you are physically able to do so. Your employer must report the injury to their workers’ compensation insurance carrier within 10 days of learning you were injured and missed time from work.

Having a knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney on your case at the beginning will help you avoid mistakes and protect your claims moving forward. It will also mean that we will be prepared to act immediately on your behalf if and when a dispute occurs.

How to File a Claim Checklist

Even if you think the injury is minor at first, you must report the injury right away so the employer and insurer do not use a lack of report against you in the future. Here’s how to get started:

Our workers’ compensation attorneys can advise you on whether it makes sense to retain our services at that time or if you can wait.

Our law firm is dedicated to representing injured workers in Minnesota from all professions. With years of experience and a track record of success, we are well-equipped to guide our clients through the complex and challenging process that comes after a work injury.

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