Hurt on the Job?
Our Legal Team Is Here to Help.
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.
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:
- Step 1: Report your injury to your employer immediately. In a medical emergency, get treatment first and report your injury as soon as possible.
- Step 2: Contact Meshbesher & Spence for advice on what to expect with your claim and how to communicate with your employer and insurer.
- Step 3: Seek medical treatment with a doctor of your choice and follow your doctor’s orders and medical instructions.
- Step 4: Send your employer a copy of any work restrictions you receive immediately.
Our workers’ compensation attorneys can advise you on whether it makes sense to retain our services at that time or if you can wait.