In Minnesota, when an injured worker’s wage loss benefits end, the news typically arrives in the form of a Notice of Intent to Discontinue Workers’ Compensation Benefits or NOID. If you have received this notice but still need your benefits, or believe the information in the notice is incorrect, the manner in which you react can have a significant impact on your future.
What does it say?
Before responding to a NOID, you must fully understand the information provided in the notice. Read it carefully to find out why your benefits are being discontinued. In some cases, the stated reason will be that you have returned to work and are receiving wages again. If you have, indeed, returned to work, the NOID is not likely a surprise to you.
In some cases, however, the NOID is a surprise to the injured worker and carries troubling news. You should speak with a workers’ compensation lawyer if:
- The NOID you received claims you have returned to work, but this is not the case
- Your benefits have expired but your work injury is still severe enough that you are unable to return to work
- The termination of your benefits is the result of wrong information
If your benefits are being discontinued and you disagree with the decision, you may request a conference to state your case. You may have as little as 12 days after receiving your NOID to request such a conference.
Know your options
It can be troubling to receive a notice that your benefits are being discontinued, especially if you are still suffering and unable to return to work. If you received a NOID and disagree with what it says, you have rights and an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can protect them.