Understanding The Workers’ Compensation Process
Workplace injuries are unfortunately a common occurrence especially in more physically demanding occupations. Most people are unfamiliar with the laws and legal process of a workers’ compensation claim. Not knowing your legal rights if you have been injured at work puts you at a disadvantage with the insurer and employer. Having a knowledgeable attorney on your side protects your rights and is an invaluable ally in pursuing the wage loss and medical benefits you are entitled to for your injury.
At Klampe Law Firm, we serve injured workers across the state of Minnesota. We have extensive knowledge and experience in the Minnesota’s workers’ compensation process and will help you understand how these laws and procedures apply to your situation.
Talking to Our Lawyer Is Always Free
There are no fees when you work with our Rochester-based firm or speak with a member of our team about your workplace injury. From your first consultation to the conclusion of your case, attorney’s fees are only paid contingent upon us recovering denied benefits for you or negotiating a settlement on your behalf. Workers’ compensation laws limit attorney’s fees to a statutory percentage and do not allow hourly fees to be paid. The law also requires the insurer or employer to pay attorney’s fees on disputed or denied medical benefits. There are no out-of-pocket costs to you in your work comp claim. Call 507-288-2447 to get started.
Guiding You Through Each Step of the Process
Following an injury at work, your first step should be to report the injury to your employer who will then notify its insurance carrier. Your employer is required to complete a First Report of Injury and provide you with a copy.
Your next step should be to seek medical attention as soon as you can, even if you believe your injury is minor at the time. Medical documentation of your injury is very important to your claim. Employers cannot prevent you from leaving work to seek medical attention.
It is important to fully explain to your doctor how your injury occurred at work and the nature of the work you perform. If your injury requires restrictions in your work, your doctor will need to provide a written workability form outlining your restrictions or abilities for you to give to your employer.
Minnesota’s workers’ compensation law entitles you the right to see the doctor of your choice for your work injury in most situations. There are a few large employers that have state approval to require you to see a doctor within their managed care plan. Our work injury attorney will advise you of your rights and help you make sound decisions.
After reviewing this and other evidence, the insurer will either approve or deny your claim. If it denies your claim, you have the right to file a claim to challenge the denial. If your claim is approved, you will receive all appropriate benefits, which may include wage loss benefits, medical treatment and vocational rehabilitation benefits. It is crucial to have our workers’ compensation attorney guide you through this process to ensure your rights to receive the benefits you need for your injury. Even in admitted claims, disputes arise over ongoing wage loss benefits and authorization for medical treatment.
Every step we take in your case will be aimed at helping you secure these benefits as quickly as possible.