On April 30th, after receiving recommendations from the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council, the workers’ compensation bill for 2014 was signed into law. Several amendments were made to the law.
One amendment stipulates that several claims of PTSD arising from a single event are counted as a single loss for calculating the Worker’s Compensation Reinsurance Association Retention limit. Companies are required to pay a certain deductible up to this limit, after which the Workers’ Compensation insurance comes into effect. This amendment will protect those who are insured from having to make multiple payouts under the deductible if the PTSD claims stem from a single event.
Another amendment affords for more uniformity between the ways hospitals record injuries and the ways Workers’ Compensation claims document those same injuries. By making the terminology uniform, the amendment writers hope to make the process and coding system more efficient and easier to navigate for everyone involved.
Finally, another amendment allows insurers to claim refunds up to three years after the final determination dates.
Employers are required to carry Workers’ Compensation under Minnesota Statutes. Employers may purchase Workers’ Compensation insurance or seek private insurance. Workers’ Compensation protects employers so that if an employee is injured while on the job, the insurance ensures that medical bills, lost wages, recovery, and permanent disability benefits are covered. Employees, if they so wanted, can also find private insurance such as tpd insurance if they believe they could ever experience an event that could cause permanent disability within or due to their employment.
If you have been injured while working, it is important to understand what kind of coverage your employer has taken out. Some employers use certified managed care plans. If your employer uses this kind of plan you will have to use certified providers within the plan. Your employer should be able to provide you with a contact person to ensure that you receive the care you deserve.
When an injury on the job occurs, the employee should notify the employer and seek medical attention. A doctor will document and evaluate the injury and determine whether the employee can return to work. It is important to use an independent medical examiner selected by the employee or insurer. If the injury is severe and the employee cannot return to work, the insurer will file a NOPLD form. The form includes important information like the workers’ wage, facts surrounding the claim for disability or lost work, and other key facts.
if a Worker’s Compensation Claim is denied you have several options. Sometimes disputes can be resolved with a phone call to the insurance claims adjuster. If the insurance claims adjuster cannot help, you may be provided with a mediator to oversee your case. If your claim is still denied, you can request a hearing. If this occurs, it is a good idea to hire an experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer who understands personal injury law.
Martin T. Montilino is a personal injury lawyer in Minneapolis, Minnesota who understands the challenges faced by workers who have been injured on the job. Insurers sometimes fight to avoid having to pay for lost wages or disability. The Law Office of Martin T. Montilino understands that each case is unique.
Visit https://www.martinmontilino.com/ to learn about how you can protect your rights and receive the compensation you deserve for your workplace injuries.