According to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, in 2012, over 77,000 workers were injured on the job or fell ill as a result of workplace conditions. Of these injuries reported, more workers suffered back injuries than any other kind of injury type, along with strains and tears. Falling or being struck by an object in the workplace were the two most common causes of injury.
While workplace injuries remain relatively rare, with only a little more than 3 workers for every 100 in the workforce suffering injuries, workplace injuries can be devastating. Individuals may require medical care or may have to take time away from work. Fortunately, Minnesota’s Worker’s Compensation Law protects workers and their families from having to bear the full financial burden of their injuries.
If you’ve been injured on the job, here are six things you should do to ensure that your claim is properly filed and processed under Minnesota’s Worker’s Compensation Law.
- Report your injury to your employer, supervisor, or manager. Once you report your injury, your manager, employer, or supervisor will be able to make a “First Report of Injury.” The employer will supply this information to their Worker’s Compensation insurance. Your employer, not you, must file this claim. However, it is important that you keep records of medical expenses and your injury. This information will be useful if your claim is disputed.
- Seek medical attention. Don’t delay in seeking medical attention following your injury. Make sure that you save all records from medical professionals, including bills, and any diagnosis reports from your doctor.
- Keep a file documenting all important information regarding your claim. You should keep a document of your “First Report of Injury” and any medical bills and diagnostic results from your doctor. Keep a record of all mileage to and from doctors or hospitals and keep track of any parking fees you may have to pay while seeking medical care. Worker’s Compensation can reimburse you for these expenses.
- Take notes of any conversations you have with your employer or with the Safety and Worker’s Compensation Division. You may be asked to provide additional information or may be asked questions during phone calls. Record this information and keep it in a safe place.
- Remain in communication with your employer. Update your employer about your medical and recovery progress. Let your employer know when you think you may be able to go back to work.
- Seek the advice of a Worker’s Compensation Lawyer if your claim is denied and you cannot resolve the dispute. In some cases, a simple call to the Safety and Worker’s Compensation Division can clear things up. You may be able to appeal a claim. In some instances, it can be helpful to get the assistance of a personal injury lawyer.
The Law Office of Martin T. Montilino offers compassionate counsel to individuals who have suffered injuries on the job. While Worker’s Compensation is often the main means by which workers receive money for medical expenses, lost wages, and disability payments when they are injured on the job, there are certain instances where workers can seek compensation from negligent contractors or other parties. Contact our firm today to learn more about your rights.