Minnesota Workers Compensation Lawyer
Experience That Sets Us Apart
No two work injuries are the same. That’s why you need an experienced Workers Compensation Lawyer with the resources to handle all types of workers compensation claims. You can count on Fields Law Firm to take care of your needs now and look out for your future, too.
The Minnesota workers compensation lawyers at Fields Law Firm know it can be difficult to find accurate information after getting hurt at work, and we can give you the information you need to help you get the benefits you deserve. We’re here to talk to you about your claim. Calls are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Contact us today – just call 1-888-343-5375 for a Free, No-obligation Case Review.
Primary Benefits of Workers Compensation
There are three primary types of workers compensation benefits: wage-loss benefits, medical benefits and vocational rehabilitation. Wage-loss benefits are intended to compensate you for lost income due to a work-related injury – usually paid at a percentage of your total wage, tax-free – while medical benefits are simply payment of medical bills and expenses related to your work injury. If needed, Vocational Rehabilitation benefits include job retraining, job-search services, career counseling and tuition.
An injured workers primary concerns are usually, first, how do I replace my lost income, and, second, how do I pay my medical bills? In a perfect world, it would be nice if, when you get hurt on the job and miss work, the employer’s insurance carrier automatically replaced your lost wages and covered all of your medical bills. But, more often than not, this is not the case. Workers compensation insurance companies make money by denying benefits, and so they deny employees’ entitled benefits, a lot.
When Should I Hire a Workers Compensation Attorney?
Always seek medical attention first, but you should call a lawyer as soon as you can following a work injury or workplace accident. It is important that your work comp lawyer start investigating the potential claims involved as quickly as possible.
Fields Law Firm is here to answer your questions and help you understand whether you are receiving all of the benefits you are entitled to. And, because our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, you won’t pay us anything unless we get benefits for you.
There are also certain events during the claims process that are obvious signs the insurance company is getting ready to deny your claim. Here are the top ten red flags that should alert you to call Fields right away:
- Your claim is denied.
- An independent medical examination is scheduled.
- You are asked to give a recorded statement.
- You are assigned a nurse case manager.
- You receive a Notice of Intent to Discontinue Benefits.
- You get offered a settlement.
- The insurance company assigns an attorney.
- Your work comp checks seem low.
- Your checks are late.
- You have questions.
If your work comp claim is denied by the insurance company, you should contact us immediately. Our Workers Compensation lawyers can explain the reason for the denial and if it was a good reason or a poor reason. Just because your claim is denied doesn’t mean you cannot still pursue it.
If you are scheduled to undergo an independent medical examination, you should also contact us right away. Independent medical examinations are anything but independent. If the insurance company is paying a doctor to examine you, they are most likely looking for a basis to cut off your benefits.
Giving a statement without consulting an attorney is a mistake. At Fields Law, our work injury attorneys can consult with you on what questions are acceptable to answer and what questions are not.
Nurse case managers neither provide medical services nor do they provide managerial services. They simply report back your actions to the insurance adjuster. If a nurse case manager is assigned to your case, call us for advice on whether your work comp claim is in danger of being denied.
If your benefits are cut off, you will receive this form. Your time to challenge the discontinuance of benefits is short, and you should contact our law firm immediately for help. It is important for our Workers Compensation lawyers to have as much time as possible to build a strong case for you.
Insurance companies often tend to lowball settlement offers in an attempt to close your case early. Consulting with a Workers Compensation lawyer can maximize the compensation you are owed for your workplace injury.
If the insurance company has an attorney working for them, it’s important to hire an attorney who will work for you. You don’t have to navigate this process alone.
Insurance companies often make mistakes on how to calculate your wage and what you should be getting in wage loss benefits for your work injuries. Our Workers Compensation lawyers will investigate any potential underpayment, and could save you thousands of dollars.
If your work comp checks aren’t arriving in a timely fashion, or the adjuster is not returning your phone calls, hiring an attorney will take the burden off of you. Our Workers Compensation lawyers will contact the insurance company and tackle the issues directly, allowing you to focus on getting better. We are going to protect your rights, both now and in the future.
If you have questions that need answers, having a Fields Law Workers Compensation Lawyer on your side can erase that doubt and give you clarity about your future. Workers Compensation lawyers work a contingency fee basis, so you can always ask your attorney a question or go over any concerns with your attorney without having to worry how about how much it is going to cost.
Get a Workers Comp Lawyer on Your Side
When an employee is injured at work there are a number of things that a Workers Comp lawyer will need to do to navigate through the complex maze of Minnesota workers compensation laws and regulations including: special workers compensation statutes, rules and court decisions; Department of Labor rules; and various government programs.
This is in addition to dealing with the insurance company and its team of people who aren’t looking after your best interest, but rather are looking at ways to avoid paying your workers compensation benefits.
All too often, people attempt to go up against the workers compensation insurance company on their own, failing to realize that the insurance company has an army of people working behind the scenes looking for ways to deny legitimate claims.
Get the Best Work Comp Lawyer in MN
If you’ve suffered a serious work-related injury, it’s a good idea to hire the best Minnesota Work Comp lawyer available to handle your Workers Compensation claim. Workers Compensation law is specialized. You will want to select a lawyer with expertise in the field, and not someone who just “dabbles” in work comp.
The best measures of a Workers Compensation lawyer are experience, expertise, trustworthiness, and transparency. You want an attorney that will treat you with respect and keep you informed about your claim at every step of the way. The best work comp lawyers will employ a strong support team so you always have a point of contact for any questions or concerns.
The Workers Comp lawyers at Fields Law strive every day to be the best. We have deep knowledge of Workers Compensation law because we advocate for injured workers every day. We build trust with our clients by keeping them informed at every step. Our experienced support staff ensures your claim will move along smoothly, and that you will always have a point of contact at our firm. We are proud to be a strong advocate for injured workers, and we will be there when you need us most.
Workers Compensation Client Testimonial
“I cannot thank you enough for all the hard work you put into my case, but I do appreciate it and always will! I will always refer Fields Law Firm to everyone who needs legal help with these types of issues.
Workers Comp Attorneys have a tough job dealing with legal issues, clients’ rights, clients and their pain and their emotions as well, but you have risen above ‘good’ to ‘excellent’ in my eyes and always will be one of Minneapolis’ Best Work Comp Attorneys. Again, thank you.”
— Cindy M., Faribault, Minnesota
You Have Questions, We Have Answers
Whether you’ve been hurt in a car accident while working or injured in a construction accident, Fields Law is the Minnesota law firm with the workers compensation lawyers that can help you. The call is free. The advice is free. And there’s no obligation to become a client. Our Workers Compensation law firm is Minnesota’s resource for injured workers, and we’re here to help you. Contact us today at 1-888-343-5375.
Your Workers Compensation Resource Center
No matter where you are in the Workers Comp claims process, we’re here to assist you. Our Minnesota workers compensation lawyers can help you:
- Understand your rights to workers compensation benefits
- Identify what types of workers compensation benefits may be available to you
- Take steps that can increase the strength of your workers comp claim
- File your workers compensation claim
- Appeal your claim if you’ve been denied workers compensation benefits
- Pursue personal injury claims against parties other than your employer
- Maximize the compensation you receive
Why Should I Hire a Workers Compensation Lawyer?
There are many reasons to hire a Workers Compensation Attorney, but the number one reason why you should call an attorney today is so that you can concentrate on recovering from your injuries while your attorney investigates the accident.
In addition, if you are injured at work you should hire a lawyer to help you investigate what potential claims you may have that could provide you compensation for your injuries, wage loss, medical benefits, permanent injuries, and pain and suffering. For example, if defective equipment caused your injuries, the evidence, including the defective equipment, must be preserved so that it can be investigated.
If there were witnesses who saw what happened, their statements may become necessary to prove that you were injured in the accident, or who or what may have caused your injuries to determine the types of benefits you may qualify for.
In general, there are three different types of claims that may be involved in a workplace accident:
- Workers Compensation
- Personal Injury Negligence Claims
- Product Liability
It is important to investigate the different types of claims that may be involved in a construction accident. First, the law is different. In general, if you are injured while working, Minnesota Workers Compensation law provides benefits including payment of medical expenses and lost time from work. But Minnesota law also allows you to file a liability claim for work related injuries if someone other than your employer is responsible for causing your injuries.
Liability claims differ significantly from Workers Compensation claims in several ways:
- Workers Compensation benefits are usually available without regard to fault of anyone involved in the accident.
- Workers Compensation benefits are primary, and may be paid immediately.
- Workers Compensation benefits are limited to covering medical expenses, wage loss, and permanent injuries or disabilities.
Personal injury and product liability claims may be filed against a person or entity that caused your injuries. In short, someone must be at fault for you to file one of these claims. In these cases, you can receive compensation for medical expenses, wage loss, permanent injuries or disabilities, pain and suffering, loss of future earning capacity, and loss of consortium (generally, the loss of services, comfort and companionship of your spouse).
Second, the rules are different. Liability claims are litigated in state or federal district courts, and work comp claims are litigated in administrative courts. Each court has different rules of procedure, is required to follow different law, and has differing timeframes for the resolution of cases. The forum in which your case is litigated can affect the types of compensation you receive and the length of time it takes to resolve your case. The law that the court has to apply is also affected by the forum in which your claims are presented.
If you were injured on the job or you have any questions, contact us at 1-888-343-5375 or online with our free online form. We offer a free case evaluation over the phone and can determine what potential claims you may have to compensate you for your injuries.