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Teachers and Workers Comp Claims

Teaching isn’t often viewed as a dangerous occupation, but if you suffered injuries on the job, you know that it’s not without its risks. Whether your injury occurred in the classroom, on a field trip, or in the school gymnasium, Fields Law Firm is here for you.

At Fields Law Firm, our Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Lawyers are here to help all injured workers throughout the state, including teachers, professors, and other educators. Get trusted advice about your injury, and be confident in your next steps. Just dial 1-888-343-5375 or fill out a free consultation form.

Client Success Story

A woman working as a paraprofessional injured her left foot while walking up a flight of dilapidated stairs at a local school. At first, the workers’ compensation insurance company paid for all her medical bills, including a surgery, and lost wages. However, when her foot began to bother her years later, the workers’ compensation insurer told her that they would not pay for any additional medical treatment because her file was closed.

The woman turned to Fields Law Firm for help. We explained that the insurance company could not unilaterally “close” her file completely. We helped our client bring a claim for an updated MRI, which the insurer ultimately had to pay for. The results of the MRI led her doctors to recommend additional treatment. In the end, we helped the woman secure a lump sum of money from the insurance company that she could use toward future medical expenses for her foot.

What are some common injuries for teachers?

Teachers may be at risk of suffering injuries from:

  • Long Periods of Standing
    Many teachers are required to stand in front of their classrooms for hours every day. Over time, this can put stress on feet, legs, and joints, and may cause injuries and chronic pain to develop.
  • Field Trips
    Class field trips can be fun and educational, but they present new risks that teachers don’t encounter during regular workdays, such as bus accidents and hazardous or strenuous activities that can lead to injuries.
  • Physical Activities
    Whether you’re a physical education teacher, sports coach, or just in the school playground at recess, you may be at risk of getting injured by students or equipment during games, activities, and athletic events.
  • Carpal Tunnel
    Long hours in front of a computer designing lesson plans, grading papers, and entering grades can lead to the development of painful carpal tunnel injuries.

From the Classroom to the Playground: Work Injuries for School Employees

Work injuries are most often associated with physically-demanding occupations such construction workers and nurses, not teachers or bus drivers. However, in a report published by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, the education and health service sector ranked third in total injury and illnesses per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees.

SFM Risk Solutions, a third-party administrator of workers’ compensation claims, presented results of an extensive research on work injuries for school employees at the National Occupational Research Agenda Symposium at the University of Minnesota recently. This study collected data from 130 independent school districts over the course of six years.

Of the nearly 10,000 claims that were reviewed, the study found that student-related injuries made up approximately 25% of injuries reported among school employees. The study also noted custodians, food services employees, and transportation workers were at a 700% or greater increased risk of injury than licensed staff.

Of the student-related injuries, the study also reviewed the chances the staff would miss time at work due to their injuries:

  • Injured by a student acting out: 6%
  • Injuries due to assisting and transferring students: 12.6%
  • Injured while playing with students during recess: 17.7%

What’s next after your injury?

The biggest question many educators have after their on-the-job injuries is what they should do next. If you were injured while working for a school district, whether as a chaperone or bus driver, custodian, teacher, or other school employee, you may have a workers’ compensation claim.

Our Minnesota workers’ compensation law firm understands that you may be hesitant to speak to a lawyer – especially if you’re worried about your principal, administrators, or school board finding out. That’s why we keep all communication private and confidential, so you don’t have to worry about your future or your job. Contact us today, and let us help you understand your legal options, so you can move forward with your life.

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John Kelley
John Kelley
21:38 16 Oct 18
I was having issues with an insurance company and I hired fields law firm. The people there are amazing and always quick to answer questions even a couple times on the weekend. I worked with Blake amazing person and very informative on my case. I would highly recommend this firm to any of my friends.read more
Michael Frazier
Michael Frazier
23:58 10 Oct 18
I had the pleasure to work with Michael and Annie on my LTD case. When my claim was denied by the insurance carrier, Michael didn't hesitate to take them on with an appeal. He worked diligently on the appeal and ultimately won this for me. Mind you, this wasn't a huge case but he treated me like it was and as if I was the only case he was representing. He kept me abreast of vital information, it was clear that he knew his stuff and wasn't afraid to take on the big insurance company. Michael was much more than I ever expected given that our relationship was entirely remote, handled by telephone and email only. Not only is he a strong lawyer, he treated me with compassion and respect. I am beyond pleased with him and the Fields Law team. Michael cares about his clients and he gets the job done for them because he knows how impactful an injury can be to both a person's well-being and their financial security. I highly recommend Michael and Fields Law whether you are local to their Minnesota offices or out of state like myself.read more
Melanie Eason
Melanie Eason
20:12 29 Aug 18
Fields Law Firm is great. Patrick Kramer, my lawyer, is fantastic. He and his legal assistant Samantha K. have handled my case for several years. They have kept me informed every step of the way. They are both easy to contact. I have both of their phone numbers and email addresses and they respond promptly to any messages I leave. Without their help I would not have been able to get the disability company to fulfill their promises. It is a relief to leave all the dealings with the disability insurance company in their hands.read more
Jeannie Kerr
Jeannie Kerr
23:37 15 Sep 18
My experience with Merrick Williams of Fields Law Firm has been truly above and beyond satisfactory. His knowledge and professionalism have guided me through a very difficult time. He and his assistant Angela were readily available to answer any questions and address my concerns. I highly recommend him as an attorney and will use his services again if necessary in the future.read more
ebon jordan
ebon jordan
19:51 27 Sep 18
Field Law Firm was great my lawyer Zach Schmoll was more than I could ask for. He always kept me in the loop and explain everything perfectly, got back to me whenever I called less than 24 hrs and was a extremely nice guy. This guy is young and knows what he is doing so please don’t let the age fool you. I had a wonderful experience with Field Law and will refer anyone with legal matters to them.read more
Edward Johnson
Edward Johnson
23:11 31 Oct 18
I highly recommend Fields law Firm if you need some no nonsense attorneys to represent you. I was treated courteously and efficiently each and every time by Mike and his associates. They settled my Long Term Disability case in a timely fashion. and was pleased with the results. Thanks again Mike and Fields Law Firm. You are the best!read more
Jeffrey
Jeffrey
19:19 09 Nov 18
Fields Law Firm is simply the very best when it comes to representing you & fighting for your rights! They are a "10 Star" Law Firm hands down! Michael Kemmmitt & Sarah Christensen were simply outstanding to work with. They took over my long term disability case after I was being denied my benefits & gave me the moral support & law experience that I needed to win my case. They were supportive throughout my case & they will fight tooth & nail to assure your rights are not being denied. It is so rare to find a law firm that treats you like YOU are the most important person to them. I HIGHLY recommend Fields Law Firm. They are truly advocates for justice.read more
Ben Chadwick
Ben Chadwick
23:20 12 Nov 18
Michael and Samantha were always giving me updates in a very timely manner. They were very good at getting back with me if I had questions, and they didn't have the answer at the time of our discussion. They were very thorough in their handling of my case, and we received a positvie ruling due to their efficiency and expertise. Thank you very much Michael and Samantha, I appreciate all that you did to help me with my case. I would definitely refer people to you, as well as use you in the future. Benjamin Chadwick.read more
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