What Qualifies as a Workers Comp Claim?
The Minnesota workers compensation claim process is complex and navigating it successfully can be confusing. If you suffered an injury, developed an illness, or your pre-existing condition was made worse because of your job, the Workers Compensation Lawyers at Fields Law Firm can review your case for free and determine whether you qualify to file a claim for your particular situation.
Under Minnesota law, most employers must either carry workers compensation insurance or become self-insured. However, qualifying to receive benefits and actually getting them can be two different things. You may qualify to file a workers compensation claim for benefits if:
- You were injured because of your job.
- You developed an illness because of your job.
- A pre-existing condition was aggravated by your job duties.
- An illness or injury was accelerated by your job duties.
We offer a no charge case evaluation over the phone and we’re ready to answer your questions. Calls are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-888-343-5375, or you can fill out our free form, and we’ll get back to you at a time that is most convenient for you.
Our Minnesota Workers Compensation attorneys are proud to be a resource for injured workers, and you can count on us to be there when you need us most.
15 “Red Flag” Reasons to Request a Free Case Review
Every day we talk to people just like you. People who aren’t sure if they have a Workers Comp claim, or don’t know if they are receiving all of the benefits they deserve. Some are questioning what the claim adjuster has told them, and other’s are worried that their benefits are going to be cut off.
There are so many different and unique situations for each case, but there’s always one common element – the Workers Compensation insurance company that follows their standard operating procedures. We know what they can and can’t do, and we’ve put together a list of reasons that could be red flags that the insurance company is going to try to deny your Workers Comp claim. Call us today to talk about your situation, and let us help you get the benefits you deserve.
- Are you receiving the wage loss benefits you deserve?
- Are your medical expenses getting paid?
- Have they scheduled an Independent Medical Exam (IME)?
- Are you being referred to an Occupational Medicine Doctor?
- Are you being denied surgery for your work injury?
- Is your employer unable to accommodate your work restrictions?
- Is there a lack of response from the employer/insurance company?
- Have you been told your claim is closed?
- Were you sent back to work before you were ready?
- Were you terminated while on work restrictions?
- Do you feel you’re being harassed?
- Did your employer go out of business?
- Do you have an old work injury and need additional treatment?
- Did your injury occur in another state while working for a Minnesota based company?
- Did your injury occur while working in Minnesota, on a per diem basis, through an out of state company?
Who Qualifies For Workers Compensation Benefits?
Under Minnesota state law, anyone who is hired by and works for another person, including hourly workers, salary workers or workers without pay, is considered an employee and is therefore covered by workers compensation. This can include:
- Workers under age 18 (Minors)
- Union workers
- Healthcare Workers
- Volunteer Firefighters
- Law enforcement
- Teachers and Instructors
- Mine Workers
- Workers who are not citizens
What types of workers are NOT covered by Minnesota workers compensation?
Generally, independent contractors and freelancers are not eligible to receive workers compensation benefits, but there may be exceptions if an employee is improperly classified. Federal employees and employees who work in certain industries – such as postal workers and railroad workers – can make claims under federal workers compensation programs.
There are many exceptions to the types of businesses that must carry workers compensation and the types of employees who are eligible for benefits. If you have a question about whether or not you can make a claim for your work-related injury, call our Minnesota Workers Compensation attorneys. The call is free, and so is the advice.