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.

  1. Are you receiving the wage loss benefits you deserve?
  2. Are your medical expenses getting paid?
  3. Have they scheduled an Independent Medical Exam (IME)?
  4. Are you being referred to an Occupational Medicine Doctor?
  5. Are you being denied surgery for your work injury?
  6. Is your employer unable to accommodate your work restrictions?
  7. Is there a lack of response from the employer/insurance company?
  8. Have you been told your claim is closed?
  9. Were you sent back to work before you were ready?
  10. Were you terminated while on work restrictions?
  11. Do you feel you’re being harassed?
  12. Did your employer go out of business?
  13. Do you have an old work injury and need additional treatment?
  14. Did your injury occur in another state while working for a Minnesota based company?
  15. 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:

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.



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
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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