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Workers Compensation Resources

If you were hurt at work, Minnesota Workers Compensation can help you get the medical treatment you need, and cover your wage loss and injury-related expenses. Unfortunately, it takes time for the workers compensation insurance company to process a work injury claim.

Many clients call us wondering what options are available while waiting for the insurance company, especially when their Workers Compensation claim is denied.

It’s important to keep in mind that Workers Comp might not be the only resource available to you, while you wait. At Fields Law Firm, one of the top priorities of our Minnesota Work Comp Attorneys is helping our clients understand their rights after a work-related injury.

If you’ve ever had a work injury or been laid off from a job before, you may already know some of the options available to you. However, most people have not had anything like this happen to them before and have no idea where to even start. Here are some situations that our clients find themselves in, and how we can help.

What am I going to do for money in the meantime, until my Work Comp Claim gets resolved?

If you are unable to work at all following your work injury, you may qualify for Disability Benefits. The first thing that we ask all of our clients is whether or not they have Short Term Disability or Long Term Disability. Usually, Short Term Disability policies are for 3 or 6 months, and Long Term Disability policies can pay up to several years.

These insurance policies are designed to provide benefits when you are injured or disabled and cannot return to work. The great thing about these disability policies is that they are usually self-funded by the Employer, and therefore, when you settle your case, you might not have to pay the entire amount back to the disability insurance carrier.

This is usually the case with Short Term Disability benefits, and sometimes the case with Long Term Disability. Our Long Term Disability attorneys can also negotiate down the amount you have to pay back to Long Term Disability so it doesn’t end up offsetting your Work Comp benefits as much.

Another option for someone who is totally disabled and unable to return to work, or have a condition that could last for a year or longer, is to apply for Social Security Disability. At Fields Law, our attorneys can help coordinate all of your Workers Compensation and Disability Benefits to maximize the compensation you receive, as quickly as possible.

What if my employer cannot accommodate my restrictions and I was sent home without pay?

If you are physically unable to do the work that your employer has for you, and they have told you that they cannot accommodate your work restrictions, you may be found eligible for unemployment if you are able to work in some capacity. If you have been terminated or laid off from work, you have the right to file for unemployment.

You also have the right to receive vocational rehabilitation services as part of your worker’s compensation claim if your employer is unable to accommodate your work restrictions. This means you will receive help from a Qualified Rehabilitation Consultant (QRC) with job searches, career counseling, skills training, case management and even tuition.

What options do I have for paying my doctor’s bills?

If you don’t have health insurance, you can apply for medical assistance through the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Keep in mind, it’s very important that you can continue to see your doctor and treat for your injury.

If you don’t have income coming in from Workers Compensation, then you will likely get medical benefits from the state or the county you live in. Depending on the county, you might not have to pay a premium, while state assistance typically determines your insurance premium based on your income.

Are there any other options for financial assistance?

If you do not have disability benefits and you don’t qualify for unemployment, then the next option is to apply for government assistance. Usually going to the Department of Human Services is the most helpful, because they can provide food stamps/EBT cards, cash assistance in some circumstances when individuals are unable to work at all, and they can provide housing assistance. The State also has a work force center located near the unemployment and human services offices that can provide job search assistance.

And finally, if you are unable to pay your bills and have started receiving notices from collection agencies, our law firm can help with that, too. Our debt settlement attorneys can make debt collection calls and letters stop and prevent debt collectors from harassing you. We can also help you settle your debts by negotiating a lower amount or a payment plan that works for you.

Helpful Resources and Links

We’ve created the following list of helpful resources and websites you can consult to get more information about workers compensation benefits and other services in Minnesota.

If you have any questions or need additional help, please contact our Minnesota Workers Compensation lawyers today at 1-888-343-5375 or complete a free contact request form.

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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
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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
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