They say that patience is a virtue, and that is true when it comes to collecting compensation for an injury you suffered at work. Minnesota has some specific guidelines about the waiting periods that must be met in order for you to qualify for workers compensation. We cover those waiting periods and how they can impact your claim in today’s blog.
Minnesota Waiting Periods For Injury Compensation
Under Minnesota law, wage loss claims are not paid until you’ve missed at least three days of work. That being said, if your disability lasts for at least 10 calendar days, you will receive compensation for the entire time you’ve missed work. Here are some other factors at play in determining your waiting period and eligibility for compensation.
- The first day of your disability if the first day of the waiting period.
- Any injury, including a fraction of the day, is considered the first day of the disability regardless of whether the employee is paid in full by the employer for that day.
- The waiting period is counted in consecutive calendar days, not workdays.
- If you are still injured on or beyond the 10th calendar day, compensation is owed from the first calendar day of disability.
- If the disability only extends to non-scheduled workdays, then generally no compensation is allowed for those non-workdays.
- Temporary partial disability, including time lost from work to obtain medical treatment for a work injury, is considered a day in which there is a disability.
As you can see, it can be a little confusing to figure out exactly when the clock starts following your injury and how much compensation you are eligible to receive. That’s where we come in. At Margolis Law Firm, we have decades of experience calculating payments and ensuring our clients get every penny that is owed to them.
Whether you work a standard 9-5 job or your hours fluctuate on a daily or seasonal basis, you’re going to want an experienced lawyer who knows how to calculate your standard pay and apply it to the workers’ compensation formulas based on the rules, regulations and waiting period guidelines. Don’t leave hundreds or even thousands of dollars of compensation on the table because you’re not sure how to calculate your compensation potential.
At Margolis Law Firm, not only will we handle this process, but we would be happy to explain it to you if you want to be kept in the loop. We can explain how we’re determining your compensation package, how overtime or irregular hours affect this amount, and what we’re doing to get you the biggest payday possible. To learn more about this or to set up a meeting with one of our attorneys, contact our office today.