If you suffer an injury at work or you’ve developed new pain because of your job, you might be wondering if the cost to treat that injury is covered by workers’ compensation. While it may seem pretty obvious on the surface, workers’ compensation is much more complex than most people realize, and a wider range of injuries may make you eligible for a compensation claim. With that in mind, in today’s blog we take a closer look at how Minnesota defines a compensable injury, and we explain how you can go about collecting this rightful award.
Are My Injuries Covered By Workers’ Compensation?
As we discussed in a previous blog, if a worker is injured while performing work duties, or if their duties directly contributed to injury onset, you are likely eligible to file an injury claim. Any injury directed caused by your employment is covered by workers’ compensation. But direct acute injuries aren’t the only type of injury that can lead to a compensation award.
According to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, there are three types of injuries that are compensable under Minnesota law. They include injuries that are:
- Aggravated; or
- Accelerated by employment activities.
The second and third points are areas that often get overlooked by employees who develop new pains at work. If you had a previous injury that was aggravated by your work duties, or a doctor concludes that your joint degeneration or arthritis was caused by the repetitive motion tasks you performed at work for decades, you can absolutely file and win an injury claim award. This is also true even if you no longer work for that company or are retired.
How Can I Collect Workers’ Compensation?
Now, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. An insurance company will almost always push back against a claim that an injury was aggravated or accelerated by work duties, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to win an award. It just means that you need to have a professional in your corner to help lay out a strong case and get what you deserve. That’s where Dean and the team at Margolis Law Firm come in.
At Margolis Law Firm, we have helped countless employees get the compensation they deserve after their work duties caused, aggravated or accelerated their injuries. We’re not intimidated by the insurance company, and we’ll use all our resources to put together an airtight case that will show a direct relationship between your work duties and the onset of your pain.
If you’re still on the fence about hiring a work injury attorney, know that we only get paid when you win, so we have a vested interest in getting you the biggest slice of the pie that is possible. We’re not going to waste our time and yours if there’s no chance you’ll win, but if we think there is clear evidence that you have a legitimate claim, we’ll fight to get you what you deserve. To learn more about what we can offer you, or if you’d like to run your case by an attorney to see if you may have a valid claim, reach out to Dean and the team at Margolis Law Firm today at (952) 230-2700.