Experienced Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
If you have been injured in an accident at work or are suffering from a work-related injury, it probably feels like the deck is stacked against you. The truth is, you are right.
Employers—no matter how much they like their employees—are primarily worried about their bottom line. Their Workers’ Compensation insurance carriers are worried about their bottom line. Even the hospital is worried about getting paid for the medical treatment it provides.
But at Nicolet Law Office, our number-one priority is you. When you trust us with your case, we will do everything in our power to secure the compensation you need to recover and return to work.
Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in Minnesota
In Minnesota, Nicolet Law Office represents the legal rights and well-being of workers across the state. Our attorneys’ primary goal is to make sure our clients receive the financial compensation they need to cover their medical expenses and lost wages.
While recovering from a work-related injury, it’s imperative to have a skilled Workers’ Compensation attorney on your side. In addition to offering free initial consultations, the skilled attorneys at Nicolet Law Office handle work injury claims on a contingency fee basis, which means we don’t collect a fee unless our clients collect their benefits.
All of our compassionate lawyers are committed to helping our clients prepare for any immediate and long-term concerns that may arise from their condition. We have a track record of protecting the rights of those who have sustained injuries while on the job, and we are ready to leverage our experience on your behalf. We will work tirelessly to make sure you have everything you need to rebuild your health and well-being.
Approachable Attorneys Protecting Injured Workers
A workplace injury is defined as any condition that has been caused or exacerbated by employment activities, and there are many ways an employee could sustain or develop an injury as a result of their job. At Nicolet Law Office, we represent workers suffering from a wide range of work-related injuries, such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries, skull fractures, and concussions
- Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries, including paralysis and paraplegia
- Joint injuries, including knee, ankle, and hip injuries
- Repetitive use injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome and shoulder injuries
- Vision or hearing loss
- Burn injuries
The compassionate Workers’ Compensation attorneys at Nicolet Law Office are dedicated to doing everything they can to ensure our clients receive the full financial compensation they deserve.
Workers’ Compensation Claims Process
Workers’ Compensation insurance is designed to ensure that employees receive proper benefits when they sustain or develop injuries as a result of their work. Because it is a no-fault system, employees do not need to establish their employer’s negligence in order to receive compensation. Rather, injured employees simply have to establish that their condition was caused or aggravated by their work activities.
While each claim is unique, the Workers’ Compensation claims process generally involves the following steps:
- Obtaining necessary medical care. The first thing an injured employee should do is alert their employer to their injury and seek medical treatment. It is also crucial to tell the physician that the treatment is for a work-related injury, because the doctor will need to submit a Report of Work Ability form to a worker’s employer.
- Filling out the claim form. Employers will generally provide injured employees with the official Workers’ Compensation claim form. The form will request information regarding the type of injury, how the injury was sustained, the parties involved, and any medical treatment necessitated by the injury.
- Filing the claim. After the employer files a claim with its insurer, the insurer will either accept or deny the insurance claim. If the claim is accepted, the employer will start issuing benefits. If the claim is denied, most employees have the option to appeal.
- Keeping a record. After a Workers’ Compensation claim has been accepted or denied, most of an employee’s work on the case is done. However, it is advantageous for injured workers to keep detailed records of the ways that the injury or condition continues to affect their lives. For example, it helps to save receipts from any expenses incurred following the injury.
When someone has suffered an injury, we believe they should not have to concern themselves with claims and cases. Fortunately, the skilled attorneys at Nicolet Law Office are available to help victims of all types of work-related accidents. When our clients trust us with their cases, we are committed to ensuring they receive the compensation they need to recover.
Workers’ Compensation at a Glance
There are three main types of benefits available to workers who have sustained or developed an injury as a result of their job: wage loss benefits, vocational rehabilitation benefits, and medical benefits. The disbursal of these benefits will depend on the type and severity of a worker’s injury.
Wage-loss benefits: If an employee is unable to work as a result of their injury, they may be entitled to receive wage-loss benefits. The two primary types of wage-loss benefits are temporary total disability (when an employee cannot work at all), and partial disability (when an employee’s injury results in working reduced hours or at reduced pay).
Medical benefits: Workers’ Compensation was designed to guarantee that employees receive the medical treatment they need to recover from work-related injuries. The Workers’ Compensation statutes in Minnesota require employers to furnish necessary psychological, surgical, podiatric, and chiropractic treatment.
Vocational rehabilitation benefits: Workers may be entitled to receive additional assistance if their injury prevents them from returning to their former job. For example, if a roofer falls on the job and is unable to return to work, he may be able to receive vocational rehabilitation to help him find another source of suitable employment.
Let Nicolet Law Office Help You Put Your Life Back Together
We look forward to helping make things right for you after a workplace accident or work-related injury. Call us toll-free at 1-855-NICOLET or contact us online to arrange your free initial consultation. We’ll take it from there.