It is difficult to understand just how complex a work injury or illness can be until you yourself or a closed loved one is affected by one directly. At first glance, a work injury or illness would seem to affect the body alone. But depending on the unique circumstances surrounding the injury or illness, a worker may be compelled to grapple with a myriad of challenges related to virtually every aspect of life.
Over the past several years, numerous individuals and organizations have lobbied state governments to pass measures that are potentially lucrative for businesses but potentially dangerous for workers. These lobbyists insist that it would be best for all involved if businesses were allowed to set the terms for how injuries are covered by compensation protections.
You're at work and take a sudden fall, turning your ankle. It doesn't seem serious at first, but later that night, you notice it beginning to swell. You wonder if you should see a doctor. You also wonder how this might affect your ability to work, and realize you know nothing about workers' compensation claims.
The American labor force is made up of strong, dedicated and determined workers who strive to succeed in order to build a better life for them and their families. Part of this proud labor force is the men and women of Minnesota, employed in a wide variety of industries, including meat packing, construction, manufacturing, health care, office workers, city and state employees, as well as many others. Workers' compensation laws have been enacted on both the federal and state level to protect these employees, but many workers have questions about these laws and how they apply to them.
A denied workers' comp claim is a harsh setback, but far from the end of the road. You have the right to appeal a denied claim and an experienced attorney can help you through the process. The insurance company may claim your "case is closed," but they do not have the last word.