Understanding Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Suffering an injury anywhere is a difficult experience, but it is especially daunting when you get hurt on the job. A single workplace accident may leave you facing uncertainty about your health, your income and your career.
Thankfully, there is a system designed to address these concerns. Minnesota’s workers’ compensation law provides for payment of medical bills, lost wages and vocational rehabilitation for those who have been injured on the job. In order to take full advantage of these benefits, it is a good idea to work with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer like Steve Bradt of Bradt Law Offices.
What Benefits Are Available To You As An Injured Worker?
In Minnesota, there are three main categories of benefits available if you are injured on the job. They are:
Wage loss benefits: Some work-related disabilities are temporary while others may be permanent. Some injuries leave us completely unable to work while others allow us to keep working with restrictions. Either way, wage loss benefits may be available until you are able to return to work at your full wage.
Medical benefits: Your injuries will ordinarily require some ongoing medical care in the form of hospital visits, doctor appointments, physical therapy, testing, surgery or prescription drugs. All of these costs are covered by workers’ compensation insurance.
Vocational rehabilitation: Unfortunately, things don’t always return to normal after a workplace injury. While it may be possible to return to your job at full capacity, you may also need some injury-related accommodations. If you can no longer do your pre-injury job, you may need to find other work. Minnesota’s workers’ compensation system provides for vocational rehabilitation assistance through the services of a Qualified Rehabilitation Consultant (QRC).
The workers’ compensation system can be confusing and intimidating. That’s why many injured workers choose to hire a skilled lawyer to advocate for them and to guide them through the process.
Working with an attorney is more affordable than you think. For some helpful information on how we are paid in a work comp case, visit our fees page.
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Bradt Law Offices is based in Grand Rapids and serves clients throughout Northern Minnesota. If you have questions or concerns about your workers’ compensation claim, contact us and talk to an attorney with more than 35 years of experience. Call 218-212-1126 or send us an email to learn more.