When one thinks of being hurt on the job, common injuries like cuts, back injuries and joint injuries quickly come to mind. However, Minnesota Worker’s Compensation claims cover a wide range of physical mental and emotional injuries.
Here are just some of the types of workers compensation injuries in Southern MN that often lead to the payment of benefits:
- Sprains, cuts and abrasions – Bad sprains, muscle strains and abrasions may make it impossible for an employee to work for weeks or months at a time. Bad cuts, especially those that sever tendons, may result in time away from work, particularly when surgery is required.
- Back and neck injuries – Sudden shock to or twisting of the spinal column or long-term wear and tear can lead to herniated discs and bulging discs. When an injured disc presses on the nerve root, the pain can be both excruciating and debilitating. Extreme back injuries that severe or injure the spinal cord may result in quadriplegia or paraplegia.
- Head injuries – Traumatic brain injuries (TBI), including all grades of concussions and other head trauma, often lead to workers compensation claims. The long-term medical documentation of cognitive limitations, mood disorders and other mental issues is important.
- Joint injuries – Many jobs, especially those involving physical labor, subject shoulder, knee and/or hip joints to chronic stress. Long-term wear-and-tear injuries occur, as do acute injuries like damaged knee ligaments, torn rotator cuffs and hip injuries.
- Limb injuries – Any full or partial loss of the use of a limb, whether by amputation or other debilitating injury, is cause for a claim.
- Environmental hazards – Under federal law, an employer is expected to provide a safe workplace. Sometimes, however, workers suffer from smoke inhalation, electrical injury or chemical exposure. Exposure to toxic or poisonous substances like lead, asbestos, mercury, benzene and pesticides can be very harmful. Certain acids cause second or third-degree burns that require significant recovery time.
Excessively stressful work environments may induce bouts of depression or other mental disorders. A worker sustaining a workplace injury may develop post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) or other stress disorder. Workplace bullying or threats of violence may lead to diagnosed emotional or mental disorders as well.
This is by no means a complete list of all of the types of injuries that Southern Minnesota workers suffer while on the job. It merely suggests the breadth and depth of possible injuries covered by our state’s workers compensation laws.
Defining the Workplace
Truly, many types of physical and mental injuries merit claims. It is also important to understand that the “workplace” is liberally defined by Minnesota law. Many claims are never filed because employees did not understand that their injuries did indeed occur in the workplace as it is legally defined.
Personal Injury Litigation
Workers compensation laws address employer liability when a worker is injured or killed. However, if there is negligent “third-party” involvement in the injury of loss of life, personal injury litigation becomes an option. When an individual, company or other organization is at fault for the injury, and it is reasonable to claim negligent conduct on the part of that third party, it is possible to seek compensation. In personal injury cases, it is often possible to seek compensatory damages for certain medical expenses, pain, and suffering. Most personal injury cases are settled without a trial.
Contact A Mankato Workers' Compensation Lawyer Today
Contact the law office of Chesley, Harvey & Carpenter today at (507) 625-3000 for a free case review. We are located in Mankato, Minnesota.