Workers’ Rights

Workers in Minnesota have rights and it is important for them to be protected so that they can be exercised while going through the workers’ comp process. The first right is the ability to file a workers’ compensation claim when injured on the job. Minnesota law gives this right because of how workplace injuries can keep a person from being able to work and earn a wage. With the help of an experienced southern Minnesota workers’ comp attorney, you can ensure that right and all others are protected.

At Harvey & Carpenter, we help you throughout the workers’ compensation process and ensure you can exercise your rights. If any rights violations occur, we address those as well. We want you to receive the wage-loss, medical, and vocational benefits that are available to you so that you can make ends meet and get back to earning a meaningful wage, if possible.

Benefits You Deserve

By making sure injured employees are given the benefits that they need, a person is more likely to return to work in the same field or a different field. Minnesota has laws in place that favor injured workers because it is in the best interest of the state for workers to recover and start contributing to the economy, whether that is in the same field of work or a different field.

Ensuring Insurance Companies Follow Through

There are laws that insurance companies must adhere to. Not doing so is most likely violates the rights of the injured worker. Here are some things to know when you and your southern Minnesota workers’ comp attorney is dealing with the insurance company:

  • The insurance company must promptly investigate the claim.
  • If the claim is approved, payment must begin within two weeks of the injury or of when the injury was reported to the employer.
  • If you are approved, the insurance company must send you a Notice of Insurer’s Primary Liability Determination. The same notice is sent when a claim is denied.
  • If you don’t agree with the denied claim, you have the right to appeal and obtain an attorney to handle the legal complexities of this appeal. Your attorney can talk to the claims adjuster in order to get the answers both of you need.
  • If you are still not satisfied with the insurance company’s response, the Department of Labor and Industry can come into the picture.
  • If your claim is approved and you feel that there is an error in the amount that you have been awarded, it is possible an underpayment has occurred. You can challenge an underpayment so you can be fully compensated.

Protecting Your Rights

An experienced attorney is going to stand up for your rights and advocate for you. You also receive the guidance that you need to make informed decisions about the next steps to take in your case. With an attorney, you have more leverage when dealing with complicated insurance companies and the complexities of the workers’ comp process.

Contact A Southern Minnesota Workers’ Comp Attorney

In Minnesota, workers have rights that are to not be violated. If a worker’s rights are violated, then they can hold the violator responsible for their actions. To do so, you need an experienced workers’ comp attorney advocating for you. To learn more about your rights and the steps that need to be taken in your case, call Harvey & Carpenter at 507-315-4548 to request a free consultation.