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According to the U.S Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 4.5 million injuries and illnesses are reported in private industry workplaces each year. This means that roughly five workers per 100 full-time workers are injured at work or become ill in the workplace each year. Certain work laws exist to guarantee that workers who are injured in the workplace will receive permanent financial awards. These laws were created in an effort to solve any kind of dispute outside of the courtroom. The worker or his/her dependents are eligible for coverage if a work related injury, illness or death occurs, but it is state law that sets the benefit levels. It's important to know what you should be provided to you.

In Minnesota, workers' compensation is compulsory. It is the employer's responsibility to provide the employee or the employee's family with medical and disability benefits due to a job-related injury, occupational disease, or death.

In the state of Minnesota, workers' compensation insurance coverage may be provided through a private insurance company or through a state fund. Also, some employers choose to be self-insured.

If the employer participates in a state-certified managed care plan, he or she must provide information concerning treatment for work-related injuries. A notice must be posted where all employees can easily view it. The information on such a notice must include the name and phone number of the necessary contacts, as well as information concerning how to receive treatment.

Agricultural employees who do not work on a family-owned farm are covered by the Minnesota Worker's Compensation Act. Most domestic servants are covered in the state of Minnesota as well.

There are no time or monetary limits regarding medical benefits for those who are entitled to worker's compensation in Minnesota. Initially, the employee has the option to choose a physician. Some employers provide a certified managed care plan. If this is the case and the employee cannot designate a physician outside of the plan, the employee may have to choose a physician within the managed care plan.

For temporary total disability (TTD), permanent total disability (PTD), and permanent partial disability (PPD), payments are a percentage of the employee's weekly wages. In certain circumstances, PTD payments cannot exceed a set weekly maximum amount, and cannot be less than a set weekly minimum amount. TTD and PPD payments cannot exceed a set weekly maximum amount. The employee may receive awards along with their TTD benefits so long as they are eligible for worker's compensation in the state of Minnesota. Employee awards cannot be subject to reduction due to TTD benefits.

Employees may receive compensation for occupational hearing loss. Mental and physical rehabilitation benefits are available. An employee who suffers an injury resulting in deformity may receive compensation.

If the employee dies as a result of his or her injury, death benefits are given to the employee's spouse or the spouse and his or her children. Death benefits are a percentage of the employee's wages. Typically, minimum benefits for funeral expenses are given.

By statute, attorney's fees are set at a percentage and dependent upon the amount of the award. If you or someone you know has been injured at work, and you want to learn more about your legal rights, contact a workers' compensation lawyer or attorney today. You can find a workers' compensation lawyer by visiting the American Bar Association website. The American Bar Association website features a lawyer locator function which allows the user to search through workers' compensation lawyer and attorney profiles in each specific city and state. Access to the site and profiles is absolutely free.


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