I’ve been hurt on the job. Now what do I do?
Generally speaking, when injured on the job, the employee is entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits without having to legally prove who or what caused the accident. Workers’ compensation benefits include medical bills and wage losses that are associated with the injury. In exchange for providing workers’ compensation benefits the employer cannot be sued for its own negligence in causing the accident or that of another employee.
However, some work accidents are not caused by the employer or a co-worker. In such cases the injured worker can receive workers’ compensation benefits and simultaneously pursue his or her common law legal damages. Said another way, the injured worker can pursue a personal injury case while also receiving workers’ compensation benefits. This is called a “third-party” claim.
Many cases have been taken before the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the Minnesota Supreme Court for guidance and interpretation as to the interplay between workers’ compensation benefits and a third-party claim. As a result, the various legal precedents that have been developed by the Minnesota courts have been studied and applied in practice by SiebenCarey attorneys since the outset. SiebenCarey has long represented injured workers in both workers’ compensation and third party cases.
Every year, thousands of Minnesota workers are injured on the job. The laws that govern workers’ compensation entitlements are complicated and confusing. Making matters worse, insurance companies fight work injuries with doctors they hire and expensive lawyers.
Here at SiebenCarey we represent injured workers exclusively. If you’ve been injured on the job, call Cory Whalen for a free legal consultation.