Workers' Compensation Benefits
Minnesota Work Injury Benefits Attorneys
Do you know the benefits you are entitled to receive after being injured at work? You probably have some idea. You know that your medical expenses should be covered. You know that most of your wages should be covered. However, you may not know whether or not you get to choose your own doctor to provide medical care. You may not know whether prescription costs are covered. You may not know exactly how many weeks’ worth of wage loss benefits you are entitled to. These details are just the tip of the iceberg in what has become an extremely complex area of the law. Are you confident that you will get everything you deserve if you handle this matter on your own, without the assistance of a lawyer?
Why take the chance? At Midwest Disability Work Comp, these cases are handled on a contingent fee basis, meaning that there are no fees until we recover benefits. We know how to get you all of your benefits as fast as possible.
What Benefits Are You Entitled To?
If you were injured in the course of your employment, you may be entitled to receive a variety of benefits, including:
- Medical Benefits
- Wage Loss Benefits
- Permanent Partial Disability Benefits
- Permanent Total Disability Benefits
- Temporary Partial Disability
- Temporary Total Disability
- Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits
- Death Benefits
Our lawyers have more than 50 years of combined experience helping injured workers get all of the benefits they are entitled to. This is no easy task. However, helping the injured and disabled is our law firm's sole focus, so our knowledge of options and strategies in these cases runs deep. Every year, we help thousands of people in Minneapolis and throughout Minnesota.
Are Workers’ Compensation Benefits Available for a Car Accident?
Motor vehicle accidents can result in some of the most serious on-the-job injuries compensable through workers' compensation benefits. According to a study from the National Council on Compensation Insurance, although auto accidents account for only a relatively small proportion of total workers' comp claims overall, they are responsible for 15% of permanently debilitating on-the-job injuries and more than 20% of work-related fatalities.
Given the potential severity of car accident injuries, it is particularly important to recover the full compensation you deserve if you have been injured or lost a family member in a work-related car accident. Those injured in car accidents compensable through workers' compensation have an advantage over those injured in crashes that occurred outside the scope of employment in that fault is generally not considered when awarding workers' comp benefits. But when is a car crash within the scope of employment, and therefore compensable through workers' compensation?
Was Employee Driving Pursuant to Work-Related Duties?
For those whose work duties almost exclusively include the operation of a motor vehicle, it might not be as difficult to define when a crash falls within the scope of employment. But, many car accidents also occur among employees who drive only occasionally in a work capacity, and these cases are often more complicated.
Did the Injury "Arise Out Of" the Scope of Employment?
If the answer is yes, workers' comp benefits should be available. For example, imagine that someone who normally works as a chef is asked by her employer to make a delivery; if a car accident occurs while the employee is making that delivery, she should be covered by workers' comp. To put it succinctly, if an employee is traveling by automobile for work when the accident occurs, workers' compensation should be available.
However, there are a few important caveats. Generally, injuries arising out of traffic accidents that occur simply when commuting - traveling to the workplace from your home or vice versa - are not compensable through workers' compensation. In addition, if an employee is running an errand for his or her employer, but deviates from the errand to attend to some personal matter and then suffers injury in a car accident, workers' compensation benefits might not be available.
Of course, in order to qualify for workers' compensation benefits, the injured party must meet other general requirements, such as being classified as an employee rather than an independent contractor.
Ask a Workers' Compensation Attorney About Recovering Benefits for Your Injury
Determining whether car accident injuries are compensable through workers' compensation can involve some tricky legal questions. But, making the determination can be well worth it, as workers' comp covers all medical bills for a work-related injury, provides compensation for lost wages and permanent disability, and, in the event of a fatality, ensures that dependents receive death benefits for up to 10 years.
The best way to start figuring out if a car accident occurred in the scope of employment is to ask the opinion of an experienced workers' compensation attorney. Your attorney can help you analyze the viability of your case and ensure that you recover the full amount you are entitled to if you are eligible for workers' compensation benefits. If you have been injured in a car crash that may have been work-related, or if you lost a loved one in such an accident, get in touch with a workers' compensation attorney today.
Beyond Workers' Compensation
Workers' compensation may be only one of your options. If your on-the-job injury resulted in a permanent disability, we can also help you obtain Social Security Disability benefits.
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