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Types of disability payments: temporary total disability

As this blog has explained before, injured workers in the greater Twin Cities area will ordinarily be able to get help through Minnesota's workers' compensation system. Primarily, these benefits cover medical expenses and lost wages following an accident.

Coverage for lost wages, which within the workers' compensation system is referred to as disability, is divided in two ways. For one, a worker can be either partially disabled or totally disabled. The disability can also be either temporary or permanent.

Woman will face misdemeanor after running over worker

Although she was looking at her cell phone when she struck and almost killed a construction worker in a town near the Twin Cities, it turns out she will only face misdemeanor criminal charges. This is in large part due to some legal obstacles that, according to prosecutors, make it difficult to pursue a felony case.

The worker was in a coma for weeks and had severe injuries to multiple parts of her body. She has regained consciousness, and she plans to move forward with her life. However, these injuries will probably continue to affect her for a very long time.

Timely action after a work accident is critical for workers' comp

Getting hurt on the job is something every employee does their best to avoid. Unfortunately, accidents still happen. Whether due to negligence on the part of a co-worker, issues with machinery maintenance or a failure to communicate, work injuries can leave you in need of medical care and out of work for some time.

Thankfully, Minnesota workers' compensation insurance protects you against medical expenses due to a workplace injury. It can also compensate you for lost wages if you cannot return to work for some time. In order to connect with those benefits, you must comply with the regulations and statutes that govern those benefits. One of the most important things you can do to protect your right to workers' compensation benefits is to take timely action after your injury.

Representing workers in appeals

A previous post on this blog talked about how an injured worker in the greater Twin Cities area can appeal workers' compensation claim if they do not feel that it was decided correctly.

This post talked about the various steps of an appeal and also mentioned the technical legal requirements that apply when someone is attempting to appeal. These requirements are strict in that not following them can mean that someone who otherwise had a good case will not be allowed to pursue it.

How a workers' compensation dispute gets appealed

Aside from a denied claim for benefits, there are a lot of ways in which a dispute over workers' compensation benefits can emerge between an injured worker in the Twin Cities area and the employer or the employer's insurance company.

For instance, the employer may, after giving a legally required warning, terminate a worker's ongoing coverage for lost wages. In other cases, there may be an issue with respect to how much in weekly wages a worker is owed in the first place.

Things that can go wrong with power tools

As part of their jobs, construction workers in Minnesota will daily encounter and probably use one type of power tool or another. While these tools no doubt make it possible for workers in the greater Twin Cities area to do their jobs efficiently and well, a lot of things can go wrong with these tools, and such problems can cause serious if not fatal construction accidents.

In fact, the federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration, or OSHA, has compiled a booklet, available online, that describes many of the dangers of the different types of power tools common at a construction site and offers some tips on how to prevent injuries.

Construction's Fatal Four accident types

According to relatively recent government statistics, a little over one in five fatal workplace accidents involve construction workers. Moreover, among these construction accidents, there were four causes of accidents, dubbed the Fatal Four by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, that stand out as leading reasons for workplace fatalities at construction sites.

The Fatal Four do not include construction worker deaths related to automobile accidents, and traffic accidents could well be the most common cause of construction worker deaths.

Ag firm sets bar for workplace safety in Minnesota

In Minnesota and across the United States, June is National Safety Month. According to the National Safety Council, National Safety Month is observed every year to increase awareness and decrease incidence of the main causes of injuries or fatalities at work - as well as at home and on the road. As part of National Safety Month, the NSC acknowledges businesses that have demonstrated exemplary safety records by reducing or eliminating workplace accidents and injuries.

Syngenta Seeds is one such workplace in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Several of the company's sites in Minnesota have consistently been honored for their remarkable safety records. For example, Syngenta's production and supply facility, which is located in Danvers, Minnesota has not seen a workplace accident in more than 16 years.

Survey: Minnesota second in country for workplace safety

Each year, many workers are killed while on the job, and more are in the construction industry than in any other sector of the United States economy. According to the AFL-CIO, 92 workers lost their lives in workplace accidents in Minnesota in 2016, the latest year for which figures were available. Nationwide, more than 5,100 died on the job. Of these, 991 were killed in workplace accidents while working construction jobs.

In light of such statistics and in spite of the number of workers who have been victims of fatal accidents while on the job, it is heartening to know that Minnesota ranked second overall in the nation in terms of workplace safety. This is according to a survey of workplace safety - among other - statistics compiled and analyzed by WalletHub. In analyzing the figures, the creators of the survey looked at four discrete data points and weighted them differently to accurately reflect their impact on overall safety.

Does your injury qualify for workers’ compensation?

Suffering an injury on the job usually leads to a workers' compensation claim to provide medical care for the injured worker and to compensate him or her for lost wages, among other things. However, especially in the modern world where job roles are not always easy to define and employers may look for any reason they can use to deny coverage to a worker, it is important to understand whether an injury qualifies under workers' compensation.

Consider your own work-related injury, if you have one. You might think that it does not qualify for coverage for a number of reasons, or your employer may claim that it is outside the scope workers' compensation, but this may not be true. To keep your rights and benefits secure, pay special attention to the details and use all your resources to make sure that you receive the care and coverage for your injury that you deserve.

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