Your hands are important to your ability to make a living -- but your hands are also constantly in danger when you work construction, in a factory, in the heating and cooling industry or any other profession where you can easily end up with a crushing injury or an amputation of your fingers or hand.
Climate change is making it harder for people to deal with uncomfortably high temperatures both at home and at work. There are very few laws that specifically address the needs of workers in that area. However, Minnesota is an exception.
Here's a common scenario you could experience: You're seriously injured on the job and have to take time off work. Eventually, your doctor says you can return to work, but with restrictions.
Many workers in the greater Twin Cities area may have attended a recent holiday party, or just an end-of-the-year event, in recent days. While hopefully everyone managed to stay safe at these events, there is always a chance an employee can get injured at a social event like the annual holiday party. Of course, this applies to other company outings that take place at other times of the year as well.
Previous posts here have discussed the different types of disability benefits that victims of workplace accidents in Minnesota can receive through the state's Workers' Compensation program. To this point, this blog has talked about temporary total disability payments and permanent partial disability payments. The first type of benefit pays a worker who, for a period of time, cannot return to work at all. The second type of benefit pays a worker who may be able to go back to work eventually, but who will have some sort of permanent handicap on account of the injury.
A recent post on this blog talked about temporary total disability benefits, or TTD, which are the type of benefits an injured Minnesota worker gets when he or she is hurt on the job and needs to take a few weeks or months off to recover. While arguable, TTD is perhaps the easiest benefit to understand.
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.
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.
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.
Under the wrong circumstances, any workplace can be hazardous for the people who work there. The health care and construction industries are notorious for workplace injuries and large numbers of workers' compensation claims. Recently, however, online order fulfillment centers, like the Amazon warehouse facility in Shakopee, have also come under greater scrutiny from regulators and watchdog organizations.