Workers' Comp Rights

Getting hurt is never fun, and getting hurt on the job can bring with it so many other frustrations outside of the original injury. There is so much to know when it comes to filing an injury claim, not the least of which is what your rights are in the first place. Here is a rundown of the rights to which you are entitled if you get hurt while on the job.

Payment For Missed Time

One of the biggest consequences from being hurt on the job is not getting paid for missing time. However, workers should know that they have a right to be paid for time missed after being injured on the clock. There are several options for being paid while missing work. You can get partial or total benefits for a temporary time period, meaning you can work partial time if you are not able to work as much, or get full benefits if you are not able to work at all. You can also get these benefits permanently if it turns out that you won’t be able to work at all.

Fair Treatment

Workers always wonder if you can be fired for filing a claim because of an injury while on the job.  The short answer is that you can be fired if you file a claim.  Fortunately Minnesota Workers' Compensation law gives an injured employ rights and remedies if that happens.  You also have protections against being harassed, or demoted, or treated poorly because of your injury or your claim for that matter.

Medical Treatment

You are also entitled to have your medical expenses paid.  There are some restrictions and limitations but a workers' compensation attorney can help you work through them.  The thing to know is that you have the right to obtain treatment with regard to , but hat are related to your injury

Retraining

Sometimes an injury at work means a worker isn’t just unable to do their job, but they may not be able to work for that employer anymore if the employer can’t make accommodations for the injured party. If this is the case, you might be eligible for assistance with finding a new job,  retraining, job placement, and career counseling.

These are all rights you have as an injured worker. If you feel that any of these rights are being violated, make sure to contact an attorney to protect your interests.