If you suffered an injury at work, you know how this type of incident can deeply affect your life. Not only can it leave you with painful injuries, but it may also leave you with medical bills you cannot pay and missed wages while you stay home and recover. This is why workers’ compensation insurance exists, and if you received an injury at work, you could have a valid claim.
Your Minnesota employer has certain obligations to you regarding workers’ compensation. It may be helpful for you to understand what you should expect from your employer and how you can protect your rights if you need to file a claim. Your employer cannot prevent you from filing a claim or retaliate against you for exercising your rights as an injured employee.
Your boss and your claim
The law requires many different types of employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance. The first thing you may want to do is find out if your employer has the right coverage. Other things you can expect from your employer include the following:
- The employer should post a notice of the state workers’ compensation laws in a place where people can read it easily.
- Your employer should call for medical attention if you need assistance at the scene of the accident.
- Your boss should complete a report of the accident and send to the appropriate workers’ compensation office.
- If the workers’ compensation board sends a request for additional information, the employer must provide it.
Perhaps, most importantly, your employer cannot retaliate against you for seeking workers’ compensation benefits. Regardless of why your accident happened, you have the right to pursue benefits and seek recovery after a work accident.
Pursuing the benefits you deserve
It can be difficult to seek and secure workers’ compensation benefits after an accident in your place of employment. You may need assistance dealing with setbacks or gathering the necessary documentation. You do not have to walk through this process alone.
There is benefit in working with an experienced workers’ comp attorney from the very beginning. He or she can advocate for your rights while helping you maximize the benefits available to you. If you are unsure of how to apply for benefits or what support could be available to you, it may be beneficial to start with an assessment of your case.