Despite the ongoing efforts of Minnesota employers to regulate their workers' behavior, implement safety requirements and perform frequent assessments that gauge adherence to corporate policy, accidents can still happen at work. A workers' compensation policy is an excellent tool for both employers and employees. Its purpose is to provide protection for a company and its assets, while providing assistance to employers who may receive injuries on the job.
When you hear stories about workplace accidents, your first thought is often probably a scenario in a more hazardous industry. For example, a construction worker falling from scaffolding or a logger getting caught in a piece of heavy machinery. What you may have never considered, is that office workers in Minnesota can also suffer from workplace injuries. Repetitive stress injuries are more common than many people realize and if you do not understand proper prevention, you could be setting the foundation for a future of uncomfortable problems.
While a majority of Minnesota companies go to great lengths to protect the well-being and safety of their employees, there are organizations that have failed to enforce protocols or simply do not care so much about the conditions of the work environment. When this happens, hazards can create dangerous circumstances that significantly heighten the risks faced by workers. Under federal law, employees are granted specific rights and they have the option of filing a complaint if they feel that their health or safety is endangered at any time.
You have been experiencing persistent and discomforting pain and you are beginning to suspect that it is related to your job. The pain seems to be initiated when you are performing certain job duties, and you do not recall experiencing it before you undertook your assigned responsibilities. Now, you are starting to wonder if you are dealing with a workplace injury. So, what do you do from here? Fortunately, when you follow a general protocol for filing a workers' compensation claim in Minnesota, you may have a good chance at receiving compensation.
If you count yourself among the many people across Minnesota currently making a living in a hospital environment, you may have firsthand knowledge of the types of aches, pains and more serious injuries that often come with earning a living in this manner. Today’s hospitals are some of the most hazardous places in the nation to earn an income, with hospital workers facing a wide range of potential hazards every time they clock in for a shift.
As you walked across the building where you work in Minnesota, your shoe hit a slick spot, and you fell backward, hitting your head. After the stars cleared, you were glad that no one was around to see you fall. At Fellman Law Office, we often advise workers on the importance of reporting workplace accidents right away and seeking medical attention, even when the injury does not seem serious at first.
You need your vision to perform your job duties in Minnesota, but ironically, the nature of those job duties could cost you your vision. At Fellman Law Office, we understand the role employers have in making sure workers are not needlessly put at risk for devastating injuries that could cause blindness.
If you sustained an injury on the job in Minnesota that results in a body part or function, you may rightfully assume this will lead to permanent partial disability. In fact, the State of Minnesota has decided what percentage of disability you sustain per body part or function lost.
Think of all of the workplace accidents you have ever heard of. Chances are, most of them occurred in environments where risks were higher. Dangers including equipment, machinery and environmental exposure may have been contributing factors. However, have you ever considered that some workplace injuries in Minnesota may occur in an office setting? If you sit at a desk each day and manipulate the same tools in the same way, you may be subject to the risks of developing a repetitive stress injury. Fortunately, you can reduce your chances of falling victim to this injury by taking some proactive steps.
Each day when you arrive at work, you are faced with a unique set of risks depending on the type of industry you work in, your responsibilities and even your level of management and expertise. Protecting yourself and the people you work with is a direct result of your attention to following the rules, regulations and protocols put into place by higher authorities. However, as a part of the Minnesota workforce, you never know if you will witness a workplace injury.