Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Fights to Maximize Benefits
St. Louis Park firm advocates for employees hurt on the job
Minnesota employers are required to maintain workers’ compensation insurance to cover employees who are injured on the job or suffer a work-related illness. However, even when your illness or injury is clearly related to your employment, it can be difficult to extract payments from reluctant insurers. At Thill & Freeman PLLC in St. Louis Park, I have litigated workers’ compensation cases for more than 25 years, representing both injured employees and insurance companies. That experience offers my clients a distinct advantage because I understand the tactics insurers use to deny claims. From the initial filing with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry through any necessary appeals, I will advocate for your rights to obtain fair compensation for healthcare costs and lost income either through periodic payments or a lump-sum settlement. No matter how you were hurt on the job, I have the experience, skill and focus to secure the benefits you deserve.
Experienced attorney helps clients recover medical expenses and lost salary
The workers’ compensation system is designed to give people injured on the job and unable to work the prompt financial assistance they need. Though it is not necessary to prove fault, a claim should be reported to your employer quickly so that you don’t lost your ability to obtain payment for items such as:
- Lost wages — Injured employees are entitled to receive compensation for a portion of their lost wages up to a maximum weekly rate that is adjusted annually. The 2016 limit is $1,046.52.
- Medical costs — State law mandates that injured workers are paid for their reasonable, necessary medical costs. If a dispute arises over the need for a certain treatment or whether doctors’ instructions were followed. If the insurance company disputes your treatment we will help you to obtain the treatment you deserve.
- Rehabilitation expenses — If your condition prevents you from returning to your former position, you are entitled to vocational rehabilitation to assist you in returning to work, whether that is with your employer, or a new employer or even if you need to be trained for new employment.
- Permanent impairment — People who suffer an permanent injury that partially or completely restricts their ability to perform job functions can get an award based on the percentage rating assigned to their impairment.
I understand the financial pressure that employees and families face when someone is unable to earn a living. My firm offers a free initial consultation and works on a contingency basis so that you do not pay any legal fees until you receive your benefits.
Counselor works to obtain permanent disability and survivor payments
When medical evidence demonstrates that the injured worker’s condition will not improve any further, benefits are still available if a partial or total disability still exists. My firm helps clients secure an award that reflects the diminished earning capacity they will face for the rest of their lives. I also represent family members who are entitled to benefits when an employee dies as a result of their job-related injury or illness.
Contact a dedicated workers’ compensation lawyer for a free initial consultation
Thill & Freeman PLLC represents employees in Minnesota and western Wisconsin who have been hurt on the job and are seeking workers’ compensation benefits. Please call 952-512-7512 or contact me online to schedule a free initial consultation at my St. Louis Park office.