Sunday, September 20, 2009

I Was Laid Off Or Fired From My Job, Now What Do I Do?

News of more and more layoffs belies the harsh reality that our economy is not recovering quickly. The Pioneer Press recently reported that Maplewood, Minnesota-based 3M Company laid off 1,200 workers in the first three months of 2009, and 2,400 in the last three months of 2008. Executives said that more job cuts could be coming. Several hundred of these layoffs are from 3M locations within Minnesota. If this is happening at 3M, it is happening at companies throughout Minnesota.

Hopefully, the economy will start to recover, layoffs of Minnesotans will slow in the next few months and folks can start getting back to work.

While getting laid off is extremely difficult, it can be even more difficult for laid-off workers who have physical restrictions related to a work injury. Frequently, workers who are on light-duty or who have physical restrictions related to a work injury are the first to be laid off. These physical restrictions, such as lifting limitations, or limitations on the number of hours a person can work can make finding a new job incredibly difficult. Fortunately, in Minnesota, if a worker who has physical restrictions due to a work-related injury is laid off for economic reasons, that worker may be entitled to wage loss benefits and job search or retraining assistance through workers’ compensation.

One of the most important benefits is the assistance of a Qualified Rehabilitation Counsultant or QRC who can provide job placement services and/or retraining.

If you’re a laid off employee OR were possibly even terminated from your employer, but you have physical restrictions for a work-related injury, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our workers’ compensation lawyers, call Minnesota Disability and Atkinson Law Office PA at 651-324-9514 or visit our web site at to send us an email. We can help you get the benefits you are entitled to NOW!