Monday, August 5, 2013

Minnesota Workers Compensation Mental Health Injury Benefits Expand In 2013.

A bill was signed by Gov. Dayton on May 16, 2013 that has changed the way workers' compensation claims have been handled for over three decades.  Minnesota now allows mental-mental injuries involving PTSD or post traumatic stress disorders.  This means that you do NOT need a physical injury in all cases to have a work related injury.  If your medical doctor or psychologist diagnosis's that you have suffered a work related mental health injury in the nature of PTSD, you may be entitled to wage loss benefits, free medical care, and in some cases even free retraining benefits.  

The new law however is very specific as to what is and what is not covered.  The definition of an occupational disease was revised to include mental impairment. Mental impairment is defined as post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosed by a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist.  The statute states that for the purpose of workers’ compensation, "post-traumatic stress disorder" means the condition as described in the Diagnosis and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 

At Atkinson Law Office, P.A. and Minnesota Disability, we represent injured workers with Minnesota workers' compensation injuries every day.  Every year we recover millions of dollars in benefits for injured workers; including medical, wage loss, retraining assistance and monetary benefits for permanent injuries.  Though attorneys Thomas Atkinson and Kerry Atkinson will litigate your matter on your behalf, we have a team approach in assuring we stay on top of your case day in and day out.

Contact Atkinson Law Office and Minnesota Disability today at 651-333-3636 and visit our website for more information.  You can also submit your questions online by following this link.  Remember your consultation is FREE and there is never a fee until we recover benefits for you.