Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Does Minnesota Workers Compensation Provide For Pain and Suffering?

If you have sustained a serious injury while working for a Minnesota employer you may be entitled to what is called Permanent Partial Disability / PPD.  Often those who undergo surgery, lose a limb, or suffer another form of traumatic injury will likely be provided with a whole body permanency rating.  The rating are typically rated after the injured worker reaches maximum medical improvement / MMI (point at which no significant lasting medical improvement will occur).

In trying to understand PPD, you must accept that Minnesota's workers compensation is not fair.  The best you can hope for is a reasonable outcome and with the assistance of an attorney you can maximize your benefits.  Minnesota is on the low end as it pertains to payment of monetary damages for PPD in comparison to other states.  Pro Publica recently conducted a study that demonstrates that the national average for a lost leg is $150,000 and as high as $850,000 in states like Nevada.  However in Minnesota we only provide $48,000 in compensation for a lost leg.  Yes you read that right, if your leg is amputated you are limited to approximately $48,000 depending on how much you lost.  Granted you are also entitled to various wage loss benefits, vocational and retraining assistance and medical benefits which could result in an exceptional larger settlement of your claim, the PPD component is draconian at best.

If you have sustained a Minnesota workers compensation injury, the expert attorneys of Atkinson Law Office have over 50 years of combined experience in handling injury claims like yours.  Attorneys Thomas Atkinson, Kerry Atkinson and Dana Gerber are award winning attorneys dedicated to you.  They are all former insurance company attorneys waiting to share you the secrets that insurance companies don't want you to know.  Contact us today 24/7 at 651-333-3636