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Minnesota Injured Employee Workers Compensation Benefits

Important workers compensation benefit information for injured Minnesota employees

Minnesota Workers Compensation Medical Benefits -

  • Injured Minnesota workers are provided with all reasonable and necessary health care treatment related for a work injury.

Who Chooses the Physician for Injured Workers in Minnesota-

  • Injured Minnesota employees may choose their own health care provider under most circumstances.
  • Some employers participate in a workers’ compensation certified managed care plan. A certified managed care plan is an organization that has been certified by the state to manage health care for injured workers. Your employer must tell you if you are covered by a certified managed care plan. Some employers or insurers have contracted with a managed care plan or network of doctors who are not certified by the department. You are not required to receive treatment from a doctor in a plan or network that is not certified.

Minnesota Workers Compensation Disability Benefits -

  • Temporary Total Disability (TTD) Benefits:
    • Compensation is 66 2/3 percent of the injured workers wage.
    • Minimum weekly payment is $130 or employees actual wage if less.
    • Maximum weekly payment is $850.
    • Maximum number of payments is limited to 104 weeks or 90 days agter MMI (maximum medical improvement.)
    • Note:
      • Current Minnesota state average weekly wage is: $850.
      • Minnesota compensation ends if a Minnesota worker:
        • removes themselves from the job market;
        • is released back to work by a physician without physical restrictions;
        • or refuses a valid offer for work within a rehab plan.

  • Permanent Total Disability (PTD) Benefits:
    • Compensation is 66 2/3 percent of the injured workers wage.
    • Minimum weekly payment is $130 or employees actual wage if less.
    • Maximum weekly payment is $850.
    • Payments are made until the Minnesota worker attains the age of 67.
    • Note:
      • When $25,000 has been paid out any continuing payments are offset by Social Security Benefits.

  • Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Benefits:
    • Compensation is 66 2/3 percent of the injured workers wage.
    • Minimum weekly payment is $130 or employees actual wage if less.
    • Maximum weekly payment is $850.
    • Maximum number of payments is no limit.
    • Benefits are subject to offsets.
    • Note:
      • Non-scheduled injuries there is no maximum period of payments and no maximum amount.
      • Disability ratings are a percentage of the permanent total disability and are shown in the schedule.
      • Compensation is dependent on the employee gaining suitable employment within the prescribed time limit. If employment is found then a smaller compensation rate is paid. If employment is not found then a larger compensation rate is paid.


Minnesota Workers Death/Dependency Benefits -

  • The spouse, children and/or other dependents of a worker who dies because of a work-related accident or occupational illness are eligible for dependency benefits.
  • Workers’ compensation insurance also pays burial expenses up to $15,000 for dates of injury on or after April 28, 2000.
  • For injuries on or after April 28, 2000, payment is made to the estate, if the deceased has no dependents.


Minnesota Workers Compensation Attorney Fees -

  • The maximum fee allowed by law for legal services is 25 percent of the first $4,000 of compensation awarded to the employee and 20 percent of the next $60,000 of compensation awarded to the employee subject to a cumulative maximum fee of $13,000 for fees related to the same injury.
  • The employee shall take notice that the employee is under no legal or moral obligation to pay any fee for legal services in excess of the foregoing maximum fee.
  • If an employee has a retainer agreement with an attorney, the attorney can ask the insurer to withhold the fees from the workers' compensation benefit checks. Specific information about the withholding must be included on the workers' compensation check. The insurer may not pay the fees to the attorney until a compensation judge reviews the fees and orders payment to the attorney.
  • Attorney fees are paid only for disputed claims. Minnesota Rules Part 5220.2920 defines "disputed" claims. An example of a dispute is where the employee claims to be 7% permanently partially disabled and the employer or insurer claims that the employee is only 5% disabled. If 7% is awarded and the 5% was paid timely, the attorney's fee is based on the 2% difference.

More specific workers compensation employee benefit information for this state can be found by following the link below. It will take you directly to the state web page containing employee's workers compensation rights and benefits:

http://www.doli.state.mn.us/workcomp.html



Important Notice Please Read: All information on this page is provided only as a reference. While we strive to mantain accurate information on this site please realize workers compensation laws are complicated and subject to change at any time. If you need help with a workers compensation problem or have a specific situation or question please contact our office. Otherwise please consult your states governing authority or an attorney in your state of residency for assistance.


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