Top Rated Work Comp Lawyer – Minneapolis Slip and Fall Work Injuries
Have you suffered a Minneapolis Slip and Fall Work Injury? Whether it was on the stairs, in a warehouse, walking into (or out of) your job, whether you were carrying something, were in a rush, or just tripped on the lip of a transition on the floor, our lawyers at The Schmidt Salita Law Team are here to assist you in your work comp slip and fall injury.
Over the last few years, Minnesota work comp insurance companies have denied more and more claims resulting from Minneapolis slip and fall work injuries. This is especially true in situations where there is not a dangerous or obvious hazard that has caused the slip and fall and resulting injury. If you have received a denial from insurance company for a fall that occurred at work, we encourage you to speak with Workers’ Compensation experts at Schmidt Salita Law Team to determine whether the insurance company has wrongfully denied your claim.
My Slip and Fall Claim was denied, what do I do now?
While it is true that, falls with no explanation whatsoever, can be denied as being a work comp injury. in Minneapolis and across the state for the last several years, there has been an increase in denials from Worker’s Compensation Insurance companies for slip and fall injuries. The increase in insurers denying claims comes from a December of 2013 Minnesota Supreme Court case, regarding a woman’s slip and fall injury when she slipped at work on a shiny surface while she was wearing high heels and her claim was denied. Dykhoff v. Xcel Energy, 840 N.W.2d 821, 73 W.C.D. 865 (Minn. 2013). Some of these Insurance companies are denying far too many slip and fall claims where there is a cause of the slip and fall, but just no obviously dangerous hazard that caused the fall and injury. Many of the Insurance companies are calling these “Dykhoff” defenses (or denials based on “Dykhoff”). However, in reality, there are many things, forces, reasons and causes that meet the increased risk required by the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Act in order for these slip and fall injuries to be covered and compensable. If you suffered a slip and fall injury at work and your claim has been denied, or the Insurance company has made a “Dykhoff” defense in denying your claim, contact the Top Rated Minneapolis Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Schmidt Salita Law Team now for a free consultation.
Does my Slip and Fall injury qualify for Workers’ Compensation?
If you were taking break when your slip and fall occurred, then your chances of recovering under the workers’ compensation system are reduced considerably. Generally, you must have been injured while preforming work related tasks in order to qualify. For example, if you slipped and fell while you were traveling to or from work, then you are unlikely to obtain the benefits that you seek. But if you were traveling from your job on a work-related errand for your boss, then workers’ compensation should cover your injury. Furthermore, it’s important that your behavior when you were injured was not in violation of company policy. Violating company policy is equivalent to getting injured while away on your lunch break; it renders otherwise-acceptable behavior unacceptable from a workers compensation perspective.
The Schmidt Salita Team Offers Contingent Fee Arrangements.
The firm offers contingent fee agreements (You don’t pay lawyers fees until you collect and then only as a percentage of the settlement). It also offers home and hospital visits to clients whose injuries present difficulty in coming to the office.
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