TOP RATED MINNESOTA WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAWYERS- WHAT BENEFITS ARE MINNESOTA WORKERS ENTITLED TO UNDER THE MINNESOTA WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ACT
The Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at the Schmidt Salita Law Team have over 100 years experience in handling various Workers’ Compensation and Wrongful Death Claims in Minnesota. That experience includes many cases of injury or death to individuals on the job.
In Minnesota, employees are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Act. This means that if an employee has an injury that arises from their work activities and they are in the course and scope of their employment, that person is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, such as medical benefits, rehabilitation benefits, and wage benefits.
However, “independent contractors” are not considered employees under the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Act, as they are an exception to the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Act. This means that “independent contractors” are not covered by workers’ compensation benefits in Minnesota.
Sometimes, employers will incorrectly, or even fraudulently, try to mischaracterize employees as independent contractors in order to avoid paying workers’ compensation coverage as well as other things like employee benefits and payroll expenses.
Just recently, in Minnesota, an employer was charged with purposely and fraudulently mischaracterizing full time employees as independent contractors to avoid paying for workers’ compensation coverage:
If you suffer a work injury, even if your employer calls you an “independent contractor,” seek the advice of the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Schmidt and Salita Law Team to see if you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. There is a distinct analysis in the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Act, under Minnesota Rules 5224, to determine if someone is an “employee” covered by Minnesota Workers’ Compensation benefits, or an “independent contractor” and not covered. If you are injured and your employer considers you an independent contractor, you should seek the advice of the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Schmidt and Salita Law Team, to determine your rights and remedies. Even if it isn’t intentionally fraud, as in the case above, some employers mistakenly believe they are hiring someone as an independent contractor. While, if that person where injured on the job, they would be viewed as an employee entitled to Minnesota workers’ compensation benefits under the law.
Remember if you are injured while on the job, even if the person that hired you considers you an “independent contractor,” you may still be eligible for Minnesota workers’ compensation benefits and it is important to speak with a Minnesota workers’ compensation lawyer to determine your eligibility for Minnesota workers compensation benefits. If you have been injured at work and are unsure if you qualify workers compensation benefits or would like to learn more about a potential workers’ compensation claim call the Minnesota workers’ compensation lawyers at Schmidt Salita Law Team for a free consultation and case evaluation. The Minnesota workers’ compensation lawyers at Schmidt Salita Law Team offer free consultations and case evaluations and work on a contingency fee which is a fixed percentage of the settlement of your case meaning no up front legal costs if you pursue a Minnesota workers’ compensation claim.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team Handles a Wide Variety of Workers’ Compensation and Wrongful Death Claims.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team handles cases involving car accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian car accidents, and bicycle accidents. It has many years’ experience in workers ‘ compensation , products liability and medical malpractice cases.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team has extensive experience with concussion injuries, traumatic brain injuries, neck and back injuries, whiplash injuries, broken bones, injured joint injuries (knee, hip, shoulder, wrist, ankle, spinal), amputation injuries, and vision and eye injuries.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team has offices through out the State of Minnesota. Its primary location is at Ridgedale Office Center in Minnetonka, near the intersection of I394 and I494. The offices are ground level, handicap accessible with ample parking.
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.
“PERSONAL INJURY WITH PERSONAL ATTENTION TO EACH CASE”.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team has locations throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Osseo, Anoka, Coon Rapids, Brooklyn Center, Fridley, Blaine, Shoreview, Woodbury, Falcon Heights, Columbia Park, Stillwater, Hastings, Inver Grove, Cottage Grove, South St. Paul, Apple Valley, Eagan, Burnsville, Savage, Shakopee, Richfield, Bloomington, Chaska, Chanhassen, Edina, Eden Prairie, and Hopkins.