Workers’ Compensation

In Minnesota, workers who become injured or disabled on the job can claim workers compensation. The amount that the injured worker can obtain depends on the worker’s compensation schedule that lists the injuries and monetary rewards associated with each injury. Workers’ compensation functions as a form of insurance that provides wage replacement and medical benefits for employees injured during the course of employment. By participating in the program, employees relinquish their right to sue their employer for negligence. It is possible however, to sue a third party such as the owner of the building in which the employer has leased, if for example you were injured due to a poorly maintained walkway.

Like the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Law, the Federal Employment Compensation Act provides compensation to federal employees who die or get injured during the course of work. The act enables employees to receive compensation for medical expenses, loss wages, and additional awards depending on the injury type. General damages for pain and suffering are not available. While plans differ between jurisdictions, provision can be made for weekly payments in place of wages.

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