Increased Benefits for Specific Types of Workers Comp Cases
At Arechigo & Stokka in St. Paul, we work with people who have been injured on the job to get the best possible outcome for their workers’ comp case. We fight on your behalf to get you payment from the workers’ compensation insurance company to cover the costs related to your injury. Workers comp payments typically fall into one of three categories:
- Your costs from current and on-going medical treatment
- Wages for missed time at work.
- Payment to offset your Lack of Income in the Future
Most injuries at work include the first two as you’re likely to miss some time at work and have medical bills. However, when a work-related injury limits your ability to work going forward, you should qualify for disability benefits through the work comp provider. The changes to Minnesota Work Comp laws apply to this third category of disability compensation.
If you were hurt at work after October 1st, 2018, the newly increased limits for disability payments will be available to you. There are three types of disability payments which have recently changed:
Temporary Partial Disability Benefits
You are eligible for temporary partial disability benefits (TPD) when you are earning a lower wage as a result of your injury. These benefits used to be available for a maximum of 225 weeks, and that has now been raised to 275 weeks.
Permanent Partial Disability
Permanent Partial Disability, or PPD is compensation paid to a worker who has sustained a ratable, permanent injury or impairment under the work comp disability payment schedule. The payment amounts for injured workers receiving PPD have been increased.
Permanent Total Disability (PTD) Retirement Presumption
For people who have sustained a work injury that resulted in TOTAL disability, the assumed retirement age had been 67. Now, injured workers receiving PTD are eligible to receive payments until they are 72 years old.
Hurt at Work? Talk to a Lawyer for Free
If you have been hurt at work, it’s important that you have a chance to review all of the compensation that is available to you. There are times when injured workers are pressured to return to work too quickly or accept less than they deserve.
Working with a lawyer ensures that you get the best possible outcome from your work injury case. You do not have to pay anything
Josh has been representing injured workers for over 10 years. Josh was born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota, and attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology. Mr. Stokka alson received his law degree from the Hamline University School of Law. During law school, Josh clerked at a Minnesota law firm specializing in personal injury and workers’ compensation. Prior to practicing in the area of workers’ compensation, Josh clerked for a judge in the 7th Judicial District in Minnesota. This valuable experience gave him insight into how judges think, do their jobs behind the scene, and how to frame a case in order to obtain a favorable result. Now, he focuses 100% of his practice on defending injured workers in Minnesota.