How to Start a Minnesota Work Comp Case

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STARTING A WORKERS COMP CASE The method to start a Minnesota work comp case depends on the benefit being claimed and whether the employer has accepted primary liability.  If the employer has denied primary liability for the injury, then a Claim Petition must be filed to start a Minnesota work comp case.  If the employer has accepted primary liability for the...

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Do I Have to Attend an Independent Medical Examination?

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In most cases, the answer is yes. Under Minnesota workers’ compensation law, the employer/insurer is entitled to an independent medical examination of the employee for any injuries claimed.  Many times this will occur during your case while you are receiving benefits.  In other cases, when your Minnesota work comp claim has been denied from the beginning, it will occur after the...

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Determining Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Wage Loss Benefits

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DETERMINING MINNESOTA WORKERS’ COMPENSATION WAGE LOSS BENEFITS CAN BE TRICKY. An injured employee’s wage on the date of injury determines the amount of the employee’s Minnesota workers’ compensation wage loss benefits.  A fair estimation of the injured employee’s future earning power, taking into account a reduced earning capacity because of injury, is the main objective of determining an injured...

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Defamation and Stalking Charges Dismissed

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The Blue Earth County Attorney’s Office recently dismissed charges of Minnesota Criminal Defamation and Stalking against a client.  This case was discussed in an earlier blog post, which you can find here. The charges stemmed from an email sent by the client that commented on an individual’s sexual preferences and activities and also contained a nude photograph of the individual....

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Another Expungement Granted

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RAMSEY COUNTY EXPUNGEMENT Minnesota criminal defense lawyer John Arechigo recently obtained another expungement for a former client.  The former conviction was only for a misdemeanor theft, so there’s nothing particularly extraordinary about getting a misdemeanor theft expunged.  What was different about this case, however, is that the expungement followed a dismissal after the client successfully completed the Ramsey County...

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Workers Compensation Notice of Injury

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WORKERS COMP – NOTICE OF INJURY In two of our recent Minnesota workers’ compensation cases, we successfully argued that although no written or verbal workers compensation notice of injury was given to the employer by the injured employee the employer still nonetheless had actual notice of the injury.  An employer has actual notice of an employee’s work injury if...

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Minnesota Criminal Defamation Statute Declared Unconstitutional

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THE MINNESOTA COURT OF APPEALS HAS DECLARED THE MINNESOTA CRIMINAL DEFAMATION STATUTE UNCONSTITUTIONAL The Court released a published opinion today holding the statute unconstitutionally overbroad.  For those familiar with our criminal defamation appeal, it appears as though the fight is over. The Court agreed with our argument in several areas. Our primary argument all along had been that the Minnesota criminal defamation...

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What to Expect at a Free Consultation

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IS A FREE CONSULTATION REALLY FREE? Yes, at our firm it is.  The reason we offer a free consultation is so we can have an opportunity to meet you and learn about you and your case.  In our opinion, an attorney is only really in a position to evaluate a case and discuss fees after a face-to-face consultation.  First and...

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The Four Types of Work Comp Wage Loss Benefits

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TEMPORARY TOTAL DISABILITY (TTD) The first potential work comp wage loss benefit is Temporary Total Disability.  This is explained under Minnesota Statute section 176.101, subd. 1.  Basically, an employee is entitled to this benefit if their doctor has indicated that they are unable to work because of the work injury, or, although they are capable of working with some physical...

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Felony Minnesota Expungement Granted

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MINNESOTA EXPUNGEMENT As some of you may know, a new Minnesota expungement law took effect January 1, 2015.  This new Minnesota expungement law, commonly referred to as the “second chance law,” has made obtaining an expungement much more realistic to many more people.  Prior to the new law, courts were limited in the type of expungement relief they could grant. Our lawyer recently obtained a...

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