In certain circumstances when you are injured during the course and scope of your employment you may be able to bring a civil claim against the third-party, other than your employer, who is ultimately responsible for your injuries. When pursuing a claim against a third-party or a “tortfeasor” the parties must also consider that workers’ compensation insurance carrier also has a claim against the responsible negligent party. In these situations, it’s often expedient to work together with the workers’ compensation carrier to maximize your total recovery from all the different sources, whether they be Minnesota workers’ compensation benefits, PERA/MSRS Duty Disability benefits, or civil proceeds. The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
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