Pitfalls of Receiving Wage Loss Benefits

Ron Meuser Jr. speaks with Lindsey Rowland seated across from him in his office.

There are certain requirements, or pitfalls, that you have to be careful of when it comes to receiving the wage loss benefits, either the Temporary Total Disability or the Temporary Partial Disability.

One of the requirements is you have to have physical restrictions. Oftentimes an employee may be off work and go to the doctor and the doctor may advise you to be careful, not do this or not do that, but if the restrictions are not in writing then they do not count. You are not entitled to the wage loss benefits unless those physical restrictions from your doctor are, in fact, in writing. So, if you sustain an injury and you are missing time off work, you need immediately go to your doctor and get a workability report or work restrictions.

Oftentimes people get confused when it comes to this type of documentation, procuring the right physical restrictions, but that is why we at Meuser Law Office, P.A. are here. We’re here to ensure that the documentation you obtained from your doctor is correct and will meet the requirements under the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Act.

If you are completely off work and receiving the Temporary Total Disability and assuming that you have physical restrictions, you must also conduct what we call a diligent job search. You have to show the judge in the end that you have been looking for work, that you are trying to look for work not with-standing the injury, not with-standing your restrictions. This is one of the main reasons for denial by an insurance company. They will simply argue that you failed to meet the requirements under the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Act. You failed to document your job search, did not conduct a sufficient job search, did not look for the right type of jobs, etc.  We work directly with our clients to ensure they have the right forms, the right documents, they know what types of benefits to look for, and what type of jobs to look for.

Don’t wait to get an attorney involved if you have a Minnesota workers’ compensation claim. The process can be very complex and you want to be sure you receive the full benefits you are entitled. Contact Meuser Law Office, P.A. for a free, no-obligation consultation and claim evaluation. At Meuser Law Office, P.A. we keep our clients informed of the process as well as what to expect each step of the way. Call us today at 1-877-746-5680.