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The road to recovery: Navigating post-surgery workers’ comp claims in Minneapolis

On Behalf of | Mar 22, 2024 | Surgery |

Recovering from surgery is challenging in the best of scenarios. Add in the fact that the injury resulted from an accident at work and the need to navigate a workers’ compensation claim – that adds an additional layer of complexity. In Minneapolis, as in the rest of Minnesota, it is important that injured workers follow certain steps to help better ensure that they receive the full range of benefits.

#1: How does coverage work?

Lawmakers designed workers’ compensation benefits to help provide funds to those injured while on the job. Although the intent is good, the reality does not always meet this goal. It is not uncommon for workers to have to fight for their entitled benefits.

In a recent example, a worker at PetSmart fell while grooming a large dog. Although she experienced pain in her neck, arm, and shoulder, she denied an offer of immediate medical attention. As the pain persisted, she sought care and medical professionals diagnosed a herniated neck disc. Her medical team recommended surgical intervention to address the injury. PetSmart stated that although the arm and surgery treatment was reasonable, the worker waited too long to report the disc injury. Because of this delay, the employer argued the disc injury was not related to the fall at work and attempted to fight the claim.

Ultimately, the court found that the worker gave timely notice to PetSmart and that the injury was connected to her employment and was therefore eligible for workers’ comp benefits.

#2: What benefits are available?

In addition to covering the cost of the surgery, such as the herniated disc procedure discussed above, a claim would also likely cover expenses that can come after the procedure. These can typically include:

  • Rehabilitation services
  • Follow-up treatments
  • Recovery of lost wages

It is reasonable to have questions about the process and important to note that the exact answers vary depending on the state and details of the claim.

#3: How can I better ensure I get these benefits?

Keep thorough records of all medical appointments and recommendations. Post-surgery care is critical for your recovery and claim. Attend all scheduled rehabilitation and follow-up appointments. Follow medical advice to support your recovery process.

Post-surgery recovery under workers’ compensation in Minnesota requires careful attention to procedures and professional advice. By following these guidelines, you can ease the process and better ensure you receive the benefits necessary for a full recovery. Remember to report, document, and seek assistance when needed to protect your rights and well-being.



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