Protecting Client Rights for More Than 50 Years
Workers Compensation/Workplace Injuries
Monetary recovery for workplace injuries
The Minneapolis, MN the law offices of Katz & Manka, Ltd. have been assisting clients injured at their place of work in Minnesota for more than 35
years. Our workers compensation/workplace injury practice is recognized for helping clients obtain the compensation they are lawfully due, and for
handling complex cases where such claims are complemented and coordinated with third-party liability lawsuits.
What you need to know
Under Minnesota and federal law, under most circumstances you are entitled to get workers compensation for the injuries or illness caused by your
employer at your place of work. However, being entitled and getting compensated correctly and in a timely manner may be two very different things.
Your employer and their insurance company may not act appropriately. This is why having experienced counsel representing you is important. It is the
job of our attorneys to make sure that despite what may be a clear-cut case so that you:
• Do not become a victim again, of the system or other parties
• Get everything that you are entitled to sooner rather than later
The law is on your side
Workers compensation laws are designed to provide fixed monetary awards to employees injured, disabled or killed on the job. They are supposed to:
• Eliminate litigation for the majority of workplace accidents
• Provide benefits for dependents of those killed by work-related accidents or illnesses
• Protect in some instances the financial viability of employers and fellow workers by limiting recovery amounts
• Eliminate co-workers liability
States establish the rules for most employment, while federal employees or those workers employed in some significant aspect of interstate commerce
are governed by federal law.
The Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry is a repository of information and administrator of the rules, forms and procedures regarding workers
compensation. It is a great place to become educated should you be injured or become ill at your job.
What you need to know foremost is that in Minnesota, under the law, most employers (certain small business can be exempted) are required to provide
workers compensation coverage for all employees.
Compensation can be insufficient and slow
As stated above, while the law is on your side, insurance companies and employers may not be. Many have and will take advantage of injured workers
• Undervaluing lost wages
• Denying responsibility for various types of injuries
• Denying legitimate claims for medical treatment
• Discouraging getting a second opinion
• Pressuring workers to return to work prematurely
In addition, when an employer does not provide insurance, as the result of an exemption or negligence, there are specific rules that apply. An
experienced workers comp lawyer is your best way to short-circuiting what can be a long delay in getting proper compensation when there is no
coverage provided, and can help with the frustrations and misery employers and insurance companies may be applying.
Below is a list of important acts of Congress involving workers compensation that may apply to your situation. If you or a loved one may be covered
under one of these, our workers compensation attorneys can advise you on how to get your compensation.
Federal Jones Act
Third-party liability lawsuits
Workers compensation was supposed to eliminate the need for personal injury lawsuits in the workplace. In fact, discussing with an attorney your legal
options is important because agreeing to workers compensation for almost all instances denies you the ability to sue your employer. However, it does
not foreclose you from suing others (sub-contractors and manufactures of faulty equipment are examples) for their liability in your losses and pain.
Katz & Manka, Ltd. has experience with these cases and has been recognized for its success in obtaining maximum damage recovery for its clients.