Blog Posts - Workers Compensation



Thomas Atkinson and Dana Gerber Honored As Work Comp Experts By Super Lawyer Magazine.

Every year Super Lawyers magazine conducts an exhaustive selection process to recognize the very best lawyers in Minnesota.  Once again in 2016 our firms founder Tom Atkinson was selected as a workers compensation Super Lawyer.  In add...

I Wasn’t Injured At Work. Do I Qualify For a Workers’ Compensation Case?

If you have been hurt at work, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. However, “getting hurt at work” does not necessarily mean that you get hurt while at your employer’s headquarters or on a company sales floor. … Con...

Most Commonly Asked Workers Compensation Questions

If you have been injured at work, workers compensation insurance will cover most of your injuries. But there are some exceptions to the rule. Federal law requires all employers in all states to provide workers compensation benefits to employees who &...
by Spill 911's Blog on Apr 6, 2016

I Settled My Minnesota Workers Compensation Case Years Ago. Can I Get Help?

Every week our office receives a call from someone who needs help getting a medical bill paid on a case they "settled" many years ago. The first thing we do is help them locate their old settlement papers. Sometimes the injured worker has retained a...

3 Things You Should Do When Filing A Workers’ Compensation Claim

Workers’ compensation insurance was designed to protect workers from facing financial uncertainty when they are injured during the course of their employment. However, the claim process can be very difficult to navigate. Insurance adjusters are kno...

I Have A Minnesota Workers Compensation Injury. Can I Receive Medical Marijuana For My Pain?

Earlier this year Minnesota joined others states in permitting the prescription of medical marijuana or cannabis by a medical doctor.  Initially medical marijuana was only permitted for certain diseases or conditions.  At the time the law w...

Have You Received or Are Receiving PERA Retirement and MN Workers Compensation Permanent Total Disability Benefits?

You may be entitled to your share of MILLIONS of dollars in unpaid or underpaid workers compensation benefits. Recent changes to Minnesota law has resulted in unpaid benefits to thousands of public employees who have received or are receiving workers...

Can I Be Fired For Reporting A Workers Compensation Injury?

If an employer fires you or threatens to fire you for reporting a work injury they are in violation of Minnesota Statute 176.82; "Any person discharging or threatening to discharge an employee for seeking workers' compensation benefits or in any...

Construction Worker Falls To Death At New Viking Stadium. Was This Preventable?

Today an employee of Berwald Roofing died when he fell to his death and another worker was severely injured.  I'm very familiar with this employer and I am of the opinion that Berwald Roofing, like many Minnesota employers, does not always have...

Thomas Atkinson Selected A 2015 Minnesota Workers Compensation Super Lawyer

Super Lawyers is a peer review, research driven rating system of outstanding lawyers in a particular field of practice.  No more than 5% of all lawyers throughout the practice of Minnesota workers compensation are selected.  Super Lawyers r...

Atkinson Law Office Welcomes Dana Gerber As Our Newest Attorney.

One of the areas that distinguishes the attorneys of Atkinson Law Office from all other Minnesota workers compensation firms is that we are former insurance company lawyers.  Our lawyers have over 60 years of combined legal experience.  Our...

Tips On Filing For Workers Compensation

Tips On Filing For Worker’s Compensation While not every employee is covered by worker’s compensation, those who are can greatly benefit from a claim when and if they ever need it. There are many benefits to having a job that offers worker’s co...
by Tips Clear on Jun 11, 2015

I Hurt My Shoulder At Work. My Employer Won't Report My Injury What Should I Do?

It's not uncommon for our office to receive a call from an individual who has been performing repetitive over head work for days, weeks, or even years and has started to complain of shoulder pain. Though this symptom can be a sign of a cervical disc...

Have You Suffered a TBI or Traumatic Brain Injury As The Result Of A Minnesota Workers Compensation Injury?

In the last two years we have probably been retained to represent more injured workers with TBI or traumatic brain injuries than the first 15 years of our practice combined!  Is it because more Minnesotan's are sustaining brain injuries on the j...

Your Surgeon Has Given You The Option Of A Cervical Fusion or Disc Replacement? Are Disc Replacements Safe?

Artificial disc replacements (ADR) are a relatively new surgical technique.  Let me emphasize that I am NOT writing on ADR uses for the lumbar spine.  I personally do not believe lumbar ADRs are successful as I have had a few clients with c...

How To Choose The Best Minnesota Workers Compensation Attorney For You? I'll Tell You How For Free!

I have specialized in Minnesota workers compensation for nearly a quarter century.  When I began, injured workers found lawyers by word of mouth, family friends and the yellow pages.  How times have changed.  Now injured workers are te...

Following Your Work Injury Your Doctor Tells You That You Need A Knee Replacement. Now What?

Years after sustaining a ligament tear in your knee after a work injury, your doctor told you that you need a knee replacement.  What the heck is a knee replacement?  The term your doctor may use is "total knee arthroplasty"  This is a...

Five Things You Need to Know About Workers’ Compensation After Being Injured at Work

Workers’ compensation is a term that you may hear at work, but it is not something that is often discussed in depth. You may know the basics about workers’ compensation, but knowing detailed facts about workers’ comp is very important. When you...
by P.I.S.S.D. on Jan 20, 2015

I Was You. How I Recovered From My Lumbar Surgery Following My Minnesota Workers Compensation Injury.

As a Minnesota Workers Compensation attorney I bring a very unique background in representing my clients.  I began my career as an attorney representing insurance companies and employers in workers compensation matters.  During that time I...

Minnesota Taconite Workers, If You Have Been Diagnosed With Mesothelioma or Other Asbestos Related Diseases Call A Lawyer Today!

Taconite pelletsA University of Minnesota study released earlier this week announced preliminary findings that inhaled taconite dust by miners on the Minnesota Iron Range, leads to serious lung diseases including scarring around the lungs and an ofte...


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