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If you have developed COVID-19 symptoms due to an on the job exposure as a health care worker, firefighter, or paramedic, Krug & Zupke can help with your Workers’ Compensation claims. Please see the proposed legislation before the 2020 Minnesota Legislature.
  • 3.23 (f) Notwithstanding paragraph (a) and the rebuttable presumption for infectious or
  • 3.24 communicable diseases in paragraph (b), an employee who contracts COVID-­19 is presumed
  • 3.25 to have an occupational disease arising out of and in the course of employment if the
  • 3.26 employee satisfies the requirements of clauses (1) and (2).
  • 3.27 (1) The employee was employed as a licensed peace officer under section 626.84,
  • 3.28 subdivision 1;; firefighter;; paramedic;; nurse or health care worker, correctional officer, or
  • 3.29 security counselor employed by the state or a political subdivision at a corrections, detention,
  • 3.30 or secure treatment facility;; emergency medical technician;; a health care provider, nurse,
  • 3.31 or assistive employee employed in a health care, home care, or long-­term care setting, with
  • 3.32 direct COVID-­19 patient care or ancillary work in COVID-­19 patient units;; and workers
  • 3.33 required to provide child care to first responders and health care workers under Executive
  • 3.34 Order 20-­02 and Executive Order 20-­19.
Section 1. 3 04/05/20 REVISOR SS/EE SENATE-­WC
  • 4.1 (2) The employee's contraction of COVID-­19 must be confirmed by a positive laboratory
  • 4.2 test or, if a laboratory test was not available for the employee, as diagnosed and documented
  • 4.3 by the employee's licensed physician, licensed physician's assistant, or licensed advanced
  • 4.4 practice registered nurse (APRN), based on the employee's symptoms. A copy of the positive
  • 4.5 laboratory test or the written documentation of the physician's, physician assistant's, or
  • 4.6 APRN's diagnosis shall be provided to the employer or insurer.
  • 4.7 (3) Once the employee has satisfied the requirements of clauses (1) and (2), the
  • 4.8 presumption shall only be rebutted if the employer or insurer shows the employment was
  • 4.9 not a direct cause of the disease. A denial of liability under this paragraph must meet the
  • 4.10 requirements for a denial under section 176.221, subdivision 1.
  • 4.11 (4) The date of injury for an employee who has contracted COVID-­19 under this
  • 4.12 paragraph shall be the date that the employee was unable to work due to a diagnosis of
  • 4.13 COVID-­19, or due to symptoms that were later diagnosed as COVID-­19, whichever occurred
  • 4.14 first.
  • 4.15 (5) An employee who has contracted COVID-­19 but who is not entitled to the
  • 4.16 presumption under this paragraph is not precluded from claiming an occupational disease
  • 4.17 as provided in other paragraphs of this subdivision or from claiming a personal injury under
  • 4.18 subdivision 16.
  • 4.19 (6) The commissioner shall provide a detailed report on COVID-­19 workers'
  • 4.20 compensation claims under this paragraph to the Workers' Compensation Advisory Council,
  • 4.21 and chairs and ranking minority members of the house of representatives and senate
  • 4.22 committees with jurisdiction over workers' compensation, by January 15, 2021.
  • 4.23 EFFECTIVE DATE. This section is effective for employees who contract COVID-­19
  • 4.24 on or after the day following final enactment. Paragraph (f) sunsets on May 1, 2021.

Workers' Compensation Lawyer St. Paul, MN

Krug & Zupke has more than 30 years of experience handling worker’s compensation cases throughout the St. Paul, MN area. If you have been involved in an accident at work, you will be required to answer a lot of questions and fill out complicated forms. Having legal counsel on your side can help you navigate this difficult time. Our workers’ compensation lawyers will investigate your claim on your behalf and make sure all the details are correct.

Your human resources department will contact their insurance company who will require you to make a statement detailing your accident. They may not thoroughly investigate the accident or the extent of your injuries. That’s where we come in. Worker’s compensation exists to make sure workers have the proper amount of money necessary to pay for the medical bills accrued due to your work accident.

From construction accidents to factory work incidents, our team handles it all. We work with medical specialists and professionals to fully understand your injuries and determine the best course of action to take with your case. Having the advice of medical professionals mean we can fully understand the extent of your injuries and the amount of ongoing care you will require. We can help estimate how much your ability to earn money will be impacted due to your injuries as well. Understanding the whole picture can help us to get the best compensation possible.

Your Rights

People who are injured at work often worry about how to get the health care they need and how to provide financially for themselves and their families. All workers should know that Minnesota workers’ compensation laws provide for some relief. Benefits are available to compensate you and your family for wage loss, medical expenses, vocational rehabilitation, and permanent or partial disability claims.

Speaking with an attorney is an ideal way to learn about your workers’ compensation rights, and understand the workers’ comp process. At the Saint Paul, Minnesota, law office of Krug & Zupke, P.C., we offer free, confidential consultations about your situation. Some workers compensation claims are denied and some claims go unpaid.  If you have been injured on the job in St. Paul, Minneapolis, or in the greater Twin Cities metro area, we can work with you to ensure that you receive the best possible outcome.

We urge you to contact our office online, or call us at 651-645-7746 regarding your work accident or work injury; it is important that your claims are promptly and properly paid. In addition, contact us immediately if you have been scheduled for an Independent Medical Examine (IME) with the insurance company’s doctor.

A major issue in work injury lawsuits is over medical causation. Insurers will claim an injured worker’s injury claims are due to prior injury or because of the degenerative aging process. If your injury is work-related, Krug & Zupke will obtain the necessary medical evidence to seek establishment of your injury as workers compensation related as required by the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Act.

Workers Compensation Claims for Many Injuries and Workers

Whether you file a workers compensation claim for a fall, dangerous work conditions, repetitive stress disorder or carpal tunnel syndrome, or if you require assistance fighting a denied claim in Minnesota, we can help you address a variety of workplace injuries.

These injuries include:

At Krug & Zupke, P.C., we help injured workers in many professions. Our work comp clients have included members of printers’ unions, healthcare workers, janitors and cleaning staff, police, contractors, construction workers, couriers, truck drivers, warehouse workers, teachers, nurses and other health care workers. Regardless of your occupation, we listen to your concerns and take action for you.

Experienced Minnesota workers’ compensation attorneys

Our attorneys, Michel Krug and Steven Zupke, each have more than 30 years of experience helping injured workers with work comp claims. We know workers’ compensation law; we are experienced in court and familiar with the practices and procedures. To obtain the best results possible, we work with a network of experienced medical specialists and medical professionals.

Krug & Zupke provides free parking at its offices in St. Paul, Minnesota located at the intersection of University and Snelling Avenues, in the green-colored Spruce Tree Centre, Suite 310, St. Paul, Minnesota 55104.

For a confidential consultation, call our office at 651-645-7746. Many injured workers are afraid of potential retaliation from employers. They should know that workers’ compensation laws provide protections to prevent retaliatory practices.