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Workers’ Compensation Update: Minnesota Supreme Court Addresses Idiopathic Injury Defense

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By Joseph G. Twomey | In much anticipated decisions, the Minnesota Supreme Court recently addressed the idiopathic injury defense in Hohlte v. University of Minnesota and Kubis v. Community Memorial Hospital Association.  The Hohlte decision came out in favor of the employee while the Kubis decision was a defense victory.  The idiopathic injury defense –

Legislative Changes to Workers’ Compensation Statute

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By Evan W. Cordes | The Minnesota legislature adjourned and passed several changes to the workers’ compensation statute. The highlights include: Requiring insurers, hospitals, and healthcare clearing houses to designate a contact person to answer inquires related to the submission or payment of medical bills by November 1, 2017 (Minn. Stat. §176.135 subd. 9). Adjustments

The Importance of Reviewing Vocational Rehabilitation Plans

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By Craig B. Nichols | A recent decision of the Minnesota Supreme Court underscores the importance of reviewing and challenging the scope of vocational rehabilitation plans recommended by the vocational experts assigned to an injured worker’s file. In the May 3, 2017, decision of Gilbertson v. Williams Dingmann, et al, the Supreme Court affirmed a decision

Firm Announces Nathaniel A. Dahl as Partner

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Hansen Dordell is very pleased to announce that Nathaniel (Nate) Dahl is now a Partner with the firm. Nate practices in the areas of trusts and estates litigation, medical malpractice, workers’ compensation, and business litigation in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He is a 2009 graduate of the University of St. Thomas School of Law and received

Age 67 Retirement Discontinuance of Permanent Total Disability an “Automatic Process”

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By Evan W. Cordes | When an employee is receiving weekly permanent total disability benefits and reaches ages 67, an employer and insurer are entitled to automatically discontinue weekly benefits without filing a petition pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 176. 101, subd. 4. In, Buley v. Polaris Industries, No. WC16-6012, (W.C.C.A. Jan. 23, 2017) the

The Ramifications of Dykhoff

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By Rebekah A. Frank | It’s that time of year . . . when we look back on this year and look forward to the year ahead. It’s that time of year . . . when we can’t help but write about the two cases from 2016 that will shed more insight onto the Minnesota

Hansen Dordell Receives 2017 “Best Law Firm” Award

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November 1, 2016 The law firm of Hansen Dordell is pleased to announce its Tier I Ranking by the 2017 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers ©. The firm received a Tier I Ranking as one of 2017’s Best Law Firms in the United States. A Tier 1 ranking signifies the firm received one of the

Medicare Advantage Recovers Double Damages in Federal Court

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By Rebekah A. Frank The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a decision from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, holding that the Medicare Secondary Player (MSP) permitted the insurance carrier, Medicare, as Medicare Advantage Organization (MAO), to bring a private cause of action against the tortfeasor’s liability insurer

You Take Them as you Get Them: Workers’ Compensation Considerations for Employers

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By Craig B. Nichols, Partner Does any injury arise out of employment in Minnesota simply because an employee has pain at work? The answer is – it depends. Minnesota Workers’ Compensation law recognizes that employers take their employees as they get them.  This means, employers must recognize that not every employee arrives in perfect physical

Five Hansen Dordell attorneys named to 2017 Best Lawyers list

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Hansen Dordell is pleased to commend five members of our team on their inclusion in the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. As the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, inclusion in the publication signals not only legal expertise, but ethics and a high level of professionalism. Please join