In 2015, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) promulgated treatment parameters dealing with long-term opioid analgesic use in the workers’ compensation context. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) put forward its treatment guidelines on long-term non-cancer prescription of opioid analgesics. In the guidelines, there are 12 basic recommendations for the prescription of these drugs for non-cancer pain. A review of the purposes for the new guidelines and the recommendations themselves show that Minnesota’s treatment parameters were timely and appropriate.
Minnesota employees, and to a lesser extent employers/insurers, currently have several options for vacating a workers’ compensation Award on Stipulation for Settlement. I was recently asked whether a misdiagnosis might pave the way for filing such a petition. The answer, like many in the legal realm, depends on the circumstances. However, based on the Minnesota […]
The Minnesota Supreme Court recently issued its decision in Dennis v. The Salvation Army, __ N.W.2d __, No. A15-0715 (Minn. Feb. 3, 2016) in which it clarified and confirmed that when making an appeal to the Supreme Court (hereinafter also referred to as the “Court”) on a workers’ compensation matter, a failure to comply with […]
It often seems like professional athletes are above the law. Not so, however, when it comes to Workers’ Compensation. The Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals (WCCA) recently ruled, in Jenkins v. Minnesota Vikings that even NFL players must abide by the workers ’ compensation laws if they want to receive workers ’ compensation benefits. […]
This appeal was consolidated from two cases involving entirely different accidents and claimants (Angela Lennartson and Katie Foss). In both situations, the flow of events was essentially the same: first, the parties were in their respective car accidents and incurred medical expenses; second, they obtained no-fault benefits from State Farm to some extent less than […]