If you have a leg, knee, or ankle injury that happened at work, you may qualify for Minnesota workers’ compensation benefits. Many people hurt their lower body while working, and these injuries can take time to heal. Don’t miss out on benefits that you need for your injury.
What Are Workplace Leg, Knee, and Ankle Injuries?
Some examples of lower extremity injuries in the workplace include:
- Slipping and twisting an ankle on a curb, ramp, or stairs
- Falling from a height and landing on a knee, breaking bones or straining muscles
- Catching a pant leg in a machine and tearing ligaments in a leg
- Having an ankle and foot crushed by something heavy landing on them
- Getting cut or burned due to an industrial accident
Since workers walk around often-dangerous workplaces, their legs, knees, and ankles are at risk for many different types of injuries. People usually do not wear protective equipment above the foot or ankle area. And even a foot set down in the wrong spot can lead to a painful sprained ankle or knee.
Which Benefits Are Available for These Injuries?
Injured workers needing treatment or rehab for their legs may receive Minnesota workers’ compensation benefits. To qualify for benefits, you must meet the following requirements:
- Injured in Minnesota; and
- The injury arose out of and occurred in the course of your employment.
As you can see, many workplace injuries will probably qualify you for benefits. You do need to report the injury to your employer as soon as possible after it happened. If you have not yet reported an injury and want to receive benefits, do not wait.
If you are granted benefits, you can receive payment for your wage loss from work if you took time off to recover or receive treatment, for your medical expenses and costs, and potentially for vocational rehabilitation services to help you return to work.
Need help getting workers’ compensation for your injury? Joe Osterbauer, Esq. and the Osterbauer Law Firm stand up for injured Minnesota workers’ rights. Joe’s 27 years of workers’ compensation experience and his team’s speedy service combine to get clients the results they need. To schedule a free consultation, visit Osterbauer Law Firm online or call Joe’s office at (612) 334-3434.