Saturday, April 4, 2009

More 3M Layoffs and MN Work Comp. Benefits

News of more and more layoffs belies the harsh reality that our economy is not recovering quickly. The Pioneer Press recently reported that Maplewood, Minnesota-based 3M Company laid off 1,200 workers in the first three months of 2009, and 2,400 in the last three months of 2008. Executives said that more job cuts could be coming. Several hundred of these layoffs are from 3M locations within Minnesota.

Hopefully, the economy will start to recover, layoffs of Minnesotans will slow in the next few months and folks can start getting back to work.

While getting laid off is extremely difficult, it can be even more difficult for laid-off workers who have physical restrictions related to a work injury. Frequently, workers who are on light-duty or who have physical restrictions related to a work injury are the first to be laid off. These physical restrictions, such as lifting limitations, or limitations on the number of hours a person can work can make finding a new job incredibly difficult. Fortunately, in Minnesota, if a worker who has physical restrictions due to a work-related injury is laid off for economic reasons, that worker may be entitled to wage loss benefits, and rehabilitation assistance through workers’ compensation.

Wage loss benefits, including Temporary Total Disability (TTD) Benefits, Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) Benefits, and Permanent Total Disability (PTD) Benefits, are available to workers who are unable to work, or who are working at a wage loss due to a work-related injury.

These workers may also be entitled to the assistance of a Qualified Rehabilitation Consultant (QRC), who can provide job placement services and/or retraining.

If you’re a 3M worker, or any other worker who has been laid off for economic reasons, but you have physical restrictions for a work-related injury, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our workers’ compensation lawyers, call Meuser & Associates at 877-746-5680 or click here to send us an email. We can help you get the benefits you are entitled to.

Visit Minnesota Workers' Compensation and Personal Injury Law Firm, Meuser & Associates, P.A., at
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