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Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Series & Exam (3 hours)

A comprehensive overview including the purpose behind the workers’ compensation system, basic terminology used in workers’ compensation matters and the parties involved in a typical claim. Common forms used in a claim are provided with complete process instructions and examples. The modules also discuss medical and rehabilitation issues concerning the extent of an employee’s treatment, preexisting medical conditions, work restrictions, vocational rehabilitation and retraining, an employee’s plan to return to work. This course also, includes an entire module devoted to evolving Minnesota case law.


Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Insurance System Overview

Learn the ins and outs of how insurance companies operate in Minnesota. This module covers the technical aspects of insurance in Minnesota including how insurance underwriters determine the premium employers pay and what factors drive up the cost of a workers’ compensation insurance policy.

Module 1 –Introduction & Overview of the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation System

As with any state, Minnesota has its own unique rules and laws to handle workers’ compensation claims. This module provides an overview of the workers’ compensation system in Minnesota, presents the basic terminology regularly used in workers’ compensation cases, and explains “who’s who” in a typical claim. This module also lays out a very useful timeline, and shows examples of many of the common forms used in managing a workers’ compensation claim, including First Report of Injury, Notice of Insurer’s Primary Liability Determination, Notice of Intention to Discontinue Benefits, and Notice of Benefit Payment.

Module 2 – Admitting or Denying a Claim and Determining Benefits

This module presents the fundamental issues involved in a Minnesota workers’ compensation claim including whether to admit or deny a claim, evaluating the course and scope of employment as related to an employee’s injury, and establishing a causal connection. This module also explains how to calculate an employee’s average weekly wage, in addition to the four types of wage loss benefits: Temporary Total Disability, Temporary Partial Disability, Permanent Total Disability, and Permanent Partial Disability.

Module 3 – Medical Issues in a Workers’ Compensation Claim 

Bearing in mind that workers’ compensation claims involve injured employees, medical issues frequently arise in handling a claim. This module explains reasonable and necessary medical care, treatment parameters, aggravation of a preexisting condition, Independent Medical Evaluations, Health Care Provider Reports and Reports of Work Ability, work restrictions, chiropractic treatment, Maximum Medical Improvement, and Medical Requests.

Module 4 – Rehabilitation and Retraining of an Employee in a Workers’ Compensation Claim

Often, the goal for an injured employee is to get back into the work place. For this reason, handling a workers’ compensation claim may involve rehabilitation and retraining as part of an employee’s plan to return to work. This module seeks to simplify the Rehabilitation Request and other “R-forms,” Disability Status Report, Qualified Rehabilitation Consultants, Placement Specialists, Functional Capacity Evaluations, and Independent Vocational Evaluators. This module also explains what is involved in performing a diligent job search.

 Module 5-Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Case Law

The Minnesota Workers’ Compensation System is ever-changing due to new legislation, changes in the statutes, and decisions of the courts. Workers’ Compensation cases are first decided by compensation judges at the Office of Administrative Hearings or the Workers’ Compensation Division at the Department of Labor and Industry, reviewed by the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals, and sometimes appealed to the Minnesota Supreme Court. This module provides a snapshot of evolving case law in Minnesota, covering situations such as apportionment, traveling employee’s, idiopathic injuries, mental stress, prohibited acts, and attorney fee awards.

Module 6 -  Trends in Minnestota Workers' Compensation Live Update 2008-Recorded Webinar

Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Update

The final module is reserved for providing recent updates to the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation System including legislative changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act or Rules, significant court decisions, or Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry policies.



One exam included in the Minnesota Workers' Compensation Series. It consists of 50 questions with a 90 minute time period.
You must first take the Minnesota Workers' Compensation Series training modules before taking this exam. You will have one attempt to pass this exam. The pass mark is 75%.


Our Experts:

KOLL, MORRISON, CHARPENTIER & HAGSTROM is a focused law firm where clients receive personal attention from partners and senior attorneys backed by support services and facilities found only in the practice groups and departments of much larger firms.  Our lawyers commit a substantial portion of their practice to workers’ compensation, a highly technical area of law, which changes frequently in response to new legislation and judicial interpretation. As counselors, we advise our clients in ways that litigation may be avoided. As advocates, we vigorously advance our clients’ interests and take positive action on their behalf. As negotiators, we seek innovative resolutions of complex problems. We offer our collective knowledge and experience as a resource to our clients and to the legal community. Our goal is personal, effective representation for a reasonable fee. For more information please call (651) 291-9155.

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