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Workers' compensation -- Employee guide to Minnesota's workers' compensation system

This guide briefly explains how current Minnesota laws apply to work-related injuries or illnesses occurring on or after Oct. 1, 1995. This is not a full description of the workers' compensation system. Please refer to the text of the law or call the Alternative Dispute Resolution unit at (651) 284-5032 or 1-800-342-5354.

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Helpful hints for injured workers
Save copies of all claim-related documents, letters, forms, benefit checks and medical bills, especially the First Report of Injury form.
Keep track of your mileage and parking fees for medical visits, vocational rehabilitation services and job-search visits.
Save notes of phone conversations.
Put your name, Social Security number, date of injury, employer and insurance company on all papers and forms you send to the Safety and Workers' Compensation Division.
Keep your employer informed about your recovery and plans to return to work.
Call DLI Alternative Dispute Resolution if you have any questions:  (651) 284-5032 or 1-800-342-5354.


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