Reopening a Workers’ Comp Claim: Understanding Your Options


The Possibility of Reopening

Reopening a workers’ compensation claim is a question that often arises for individuals who have previously filed a claim. While the process is not automatic and comes with specific criteria, it is important to know that reopening a claim is indeed possible under certain circumstances.

Time Limits and Exceptions

Understanding the time limits for reopening a workers’ comp claim is crucial. In Minnesota, there are strict timelines, and generally, claims can be reopened within three years from the date of the last payment. However, there are exceptions, such as cases involving payment for permanent total disability or circumstances where the employer failed to file a first report of injury.

Grounds for Reopening

Reopening a workers’ comp claim typically requires a change in circumstances or new evidence that impacts the original decision. Common grounds for reopening include:

  • Aggravation of the Injury: If the original injury worsens or there is a new development related to the initial claim.
  • Discovery of New Medical Evidence: Uncovering new medical evidence that was not available during the initial claim process.
  • Return to Work Issues: Challenges returning to work due to the injury, which was not initially anticipated.

Seeking Legal Advice

When considering reopening a workers’ comp claim, seeking legal advice is advisable. A knowledgeable attorney can assess your case, determine if you meet the criteria for reopening, and guide you through the necessary steps.

Our Expertise in Reopening Claims

At Patterson Dahlberg, Injury Lawyers, we specialize in workers’ compensation cases, including those involving reopening claims. Our experienced legal team is well-versed in the complexities of Minnesota workers’ comp laws and can provide the guidance and representation you need.

Thorough Evaluation of Your Case

Our attorneys conduct a thorough evaluation of your case to determine the viability of reopening. We assess changes in your condition, new medical evidence, or any other factors that may warrant reopening the claim.

Strong Advocacy for Your Rights

If reopening is deemed appropriate, we advocate strongly for your rights throughout the process. Our goal is to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve based on your current circumstances.

Contact Us for a Free Case Consultation

Empower yourself with expert legal guidance. If you are considering reopening a workers’ comp claim, contact our Rochester, Minnesota office at 507-424-3000 or our Twin Cities location at 612-474-3000 for a free case consultation. Patterson Dahlberg, Injury Lawyers, is committed to helping you navigate the complexities of reopening a workers’ comp claim and securing the compensation you deserve.