MN work comp law change regarding notice of non-emergency surgery

It’s now even more important for employers to notify their claims adjuster immediately if an employee requests a non-emergency surgery.

Minnesota workers’ compensation law changed recently to allow an employee to notify their employer directly of a request for non-emergency surgery. Once notice has been given, the employer or insurer has seven days to give a response to the request. In a previous version of the law, such requests had to be directed to the insurer by the health care provider.

Legal options available to employers and insurers for response include approving or denying the surgery, requesting additional information or a second opinion, or requesting an independent medical examination (IME).


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