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Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability Attorney – Kirk C. Thompson, P.A.

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About Kirk

 

Attorney

Kirk C. Thompson, P.A.

Attorney Kirk Thompson practices workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability and long-term disability law for clients in the greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, across the State of Minnesota, and Western Wisconsin. We have the legal expertise to help you push your case forward and obtain the results that you need.

Education

William Mitchell College Of Law
Juris Doctor, 1984

St. Olaf College
B.A., 1979

Bar Admissions and Memberships

  • Bar Admissions and Memberships
  • Minnesota, 1984
  • Wisconsin, 2007
  • United States District Court, District of Minnesota, 1985
  • United States Supreme Court, 2008
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness, Hennepin Board Member
  • Minneapolis Civil Rights Commissions, Volunteer Mediation Panelist
 
 

 

Areas of Practice

Workers Compensation

Kirk is an experienced and knowledgeable workers’ compensation advocate. He has represented all parties, including employees, employers, insurers, intervenors, and vocational rehabilitation vendors. If you need assistance with a workers’ compensation claim, please contact Kirk.

The following are frequently disputed in workers’ compensation claims:

  • Whether the injury arose out of or in the course of employment
  • Entitlement to wage loss benefits
  • Medical treatment expenses
  • Vocational rehabilitation expenses
  • Permanent impairment benefits

Social Security Disability

Social Security administers two cash benefits programs available to disabled individuals: 1) Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), and 2) Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Eligibility for SSDI is based on a disabled worker’s accumulated work credits, irrelevant of financial need. SSI, on the other hand, is only available to people with less than $2,000 in assets if single and $3,000 in assets if married. Individuals who have not accumulated enough work credits for SSDI may still be eligible for SSI if their assets do not exceed the allowable limit. Social Security has its own strict criteria for defining disability. To qualify for benefits, the SSA must find you disabled and unable to work because of your severe medical or psychological impairments. Benefit amounts vary from person to person and from program to program.

Representative Clients

Kirk has handled all varieties of workers’ compensation cases, including asbestos/occupational disease claims.

Kirk has represented large and small employers and insurers, ranging from a multi-state nursing home organization to a family-owned construction company.

Kirk is an expert at developing medical opinion evidence. In a landmark appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2007 Kirk established for employers and insurers the absolute right to a neutral medical exam. He has been a frequent speaker at legal seminars.