Every year people are permanently injured at work and the extent of their injury impacts their lives to the point that they can no longer move freely into and throughout their primary residence. Workers injured on the job may be able to improve the accessibility of their home through the Worker Compensation Home Modification (WCHM) process. Injured workers, many times with the assistance of their attorneys and access specialists, will submit an access report to MCD which identifies the current barriers in their primary residence and identifies solutions to those barriers.
As part of Minnesota Statute, MCD reviews the WCHM documentation and advises on the necessity and extent of any requested home modification. We work with attorneys, access specialists, insurance companies, and the injured worker in this process.
A modification must directly relate to the disability caused by the injury.
Common modifications include:
- Accessible bathrooms
- Wheelchair lifts
Home modifications may include the remodeling of an existing residence or the purchase or construction of a new residence.
For questions about Worker Compensation Home Modification and instructions on how to proceed with a request, email Margot Imdieke Cross.