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It is the intent of the legislature that chapter 176 be interpreted so as to assure the quick and
efficient delivery of indemnity and medical benefits to injured workers at a reasonable cost to the
employers who are subject to the provisions of this chapter. It is the specific intent of the legislature
that workers' compensation cases shall be decided on their merits and that the common law
rule of "liberal construction" based on the supposed "remedial" basis of workers' compensation
legislation shall not apply in such cases. The workers' compensation system in Minnesota is based
on a mutual renunciation of common law rights and defenses by employers and employees alike.
Employees' rights to sue for damages over and above medical and health care benefits and wage
loss benefits are to a certain degree limited by the provisions of this chapter, and employers' rights
to raise common law defenses such as lack of negligence, contributory negligence on the part of
the employee, and others, are curtailed as well. Accordingly, the legislature hereby declares that
the workers' compensation laws are not remedial in any sense and are not to be given a broad
liberal construction in favor of the claimant or employee on the one hand, nor are the rights and
interests of the employer to be favored over those of the employee on the other hand.
History: 1981 c 346 s 52; 1983 c 290 s 25