Hi, my name is Jen Yackley and I’m an attorney at Meuser Law Office, P.A. Our law office specializes in workers’ compensation, PERA disability benefits, MSRS disability benefits and personal injury on behalf of workers injured in the course and scope of their employment in Minnesota. I grew up in Canby, Minnesota, a small town in Western Minnesota. I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Beuna Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, and went on to earn my Juris Doctor degree from Hamline University in 2008. I began working at Meuser Law Office as a law clerk while I was in law school in 2007 and I’ve been there ever since. I began practicing as an attorney in 2008. While I was in law school, my husband sustained an injury in the course and scope of his employment doing construction work. The work comp insurer denied that he was an employee within the meaning of the work comp laws and they denied his claim. I saw first hand what it was like to deal with a work injury when work comp is refusing to pay for medical expenses and refusing to pay for your wage loss. He went to trial and he won, so I saw the whole process start to finish and we obviously had a good result. I have seen what it’s like to not only go through a case where the work comp insurer is denying your claim, but also what it’s like when the insurance company is actually paying your claim.
Through that process, I learned that the workers’ compensation system is its own unique court system and I found the work comp laws to be very fascinating and decided I wanted to practice in this area.
Almost from day 1 working with Meuser Law Office, I was working on cases involving police officers and firefighters. While I was a law clerk, some of my first work involved writing court of appeals briefs on behalf of firefighters who were fighting for their right to health care continuation benefits. Since that time our practice has only grown in terms of the number and scope of firefighters and police officers we work with throughout this state. It’s my favorite practice area. I love working on firefighter and police officer cases, it’s extremely rewarding and it’s extremely interesting work. Not only that, but I do have a soft spot in my heart for firefighters because my dad was a volunteer firefighter in my small hometown for 25 years.