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Jen Yackley Speaks at the 2017 Minnesota Association for Justice Seminar

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Jen Yackley, with Meuser Law Office, P.A., was honored to speak at the Minnesota Association for Justice’s 2017 Workers’ Compensation seminar.

On Friday, March 3, the Minnesota Association for Justice held its annual Spring Continuing Legal Education seminar on Workers’ Compensation. Other speakers included the Honorable Grant Hartman, Administrative Law Judge at the Office of Administrative Hearings, the Honorable Tammy Pust, Chief Administrative Law Judge at the Office of Administrative Hearings, Dr. Daniel Sipple of Midwest Spine & Brain Institute, Kenneth Kimber of the Department of Labor and Industry, and other workers’ compensation practitioners. Lecture topics included:

• Updates from the Office of Administrative Hearings
• Department of Labor & Industry Dispute Certification and ADR
• Understanding Pain – a Guide for Petitioners
• Workers’ Compensation Case Law Update

Jen presented an overview of PERA and MSRS pension benefits, how those benefits are coordinated with workers’ compensation benefits, and important deadlines workers’ compensation practitioners need to be aware of.

The Minnesota Association for Justice (MAJ) was established in 1954 by a small group of lawyers dedicated to protecting the rights of the injured and accused. The MAJ was created to better represent the overall interests of their clients and their profession as well as to share information, trial strategies and to collectively influence legislation. The Minnesota Association for Justice is a dynamic, pro-active membership driven organization dedicated to helping members build their practice, better represent their clients and strengthen the profession. MAJ’s lobbyists and public relations staff monitor legislation, develop strategies and effectively represent its position to legislators and policy-makers.

Meuser Law Office, P.A. is one of the few workers’ compensation law firms in the state of Minnesota that also handles PERA and MSRS disability claims. Sitting down with us to learn more about your potential claim is a lot like financial planning. We can explain what rights you have and make recommendations to you in terms of how to best protect your rights to those benefits. The knowledgeable attorneys at Meuser Law Office, P.A. can help make the often complex process easier to navigate. Contact us today for a free no-obligation consultation by calling 1-877-746-5680.


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Re-Introduced Bill Seeks to Help First Responders with PTSD

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PTSD_KSTP_billWhen the Minnesota legislature opened the 2017 session, a crucial bill that directly affects Minnesota’s first responders who suffer from PTSD was re-introduced. This bill was originally presented in April of 2016, and did not pass at that time although information has been communicated and much awareness has been raised about this important topic.
Meuser Law Office, P.A. understands the importance of legislature such as this and created a petition in April 2016 to help spread the word and gather support for this bill. We encourage all current and former law enforcement officers, firefighters, State Troopers, first responders, and family and friends of Minnesota's first responders to sign and share this petition and/or contact their legislators to urge them to support this important bill.

The bill’s author, Senator-elect Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, is also a police officer in Cottage Grove. Senator-elect Schoen recently called a meeting in the Senate Office Building to hear from Minnesotans affected by PTSD. Among the people who spoke was St. Paul firefighter and paramedic, Brian Cristofono. Brian, a current client of Meuser Law Office, P.A., says fire departments need to talk about PTSD more and take this issue more seriously. “We spend so much time learning how to save ourselves, how to rescue people, but we don’t give any training time to PTSD or mental health”.

Recently, KSTP Channel 5 Eyewitness News ran a story on this PTSD bill featuring Minnesotans directly affected by PTSD, including Brian Cristofono. Take a moment to watch the KSTP Eyewitness News story with emotions ranging from sad to tragic:

http://kstp.com/politics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd-first-responders-state-legislature-minnesota/4349988/?cat=1

Continue reading the original article from our blog site below:

New Bill Seeks to Help First Responders with PTSD

This week, the Minnesota legislature issued a News Release announcing the introduction of a bill that could have major implications for Minnesota’s first responders who suffer from PTSD.

Since October 1, 2013, the Minnesota workers’ compensation law has recognized post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a “covered” injury for purposes of workers’ compensation law. In the 2 ½ years since the law passed, in our practice, we have unfortunately seen some workers’ compensation insurers take a “full court press” approach to defending against these cases – many involving police officers, firefighters, and corrections officers. We have seen cases where a police officer clearly and obviously suffers from profound PTSD as the result of terrible trauma, and yet the workers’ compensation insurer denies that it was “traumatic enough” of an event, or hires an adverse doctor to offer an outrageous opinion that the person doesn’t have PTSD.

This week, Rep. Dan Schoen (DFL – St. Paul Park) and Sen. Matt Schmit (DFL – Red Wing) introduced a bill that would include post-traumatic stress disorder under the “presumption” section of the Workers’ Compensation Act – meaning that post-traumatic stress disorder would be “presumed” to be work-related for some specific first responders, including police officers, firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, conservation officers, and others.

While PTSD is currently covered under Minnesota Workers’ Compensation, this statute would change the burden of proof – meaning that it would no longer be the employee’s burden of proof to demonstrate that he or she has PTSD and that it is work-related – it becomes the employer/insurer’s burden of proof to disprove that the individual’s PTSD is work-related.

Seeing the practical realities of how PTSD claims are administered by some public employers, we at Meuser Law Office, P.A., are hopeful that this presumption statute will it easier for our state’s first responders to get the benefits they are entitled to under the law.

Representative Schoen commented that “It really just comes down to we’re at the point where there is just zero question whether this is a work-related injury…we know it is.”

Schoen, a Cottage Grove police officer, said police and firefighters have told him of their experiences with post-traumatic stress disorder. Public agencies send first responders into the “worst of the worst,” he said, and those experiences build over time.

“Everybody’s got a bucket and that bucket might be different sizes for different people, but it starts to fill up,” Schoen said.

Schoen and Schmit said they don’t expect their bill to pass this session. The GOP-controlled House has not scheduled a hearing, Schoen said. Instead, they want to hold an information hearing yet this session to raise awareness.

We at Meuser Law Office, P.A., have created a petition for you to easily show your support for this legislation. Click here to read and sign the petition. We encourage all current and former law enforcement officers, firefighters, State Troopers, first responders, and family and friends of Minnesota's first responders to sign and share this petition and/or contact their legislators to urge them to support this important bill.

Meuser Law Office, P.A., has proudly represented Minnesota's first responders for PTSD-related claims for over a decade. We encourage all current and former law enforcement officers, firefighters, State Troopers, first responders, and family and friends of Minnesota's first responders to contact their legislators to urge them to support this important bill.
Click here to find contact information for your state representatives.


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Meuser Law Office, P.A. is a proud sponsor of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis

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The Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis is the largest non-affiliated law enforcement union in the state of Minnesota, with over 900 active members. Ron Meuser and the attorneys of Meuser Law Office, P.A. look forward to working closely with a Federation which operates with the goal of working towards a safer, more livable city and continually improving the working conditions as well as making sure the rights are protected for the police officers who work in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Read More


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Ron Meuser and Jen Yackley Speak at The Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS) Meeting

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peraOver-content2_copyRecently, Ron Meuser and Jen Yackley of Meuser Law Office, P.A. were proud and honored to speak at the Minnesota Law Enforcement and Labor Services (LELS) monthly meeting in August, 2016 held in St. Paul, Minnesota. Read More


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Mary Beth Boyce

Do You Need a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)?

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firefightersSometimes undergoing a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) can help your workers’ compensation case if there is a dispute over the extent of your physical restrictions. Oftentimes the restrictions issued by your treating physician will differ from those issued by the insurance company’s doctor after undergoing an Independent Medical Exam (IME). An FCE can provide clarity and objectively show that an injured worker has physical restrictions. Sometimes a treating physician will refer an injured worker for a FCE and the insurance company will deny the testing. Read More


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MN PERA Duty Disability Application Tips – Be Cautious of Misinformation

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peraOver-content3_copyAt Meuser Law Office, P.A. we represent more police officers, firefighters, and other first responders injured in the line of duty than any other law firm in the State of Minnesota. The attorneys at Meuser Law Office, P.A. have more experience representing public servants in their claims for PERA Duty Disability benefits than any other attorney in the State of Minnesota. Read More


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New Bill Seeks to Help First Responders with PTSD

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LawBooksThis week, the Minnesota legislature issued a News Release announcing the introduction of a bill that could have major implications for Minnesota’s first responders who suffer from PTSD.Read More


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Choosing the Right Doctor

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One of the most important aspects of your Minnesota workers' compensation or PERA claim is selecting the proper treating physician, dependent upon the nature and extent of your injuries. Often times the insurance company will hire or retain what’s called a disability case manager. A disability case manager is supposedly an independent individual who is there to assist you with the doctors to ensure that the treatment is appropriate. Read More


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MN PERA, MSRS or TRA Retirement Benefits and Workers’ Compensation Permanent Total Disability: Have You Been Underpaid?

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work_comp_attorneyHistorically, Minnesota workers’ compensation permanent total disability benefits were subject to offset based on a disabled employee’s receipt of “old age and survivors insurance benefits.” Minn. Stat. § 176.101, Subd. 4. The Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals traditionally interpreted this statute to include public retirement pensions and benefits, including retirement benefits under the Teachers Retirement Association (TRA), the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS), and the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA).Read More


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Why Minn. Stat. § 176.021, Subd. 7 Should Be Repealed

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wc-pera-content_copyIf you have been through the Minnesota workers’ compensation system, you are probably well aware of the fact that it’s not always fair to injured workers. In fact, in many respects, the deck is stacked against injured workers. Read More


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