Minnesota peace officers who are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of lawfully causing a death or substantial bodily harm in the line of duty are eligible for benefits under Minnesota Statute §299A.475. The benefits include up to a year's worth of unreimbursed wage loss benefits, and a year's worth of unreimbursed medical expense benefits for treatment related to the post-traumatic stress disorder.
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This is an area that is unsettled under the law; however, it is our opinion that generally, no, you cannot receive both at the same time. We can help you make decisions as to when and how to proceed with claims you may have under Minnesota Statute §299A.475 in conjunction with your disability claims.
Typically, your employer automatically initiates benefits under this statute. Occasionally, an employer is not aware of this statute, and our office can assist you in applying for the benefit.
Contact our office to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced attorneys today. At Meuser Law Office, we have proudly represented hundreds of police officers and firefighters throughout Minnesota for workers' compensation and disability benefits.