Meuser Law Office, P.A. proudly represents Minnesota’s first responders, including police officers, firefighters, paramedics, State Troopers, and 911 dispatchers for workers’ compensation, personal injury, and PERA/MSRS claims associated with in the line of duty injuries. These individuals experience physical and mental injuries as a result of the extreme, disturbing, and traumatic events they encounter daily when responding to emergency situations. In addition to physical injuries, our State’s first responders are much more at risk for developing mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a disabling mental health condition that occurs as the result of exposure to disturbing or traumatic events, either experiencing the event or witnessing it. Symptoms may include but are not limited to severe anxiety, nightmares, depression, flashbacks, hyper vigilance, and intrusive thoughts about the event.
The onset of post-traumatic stress disorder is unpredictable – it may occur shortly after a first responder’s involvement in a traumatic event, or symptoms may not appear for years after an event. It can occur as the result of exposure to a single event, or it may occur after exposure to hundreds of traumatic events over the course of a first responder’s career. As with any injury, PTSD takes time to heal and requires the help of trained medical professionals who are experts in the field of managing post-traumatic stress disorder
At Meuser Law Office, P.A. we have represented our state’s first responders for claims in conjunction with work-related post-traumatic stress disorder for well over a decade. We have obtained dozens of awards and settlements on behalf of police officers, corrections officers, and firefighters suffering from work-related PTSD.
On October 1, 2013, the Minnesota legislature changed workers’ compensation law to allow workers with post-traumatic stress disorder to recover workers’ compensation benefits without an accompanying physical injury. This change in law allows many more deserving public employees, including police officers, firefighters, corrections officers, and others access to the protection of workers’ compensation. Other types of benefits available to peace officers, firefighters, and corrections officers who suffer duty-related PTSD, may include PERA Duty Disability, MSRS Duty Disability, Continuation of Health Insurance Benefits, Third Party Liability Claims, and other Disability Benefits. Read our blog articles related to PTSD and corresponding benefits.
The workers’ compensation law regarding PTSD in Minnesota is new, complex, and evolving every day. Meuser Law Office is second to none when it comes to knowledge of PTSD and the workers’ compensation laws that apply to the condition, navigating the maze of applying for PERA or MSRS disability benefits based on PTSD, coordinating various sources of benefits, and helping our clients achieve a successful outcome, despite dealing with a very difficult medical condition.
Meuser Law Office, P.A., focuses its practice on handling these specialized cases involving the coordination of workers’ compensation benefits, PERA/MSRS disability pension benefits, and third party liability claims on behalf of injured police officers, firefighters, and corrections officers, including those suffering from work-related post-traumatic stress disorder.
The experienced attorneys at Meuser Law Office understand the complex coordination rules that apply to benefits available to injured police officers, firefighters, and corrections officers, and work to maximize those benefits on behalf of their clients.