If you are injured as a Minnesota police officer, firefighter, or corrections officer, choosing the right lawyer is not just important, it is critical. In addition to workers' compensation benefits, injured police officers, firefighters, and corrections officers may be eligible for significant disability benefits under the Minnesota Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) or Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS).
In Minnesota, PERA provides retirement and disability benefits for public employees including police officers, firefighters, and corrections officers. MSRS administers retirement and disability benefits for MN State Troopers, corrections officers and other peace officers employed by the State of Minnesota. The Minnesota Public Employees Association, Inc. (MNPEA) was established to provide Public Employees in Minnesota with an alternative to the standard National and International Unions.
We are honored to represent Minnesota's first responders, such as the MN State Patrol, and proud of the relationship we have built with these employees and the associations that represent them. We make sure any peace officers injured in the line of duty understands the benefits they are eligible for and work tirelessly with them to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve.
Minnesota police officers and firefighters who qualify for PERA or MSRS duty disability benefits may also be eligible for continued health insurance coverage pursuant to Minnesota Statute §299A.465. Minnesota peace officers who develop post-traumatic stress disorder may be eligible for medical and wage loss benefits in accordance with Minnesota Statute §299A.475. These additional benefits may be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
PERA and MSRS have complex disability eligibility requirements, and coordinating those benefits with workers' compensation can be complicated. If your lawyer is not practicing in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area or is not familiar with PERA and/or MSRS, without realizing it, you may be leaving literally hundreds of thousands of dollars in benefits on the table.
The attorneys at Meuser Law Office, are highly knowledgeable and experienced in the practice of both Minnesota workers' compensation and PERA/MSRS disability law. We ensure that your rights to benefits are protected under the complexity of laws and that your claims and benefits are coordinated to your advantage. Meuser Law Office is unmatched in its practice of these closely related areas of law. In fact, we know of no other Minneapolis or St. Paul workers' compensation firm today that can claim the same.