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Mary Beth Boyce

When am I Entitled to Rehabilitation Services in Work Comp?

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work_comp_attorneyThe purpose of rehabilitation services in Minnesota workers’ compensation is to help injured workers return to work. Some injured workers are able to return with their former employer in a modified position. Other injuries may prevent the employee from returning to the same position with the date of injury employer and he or she may need assistance with finding employment elsewhere. And in some situations injured workers may need additional training or skills to find suitable employment. Minnesota Statute § 176.102, subdivision 1(b) governs rehabilitation services under the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Act:Read More


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Ron Meuser

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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Ron Meuser

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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Ron Meuser

How Long Does My Injury File Stay Open?

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An important aspect of your Minnesota workers’ compensation claim, particularly in conjunction with the medical expense reimbursement, is that stays with you for the rest of your life. It doesn’t matter if you continue to work with the same employer. It doesn’t matter if you continue to live in the state of Minnesota. It doesn’t matter if five years, ten years, twenty years goes by. In fact, over the years I have had numerous clients who have come back to me, contacted me and said ‘hey, I had an injury to my low back 15-20 years ago and the insurance company said that my file is closed.  They said that I cannot have this medical care treatment’. No matter what the insurance adjuster may tell you, your file remains open. Your future medical expenses remain open, again, for the rest of your life no matter where you live.Read More


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Jen Yackley

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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Ron Meuser

Remembering Officer Jason Moszer of the Fargo, ND Police Department

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Officer Jason MoszerOn behalf of Meuser Law Office, P.A., we extend our sincerest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Jason Moszer, 33, who has died after being shot in the line of duty. Officer Moszer was among officers responding to a domestic disturbance call that involved an armed suspect on Thursday, February 11, 2016. The suspect began shooting at the officers outside his home, killing Officer Moszer with a single gunshot wound. Read More


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Jen Yackley

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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Kathryn Ebnet

Mistakes to Avoid When Filing for Minnesota PERA Police and Fire Plan Benefits, part III

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firefightersArticle Series, part 3

On several occasions, the lawyers at Meuser Law Office, P.A. have been contacted by individuals who have applied for PERA benefits on their own and been denied. When filing an application for Minnesota PERA Police and Fire Plan or Corrections Plan disability benefits, there are several pitfalls that can occur when you submit the application yourself. Applying for PERA disability benefits is not always as simple and straightforward as it should be. It is important to know that there are some very complicated rules that apply. The laws governing these types of benefits are extremely complex and specialized. It is easy to make mistakes and those mistakes can cost you tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of benefits. Making mistakes during the application process can result in a denial of your claim, or it can result in substantial delays in receiving your benefits.  This article is part of a series detailing some of the most common mistakes made when applying for PERA Police and Fire Plan benefits. Read More


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Jen Yackley

Meet a Coon Rapids Fire Captain Whose Life Changed While In The Line Of Duty

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BoelterMeuser Law Office, P.A. is honored to have represented Ken Boelter, a Fire Captain in Coon Rapids for 16 years. On a beautiful fall day, Ken and his crew were called to action when a house fire broke out. On this day, Ken had taken command of the situation while the crew was fighting the fire. Since he was the instant commander, Ken did not have an air pack on and was inhaling a lot of smoke. Read More


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Mary Beth Boyce

Police Officers Injured on Duty: Do I Need Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist Insurance Coverage?

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peraOver-content2_copyAccording to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty every 60 hours. In 2014, 18 officers died as the result of being shot, while 48 officers died because of a car or motorcycle crash or being struck by a vehicle outside their squad cars. Read More


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