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Mary Beth Boyce

What to Expect at a Work Comp Hearing

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Judge Robe on HangerTo help our clients understand what to expect at a Minnesota workers' compensation hearing, it is important to know what exactly is involved and the process that takes place. A formal workers' compensation hearing in Minnesota is a trial in front of a workers’ compensation judge. A workers' compensation hearing may be scheduled after a party files a claim petition or a request for a formal hearing. The judge will determine any past and ongoing issues in dispute between the parties and issue a formal court order and decision. Read More


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Mary Beth Boyce

How do I Prepare for My Deposition?

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MeuserAboutUs_Header_1A deposition is an on the record formal oral interview. In Minnesota workers’ compensation claims, attorneys for employers and insurers typically conduct a formal interview of an injured employee. Depositions are used in the discovery phase of litigations. The parties may learn important information about where and when the injured worker sought medical care, witnesses to the accident, and his or her current medical condition. The deposition may even be introduced at evidence at a hearing or work comp trial. Read More


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Mary Beth Boyce

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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Mary Beth Boyce

When am I Entitled to Rehabilitation Services in Work Comp?

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Workers' Compensation

Personal Injury

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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Mary Beth Boyce

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

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Workers' Compensation

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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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Mary Beth Boyce

What Should I Do If I Am A Peace Officer Injured While on Duty?

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Workers' Compensation

Personal Injury

peraOver-content_copyIf you have sustained an injury while on duty, it is important to contact an experienced Minnesota workers’ compensation attorney right away. The longer you wait, the more difficult it may be to successfully establish a claim. Here are 5 important steps to follow when filing a claim to ensure you take advantage of the benefits you are entitled to under the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation ActRead More


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Mary Beth Boyce

What is a Mediation?

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Workers' Compensation

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pi-content3_copyMediation is a settlement tool used in both civil and workers’ compensation cases. Mediation is a completely voluntary process. Both parties must agree in order to set up a mediation. In workers’ compensation cases mediations typically take a half day. Civil case mediations also typically take a half day but can be much longer depending on the complexity of the case. Read More


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Mary Beth Boyce

Can I See a Doctor if Work Comp is Denying My Claim?

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Workers' Compensation

Personal Injury

work_comp_attorneyIf the insurance company is currently denying your Minnesota workers' compensation claim, it is still very important for your case that you seek medical care. If you don’t seek medical treatment the insurance company will use that against you and claim that you have completely recovered from your injury and therefore you are not entitled to ongoing benefits. The reality is many injured workers with denied work comp claims do not treat despite ongoing issues because they are worried about paying for medical care or treatment. Read More


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Mary Beth Boyce

What Does It Mean to be Permanently Totally Disabled?

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Workers' Compensation

Personal Injury

wc-pera-content_copyPermanent total disability or “PTD” is a wage loss benefit paid to an injured worker whose injuries are so extensive that he or she is unable to find meaningful gainful employment. A judge at a hearing will determine whether or not an injured worker is permanently totally disabled. Typically, even if an injured worker has admitted extensive injuries, the insurance company will not acknowledge that the injured worker is PTD. Read More


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Mary Beth Boyce

Can I Get Pain and Suffering Compensation for My Work Comp Case?

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Workers' Compensation

Personal Injury

peraOver-content2_copyThe Minnesota workers’ compensation system does not provide for pain and suffering. It does, however, provide for a different type of benefit called permanent partial disability (PPD). Permanent partial disability is the benefit that provides for the loss of use or function of a body part after an injury. PPD is based on a percentage of the whole body and the Minnesota Legislature created the disability schedules, which outline exactly what injury entitles injured workers to what percentage of PPD. Read More


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