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Mary Beth Boyce

Do You Need a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)?

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firefightersSometimes undergoing a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) can help your workers’ compensation case if there is a dispute over the extent of your physical restrictions. Oftentimes the restrictions issued by your treating physician will differ from those issued by the insurance company’s doctor after undergoing an Independent Medical Exam (IME). An FCE can provide clarity and objectively show that an injured worker has physical restrictions. Sometimes a treating physician will refer an injured worker for a FCE and the insurance company will deny the testing. 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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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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Mary Beth Boyce

What is a Notice of Intent to Discontinue Benefits (NOID)?

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Personal Injury

wc-content_copyIf you have received a Notice of Intent to Discontinue Benefits, more commonly referred to as a NOID, then the workers’ compensation insurance company is attempting to stop payment of your ongoing wage loss benefits. Before an insurance company can cut off your wage loss benefits they must first issue you a written notice of their intent to do so. The insurer must also send notice to the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Division. Failure to do so may result in monetary penalties to the insurance company.Read More


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Jen Yackley

Monetary Benefits in Your Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Case

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Workers' Compensation

Personal Injury

Individuals who are hurt at work in Minnesota may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits, which, in addition to medical expense benefits and rehabilitation benefits, can include significant monetary benefits.Read More


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Mary Beth Boyce

Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI)

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Personal Injury

Injured workers often contact our Minneapolis office after they receive a letter from their workers’ compensation insurance company notifyin
g them that they have reached Maximum Medical Improvement, or MMI. Clients are confused and don’t understand how the insurance company could possibly make this determination when they are still experiencing symptoms that their doctor assures them will improve with time.Read More


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Jen Yackley

MN Work Comp Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Benefits

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Workers' Compensation

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Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) is a Minnesota workers’ compensation benefit that is payable for the permanent functional loss of use of a body part due to a work-related injury. Read More


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