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Mary Beth Boyce

I Separated from My Employer Because I was Approved for PERA, Am I Still Entitled to Work Comp Benefits?

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wc-content_copyRetirement is a bad word for injured workers in workers’ compensation. If an employee retires then he or she cuts him or herself off from access to many types of Minnesota workers’ compensation benefits. Retirement means that an employee is removing him or herself from the labor market. Employers and insurers often erroneously equate PERA Duty Disability benefits with retirement.Read More


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Mary Beth Boyce

Age Limits for PERA Disability Benefits

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Workers' Compensation

Personal Injury

Question - If I'm a police officer or a firefighter over age 55 am I still eligible for PERA Disability Benefits?

Answer - If you are over age 55 and are a disabled police officer or a firefighter you still may be entitled to a variety of benefits under the Public Employee Retirement Association plan depending on your number of years of service working in a PERA Police and Fire Plan covered position. The legislature recognizes that as a result of the physically demanding nature of police officers and firefighters, they retire earlier than members of other professions. Thus, age 55 acts as a cutoff age for a variety of benefits. While it’s best to assess your entitlement to PERA benefits with an attorney before age 55, just because you are over age 55 does not mean you are not entitled to any benefits.Read More


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Ashley Biermann

How Divorce Can Affect Duty Disability Benefits for Minnesota Police Officers and Firefighters

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Workers' Compensation

Personal Injury

Divorce is a complicated and difficult situation for any Minnesota couple; however, members of the PERA Police and Fire Plan should take notice of some special considerations that could affect their access to Duty Disability benefits. Now, we do not practice family law at Meuser Law Office, P.A. but over our years of experience working with Minnesota police officers and firefighters we have routinely seen divorce decrees and domestic relations orders that do not distinguish between retirement and duty disability benefits. This non-distinction can have potentially devastating consequences if a police officer or firefighter sustains a disabling injury in the line of duty at any point following the divorce. Many family law attorneys are not well versed in PERA Duty Disability benefits so it is important for individual members to have the necessary information to protect these valuable disability benefits. Read More


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Ashley Biermann

Police and Firefighters: When Should You Retire Under PERA?

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PERA

Workers' Compensation

Personal Injury

What is PERA?

If you’re a Minnesota police officer or firefighter, or a Hennepin County paramedic or emergency medical technician who been injured or suffered an illness, you may be eligible for disability benefits through the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) if you are unable to perform your normal job duties for a period of a year or more. Under PERA, there are two basic types of disability benefits: duty disability benefits and regular disability benefits. Only an attorney skilled and experienced in Minnesota PERA will be able to fully investigate your claim, determine the differences, and get you the compensation you deserve. Read More


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