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Mary Beth Boyce

What Does It Mean to be Permanently Totally Disabled?

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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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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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Jen Yackley

De-Mystifying Minnesota Workers’ Comp: The Average Weekly Wage

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Construction SiteIn Minnesota, workers' compensation wage loss is always calculated based on the employee's average weekly wage (AWW) at the time of the injury. Wage loss benefits are usually the most valuable portion of a Minnesota workers’ compensation claim. As such, it is important that the AWW be calculated correctly. Read More


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Mary Beth Boyce

What is the Value of My Workers’ Compensation Claim?

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Clients often want to know what’s the value of my workers’ compensation claim? To determine this value, we look at what has the client already been paid.  Have those past wage loss benefits been correctly calculated? Is the employer using the right average weekly wage (AWW)Read More


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Jen Yackley

Material Handler and Order Picker Workplace Safety

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Personal Injury

1-workersComp-a_copyOrder picking and material handling is an important task in most manufacturing industries and, unfortunately, on-the-job injuries are not uncommon. Back injuries incurred while lifting are among the most common hazards for order pickers. But order pickers also face risks of other types of injuries, including trips and falls, shoulder, elbow or arm strains, injuries from falling objects, and injuries involving forklifts and other material-handling equipment. Read More


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Ron Meuser

What is Workers’ Compensation?

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work_comp_attorneyWorkers’ compensation is mandatory insurance that the state of Minnesota requires most employers to have, for it insures and reimburses expenses derived from work-related injuries or illnesses. Much like mandatory automobile insurance, workers’ comp seeks to guard against the potential of an injured party being left without financial reimbursement. Yet, workers’ comp at its root is a compromise between employees and employers, for it fundamentally involves a tradeoff – employees are assured coverage for all work-related injuries (whether their own fault or not) in exchange for relinquishing the right to sue their employers for negligence involved in such injuries. Read More


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Jen Yackley

Frostbite And Other Cold Weather Injuries Covered Under Minnesota Workers’ Compensation

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peraOver-content3_copyThe last couple weeks here in Minnesota have been cold! While we Minnesotans think of ourselves as a hardy breed of people able to tolerate the cold, even the toughest among us need to take precautions to stay warm and safe during the cold winter weather.Read More


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Jen Yackley

Monetary Benefits in Your Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Case

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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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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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Mary Beth Boyce

My Employer Offered Me Light Duty Work, Do I have to Accept This Job?

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When you sustain an injury during the course and scope of your employment and file a claim for workers’ compensation, both you and your employer have some choices. We can assure you that your employer will make decisions in their best interest so it’s important for you to understand the process and know your rights, particularly when it comes to accepting light duty work.
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