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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

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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Mary Beth Boyce

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

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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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Ashley Biermann

Qualified Rehabilitation Consultant (QRC)

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In Minnesota if you sustain an injury on the job and you are unable to perform your work duties or you are terminated from employment due to a work injury, you may be eligible for the services of a QRC, a Qualified Rehabilitation Consultant. Qualified Rehabilitation Consultants are responsible for both vocational services and medical management services. With regard to the medical management, QRCs do things such as attend your medical appointments, prepare various documentation and supply it to the insurer, the other attorneys involved, and the employer. They act as an intermediary between you and your doctors. Read More


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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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Ashley Biermann

Rehab Conferences

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pi-content2_copyYou used to be a skilled plumber, but since your lumbar spine injury and subsequent medical treatment, it is impossible to resume your former employment. The main issue is the constant kneeling and squatting in tight spaces and awkward positions that the job of a plumber requires. Attempting to continue to work in your former position will undoubtedly re-aggravate your injury and worsen your lumbar spine injury. Read More


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Mary Beth Boyce

PTSD and Psychological Injuries: Eligible Benefits

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firefighter1According to the Mayo Clinic, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”) is a “mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event—either experiencing it or witnessing it.” PTSD onset can be unpredictable: it may occur after a single event or several events; it may occur in response to a dangerous or harmful event that occurred to a loved one; or it may occur soon after the event or several months or even years after. Additionally, some individuals who face traumatic events do not develop PTSD. Read More


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Mary Beth Boyce

Am I Entitled to a Qualified Rehabilitation Consultant?

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What is a QRC?
A Qualified Rehabilitation Consultant or a "QRC" provides independent, vocational rehabilitation services to injured workers in Minnesota who are receiving workers’ compensation benefits. They are professionals who must be registered with the Department of Labor and Industry and serve a one-year internship.Read More


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Jen Yackley

Minnesota Workers’ Compensation: Work Restrictions

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Workers' Compensation

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One of the most important factors in any Minnesota workers’ compensation case is the nature and extent of any light duty work restrictions that have been assigned to the injured worker. If you’ve sustained an on-the-job injury in Minnesota, and your doctor has instructed you to limit or restrict your work and/or leisure activities, these limitations are referred to as work restrictions. Generally, in order to claim entitlement to Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Benefits, an injured worker must demonstrate restrictions on his or her ability to perform her normal work duties. 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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