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Re-Introduced Bill Seeks to Help First Responders with PTSD

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PTSD_KSTP_billWhen the Minnesota legislature opened the 2017 session, a crucial bill that directly affects Minnesota’s first responders who suffer from PTSD was re-introduced. This bill was originally presented in April of 2016, and did not pass at that time although information has been communicated and much awareness has been raised about this important topic.
Meuser Law Office, P.A. understands the importance of legislature such as this and created a petition in April 2016 to help spread the word and gather support for this bill. We encourage all current and former law enforcement officers, firefighters, State Troopers, first responders, and family and friends of Minnesota's first responders to sign and share this petition and/or contact their legislators to urge them to support this important bill.

The bill’s author, Senator-elect Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, is also a police officer in Cottage Grove. Senator-elect Schoen recently called a meeting in the Senate Office Building to hear from Minnesotans affected by PTSD. Among the people who spoke was St. Paul firefighter and paramedic, Brian Cristofono. Brian, a current client of Meuser Law Office, P.A., says fire departments need to talk about PTSD more and take this issue more seriously. “We spend so much time learning how to save ourselves, how to rescue people, but we don’t give any training time to PTSD or mental health”.

Recently, KSTP Channel 5 Eyewitness News ran a story on this PTSD bill featuring Minnesotans directly affected by PTSD, including Brian Cristofono. Take a moment to watch the KSTP Eyewitness News story with emotions ranging from sad to tragic:

http://kstp.com/politics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd-first-responders-state-legislature-minnesota/4349988/?cat=1

Continue reading the original article from our blog site below:

New Bill Seeks to Help First Responders with PTSD

This week, the Minnesota legislature issued a News Release announcing the introduction of a bill that could have major implications for Minnesota’s first responders who suffer from PTSD.

Since October 1, 2013, the Minnesota workers’ compensation law has recognized post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a “covered” injury for purposes of workers’ compensation law. In the 2 ½ years since the law passed, in our practice, we have unfortunately seen some workers’ compensation insurers take a “full court press” approach to defending against these cases – many involving police officers, firefighters, and corrections officers. We have seen cases where a police officer clearly and obviously suffers from profound PTSD as the result of terrible trauma, and yet the workers’ compensation insurer denies that it was “traumatic enough” of an event, or hires an adverse doctor to offer an outrageous opinion that the person doesn’t have PTSD.

This week, Rep. Dan Schoen (DFL – St. Paul Park) and Sen. Matt Schmit (DFL – Red Wing) introduced a bill that would include post-traumatic stress disorder under the “presumption” section of the Workers’ Compensation Act – meaning that post-traumatic stress disorder would be “presumed” to be work-related for some specific first responders, including police officers, firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, conservation officers, and others.

While PTSD is currently covered under Minnesota Workers’ Compensation, this statute would change the burden of proof – meaning that it would no longer be the employee’s burden of proof to demonstrate that he or she has PTSD and that it is work-related – it becomes the employer/insurer’s burden of proof to disprove that the individual’s PTSD is work-related.

Seeing the practical realities of how PTSD claims are administered by some public employers, we at Meuser Law Office, P.A., are hopeful that this presumption statute will it easier for our state’s first responders to get the benefits they are entitled to under the law.

Representative Schoen commented that “It really just comes down to we’re at the point where there is just zero question whether this is a work-related injury…we know it is.”

Schoen, a Cottage Grove police officer, said police and firefighters have told him of their experiences with post-traumatic stress disorder. Public agencies send first responders into the “worst of the worst,” he said, and those experiences build over time.

“Everybody’s got a bucket and that bucket might be different sizes for different people, but it starts to fill up,” Schoen said.

Schoen and Schmit said they don’t expect their bill to pass this session. The GOP-controlled House has not scheduled a hearing, Schoen said. Instead, they want to hold an information hearing yet this session to raise awareness.

We at Meuser Law Office, P.A., have created a petition for you to easily show your support for this legislation. Click here to read and sign the petition. We encourage all current and former law enforcement officers, firefighters, State Troopers, first responders, and family and friends of Minnesota's first responders to sign and share this petition and/or contact their legislators to urge them to support this important bill.

Meuser Law Office, P.A., has proudly represented Minnesota's first responders for PTSD-related claims for over a decade. We encourage all current and former law enforcement officers, firefighters, State Troopers, first responders, and family and friends of Minnesota's first responders to contact their legislators to urge them to support this important bill.
Click here to find contact information for your state representatives.


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Meuser Law Office, P.A. is a proud sponsor of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis

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The Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis is the largest non-affiliated law enforcement union in the state of Minnesota, with over 900 active members. Ron Meuser and the attorneys of Meuser Law Office, P.A. look forward to working closely with a Federation which operates with the goal of working towards a safer, more livable city and continually improving the working conditions as well as making sure the rights are protected for the police officers who work in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Read More


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Ron Meuser and Jen Yackley Speak at The Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS) Meeting

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peraOver-content2_copyRecently, Ron Meuser and Jen Yackley of Meuser Law Office, P.A. were proud and honored to speak at the Minnesota Law Enforcement and Labor Services (LELS) monthly meeting in August, 2016 held in St. Paul, Minnesota. Read More


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New Bill Seeks to Help First Responders with PTSD

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LawBooksThis week, the Minnesota legislature issued a News Release announcing the introduction of a bill that could have major implications for Minnesota’s first responders who suffer from PTSD.Read More


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Choosing the Right Doctor

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One of the most important aspects of your Minnesota workers' compensation or PERA claim is selecting the proper treating physician, dependent upon the nature and extent of your injuries. Often times the insurance company will hire or retain what’s called a disability case manager. A disability case manager is supposedly an independent individual who is there to assist you with the doctors to ensure that the treatment is appropriate. Read More


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How Long Does My Injury File Stay Open?

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An important aspect of your Minnesota workers’ compensation claim, particularly in conjunction with the medical expense reimbursement, is that stays with you for the rest of your life. It doesn’t matter if you continue to work with the same employer. It doesn’t matter if you continue to live in the state of Minnesota. It doesn’t matter if five years, ten years, twenty years goes by. In fact, over the years I have had numerous clients who have come back to me, contacted me and said ‘hey, I had an injury to my low back 15-20 years ago and the insurance company said that my file is closed.  They said that I cannot have this medical care treatment’. No matter what the insurance adjuster may tell you, your file remains open. Your future medical expenses remain open, again, for the rest of your life no matter where you live.Read More


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Remembering Officer Jason Moszer of the Fargo, ND Police Department

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Officer Jason MoszerOn behalf of Meuser Law Office, P.A., we extend our sincerest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Jason Moszer, 33, who has died after being shot in the line of duty. Officer Moszer was among officers responding to a domestic disturbance call that involved an armed suspect on Thursday, February 11, 2016. The suspect began shooting at the officers outside his home, killing Officer Moszer with a single gunshot wound. Read More


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Firefighters for Healing Red Tie Gala

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FFHboard_copyBy all accounts, the first annual Firefighters for Healing Red Tie Gala was a huge success! More than 400 attendees showed up on Saturday November 7, 2015, at the Exchange Club in the historic Lumber Exchange Building in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, dressed in their finest suit and red tie or beautiful red dress. The event raised more than $100,000 through ticket sales, a silent auction, a live auction, and other donations for burn survivors and their families to aid in their recovery efforts. The evening featured red carpet photos, color guard presentation of the flag and national anthem sung by former NFL player, Esera Tuaolo.  Read More


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First Annual Firefighters for Healing Red Tie Gala

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firefighter1Meuser Law Office, P.A. is proud to be a sponsor of the first annual Firefighters for Healing Red Tie Gala. Only one more week until the event of the season! Don’t miss out – get your tickets today!

Firefighters for Healing is a non-profit organization founded in 2010 by Minneapolis firemen who have tragically experienced firsthand what burn victims have to endure. In July 2010 Minneapolis firefighter, Jake LaFerriere, suffered 3rd and 4th degree burns to his hands and arms in a backdraft house explosion. While Jake was in the hospital receiving treatment for his burn injuries, he met several young children undergoing the same painful treatment for their burn injuries. Believing it was a blessing to meet these children, Jake knew he had to do something to help and founded Firefighters for Healing with a mission to support the children and their family in ways the insurance company cannot. Read More


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When Should I File a Minnesota Work Comp Claim?

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Another important aspect that you must consider if the insurance company has denied your claim, is when to file the claim. Often times people don’t want to rock the boat with their employer, they somehow feel that they are not being a team player. Unfortunately, the longer you wait to file a claim, the less likely that you will be successful in establishing the claim, so therefore, immediately upon receiving a denial, you need to contact usRead More


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