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Ron Meuser, Mary Beth Boyce and Ashley Biermann of Meuser Law Office, P.A. were proud and honored to speak at the St. Paul Firefighters IAFF Local 21 Union membership meeting on June 6th & 7th, 2017 held in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The St. Paul Firefighters Local 21 has been representing St. Paul’s bravest since 1918. They are dedicated to making sure their members have the safest working conditions, fair wages and benefits, and provide the best fire, rescue and paramedic services in Minnesota.
The superseding intervening cause defense is one of the few defenses in Minnesota workers’ compensation law that can result in a complete bar to all benefits claimed that are attributable to the superseding event. The next natural question is, what is a superseding cause? Insurers argue that a wide range of activities constitute a superseding intervening cause, but that does not mean the court will agree. The central question to determine whether the event was a superseding intervening cause is, was the employee acting unreasonably when the event occurred? If the employee is deemed to have been acting unreasonably when the event occurred, the event will be deemed to be an independent cause of disability and the employee will lose all workers’ compensation benefits.
Hi, my name is Jen Yackley and I’m an attorney at Meuser Law Office, P.A. Our law office specializes in workers’ compensation, PERA disability benefits, MSRS disability benefits and personal injury on behalf of workers injured in the course and scope of their employment in Minnesota. I grew up in Canby, Minnesota, a small town in Western Minnesota. I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Beuna Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, and went on to earn my Juris Doctor degree from Hamline University in 2008. I began working at Meuser Law Office as a law clerk while I was in law school in 2007 and I’ve been there ever since. I began practicing as an attorney in 2008.
While I was in law school, my husband sustained an injury in the course and scope of his employment doing construction work. The work comp insurer denied that he was an employee within the meaning of the work comp laws and they denied his claim. I saw first hand what it was like to deal with a work injury when work comp is refusing to pay for medical expenses and refusing to pay for your wage loss. He went to trial and he won, so I saw the whole process start to finish and we obviously had a good result. I have seen what it’s like to not only go through a case where the work comp insurer is denying your claim, but also what it’s like when the insurance company is actually paying your claim.