What is Benzene? Why is it Dangerous to Firefighters?

09.30.2019 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

Firefighters in smoke

Benzene is a chemical compound that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (“IARC”) has identified to be carcinogenic to humans. The IARC is an intergovernmental agency that is part of the World Health Organization under the United Nations. The IARC conducts, complies, and publishes research into the causes of cancer around the world. In one of its published Monographs, the IARC evaluated the risk that benzene may cause to humans and concluded that benzene is carcinogenic or causes cancer.

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Firefighters and Cancer

09.25.2019 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

mary beth boyce

Unfortunately, firefighters suffer from a higher incidence of cancer than the general public due to their exposures to toxic carcinogens throughout the course of their career. The National Fire Protection Agency recognizes that firefighters are exposed to toxic chemicals as an essential function of his or her job duties, “exposure to toxic fumes, irritants, particulates, biological (infectious) and nonbiological hazards, and/or heated gasses, despite the use of personal protective ensembles and SCBA.” NFPA 1582, 5.1.1(3). The safety equipment provided by departments do not completely negate the risk of exposure to carcinogens and toxic environmental dangers. Firefighters do not get to wait and see to determine if a fire is releasing toxic chemicals before they begin their work.


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Minnesota Wage Theft Law: Must-Knows and Must-Dos

09.24.2019 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

Virginia Cronin

In May of this year, legislation was passed investing $3.1 million in new funding to the Department of Labor and Industry’s efforts to enforce state wage and hour laws over the next two years. The new wage theft law contains several different provisions that can be overwhelming for employers to boil down to understand exactly what they need to do to comply.

Unlike other labor laws, the MN Wage Theft Law covers ALL EMPLOYERS. It does not matter whether an employer is a one-man shop in Lismore, Minnesota or a 300 non-profit organization in Maple Grove, Minnesota. With DLI’s increased funding for enforcement activities, it is critical that employers are in compliance.

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What is a Trust?

09.24.2019 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

We created an infographic to define a trust and how it can play a significant part of your estate planning goals. Have further questions? Our Attorneys are here to help!

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What is a Permanent Partial Disability Rating?

09.19.2019 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

What is PPD?

My clients frequently ask about a Permanency Rating or Permanent Partial Disability rating. Under the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Act, an injured worker is entitled to a monetary benefit that compensates for the loss of use or function of a body part that is harmed due to the work injury. The Department of Labor and Industry developed guidelines for these ratings based on the extent of workers’ injuries. Chapter 5223 of the Administrative Rules lays out these ratings for each body part. Some injuries and conditions may not have specific correlating ratings, but a doctor may assign a rating based on a similar condition or injury under the Weber Rule. This rating is then multiplied by a monetary amount to determine the extent of the benefit.

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What is an Independent Medical Examination?

09.16.2019 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

mary beth boyce

                Don’t let the name fool you, there is nothing independent about the medical examination arranged for you on behalf of the insurance company. These Independent Medical Examinations or “IMEs” are also referred to as Adverse Medical Examinations.

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