First Responder COVID-19 Presumption Legislation to be Voted on

04.06.2020 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

Thank You!

To everyone who signed and forwarded this petition, thank you very much.  

We received word today that after 33,000 of you used this platform to show your support for this issue, the legislature plans to convene on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, to pass the workers comp presumption for emergency responders we had been seeking.  And the Governor has told us he is anxious to sign the bill.  

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Police Officers, Firefighters, and Heart Attacks

02.13.2020 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

Police officers and firefighters are at a greater risk for heart problems than the general public due to the stressful nature of their jobs. Police officers face a 30 -70 times increased risk of death due to cardiac issues compared to the general public when they are involved in stressful situations. The extreme heat that firefighters face in their job duties has been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks. Additionally, intense physical demands can trigger blood clots and impair blood vessel function.

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Wayne J. Studer Retirement Letter

01.10.2020 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

Wayne J. Studer Retirement

As you may have heard, I have retired from the practice of law as of December 31, 2019.  It was not an easy decision, but it is the best decision for me and my family. I truly enjoyed my 40 years helping as many people as I could.

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Why I’m a Personal Injury Attorney

11.12.2019 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

Why I'm a Personal Injury Attorney

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 2019 Minnesota Association for Justice (MNAJ) Women Trial Lawyers Conference in Nisswa, Minnesota. This energizing three-day conference brought together female trial lawyers from across the state of Minnesota to collaborate on various issues, which included becoming a more effective advocate for clients, the profession of law itself,  and litigation tips and techniques.

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Hope

10.16.2019 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

Seedling - a picture of hope

Is there hope for those who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder? Today I had the pleasure of attending HealthPartners Occupational Medicine Department‘s special guest lecture given by Dr. Charl Els, a psychiatrist, addiction specialist and occupational physician Clinic Professor at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta, entitled “Nietzche Was Right: Revising What Happens after Exposure to Trauma.”

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How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Work Comp Attorney?

10.14.2019 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

Wayne J. Studer

How can I afford a Work Comp Attorney?

Injured workers in Minnesota should not worry about being able to afford to hire a work comp attorney. When I meet with new clients, people typically ask how much it costs to hire a work comp attorney.

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Why are Firefighting Overhaul Duties so Dangerous? (Infographic)

10.07.2019 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

Firefighters performing overhaul duties

What are Overhaul Duties?

In municipal structural firefighting, duties are generally divided into two distinct phases: knockdown and overhaul. The knockdown phase of firefighting is what we the public think of when we think about firefighting: firefighters work to control and extinguish the fire. At a large structure fire, such as at a warehouse or a large house fire, firefighters may spend hours working to extinguish the fire. However, typically 90% of municipal fires are extinguished within 5 – 10 minutes. The environment during knockdown is hot and smoky with low visibility. Knockdown duties may be performed from inside the structure or defensively from the outside.

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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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