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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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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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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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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