News & Events

Addition of Associate Attorneys

Brown & Carlson is pleased to add Ashley R. Menzel and Kyle S. Hoffmeister to our staff of attorneys.  Ashley and Kyle will focus mainly in the area of workers’ compensation.  Congratulations Ashley and Kyle!

Brown & Carlson Employees Give Gift to People Serving People

On behalf of the Senior Shareholders at the employees of Brown & Carlson generously took up collection for a donation to People Serving People. The gift was presented to the shareholders at the annual Holiday Party held on December 13th at Green Acres Event Center in Eden Prarie.

shareholders donation

Pictured above  from left to right are Doug Brown, Gina Uhrbom, Eric Hayes, Tom Maguire, Carrie Jacobson, Greg Broos, and Mark Pryor after receiving their ornaments commemorating the gift to People Serving people.

A new Senior Shareholder, Nicholas Micheletti, was also announced at the Holiday Party.

Penny Helgren wins at the Supreme Court

July 31, 2019 – the Minnesota Supreme Court issued a Decision reversing the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals (W.C.C.A.) with regard to Noga v. Minnesota Vikings Football Club.  The Supreme Court determined that the Employee’s claim was barred by the statute of limitations under Minn. Stat. § 176.151.  The Employee failed to file a claim within six years from the date of the alleged injury.  Minn. Stat. § 176.151 (a).  The Supreme Court concluded that nothing suggested that, at the time the Vikings provided care to the Employee, the Vikings knew, or should have known, that the Employee would develop the dementia injury.  The Supreme Court held that a proceeding that satisfies the statute of limitations must arise out of the Employer’s awareness of an obligation of the benefits provided.  Read more.

ArcBest Workers’ Compensation Legal Conference

On April 8, 2019, Attorneys Richard Plagens and Darren Glur attended the ArcBest Workers’ Compensation Legal Conference at the corporate headquarters of ArcBest in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  ArcBest is the self-insured parent company of ABF Freight, a valued Brown & Carlson client.  There were 34 attorneys from 24 States attending the Conference.  Richard and Darren were able to learn more about the Company’s practices and procedures regarding workers’ compensation claims and their business in general.  They enjoyed gaining additional knowledge about ArcBest that will assist them in defending workers’ compensation claims and they were also intrigued by discussing workers’ compensation matters with attorneys from other jurisdictions.  ArcBest presented a first-class conference!

Darren Dick ArcBest

Elizabeth Chambers-Brown Recipient of the 2019 Golden Gavel Award from Westfield Insurance!

Congratulations to Elizabeth Chambers-Brown, who is the recipient of the 2019 Golden Gavel Award from Westfield Insurance!  The Golden Gavel Award was designed to recognize outstanding achievement by Westfield’s outside counsel partners.  The Award was personally presented to Elizabeth by Beth O’Connor-Branch, Workers’ Compensation Claim Leader, in celebration of her successful decision from Judge Grove in a workers’ compensation matter.  This is the first Golden Gavel Award for Brown & Carlson.

Congratulations to Elizabeth and her team on a job well done!
ECB w Award from Westfield (2)

Brown & Carlson welcomes our newest Associate Attorneys!

Jordan Bugella worked as a Law Clerk for Brown & Carlson while he attended the University of Minnesota Law School, he joined the firm as an Associate Attorney after passing the bar in 2018.
Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Roff passed the bar in 2008 and joined Brown & Carlson at the start of 2019. She has a proven track record of effectively and passionately representing clients in civil litigation matters in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Brown & Carlson celebrates “Movember”

In celebration of “Movember”, Brown & Carlson had a fundraising campaign. Numerous attorneys grew mustaches for the event to draw awareness for Men’s health issues. The event culminated in a Movember happy hour where the fundraising total of $1,971 was announced. A big thank you to all who contributed for this fun event


Insight Newsletter

Employers and Insurers are NOT Required to Reimburse Injured Employees for the Cost of Medical Cannabis

Sobczak v. Walmart Stores, Inc: Vague Stipulation Language

 Sayler v. Bethany Homes: Vacating Stipulations for Settlement

 Vaccination Mandates and Workers’ Compensation Liability

 Changes to MN Workers’ Compensation Laws

 Leuthard v. ISD 912: The Treatment Parameters Escape from the Jaws of the Rare Case Exception

 Working From Home or Living at Work

 FROI Change in Requirements

 Medical Cannabis – The Haze Clears

 COVID-19 WC Presumption

 What Claims Qualify Under COVID-19 Statutory Presumption

 Healthcare Providers Must Intervene to Assert their Rights Under the Workers’ Compensation Act

 Healthcare Providers Must Comply with New PTSD Treatment Parameters

 Job Offer Refusal Does Not Otto-matically Discontinue TTD: An Analysis of WCCA Decision Otto v. Heartland Motor Co.

Ewing v. Print Craft: QRCs Beware…

Proposed Rule 5221.6700: Treatment Parameters for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Recent Changes in Petitions for Reassignments/Affidavits of Prejudice

Noga v. MN Vikings Football Club – Employer Awareness of Obligation to Provide Benefits and the Statute of Limitations 

A Refresher Regarding Notices of Intention to Discontinue Benefits

Application of the Treatment Parameters to Disputed Medical Treatment:  Johnson v. Darchuks Fabrication, Inc.

New Exposure for Employers Under the Minnesota Human Rights Act

Employers and Workers’ Compensation Insurers Must Seek Reimbursement Rather Than Offset for Self-Funded Short Term Disability Payments

Medical Specialties in Traumatic Brain Injury Claims

Not all “Physicians” are created equal…at least not in the eyes (or ears) of the MN Workers’ Compensation System

“Lien-ing” Towards Compensability on Stairs Cases

If Stairway, Then Compensable?

The Spaeth Balance Rule and Medicaid:  Gist v. Atlas Staffing, Inc.

 Statutory Update: PTD, TPD, PPD

 When Other Laws Apply: The Intersection of Workers’ Compensation, FMLA and ADA Law

 Contesting Bills Related to Medical Records

 Stairway to Compensability

 Current State of Stairs:  Compensable or Not

 Halvorson v. B&F Fastener Supply Supreme Court Decision Re: Termination of Rehabilitation Services

 New Law Re PTD Offsets

 Kubis v. Community Memorial Hospital Association Supreme Court Decision

 Medicare “Just Kidding” Language in Stipulations: Is the Joke On Us?

 Recent Changes in the Law Regarding Termination of Rehabilitation Services: An In-Depth Look at the Halvorson Decision

 Workers’ Compensation Laws in Minnesota a Practical Guide

 When Doves Cry: New Rule Regarding Opioid Medication in MN Workers’ Compensation Cases

 Self-Serving Testimony WCCA Decision Dahlgren v Johnson Carpet

 Mn Supreme Court Decision Allan v. R.D. Offutt Co. [PPD Thresholds for PTD Cases]

 Supreme Court Kainz Decision post Dykoff

 Supreme Court’s Reversal in Dykoff v Xcel Energy 2013 Legislative Changes Discontinue Narcotic Medications PDF Late Notice Bars Employee’s Claims

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 MRSA “Super Bug” and Workers’ Compensation Claims

 Employee Handbooks Help Employers Avoid Potential Liability

 Late Payment Penalties

 Occupational Disease Claims

 Social Media Defense Against Workers’ Compensation Claim

 Frandsen Case Law Update

 12+12 Rule of Passive Care

 Social Security Benefit Increase

 Workers’ Compensation Rates

 OAH Summary of Procedure Changes



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