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We Fight the Insurance Companies
So You Don’t Have To

Think the Insurance Company is on Your Side? Think Again.

Insurance companies protect their profits by delaying, devaluing, and even outright denying legitimate claims for people who have been injured in an accident. Don’t fall victim and settle for less than your claim is worth. Call Schroeder & Mandel for a FREE consultation.

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“Working with Schroeder & Mandel was a great experience. They were very attentive to my needs, they were in constant contact. I always knew where I was in the process. Couldn’t ask for a better outcome.” – SM, 2021

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““This group of individuals are phenomenal, they will work with their clients through anything and keep them updated along the way. I highly recommend Rick Schroeder for an attorney.” – KH, 2021

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“Rick and his team are by far the best legal representation. When matters get sticky and you need a good lawyer, Schroeder & Mandel is who you want on your side!” – EK, 2021

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When you hire Schroeder & Mandel, you’re getting more than an ethical, trusted team whose mission is to put our client’s needs above all else. There’s also deep passion and experience. We are uniquely qualified to help our clients win in our areas of practice.

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If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle or auto accident or sustained an injury while at work, we can help. We handle all types of accident and injury cases and will provide a FREE consultation. Please explore our site to learn more about our legal services. We welcome you to contact our office and ask about ANY type of injury and how we can help with your situation.

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5 Reasons to Work With a Personal Injury Attorney After an Accident

When you’re dealing with the physical and emotional aftermath of an injury, the last thing you want to worry about is navigating complex insurance and legal systems. 

That’s where an experienced attorney comes in. You should consider hiring a personal injury attorney if: 

  • You’ve sustained a serious injury that wasn’t your fault 
  • It’s unclear who is responsible for the accident, or the other driver denies responsibility 
  • The accident may result in a permanent or long-term injury
  • Your insurance provider is not covering all of your medical costs
  • The insurance companies are pressuring you to settle within 6 months

While you focus on healing, your personal injury attorney will work toward getting you the compensation you deserve. 

5 benefits of hiring an experienced personal injury attorney

From auto and motorcycle crashes to wrecks involving semi trucks/trailers and workers’ compensation cases (and everything in between), hiring an experienced personal injury attorney to navigate your legal case has several benefits. 

Legal expertise isn’t the only thing to look for in an attorney. You’ll also want to be sure you’re working with an attorney who is caring, compassionate, and advocates for your best interests—someone who has “insider” experience from being an insurance claims adjuster and insurance company attorney. 

That’s where Schroeder & Mandel comes in, providing you with: 

1. Familiarity with the legal system

Every legal matter is different—personal injury cases are no exception. Plus, keep in mind that the person or entity who caused your injuries will have their own legal representation. 

Working with an attorney who knows the ins and outs of the insurance and legal system (and has prior “insider” experience as an insurance claims adjustor and insurance company attorney) increases the likelihood of receiving more compensation than with an attorney who doesn’t have this prior “insider” experience.

“As a lawyer myself, I knew it was important to get the right lawyer to help me through the maze of insurance forms, medical reports, and second opinions. Obtaining the compensation needed for my future medical expenses and wage loss required a committed tenacious advocate.” –C.B.

2. Negotiation with insurance companies on your behalf

Communicating with insurance companies can be complicated enough as it is. Add a personal injury claim into the mix, and you realize insurance claims adjusters are trying to get you to take a quick, cheap settlement.

An experienced personal injury attorney with “insider” experience with the insurance industry knows how to present your case to insurance companies in the best possible light. As a prior claims adjustor and insurance company attorney, we have “insider” knowledge that we can provide to you and your case to get the best possible outcome.

“S&M got me twice their initial offer, meaning that even after I paid for their services… I still received thousands of dollars more than I would have if I worked with the insurance company on my own.” –J.

3. A thorough investigation of your case

Sometimes, it’s clear who is at fault in an accident—a drunk driver, for example. Other times, who is at fault may be an issue. Or the insurance claims adjuster may try to put a percentage of fault on you and try to tell you that is the law.

For example, an employer may be held responsible for a lack of proper training or supervision, the owner of a vehicle may be responsible for a reckless driver’s actions while driving, or a business may be responsible for negligent maintenance and unsafe conditions.

There are countless scenarios like these, so working with an experienced attorney who has the tools and knowledge to investigate your case thoroughly early on is critical. Waiting will only cause more problems and may be detrimental to your case. 

“They fought for the absolute best outcome for me to cover all the car accident bills. They were very kind and extremely thorough. I highly recommend S&M” C.B.

4. Maximum compensation 

An experienced personal injury attorney with “insider” insurance company experience will be able to obtain compensation for you that you may not have even considered, including: 

  • Lost wages due to missing time from work
  • Getting your health insurance to cover your medical bills
  • Compensation when you aren’t able to perform your daily household chores
  • Possible punitive damages against a drunk driver
  • Future medical bills as a result of your injury
“Thanks again for you and your team’s work on this. I added it up, and your office has helped me obtain $30,000 between medical and damages. That’s a lot more than I would have gotten had I just given up and not fought the system. So, thank you!” –B.B.

5. Peace of mind

When you experience an injury after an accident, your primary focus should be on healing—both physically and emotionally. Managing medical treatments and dealing with the emotional aftermath can take enough of a toll on their own; when you hire an experienced and compassionate personal injury attorney with “insider” experience, you can rest assured that your personal injury case is being handled with your best interest in mind.

“It does not feel like an exaggeration to say that Rick and his firm saved my life. While I knew I was entitled to more than what the insurance agencies were offering me, I had no idea of the extent of it. Rick and his team fought tirelessly for me for years. All the while, they kept me informed and gave me the best advice. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome, and I owe that all to them!” – K.S.

Work with Minnesota’s experienced, compassionate personal injury and auto accident attorneys.

Have you or a loved one recently been injured after an accident but are unsure whether your case warrants an attorney? At Schroeder & Mandel, personal injury attorneys Rick Schroeder and Gabe Johnson and their team are here to fight for your best interests so you can get the compensation you deserve. 
Contact our compassionate team today for a FREE consultation so you can learn more about how Schroeder & Mandel can help you.

3 Things Chiropractors Should Know About Treating Workers’ Compensation Patients

As a chiropractor, your primary goal is to help your patients heal from their injuries so they can return to their normal activities. 

Unfortunately, you may be familiar with this all-too-common scenario when treating patients with work-related injuries: once insurance stops covering the bill, you’re unable to see patients through their full course of treatment.

That’s where Schroeder & Mandel comes in. When you have a skilled attorney negotiating with insurance companies on your and your patients’ behalf, you don’t have to worry about being unpaid or underpaid—and you can focus your energy on providing your patients with the high-quality care they deserve. 

In our experience, chiropractors need to know three important things about helping workers’ compensation patients get coverage for the treatment they need.

1. How to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits

Not all patients may realize that they are eligible for workers’ compensation. If you suspect that your patient’s aches and pains are work-related, be sure to include your diagnosis and detail on any work or activities that contributed to your patient’s condition. 

Additionally, encourage your patients to report the injury to their employer as soon as possible. While they’re aware of their aches and pains, they may not realize that in Minnesota, this constitutes an injury—and a potential work-related injury claim. 

It’s important to note that insurance companies are highly likely to deny these claims without an official report on record.

Chiropractors as primary healthcare providers

Did you know that patients can pick a chiropractor as the primary healthcare provider for their injury? This means that you can refer them for a consultation with another provider at any time.

2. Workers’ compensation treatment parameters

Chiropractic care is often an essential element when it comes to healing from a work-related injury. That being said, as defined in Minnesota’s Administrative Rules, part 5221.6040, subpart 10, all treatment must be deemed medically necessary. 

If treatment is determined to be medically necessary, work comp benefits cover up to 12 weeks of:

  • Joint adjustment or manipulation
  • Thermal treatment, including deep heating and cooling
  • Electrical muscle stimulation
  • Mechanical traction
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage and other manual therapies
  • Phoresis, iontophoresis and phonophoresis

When recovery takes longer than 12 weeks

A patient may be eligible for an additional 12 chiropractic visits, over an additional 12 months, if:

  • The treatment progressively improves or maintains the functional status that was gained in the initial 12 weeks of treatment;
  • The treatment is not regularly scheduled;
  • The treatment records contain a plan to encourage independence and decreased reliance on healthcare providers;
  • Management of the condition includes active treatment modalities;
  • The additional visits do not delay surgical or chronic pain evaluations; and
  • The employee does not have chronic pain syndrome.

3. The benefits of partnering with a skilled workers’ compensation attorney

Having an experienced workers’ compensation attorney on your side benefits both you and your patients: they’ll negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, they know which treatments are covered by law and they’re invested in your patients’ recovery. 

Work comp attorneys do the heavy lifting to fight legal battles, supporting your work to ensure your patients can make the best possible recovery from their work-related injuries.

Motion to Intervene

If you’re unpaid or underpaid by an insurance company, your attorney can help you file a Motion to Intervene, which will allow you to become formally involved in your patients’ work comp cases.

Workers’ comp can be complicated, but it doesn’t have to be.

Your job is to help your patients recover and alleviate pain from their injuries—but sometimes, workers’ comp can result in unwanted obstacles. 

Schroeder & Mandel is here to simplify the process for you.

Not sure where to start? Download the FREE Checklist for Chiropractors today!

Gillette Injuries

A Gillette injury can occur when the cumulative effects of repetitive trauma are severe enough to disable an employee. Based on this information, workers’ compensation injuries are not limited to just one distinct event but could extend over a continuous period of time. Gillette injuries can be major and ultimately life-changing; clients deserve fair compensation.

At Schroeder & Mandel, we’ve helped clients with different workplace injuries and workers’ compensation claims for decades, and we are here to help clients navigate their Gillette injury cases. Whether you are an electrician who needs shoulder surgery for a rotator cuff tear, a nurse who needs a knee replacement or any other employee that suffers from pain caused by your job, we are dedicated to getting you on the right path and helping you understand your specific situation and injury.

Gabe Johnson, an attorney at Schroeder & Mandel, recently represented a delivery truck driver who, after 25 years as an over-the-road truck driver, transitioned to delivery driving. The client was 62 years old and needed bilateral knee replacement surgery from getting in and out of his truck all day every day for 2+ years. On the surface, the case looked like a temporary total disability case, but because the client could NEVER go back to work in the industry, it ended up being a permanent total disability case. The case settled for a substantial sum that would take care of the driver into his retirement—a great outcome.

Trust us when we tell you there are 3 key steps to take if you think your pain is work-related.

  1. See your physician

    Your work-related pain and aches are worth discussing with your doctor. If you are unsure whether you need an appointment, email your doctor’s office or bring it up at your next appointment. Tell them about your pain and what you do for work.Get the diagnosis written into your medical record with detail on treatment plans and how your work contributed to this injury. Having these important details in your medical record can help you advocate for reasonable accommodations at work and can increase your eligibility for benefits.

  2. Tell your employer

    If your physician says your work causes or aggravates the condition, then you need to report it to your employer. Explain that your doctor is treating an ongoing condition, and you want to report a work-related injury.

    This step is key. Make sure you report the injury within 14 days. Most workers do not provide notice because they don’t know they have an injury. They recognize the aches and pain but are unaware that under Minnesota law this constitutes an injury and that they could have a work-related injury claim. They might tell their doctor they’re having knee pain, low-back pain, etc., or they’ll see a surgeon who recommends surgery—all without ever reporting it to their employer. Insurers almost always deny these claims if the employee didn’t make an official report.

    It is essential to report your injury immediately after seeing a physician who advises you your condition is work-related.

  3. Talk to an Attorney

    If your physician recommends additional treatment, surgery, or physical therapy, and you expect to miss more work, you should definitely talk to an attorney.

    Call Gabe Johnson, Schroeder and Mandel’s experienced Workers’ Compensation attorney. Gabe fights for and stands by his clients to secure the settlements that they deserve. He takes great pride in helping people who have been injured on the job because, in his experience, “injured workers want two things: to get better and to get back to work.”

    Gabe will help you submit a claim to your employer’s insurance company. At Schroeder & Mandel, we want you to know you are not doing anything wrong by filing a claim. This is exactly why your employer has insurance. You are doing the right thing by protecting yourself and your family and getting back on the road to recovery.

If you have been experiencing work-related pain, please follow these steps to protect yourself in order to get back to work, back to your family, and back to what you enjoyed doing before you were injured.