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Can injured Minnesota employees be treated by their own doctors?

Generally speaking, Minnesota laws provide protection to workers who are injured at work. Workers' compensation, as outline by state statute, can provide partial wage reimbursement and medical coverage for those who suffer a workplace injury or illness.

When dealing with something as sensitive as an injury that is preventing someone from working regularly, it's understandable why workers would want to receive care from a trusted provider. Unfortunately, physician choice after a workplace injury isn't necessarily a straightforward issue. So, can injured workers see their own doctors? In a single word: maybe.

Who has the right to safety on Minnesota private property?

When we have discussed premises liability issues on this blog, the duty of the property owner to maintain a safe environment is an idea that’s consistently discussed. This, of course, is because this is the central idea behind establishing liability in the wake of accidents on private property.

At the same time, the law doesn't necessarily provide legal protection to everyone who is injured on another party’s property. Establishing liability is largely based on the injured person's relationship to the property owner.

(Nearly) No Model Left Behind: GM recalls reach staggering levels

Every day, thousands of people in the Twin Cities metro area rely on their vehicles to get to work or school. With this in mind, not to mention the variability of Minnesota's climate, consumers look for reliability and safety in their vehicles.

Unfortunately, the news following the nation's top auto manufacturer, General Motors, suggests that many of the company's car models fail to meet either of those marks. According to an NBC News report, a total of 54 recalls have affected nearly every model that GM makes.

The numbers are shocking: Over a six month period, almost 26 million General Motors vehicles have been recalled in the U.S. alone.

Brain injuries: Soccer may not be as safe as some think

Soccer is one of the world's most popular sports. With the ongoing World Cup and the U.S. team's progress in the tournament, the beloved sport seems to be gaining attention and popularity.

Many Minnesota parents might sign their children up for youth soccer leagues to get some physical activity and learn the value of teamwork. At the same time, many might assume that it's a relatively safe sport, especially when compared to contact-heavy games like football or hockey. That estimation may not be entirely correct, according to a recent report.

There is a growing concern about the safety of heading the ball.

Driverless cars: how would they affect car insurance policies?

This is a follow-up to a piece we did last month about driverless cars.

More specifically, we wrote about issues of responsibility for car accidents caused by driverless cars. In our May 2 post, we discussed how products liability law is expected to become increasingly important in pressing injury claims after such an accident.

In this post, we will explore that theme further.

Motorcycle accident update: a flurry of fatalities

This is a follow-up to a post we did recently on motorcycle accidents in Minnesota.

It is prompted by a recent spate of fatal accidents. In only a little over a week, from May 29 to June 5, five motorcycle riders died in accidents in Minnesota. There were also 28 motorcyclists injured during that time.

The fatalities included two motorcyclists who were killed in Minneapolis in separate accidents that occurred within 29 hours of each other.

How is 'maximum medical improvement' defined under work comp law?

Some work injuries are simple and straightforward. After you get hurt, you get medical treatment. And after you recover from your injuries, you go back to work.

Sometimes, however, things are a little more complicated. Your employer may ask you to return for light-duty work, even if you are not fully recovered from your work injury. There may also be questions as to whether you have reached a point of as much recovery from the injury as can be reasonably expected - even if you are not fully recovered.

In this post, we will discuss this notion of reasonably expected recovery. The term for it in workers' compensation law is maximum medical improvement (MMI).

Motorcycle safety, part 2: fatal accident statistics

We began this two-part post toward the beginning of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. We shall conclude it today, as the month draws to a close.

As we noted in our May 8 post, the evolution of transit options in the Twin Cities brings with it many challenges in encouraging motorists to share the road properly with motorcyclists.

In this part of the post, let's look at some of the data that shows just how vulnerable to fatal accidents motorcycle riders are.

Summer kickoff: A call to revisit swimming pool safety

The forthcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend is widely seen as the unofficial start of summer. Given that Minnesota's winter this year was nothing short of brutal, this will allow the state to breathe a collective sigh of relief.

In preparing for the warmer days ahead, those who own a swimming pool are probably looking to start the season the right way. Although people might be eager to invite company over to take a dip in the pool, it's important to make sure that basic safety measures are taken to better ensure the safety of swimmers.

Cellphone distractions and tragic car accidents: a recent case

We will finish our two-part post soon on motorcycle accidents in Minnesota.

In today's post, we will take note of a tragic story that hit the news a few days ago. It is the story of a college running star who was killed when a driver swerved when trying to answer a cellphone call and fatally struck the runner.

The incident was reported in the Star Tribune on May 10. We are discussing it because it so clearly shows the terrible consequences that can flow from distracted driving.

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