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Work comp basics: action items for filing a claim

Work injuries come in all sorts of ways.

To be sure, some occupations and industries tend to be more dangerous than others. As we discussed in our April 4 post, construction work is a good example of this.

But an injury on the job can potentially happen anywhere, in any occupation. In this post, we will review some of the basic steps to take in pursuing a possible workers' compensation claim in Minnesota.

Car accidents and common questions: getting assistance

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, there are may be many types of questions going through your mind.

That is only natural. As common as car accidents are in our culture, a serious accident is inevitably a difficult moment in an individual person's life. Indeed, it may even be a fatal one, leaving a grieving family behind.

In this post, then, let's consider some of commonly occurring questions that come up in auto accident cases.

Construction injuries: the seasonal aspect

Twin Cities residents awoke this morning to multiple inches of snow. For most winter-weary Minnesotans, it was not the most welcome sight in the world.

Signs of spring cannot be denied, however, despite seven or more inches of new snow. The Twins' season is underway, for one. And yesterday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) released its list of construction projects for the summer of 2014.

In this post, we will discuss the problem of construction accidents, not only on road projects but in other construction settings. These accidents cause many injuries and deaths every year.

Beyond canine caricature: cat bites and infection risks

Animals, no less than people, can be subject to all-too-easy stereotypes.

Many people view cats as cuddly bundles of love, ready to purr and make themselves cute at any moment. With dogs, the bark provides a reminder of the possibility of a bite. But with cats, the meow does not necessarily provide the same warning.

The reality, however, is that cat bites can be even more serious than dog bites. In this post, we will discuss recent findings from the Mayo Clinic that show how serious cat bites can really be.

Types of brain injuries, part 2: severe TBI

In the first part of this post, we began discussing the basic types of traumatic brain injury.

As we noted, concussions are less severe brain injuries that are often characterized as "mild." But when any type of brain injury is involved, it is necessary to proceed with caution.

In this part of the post, let's turn our attention to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Types of brain injuries, part 1: concussions

By now, the state of the knowledge about brain injuries is such that many Minnesotans recognize the three-letter abbreviation TBI.

Traumatic brain injuries, such as those sustained in serious car accidents, affect millions of people around the country.

In this two-part post, however, we will not merely lump all traumatic brain injuries together. Instead, let’s take note of the basic types of TBI.

Beyond car-is-king: accountability for pedestrian accidents

For decades, the United States has built a car-based culture that puts pedestrians at undue risk of harm.

It didn't happen overnight. The transition to a car-dominated culture had many key junctures, from Henry Ford's assembly line to the build-out of the interstate highway system that began in the Eisenhower administration.

Now, however, urban and suburban culture has reached a point at which there is finally powerful pushback to the car-is-king mentality and its associated infrastructure.

In this post, we will take note of recent efforts to improve pedestrian safety in some parts of the Minneapolis - St. Paul area.

Faulty towers: OSHA warns of dangers to workers on cell towers

The allure of the Boundary Waters is keenly felt by many Minnesotans.

To be sure, many of us have not yet paddled a canoe in this prized, pristine place. But even for large numbers of people who have not dipped an oar there, the Boundary Waters remains a vivid symbol of our state's precious northern wilderness.

Of course, in the digital age this wilderness is all the more difficult to preserve. And so the controversy that arose a couple of years ago about placing cellphone towers extremely close to the protected area struck a chord across Minnesota.

What more Minnesotans need to realize, however, is that cellphone towers also pose important issues about workplace safety.

Proposed bill would affect parental car accident liability

A new bill currently under discussion by legislators in Minnesota's neighboring state of Wisconsin could impact how readily mom and dad hand over the keys of the car to their teenage sons and daughters. AB 706, still the subject of bipartisan debate, has presented valid arguments on both sides.

Republican supporters contend that when a person under the age of 18 applies for a driver's license, the Department of Motor Vehicles includes a document informing parents they can be held liable if their child exhibits negligent or irresponsibility behind the wheel. Lost in a plethora of paperwork, they may not be aware they are exposing themselves to unlimited liability.

Despite growing acceptance, marijuana is dangerous for drivers

The climate in the United States regarding marijuana use seems to be changing. A couple of states have changed their laws regarding the legal purchase and use of marijuana for recreational use; other states permit medical marijuana. But even though marijuana use is becoming legal in more and more places, does that mean its use is safe?

Many experts agree that marijuana's effects on the body are relatively benign, especially when compared with alcohol. However, using the drug can still have an impact on a person's decision-making behavior and reaction time -- which could mean they are at a higher risk of being involved in a car accident than someone who is sober.

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