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If you suffer harm from an unsafe product, you have options

Every day, new products are introduced that are touted as a means to improve our life in one way or another. This may be true for the majority of new products. However, you are probably aware of the news accounts -- even here in Minnesota -- of an unsafe product causing harm or even death. While the physical harm may not be reversible, you do have remedies for some relief.

The fact is, there are many products that are marketed to the public that may not be what they appear. Everything from medical devices, medicines, toys and automobiles can cause harm if they were not manufactured with care or were not designed or tested appropriately. The problem is that there is not always a sure-fired method of predicting which product could end up causing you pain or suffering. 

OSHA investigating fatal on-the-job accident that killed worker

Federal officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are conducting an ongoing investigation into the death of a construction worker. The fatal on-the-job accident occurred doing a project to repair flood damage. The accident did not happen in Minnesota, but serious accidents can occur at any work site.

This accident took place as the 46-year-old worker was apparently assisting the driver of a tractor-trailer to back up along a curve on a canyon road. The man was an employee of an excavating company that was contracted to perform flood repair to the canyon roadway. The worker was purportedly walking behind the truck and providing guidance to the driver.

Minnesota motorcyclist critically injured in car accident

A 54-year-old man is being hospitalized for serious injuries following an accident while he was on his motorcycle. The car accident happened in Pierce County when the man was struck by another vehicle. At last report, the man was listed in critical condition at a Minnesota medical facility.

According to reports, the car accident happened on a recent Sunday afternoon. Upon a preliminary investigation, authorities determined that the crash happened when the driver of a Jeep crossed over into the opposite lane of traffic while driving around a curve. The Jeep crashed into a motorcycle, and the impact caused the rider to be thrown from the vehicle. Medical crews transported the motorcyclist to the hospital with critical injuries.

Minnesota car accident claims a life, 1 other seriously injured

Minnesota police responded to the scene of a serious collision along Highway 15 recently. The fatal car accident left one dead and seriously injured another. The investigation is still underway.

According to the report, an older model minivan was traveling north along the highway, just north of the town of Kimball. It is believed that the driver moved into the southbound lane in order to pass a vehicle. Unfortunately, there was another car approaching on the southbound side. Those two vehicles collided head-on.  

Minnesota car accident kills 2 passengers, sends 4 to hospital

Tragedy can strike suddenly and leave one's life in tatters. One of these life-altering events is a car accident. A recent wreck in Minnesota has forever changed the lives of those involved.

According to police, one vehicle was traveling west on a local road while approaching a crossroad. Another vehicle was traveling south on Highway 59. For reasons yet unknown, both vehicles entered the intersection simultaneously, resulting in a T-bone accident that propelled both vehicles into a roadside trench.

Doctors debate the connection between brain injury and aggression

The media has been full of stories in recent weeks about incidents of domestic violence involving professional athletes in the National Football League, especially concerning some high-profile players. One doctor suggested that a traumatic brain injury may have contributed to some of the purported aggression problems. Fans in Minnesota and elsewhere may be curious as to whether there is a connection between repeated concussions and violent behavior.

According to some studies, there may be a correlation between multiple head injuries and a propensity to violent or aggressive actions. The area of the brain that is damaged during concussions is believed to be responsible for regulating behavior, including the ability to discern appropriate actions. Repeated injury has already been linked to depression and anger.

Minnesota residents injured by an unsafe product are not alone

New products are being released for consumer use just about every day. Between visiting stores, either in person or online, the amount of merchandise at our fingertips is incredible. Any consumer's hope is that the products they purchase are not only of good quality, but that they are also safe. Unfortunately, an unsafe product can make its way to store shelves in Minnesota and across the country, and the consequences can be quite severe.

Products are deemed unsafe if their use results in injury or death to consumers. While you'd think adequate testing would be performed to weed out these problem products, sometimes they still make it to market. A variety of products are often associated with injury or death, including defective auto parts, medications, medical devices toys and several other items intended for daily use.

Construction worker dies in on-the-job accident

Construction workers need to be more careful than the typical office worker. Construction sites in Minnesota and other states regularly involve heavy machinery and dangerous materials. This increases the chances of an on-the-job accident compared to other work environments. Unfortunately, one worker recently fell victim to one of these incidences in a construction site accident.

The worker was killed while working at a paper mill at approximately 2:30 p.m. on a day in late August. The local police department arrived on the scene and remained until approximately 4:30 p.m. Reportedly, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration had been contacted regarding the incident. The identity of the decedent has yet to be released to the public.

You were hurt in a slip and fall accident, now what?

You may have recently been a guest at someone's home, or been visiting a local shopping center, when you suffered an injury while simply walking along or utilizing the stairs. Many hazardous conditions can lead to a slip and fall accident, including spilled liquids and broken sidewalks. The first thing for a Minnesota victim to do is seek medical care. Then, the victim may wish to assess their right to pursue a premises liability claim regarding their injuries.

In the event one is hurt in a slip or a tripping incident, it will be up to the victim to prove the liability of the property owner or manager. This can be done by filing for access to documents that may contain records that reveal lax maintenance and/or other issues that may have contributed to the potentially hazardous conditions. In many situations, an individual employee or a tenant may be held responsible for the accident; however, the burden of proper upkeep rests with the owner of the property or business in most situations.

Minnesota boy injured in a car accident in critical condition

Some of the most treasured childhood memories spring from the most seemingly insignificant activities. Many of the moments that are recalled so fondly involve time shared with a parent. Recently, one Minnesota father was enjoying a stroll with his son which tragically ended with the boy in critical condition after being injured in a car accident.

The father and son started the evening with a leisurely walk in their quiet neighborhood. As they were walking near the driveway to their home, a vehicle approached. The car, which was operated by a 46-year-old woman, inexplicably left its lane of travel and came across the roadway, hitting the 11-year-old child.


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