Personal Injury and Long-Term Disability It’s no secret that employees are working longer and people are living longer than ever before. The economic conditions have caused many employees to push back their retirement date. One consequence of these facts is that there has been a marked increase in long-term disability claims by disabled employees. Many employers provide long-term disability benefits as part of their employment package. I recently assisted two clients in obtaining “LTD” benefits. These turned out to be quite involved and time intensive. One required an internal appeal in which we were successful. In order to be entitled..
It is spring in Minnesota (finally) and people are finding many ways to be back outdoors enjoying the sun and nicer weather. Unfortunately, this can also bring an increase in incidents involving animal attacks, specifically dog attacks and bites as man’s “best friends” head back outdoors along with him. Minnesota has long had a law that creates liability for dog owners whose “best friends” are decidedly unfriendly and bite or injure others. This is commonly referred to as the “dog bite” statute (Minn. Stat. § 347.22). This law was enacted in 1951. Under the statute, “If a dog, without provocation..
There was a tragic motor vehicle accident this past weekend just north of Minneapolis where eight members of a family were in a van that was struck by another car. The accident caused four members of the van to be ejected from the vehicle. Those four were not wearing seat-belts, and three of them were killed. The fourth is still in critical condition. A lieutenant of the Minnesota Highway Patrol is quoted as saying: “The fact can’t be ignored that if they had worn seat belts, it could have ended in a different result.” It was further noted that in..
Every year there are numerous cases here in Minnesota where people are injured because of a defective product. There are legal rules regarding product liability and a personal injury attorney can help you navigate them, making it easier to possibly recover damages. Who Has the Liability? The liability for a defective product can lie on many different people, depending on the source of the defect. It could be the product manufacturer who is held responsible, the manufacturer of the component parts, the wholesaler or even the store that sold the product. The law is clear that manufacturers must take reasonable..
These days, many people own some sort of pet whether it be a cat, dog, ferret, bunny, guinea pig – you name it and someone has it as a pet. Many animals that were previously known as wild animals are now becoming household pets. The fact of the matter is that some animals just cannot be domesticated, no matter how hard their owner tries. When this happens, there is bound to be an animal attack. Picture the Possibilities Even the most docile looking animals are prone to bite when they get scared or feel threatened. Some even bite just for..