5 Top Questions for When a Car Accident Occurs

January 13, 2021  |  Adriel B. Villarreal

According to a report published by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of the Commissioner, 80,636 traffic crashes occurred in the state of Minnesota in 2019. These car accidents, involving 148,774 vehicles, resulted in 364 deaths; 27,260 people suffered injuries. Unfortunately, traffic crashes—ranging from minor spinouts and fender benders to multiple-vehicle events with numerous injuries and fatalities—occur daily. We’ve put together 5 top questions for when a car accident occurs. 1. What information do I need after a car accident occurs? With any motor vehicle incident, you’ll first want to ensure the safety of all involved, provide reasonable assistance to any injured parties, and seek medical treatment for yourself if necessary. After that point, it’s important to collect contact and insurance information from anyone else involved. This includes the driver’s full name and address, the name and address of vehicle owner (if different), driver’s license information, and insurance documentation. Collect names and contact information of any passengers or others involved in the crash. If there are any witnesses, gather their names and phone numbers as well. Once the police arrive, write down names and badge numbers. You should also document the following information for all vehicles: make, model, and year; license plate number with expiration date; and the vehicle identification number (VIN)….

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Things to Consider When You’ve Suffered a Personal Injury

December 30, 2020  |  Adriel B. Villarreal

No matter the cause or the repercussions, suffering a personal injury can lead to a large amount of stress. In addition to the injuries themselves, you may be dealing with related physical challenges, emotional stressors, or financial difficulties from extensive medical bills and lost wages from time missed from work. We’ve outlined some of the many things to consider when you’ve suffered a personal injury. Types of Personal Injury Cases At Barna, Guzy & Steffen, we’ve worked with a variety of clients who have been injured due to the negligence of others. Types of personal injury cases include motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall incidents, dog bites or other animal attacks, , and product defect or liability to name a few. Another type of personal injury may be caused by premises liability, meaning that an accident occurred due to a dangerous condition on someone else’s property, including commercial, retail, or other public locations. Information and Details About Your Injury When you’ve suffered a personal injury, of course you’ll first want to ensure your safety and the safety of others and seek necessary medical treatment. However, it’s important to obtain as much information as possible about the situation. Details imperative to a personal injury case include basics such as time, location, and the contact…

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BGS Attorney Receives Minnesota State Bar Association Distinguished Service Award 2020

December 10, 2020  |  Toni Perrier

Barna, Guzy and Steffen, Ltd attorney Jeffrey S. Johnson recently received the 2020 Distinguished Service Award from the Real Property Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) in honor of his years of dedication and service to the bar and community. Since his admission to the bar in 1979, Jeff has been involved with the MSBA in many ways including serving on the Section Governing Council for 34 years and presenting 25 programs for Minnesota Continuing Legal Education. When Jeff Johnson started his career at what is now Barna, Guzy & Steffen as a clerk in 1977, he could not have known that his career as an attorney would span 40 years with multiple achievements and thousands of satisfied clients along the way. Johnson was President and Chair of the Board at BGS for 24 years before stepping down in 2014 to focus more on his real estate practice in the later years of his career.   His service to the MSBA is extensive and impressive.  As he grew in his profession he became involved in the MSBA Real Property Section in several additional ways including being a council member of the MSBA, Real Property Section from 1984-2018, and having served as the Chairperson from 1990-91.  Additional involvement with the council includes:…

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