Buckle Up!

November 15, 2011  |  Jon P. Erickson

I recently read two different articles about the rate of traffic accident deaths where seat belts were not being used. One was about the motor vehicle accident (MVA) death rate in MN, and the other involved the statistics nationally. Both articles stated that some 50{a0c01d20c42349884e67ff80c137866b0a9fe47aaae8f8a86a605a369ae487c3} of the people who died in MVA’s were not wearing seat belts. We see this in many of the MVA cases where we represent the deceased’s family or where there have been serious injuries. That percentage to me is very disturbing! It tells us that many of our MVA deaths are preventable simply by fastening a seat belt before driving and/or when getting into a car. There are very few cars if any that don’t have seat belts. I am taking this time to remind all of us how easy it would be to lower the death rate….FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS!! The other disturbing part of these articles was how many of these deaths involved our young drivers, young men and women under the age of twenty five. We have to take the time to try to get these young people to remember to fasten their seat belts when they get in their cars. Here are some very easy things we all can do to prevent these deaths:…

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Why I Do This

October 25, 2011  |  John T. Buchman

I recently resolved a couple of cases for very nice clients that reaffirmed why it is I’ve been representing injured people for the past 27 years. These included people injured in car crashes, from dangerous products, and injuries on construction sites primarily in Anoka County and the north metro but in other locations as well. Handling personal injury matters is tougher today than it was 15-20 years ago. Insurers are more stingy, confrontational and combative. My clients are frequently frustrated that cases end up in litigation more often, take longer and cost more to obtain a fair outcome. Yet, it’s the clients that I meet and their friends and family that provide satisfaction and make the effort worthwhile. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing several people who have persevered after brain injuries, serious burns and amputations. I’ve also met those that have suffered the more common neck and back injuries. I’m struck by how many of them still smile and go to work, take care of their families and responsibilities and do the best they can. More often than not when I first meet a client they tell me at the outset they are not in it for a huge settlement. They are reluctant to hire an attorney. They often decided to hire…

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New Associates Join BGS

September 6, 2011  |  BGS

Barna, Guzy & Steffen LTD. announces the addition of two new associates to our firm. Joe M. Wearmouth and Sheldon M. Clark have joined the firm’s Business Litigation/Employment Law section. Joe has worked previously as an associate attorney at a large downtown Minneapolis-based law firm where he litigated complex civil cases and worked on sophisticated commercial and residential real estate transactions. He has also appeared in state and federal courts for trials and discovery and dispositive motion hearings. Joe is a 2009 graduate of Hamline University School of Law and graduated summa cum laude, ranking first in his graduating class. He was the recipient of the M. Arnold Lyons Award for Highest Academic Performance in the Graduating Class. Sheldon has most recently worked as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Tammi A. Fredrickson, Tenth Judicial District, in Anoka. He also has experience as a Civil Division Law Clerk for the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office. Sheldon graduated from William Mitchell College of Law, in 2008, magna cum laude. He was a Student Ambassador and a Professorial Research Assistant. “The addition of these new talented attorneys will benefit our existing clients and help expand our business opportunities,” said Joan Quade, Shareholder and Practice Group Manager of the Business Litigation/Employment Law section.

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