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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New Federal Regulations for Emotional Support Animals

December 9, 2020  |  Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.

The federal Department of Transportation has issued their long-awaited final rule regarding transporting emotional and service animals by air. This rule was enacted in response to the difficulties that airlines and other passengers were experiencing with various types of animals designated by the owner as an emotional support animal. The lack of clarity on the rights of individuals utilizing emotional support animals were highlighted in instances where fellow passengers were physically harmed by an unrestrained (and evidently untrained) animal nebulously characterized as an emotional support animal. Read on to learn more about the new federal regulations for emotional support animals as well as service animals. Airline Authority When the final rule goes into effect (30 days after it is published in the federal register), airlines will gain significant authority to regulate emotional support and service animals while flying. Airlines are permitted to treat emotional support animals as pets. Briefly stated, airlines do not need to treat emotional support animals as service animals. Rather, airlines may recognize emotional support animals as pets rather than service animals.  Airlines have also gained the ability to restrict service animals in a number of areas. This final rule defines a service animal as a dog, regardless of breed or type, that is individually trained to do work or…

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