Category: Personal Injuries

Boating Safety & What to Do After an Accident

July 28, 2022  |  admin

Boating is one of most popular summer activities for Minnesotans, making it crucial that everyone on the water takes the necessary safety precautions. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), there were 18 boating deaths, 69 non-fatal boating accidents, and 53 non-boating drownings reported throughout the state in 2021. Being cautious and attentive helps keep everyone safe and having fun. However, the fact remains that there’s no guarantee. Continue reading to learn more about boating safety and what you should do if you have an accident. Boating safety tips and regulations First things first, we want to outline precautions everyone should take when boating. These tips will help keep you, your passengers, and those in other boats safe. Wear a life jacket Stay sober and never illegally operate a boat under the influence* Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to be back Be aware of current and upcoming weather Avoid distractions and always stay alert of your surroundings Remain seated whenever the boat is being driven Drive the boat responsibly Have the proper equipment on your boat Have a boating license if required Don’t allow more than the maximum people on your boat Additionally, you may want to consider a boating safety course. This will give you…

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Immediate Steps to Take After a Car Accident

February 22, 2022  |  Adriel B. Villarreal

Getting into a car accident is stressful and scary, but taking the proper steps following the crash makes all the difference, especially when it comes time to deal with the insurance companies. After you’ve gathered yourself and taken a few deep breaths, the next steps are crucial and will ensure your personal injury legal defense has the upper hand. Continue reading to learn how to make the process easier when it comes time to talk with insurance companies. Medical Attention The first step should always be ensuring all parties involved in the accident are safe and receiving the necessary medical attention. If you don’t have a cell phone near you, make sure a pedestrian nearby calls 911. Next, if there are no notable injuries, any vehicles that are blocking traffic should be moved to the side of the road. Take Detailed Notes Taking detailed notes will ensure clear, concise records of the events. Sometimes it may take months for insurance companies to wrap up your case, and without a clear recollection of the accident, you may miss vital details. To ensure your notes cover the necessary information, make sure they include: Pre-Accident Details – These notes should include where you were headed to; both the direction and location, what direction the other vehicle involved in the…

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Personal Injury Liability Rules: Dog Bites

April 28, 2021  |  Adriel B. Villarreal

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the U.S. Eighty-one percent of all dog bite victims are children and 10 percent of total victims require hospitalization. While the statistics are quite alarming, knowing what to do from a legal perspective if you’re bitten can help if your case goes to court. Read our blog as we discuss personal injury liability rules for dog bites. Minnesota’s dog bite law A dog bite victim may be entitled to compensation under a special statute and the doctrines of negligence under state law. The Minnesota dog bite law in Section 347.22 of the Minnesota Statutes states that an injured person can hold a dog owner liable for injuries caused by the dog if: the person was lawfully in the place where he or she was bitten – such as public property or lawfully on private property, and the person was “acting peaceably,” and the person did not provoke the dog. The law applies to any damages caused by a dog – attacks or injuries – including dog bites and other dog-related behaviors. For example, if a dog jumps on a person causing that person to fall, they could seek damages under the Minnesota…

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