Successful Workers’ Compensation Settlement

Mr. Patterson represented a worker who sustained multiple unreported low back injuries, between 1995 through 2005 with multiple Employers and Insurers. Mr. Patterson obtained expert testimony from an orthopedic surgeon who provided his opinion that…

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Truck Driver with Traumatic Brain Injury Continues to Receive Benefits

Mr. Patterson represented a truck driver who sustained multiple orthopedic injuries and a traumatic brain injury as a result of a single vehicle accident. The workers' compensation insurer contended the Employee suffered from a personal…

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Dog Owners liable for Injuries Caused by Dog

Minnesota Statute § 347.22 mandates that an owner is liable to the full amount of the injury sustained if a dog injures any person who is acting peaceably in any place where the person may lawfully be.  Case law makes it clear that application of the statute is not limited to vicious attacks.  The statute […]

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Hit and Run Cases and Accidents caused by an Unidentified or Phantom Vehicle.

"Uninsured motorist coverage” (also known as UM coverage) pursuant to Minnesota law explicitly includes a hit and run motor vehicle.” Minn. Stat. § 65B.43, subd. 18. Caselaw has held that the term "hit-and-run” is synonymous…

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Children’s Cases: Special rules apply to civil claims brought on behalf of minors

Anytime the plaintiff in a civil lawsuit is a minor (under 18), there are special rules which must be kept in mind.  Minnesota Statutes require certain procedures be followed when handling such a claim.  These…

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Texting Banned For Commercial Truck and Bus Drivers

In January 2010 the U.S Transportation Secretary announced federal guidance to expressly prohibit texting by drivers of commercial vehicles such as large trucks and buses.   Truck and bus drivers who text while driving commercial vehicles…

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New law concerning texting while driving

TEXTING WHILE DRIVING Text-messaging, emailing or accessing the Web on a wireless device while driving — including while stopped in traffic — is illegal on Minnesota roads effective August 1. The violation can cost up…

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Livestock in road causes serious accident.

Location :: Faribault Mike had driven that road a million times, but he had never encountered a horse in the middle of the road. The accident shattered his hip and arm, costing him a whole…

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Wrist injury threatens computer career.

Location :: Rochester Kara was a single mom worried about how she would ever put her two young girls through college someday. She put herself back through school, earning a computer programming degree and beginning…

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Passenger paralyzed in single vehicle rollover.

Location :: Burnsville Dawn was a passenger in a pickup driven by her husband, Don. While traveling home from a weekend with family Don fell asleep at the wheel and the truck left the interstate…

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