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Who Pays My Medical Bills if I am Hurt in a Car Accident?

In Minnesota, we have a law called the "Minnesota No-Fault Statute." (Minn. Stat. 65B.44). This law provides that all licensed vehicles must carry insurance. The portion that pays your medical bills is called "personal injury protection" or more commonly known as "no-fault" benefits.

Can Posting On Social Media Affect Your Workers' Comp Claim?

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and a host of other social media platforms have become an integral part of daily life for many people. Researchers say that we have an innate desire to share information about our lives with others. Roughly 80 percent of posts listed on social media outlets involve simple comments about a person's recent activities or daily experiences. With the ease of access to post a comment at a moment's notice, many people do not think twice about how the post may be perceived.

Facebook Is Often The Gateway To The World For Injury Victims

Attorney Borgen to Lecture on Recent Supreme Court Decision

In a recent blog, we wrote about how Attorneys Bird and Borgen helped revive an injured worker's claim at the Minnesota Supreme Court. The case involved a man who was seriously injured at work by a defective product. The man's case was dismissed at the district court level because the judge concluded as a matter of law that the man's injury was not foreseeable to the product manufacturer.

Hiring a Lawyer in a Personal Injury Case

If you have been injured at the hands of someone else, you may have a personal injury claim. The question becomes--how do I hold the wrongdoer responsible for my injuries? The simple answer is to hire a competent personal injury lawyer that is not afraid to go to trial if need be.

Common Workplace Hazards for Health Care Professionals

No matter how many precautions they take, health care professionals face several hazards on a daily basis while doing their job. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 56,000 work-related illnesses and injuries in U.S. hospitals in 2013. Here is some information about the most common workplace hazards for health care professionals.

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Syngenta Litigation Update: The Case has a Pending Settlement

The Syngenta MIR 162 Corn Litigation has a pending settlement. The settlement, which must be approved by the court, will establish a fund for the submission of claims by eligible claimants who contracted to price corn or corn byproducts after September 15, 2013.

Criminal Damage to Property Charge Dismissed

On Friday, the Olmsted County Attorney's Office dismissed a criminal damage to property charge against one of Attorney Grant Borgen's clients. A jury trial was set to begin this morning, but the Olmsted County Attorney's Office informed Mr. Borgen on Friday that it would not be going forward with the case. This is a great result for the client, who vehemently denied any wrongdoing in this case.

Annual Holiday Party

We mixed things up this year at the annual Bird, Jacobsen & Stevens holiday party. Rather than exchanging gifts with one another, we pooled money to be donated to two charities. The charities were selected by our staff. We are proud to donate $285 to Women's Minnesota Teen Challenge and $250 to Season's Hospice. Happy holidays!

Breaking Down the Sentencing Phase of a Minnesota Criminal Case

In Minnesota, if you plead guilty or are found guilty of a criminal offense, you will have a sentencing hearing where a judge will impose consequences as a result of your criminal behavior. There are a lot of confusing terms that are thrown around during the sentencing phase of criminal case. This blog attempts to break down these terms.

Civil Forfeiture Laws Remain Controversial in Minnesota

Minnesota law allows law enforcement agencies to seize property in a wide range of alleged criminal investigations. That may seem obvious, as property is often evidence that prosecutors intend to use to pursue a conviction. However, there is another side to some seizures. Each year, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors seize cars, cash, computer equipment and other assets under Minnesota asset forfeiture laws.

These procedures have been controversial, and lawmakers have taken several stabs at reforming the state's civil asset forfeiture statutes since 2010. The largest friction point is that the proceeds from any civil asset forfeiture procedure are split between the state government and local agencies. Local police and the county attorney's office, each get a share of the proceeds. However, civil forfeitures have remained fairly steady since 2010.

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Stray Voltage Litigation

Bird, Jacobsen & Stevens has represented many farmers suffering from stray voltage. We understand the law and the science and know how to take on large utilities in the courts.

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