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Settling a Third-Party Claim

It is fairly well known that you have a claim for workers' compensation benefits if you are injured on the job. The primary benefits in a workers' compensation case include wage loss, medical benefits, disability benefits, and retraining benefits, if applicable.

How Safe Are Road Construction Work Zones?

Road construction workers are hoping for better protections to make work zones safer. A recent op-ed article in the Minneapolis StarTribune highlights the dangers that contractors and road construction workers face every day. While Minnesota was once recognized as a leader in safety for road construction workers, the common use of technological devices in cars has increased distractions for motorists. Our face-paced lifestyle has increased the speed at which cars travel on the road, including in work zones. While many factors may be at play in creating hazards for workers, moving vehicles on the highway are a constant threat to road-worker safety.

Work-Zone Accident Stats Are Alarming

What Do I Do If I'm Injured in a Car Accident?

Fortunately, most people have never been injured in a car accident. However, car accidents happen with regular frequency. Because most people have never been injured in a car accident, you may not know what steps to take if you find yourself in this situtation. This blog will help guide you in the right direction.

The Minnesota Supreme Court Paves the Way for Dismissal of Test-Refusal Convictions

In recent years, Minnesota's blood, breath, and urine testing regimen in DWI cases came under fire due to concerns about whether law enforcement officers should obtain a search warrant before obtaining a chemical test. The concern for many was that blood, breath, and urine testing involves a significant intrusion into a person's right to privacy and therefore a warrant should be obtained before a test request. The discomfort of urinating into a cup while someone watches over your shoulder or having a needle stuck into your arm cannot be understated. The issue was particularly problematic in states such as Minnesota, which criminally punishes individuals who refuse to submit to chemical testing in DWI cases.

Factory Work And Food Processing Jobs Carry High Risk For Injury

Factory work, manufacturing jobs, meatpacking occupations and similar industrial professions carry a high risk of injury for workers. Injuries vary widely in industrial settings. Workers may experience hearing loss due to excessive noise in the workplace - in fact, hearing loss is one of the most common forms of occupational injury in the United States. Other hazards may include slippery floors, dangerous heavy machinery, and overexertion - leading to repetitive stress injuries.

Many commentators have called meatpacking one of the most dangerous jobs in America. Meat and poultry workers suffer injuries two-and-a-half times higher than the national average, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. When time away from work due to injury is factored in, food processing workers suffer these more severe injuries three times above the national average.

Statutory Warranties for New Homes and Renovations

Minnesota law provides warranties to purchasers of newly constructed residential homes as well as purchasers of renovations to existing homes that involve major structural changes or additions. The warranties are found in Minnesota Statutes Chapter 327A.

Attorneys Bird and Stevens Recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers

Attorneys Bird and Stevens were recently recognized as Super Lawyers in Minnesota in 2018. Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Minnesota through a patented multiphase selection process, involving peer nomination, independent research, and peer evaluation. To read the entire 2018 Minnesota Super Lawyers Magazine, click here.

ACQUITTED: Stewartville Man Found Not Guilty in Felony Drug Sale Case

On Friday, July 20, 2018, a Fillmore County jury found Bradley Swanson not guilty of four drug charges. During the trial, the Fillmore County Attorney argued that Bradley Swanson conspired with his ex-girlfriend and a minor to grow marijuana in Chatfield, MN. The marijuana grow operation was discovered during a drug raid in May 2017.

Drug and DWI Charges Dismissed Due to Prosecutor's Constitutional Violation

Earlier this week, an Olmsted County judge dismissed four of five charges against Nicholas Loomis, including felony drug and gross misdemeanor DWI charges. The dismissal was based upon the judge's finding that the State of Minnesota, represented by the Olmsted County Attorney's Office, violated Loomis's constitutional right to a speedy trial.

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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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