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Attorney Borgen Recognized as 2018 North Star Lawyer

Attorney Grant Borgen has been recognized as a 2018 North Star Lawyer. This designation is provided to Minnesota State Bar Association members who provide 50 or more hours of pro-bono legal services per year to low-income persons. This is his third time receiving this award. 

Attorney Danielle Bird Joins Bird, Jacobsen & Stevens

Bird, Jacobsen & Stevens, P.C. is pleased to announce that Danielle Bird has joined the firm. Danielle will focus her practice on Workers' Compensation and Civil Litigation. Bird, Jacobsen & Stevens, P.C. is also pleased to announce the opening of an office in Bloomington, MN. Danielle will be based primarily out of the Bloomington office. Danielle is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and William Mitchell College of Law. Danielle previously worked for SiebenCarey. 

Can An Injured Worker Get Both Workers' Comp And SSDI?

Suffering an injury on the job can affect a worker's ability to earn a paycheck for an extended period of time. Many workers are aware of the workers' compensation system in Minnesota. Getting proper medical care, rehabilitation and compensation to cover a portion of lost wages during physical recovery are critical after a serious work injury. In some instances, however, an injury may be permanently disabling -- making it impossible for an individual to return to work. In these situations, it may be possible to obtain Social Security Disability benefits, as well as workers' compensation benefits.

Workers' compensation is essentially a state governed program to provide benefits to injured workers to allow them to recover and get back to work. Benefits may provide for a portion of the worker's lost wages, medical care, rehabilitation, vocational training and temporary or permanent disability. However, the program is not necessarily geared toward ongoing benefits after the worker has reached maximum medical improvement.

Three top forklift accidents involving injuries

Powered industrial trucks are important machines in many occupations. Forklifts are common in warehouse settings, fulfillment centers, loading docks, meatpacking facilities and a range of other industrial settings. The timesaving machines allow workers to move large objects, pallets of goods and hazardous materials with less risk of injury from heavy lifting.

Roughly 100 workplace fatalities and more than 35,000 serious injuries are linked to forklift accidents each year, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Inexperience or improper training accounts for many accidents. However, even skilled and experienced operators can be involved in workplace accidents. Forklift accidents can lead to serious and catastrophic injuries for operators and bystanders. Common forklift accidents include:

Minnesota Court of Appeals Rejects Incorrect Hyper-Technical Basis for Traffic Stop in DWI Case

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures. A police officer who stops and detains a person momentarily to investigate suspected criminal activity has not been unreasonably seized if the officer can articulate specific and reasonable facts to warrant detention. Generally speaking, in Minnesota, an officer may constitutionally stop a motor vehicle if the officer reasonably suspects that the driver has violated Minnesota's traffic law.

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