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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.

Attorney Borgen Recognized as 2017 North Star Lawyer

Attorney Grant Borgen has been recognized as a 2017 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 second time receiving this designation

Recognizing The Symptoms Of A Herniated Disk

Back injuries can cause more than pain for workers. Heavy laborers, construction workers, health care professionals, and office workers alike may lose time from work after suffering a back injury. A herniated disk, for instance, can involve a wide range of symptoms that can impact productivity and even keep a worker off the clock for an extended period of time.

A herniated disk can press against nerves in the spine causing serious pain and other symptoms. In rare cases, the problematic disc can press against a region in the spinal cord known as the cauda equina, which may require emergency surgery to avoid various levels of paralysis. Disk injuries may develop over a period of time due to repetitive stress and strain from pulling, lifting heavy objects, twisting and other movements of the back. Disks may rupture due to an accident. In some situations, degeneration and a discreet accident may result is a back injury.

Firefighters Push To Change Workers' Compensation Law For PTSD

Awareness of the causes and effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome has grown substantially in recent years, especially with regard to our veterans returning from combat. However, many workers in Minnesota face traumatic events while on the job. Health care professionals, security guards and first responders often experience traumatic events while doing their jobs. An armed robbery at a convenience store, a violent incident at any establishment or office building, as well as a life-threatening accident may all trigger PTSD.

Since 2013, Minnesota law has recognized work-related PTSD as a compensable condition under workers' compensation, even if not tied to a personal work-related physical injury. However, workers need to have a valid diagnosis of PTSD and proof that the condition developed from a work-related traumatic incident.

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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