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.
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.
Not all work-related injuries are linked to a single distinct event, such as an accident. The daily grind of many jobs may lead to a cumulative stress injury that can be debilitating. Many people may have heard of carpal tunnel syndrome, a common repetitive strain injury in today's workforce. However, repetitive stress injuries can affect many areas of the neck, back, shoulders and limbs.
Attorneys Bird and Stevens were selected as Super Lawyers in Minnesota in 2017. Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Minnesota via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research, and peer evaluation. To read the entire 2017 Minnesota Super Lawyers Magazine, click here.
Chad, a Bird, Jacobsen & Stevens client, and his girlfriend Dasia were on their motorcycle when they were struck by a vehicle on July 13. Chad suffered broken bones and burns to his body. Dasia suffered a broken arm. ABC 6 News - KAAL TV caught with up Chad and Dasia. Click here for the interview. Charges against the driver will likely be filed this week. As discussed in a previous blog, motorcycle accidents continue to rise in Minnesota.
Motorcycles continue to gain in popularity. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) says that in the number of individuals with a valid motorcycle license endorsement at the end of the 2015 calendar year (the latest data available) included the largest number of people in history. State officials also note that injuries and traffic fatalities involving motorcycle riders and their passengers have also increased significantly. In 2015, for instance, fatalities jumped 33 percent over the previous year, with overall motorcyclist injuries jumping roughly 10 percent.
Today, the Minnesota Supreme Court rendered a decision in Montemayor v. Sebright Products, Inc. The case involved an individual, Nereus Montemayor, who was injured while working on a hog farm near Claremont, Minnesota. Montemayor was trying to clear a jam out of a high density extruder used to process hog feed when a defect allowed a plenum inside the extruder to come down with force. Montemayor's legs were crushed during the incident.
In two previous blog posts, we discussed the compensation available in a personal injury case. The first blog post focused on special damages. As you may recall, special damages are damages that compensate an injured person for quantifiable monetary loss. For example, the cost of medical care is an item of special damages. Special damages can be past or future.
In a previous post, we kicked off a blog series discussing the compensation available to someone who suffers an injury as a result of someone else's fault. The previous blog provided an overview of the United States tort system, discussed damages generally, and delved into the concept of special damages.