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Key elements of a slip-and-fall claim

When you have an accident that is not your fault, it may be possible to seek compensation. Especially in a slip-and-fall accident due to dangerous conditions, a claim may be valid and provide the type of financial recompense you need and deserve.

To have a successful case, it is important you fully understand the process. There are a few key elements of a slip-and-fall claim.

What damages could you be entitled to in a wrongful death case?

When you learn that a loved one has unexpectedly died, it is understandably difficult to process the news and adjust to the absence in your life. In addition to your grief, you will likely need to deal with financial distress and a spike in expenses as a result of the loss. If another’s recklessness or malice was to blame for your loved one’s death, the courts should hold the responsible party liable.

In many cases, filing a wrongful death lawsuit is the best option for recourse following a tragic loss. Many families have questions, though, regarding what such a case might cover and how it can mitigate the impact of a loved one’s death. The following are three items that a suit may potentially cover.

Minimizing distractions while you are on the roads

One of the most common reasons you could end up in a car accident in Minnesota is distraction. You could be texting someone, reading a reply, getting ready to call someone or have your mind on something other than driving and the roads. These distracting driving behaviors and others can increase your risk of collision and even death. 

With car accidents being a leading source of traumatic brain and incapacitation injuries, you should avoid driving while distracted as much as possible. Even though your commute may seem boring at times, the risk of entertainment and occupation are not worth losing your life. Take a few moments to review the following ways to avoid distracted driving. 

Solo Practitioner of the Month Stephen D. Gabrielson

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Types of liability in a product case

When you purchase a product, you expect to be able to use it as intended. However, what do you do when the product has a harmful defect or malfunctions?

There are a few different types of liability you may pursue in a product case. Depending on who you plan to sue, a certain type of liability may apply. Make sure you understand the difference to best represent your case.

Avoiding drowsy driving

Many law-abiding, risk-averse drivers get behind the wheel unaware that their actions might be factually, if not legally, equivalent to driving drunk. Lack of sleep can affect the body in ways similar to drinking alcohol, increasing the likelihood of getting into an accident.

When most people think of sleep deprivation, they imagine someone who has not slept for over 24 hours. Of course, this extreme lack of sleep tends to have dramatic effects and can lead to the headlines you see about crashes happening because the driver literally fell asleep while driving.

Summer driving dangers you should be on guard against

Summer is here, and the roads are overflowing with motorists. As you get ready to travel to work or vacation this season, take some time to learn about some common driving dangers you may encounter. Even if you are normally a defensive driver, you have a higher risk of being in a car accident during the summer months. 

Here is a brief overview of driving hazards that can put you in harm's way. 

What to do after a car crash in Minnesota

As you travel along your usual route to work or school, one moment of carelessness by a negligent driver can throw your whole life into turmoil. In the face of emotional and physical trauma from a car accident, many people feel lost as they try to handle the aftermath.

Knowing some basic steps to take after your accident can help you start picking up the pieces. You need to take care of your health and safety while also considering your financial future.

Spring Is An Especially Dangerous Time To Be On A Farm

Spring is an especially busy time for farmers throughout central Minnesota. In addition to completing daily chores and tasks like milking cows and feeding livestock, many farmers and farm workers are also tilling fields, planting crops and tending to the special needs of young livestock. With so much to do in such a short amount of time, area farm workers often rise early and work well past sunset. Unfortunately, this demanding schedule can result in even the most safety-conscious individual making mistakes that can result in accidents and injuries.

When it comes to farm safety, it's important to be vigilant year-round. However, being aware of safety hazards is especially important in the spring.

Staying safe when sharing the road with trucks

Even experienced drivers can have a moment of worry when they find themselves on the road close to an 18-wheeler. If this is you, you are smart to worry. Large commercial trucks present several dangers ordinary passenger vehicles do not.

Big rigs can contribute to crashes due to their large size and heavy mass, both of which make it harder for trucks to turn or slow down. These factors also tend to increase the severity of any accident where the truck becomes involved. Taking some safety precautions can help other drivers cut down on the likelihood of suffering a car accident with a large truck.

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