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Will a settlement consider a crash's impact on a family?

It's devastating to find out that your spouse has been badly hurt in a traffic accident. You rely on them, so your family's situation is going to change as a result of this collision.

There may be a real role reversal after a crash like this, especially if it involves the breadwinner. You may already work but need to increase your hours. You could also find that you don't have the opportunity to work because you have to stay home to care for your spouse as they recover.

Be prepared for cold weather by understanding hypothermia

Cold weather can be a huge danger to workers who are just trying to finish a job. It's particularly dangerous for those who drive for work or who have to work outside in the elements.

In cold or freezing temperatures, there are a few different weather hazards that have to be monitored. Some include:

  • Wind chill
  • Temperature
  • Precipitation

You should hold others responsible when they cause your injuries

When you get hurt, you may not feel like holding others responsible. Maybe you're overwhelmed by what happened. Maybe you feel that the other party is sincerely regretful that you were injured. Whatever the truth may be, it's important that you know one thing: If you're hurt because of someone else's actions, then they should be held liable in most circumstances.

Holding someone liable for causing a car crash or causing injuries to you because of other circumstances doesn't mean that you're personally attacking them. Think of a claim as a simple business arrangement; most people have insurance coverage, and that's what you're accessing when you ask them to cover your losses. Making a claim is simply stating the facts: You were hurt as a result of their actions, and now you need money to cover your losses.

Workplace injuries down in 2018, according to new report

If there is one good piece of news out of Minnesota in 2020, it's that the total number of fatal workplace injuries that took place in 2018 has been reported and decreased over the course of that year. In 2017, there were 101 fatal workplace injuries, while there were 92 in 2016. In 2018, there were 75.

That equals out to a rate of 2.7 fatalities per 100,000 full-time employees within the state. Of course, deaths don't tell the whole story about workplace safety. It's best to look closer at injury rates to see if workers are being safer on the job. The injury and illness rate in Minnesota was at its lowest rate since 1973 in 2018. The state had approximately 3.2 recordable, and nonfatal, workplace illness or injuries in 2018. That's down .1 percent from the previous year.

How can you avoid a crash with deer?

During the winter months, it's not unusual to see deer and other animals roaming near the roadways. They may be traveling to find food or migrating south as the weather gets colder.

While you can't pursue a claim against a deer that causes a crash, you may be able to file a claim if someone tries to avoid one and crashes into you. Over 20,000 crashes can be expected yearly as a result of deer throughout America.

Get the help you need after an air bag's defective deployment

If you're in a crash, one of the things that most people hope will happen is for the air bags to open correctly. When they deploy appropriately, they can prevent much more serious injuries from taking place. For example, a driver's air bag can stop your head from hitting the steering wheel. It can reduce the force with which you impact it, too, since it immediately begins to deflate after deployment.

Air bags can be extremely dangerous, though. Did you know that the standard air bag deploys at around 200 mph? That bag is going to hit you with a lot of force, even though it's designed to help prevent injuries.

Here's how to make your workers' compensation claim

In Minnesota, the workers' compensation claims process is described on the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry's website. It breaks down into a few easy steps.

To start with, any employee who is injured on the job needs to notify their employer and seek medical attention if it's needed. They should then report the injury to the supervisor as quickly as they can if they have not notified their employer. Keep in mind that you have only a short time to report your injury to your employer and pursue workers' compensation. Failing to report the injury within the time allowed by law could mean that you would forfeit your ability to make a claim.

Know your right to workers' compensation in Minnesota

You were working hard on a construction site when you realized that you were losing your footing. You reached out to grab a nearby railing to prevent a fall, but it snapped away in your hands.

A few moments later, you found yourself on your back on the ground. You had hit your head, broken several bones and were in critical condition. It's amazing that you've recovered as much as you have today.

You can get help if you're involved in a rear-end collision

Rear-end crashes are fairly common, especially with the number of distractions people face behind the wheel. On top of this, the winter months make the roads slick, which means that drivers may need even more time to slow down.

Rear-end collisions happen when drivers hit you from behind. They may have been driving too closely to you or have hit an icy patch and been able to slow to a stop behind your vehicle. Whatever the reason is, it's important that you know that you have a right to pursue a claim if they are at fault.

Scarring can limit your movement: Here's why

There are many kinds of personal injuries that you could suffer from, but one issue that is not discussed nearly enough is the impact of scar tissue after you begin to heal.

Did you know that there are several kinds of scar tissue? Depending on the type your body develops, you could have pain and dysfunction long after you heal.

You don't have to deal with the aftermath of an accident alone. Call me at 612-504-5763 to learn how I can help.
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