Jeffrey Montpetit interviewed on Business 1570 the Legal Journal

Personal Injury attorney Jeffrey Montpetit was featured in a radio broadcast on the Business Network station 1570AM in a 60 minute program called the Legal Journal. Hosted by Chris Huberty, Jeffrey spent 30 minutes speaking about automobile accident injury cases, different insurance coverages and how they apply to injury cases and gave helpful advised to people injured in automobile related accidents.
Jeffrey Montpetit is a partner in the law firm. Listen to the broadcast here: http://soundcloud.com/sieben-grose-von-holtum/sets/jeffrey-montpetit-on-the

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Sieben Attorneys Featured on Radio 1570 "Legal Journal" program

Two of our attorneys participated in a radio broadcast on the Business Network station 1570AM in a 60 minute program called the Legal Journal. Hosted by Ross Brindle, the two attorneys answered questions and gave helpful advised to people injured either on the job or through medical negligence.

Michael Scully, a partner in the law firm was featured on the Legal Journal discussing and answering questions about Workers’ Compensation claims and work related injuries. Listen to the broadcast here: http://soundcloud.com/sieben-grose-von-holtum/sets/michael-scully-interviewed-on/

Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice attorney Shannon Carey answered many questions about medical malpractice claims, describing what defines medical malpractice or medical negligence and gave good advice about what people should do if they believe they have been injured through medical negligence. Listen to her broadcast here: http://soundcloud.com/sieben-grose-von-holtum/sets/shannon-carey-on-the-legal

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Meningitis Outbreak: Three Minnesotans Treated

According to the Star Tribune, health officials have confirmed three cases of a rare fungal meningitis linked to a steroid commonly used to ease back pain in Minnesota. In all three cases, the women received injectable steroids that came from a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts.

There are now more than 90 confirmed cases in nine states, including Minnesota, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday. Seven people have died; none in Minnesota. State officials have said they believe about 950 Minnesota patients were treated with the implicated steroid products. They hoped to finish contacting all of the patients by Sunday evening.

The Minnesota health care providers known to have used the implicated drugs are Medical Advanced Pain Specialists in Edina, Fridley, Shakopee and Maple Grove, and the Minnesota Surgery Center in Edina and Maple Grove.
The steroid linked to the outbreak has been recalled, and health officials have been scrambling to notify anyone who may have received an injection of it. The Massachusetts pharmacy has said it is cooperating with investigators.

For more information about these outbreaks, here is a link to the Center for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/outbreaks/meningitis.html

For a list of facilities that were provided with the contaminated steroid please follow this link: http://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis-facilities-map.html

For more information or if you have concerns that you may be infected, please contact me by phone (763-421-9575) or by email matt.steinbrink@knowyourrights.com.

Matt Steinbrink
2150 Third Avenue North

Anoka, Minnesota 55303

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Safety and Insurance Tips for Motorcycle Riders

Motorcycle Riders Face Special Challenges

Common sense tells us that motorcycling is simply more dangerous than driving a car. Aside from four wheels over two, cars are equipped with numerous safety features including seat belts, air bags and a surrounding structure that protects occupants in a crash. Motorcycles are also less visible to other drivers, and require more mental and physical skill to operate safely. Finally, motorcyclists are more vulnerable to bad weather and hazardous road conditions.

Not surprisingly with motorcycle ownership at an all-time high, injuries and deaths are also on the rise. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatalities nearly doubled from 2,294 in 1998 to 4,502 in 2010. Injuries also shot up from 49,000 in 1998 to 90,000 in 2009. Yet, deaths in auto and light truck accidents are at an all-time low. Aside from the inherent dangers of motorcycling, riding without a helmet, while intoxicated or speeding are often cited as contributing factors as well.

Insurance May Not Cover Personal Injury

After strapping on your helmet, the next best protection you can have in case of a motorcycle accident is insurance. While all 50 states require minimum insurance coverage to operate a motorcycle, be aware that the minimums may not adequately protect you in a serious accident. Like any type of insurance, how much you'll need will depend on many different factors including the type of bike you own, how often you ride, your marital status, your personal assets and your budget.

Liability covers bodily injury and property damage that you may cause to others involved in an accident. Other coverages include uninsured or underinsured motorists, which covers personal injury and damages caused by the driver of another vehicle who either does not have insurance or does not have sufficient coverage; collision, which covers physical damage to the motorcycle involved in a crash with an object, tree or another vehicle; comprehensive, which covers a loss from non-collision sources like theft, vandalism, fire or hail; and medical payments or personal injury protection (PIP), which covers physical injuries to the rider and passenger.

Beyond liability, your first priority should be the coverages that pay you – and your passenger – for medical treatment, lost wages and other damages. These include uninsured/underinsured and PIP. Note, however, that the risks associated with motorcycling often make it very expensive to increase these coverages. In some cases, for example, PIP may not even be available or be so expensive that it is out of reach for most individuals. As with purchasing any type of insurance, seek the advice of a qualified advisor and carefully review policies from several different insurers.

Preventing Motorcycle Accidents – Tips for Riders and Drivers

To help combat the growing safety issues with motorcycles, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation has set out to improve safety through education, training and licensing. Since 1974, about 6 million motorcyclists have taken MSF training courses.
The Foundation offers the following tips for riders and drivers (download) to help prevent motorcycle accidents.

For Riders:

•Be Properly Trained and Licensed – Half of all riders have never taken a proper safety class. Take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic Rider Course and some states will waive the written portion of the motorcycle endorsement test.

•Wear a Helmet – The facts are irrefutable: helmets prevent fatalities an estimated 37 percent of the time for drivers, and 41 percent for passengers in motorcycle accidents, according to the NHTSA. And aside from being smart, it’s the law in 19 states and the District of Columbia.

•Never Drink and Drive – In 2010, 33 percent of cycling fatalities involved riders who were legally intoxicated.

•Ride Within Your Skill Limits and Obey Traffic Laws – Don’t ride faster or farther than your abilities will allow.

•Be a Lifelong Learner – Take advanced courses to brush up on the basics and keep improving your skills.

For Drivers:

•Watch for Motorcyclists – Motorcyclists are smaller than other vehicles and often harder to see. In 41 percent of the fatal accidents reported in 2008, a vehicle made a left turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle.

•Focus on Driving – Motorcyclists are easy to miss even when you are paying attention. Studies show that distracted drivers simply don't see certain objects like signs, motorcyclists and pedestrians. Hang up the cell phone or mobile device.

•Give Motorcyclists Enough Room – Maintain a safe distance between your car and a motorcycle and don’t change lanes too close. What would be a minor fender bender between two cars could easily be fatal to a motorcyclist.

•Use Your Turn Signals – For everyone’s safety, use your turn signals. It is also the law.

•Keep Trash in the Car – Road debris can kill a rider. And don't throw cigarette butts out of your car either.

If you have any questions feel free to stop by my Lakeville law office, email me at art@knowyourrights.com or call me at 952-469-2288.

Art Kosieradzki
Attorney at Law
20876 Holyoke Avenue
Lakeville, MN 55044

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Wrongful Death Damages

In wrongful death actions, family members may be entitled to “pecuniary” damages. The court determines the proportionate pecuniary (money) loss among the family members and orders distribution accordingly.

Pecuniary loss may include expenses incurred by the death of the victim (funeral, medical, etc.); loss of future earnings anticipated over the lifetime of the victim; benefits lost due to the victim’s death (medical insurance, pension, 401K, etc.); loss of companionship, and the care or protection lost to the survivors as a result of the death. In some cases, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the person or corporation causing the death.

Note that in wrongful death cases, the survivors are not recovering damages on behalf of the deceased. For example, the pain and suffering of the deceased would not be the basis of recovery in a wrongful death action.

If you have lost a family member and are wondering about your rights, contact one of the wrongful death attorneys in our firm. We have decades of experience in pursuing claims under wrongful death statutes.

Jim Carey
Attorney At Law

Sieben, Grose, Von Holtum & Carey
800 Marquette Avenue, Suite 900
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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