Resources for Self-Help

Minnesota Personal Injury Attorneys

When you have been injured as the result of someone else's wrongful conduct, there are many steps you can take on your own to protect your interests. At the law office of Harper & Peterson, P.L.L.C., in Woodbury, Minnesota, we welcome the opportunity to provide assistance and resources to people who want to help themselves after a personal injury. This page includes links to online resources. To obtain additional information, contact our offices by e-mail or call us at 651-738-8539 (toll free at 651-738-8539 ).

Resources for Self-Help in Personal Injury Claims

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Resources:

  1. American Academy of Neurology
  2. Brain Injury Association of America (contains links to affiliated state Brain Injury Associations)
  3. Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
  4. Synapse, Inc. (formerly the Brain Injury Association of Queensland)
  5. Brain Injury Ring. (This site consists of brain injury resources as well as the homepages of caregivers, friends, family and survivors of Acquired and Traumatic Brain Injuries (ABI/TBI). The goal is to serve as a resource to this online community as well as to educate people about brain injuries.)
  6. North American Brain Injury Society (primarily meant for professional members involved in the care or issues surrounding brain injury, although the site does include brain injury facts and a list of helpful publications that can be ordered)
  7. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Traumatic Brain Injury
  8. Coma/Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery Association, Inc.
  9. Brain Injury Resource Center
  10. Headway – The Brain Injury Association
  11. Life with TBI – Resource-filled site that centers on surviving traumatic brain injury. Dan Windheim shares his own story of TBI through writings and poetry, offers a place for feedback, and has a question and answer section to deal with the more severe issues of TBI.
  12. Traumatic Brain Injury National Resource Center – This Resource Center from Virginia Commonwealth University provides relevant, practical information for professionals, persons with brain injury and family members. The site provides resources, a chat room, ideas, and gives information on training and conferences.
  13. American Association of Neurological Surgeons – Provides online neurosurgical information
  14. Brain – A Journal of Neurology – From Oxford University Press Journals, this publication is intended primarily for researchers and clinicians, and features leading studies in neurological science and practical clinical articles.
  15. The Neuroscience Center of Indianapolis
  16. Neurotrauma Law Nexus – Provides a guide and resources to facilitate understanding of the legal system's role in brain injury and spinal cord injury and features.
  17. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) — This office of the U.S. Department of Education provides a wide array of support to parents and individuals, school districts, and states in the areas of special education, vocational rehabilitation and research.
  18. Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation – Through research and education, this center develops programs to improve the quality of life of persons who experience traumatic brain injury.
  19. Brain Injury Association of New South Wales (BIANSW) — An organization dedicated to serving all persons affected by acquired brain injury — those with acquired brain injuries, family members, friends, professionals and the broader community.

Miscellaneous Medical Resources

  1. MedWatch – The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program – This program of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration provides clinically important safety information relating to drugs and medical devices. It also allows consumers to complete online reports of serious adverse events, product quality problems, product use errors or therapeutic inequivalence/failures that they suspect are associated with the use of an FDA-regulated drug, biologic, medical device, dietary supplement or cosmetic. Consumers can also report suspected counterfeit medical products to the FDA through MedWatch.
  2. Mayo Clinic Health Information – Contains information about diseases and conditions, symptoms, drugs and supplements, tests and procedures, healthy living, and first aid.
  3. National Center for Biotechnology Information – Provides access to biomedical and genomic information.
  4. American Board of Medical Specialties – Provides information about board certification and an online tool to find out if your physician is board certified, as well as other health resources.
  5. Minnesota Hospital Price Check – Website where consumers can review and compare price information for the 50 most common inpatient hospitalizations and the 25 most common same-day procedures at their local hospitals.
  6. Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association (MCHA) — The MCHA offers policies of individual health insurance to Minnesota residents who have been turned down for health insurance coverage in the private marketplace because they have a pre-existing health condition.
  7. UpToDate® — Website that allows patients to learn more about their medical condition and explore their treatment options using the same resource used by more than 450,000 clinicians around the world.
  8. National Alliance on Mental Illness – Provides easy-to-understand information about mental illnesses, mental health care, diagnosis, treatment and recovery, and offers programs and services for people whose lives have been affected by serious mental illness. Visit the website or call the Information Helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (1-800-950-6264).
  9. National Suicide Prevention Hotline – Visit the website or call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).
  10. Foscam Wireless IP CameraSmartphone compatible IP camera with remote monitoring ability — The Foscam FI8918W Wireless IP Camera features high-quality video and audio, pan/tilt, remote Internet viewing, motion detection, night-vision as well as a built in network video recording system. In addition, it is smartphone compatible (iPhone, Android and Blackberry) as well as viewable over the Internet network using the standard Safari browser (no app necessary). The camera functions well as an iPhone baby monitor or as part of a home or office security system with remote internet monitoring ability. Gives the user the ability to monitor an elderly or physically impaired friend or relative remotely to ensure his or her safety. The Live Cams Pro app for the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch allows you to remotely view and control the camera.

Sources of Weather Information

  1. Minnesota Climatology Working Group – Site where you can obtain historical weather information to establish weather conditions at a specific Minnesota location at the time a motor vehicle crash occurred.
  2. NOAA's Sunrise/Sunset Calculator – Allows a user to determine the latitude and longitude of a site and then calculate the sunrise and/or sunset on a particular day. This is useful to help support or defeat a driver's claim that the sun blinded him or her and contributed to a car crash.
  3. National Climatic Data Center – This site promotes itself as the "World's Largest Archive of Climate Data," allowing a user to obtain both free and fee-based products and services.

Motor Vehicle Safety Information/Defective Product Research

  1. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) – Provides information on driving and vehicle safety, research, data, laws and regulations, and vehicle recalls.
  2. Safercar.gov – Provides vehicle safety information, recall information, and allows consumers to post online complaints.
  3. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER) System — Offers company safety data and related services to the trucking industry and the public.
  4. The Internet Archive Wayback Machine – Contains more than 150 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago. It allows users to enter any website address and then search for older website pages that have since been replaced with updated content. This is particularly useful for finding information about specific consumer products on the product manufacturer's website.

Resources for Crime Victims

  1. The Minnesota Attorney General's office
  2. The Washington County Attorney's office
  3. The Ramsey County Attorney's office
  4. The Hennepin County Attorney's office
  5. Office for Victims of Crime, Directory of Crime Victim Services – Provides links to crime victim services across the country.
  6. National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards – Helps victims cope with the costs of crime and contains links to every state's compensation program.
  7. National Domestic Violence Hotline — Visit the website for resources or call 1-800-799-SAFE (7223) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).
  8. National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline – Visit the website for resources or call the 24/7 phone line at 1-866-331-9474 or 1-866-331-8453 (TTY).
  9. WomensLaw.org – A project of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, which provides legal information and support to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
  10. Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) — Visit the website and online hotline or call the 24/7 National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).
  11. The Trevor Project – National organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth; visit website or call 1-866-488-7386.
  12. Identity Theft Resource Center – A nonprofit organization sharing resources and offering no-cost victim assistance for victims of ID theft; can also call 1-888-400-5530.
  13. Internet Crime Complaint Center — The IC3 was established as a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) to serve as a means to receive Internet-related criminal complaints and to further research, develop and refer the criminal complaints to federal, state, local or international law enforcement and/or regulatory agencies for any investigation they deem to be appropriate.
  14. Childhelp® — An organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect.
  15. National Child Abuse Hotline – 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)
  16. National Center on Elder Abuse – Visit the website or call 1-800-677-1116.
  17. Parents of Murdered Children – Provides ongoing emotional support, education, prevention, advocacy and awareness to survivors of homicide victims.
  18. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) – Visit the website or call the 24-hour Victim Services Helpline at 1-877-MADD-HELP (1-877-623-3435).
  19. National Runaway Switchboard – Visit the website or call 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929).

Investigative Resources

  1. Minnesota Trial Court Public Access – Search online for criminal, traffic, civil, family, and probate case records, judgments, and the court calendar.
  2. Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Public Criminal History search tool — Available public information includes: offense, court of conviction, date of the conviction and sentence information. NOTE: You must know the subject's date of birth to use this search tool.
  3. Minnesota Methamphetamine Offender Registry
  4. Minnesota Level 3 Predatory Offender Locator — Online tool allows you to search for Level 3 predatory sexual offenders by zip code, name, city or county, and provides a color photograph and detailed information about the offender.
  5. Minnesota Department of Corrections Offender Locator – Allows you to search for information on individuals who have been committed to the Commissioner of Corrections and who are still under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections (in prison or released from prison but still under supervision)
  6. TLO Online Investigative Systems – Fee-based service that allows you to search for and research people, businesses and assets.

Miscellaneous Government Websites

  1. Regulations.gov — Source for U.S. government regulations and related documents, which allows consumers to find, read and comment on documents.
  2. Minnesota North Star – The official home page for the State of Minnesota, which contains links to other state government websites.
  3. Minnesota Department of Commerce — Provides a wide array of information for consumers and businesses, including licensing information about regulated professions (appraisers, insurance agents, real estate agents, etc.), including continuing education, pre-license procedures; forms; online license lookup; disciplinary action lists; complaint process overview.
  4. Minnesota Department of Commerce, Insurance Division — Contains summary financial information about insurers; enforcement and complaint filing information; enforcement action list; Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association rates; insurance bulletins; list of insurance boards and commissions; consumer tips on auto and health insurance; motor vehicle insurance and self-insurance information.
  5. Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development – Provides information on programs and services for job seekers, businesses and local government.
  6. Minnesota Department of Health – Provides a wide range of information on diseases and conditions, certificates and records, data and statistics, environmental health issues, health care and coverage, prevention and healthy living, etc.
  7. Minnesota Department of Human Rights — The Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) is a neutral state agency that investigates charges of illegal discrimination, ensures that businesses seeking state contracts are in compliance with equal opportunity requirements, and strives to eliminate discrimination by educating Minnesotans about their rights and responsibilities under the state Human Rights Act.
  8. Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry – The MN Dept. of Labor and Industry works to ensure that Minnesota's work and living environments are equitable, healthy and safe. Its website includes information on OSHA requirements, labor standards, workers' compensation, and electrical, plumbing and building contractor licenses. Includes a searchable database to check the licensure status of those occupations requiring licensure.

Contact the Law Office of Harper & Peterson, P.L.L.C.

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