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What are the qualifications for a civil trial specialist in Minnesota?

When you’re injured and need to consider going to trial, whom you choose for legal representation matters greatly.

In theory, any attorney who is licensed to practice in the state of Minnesota can represent you in a civil trial. But the depth and breadth of experience of a Civil Trial Specialist assures you of a certain well-developed skill set for going into the courtroom.

Attaining certification as a Civil Trial Specialist is therefore a special designation that some attorneys choose to pursue to demonstrate their experience and qualifications to their clients and the court.

Autonomous vehicles, part 2: Who pays for injuries from a crash?

Vehicle manufacturers are working with tech companies to put more fully autonomous cars on the roads in the next years. But who will be held responsible for the crashes that will still occur?

Our last post explained the five levels of autonomous driving capability from minimal assistance with acceleration and braking to full automation. Now we offer several theories of liability when things go wrong and these vehicles do serious harm.

What are the signs of a brain injury after an accident?

In the moments after a motor vehicle accident, drivers and passengers will assess the situation to make sure no one is hurt. No wounds mean everyone is OK, right?

Unfortunately, car crashes can often cause injuries that aren't immediately identifiable - even for the injured person. One of the most common injuries that occurs after an accident is a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

How to know when a company has failed to warn

If you've been injured by a product, it can be difficult to know whether you have a claim against the manufacturer that the product was defective. This is especially difficult when you're facing the medical bills that come along with the injury.

In a search for how it all happened, it may become clear that the company who designed the product did not give proper warnings to prevent the injury.

Here are the things courts often look for when deciding if a manufacturer provided proper warnings.

Are there effective treatments for serious back injuries?

Back problems are an ever-present reality for millions of Americans. Chronic back pain is the most common reason for missed work in the U.S. and the leading cause of disability worldwide.

To be sure, not all of this is caused by traumatic injuries. But when a car crash or some other jarring event causes a blow to the back, it can cause all sorts of serious issues, such as ruptured disks and fractures that can damage the spinal cord.

How can you tell when you should seek treatment for back pain and what treatments are available?

Self-driving cars, part 1: How autonomous are they?

Self-driving vehicles potentially offer a tremendous upside. They could lower the cost of transportation, decrease congestion, reduce emissions and increase mobility for disabled individuals, elderly and hundreds of thousands of others who are unable to drive for a variety of reasons.

But all sorts of questions remain to be resolved, both technological and legal, before autonomous vehicles become widely used.

In this two-part post, we will tackle two of those issues. How are autonomous vehicles defined? And what types of liability questions are likely to arise as such vehicles become more common?

Should I give the other driver my insurance company information?

Regardless of who hit whom, getting into a car accident can be a nightmare. From seemingly minor fender-benders to more significant collisions, it can seem like there are simply too many details to keep track of.

No matter what happened, the time after the collision can be critical. It's the one time when all the people and property involved in the collision are in the same place at the same time.

Here's what you need to know about exchanging information at the scene of a car accident.

3 mistakes that could harm your personal injury claim

If you've sustained a serious injury from negligence or malpractice, you know how stressful the consequences can be. The injury may leave you unable to work or with big medical bills. It may even be life-altering, in all sorts of ways.

You may decide that your next step is filing a personal injury claim. The process can seem daunting at first, and you must be careful not to make mistakes that could get your claim rejected.

What are some common mistakes that could harm your personal injury claim? We will discuss three errors to avoid in this post.

5 most common medical errors in Minnesota

Hospitals are supposed to be a place where we go for much-needed medical care. Many doctors and nurses do amazing work, but medical errors are still far too common.

In Minnesota alone, there were 341 adverse events reported in 2017.

What are the most common adverse events in Minnesota? We will discuss them in this post.

Who can bring a wrongful death lawsuit in Minnesota?

Even when a loved on passes away too early, leaving you with a wrongful death claim, there's no amount of money that can bring that person back or get you back to where you were before they passed. Bringing a wrongful death claim can, however, help bring closure and a small sense of justice to the process.

The process of bringing a wrongful deal claim can seem difficult and confusing. Especially since Minnesota limits who can bring a wrongful death claim and what that claim covers.

Here are four FAQs about who can bring a wrongful death claim in Minnesota.

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