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Can you still sue if you were injured during a dangerous activity?

Some activities inherently come with a certain amount of danger. But the adrenaline rush of rushing down a snow-covered mountain on skis or playing football goes way beyond watching it all on TV.

Generally, the risks that go with dangerous activities can sometimes get in the way of an injury claim. While the injuries can still be traumatizing, taking a tumble down a ski slope is something you can anticipate when you decide to try skiing. This is the legal principle of "assumption of risk."

There are, however, times when you are participating in a dangerous activity and you are injured in a way that is not part of that assumption. Here are some key things to know about injury claims and participation in a dangerous activity.

What restrictions do Minnesota and Wisconsin impose on the use of electronic devices while driving?

Restrictions on the use of cell phones while driving vary considerably by state. For example, 16 states, the District of Columbia and three U.S. territories prohibit all hand-held phone use by drivers.

Neither Minnesota nor Wisconsin is one of those 16 states. But both Minnesota and Wisconsin do have various restrictions on using electronic devices in the car. In this post, we will inform you about some of the most important.

Can more than one party be responsible for a truck accident?

Experiencing a truck accident is frightening. You may have severe injuries that keep you from doing the things that you love. You may also be haunted by memories of the crash every time you get behind the wheel.

Depending on the situation for the accident, it may be easy to show the trucker's fault. Further investigation may reveal, however, that more than one party was to blame for the damage the trucker caused in the accident.

These are the parties that could potentially be liable in your truck accident claim.

How are damages measured in a wrongful death lawsuit in Minnesota?

Dealing with and understanding the death of a loved one is difficult no matter what the situation. When their death is from an injury or illness caused by another, that process can be even harder.

A lot goes into figuring out the amount of damages that can be awarded in a wrongful death case. It can be a complex calculation and fighting for the right amount can become a lengthy process.

Here is what you need to know about measuring wrongful death damages in Minnesota.

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?

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