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February 2017 Archives

How is FELA different from workers' compensation?

Due to the 1908 Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), railroad workers fall under different rules in the event of workplace injury. The labor-intensive industry is vulnerable to injury but anyone who does get hurt is ineligible to file for workers' compensation, which is the dominant compensation system in the US workplace.

Railroad workers can suffer PTSD after an accident

Railroad work takes a certain amount of grit and determination. This is because working on a railroad in Minneapolis can expose an employee to many physical dangers. However, one danger associated with railroad work that may not be so obvious is the infliction of emotional trauma following an accident.

5 steps to take after a hit-and-run accident

If you have been in a car accident, you expect the other driver to stick around, make sure you are okay and exchange information to pay for damages caused. There are times when drivers will hit another car and then drive off, which is known as hit-and-run accidents. Some leave because they are uninsured, and others leave because they may be under the influence of drugs or simply because they do not want to deal with the hassle of a car accident. If you were seriously injured in the accident, this can create problems regarding your financial future. When you are involved in a hit-and-run accident, make sure to follow these steps.

Train accident results in new railroad safety measures

Minnesota residents may remember the serious oil train accident that occurred in 2013 in neighboring North Dakota, in the city of Casselton. The National Transportation Safety Board has recently issued its final report on this accident. Per this report, the NTSB recognizes that the wreck did result in safety improvements, however, more needs to be done to address the issue of oil train safety.

When can property owners be liable for slip & fall accidents?

Whether it is due to a spill on a grocery store floor, an icy sidewalk or a broken step, thousands of individuals in Minneapolis and nationwide will injure themselves in slip-and-fall accidents in 2017. These injuries can sometimes be severe, necessitating extensive medical care and keeping the person from being able to work until the injury is healed. When that happens, a person may want to consider pursuing legal action against the property owner in order to obtain financial compensation. However, it is not always easy to prove that the property owner should be responsible for such incidents.

Protections for injured rail employees

Railroad workers are confronted with various potential safety hazards in their work environment. Unlike most injured workers, rail employees are not able to file for workers' compensation. Instead, rail employees are covered by the Federal Employers Liability Act. Injured rail employees have a lot of questions about this law and their options for recovering damages. The following provides answers to those questions.

Three Minnesota high school students hit by pickup truck

The iconic big yellow school buses are a common sight on Minnesota streets in the morning. School buses have a number of safety features, including a stop arm, to protect both students and other vehicles. When the stop arm is deployed, vehicles need to stop and obey it, just as they would obey any other stop sign. However, some drivers fail to do so, and the result can be catastrophic.

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