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Minnesota patients have the right of informed consent

Minnesota has some of the finest health facilities in the country, and every day procedures occur without incident in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Not all procedures and courses of treatment are without risks, however. How do physicians and patients manage these risks?

Under Minnesota state law, competent patients in Minnesota have the right to prior consent to any medical or surgical treatment with certain exceptions. In order to fulfill the requirements of the law, health providers should secure the written, informed consent of the patient. The information should be presented in easily understood layman's terms.

What must be proved in a negligence case against a drunk driver?

It's bad enough to suffer injury as a result of another person's negligence. If the negligence in question is drunk driving - preventable simply by not driving when drunk - the injuries suffered seem that much more unfortunate.

If a person in Minneapolis has been injured because of another's drunk driving, how does the victim recover damages in a lawsuit? There are a number of theories of negligence available to plaintiffs. If drunk driving is the theory that a plaintiff and their attorney choose to use, there are a number of things which must be proved in court.

What must be proved for a successful truck accident injury claim

Perhaps you or someone you know has been the victim of a truck accident in Minnesota. Due to the large mass of many big-rig trucks, victims may be more likely to suffer serious head injury, permanent disability and other serious repercussions than they would be had the vehicle been smaller.

Many victims of truck accidents would like to collect damages from responsible parties if the accident was not the fault of the victim. But it isn't always as easy as mailing a request for payment to a truck driver or trucking company. How does a victim prove their case in court?

Licensing, insurance issues stretch Minnesota limo crash victims

Whether it's a wedding, prom or another special night out, lots of Hennepin County residents like to go by limousine. Limos can be fun and convenient, and there's no need to designate a sober driver. But what if the limo company hasn't done its due diligence in screening the driver and getting proper paperwork for the vehicle?

Some Twin Cities area limousine passengers are contending with this issue after the limo they were in got into a car crash on a busy highway in the southeast metro. According to witnesses, the limousine was attempting to turn off the highway into a parking lot when the bottom of the vehicle got hung up. The driver backed up, reportedly putting the vehicle nearly perpendicular to the direction of travel on the highway.

Can a car accident victim get damages if he is partly negligent?

Car accidents are like fingerprints and snowflakes in one important respect: no two are the same. In some cases, one party is clearly liable for the damages from the accident and the other party is not. This is often because the liable party has been negligent and the other party has not. If the non-negligent party has suffered injury in the accident, that party will probably be able to recover from the negligent party.

But what happens if the person who has suffered injury has been partly negligent himself? There are a number of situations where the court may find that the victim has been partly negligent. For example, if the victim was exceeding the speed limit, or driving too fast given the driving conditions, the court may rule that the victim was partly liable.

Fatal medical errors may give rise to wrongful death liability

When a person enters the hospital in Minneapolis, often the expectation is that they will leave the place in better shape than they entered. Unfortunately this doesn't always happen, and this can sometimes be attributed to the medical condition that the patient was suffering from. However, sometimes hospital fatalities happen because of mistakes made by doctors or hospital staff.

Not too long ago, this blog reported on research that indicated that a staggering 440,000 deaths annually in the United States can be attributed to preventable medical errors. The researchers attributed this high figure in part due to some health care providers' failure to follow best practices while treating patients.

Two killed, three injured in Hennepin County car accidents

The holiday season is notorious for the relatively high numbers of alcohol-related crashes that usually occur each year. Some people get behind the wheel after drinking too much; they are putting the health, safety and lives of others in jeopardy.

Police in suburban Hennepin County said that two people were killed and three were injured in a series of accidents involving the same driver. According to police, the driver was driving on a two-lane county road in Maple Grove the afternoon of December 26 when he crossed the centerline into oncoming traffic. He reportedly sideswiped one vehicle, setting in motion a chain reaction accident that sent three to the hospital with noncritical injuries.

Medical professionals may be liable for negligent prescription

Many Minneapolis residents have probably heard of cases where a physician or other medical professional was found liable for medical malpractice as a result of a surgical error. When something goes wrong during surgery, the consequences often can be quite severe.

Although surgical mistakes often are the highest profile of malpractice cases, there are also other kinds that can be just as devastating. When a medical professional prescribes a medication or a medical device, and that medication or medical device causes injury, the medical professional in question may be found liable for medical malpractice if they breached their duty of care to the patient by deviating from the applicable standard of care.

Can a truck company be sued for injuries suffered by victims?

Although they are not as common as car accidents, trucking accidents are still a problem in Hennepin County. Whether the cause of an accident is a distracted truck driver, a drunk truck driver, poor truck maintenance or something else, victims of truck accidents often can sue the truck driver responsible.

This, however, raises a question: Can a truck company be sued for injuries suffered by victims? First, a short primer on truck drivers and their relationship to trucking companies. Most truck drivers on the roads today fall into two general categories. Some are employees of a truck company. These people are paid by the company to drive a truck. Others are independent contractors. These do not have an employer who regards them as an employee. They often regard themselves as their own boss.

Criminal charges and wrongful death claims in Minnesota

If a person in Minnesota dies as a result of the actions of another, the other person may be charged with a crime. That other person may also be sued in a wrongful death lawsuit. What is the difference between a criminal charge and a wrongful death claim?

Criminal charges can be brought by the state of Minnesota against parties when prosecutors can show that they have probable cause to show that the accused parties committed a crime. Charges that might be brought include murder, manslaughter and criminal vehicular homicide. People who commit these crimes are thought to hurt the whole community through their actions.

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