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Bad Weather Ahead in Minnesota: Did You Know You Are Legally Obligated to Drive Safe?

Arthur C. Kosieradzki - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyFebruary 21, 2017

When a winter storm hits and you must venture out onto the roads, you may have to adjust some of your driving habits to protect yourself and those around you. After practicing personal injury law for nearly 30 years, I’ve seen way too many tragic mistakes caused by winter driving negligence. The best way to avoid an accident and legal liability is to simply drive safe. Here are some tips from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety on how to stay safe while driving in bad winter weather.

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I’ve been hurt on the job. Now what do I do?

Cory P. Whalen - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyFebruary 15, 2017

Every year, thousands of Minnesota workers are injured on the job.  The laws that govern workers’ compensation entitlements are complicated and confusing.  Making matters worse, insurance companies fight work injuries with doctors they hire and expensive lawyers.

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Keeping Your Teen Driver Safe

Cory P. Whalen - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyFebruary 01, 2017

Setting proper examples while we drive our kids around is a great start to the driver training process.  Combine the examples we set behind the wheel with a graduated drivers license program and plenty of behind the wheel time will ultimately increase the chances that our teen drivers will be safe drivers.

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What Does Negligence Mean?

Cory P. Whalen - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyJanuary 12, 2017

Many lawyers advertise that if you’ve been injured by another person’s negligence that you should contact a lawyer.  While that’s good advice, what does negligence mean?

 
Hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer is important when you’ve been hurt in an accident.  Cory Whalen has nearly 20 years of representing automobile, bus and motorcycle accident victims.

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Hit by an uninsured driver? Now what?

Cory P. Whalen - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyJanuary 05, 2017

Minnesota law requires all drivers to maintain a minimum amount of liability coverage in order to operate a motor vehicle.  If everyone follows the law and has insurance, your injury and property damage claim will have a source of insurance coverage for payment of damages.  But what happens if you are hit by someone that failed to follow the law and does not have insurance? 

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When Do I Need An Attorney For a Auto Accident?

Cory P. Whalen - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyDecember 22, 2016

Many insurance companies provide prompt and courteous service. However, some insurance companies will contact you shortly after an accident and offer a settlement.  While reaching a settlement of a legal dispute is not necessarily a bad thing, entering into an early settlement may not be in your best interest and the prompt and courteous service can end up depriving you of your legal rights and saving the insurance company money. 

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Let's Talk About Snowmobiling!

Cory P. Whalen - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyDecember 15, 2016

It’s snowing!  For many in Minnesota, the snow can be cause for celebration as the winter months call for recreational activities like snowmobiling.  With the new snow comes the potential for an injury due to negligent or inexperienced snowmobile operation. 

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Truck Accidents On The Rise

Cory P. Whalen - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyDecember 07, 2016

Truck accidents are on the rise, happening nearly 11 times every single day in this country on average, and killing nearly 4,000 people each year, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

On top of that, more than 100,000 people are injured every year in truck crashes. That's as bad as if a commuter jet crashed every single week of the year, killing everyone on board.

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Eric W. Beyer Joins SiebenCarey

SiebenCarey - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyDecember 01, 2016

SiebenCarey is pleased to announce that Eric Beyer has joined the firm and will be working from our Duluth, Minnesota office. Beyer comes to SiebenCarey after practicing for over 18 years at Falsani, Balmer, Peterson, Quinn & Beyer. Beyer will continue to represent clients with personal injury and workers compensation claims.

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Car Accidents - Know Your Legal Rights

Cory P. Whalen - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyNovember 28, 2016

Consultation with an attorney following a car accident is imperative in understanding your legal rights.  Here at SiebenCarey we understand your legal rights following a car accident.  We will gladly consult with you by telephone or in person to discuss your rights following a car accident.  Don’t trust your legal rights with just anyone. 

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Complex Insurance Issues Arise in Car, Bus and Motorcycle Accidents

Cory P. Whalen - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyNovember 18, 2016

In Minnesota, many people injured in an automobile or bus accident may have legal rights they didn’t even know about.  Under the law, a person injured through the use or maintenance of a motor vehicle can pursue “no-fault” coverage. While the phrase “no-fault” seems simple – many complexities exist when navigating the insurance system. 

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Carbon Monoxide Dangers Rise With Heating Season

Hastings Star Gazette, By Michelle WirthNovember 17, 2016

hastings-star-gazette-logo_1_-(1).jpg  The Minnesota Department of Commerce recently released a safety reminder to Minnesotans. "With the start of the fall and winter heating season...be aware of the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning. Every year about 500 people die in the United States from unintentional exposure to carbon monoxide," it said.

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Distracted Driving Facts and Taking Responsibility

Arthur C. Kosieradzki - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneySeptember 23, 2016

Distracted Driving Facts and Taking Responsibility

With the way that technology has been advancing in recent years, it is no surprise that we have seen increasing car accidents caused by distracted drivers.  In 2014 alone, over 3,000 people were killed and over 431,000 injured as a result of distracted drivers.

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MN Students Learning to Avoid Distracted Driving

Public News Service, by Brandon CampbellSeptember 09, 2016

With school back in session, legal experts this month are helping high school students in Minnesota understand the dangers of distracted driving. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (MDPS), distracted driving killed 74 people in the state last year, a 21 percent jump from two years ago.

Trial lawyers, including Minnesota attorney and partner at SiebenCarey Law, Art Kosieradzki will be visiting schools in several states to help students understand the dangers of not paying attention while behind the wheel.

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Automobile and Motorcycle Insurance Tips

Robert J. Hauer Jr - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneySeptember 02, 2016

Automobile and Motorcycle Insurance Tips:

Liability coverage protects you if you (or another person driving your car with your permission) injure or kill someone or damage property. You should carry as much liability coverage as you can comfortably afford because damage claims today are sometimes settled for millions. State minimums don't come close to covering the cost of a serious accident.

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Ten SiebenCarey Attorneys Recognized as 2017 Best Lawyers in America

CBS - WDJTAugust 15, 2016

SiebenCarey today announced that 10 of the firm’s attorneys were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017 – an annual list universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The annual Best Lawyers list has been published since 1983. Rankings are based on a peer-review survey in which more than 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas.

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Meet HCBA Member - Danielle Bird

Hennepin County Bar Association Blog, by Nick HansenAugust 12, 2016

As a lawyer, adjusting your practice can be difficult. Different practice groups, new clients, and other unfamiliar procedures can throw off even the most experienced lawyer.  For Danielle Bird, a workers’ compensation attorney at SiebenCarey, her career change caused her to see things from the other side, literally. After eight years as defense counsel for an insurance company, she moved to doing plaintiff’s workers’ comp about two years ago.

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