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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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Lawsuit Filed After Girl Dies in Foster Home

Fox 9, by Leah BenoMay 09, 2016

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The grandmother filing this lawsuit aims to improve the entire child protection system. Her attorney says filing a lawsuit and shining more light on the problem is the only way to do that. “The situation you have is a system that is broken. You have a system that needs correction. You have a family that suffered a terrible loss. Children are the innocent victims-this doesn’t need to happen?”

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Lawsuit Filed in 2014 Minneapolis Fire That Killed 5 Kids

KSTP Eyewitness News, by Tyler BergOctober 21, 2015

KSTP-Eyewitness-News-(1).jpgA wrongful death lawsuit blames a landlord for the 2014 deaths of five children in a North Minneapolis fire.The family's attorney, Jeff Sieben, said the lawsuit has been in the works for more than a year and was finally filed this week. The lawsuit alleges that negligence of the landlord, Paul Bertelson, contributed to the death of the children, all under 8 years old.

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Koochiching County Jail Suicide Highlights Lapses In Care Of Mentally Ill

Star Tribune, by Paul McEnroeOctober 14, 2014

A 28-year-old mother died after jailers failed to take basic precautions.

When Kathryn Schneider turned herself in last March on a drunken-driving warrant, her history of mental illness, drug use and a previous suicide attempt was well-known to the Koochiching County jailers. Yet a little more than two hours later, the young mother was found hanging in an unsecured cell block, and records show that her jailers failed to take the most basic precautions to prevent her death.

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Lake Street fire shows landlords need safety education

Minnesota Lawyer, by Barbara JonesMarch 06, 2014

The main issue is a general lack of fire-safety education for building owners.

Six people died in April 2010 from breathing carbon monoxide as their home burned down around them. The building had a pub on the lower floor and six apartments above it. The fire inspectors hadn't been in the residences for 16 years.

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Lawsuit settled in death of 6 in 2010 apartment fire in Minneapolis

Star Tribune, by David ChanenFebruary 26, 2014

Building owners are responsible for checking and replacing smoke detectors every 10 years.

The enduring mystery over the cause and origin of a 2010 fire that killed six people in a Minneapolis apartment didn't hinder a settlement in the wrongful-death lawsuit against the building's owner. The suit claimed that the deaths could have been prevented had smoke detectors been adequately maintained.

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Wrongful Death Damages

James P. Carey - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyJanuary 23, 2014

In wrongful death actions, family members may be entitled to “pecuniary” damages. The court determines the proportionate pecuniary (money) loss among the family members and orders distribution accordingly.

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Wrongful Death – Who can bring an action?

James P. Carey - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyJanuary 07, 2014

State law varies, but generally, the parties that have a financial interest in the recovery in a wrongful death action are the surviving spouse and next of kin (which generally means the surviving minor children, but can include parents and siblings).

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Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations

James P. Carey - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyOctober 24, 2013

Statutes of limitations are laws that set forth the time in which a case needs to be filed. Each state has its own laws governing the time limitations in which to bring a lawsuit. And each type of injury has its own rules. For example, the limitation for a medical malpractice case may be different from limitation applicable to a car accident case. When death occurs, the wrongful death statute of limitations apply.

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Carbon Monoxide Risk Increases in Winter

Shannon C. Carey - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyFebruary 27, 2013

The risk of CO poisoning increases in the winter when houses are tightly closed to keep out the cold. To reduce this risk it is important to ensure all of your appliances are in proper working condition and have your fuel-based appliances inspected annually by a qualified technician.

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