"I fell through the cracks"
A jury has awarded $1.1 million to a Grand Rapids couple who claim a Hibbing doctor failed to diagnose prostate cancer. Thomas L. Fritz, 61, a retired Cargill Inc. executive, and his wife, Pamela Fritz, received the unanimous verdict Friday morning in Minnesota District Court.
The seven-person jury found that Jack B. Greene, a St. Luke's family practice physician, failed to adequately care for Thomas Fritz after a routine exam revealed a slight risk of prostate cancer.
Attorney Harry Sieben, who is representing Rebecca Lodahl, said the law is clear that any negligence on Kris Lodahl's part does not apply to his wife.
Kris Lodahl drank so much at a Minnesota Wild hockey game two years ago that his blood-alcohol level was 0.27 percent, or nearly triple the legal limit for driving.
Guards at the Xcel Energy Center tossed him out of the arena, and on his way home the 37-year-old sheet-metal worker flipped his SUV on a freeway exit ramp. He was seriously injured and remains partly paralyzed. Now his wife, Rebecca Lodahl, has sued the arena's concessionaires, management and team owners.
A Minneapolis jury has awarded $2 million to a former University of Nebraska football player who lost an eye after he was attacked outside a downtown bar.
Banana Joe's Sports Bar & Grill was negligent in refusing Dorick Roy's request to leave by the front door, away from the crowd departing at closing time, shortly after a confrontation between Roy's friend and another man. Roy was attacked by a man wielding a bottle, the same man who had fought with his friend, said Roy's attorney, Paul Downes.
Fan-on-Fan violence at Vikings game
In an uncommon case of fan-on-fan violence, an Edina man appeared in court Thursday on charges that he punched and kicked another Vikings fan after a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game at the Metrodome.
Jeffrey W. Lupient was charged with third-degree felony assault for injuries allegedly inflicted on John Robinson. Minneapolis and Hennepin County prosecutors said they don't recall any fan-on-fan assault cases at Metrodome sports events.
Harry Sieben, said of his client: "She was crying when I told her, because she had not expected to win."
A Hennepin County jury awarded nearly $800,000 this week to a woman who fell through the floor of the new Science Museum of Minnesota when it was under construction in 1998.
The project's general contractor was ordered to pay damages to Fe' E. Clardy. She was sweeping up debris on a plywood floor covering a hole when she plunged through the hole and fell 30 feet. She suffered a head injury, fractured pelvis, broken jaw and a broken foot.
Liquor Law Covers Unmarried Couples, Other Non-Relatives
On the night before Michael Lefto's wedding, a friend of his reportedly got so drunk during their outing at the Hoggsbreath Bar that he couldn't even make it to the bathroom to vomit. The bar's staff, however, allegedly kept serving the friend more alcohol. On the way home, the friend's car rolled and Lefto was thrown from the vehicle. Lefto suffered a serious, permanent brain injury from the crash and was in a coma on his wedding day.
More than 50,000 people are injured on sleds annually, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
A 17-year-old Burnsville teen paralyzed from a sledding accident was awarded nearly $8 million after a jury found that the sled's manufacturer didn't provide adequate warnings or instructions for its safe use. During the three-week trial, professors, engineers and design experts testified that the sled was "inherently dangerous".
Two drivers found liable
The life of Anna Duffy and her family changed dramatically and permanently on an October morning more than two years ago as she and her 3-year-old daughter were walking to her mother-in-law's home in northeast Minneapolis.