Brainerd Man Injured in Motorcycle Crash with Vehicle

A Brainerd man was injured in a motorcycle versus vehicle crash.

The 63-year-old man was injured after a motorcycle crash that involved a vehicle on Highway 18, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Leslie George Peck was transported to Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries and then released.

It was reported that a vehicle was driving westbound on Highway 18, while another was stopped in the westbound lane waiting to make a left turn. The vehicle that was headed westbound was driven by Edvin L. Sjolin, 51. He said that Peck’s motorcycle was in front of him and had to brake quickly and hard, so Sjolin braked quickly to avoid colliding with Peck’s motorcycle. When Sjolin looked in his rearview mirror and saw that a vehicle that was going to turn was braking hard and skidding, Sjolin accelerated up the right turn late to move out of the way, but he was unable to in time. This is when Peck’s motorcycle ran into Sjolin’s vehicle.

Peck told police that he did not see Sjolin’s brake lights until right before he hit him and that he was braking hard to avoid colliding with the car and found himself in the right turn lane to avoid colliding with the car. He said he couldn’t get around the vehicle and that is why he ran into the right rear corner of the vehicle.

Sjolin was not injured in the auto accident.

Inmate Charged in Beating of Fellow Prisoner Resulting in Severe Injuries

An inmate serving 30 years in prison for the rape of a girl was in court again for severely beating another inmate in a St. Cloud prison back in September.

Leonard James Fisherman Jr., 30, is now facing charges for first-degree assault after a fight left another inmate dealing with very severe injuries. The injuries included bleeding on the brain and a number of facial fractions. The injured inmate also had to have part of his skull removed so that his brain could be operated on.

The fight occurred on September 22 at the St. Cloud-based Minnesota Correctional Facility. The inmate that Fisherman allegedly beat was housed in the cell next to Fisherman and he was throwing things and yelling in his cell while looking for his identification.

Fisherman and fellow inmates were telling the man to be quiet. The victim would eventually leave his cell. This is when he was met face-to-face by Fisherman outside of his cell. Fisherman would then allegedly block the victim to keep him from getting around him and then started to hit the victim repeatedly in the face with a closed fist.

According to the complaint, the victim would fall to the ground, but Fisherman kept hitting him and wouldn’t let him get back on his feet. Fisherman would then continue to kick the victim and stomp his head. Correctional officials said that they had to use chemical spray to stop the attack. As the officers were using the chemical spray, Fisherman was holding on to the victim, but he did let go. This is when the victim fell from the second floor of the housing unit to the main floor.

When officers ran to him, they found the victim bleeding from his head and he was unresponsive. It only took a couple of minutes to have him rushed to a St. Cloud Hospital where it was immediately determined that he needed surgery. While in the ER, doctors reported that the victim’s heart rate had dropped significantly but that medication was able to normalize it.

Fisherman would later be escorted to segregation. During this time, he was reported to be pounding his chest saying “just think, I just killed him.”

Fisherman is in prison after being convicted of raping an underage girl at knife point. He also has past convictions for sex offenses, drugs, and assault that go back to when he was 18 years old.

The victim, who is 20 years old, is serving a one year sentence for a probation violation relating to terroristic threats.

E.coli Lawsuit Filed in Minnesota against Multiple Companies

It was in 2009 that the Minnesota Department of Health the results of molecular testing were uploaded by Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) that involved a strain of E.coli. The exact strain was 0157:H7 and it was taken from a stool sample of a patient. After this, there were 13 additional strains that were identified in patients in 11 states. This means that there was a breakout.

The CDC and state investigators combed 17 states and found 25 patients that were a part of the outbreak. Twelve of those patients were hospitalized, one died, and one had Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome. Of the 22 individuals interviewed, 14 of them said they ate steak at a particular restaurant. Nine of the 14 said that steak was consumed at Applebee’s. Of the 7 that did not eat steak, they said they had consumed ground beef.

After some investigation, it was found that the outbreak was linked to a common source. The source was National Steak and Poultry (NSP).

On December 24, 2009, NSP recalled nearly 300,000 pounds of beef due to E.coli contamination. In January 2010, the CDC published their final investigation, which was supplemented by an MDH report that was published later in the year.

Investigators would also learn that not all of the patients that suffered from the outbreak had consumed steak the week before they became sick. These patients had consumed ground beef. In fact, approximately 40% of the patients interviewed said they had consumed ground beef. The beef was purchased by two retailers – Upper Lakes Foods and Cash Wise and Coborns. One distributor was also involved and it was shown that the ground beef had come from J&B Wholesale.

The beef that J&B Wholesale purchased was traced back to Tyson Fresh Meats in Illinois, Texas, and Kansas. The ground beef that was used in Tyson’s products were supplied by Beef Products Incorporation (BPI).

A gentleman who consumed the beef at the group home where he lived became very ill. Other patients also became ill and this is what has led to a lawsuit against all companies involved in the production and distribution of the beef that made them ill. The beef that the group home purchased was from Cub Foods and it has been found that the trim from Tyson was used in ground beef sold at Cub Foods. It is very unlikely that JBS or BPI supplied trim to Cub Foods.

Ankle Fusion Injury Claims

The Bloomington personal injury lawyers of TSR Injury Law believe that you should not have to suffer the consequences of an accident that was not your fault. We have helped thousands of people recover millions in compensation, including a recent settlement of $1.7 million for an accident that included a badly broken ankle.

Call us today. We care about you and your fight for justice and compensation. To contact Steve TerryChuck Slane, or Rich Ruohonen about your Minnesota ankle injury case, call (612) TSR-TIME or submit our free consultation form.

Why Ankle Fusion May Be Needed

You may have suffered a severe ankle fracture in a car accident or a slip and fall accident. As a result of the fracture, the ankle may have never healed correctly or may have developed arthritis. Ankle fusion may be recommended if:

  • your pain is so great that you are not able to continue working;
  • you are having issues with taking painkillers for an extended time; or
  • your quality of life has deteriorated.

About Ankle Fusion

An ankle fusion removes the articular cartilage from the surface of the ankle joint, which allows the tibia to fuse with the talus. The bones literally grow together. A successful ankle fusion does not wear out like an artificial ankle — it should last a lifetime.

Ankle fusion surgery can be arthroscopic or open. Open ankle fusion takes less time in surgery, but more time to heal. Arthroscopic surgery has a higher percentage of achieving fusion. Because the positioning of the bones is so critical to a successful fusion and your future comfort level, you need to have the surgery performed by a surgeon who has performed many ankle fusions.

Ankle Fusion Complications

There are many complications associated with ankle fusion, including:

  • nerve damage (could result in numbness in the foot);
  • blood vessel damage (could lead to the need for amputation);
  • infection (could require further surgery to drain the infection);
  • nonunion (could require another surgery to perform a bone graft or additional fixation); and
  • malunion (could cause problems with walking and require another surgery to achieve a better position of healing).

Ankle Fusion Recovery

After surgery, a padded plaster cast is required for 8 to 12 weeks. It is vital to refrain from putting any weight on the foot until x-rays show that the bones are fusing.

Physical therapy may be needed to learn to walk smoothly, without a limp. Once the fusion is completely healed, some shoe modifications may be helpful. There are shoe inserts or rocker soles available that allow the foot to roll more normally.

Bloomington Ankle Fusion Lawyer

Constant pain is debilitating and can lead to depression and hopelessness. Call us if you have had ankle fusion from an injury due to negligence. We have handled many ankle fusion cases. We know how to prove liability effectively. Call (612) TSR-TIME or submit our contact form.

What Are Trigger Point Injections?

Trigger point injections are administered at your doctor’s office by an experienced and qualified health professional. While considered safe, if the utmost care is not taken, a trigger point injection can result in severe nerve damage among other complications. If you have experienced nerve damage or a serious medical condition after a trigger point injection, then you may be facing a world of pain and looking at a medical malpractice lawsuit. Contact a Minneapolis personal injury lawyer at (612) TSR-TIME to learn about your legal rights.

Trigger Point Injection Risks

When your muscles fail to contract and relax as they should, you could be experiencing a whole world of pain throughout your body. Furthermore, this can result in a loss of motion, scar tissue and weakness to develop over time. In some instances, a trigger point, or a tight band of muscle can develop in the body, irritating surrounding nerves and causing extreme pain.

A trigger point injection is one way to dull this painful sensation so you can move on with your life. However, in some instances, a trigger point injection can cause serious trigger point injection side effects and health risks that can be life changing and devastating.

The most common concerns surrounding trigger point injection is the risk of nerve damage.

Trigger Point Injection Side Effects

Dealing with the aftermath of an improper trigger point injection can be physically, emotionally and financially devastating. Not only could you be looking at the following serious trigger point injection side effects, but you could also be faced with unexpected medical costs and a loss of quality of life. Side effects of trigger point injection nerve damage include:

  • Pain
  • Sensitivity
  • Numbness
  • Tingling or prickling
  • Burning
  • Problems with positional awareness

Trigger Point Injection Administration

There are several health professionals that are qualified to administer a trigger point injection including an orthopedist, a psychiatrist, a pain specialist or a neurologist. Trigger point injections can be administered at a doctor’s office. A trigger point injection involves a needle into the patient’s nerve to block and prevent pain. A small needle is inserted into the trigger point and a local anesthetic is injected.

Trigger Point Injection Lawsuit

A trigger point injection should only be administered by a qualified and experienced health professional and the utmost care and practice must be used. In some instances, a trigger point injection can go wrong, resulting in nerve damage and other trigger point injection risks. It is the responsibility to the health professional to practice extreme care. Any slight act of recklessness, carelessness or negligence can result in a health complications as well as a trigger point injection lawsuit.

Have Legal Questions?

There have been several instances of medical malpractice lawsuits involving reckless and negligent trigger point injections. If you or someone you love have suffered nerve damage and any trigger point injection side effects after a trigger point injection, then it is advisable to contact a Minnesota personal injury lawyer about your options.

The attorneys at TSR Injury Law have years of experience analyzing and valuing injury cases. We will check for additional insurance policies to maximize your benefits, do all of the paperwork, and file your claim. Call (612) TSR-TIME or submit our free consultation form.

St. Paul Woman Killed by an Ambulance

A 79 year-old St. Paul woman was killed after being struck by ambulance as they backed down an alley to get closer to the scene of a car accident Saturday night. They were responding to a call that a car had crashed through a fence behind a Walgreen’s Drug Store.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name has not been released, pending notification of relatives.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman issued a statement,

“Words fail us at times like these. They fail to express the depth of our sadness for those who lost a loved one today. They fail to touch the anguish of the paramedic crew whose jobs sent them on a fateful run. We will fully investigate the circumstances of this tragic accident, and as this day ends in grief, our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim as they go through this difficult time.”

Drivers of emergency services vehicles, even when answering emergency calls, owe a duty of care to other road users and pedestrians. They should be especially careful when in reverse. The Bloomington, MN personal injury attorneys at TSR Injury Law are skilled, aggressive litigators with years of experience in wrongful death cases. Our partners are consistently named Super Lawyers and Top Lawyers by Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine and Law & Politics.

Free Consultation. Ph: (612) TSR-TIME.

Choosing a Safe Daycare Facility

Nothing is more important to a parent than the safety of their child. When deciding to enroll your child in a daycare facility, you will want to ensure that the facility itself is clean, safe, and kid-friendly, and that the facility also boasts a friendly, helpful, and well-qualified staff.

When looking for a daycare facility for your child, there are a number of factors you will want to keep in mind to ensure that your child is being left in safe and competent hands:

  • Visit every facility you are considering in person. It is not enough to take someone’s recommendation on a daycare facility. While recommendations can give you a great place to start looking, you will want to visit each facility yourself for inspection.
  • Notice the facility itself—does it appear clean? Is the area sufficiently child-proofed (eg. covers on electrical outlets)? Is the play area cluttered with toys, or does it look like the staff has kept the area sufficiently clean?
  • Check outside—if there is an outdoor play area, you will also want to inspect this part of the facility for cleanliness and safety.
  • Talk to the staff members and try to find out a little bit about them. Are they full time or part time staff? Do they have any formal child-care training? How long have they been working on the job / how much child-care experience do they have? Are they satisfied with the facility and with their work?
  • Discuss what health qualifications the facility requires from its clientele. Are medical / immunization records required for all children?
  • Contact other parents who use that daycare facility. Discuss with them the strengths and weaknesses of that facility and if they would recommend it or not.

Unfortunately, not all day care facilities care for the children they are being trusted to look after. If your child has been injured because of an unsafe or poorly supervised daycare facility, contact the Minneapolis, MN personal injury lawyers of TSR Injury Law today at (612) TSR-TIME to get the compensation you deserve. If you prefer, you may submit our contact form.

Minnesota Rollover Accidents Lawyer

Faulty automobiles cause accidents throughout Minnesota and the United States every single day. Airbags, electrical systems, brakes, and much more are responsible for injuries that people sustain and, tragically, there are times in which death is the end result.

Another type of accident that is problematic is the rollover accident. This occurs when the wheels on one side of the vehicle leaves the road and causes the vehicle to tip over. This most frequently happens on curves or corners, but it can also occur when a person must swerve someone or something ready to hit them or to prevent themselves from being the cause of an accident. Defective tires can also lead to rollover accidents.

There are a number of reasons why injuries occur during rollover accidents rather than the rollover itself. One perfect example is a roof that is too weak to protect the occupants inside. In vehicles where rollovers are possible, the roof should be strong enough. This is where an experienced Minneapolis rollover accidents lawyer comes in. Your lawyer can address this issue when seeking compensation for you to pay for the monetary damages the injuries brought upon you.

Rollover Accident Categories

There are two categories of rollover accidents. They are:

  • Negligence – The negligence of other drivers can lead to a rollover accident. They may fail to yield, fatigued, intoxicated, engaging in careless conduct, not paying attention, or doing something else that may cause the accident.
  • Design Defect – SUV rollovers are common because of the design of these vehicles. The center of gravity is high, which makes them very susceptible to tipping and rolling. In fact, a rollover accident is three times more likely to occur in an SUV that a car.

Unfortunately, the fatality rate in a rollover accident is higher than any other type of crash due to weak roofs, breaking windows, seatbelts that do not retract to hold the occupants, and the absence of rollover-triggered side canopy airbags.

Compensation For Rollover Accident Injuries

The injuries that can result in a rollover accident can be fatal. If not fatal, a person can be paralyzed, have brain injuries, and be disabled for the rest of their lives from a number of other injuries that can occur. When that’s the case, compensation should be sought from the party that is responsible for accidents. This compensation is sought because the injuries result in medical expenses, lost wages, childcare costs, and so much more that can hurt you financially and add to your stress. Your Minnesota rollover accidents lawyer will fight for your rights and make sure those responsible are held accountable so you can reduce your stress by not having to worry about the financial consequences of your injuries.

Contact A Minneapolis Rollover Accidents Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a rollover accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. It is your right to hold the responsible party accountable for the injuries or the death that occurred.

To find out more, call (612) TSR-TIME and speak to a Minneapolis personal injury attorney at our firm, or fill out our online contact form and tell us about your case so you can schedule your free case evaluation and learn about your rights and options.

Surgeons Unwilling to Pull Life Support when Surgical Error Involved

No one wants to be the victim of a surgical error, especially when that error could result in their death. But what if that error could end up leaving a person a vegetable? What would be the best course of action on the surgeon’s part? What consequences would they face if they were to pull the plug? Doing so could leave a lot of questions as to whether or not a person had a shot at any quality of life. So what do they do?

Research that was recently published in the Annals of Surgery states that surgeons may not wish to pull life support from a patient when there has been a complication due to a medical error during surgery.

To conduct the study, researchers surveyed 2,100 surgeons who specialize in high-risk procedures. The survey contained details of a hypothetical nature of a patient who suffered a hemiplegic stroke and experienced respiratory failure in order to determine what would influence the surgeon to pull life support. Approximately 56% of the surgeons surveyed responded.

The results showed that 63% of the surgeons would not honor the patient’s wishes or the wishes of the family to withdraw life support on the seventh day. The unwillingness increased when the scenario showed the patient’s outcome was due to an error on the surgeon’s part. The surgeons who stated they would not withdraw life support said their decision was due to an optimistic belief that the patient would have some kind of future quality of life. The surgeons concluded that it can be difficult to predict whether or not a patient can live comfortably unless certain factors are present that state otherwise, such as brain death.

If your loved one has been fatally injured due to a surgical error, the family of that victim may be able to hold the negligent parties responsible for their actions. An experienced Minneapolis medical malpractice lawyer at TSR Injury Law can help to review the details of the incident and determine if there are grounds to file a lawsuit. There are no upfront fees if you hire us and we only get paid when we obtain a recovery on your behalf.

Free Consultation. Ph: (612) TSR-TIME.

Minneapolis Swimming Pool Accident Lawyer

At TSR Injury Law Firm we can help you uncover the truth behind the accident and determine what comes next. Serious swimming pool injuries can result in life changing complications, especially if faced with a spine or brain injury. Swimming pool drowning often result in death or serious brain damage due to the lack of oxygen to the brain while in the water.

Potential Injury Causes

TSR Injury Law Firm represents clients facing all types of swimming pool injuries and accidents such as:

  • Drowning
  • Brain and spine injuries
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Lack of supervision
  • Unsafe pool conditions
  • Head injuries and trauma

Make sure you understand your legal rights when it comes to swimming pool accidents. It is the legal responsibility of the public pool to keep their swimmers safe. You may be entitled to compensation through a public liability insurance lawsuit. However, the rules surrounding this type of insurance claim can be complicated to say the least. Furthermore, many insurance companies will try to get out of paying you a fair amount. Don’t settle for the first quote you are offered by an insurance agency.

Speak to our qualified Minnesota personal injury lawyer first to see what rights you have and what this means for your financial future.

Swimming Pool Injuries and Children

It is often children that will be victim to swimming pool accidents. During swimming lessons the teacher must be watching every child at the same time. Furthermore, during public swimming lifeguards must watch the water and the kids for any risky or unsafe behavior. If something does happen, they will need to do their best to safe the child.

When your child has been seriously injured in a swimming pool accident or if the accident has resulted in a tragic loss, then you are going to need some time off. You will want to be there for them or be with your family to grieve for this loss. This is why it is so important to speak to a Minnesota injury lawyer as soon as you can.

Swimming Pool Injury Lawyers – Minneapolis, MN

In the event of a life changing swimming pool accident, we can help ensure that your family is taken care of financially. Compensation can help you with things like a loss of income, medical equipment and hospital bills. Call (612) TSR-TIME for a free initial consultation about your case or submit our free consultation form.