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Rich O’Dea named to 2017 Minnesota Super Lawyers List!

For 2017,  for the 13th year in a row, Rich O’Dea has been named to the “Minnesota Super Lawyer ” list in the area of Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Representation by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters Company.  The selection process involves attorney nominations, independent research, and peer evaluations of potential candidates, resulting in only 5% of… Read more »

Automobile Accidents Caused by Mechanical Failure

Everyday, thousands of automobile accidents occur in the United States. Approximately seventy-five percent of them are caused by negligent or impaired drivers, but at times, a vehicle’s mechanical failure is to blame. The most common types of mechanical failures include: Worn Tires Tires provide the traction necessary to keep vehicles on the road. When the… Read more »

Owners Responsible When Dog Bites

Dogs are everywhere in Minnesota.  Many people love dogs of every breed and temperament.  Some dog lovers have several dogs. Dog owners are responsible for the behavior of their dogs as well as following laws enacted to protect the community and the dog in the event something happens to or by the dog. Dog owners must… Read more »

How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents During the Winter

Winter is here, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on one of your favorite pastimes, motorcycle driving. However, driving a motorcycle during the winter comes with unique challenges and dangers. Here are some tips on avoiding motorcycle accidents during the winter. Look Out for Black Ice and Cracks There are many potential pitfalls… Read more »

Tips on Avoiding Pedestrian Accidents During the Winter

Winter poses specific hazards for the pedestrian. You need to take extreme care when leaving the house. Here are some tips to avoid pedestrian accidents during the winter. Stay on the Sidewalk You want to stay as far away from the road as possible. Not only can ice cause you to slip and lose your… Read more »

Pursuing Disability Benefits After a Personal Injury

An accident can change your whole life in a matter of seconds. A motor vehicle collision or slip and fall can result in long-term debilitating pain and limitations and may even prevent you from being able to work gainfully. If you have experienced limitations resulting from a personal injury, you may be considering applying for disability… Read more »

What You Need to Know About Social Security Benefits for Depression

Depression is the number one cause of disability among non-fatal medical conditions in the United States. What is Depression? It is a medical disorder that’s characterized as sadness, gloom, and feelings of inadequacy and hopelessness. The three forms of depression are dysthymia, major, and maniac, and they can be caused by genetics, environmental factors, or… Read more »

Dangerous Roadways and Pedestrian Accidents

Media outlets and even many authorities are quick to cite distracted driving or distracted walking as being the culprit of most pedestrian accidents. However, what often becomes clear only after multiple incidents is that some roadways are simply not safe for pedestrians or bicyclists. Even when those pedestrians have the right-of-way and motorists exercise utmost… Read more »

Three Safety Myths That Contribute to Pedestrian Accidents

Walking is a good aerobic exercise that keeps the leg muscles toned. At the same time, it can be bad for your health if a motor vehicle injures you. While motorists must exercise caution when pedestrians are crossing or walking along the road, pedestrians must do their part. All too often, they don’t take walking… Read more »

Work Injuries Caused by Forklifts

Did you know that there are approximately one million forklifts in operation in the United States? According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are around 110,000 forklift accidents across all industries every year, resulting in 95,000 injuries and nearly 100 fatalities. Causes According to OSHA, seventy percent of all forklift accidents could have… Read more »