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Rich O’Dea named to 2018 Minnesota Super Lawyers List!

For 2018, for the 14th 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 Minnesota attorneys… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

$15 Million Awarded To Victims Of Drunk Driver

In Minnesota, victims of drunk drivers or their surviving relatives can sometimes hold the bar, restaurant, or other licensed liquor vendor responsible for their injuries. Recently, an Olmstead County judge did just that, by awarding the victims of a drunk driver a $15 million dollar verdict against a drunk driver and the three bars that sold… Read more »

Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses Alleged Distracted Driving Crash

A high school junior died on Monday, October 21, allegedly as the result of another driver distracted by a cell phone. A preliminary investigation conducted by the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department revealed that the young motorist’s vehicle was almost hit by an oncoming vehicle moments before the accident. Both Hands Allegedly on a Cellphone… Read more »

Power of Attorney: A Crucial Step on a Winding, Long Path

You’ve glossed over a handful of magazine articles and spoken to a few family members. They all suggest that appointing a power of attorney is the best thing to do. Some even go as far as to state that it’s the only thing needed to protect one’s assets and surviving family members. And in that case,… Read more »