Following up on an earlier post on our blog, Ford and Takata have been sued by the family of a South Carolina man who was killed in a crash. According to KNBC-TV Los Angeles, Joel Knight was killed when a large shard of metal from his airbag entered his neck after a collision with a cow on his way home...Read more
A study published in Traffic Injury Prevention concluded that Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) connections do not offer equal protection to using the vehicles lap/shoulder belt combination to connect rear-facing child safety seats in rear impact crashes.
The study's authors at Robson Forensic, Inc. tested three popular rear-facing infant child safety seats—the Graco SnugRide, the Britax Chaperone and the...Read more
After a two day jury trial in Nicollet County, a jury of seven Nicollet County residents returned a verdict in favor of our client in a hotly contested intersection automobile crash. The verdict results in $75,000 recovery for our client where only $1500 had been offered to settle the case before trial.
Maschka, Riedy and Ries attorneys Jed Chronic and Baylea...Read more
According to The StarTribune, on July 10, 2015 John Dickerman, of Mankato, fell while working on an expansion project at Accu-rite Powder Coating in Jordan and later died from his injuries. Mr. Dickerman had come out of retirement to help out on the project for contractor R.L. Wells Construction.
The leading cause of death on construction sites is falls from height...Read more
As we reflect on the year that was in 2014 one industry dominated the headlines in the field of consumer safety and not for good reasons. The automotive industry recalled more vehicles in 2014 than in any other year. The New York Times reports that more than 60 million vehicles were recalled in the United States in 2014, more than...Read more
The New York Times reports that two former Takata employees say that the company secretly conducted tests on 50 airbags in 2004. These employees claim that two of the 50 airbags tested had their steel inflators crack during testing, which can lead to a rupture of the inflator and failure of the airbag in a crash.
The former employees stated that...Read more
On November 3, 2014, a global settlement program involving Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II modular hip implants was executed before and announced by Superior Court Judge Brian R. Martinotti in Bergen County, New Jersey. The settlement was finalized after four months of negotiations before retired United States Magistrate Judge Diane Welsh in Philadelphia. Stryker and plaintiffs’ counsel appointed by Judge...Read more
The Washington Post is reporting that a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine debunks the myth that medical malpractice "reform" correlates with health care savings. Specifically the study disproves the notion that medical malpractice lawsuits drive physicians to order other unnecessary tests and supposed legal reforms reduce such wasteful spending.
The study looked at three states that...Read more
Super Lawyers/Rising Stars is a listing of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Jerry Maschka, Jack Riedy, Marc Christianson, and Jim Fleming were named Super Lawyers and Jed Chronic, Jennifer Lurken and Nick Maxwell were named Rising Stars. They were selected in the following areas: Maschka for Personal Injury Plaintiff, Riedy for General...Read more
We all buy insurance for our cars, motorcycles, homes and even our own health. It is a wise investment to protect against unexpected losses, but how much coverage should you have? We routinely consult with potential clients who have no idea how much insurance coverage they have and what losses are covered. This is the second article in a series focusing...Read more
The Mankato Free Press reports that one person was injured in a three vehicle crash on the Highway 169 detour north of St. Peter on August 26, 2014.
Amy Foley, 45, of Le Sueur was injured when her 2000 Honda Accord struck a Jeep Wrangler driving by Carl Ruedinger, 53, of West Bend, Iowa. The crash occurred northbound on Nicollet County...Read more
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed 13 cases of E. coli related to four Minnesota events. These include seven cases associated with the Rice County Fair and three associated with the Olmstead County Fair. All of the infections have the same DNA fingerprint, and have been caused by the O157:H7 strain of E...Read more
According to The Mankato Free Press on August 4, 2014, a traffic backup on Highway 169 in the construction area of the northbound lane resulted in a four car crash at approximately 5:45. Traffic had stopped in the construction area north of St. Peter when a semi truck and trailer, driven by Michael Scienski, of St. Paul, could not stop...Read more
Keloland Television reports that a crash just before 2 p.m. Monday August 4, 2014 on County Road 3 has left one person dead. Thick smoke from a burning ditch is blamed for a crash that took the life of 26 year old Ashley Von Holtum of Rushmore, MN.
Reports indicate that the ditch fire was from an unmanned, controlled burn. Minnesota...Read more
We all buy insurance for our cars, motorcycles, homes and even our own health. It is a wise investment to protect against unexpected losses, but how much coverage do you have? We routinely consult with potential clients who have no idea how much insurance coverage they have and what losses are covered. This article is the first in a series...Read more
According to The Mankato Free Press on July 16th, James L. Burg, of St. Peter, was injured when his pickup was rear-ended by a northbound Ford driven by Sheldon Walters of Mapleton. Mr. Burg's pickup was pushed into a semi stopped in front of him waiting to make a left hand turn.
Minnesota drivers have a responsibility to drive carefully. Unfortunately...Read more
Maschka, Riedy & Ries partner, Jed Chronic, has been appointed by the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services to the Traumatic Brain Injury State Advisory Committee.
This 30-member committee advises the Commissioner regarding policies, program and service needs of and potential models for service delivery for people with traumatic brain injury. Jed has a special interest in working with...Read more