Man Killed in Farm Accident in Dodge Center

 

According to The Mankato Free Press on June 6, 2014 William Pohlman, of Wanamingo, was found pinned under hay equipment and pronounced dead at the scene.

 

It is estimated that 500-600 people are killed in farm accidents every year with the majority of those deaths being related to accidents involving machinery. Even the most experience farmers can make mistakes, but proper design of equipment can help prevent many farming related injuries by guarding against known dangers. Unfortunately not all farming machinery is equipped with appropriate safety guards and warnings.

 

It is important to seek immediate assistance from an attorney who specializes in products liability cases if you or someone you know has been injured in a farm accident. Experience is crucial to spotting potential claims. Time is often critical in documenting and preserving critical evidence. Experienced personal injury attorneys can provide advice and guidance on how to pursue such claims and take immediate action to protect the rights of injured people and their families. The personal injury attorneys at Maschka, Riedy & Ries will explore all potential sources of liability and recovery for their injured clients.

 

Source: The Mankato Free Press, "Man killed in southeastern Minnesota farm accident " No author given, June 7, 2014

Juvenile Cases Matter

 

In the past twenty (20) years the way juveniles are treated in Minnesota District Court has been harsh and at times right down appalling. Juvenile cases can be public; these adjudications can count for adult criminal history purposes in the future. The use of certification in trying juveniles as adults in criminal court is automatic for certain serious offenses and certification of juveniles for less serious offenses is potentially on the table when the state alleges that a juvenile cannot be treated in the Juvenile Justice System.

 

Recently, juvenile adjudication and arrests can and are published on the internet and cannot be expunged. It is very common for a charge and arrest to be sent to the Criminal Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. These records, which were once kept private, are now kept at local law enforcement agencies and courthouses throughout the state. Often, this data is sold to private data harvesters who sell this information to private companies for purposes of criminal background checks for housing and employment. This information, which is incomplete, ends up in background checks that disqualify young people from housing and employment opportunities time and again.

 

More appalling is that juveniles that are charged with gross misdemeanor and felony offenses must submit to finger printing and those finger prints are kept at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension database.

 

The United State Supreme Court has recently addressed what we all call the "adultification of youth" in the criminal justice system. In a series of decisions Roper vs. Simmons, Graham vs. Florida, Sullivan vs. Florida, JDB vs. North Carolina and Miller vs. Alabama the Supreme Court recognized that biologically and developmentally juveniles are categorically different than adults and often times less culpable than adults that commit similar offenses. The United States Supreme Court has also said that age is relevant to procedure and sentencing of adolescents.

 

A recent finding about brain development in children categorically shows that maturity and intellectual development are markedly different than adults who do understand the consequences of their actions.

 

Advocacy in the Juvenile Justice System is vitally important. Children are our most valued and prized cultural assets. We cannot continue to use the "lock them up and throw away the key" mentality of decades past.

 

Should your child be charged with a crime, contact a lawyer that understands your son or daughter's development and can affectively advocate options that will not stay with them as a lifetime label. Call the attorneys at Maschka, Riedy & Ries.

 

 

 

Fatal Crash near Hutchinson, McLeod County, Minnesota

 

The Minnesota Highway Patrol reports that a crash on the morning of May 20, 2014 near the intersection of Highway 22 and Highway 7, east of Hutchinson has left at least one person dead.

 

Ryan Allen, 28, of Hutchinson passed away as a result of the crash and Mark Lies, 57, also of Hutchinson was injured in the crash. It is reported that Mr. Allen was traveling northbound on Highway 22 and Mr. Lies was eastbound on Highway 7 when they collided in the intersection of those highways.

 

It is important to seek immediate assistance from an attorney who specializes in motor vehicle crashes if you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a crash. Time is critical in documenting and preserving critical evidence. Experienced personal injury attorneys can provide advice and guidance on how to pursue such claims and take immediate action to protect the rights of injured people and their families. The personal injury attorneys at Maschka, Riedy & Ries are adept at analyzing all potential sources of liability and recovery for their injured clients and represent clients throughout Minnesota.

Fatal Crash near Le Center, Le Sueur County, Minnesota

 

The Mankato Free Press reports that a 66 year old St. Clair man died as a result of injuries he suffered in a two-vehicle collision Monday afternoon north of Le Center.


Ernie Tietz died at North Memorial Medical Center, after his vehicle collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Le Sueur County Roads 114 and 24.


Minnesota drivers have a responsibility to drive carefully. Unfortunately, many drivers do not drive with the care required of such a potentially dangerous activity. Many drivers think they can multi-task and still remain sufficiently focused; a misconception that often has tragic consequences.


It is important to seek immediate assistance from an attorney who specializes in motor vehicle crashes if you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a crash. Time is often critical in documenting and preserving critical evidence. Experienced personal injury attorneys can provide advice and guidance on how to pursue such claims and take immediate action to protect the rights of injured people and their families. The personal injury attorneys at Maschka, Riedy & Ries are adept at analyzing all potential sources of liability and recovery for their injured clients and represent clients throughout Minnesota.

1 seriously injured in vehicle fire near Tower, Minnesota (St. Louis County)

 

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Carlo Theisen, 44, of St. Joseph, Minnesota was seriously injured when his 2013 Honda Civic left the roadway and rolled over. The crash occurred on Highway 169 near Tower.  The vehicle caught fire after the crash.  Fortunately passer-by William Glad and his sons saved Mr. Theisen and his occupant from the burning vehicle.  Mr. Theisen was airlifted from the scene due to his severe injuries.

 

Often times in motor vehicle crashes, factors other than the actions of the driver can be a factor in the seriousness of the injuries suffered by those involved. Anytime a vehicle rolls over there is an increased risk of injury due to a seat belt failure or deformation of the roof or other vehicle structures causing an occupant to be fully or partially ejected. In this case, there was also a post-crash vehicle fire, although it is not known if Mr. Theisen’s injuries originated from the crash or from the post-crash fire.


A person who survives a crash should not be injured or killed by a vehicle fire after the crash. Post-collision fires are a leading cause of vehicle related deaths. Often times an occupant will only suffer minor injuries from the crash itself but a defect in the vehicle’s design causes a fire that can seriously injure or kill the vehicle’s occupants. Common defects causing post-crash fires are: failing to incorporate anti-siphoning valves into fuel system lines, failing to include check valves in the fill tube, misrouting of or failing to protect fuel lines and improper placement of fuel tanks in crush zones or near adjacent parts that can puncture the fuel tank in a crash. The cost to the vehicle manufacturer to alter the design to prevent such fires is often minimal.


It is important to seek immediate assistance from an attorney who specializes in products liability cases, as well as motor vehicle crashes if you or someone you know has been injured in a crash. Experience is crucial to spotting potential claims in addition to establishing any potential negligence of another driver. Time is often critical in documenting and preserving critical evidence. Experienced personal injury attorneys can provide advice and guidance on how to pursue such claims and take immediate action to protect the rights of injured people and their families. The personal injury attorneys at Maschka, Riedy & Ries are adept at analyzing all potential sources of liability and recovery for their injured clients.