Are rural communities hit harder by the opioid epidemic?

The number of opioid overdose deaths are much higher in rural areas than in larger cities. This is a bit misleading since it may make you think that it means opioids are a bigger problem in rural areas than large communities. That is not entirely true. According to Kaiser Health News, the real problem is…


What is worker fatigue and why should you care?

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, fatigue is the body’s way of signaling to the brain that it is time to slow down and rest. Unfortunately, many Americans fail to heed the body’s warnings and continue to work long hours, take on irregular and extended shifts and operate on little sleep. If you…


What happens in an overloaded big rig crash

Commercial trucks are subject to a number of federal and state regulations that trucking companies do not always observe. One practice that continues despite the potential danger is overloading cargo. If you are the victim of a truck-car crash due to overloaded cargo, is the truck driver the only negligent party? Or are others also…


Product location can be a safety issue in stores

Retail store owners and managers in Minnesota are not liable for every accident that occurs on their premises, but you have the right to expect that you will be safe while you shop. This includes floors that are clean and free of obstacles, and it also means you should never be in danger of falling…


Workplace noise and hearing loss

Exposure to dangerous noise levels in the workplace may cause hearing loss for workers in Minnesota and elsewhere. Due to the tools they use on the job, the environments they work in, or a combination of these and other factors, people in a range of industries may be exposed to potentially damaging noise levels at…


How can you avoid drowsy driving this winter?

In Minnesota, the winters are long and dark. Unfortunately, your work day does not end early just because the sun has set. Many people find themselves commuting to and from work in the dark during the winter months. This can make it all too easy to fall prey to drowsy driving.  What is drowsy driving,…


6 tips for snowmobiling safety

The season of snow sports is upon us, and at Falsani, Balmer, Peterson & Balmer in Minnesota, we would like to remind everyone to take precautions to avoid personal injuries this winter season. If snowmobiling is one of your favorite ways to enjoy the winter weather, Esurance provides these tips for safety on your recreational…


Personal liability in a dog-bite incident

If your dog bites someone, you may be legally responsible for his or her injuries, depending on the circumstances of the incident. Although some states do not hold the dog owner responsible if the animal has never been aggressive, Minnesota requires owners to pay medical bills and other costs in most cases.  Explore your potential…