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100 Deadliest Days of Summer Auto Accident Safety Guide

Summer brings warm weather and good times to our Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and the Dakotas, but it also adds traffic to our roadways. We encourage you to drive smart and drive defensively with all the additional drivers and vehicles on the road. After all, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the time between…


Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben Spring Motorcycle Safety Guide

Motorcycle season is here. Riders from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and the Dakotas are sprucing up their rides and planning summer fun. At Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben, we’re asking motorcyclists to take extra safety precautions this year before hitting the open road. Establishing good safety habits, following expert riding tips, developing a sound riding strategy and…


Tasha Schuh Continues to Inspire Others 16 Years after Life-changing 16-foot Fall

In 1997, 16-year-old Tasha Schuh was practicing for a performance of “The Wizard of Oz” when everything changed. Stage hands wanted to change the scenery, so Tasha stepped back to give them more space. Unbeknownst to her, a trap door had been opened behind her, and she fell 16 feet to the concrete below. When…


How Does a Law Firm Help You During a Legal Battle?

 If you have been injured in an accident, you already understand the stress that comes with the experience. In addition to the physical pain, you also face the anxiety associated with medical care and the ongoing efforts to receive just compensation for your injuries. Ideally, things will go as smoothly as possible following an accident,…


Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben Supports Accident Victims Inspiring Others

Victims have two choices: continue to be a victim or move forward. Who better to encourage forward progress than someone who has been an accident victim and moved forward to amazing things? Tasha Schuh was only sixteen years old when her life changed forever. During a practice session for the high school musical, someone left…



MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA (November 11, 2009)  –  Court appointed mediators Steve Kirsch of St. Paul, Minnesota and John Harens from Minneapolis, Minnesota, announced a tentative settlement of all claims between victims of the August 1, 2007 35W Bridge Collapse and Progressive Contractors, Inc., the company engaged in resurfacing the bridge deck at the time of its…


Spotlight: Tasha Schuh

Tasha Schuh was rehearsing on stage for her high school musical, when without her knowledge, someone removed the cover of a trap door directly behind her.  She took a step back, and fell 16 feet on to a cement floor breaking her neck and leaving her paralyzed from the chest down.  Watch as Tasha discusses…


Lawyers get around Minnesota’s seatbelt ‘gag rule’

Minneapolis attorneys James Schwebeland Bob Schmitz recently settled a personal injury lawsuit involving the misuse of a seatbelt for $3 million. The case involved a family that lives in Mondovi, Wis., who was traveling in Minnesota. The father had buckled his four children into the back seat of a Ford F150 pick-up truck provided by…


Three Million Dollar Recovery for Misuse of Child Seatbelt Restraints

On April 14, 2005 the plaintiffs departed their home in Wisconsin en route to Red Wing, Minnesota with the intention of purchasing all terrain vehicles. The plaintiff was driving a Ford F150 pick-up truck provided by his employer, BASF Corporation. His four minor children were all passengers in the rear seat of this vehicle. The…


“Soft Tissue Injuries”

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“When to Sue”

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What you need to know about neck, back and spine injuries.

Neck, back and spine injuries are the most common types of injuries that happen in auto accidents. For example, in a rear-end accident the victim’s head is often jerked back and forth rapidly. This sometimes forces the muscles in the neck and back to over stretch and cause severe swelling and pain. Although most strain…


What are the effects of SCI?

Article: The Spinal Cord Injury Resource Center The effects of SCI depend on the type of injury and the level of the injury. SCI can be divided into two types of injury – complete and incomplete. A complete injury means that there is no function below the level of the injury; no sensation and no…


Preventing Spinal Cord Injuries

The following tips, based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Spinal Cord Injury Information Network, may reduce the risk of spinal cord injury: Wear a seat belt every time you drive a car or ride in one. Make sure your children are buckled into a child safety seat,…


Preventing Spinal Cord Injuries Through Safety Education Programs

Ms. O’Hare is Community Programs Coordinator, TBI/SCI Projects, and Dr. Hall is Projects Co-Director and Director of Rehabilitation Research, at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, CA. "It was just a leisurely day…," "Didn’t have a care in the world…," "I was a passenger…," "I didn’t know what 55 meant…," "Dove into the water…,"…