Attorney Roger Poehls helps injured baggage handler settle workers’ comp suit

Attorney Roger Poehls of Robert Wilson & Associates was recently featured in the StarTribune after helping Christopher “Kip” Hedges, a former baggage handler for Delta Air Lines, reach a settlement in a workers’ compensation case filed against the Atlanta-based airline. Hedges suffered severe back injuries in the course of his job, and filed a workers’ compensation claim to pursue compensation for these injuries. In accordance with the terms of the settlement, the actual amount settled upon is to remain private.

According to Poehls, “I think all parties were satisfied with the results. It was a difficult situation for someone that spent so much time working for the airlines.”

In addition to the workers’ compensation case, Hedges was also pursuing a separate claim against the company after he was fired for making public comments about low wages and attempting to unionize.

This case began when Hedges claimed he was fired in December for stating that “a lot of Delta workers make less than $15 an hour and are very concerned about this issue.” The statement was made during a video interview for the online labor publication Workday Minnesota. Hedges also reached a confidential settlement in this case.



Steps to prevent mechanical power press injuries

Mechanical power presses have the potential to cause serious workplace injuries. If you oversee the operations of mechanical power press machines at work, this machinery should be regularly maintained in the following ways in order to help prevent accidents to workers:

  • Make sure that brakes, clutch locks, or interlocking guards are properly working.
  • Workers should conduct daily inspections of such machines for themselves before operation.
  • Create a standard operating procedure of the machine and make it sure that all workers follow it.
  • Only qualified mechanics or technicians should repair any problems of such machinery.
  • During repair or adjustments, make sure that the machines are completely turned off.
  • Workers should refrain from using mechanical power press if it requires repair.

Workers unfortunately are at high risk of suffering serious injuries in their workplace if the machine they are operating suddenly malfunctions due to a preventable problem. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, the Minnesota workers’ compensation lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates may be able to help you find the financial compensation you may be needing. Call our office today at (612) 334-3444 to learn more about your legal options.



Recalled YoYo Sparklers Cause Burn Injuries

A woman from Inver Grove Heights was severely injured over the Independence Day weekend due to a recalled sparkler. She suffered second-degree burns after a sparkler ignited and combusted, seriously burning her hands before she was able to throw the dangerous product to the ground.

The YoYo sparkler the woman had lit was recalled in the afternoon of July 3rd. Wholesaler Jake’s Fireworks posted the recall to the appropriate forums but was unable to locate and directly contact the tens of thousands of fireworks stands selling the defective product.

After two previous reports of burn injuries, a test determined that the sparklers ignite too quickly and can create a dangerous flame. The Renaissance Fireworks tent in West St. Paul where the YoYo sparkler involved in this incident was purchased claimed they were never aware of the recall. The owners have since taken the product from shelves to prevent subsequent injuries.

At Robert Wilson & Associates, we are committed to helping injured individuals take action against the parties responsible for their unnecessary and preventable suffering. If a defective sparkler injured you, contact our experienced product liability attorneys by calling (612) 334-3444 today.



Robert Wilson & Associates investigating sparkler injury claims

The team at Robert Wilson & Associates is now investigating claims related to injuries caused by defective and malfunctioning sparklers, specifically, YoYo brand sparklers. So far, at least one prominent fireworks retailer has issued a recall of these sparklers, asking anyone who purchased YoYo Sparklers to return the items to the location where they were purchased for a full refund.

According to the recall, YoYo Sparklers could have an unusual burn capacity, which could result in users suffering severe burns upon use.

If you suffered injuries because of a defective sparkler, you should not be forced to shoulder the financial burdens of this injury on your own. The experienced team at Robert Wilson & Associates wants to help you take aggressive action against the individuals responsible for the defective and dangerous product that caused you to suffer unnecessarily, so call us today at (612) 334-3444 to discuss your YoYo Sparkler injury claim.



Robert Wilson quoted in article about Minnesota workers’ comp payments

Attorney Robert Wilson of Robert Wilson & Associates was recently quoted in an article discussing workers’ compensation payments in Minnesota, particularly, the disparity between Minnesota’s payments for the loss of a body part compared to payments in other states. An investigation by Pro Publica and NPR revealed that workers who lose a body part in Minnesota are, on average, compensated far less than workers in other parts of the country. In some instances, disparities reached into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

However, Wilson highlighted the fact that payment for loss of a body part, also known as permanent partial disability, is only one of many different aspects that makes up a state’s workers’ compensation system. He also pointed out that in many other respects, Minnesota was favorable for injured workers.

You can read Wilson’s full remarks by clicking here.



Minnesota police officer hurt in chase

A Minnesota police officer was recently injured while chasing an apparently stolen vehicle, Eyewitness News reported on July 19.

According to reports, a university police officer was chasing a vehicle on his motorcycle on Washington Avenue. The woman who was driving the vehicle reportedly did not stop. Then, upon reaching 13th Avenue, the woman made a sharp turn that caused several objects to fall from the trailer of the vehicle. The officer sustained a broken arm after sliding on his motorcycle in order to avoid crashing into the fleeing vehicle. Appropriate charges await the woman who was booked after the chase.

Unfortunately, many police officers and other workers suffer injuries while performing job-related duties, resulting in lost income due to medical bills and time away from work. If you or someone you love has been injured in a work-related accident, the Minnesota workers’ compensation lawyers at Robert Wilson & Associates may be able to help you secure much-needed workers’ compensation benefits. Find out how we may be able to help you today by calling (612) 334-3444.



Minnesota commemorates workers injured and killed on the job

On April 28, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) commemorated workers who were injured or lost their lives while working on roadway construction zones with Workers’ Memorial Day held at the Chaska Truck Station..

According to MnDOT information technology specialist Judi Holloway, remembering workers who were killed on duty is important for the department and to the people of Minnesota, as well. Since 1960, there have been at least 33 MnDOT workers killed while on the job. Road workers in the state are at high risk of suffering serious and fatal injuries due to thousands of workplace crashes recorded in the last four years.

The lawyers at Robert Wilson & Associates understand that many workers in Minnesota are exposed to serious injuries on the job, and if you or someone you love has been injured in the course of performing work-related duties, you could be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Learn more by contacting us today at (612) 334-3444.