Why I’m a Personal Injury Attorney

11.12.2019 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

Why I'm a Personal Injury Attorney

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 2019 Minnesota Association for Justice (MNAJ) Women Trial Lawyers Conference in Nisswa, Minnesota. This energizing three-day conference brought together female trial lawyers from across the state of Minnesota to collaborate on various issues, which included becoming a more effective advocate for clients, the profession of law itself,  and litigation tips and techniques.

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Hope

10.16.2019 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

Seedling - a picture of hope

Is there hope for those who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder? Today I had the pleasure of attending HealthPartners Occupational Medicine Department‘s special guest lecture given by Dr. Charl Els, a psychiatrist, addiction specialist and occupational physician Clinic Professor at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta, entitled “Nietzche Was Right: Revising What Happens after Exposure to Trauma.”

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How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Work Comp Attorney?

10.14.2019 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

How can I afford a Work Comp Attorney?

Injured workers in Minnesota should not worry about being able to afford to hire a work comp attorney. When I meet with new clients, people typically ask how much it costs to hire a work comp attorney.

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Why are Firefighting Overhaul Duties so Dangerous?

10.07.2019 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

Firefighters performing overhaul duties

What are Overhaul Duties?

In municipal structural firefighting, duties are generally divided into two distinct phases: knockdown and overhaul. The knockdown phase of firefighting is what we the public think of when we think about firefighting: firefighters work to control and extinguish the fire. At a large structure fire, such as at a warehouse or a large house fire, firefighters may spend hours working to extinguish the fire. However, typically 90% of municipal fires are extinguished within 5 – 10 minutes. The environment during knockdown is hot and smoky with low visibility. Knockdown duties may be performed from inside the structure or defensively from the outside.

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What is Benzene? Why is it Dangerous to Firefighters?

09.30.2019 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

Firefighters in smoke

Benzene is a chemical compound that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (“IARC”) has identified to be carcinogenic to humans. The IARC is an intergovernmental agency that is part of the World Health Organization under the United Nations. The IARC conducts, complies, and publishes research into the causes of cancer around the world. In one of its published Monographs, the IARC evaluated the risk that benzene may cause to humans and concluded that benzene is carcinogenic or causes cancer.

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Firefighters and Cancer

09.25.2019 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

mary beth boyce

Unfortunately, firefighters suffer from a higher incidence of cancer than the general public due to their exposures to toxic carcinogens throughout the course of their career. The National Fire Protection Agency recognizes that firefighters are exposed to toxic chemicals as an essential function of his or her job duties, “exposure to toxic fumes, irritants, particulates, biological (infectious) and nonbiological hazards, and/or heated gasses, despite the use of personal protective ensembles and SCBA.” NFPA 1582, 5.1.1(3). The safety equipment provided by departments do not completely negate the risk of exposure to carcinogens and toxic environmental dangers. Firefighters do not get to wait and see to determine if a fire is releasing toxic chemicals before they begin their work.


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Minnesota Wage Theft Law: Must-Knows and Must-Dos

09.24.2019 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

Virginia Cronin

In May of this year, legislation was passed investing $3.1 million in new funding to the Department of Labor and Industry’s efforts to enforce state wage and hour laws over the next two years. The new wage theft law contains several different provisions that can be overwhelming for employers to boil down to understand exactly what they need to do to comply.

Unlike other labor laws, the MN Wage Theft Law covers ALL EMPLOYERS. It does not matter whether an employer is a one-man shop in Lismore, Minnesota or a 300 non-profit organization in Maple Grove, Minnesota. With DLI’s increased funding for enforcement activities, it is critical that employers are in compliance.

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