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Ronald H. Schneider

706 South First Street
Willmar MN 56201
(320) 235-1902

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Schneider Law Firm


David W. Schneider
Managing Partner

Admitted: 1995, Minnesota; 1996, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

Law School: William Mitchell, J.D., cum laude, 1995

College: Gustavus Adolphus, B.A., 1988

Member: Kandiyohi County, Minnesota State and American Bar Associations; Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association (Member, Board of Governors, 2002-).

Born: Willmar, Minnesota, October 23, 1965

ISLN: 909737502

Ronald H. Schneider, (P.A.)

Admitted: 1964, Minnesota; 1980, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Law School: University of Minnesota, J.D., 1964

College: Gustavus Adolphus College and University of Minnesota, B.B.A., with distinction, 1960

Member: Minnesota State and American Bar Associations; John E. Simonett Inn; American Inns of Court (President, St. Cloud, 1996); Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association (President, 1988-1989); The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (State Delegate, 1989-1993); National District Attorneys Association (Director, 1980); Minnesota County Attorneys Association (President, 1980).

Biography: Author: "Simplifying Cases Through Enlargements of Learned Treatises," Excellence in Advocacy, ATLA Press, 1992. (Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy)

Military: U.S. Naval Aviator, active duty, 1955-1958

Born: Westbrook, Minnesota, September 12, 1934

ISLN: 903956763

Dawn M. Weber


Admitted: 2000, Minnesota

Law School: University of Minnesota, J.D., 2000

College: Mankato State University, B.S., magna cum laude, 1997

Member: Kandiyohi County, Minnesota and American Bar Associations; Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association.

Born: Madison, Wisconsin, January 22, 1963

ISLN: 915282683


Proximate Cause

In order to win a personal injury action, a plaintiff must prove that a defendant's negligence caused the plaintiff's injuries. In negligence law, there are two types of causation: (1) "cause in fact"; and (2) "proximate cause." The plaintiff must prove both types of causation.

A negligent act is the proximate cause of a plaintiff's injury if the injury is the natural and probable result of the act. In other words, proximate cause exists when the injury is the foreseeable result of the negligence. For example, a truck driver negligently crashes into a house. Due to the impact, a piece of plaster falls from the ceiling of the house and onto the homeowner, injuring him. The truck driver's negligence is the proximate cause of the homeowner's injury because injury to an occupant of the house is a foreseeable result of crashing a truck into the house.

Note that the particular injury and the manner in which the injury occurs do not have to be foreseeable in order to constitute proximate cause. Crashing into the house is the proximate cause of the homeowner's injury because it was foreseeable that some sort of injury would occur. A second example: a bicycle rider negligently runs into a pedestrian. The pedestrian is uninjured but stunned. He walks around the block to clear his head, where he is injured by a rabid dog. In this scenario, the bicycle rider's negligence is not the proximate cause of the pedestrian's injury because being attacked by a dog is not the foreseeable result of a bicycle accident.

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