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Glencoe: Delivery van cuts corner and hits motorcycle

Ray was enjoying a Saturday cruise on his Harley Davidson with his girlfriend.  Riding and spending time with his girlfriend, Lisa, were his favorite things.  A delivery van pulled from a stop sign, turning right into Ray and shattering his pelvis.  Incontinence and sexual dysfunction robbed him of his intimacy with Lynn, and he could never ride again.  The large delivery company would not accept responsibility for the driver’s negligence.  After winning several critical pretrial motions, Ray’s case settled two weeks before trial for a confidential amount.

Winona: Traumatic Brain Injury from car accident

Twenty-three year old Elizabeth was definitely a type-A person, organized, neat and always on top of her busy schedule.  After her accident she was different.  She couldn’t remember things like before, her friends said she was temperamental, and she just could not concentrate.  Elizabeth suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) when a car ran a red light and broadsided her.  By working with Elizabeth’s doctors we could show her injuries were very real and had changed her life forever.  Elizabeth was able to settle her case and structure the payments to help supplement her income for years to come.

Mankato:  Verdict finds climbing wall staff caused fall

Matt had never climbed at an indoor climbing facility before and relied on the supervising staff person to secure his rope.  After he fell and broke his hip the wall’s insurance company claimed it was all Matt’s fault.  A witness happened to catch part of his climb and fall on videotape, however, and analysis of the video by a national authority on climbing safety demonstrated Matt had been tied in improperly, causing his fall.  A jury found in Matt’s favor and awarded over $200,000.

Burnsville:  Passenger paralyzed in single vehicle rollover

Dawn was a passenger in a pickup driven by her husband, Don.  While traveling home from a weekend with family Don fell asleep at the wheel and the truck left the interstate and rolled.  Dawn severed her spinal cord causing paraplegia.  In Minnesota, an insurance claim can be made by one family member against another family member for negligence.  At first Dawn was reluctant because she felt bad for making a claim based on Don’s negligence.  By limiting the claims to only seek the available insurance Dawn’s concerns were assuaged.  A significant recovery was made against Don’s liability insurance, which helped provide for Dawn’s extensive medical needs in the future.

Faribault: Livestock in road causes serious accident

Dale had driven that road a million times, but he had never encountered a horse in the middle of the road.  The accident shattered his hip and arm, costing him a whole season of work.  The horse’s owner and the owner of the property where it was boarded both claimed they were not responsible for the animal being out.  Quick and thorough investigation showed the fencing was inadequate to enclose the animals.  Dale’s case was settled before trial for over $500,000.

Rochester:  Single mother’s dream of putting her girls through college nearly shattered by car accident 

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Wrist injury threatens computer career

When Mary was divorced her girls were in elementary school.  She put herself back through school, earning a computer programming degree and beginning a new career.  When a day-dreaming driver crossed Highway 52 and collided with Mary’s car her dreams were in doubt.  Mary’s doctors said the ligament damage in her wrist may need to be surgically fused which could cost her the career she worked so hard for.  The insurance company wanted to pay less than $50,000 and hired a doctor who said her problems were caused by a fall she had as a child.  By working with Mary’s treating doctors and vocational experts, we were able to show how serious Mary’s injuries were and how they were effecting the career she had built for herself.  On the eve of trial the insurance companies settled Mary’s case for over $700,000, protecting Mary’s dream of putting her daughters through college.