Client was involved in a car accident involving a driver that went through
a red light. One of her front teeth was knocked out as a result of the
incident. Settlement was obtained in the amount of $45,000.
Client was involved in an automobile accident while a passenger in a vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle lost control on icy conditions. The passenger
suffered a broken pelvis and internal bleeding. The claim was asserted
against the driver under the automobile liability policy for the driver’s
excessive speed in unsafe conditions. Settlement was obtained in the amount
The client was a Highway Patrol officer stopped by the side of the road
when he was rear-ended by a driver not paying attention. The officer was
stopped on the side of the highway with his lights activated responding
to another vehicle which had to ditch. The at fault driver was either
not paying attention or distracted and rear-ended at the officers patrol
vehicle high rate of speed. The law firm obtained a settlement of $40,000
plus all medical expenses paid separately for soft-tissue back injuries.
Client was operating a motorcycle on a highway in North Dakota. Another
driver in a pickup pulling a utility trailer pulled out directly in front
of the motorcyclist. The motorcyclist struck the trailer and ended up
losing his left leg just below the knee. When law enforcement arrived
to the scene of the accident, the client was on lying on the roadway,
bleeding profusely, with his lower leg separated from his body on the
road. The driver operating the pickup was operating a commercial vehicle
and towing a commercial trailer for purposes of business. A settlement
was obtained in the amount of $1.8 million for this motorcyclist that
lost his lower leg with all medical expenses paid separately.
The client and his wife were driving down a roadway in North Dakota when
another driver pulled out from a stop sign directly into their oncoming
path failing to yield the right-of-way. A significant accident occurred
between the vehicles. The client was an elderly gentleman who sustained
a broken leg. He was confined to a wheelchair for approximately three
months given his age and issues with his broken leg. Settlement was obtained
in the amount of $99,000.
The client was a passenger in a semi riding with her boyfriend at the time
of an accident. Her boyfriend the driver was not paying attention when
he rear-ended the trailer of another semi on the interstate. The client
reached out to brace herself on the dashboard and suffered a broken hand
requiring surgery. The claim was asserted under the commercial policy
for the semi she was occupying as a passenger at the time of the accident.
Settlement was obtained in the amount of $201,000.
The client was standing in the parking lot of a large commercial business
having a conversation with an acquaintance he came across in the parking
lot. While standing and speaking to his friend, the client was struck
by a driver pulling into a parking spot when that driver pinned the client
between the driver’s vehicle and a parked vehicle. The pumpers caused
an injury to the client’s knees which did not result in surgery
or any broken bones. However, the client did have a significant soft-tissue
injury to his knees as a result of being pinned between these vehicles
by the negligent driver. Settlement was obtained in the amount of $70,000.
The client was struck while riding his bicycle in a congested city area.
The bicyclist did nothing wrong as he proceeded through the intersection
on a green light. The driver of a motor vehicle was making a right turn
and failed to look for bicycle or pedestrian traffic causing. As the driver
made his right turn without looking, he struck the bicyclist and knock
the bicyclist to the ground. Because the driver had looked where he was
turning, he was unaware initially he struck the bicyclist and as a result
dragged the bicyclist a substantial distance. The bicyclist suffered several
broken bones but no surgery was required. The case was resolved for $130,000.
The client was rear-ended by a distracted driver while at a complete stop
in a construction zone on the interstate. The client had appropriately
come to a stop as a result of road construction which was taking place.
The at-fault driver was not paying attention and did not notice the stopped
vehicles in the clearly marked construction zone. The client did have
minor back surgery as a result of the incident. The case was resolved
The client was a passenger in a car that rear-ended another vehicle. The
client passenger was obtaining a ride from a family member. The passenger
was unaware the driver was under the influence of illicit drugs. Although
the insurance company initially denied any coverage, it was proven the
passenger was completely unaware of the driver’s drug use prior
to getting the vehicle. The client did undergo minor surgical procedure
as a result of the accident. The case was resolved for a total of $130,000.
A driver was at a complete stop when they were rear-ended by another driver
that was texting and not paying attention. There was substantial property
damage. The client had a concussion as well as neck injury not requiring
surgery. Settlement was obtained in the amount of $130,000.
The client was at a complete stop on the interstate as a result of construction
and roadwork. The area was clearly marked for several miles as a construction
zone with signage indicating slow and stopped traffic as a result of the
highway construction taking place. The signs also indicated highway workers
were present and to reduce speeds. While the client was at a complete
stop, another driver was texting on their phone and not paying attention.
The at fault driver struck the client’s vehicle at a high rate of
speed resulting in the client’s vehicle being completely totaled
in the accident. The client did undergo a significant back surgery procedure.
The client’s case was settled for $275,000.
Drunk Driving Accident-
Client was stopped waiting to make a turn on the highway. He was rear-ended
by an intoxicated driver at a high rate of speed. The injuries were soft-tissue
in nature. The at fault intoxicated driver was not only intoxicated but
driving at a speed of approximately 100 miles per hour and had a prior
history of alcohol offenses. The case was settled for $100,000.
Drunk Driving Accident-
The client was injured while a passenger in a vehicle which left the roadway
and struck an embankment. Client did have minor shoulder surgery as a
result of the automobile accident where she was a passenger. It was unknown
to the passenger that the driver had been drinking before providing a
ride to the passenger. The passenger was completely unaware as to the
extent of the alcohol consumption by the driver in advance of the accident.
The insurance company initially denied any coverage whatsoever as a result
of the driver’s intoxication and asserted the passenger should have
been aware the driver was intoxicated and impaired. Through significant
investigation, it was shown the passenger was unaware of the driver’s
alcohol consumption. The case was resolved in the total amount of $130,000.
Homeowner Insurance Claim
The client owned a small home in a rural area. The home was used for occasional
rental on a periodic basis. The client never occupied the home as his
residence and had a completely separate home in which he lived. Given
the rural nature of the home, it was vandalized and set on fire by a group
of unknown individuals. The homeowner did have insurance coverage for
any damage or destruction to the property. Because the home was clearly
destroyed as an intentional act, the insurance company denied any coverage
whatsoever and refused to pay the homeowner for the damage to the property
caused by the vandalism. Through extensive litigation it was proven that
the home burned as a result of vandalism rather than any actions on the
part of the homeowner. The litigation brought about a reversal of the
denial of coverage and payment for the full loss of home was issued by
the insurance company under the insurance policy.
Life Insurance Claim
A claim was asserted against a life insurance company regarding the death
of the named insured. That named insured had a life insurance policy through
the company. The company denied coverage under the policy on the grounds
the decedent committed suicide within the initial policy period, thereby
voiding the life insurance policy. There were facts presented in the investigation
which showed that although the decedent contributed to his death, he did
not commit suicide. Our office represented the surviving two children
of the decedent since both were beneficiaries under this life insurance
policy. A claim against was asserted the life insurance policy contending
its denial of coverage was improper. The life insurance company reversed
its position and paid all death benefits plus attorney fees and interest
for the stated amount of the death benefit as a result of the litigation.
The law firm represented the family of a 16 year old who died as a result
of being given a mixture of chemicals constituting a drug without his
knowledge. The drugs were a lethal mix of chemicals being mixed at home
where it was apparent drug manufacturing was taking place. The claim was
made under that homeowner policy for negligence regarding the homeowner.
It was alleged in the policy that the homeowner was negligent for allowing
drug manufacturing to take place in the home. Coverage was initially denied
by the home owner insurance carrier on the basis drug manufacturing was
excluded under the policy. A substantial settlement was obtained for the
family related to the death of this young man. This was one of the first
successful cases in Minnesota involving a successful negligence claim
as a result of the manufacture of unlawful drugs. As a result of the precedent
set in this important case, a number of other settlements were obtained
by the law firm involving the death of other young adults under similar
circumstances involving the manufacturer of lethal substances.
Client was a six-year-old girl that was a back seat passenger in a vehicle
which rolled off the highway. She sustained a concussion when she was
thrown inside the vehicle. A claim was asserted against the driver for
not only negligence but also failure to have the child properly restrained
in a car seat. Settlement for this young victim was obtained in the amount
While working as a farm hand on a small North Dakota farm, the client suffered
a compound fracture of his lower leg as a result of being struck by an
auger which was accidentally activated by another coworker. Because this
was a small North Dakota farm, there was no worker compensation coverage.
The claim was a basic negligence claim under the farm negligence policy.
Settlement was obtained in the amount of $118,000 for this leg injury.
The client tripped over a utility wire which had been left by a local utility
company across a public walking path. The wire had been buried but became
dislodged and posed a hazard across the walking path. The client was walking
his dog at night when he tripped on the wire while on the walkway which
had been negligently left by the utility company. The client sustained
a concussion and settlement was obtained in the amount of $55,000.
The client was a woman with no prior farming experience or experience with
animals. She was asked to assist in regard to gathering cattle for loading
and shipment related to sale. She ended up being kicked by one of the
animals in the knee causing an injury requiring minor surgery. The case
was settled for $39,500.
Client was injured as result of an accidental gunshot to the arm. The gun
owner negligently discharged the firearm resulting in injury. The insurance
carrier for the gun owner initially denied insurance coverage under the
portion of the policy which precludes coverage for criminal acts. Because
the gun owner was charged with negligent discharge of a firearm resulting
in serious bodily injury, there was a criminal case which the insurance
company asserted was a legal basis to deny any insurance payments for
the injury. Our law firm was able to get insurance company to reverse
its denial of coverage and eventually settled the injury claim for $201,000.
Client was a resident of an apartment building where the sidewalk was in
significant disrepair. The property owner was aware of the deteriorated
sidewalk and despite numerous complaints from residents, failed to repair
the condition of the deteriorating sidewalk which included exposed rebar.
While walking on the sidewalk, the client fell when her foot struck the
exposed rebar. She fell to the ground and required a minor shoulder surgery
procedure. The case was resolved for $63,000.
Client was in the course of his employment regarding a fuel delivery a
commercial business site. The commercial business site did not have a
safe or appropriate manner to access its fuel tanks requiring the employee
to hoist himself onto a platform while carrying a heavy fuel delivery
hose. The employee was injured in the course of the fuel delivery and
suffered soft tissue injuries. The case was resolved for $61,000.
The client was walking to her apartment building when she fell on the sidewalk
as a result of significant deterioration in the condition of the sidewalk.
She suffered a broken wrist which did not require surgery. Insurance carrier
for the apartment initially denied coverage for the injury. It was discovered
through the information gathering that the property owner had obtained
bids for repairing the dangerous condition but felt the bids were too
high so the owner never made the necessary repairs. The case was resolved
the total amount of $45,000.
The client was renting a home. The home was in disrepair and the renter
reported this condition on numerous occasions to the property owner. The
disrepair resulted in several unsafe conditions regarding the property.
The property owner did nothing to remedy the unsafe conditions which existed
in the home. The renter was always timely with their rental payments and
there were no issues whatsoever other than these unsafe conditions. The
renter suffered a serious injury to her knee when she fell as a direct
result of these unsafe conditions. The injury required several surgeries.
The case was eventually resolved for $350,000.
Slip and Fall-
The client was a teenage boy playing basketball at a local youth center.
The youth center had a leaking roof with water accumulating on the basketball
court. The youth center was aware of the roof leaking and did nothing
to remedy or repair the leak. The youth center also failed to prevent
use of the basketball court during the leaking conditions, even though
that condition was known. The client sustained a knee injury when in the
course of a basketball game, he slipped on the accumulated water and struck
his knee causing a substantial injury. A settlement was obtained in the
amount of $160,000.
Slip and Fall-
The client was dropping off his vehicle at a motor vehicle repair shop.
The shop was performing repairs which included the removal of a drainage
cover on the floor. The shop did not have any warning signs or orange
cones indicating the floor drain cover had been removed. The client was
walking across the floor and stepped in a normal area of travel when his
foot went into the area where the floor drain cover should have been located.
The client sustained soft-tissue injuries to his back as a result of stepping
into the drain up to his hip. The claim was resolved against the property
owner for $40,000.
The client was a passenger in a semi at the time of injury. As a result
of a defective door latch on the passenger side of the semi-tractor, the
client fell out of the moving semi. Client suffered a concussion and did
have shoulder surgery as result of the incident. The commercial insurance
carrier initially denied any insurance coverage because the passenger
was not an employee lawfully occupying the semi-tractor at the time of
the incident. Because the passenger was in the semi-tractor with the permission
and consent of the driver, the denial of coverage was reversed by the
commercial insurance carrier. The case was resolved for $194,500.
The client was at a complete stop for a stop sign in traffic. The vehicle
stopped in front of him began pulling out into the roadway and realized
a large semi was coming high rate of speed. That driver slammed his vehicle
in reverse to avoid the collision with the semi and instead struck the
client’s stationary vehicle while moving backward. As a result of
the at fault driver pulling in front of an oncoming semi thereby requiring
the evasive action of throwing his vehicle in reverse, the client suffered
a minor injury to his knee requiring a minor surgical procedure. That
case was eventually resolved for $52,300.
Client was the driver of a minivan driving down a two-lane divided highway
when a semi pulled out from a stop sign blocking her lane of travel. The
accident occurred between vehicles as a result of negligence of the semi
driver pulling out in front of the oncoming minivan. The law firm represented
the driver of the minivan who sustained a broken ankle in the accident.
Settlement was obtained of $230,000 from the commercial vehicle insurance
carrier which provided coverage for the semi.