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We love living in Minnesota, but we know our state is not immune to danger. There is no shortage of ways to get hurt while enjoying all the Land of 10,000 Lakes has to offer. Whether you’ve been injured in a serious car accident, attacked by a vicious dog, suffered an injury at work, or harmed by medical malpractice you need an experienced personal injury attorney looking out for you.
Choosing the right Minneapolis personal injury lawyer for you can mean the difference between dealing with a pile of medical bills on your own and having the resources you need to get well and put the pieces of your life back together after an accident.
With Minnesota offices in Minneapolis, Woodbury, Duluth, and Hibbing, Minnesotans from the metro, the north shore and the range can all turn to the proven advocates of Nicolet Law for the representation and counsel they need. Call 1-855-NICOLET anytime to schedule your free initial consultation.
A personal injury lawyer, at its core, is a lawyer who represents people who have been injured due to the negligence of others. They help injury victims and their loved ones navigate the complex legal and insurance processes for obtaining financial compensation for damages such as pain and suffering, medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost earnings, property damage, and more.
More broadly speaking, the right personal injury lawyer can function as a counselor, a support system, and even a friend as you go through a very difficult time in your life post-injury. You can rely on a personal injury lawyer to deal with the insurance company, legal forms, and schedules so you can focus on doing everything in your power to rebuild your life after a serious injury.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that choosing the right personal injury lawyer can make the difference between having the financial resources and personal support you need to make things right and being left alone to the whims and profit motive of the insurance company. It’s crucial to make sure you have an advocate you can trust to look out for your best interests and help you build the foundation for a better future as you recover from your injuries.
A personal injury lawyer can help you with a wide range of injury claims, including personal injury cases stemming from:
Finding the right attorney to handle your personal injury claim is a very personal thing. A perfect personal injury lawyer for one person may be the entirely wrong personal injury lawyer for another person who has suffered a similar injury.
One thing that remains the same for everyone is the need to find a lawyer with the right skills, knowledge, and experience to effectively pursue their personal injury or wrongful death claim. They must be able to confidently answer your personal injury questions and set your mind at ease about the process in front of you.
Once the threshold has been met for legal skills, knowledge, and experience, finding the right personal injury lawyer is about finding a lawyer who is the right fit for your unique personality and the specific circumstances of your case. For example, if you despise small talk it wouldn’t make sense to choose an attorney with a penchant for being chatty. Likewise, if you get peace of mind from having your questions answered quickly it wouldn’t make sense to choose a lawyer who is frequently unavailable to take your calls.
An initial consultation is a great way to get to know a personal injury attorney before committing to choosing them to represent you. Almost all personal injury lawyers offer a free initial consultation. During your consultation, in addition to getting a sense for their communication style and personality, it’s important to ask questions such as:
Beyond your personal impression of a prospective attorney, you can take a look online to learn more. For example, have they been recognized for their accomplishments by organizations such as Super Lawyers? Are their reviews or testimonials available from past clients that speak to issues of importance to you?
Some personal injury attorneys do not see the true struggles of injury victims, and they turn down cases because they do not believe they are worth their time. At Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers, we look past initial impressions to get to know your situation and understand the many ways your injury affects your life.
We also have substantial resources that allow us to dig deep and prove claims that other firms would not be able to prove. The following is a small sample of some of our past successes for injured clients. While these past results are never a guarantee of future results, we believe that they illustrate our dedication to success for our clients.
All in all, Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers helped over 3,000 injured clients over 14 years. We recovered more than $40 million for our clients in settlements and awards, and we are nowhere near finished. If you want an injury law firm that will take your case seriously and that the insurance companies will take seriously, contact us today.
Accidental injuries can happen in countless ways, many of which are preventable. Our firm takes on injury claims stemming from many types of accidents, including the ones below. If you suffered injuries in any accident in which you believe someone else was to blame, never hesitate to reach out to us directly to discuss a possible case.
Even when there seem to be fewer vehicles on the roads, traffic crashes keep increasing in and around the Minneapolis area. Along with many other localities across the country, our city launched its Vision Zero program, aiming to reduce preventable traffic fatalities to zero through safety awareness efforts.
Some of these streets include:
Further, lower-income neighborhoods have a higher percentage of reported accidents, as only nine percent of the streets in the city see 70 percent of injury or fatal crashes. These streets might have no turn lanes or higher speed limits, and the city is looking to increase safety in these areas. In the meantime, the city reports that people of color continue to experience a greater impact from traffic crashes than other demographics in Minneapolis.
Vision Zero reports also indicate that five unsafe behaviors lead the causes of crashes in Minneapolis:
When drivers engage in these types of behaviors and cause harm to others, those negligent drivers should be fully liable for the losses of injured victims. Our team helps to seek compensation for car accident victims to help increase safety and obtain justice for those who suffer injuries due to dangerous drivers.
The Minneapolis Vision Zero program also focuses on reducing pedestrian and bicycle accidents, injuries, and deaths, as these are a major problem throughout the city. Cyclists and pedestrians make up a disproportionate percentage of severe injury or fatal crashes.
Safety reports indicate that speed plays a major role in the risk of pedestrian and cyclist injuries and deaths, for example:
Since speeding is a major problem in many parts of the city, this is a contributing factor to the number of pedestrians and cyclists who suffer harm on the roads in Minneapolis.
When a negligent driver hits you while you are walking or riding a bike, you need the right legal team on your side, and you should contact our Minneapolis personal injury lawyers immediately.
Commercial trucks are a mainstay of our society, as we rely on stocked shelves in our stores and online orders delivered straight to our homes, among many other goods that these trucks transport across the state and country. Problems arise when these heavy trucks collide with smaller vehicles or otherwise cause chain-reaction crashes that result in serious injuries.
In a recent year, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety reported the following:
The largest percent of truck accidents happened on interstates or state highways, but many crashes also occurred in residential neighborhoods or rural areas surrounding the city. The reality is that anywhere you see trucks driving is a possible location for a commercial truck crash and life-changing injuries.
Many truck accidents happen due to driver error, but drivers are not the only potentially liable parties. Other parties that might be responsible for compensating injured victims include trucking companies, third-party cargo loaders, maintenance crews, or truck manufacturers. These investigations and claims are complicated, so you want an experienced personal injury firm on your side right from the start.
While cars and trucks are the most common vehicles on our roadways, we also assist clients injured in other types of vehicle crashes.
Each vehicle has unique risks and common injuries that result from crashes. Seek medical attention whenever you suffer injuries and, when your health is stable, let our personal injury lawyers in Minneapolis evaluate your legal rights.
You might not think of a slip and fall as a serious accident, but this type of incident can result in surprisingly serious injuries, including spinal injuries, concussions, fractures, and more. When a property or business owner is responsible for causing your slip and fall because they allowed hazards to exist on the premises, they should also be responsible for covering all of your injury-related losses.
There are many risks of slip and falls in the Minneapolis area, such as:
The reality is that wet floors, debris in walkways, or overly worn flooring can exist in nearly any environment if management or owners do not properly inspect and maintain the premises.
Proving that a business was negligent and obtaining an insurance settlement can be challenging, as many companies or property owners will fight liability. You need an experienced Minneapolis personal injury lawyer to take on your claim.
There are about 75 nursing homes and long-term care facilities in the Minneapolis area, many of which are becoming overcrowded due to the high percentage of the population that is reaching senior status and requiring full-time care. As this happens, nursing home staff might be overworked, undertrained, and often underpaid, which can lead to problems within certain facilities.
When your loved one moves into a facility, you expect them to receive the care they need, especially for the high price tag. Unfortunately, many family members notice signs of possible mistreatment of their loved ones, which can include nursing home neglect or abuse.
Suspecting that your parent or another family member suffered injuries at the hands of nursing home staff can be distressing. First, make sure that your loved one is safe, and then contact our personal injury law firm for information about your legal rights and options.
Minneapolis is a pet-friendly city, and many households have one or more dogs. Even the nicest dog might suddenly react to something and bite someone unexpectedly, and dog bites can cause serious injuries. If you suffer injuries from a dog bite, seek medical attention if the dog broke through your skin even the slightest bit. Then, learn about your legal rights from our personal injury attorneys.
Minnesota holds dog owners strictly liable for injuries their dogs cause from bites or attacks. The owner does not have to be negligent, and the dog does not have to have a history of biting for liability to apply. As long as you were not trespassing or provoking the dog, you should recover financially for your medical bills and other losses from the dog owner. We can help you take the proper steps to do so.
Whether you work for the University of Minnesota, a manufacturing plant, in business or financial services, or another one of Minneapolis's major industries, you likely do not leave for work expecting to suffer injuries. Unfortunately, many people do just that and need medical care and, often, time off work.
If you sustained injuries on the job, the process of seeking compensation is different from non-work-related accidents. This is because the Minnesota workers’ compensation system provides benefits for injured or ill workers regardless of who was at fault for the accident. When you file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, you do not have to prove negligence, but you do have to prove that your injury was work-related.
In some cases, a third party unrelated to your employer might be responsible for causing your work injuries. This might be the case if equipment failed due to a manufacturing defect or a driver hit you while you were on the road as part of your job. Our attorneys can identify when there are multiple sources of recovery for you, and we can help file both your work comp claim and third-party injury claim.
While you are likely focusing on your physical recovery from your injuries, you do not want to wait to get started on seeking your financial recovery. There are time limits if we need to file a lawsuit in your case, and evidence can weaken or disappear over time. Let us evaluate your rights as soon as possible.
Never let another law firm rejecting your case get you down if you know something is not right. You have nothing to lose by contacting our law firm today.
The best personal injury lawyers in Minnesota are ready for everything. Personal injury cases can go down many different paths and a successful injury attorney must be able to adjust on the fly to achieve the best possible outcome for their client. Practically speaking, that means the best attorneys have the skills and experience necessary to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company or – when they refuse to negotiate in good faith – take a case to trial to maximize compensation for medical bills, pain-and-suffering, lost wages, and other damages.
While the best Minnesota personal injury lawyers can succeed at the negotiating table and in the courtroom, the less successful attorneys are often lost once a quick settlement fails to materialize. Even if a quick settlement is possible, chances are that settlement is a better deal for the insurance company than you and your family.
These factors apply to all types of personal injury cases, such as those stemming from motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, and workplace accidents.
In Minneapolis, personal injury cases can cover a wide variety of scenarios. People suffer injuries from various sources, though personal injuries result from someone else’s careless actions. If you or one of your loved ones suffered an injury because someone else caused an accident that involved you, you likely have a valid personal injury claim.
Dealing with personal injury claims is a long and difficult process. Many who suffer from serious injuries have a very long road ahead to get to recovery, which doesn’t even take into account the serious issue of paying for medical expenses and trying to get back to work. If you have been involved in a serious personal injury-causing incident, don’t hesitate to seek support.
In the following paragraphs, we have answered many of the most commonly asked questions surrounding personal injury accidents and claims.
A: Personal injury accidents occur for a variety of reasons in many places throughout Minneapolis. Most people immediately think of a car accident when they think of a personal injury, but many other cases qualify as personal injury claims.
The most common causes for personal injury claims are accidents such as:
These are the common causes of personal injury claims. However, other situations might cause personal injury accidents. No matter what you’ve suffered that has led to your personal injury, you can pursue a claim if you get in touch with a personal injury attorney who can guide you through the process.
A: Determining a personal injury claim can be challenging. Most people talk to a lawyer after a serious personal injury caused by an accident to determine if they have a claim. A few personal injury laws can help you prove your claim in a court of law.
The four criteria for a personal injury claim require the plaintiff to:
If you can meet and prove those four criteria, you likely have a personal injury claim. However, it’s important to realize that there are a lot of ins and outs to proving such a claim.
You’ll need a lot of evidence from:
To make sure you get the evidence you need and can pursue a successful claim, reach out to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. The extra help will make things go much more smoothly as you gather evidence to prove your claim.
A: Minnesota, along with several other states, is a no-fault state. This means that insurance is more complicated in a car accident claim than it is in other states.
In fault states, the person at fault for the accident generally must pay for damages they caused to other parties.
All drivers in no-fault states must carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance to pay for damages in minor accidents. Drivers must turn to their own insurance first to pay for any injuries and damages they suffered. Then, if they meet certain criteria, they can seek compensation from the responsible party.
In Minneapolis, for example, you can seek compensation from the responsible party if:
There is a lot of nuance in determining what counts as a permanent disability or disfigurement, of course. If you aren’t sure how to categorize your injury, discuss the situation with a personal injury attorney who can tell you what does and doesn't count in a personal injury claim.
Obviously, your circumstances will dictate your claim. In some types of accidents, PIP insurance may not cover the injuries you suffered. In that case, always reach out to a lawyer for help to make sure you get the money you need.
A: There are various types of damages you can recover from a personal injury claim. The exact types of damages will vary depending on the circumstances of your case.
The most common damages you might collect include:
These are the common categories of damages to look out for in a personal injury claim. You may be able to recover others if the circumstances of your case are different. In wrongful death claims, for example, the parents, spouse, or children of the deceased can recover compensation for funeral and burial expenses, loss of services and support, loss of companionship, loss of parental guidance, and other similar damages.
To determine the damages you can recover, get in touch with an attorney. They can help you estimate the value of your damages and determine a possible recovery amount. The total amount you can recover will depend a lot on the circumstances, but many personal injury victims recover hundreds of thousands or even millions from their claims.
A: After your accident, you have a few options for how to get started on recovery.
To get the most from a personal injury claim, as soon as you suffer an accident:
If you take these steps immediately after your accident, the entire process will be a lot easier for you as you seek and recover the compensation you deserve.
A: Yes. As outlined above, hiring a lawyer will make your claim so much easier to get through.
Personal injury lawyers are experts at negotiating favorable settlements for their clients. While you may not know how to deal with insurance companies or other attorneys fighting you for a settlement, personal injury attorneys have practiced it for years.
Personal injury attorneys are all about seeing justice done for their clients. They know you need to maintain focus on recovering, so they always do what they can to guide you to financial and physical support during the recovery process. They will also do all in their power to ensure you don’t have to pay more than your fair share.
Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis. They will not take money from you during the claim process. When you win the compensation you need, they will take only an agreed-upon percentage from your winnings as payment.
An injury keeping you from working while the medical bills pile up can leave you feeling powerless. At Nicolet Law Office, we empower Minneapolis injury victims to step forward and get the full compensation they deserve for the damages they have suffered due to the negligence of others. We look forward to helping you obtain the resources you need to rebuild your life. Contact us today for a free consultation with our Minneapolis personal injury lawyers.
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