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Whether your injuries resulted from a motor vehicle collision, a slip-and-fall accident, or a vicious dog bite, you need a skilled and compassionate personal injury law firm by your side—you need Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers.
Our Minnesota personal injury attorneys and legal staff are dedicated to helping our clients recover financial compensation for pain and suffering, medical treatment, lost wages, and car repair. With over 100 years of combined legal experience and thousands of satisfied clients, we know how to get results.
In addition to providing personalized, experienced legal guidance, our attorneys are also skilled negotiators who understand what it takes to maximize a victim’s recovery—and we have the track record to show for it.
We can offer assistance with a wide range of personal injury actions, including those involving:
Suffering a severe personal injury can leave an individual feeling vulnerable, especially if the victim faces mounting medical bills. Fortunately, Nicolet Law Firm can help our clients rebuild their lives and finances. Our attorneys will deal with the insurance companies so that our clients don’t have to.
After a serious injury, the last thing you need is for anyone to try to take advantage of you. Unfortunately, this is just what many insurance companies - and even some personal injury attorneys - will try to do. Many people come to our firm for help when they receive an offer that is nowhere near what they deserve from an insurance company. In some situations, another attorney recommended they accept the offer to get the case over with.
We are here to obtain the best possible results for each client, no matter how long the process takes. We do not stop working until we believe that a settlement offer is fair, given the circumstance. Below are only some of many examples of how we turned insulting offers into fair recovery for our clients.
As you can see, we know when our clients deserve much more than the insurance company is offering, and we fight until they receive the full compensation they deserve, given their losses and situations. Over 14 years, Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers has obtained over $38 million for more than 3,000 clients.
We pride ourselves on not being a “settlement mill” that pushes clients into accepting the first offer they receive to wrap up cases quickly. Instead, we give each case the full personalized attention it deserves to make sure our clients move forward with the financial recovery they need.
Many people expect insurance companies to be ready to help them. After all, people pay premiums to have coverage for these types of situations, so insurers should pay valid claims, right? Unfortunately, insurance is a business, and these companies earn greater profits when they limit their claim payouts. Adjusters might tell you they are on your side when, in reality, they are working to minimize your settlement offer.
Insurance companies regularly try to take advantage of unrepresented claimants in many ways. For example:
It is always wise to avoid saying too much to insurance companies. Even if they ask how you are doing, and you say that you are “fine” out of habit, they might use that response to assert that you are feeling no effects of your injuries. Instead, politely decline to give a statement and contact our Minnesota personal injury attorneys, who can handle all communications moving forward.
Further, you should never accept a settlement offer without first consulting with an experienced personal injury lawyer. You might not realize the full value of your losses, or you might be in a rush to cover some unpaid bills. However, once you accept an offer that is too low, you lose your right to request additional funds once you realize the amount was insufficient. You might be responsible for covering the rest of your losses in this situation, and we help you avoid this. Contact us today so we can begin standing up to the insurance company for you.
If you have suffered injuries in a preventable accident, retain a lawyer to represent you as soon as you can. With insurance companies actively working to minimize payouts or deny claims outright, working with a lawyer can even the playing field and increase the chances of you getting the compensation that you deserve under Minnesota law. We discuss some of the specific ways in which a lawyer could help below.
As an accident victim, it’s important to be aware of the fact that not every injury-causing accident entitles you to compensation. You only have the right to financial recovery if your accident was the result of someone else’s negligence, and then you should be able to recover for all of your accident-related losses.
You may seek damages for medical expenses, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, and lost quality of life. An attorney familiar with personal injury law will be able to evaluate your accident and determine whether you have a claim.
Determining the value of a personal injury claim is a complicated matter, and it’s critical to have an idea of how much compensation you are seeking before making an insurance claim. In addition, if you do not have an idea of how much your claim is worth, it makes it easier for the insurance company to settle your claim for less. A lawyer will be able to evaluate all of your losses and pursue a fair settlement offer.
Sometimes, insurance companies refuse to make a fair settlement offer. If this happens to you, your only course of action may be to pursue your losses by filing a lawsuit. If your case goes to trial, your lawyer will handle all of the paperwork associated with filing a lawsuit and represent you in court. Importantly, filing a lawsuit does not always mean that it will not settle, as sometimes, the threat of litigation is enough to get the insurance company to make a better offer.
Many personal injury cases center on negligence, or a failure to use reasonable care. In these cases, the negligent person may be required to compensate the victim for the losses he or she sustained.
Winning a personal injury case requires the plaintiff to establish that the defendant’s actions, or inaction, lacked reasonable care and that that failure to exercise caution ultimately caused the plaintiff’s injuries or damages. The concept of negligence consists of three parts: duty of care, breach of duty, and causation.
Duty of care: A duty of care is the obligation to act with reasonable caution in any circumstance that could result in harm to another person. For example, all drivers owe other drivers a duty to obey traffic laws.
Breach of duty: If a duty of care has been established, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant breached their duty. Common examples of negligence include running a stop sign while driving and failing to caution customers about a wet floor after mopping.
Causation: Finally, a plaintiff must establish that a defendant’s breach of duty led to the accident or the victim’s injuries. For example, business owners have a responsibility to keep their buildings safe for their customers. During the winter months, this responsibility may include salting or clearing the building’s entrance after a snowstorm. Therefore, if a store fails to do this and a slip-and-fall accident occurs, the store’s owners and employees may be found liable for the victim’s injuries.
Accident victims shouldn’t have to deal with claims and cases. At Nicolet Law, our attorneys are dedicated to providing trusted, compassionate, and affordable legal representation to every client so that they can focus on what really matters—healing and rebuilding.
Sadly, we cannot say the same for insurance companies. Insurance companies are ultimately loyal to their shareholders and the profits that those shareholders want to see.
The award-winning personal injury attorneys at Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers are committed to our clients and their cases. We will take on the insurance companies and work tirelessly to provide all of our clients with just compensation for their injuries, even if it means bringing the fight to court.
We know that the path to personal injury compensation can be long and complicated. When you trust Nicolet Law with your case, you can rest assured we will do everything we can to guide you successfully through the personal injury claims process.
Although many of our clients want to know how long it will take to receive compensation, the timeline for obtaining money in a personal injury case can vary depending on how the claim is resolved. Claims that settle typically result in quicker payment. Cases that go to trial frequently take longer, depending on the court’s calendar.
However, Minnesota personal injury claims tend to progress through a similar timeline—though most cases settle out of court and will not reach the final stage.
The attorneys at Nicolet Law have years of experience analyzing the advantages of settling versus bringing a case to court. We are committed to helping our clients make the right decision for their situation, and we can help you comprehend how each option affects the amount of compensation you receive—as well as how quickly you receive it.
You can schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled personal injury lawyers by calling us toll-free at 1-855-NICOLET, or by contacting us through our secure online form. If your injury means you cannot come to us, we will make arrangements to come to you.
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“Russell Nicolet represented me for a personal injury case. He was kind, compassionate, and professional. He made my concerns his concerns. He was quick to respond to my calls and emails. He kept me up to date on the progress of the case. Every interaction with Russel and his staff was a positive experience. If you are looking for a personal injury attorney, I highly recommend Russell, or his colleagues at Nicolet Law.”
Review by: Deanna S.
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