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Injury

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Ranging from a simple dog bite to a million dollar medical malpractice case, if you have been injured, Rodli, Beskar, Neuhaus, Murray and Pletcher, S.C. has the knowledge and experience to protect your rights involving the following injuries:

Our firm represents people in these areas of claims in order to get them compensated for their losses, medical expenses, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. What follows is a very brief summary of the process we follow once we have been asked to represent a person on their personal injury claim.

Investigation:

The first step in the process is to evaluate the chances of success on your claim. We will collect the facts surrounding your injury. The facts in some cases are obvious; if you were rear ended at a stop sign, there will be no doubt about responsibility of the other driver. If you believe you were injured as a result of medical malpractice, the investigation will include obtaining medical records and an opinion of a doctor in the appropriate medical field. Other cases may require experts in other fields such as engineers or safety experts.

Any investigation which may have been conducted will be confirmed, potential witnesses will be contacted, and photographs will be taken where and when appropriate. Any necessary information from employers, schools, or other persons will be obtained as necessary.
After the appropriate investigation, we will discuss with you the strengths and weaknesses of your claim and the advisability of pursuing it. We may be able to do this at our first meeting, or it may take more time with a more complicated claim.

Attorney Fees:

You will not be charged any fees to discuss your case with us. If your case has merit, you will be given the option of a contingent fee or an hourly fee. A contingent fee means that the legal fees will be a percentage (usually one-third) of the amount recovered for your injuries payable at the time of settlement. There would be no fees if we were not successful in reaching a settlement or winning at trial. Under an hourly arrangement, fees would be billed at an hourly rate based upon the time that the attorneys and support staff spend working on your case. Your attorney can explain these options to you in more detail.

Evaluation of Damages:

Letters will be sent to involved health care providers, requesting information regarding your condition.

It is important to know that no case is settled until the damages have all been determined and all investigations has been completed. It generally takes several months to gather the necessary information; time may also be needed in order to determine the long term effects of your injury to allow for treatment and healing.  If a trial becomes necessary, it can take longer to complete the case. One of the most important requests we must make of you is to have patience.

As soon as our investigation is completed and all necessary information is obtained, we will make an evaluation of your case and contact the insurance company to determine if they are interested in entering into serious negotiations.

Starting a Lawsuit:

If a settlement cannot be reached with the insurance company, we will consider the advisability of filing a lawsuit. In some cases, however, it is important to begin a lawsuit as soon as possible.

A lawsuit is started by delivering a document called a Complaintto the other party, which indicates that the party is being sued as a result of your injury. The other party is called a defendant. The defendant submits these papers to his/her insurance company, which then delivers them to the company’s lawyers. The lawyers then file a document called an Answer and, at that point, the case is ready to move forward.

We want to emphasize that although a lawsuit may be started, settlement is always possible and is very often made just before trial.

Discovery:

Once the lawsuit has been started, both sides have the right to obtain information about the case by discovery depositions and interrogatories.

Discovery deposition is the testimony of a party or witness given under oath in the presence of attorneys for both the plaintiff and the defendant before a court reporter who records the testimony.

Interrogatories are written questions which either attorney may submit, and which have to be answered in writing under oath.

We may use both interrogatories and depositions to help us investigate the facts. The defendant’s attorneys also have the right to take testimony and submit interrogatories.
Under the laws of the State, there are no longer any secrets in lawsuits. The attorneys for both sides take depositions and submit interrogatories to assist them in uncovering all of the facts. At any time throughout this period, the possibility of settlement may present itself again and we will endeavor to discuss settlement as we proceed. If anything concrete occurs in any of these discussions, we will advise you promptly. Many courts now require mediation, which often results in settlement without going to trial.

Trial:

The majority of cases do not go to trial. Often, however, they are settled just a few days before the trial date. If your case cannot be settled for a fair amount of money, we will proceed to trial. Before we go to trial, the few weeks before the trial date are spent in detailed preparation of your case. What is expected of you at trial will be explained to you in detail well in advance of your going to court.

Other Accidents and Injuries:

Boat Accidents:

Boats, jet skis, and other personal watercraft can be fun. Unfortunately, carelessness or negligence in the maintenance or operation of these watercraft can cause horrific boating accidents resulting in serious injury or fatalities, including drowning deaths.

We can help you or your family obtain a just result and bring closure to your tremendous loss or injury. We will fight to hold accountable those who caused the unnecessary boating accident and work with injured families in the following types of boating accident cases:

  • boating while intoxicated;
  • illegal use by or improper supervision of a minor operating a boat or personal watercraft;
  • boat collisions with other boats, docks, or landmarks;
  • negligent, careless, or reckless operation of a boat, including nighttime boating; and
  • failure to follow boating rules and regulations.

If you have been injured or if a loved one has been injured or suffered a wrongful death, contact the Minnesota and Wisconsin boat accident lawyers at Rodli, Beskar, Neuhaus, Murray & Pletcher, S.C. and let us guide you through this difficult time in your life. We can help you identify sources of insurance coverage and secure a fair and just settlement to compensate you for losses you have incurred.

Electrical Accidents:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov, every day 435 children, ages 0 to 19, are treated in emergency rooms for burn-related injuries and two children die as a result of being burned.  Contact the personal injury, wrongful death, and accident lawyers at Rodli, Beskar, Neuhaus, Murray & Pletcher and let us put our dedication and experience to work for you. We help clients and their families recover the compensation they deserve from serious personal injuries and fatal accidents.

Other Accidents:
  • Motorcycle, boat, bus, truck, train or bicycle accidents
  • Drunk driving accidents
  • Elder abuse
  • Physical and sexual assault
  • Product liability and defective product litigation
  • Dog bites

 
This information is intended to be viewed as general information. Your individual situation or needs require consultation with the advice of an attorney. We are here to help you today.