Minneapolis Personal Injury Lawyer

Apple Valley, MN, Personal Injury Lawyer

There’s nothing more devastating to a person or family than to be the unsuspecting victim of someone else’s negligence.  Whether that means a deadly car crash, a slip and fall accident at a store, or being bitten by a neighbor’s dog, these injuries can be severe and change your life forever.  No one should have to endure that alone.

The law recognizes that you may be due financial compensation for all that you’ve suffered.  By filing a personal injury lawsuit, you may recover the cost of doctor and hospital bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering and future medical costs.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, call Tyroler Leonard Injury Law today.  We always fight hard for our clients, and we show them compassion throughout the entire process.

Why Choose Us

Choosing the right Minneapolis personal injury attorney is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make.  Every car accident attorney is different.  Some have more experience, skill, and determination than others.  Attorney Isaac Tyroler and Attorney Rachel Sperling Leonard are some of the best and most respected.  They are compassionate with clients and understands that many have been through traumatic experiences.  At the same time, they are aggressive negotiators and fierce litigators.  They take each case personally and are completely focused on getting clients the justice they deserve.  We are not afraid to go head-to-head with insurance companies to negotiate a favorable settlement or litigate a case in front of a jury if necessary.  We will not stop until we have achieved the best outcome possible in your case.  We have achieved outstanding case results.  To learn more about what our satisfied clients have to say, you can read these client testimonials.

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How We Can Help

A skilled and experienced personal injury lawyer at our firm can build a strong legal case on your behalf to secure the highest payout possible.  Our efforts include:

  • Gathering evidence
  • Collecting medical records and tests
  • Researching applicable statutes and case law
  • Interviewing eyewitnesses
  • Preparing you for deposition
  • Reviewing police reports
  • Securing surveillance video, if available
  • Examining the crash scene
  • Hiring expert witnesses, if needed
  • Negotiating aggressively with insurance companies
  • Litigating your case in court, if necessary.

We will leave no stone unturned when seeking facts and evidence to build the strongest case possible.  We’ll walk beside you every step of the way throughout the legal process, from start to finish.  You’ll never be alone.

Some of our most successful personal injury cases include:

  • $1,300,000 Policy Limits Settlement For A Man With Severe Injuries In A Minnesota Bicycle Accident After Being Run Over By A Van.
  • $1,000,000 Settlement For A Woman Who Suffered A Brain Injury When Struck By A Car.
  • $750,000 Settlement For A Man Who Suffered A Brain Injury When He Slipped On Water At A Local Retailer.
  • $595,000 Minnesota Wrongful Death Settlement For The Family Of A Man Who Was Killed When He Was Hit In A Crosswalk By A Truck That Ran A Red Light.
  • $500,000 Policy Limits Settlement For A Man Injured In A Wisconsin Motorcycle Accident.
  • $200,000 Settlement For A Girl Who Was Bitten On The Chest And Face By A Neighbor’s Dog.
“Isaac is a great person, he makes sure you get what you deserve, he is straightforward, open to every detail and very honest. I will highly recommend him, he get your case settled on time.”
–Valerie Ketoh, Client

Damages Your Minneapolis Person Injury Attorney Can Request

If you’ve been injured in an accident, you could be entitled to both economic and non-economic damages.  These can include:

Economic Damages

  • Medical and hospital bills
  • Future medical care and rehabilitation
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earnings potential
  • Property damage

Non-Economic Damages

  • Pain and suffering
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Emotional distress and anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

In some cases, but not all, a judge can also award punitive damages.These are designed to punish egregious offenders who show complete disregard for the safety of others and to send a warning to others who might be tempted to do the same.

Personal Injury FAQs

A personal injury lawyer in Minneapolis answers frequent questions.

Clients often ask similar questions about various aspects of a personal injury lawsuit.  These questions can include concerns about dollar amounts, timing, definitions, and costs.  Following are some answers to frequently asked questions:

What if my loved one died in an accident?

If your loved one was killed in a car crash, slip and fall, after being bitten by a dog, or in another kind of personal injury accident, you may be able to file what’s known as a wrongful death lawsuit.  If you’re successful, you can collect economic and non-economic damages as well as funeral and burial costs.

What does “personal injury” mean?

A personal injury claim is typically brought when a person suffers bodily or emotional harm caused by another party’s negligence or malice.  Bodily injury can be something like broken bones, burns, internal bleeding or paralysis. Emotional harm can be PTSD, depression, the shame of disfigurement, or anxiety.  To receive damages, a plaintiff must show that they suffered a significant injury or incurred costs or financial setbacks as a result of the defendant’s negligent actions.

What is the average personal injury settlement amount?

Because every case is different, there is no “average” settlement that an injury victim can receive.  Each case is dependent on unique facts.  Generally, the more severe the injury, the higher the payout.  Also, if multiple people are injured, if someone dies, or if there’s evidence of gross negligence where punitive damages are awarded, the settlement or award can be higher.

How much does it cost to hire a Minneapolis personal injury lawyer?

Tyroler Leonard Injury Law works on contingency, which means that our legal fees are paid by the defendant as part of a settlement agreement or jury award. If for any reason your claim is not successful, you owe us nothing.

Who is the defendant in a personal injury lawsuit?

There can be one or many defendants in a personal injury lawsuit.  For example, in a delivery truck accident case, potential defendants could include the other driver, his or her insurance company, the delivery company, and even the truck manufacturer if there’s evidence of a manufacturing defect.

What is “pain and suffering” and how do you measure it?

Pain and suffering can be difficult to value. A person injured through someone else’s negligence is entitled to recover for: 

  • Pain
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Embarrassment
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of relations with spouse.

What each of these is worth can be different in each case. Some plaintiffs may have all of these and some may have only suffered one or two.

What if the person who caused my motorcycle accident didn’t have insurance?

You can pay for uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage, but you must elect it. Unfortunately, Minnesota does not require uninsured motorist coverage on motorcycles. This means that if an uninsured driver causes you injuries in a motorcycle crash, there may not be any coverage available for you.  If you do have uninsured motorist coverage, that would cover you for injuries in the same way the at-fault driver’s insurance would have if they were insured. The mandatory minimum coverage for Minnesota uninsured motorist coverage is $25,000.

How long does a personal injury lawsuit take?

Each case is different.  Timing can depend on whether you achieve a settlement or your case goes to court.  A case can take a few months to a year or more.

 
We hope these answers to commonly asked questions are helpful.  If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 651-259-1113.  The initial consultation is free.

Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims in Minnesota

In most cases, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is six years in Minnesota.

The 6-year statute of limitations for Minnesota personal injury lawsuits can be found at Minnesota Statutes section 541.05.  There are a few scenarios in which the “clock” on the statute of limitations might be delayed.  These include:

  • If the injured person under is the age of 18, then the statute does not run until the later of 6 years or the person turns 19 years old.
  • If the injured person is legally insane, then the clock won’t start running until the period of legal disability is over (mental competence is restored).  However, this filing deadline won’t be extended beyond five (5) years; and once sanity is restored, the suit must be filed within one (1) year. (Minnesota Statutes section 541.15.)
“Working directly with Isaac during such a difficult and challenging time in my life was such a blessing. I could of not asked for a more hard working, compassionate lawyer to handle my case. My calls and questions were always answered and more importantly the communication was top notch! I highly recommend hiring Isaac for your case!”
–Kelly Dekowsky, Client

Additional Tyroler Leonard Injury Law Case Victories

Let’s take a look at additional personal injury cases that our attorneys have successfully handled.  We always put our clients first, and we make sure they are protected and listened to throughout the process.

  • $900,000 Settlement For A Man Who Was Badly Injured In A Minnesota Car Crash And Suffered Numerous Injuries.
  • $862,500 Settlement For A Man Who Suffered Significant Hip Injuries In A Wisconsin Car Crash.
  • $608,000 Verdict For A Woman Who Had Low-Back Surgery After A Minnesota Car Accident. The Insurer Offered $26,000 Before Trial.
  • $325,000 Settlement For The Family Of A Man Who Was Killed On A Motorcycle When A Semi-Truck Made An Illegal U-Turn. The Insurer For The Truck Denied The Claim For Two Years Until After Numerous Depositions, Only Settling Well Into Litigation.
  • $275,000 Settlement For A Man Who Fell In A Poorly Maintained Parking Lot Covered In Ice, Requiring Multiple Shoulder Surgeries.
  • $220,000 Settlement For A German National Who Broke His Wrist After Slipping On Ice And The Property Owner Stopped De-Icing Services.
  • $180,000 Minnesota Dog Bite Settlement For A Girl Who Was Attacked And Had Facial Scarring.

What the above numbers and case descriptions show is that Tyroler Leonard Injury Law knows how to win financial compensation for personal injury clients who have been wronged and suffered because of someone else’s negligence, and in a variety of situations.

Minnesota Shared-Fault Rules

Minneapolis personal injury claims follow a “modified comparative negligence” rule.

Some states, including Minnesota, follow a rule known as modified comparative negligence.  This means the law recognizes that in many situations, more than one person may be at fault for an accidental injury.  The court or jury will determine the amount of fault that belongs to each party based on the facts in a case.  As long as your share of the fault is 50% or less, you will be entitled to collect some amount of damages for your injury.

Let’s take a look at an example that illustrates this rule.  Suppose you’re walking in a store parking lot while texting on your phone, and you slip and fall after stumbling over a large crack in the asphalt that you didn’t see.    Eventually, it’s determined that you are 10% at fault for the accident, and the store is 90% at fault.  Let’s say the total damages for the accident are calculated to be $300,000. Under Minnesota’s comparative fault rule, 10% (the percentage of fault assigned to you) will be subtracted from that $300,000.  This means you may collect 90% of the total, or $270,000.

If you have additional questions about the particular facts in your case and how fault might be determined, talk to a skilled and experienced Minneapolis personal injury lawyer at Tyroler Leonard Injury Law.

How Do You Prove Negligence in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

In a personal injury lawsuit, your attorney will need to prove that the other party acted negligently when they caused the accident in which you were injured.  Whether it’s a car accident, motorcycle crash, slip and fall, or another harmful event, our legal team will represent you aggressively.  A defendant can be a person, a business, an insurance company, a government entity, or any combination of these.  To prove negligence, your attorney will have to prove four elements in your lawsuit.  These include:

  • Duty
    The defendant owed the plaintiff a legal “duty of care” to ensure that an environment or location was safe.
  • Breach
    A plaintiff must show that the defendant breached this duty by doing, or failing to do, something that a reasonable person would have done in a similar situation.
  • Causation
    A plaintiff must show that the defendant’s actions, or inaction, caused the injuries to another person.
  • Damages
    Damages means that there’s a monetary way of compensating a plaintiff for their injuries and property damage.
“This was my first time hiring a lawyer, and to be honest, I had no idea what to expect. Isaac walked me through the steps and explained everything to me in a way that made me not only understand, but also feel comfortable with the entire process. Any questions that I had were promptly and thoroughly answered throughout the case and neither Isaac, nor his other staff members, made me feel like I was a bother.”
–Lori Hernandez, Client

Different Types of Injuries We See

Personal injury lawyers in Minneapolis, MN file legal claims for a variety of injuries.

Several types of injuries fall under the definition of a “personal injury” claim.  Personal injury is a practice area in which victims seek financial damages for the harm they’ve suffered because of someone else’s negligence or recklessness.  Some of these accidents and injuries include:

  • Wrongful Death
    A wrongful death lawsuit is a type of personal injury in which the victim died due to someone else’s negligence.
  • Brain Injuries
    Traumatic brain injuries, severe concussions, and other types of head injuries can have severe, life-altering consequences.  Injuries can include damage to brain cells, memory loss, cognitive impairment, loss of speech or hearing, reduced motor skills, and a wide variety of other damage.
  • Dog Bites
    Injuries from dog attacks also fall under the personal injury umbrella.  Dog owners who fail to properly train or supervise their dogs can be held liable when their canines attack a person, causing injuries or death.
  • Car Accident, Truck Accident, or Motorcycle Accident
    Car accidents, truck accidents, and other vehicle crashes are some of the most frequent personal injury claims we see.  That’s because crash victims frequently suffer significant injuries.
  • Work Injury
    Getting injured at work is another common type of personal injury claim.  Whether falling from scaffolding, getting crushed by machinery, or suffering chemical burns, these on-the-job injuries can have devastating consequences.
  • Product Liability
    Defective products can result in burns, lacerations, choking, and other harm to consumers.  Product manufacturers can be held legally liable for injuries due to defects in the products they make.
  • Slip and Fall Injuries
    Slip and fall injuries typically happen when a victim slips on a wet floor, uneven pavement, or cluttered aisle in a store, hotel, parking lot, amusement park, concert venue, or other public location.  Falls often result in fractures, concussions, TBI, bleeding, and other injuries.

Whether your injuries are moderate or life-threatening, they have clearly interrupted your daily living, caused unanticipated expenses and setbacks, impaired your ability to earn an income, and reduced your quality of life.  The legal system has ways of compensating you for all that you have lost.

Common Factors in Personal Injury Accidents

Several factors can lead to a vehicle crash or personal injury accident  – sometimes it’s human error, product malfunction, an unsafe environment, or a combination of all of these.  Some common causes of Minneapolis personal injury accidents include:

1. Defective Products

Manufacturers who make or sell products with dangerous defects or broken parts can cause harm to adults and children.

2. Dogs That Are Not on Leashes

Dangerous or poorly trained dogs can cause devastating attacks and severe dog bites.

3. Alcohol and Drug Use

A driver who is drinking alcohol or using drugs significantly increases the likelihood of crashes on the road.

4. Inexperience and Inattention

Sometimes drivers in car and truck accident cases are inexperienced or don’t even have a valid driver’s license.  Amusement-park operators, restaurant staff, and store clerks can also be poorly trained.

5. Weather

Sometimes slip and fall accidents or car crashes can be compounded by inclement weather, including snow, rain, sleet, snow, wind, or fog.

6. Roadway Conditions

Construction zones and poorly maintained roads with potholes, gravel shoulders, and other problems can spell danger for motorists.

7. Clutter in Store Aisles

One of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents in retail establishments are display, clutter, or wet floors in store aisles.

These are just a few examples of situations that can contribute to personal injury lawsuits.  There are many others.

Contact a Minneapolis, MN Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation.  This is especially true if you were injured due to someone else’s recklessness or negligence.  A skilled and experienced Minneapolis personal injury lawyer at Tyroler Leonard Injury Law can help.  We have assisted countless clients in getting the justice they deserve.  You don’t have to endure this alone.  To find out more about how we can help, call us for a free initial consultation at 651-259-1113.

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