It goes without saying that it is devastating to be paralyzed due to another’s negligence. Losing the ability to walk, run, or play with one’s children can result in irreparable emotional pain. While that pain cannot be taken away, other burdens caused by the paralysis could be lightened with financial compensation. Victims and loved ones must consider factors such as the victim’s need for ongoing medical care and lost income. Addressing these issues can prevent a difficult situation from becoming even worse. Our Rochester personal injury attorneys and our firm have been serving our community since 1988. We handle many cases involving serious injury and we are ready to assist you. Call today to speak with a lawyer. We also serve Austin-Albert Lea, other areas of Minnesota, and parts of Iowa and Wisconsin.
Minnesota lawyers helping Rochester and Austin-Albert Lea injury victims suffering from paralysis
There are numerous ways a victim can become paralyzed. Such cases include car accidents, motorcycle accidents, being hit by a drunk driver, or being involved in a trucking accident. If you or a loved one has become paralyzed, you may be entitled to compensation for past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages, and pain and suffering. In most injury cases a lawsuit must be brought within six years of the time of the accident. Minnesota law recognizes the concept of “comparative fault” and a victim will be able to recover compensation for their injuries as long as they were not more than 50 percent responsible for the accident.
The first step in cases involving paralysis is to determine the extent of a victim’s disability. This requires a long term prognosis from medical professionals as well as a determination as to whether the victim will be able to return to a previous vocation or any type of work. Once the victim’s damages are ascertained, his or her lawyer will send a demand letter to the defendant’s insurance carrier. If the carrier does not offer a fair settlement, the attorney should file a lawsuit. The case may involve disputes over liability and/or the extent to which the accident was the actual cause for the injury; the defense, for example, may claim that the accident simply aggravated a preexisting condition. The matter will conclude at trial and jurors will decide about issues of liability, comparative fault, and compensation. We cannot stress enough that this is a complex process and it is important you retain an attorney experienced in handling paralysis cases.
Jim Suk is a Rochester lawyer assisting paralyzed victims. Jim founded our firm in 1988 and we exclusively practice personal injury law. We will provide you with a list of needed information prior to your initial consultation. This allows us to begin work on your case immediately if you hire us. We will set up an online portal with your medical providers so we can stay up-to-date about your treatment. Once your prognosis can be determined, we will send a demand letter to the insurance carrier. If the settlement offer is unacceptable, we do not hesitate to file a lawsuit on your behalf. Our firm has the financial resources necessary to go to trial against large corporations and insurance companies, relationships with experts needed to prove your damages, and a track record of success: We have recovered more than $100 million on behalf of our clients. If necessary, we will take your case to trial and we’ll make sure you know what to expect as the matter moves through the system. We will give your case the attention it deserves. Call today to speak with an attorney.
We also serve the following southeast Minnesota cities: Red Wing, Winona, Mankato, Austin, Albert Lea, and Owatonna, as well as the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, and Bloomington. We also serve the Iowa cities of Mason City, Charles City, Osage, Spencer, Garner, Forest City, and Northwood and the Wisconsin cities of La Crosse, Onalaska, Sparta, Viroqua, River Falls, Ellsworth, Whitehall, and Black River Falls.
Rochester attorneys serving paralyzed members of our community
Our firm takes great pride in its record of service to the Rochester community. We provide our clients with quality service. This service includes responding to phone calls and emails quickly and making sure your questions are answered as soon as possible. We understand one of the most common complaints about attorneys is a failure to communicate with clients. We are different in this regard. This is our promise to each and every person we represent.