Minnesota Wrongful Death Attorneys / Lawyers

Wrongful Death: Verdicts/Settlements

$ 2,500,000.00Settlement

Pipeline Explosion/Burn

Description:
A pipeline explosion in a residential neighborhood resulted in the burn deaths of a mother and daughter. Suit was brought against the pipeline company on behalf of the surviving sister and husband.
Attorney:
John C Goetz
$ 1,000,000.00Jury Verdict

Death

Description:
During the Holidazzle parade in Minneapolis, a police van suddenly accelerated into the crowd of onlookers, injuring several and killing two. John Goetz represented the families of the two deceased. In a four week state court trial plaintiffs established that the sudden acceleration of the police van resulted from a defective aftermarket electronic product installed in the vehicle.
Attorney:
John C Goetz
$ 1,000,000.00Settlement

Death

Description:
A 43-year-old father and husband suddenly developed an excruciating headache, the first such headache in his life. At the small town emergency room in Wisconsin, the physician failed to consider a cerebral aneurysm and did not perform a CT scan. He instead diagnosed a sinus headache and sent the patient home with antibiotics. The patient subsequently died of a cerebral aneurysm.
Attorney:
John C Goetz
$ 1,000,000.00Jury Verdict

Medical Malpractice

Description:
A medical malpractice lawsuit against a hospital for the wife and children of a man who committed suicide in the locked psychiatric unit of the hospital. A federal court jury found the hospital negligent at the conclusion of a two week trial.
Attorney:
John C Goetz
$ 900,000.00Settlement

Injury to Children

Description:
A construction project contractor piled a shipment of roof trusses in a vacant lot. The trusses were piled one on top of the other in rows. An 11 year old girl and her little brother were playing among the trusses when a pile of trusses fell on her crushing her to death. Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben sued the general contractor, the subcontractor, and a government agency which was involved in the building project. Liability and damages were disputed. Jim Schwebel and Jim Ballentine achieved a settlement of $900,000 for the girl's parents and siblings.
$ 700,000.00Settlement

Death

Description:
A 32-year-old husband and father of a baby girl was served to the point of severe intoxication at a rural tavern and allowed to leave in his own car. He lost control and crashed, killing himself. The claim was brought against the tavern on behalf of his surviving wife and daughter.
Attorney:
John C Goetz
$ 675,000.00Settlement

Death

Description:
A 68-year-old grandmother was killed when the vehicle she was riding in as a passenger was struck by a farm truck. There were coverage questions regarding the defendant's employment, specifically whether he worked for a third party or if he was an independent contractor. Case settled for policy limits from all responsible parties, including the UIM carrier.
Attorney:
Mark H Gruesner
$ 450,000.00Jury Verdict

Death

Description:
The case involved an jury verdict for the wrongful death of a 75-year-old railroad worker retiree.
Attorney:
William R Sieben
$ 422,500.00Settlement

Death

Description:
Settlement for wrongful death of a 19-year-old male who after hours of binge drinking, was electrocuted by his intoxicated friends when they wired his wrist and ankle to a light switch. The switch was turned on and off intermittently by his friends as a practical joke. However, the switch was inverted, and the current passed through the switch when it was in the off position rather than on. The case involved significant homeowners coverage issues, and was resolved on that basis.
Attorney:
Mark H Gruesner
$ 100,000.00Arbitration Award

Wrongful Death at Casino on Indian Reservation

Description:
A 19-year-old young man died while being restrained by security personnel at a Casino/Hotel on an Indian reservation. After resolving sovereign tribal immunity issues, this case proceeded to binding arbitration resulting in a recovery for the family of the unmarried 19-year-old young man.
Attorney:
Paul E Godlewski

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