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$ 4,500,000.00Settlement

Semi tractor-trailer collision

Orthopedic injuries

Description:
A Twin Cities area husband and wife, riding in the family Suburban on a metro area freeway were suddenly confronted by the empty trailer of a semi that had lost control in the oncoming lanes, flipped over, and skidded on its side into their path. They saw the trailer for only an instant before crashing into it, too late to take evasive action. Both suffered extensive fractures requiring numerous surgeries, but were fortunate enough to avoid paralysis or brain injury. Suit was commenced in Hennepin County District Court and the case was settled at the pre-trial conference in 2009.
$ 2,700,000.00Arbitration Award

Semi tractor-trailer Accident

Massive Orthopedic and Internal Injuries

Description:
The case involved a 17-year-old man who was run over by a garbage truck. He suffered massive orthopedic and internal injuries including multiple compound fractures of his legs and a crushing injury to his pelvis. His urethra was obliterated and his colon lacerated. He had a colostomy which has been reversed. He has undergone several urologic surgeries and dilations. He is able to urinate however he also must self-catheterize. The liability issue involved negligence on the part of the driver and a direct claim against Waste Management for negligent hiring, negligence entrustment, and negligent supervision.
$ 1,750,000.00Settlement

Automobile Accident

Severe orthopedic injuries

Description:
A young woman suffered severe orthopedic injuries in an automobile collision with a drunk driver. The driver had inadequate insurance, but his employer was found liable because he was returning from a golf club where he had made arrangements for a social event sponsored by his employer, and was therefore legally proven to be on the job at the time of the accident.
$ 1,100,000.00Jury Verdict

Automobile Accident

Significant hip fracture requiring and open reduction and plating of the acetabulum as well as a fracture of the knee cap requiring an open reduction and internal fixation with wires.

Description:
The case involved a 54-year-old man who was involved in a two-vehicle collision on an icy Minnesota highway. The defendant's vehicle had spun out of control and was blocking the road when the plaintiff t-boned his vehicle.
$ 1,075,000.00Settlement

Product Liability

Orthopedic injuries

Description:
A sixteen year old boy was riding his brother's old bicycle, which had just been fixed up by a neighborhood bicycle repair shop. Driving the bike down a hill toward an intersection, he saw a truck pull out in front of him. He squeezed both brakes, but only the front brakes worked, and as a result he was thrown over the handle bars and under the truck, suffering severe orthopedic injuries. Suit was brought first against the bicycle repair shop and subsequently against the truck driver. Both defendants settled before trial.
$ 1,075,000.00Arbitration Award

Automobile Accident

Broken Bones

Description:
The case involved a woman who was driving her car across the Washington Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis. She lost control on an ice patch, and struck the bridge rail. She got out of the car to examine the damage, and just as she was re-entering the car, an uninsured vehicle lost control, striking the plaintiff and pinning her between her car and the uninsured vehicle. After recovery of an arbitration award of $775,000.00, plaintiff proceeded to collect additional amounts from the insurance on the vehicle which she was operating, a loaner vehicle from her car dealer. The car dealer's insurance company, Safeco, vigorously disputed the plaintiff's entitlement to benefits, resulting in two appeals (Safeco v. Goldenberg). The plaintiff's claims were ultimately upheld on appeal.
$ 1,000,000.00Settlement

Semi Truck Accident

Broken neck at C1, Brown-Sequart spinal cord injury

Description:
The case involved a 23-year-old single woman who was struck by a pick-up truck towing a loaded trailer, which drove through a red light at a highway intersection in Zimmerman, Minnesota.
$ 1,000,000.00Settlement

Premises Liability

Crushing of the leg

Description:
The case involved a 42-year-old homeowner who had hired the defendant to do some landscaping work in conjunction with construction of his new home. At some point during the work the defendant invited the plaintiff to operate the bobcat (Skid Loader). While carrying a load of earth in the bucket, the bobcat suddenly tipped forward. The plaintiff was thrown from the seat. His leg was trapped between the bucket and the frame of the bobcat. He attempted to extricate himself by operating the bucket control lever. He pushed the lever in the wrong direction causing a severe crush injury to his right leg.
$ 1,000,000.00Arbitration Award

Auto Accident/Broken Bone

Leg Injury(Multiple Fractures)

Description:
This case involved a 40-year-old gentleman that was a pedestrian when he was struck by an automobile at an auto show. His left leg was run over and he suffered multiple fractures. He went through extensive therapy to save the leg and amputation could occur in the future. The defendants claimed the accident was the plaintiff's fault for stepping in front of the car and that the leg was going to be lost due to diabetes.
$ 1,000,000.00Settlement

Automobile Accident

Multiple Fractures / Head Injury

Description:
The case involved a University of Minnesota athlete hit by a garbage truck on Christmas Eve in 1992. He suffered multiple fractures and a closed head injury.
$ 920,000.00Settlement

Product Liability

Orthopedic injuries

Description:
A 34-year-old farmer was injured when the forks of a forklift suddenly dropped on him while he was bending underneath to attach a chain to an object to be lifted by the machine. Suit was brought in South Dakota against the owner of the machine. The evidence developed before trial proved that inadequate maintenance of the machine had caused its failure.
$ 625,000.00Settlement

Semi Truck Accident

Multiple orthopedic fractures to jaw, arms and legs

Description:
The case involved a middle age woman who was driving eastbound on Highway 12 near Orono, Minnesota. The defendant lost control of their semi-tractor trailer and proceeded into the eastbound lanes. The front end of the plaintiff's car collided with the right side wheels on the defendant's tractor, as it was sideways in her lane. Negligence against the defendant trucking company was based on excessive speed, failure to keep the tractor trailer under control and the tractor brakes that were seriously out of adjustment.
$ 600,000.00Settlement

Product Liability

Orthopedic injuries

Description:
A 55-year-old woman who was partially paralyzed due to chronic illnesses was being transported in her wheelchair by medical van to a doctor's appointment. The van's seatbelt was not properly secured, and the woman was thrown from her wheelchair when the van suddenly braked to avoid a collision. She suffered comminuted fractures of both femurs, had a long and complicated hospitalization, and lost some of the limited mobility that she still had before the accident.
$ 600,000.00Settlement

Product Liability

Left arm fracture with surgical repair

Description:
The case involved a man who suffered from significant arthritis which restricted him to a wheelchair. However, the man lived independently at home with his wife, and regularly traveled around the small Southern Minnesota town where they lived in his wheelchair. On the day of his injury, the plaintiff was taken out for a recreational trip by a handicap transfer van service. Upon return to his home, the van driver placed the plaintiff on the handicap ramp, but because of the street configuration, the ramp was on somewhat of a down slope. The driver failed to lock the plaintiff's brakes, and the wheelchair flew off the end of the ramp, somersaulted, and the plaintiff was ejected from the chair with the chair subsequently landing on top of him. As a result of the arm fractures the plaintiff sustained in this injury, he was no longer able to live independently, and had to move to a nursing home.
$ 500,000.00Settlement

Car Accidents

Severe foot fracture (Calcaneus)

Description:
The case involved a middle age man who sustained a severe fracture to the foot in an auto accident, and was required to use a brace for the rest of his life even though he could continue to work.
$ 487,500.00Settlement

Automobile Accident

Ruptured spleen, torn aorta, and a fractured vertebrae

Description:
The case involved a 52-year-old man who was hit when the defendant went through a stop sign, striking the plaintiffs vehicle. The plaintiff's vehicle rolled over several times. He had a slow recovery, but within a year he was back to work as a full time carpenter.
$ 450,000.00Settlement

Foot injury

Broken Bone Injuries

Description:
The case involved an infant child who got her foot caught underneath the washing machine, resulting in serious injury to her foot.
$ 450,000.00Settlement

Automobile Accident

Broken forearm / Soft tissue neck & back

Description:
The case involved a 56-year-old woman who was a passenger in a car that was hit when the defendant went through a stop sign. The impact caused the plaintiff to be thrown forward, striking her arm against the dashboard. Because of the injury she was unable to return to work.
$ 450,000.00Jury Verdict

Medical Malpractice

Low plex fracture of right femur

Description:
The case involved a plaintiff who sustained a severe injury to his femur (the large bone in the upper leg) in a snowmobile accident. Repair of this required placement of a rod through the femur to allow it to heal. After healing was complete, the defendant doctor sought to remove the rod, but failed to remove all of the hardware before pulling the rod out, and caused significant damage to plaintiff's femur. The plaintiff was off work from his job as a used car broker for approximately six months as a result of the surgical injury.
$ 433,333.00Settlement

Automobile Accident

Leg Injury

Description:
The case involved a 54-year-old woman whose leg was crushed by another vehicle as she was unloading packages from the trunk of her car. The defendant's insurance company eventually paid policy limits and the defendant eventually paid thirty three thousand dollars herself. The defendant paid the money only after Larry Stern showed up at her sentencing and persuaded the court she wasn't cooperative in disclosing assets.
$ 350,000.00Settlement

Automobile Accident / Injury to Children

Broken Ankle

Description:
The case involved a 14-year-old young man who was cleaning the warehouse where his mother worked. He was driving around the warehouse on a forklift with an employee at the warehouse. As they attempted to turn a corner, the forklift tipped over and the cage fell on young man's ankle causing a severe fracture of the right ankle.
$ 350,000.00Settlement

Automobile Accident

Fractured left tibia that required surgery. Plates and screws were inserted into the leg to hold the bone together

Description:
The case involved a female flight attendant whose vehicle was struck by the defendant's car after it crossed over the center line, and hit the plaintiff's car head on. The plaintiff was unable to return to work.
$ 350,000.00Settlement

Car Accidents

Broken Bone Injuries

Description:
The plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle traveling on a dirt road. The driver asked the plaintiff to take the wheel while he looked for his cell phone. Vehicle left the roadway and went down an incline. The plaintiff's right hand went out the window as a result of the bouncing vehicle. His hand struck a tree which caused a degloving injury of the right hand. The plaintiff lost his index finger as a result and has limited use of his thumb. They settled with the liability carrier for $100,000.00, and the UIM carrier for policy limits of $250,000.00. The case had been rejected on liability by other local personal injury firms.
$ 330,000.00Settlement

Auto Accidents / Broken Bone

Right open tibia fracture (surgery)

Description:
The case involved a 23-year-old man who was getting into a cab after a night of drinking. The defendant cab driver suddenly took off and the driver drove over the client's right leg.
$ 325,000.00Settlement

Automobile Accident

Fractured pelvis

Description:
The case involved a 40-year-old man who was driving his car when he was hit by a hit and run vehicle.
$ 321,000.00Jury Verdict

Slip, Trip and Fall

Broken Bone Injuries

Description:
Client slipped on an icy sidewalk in front of his apartment complex. He suffered a tibia fibula fracture that required surgery. He was 75 years old at the time of the verdict and had been retired for a number of years because of pre-existing medical problems.
Lawyer Team:
Alicia N Sieben
$ 300,000.00Settlement

Automobile Accident

Foot Fracture

Description:
Claimant was a middle-aged woman injured when the at-fault driver crossed over the center line on a city street, causing a head on collision. Claimant fractured the calcaneus (heal bone) in her right foot, requiring surgery and the use of crutches for nine months. The claimant worked in an office and was able to return to work.
$ 287,000.00Settlement

Automobile Accident

Broken ankle requiring two surgeries

Description:
The case involves a young woman who was driving her vehicle when the defendant's car failed to yield the right of way, striking her vehicle broadside. The young woman's ankle broke and she required two surgeries.
$ 265,450.00Settlement

Bicycle Accidents

Skull fracture, jaw fracture, left femur fracture and closed head injury

Description:
The case involved a 7-year-old little girl who was struck by a speeding pickup truck when she drove her bicycle onto the street from her father's driveway.
$ 250,000.00Settlement

Auto Accidents/Broken Bone

Multiply injuries Including a fractured ankle

Description:
The case involved a 65-year-old man who was injured in a head on collision.
$ 250,000.00Settlement

Product Liability

Foot Fracture

Description:
Claimant was hunting and used a tree stand purchased through a mail order catalog. The tree stand collapsed and the claimant sustained a severely fractured foot and was out of work for a year.
$ 250,000.00Settlement

Motorcycle Accidents

Broken Bone Injuries

Description:
This case involved a 38-year-old woman who was involved in a serious car accident. As a result of the accident, she suffered a bimalleolar ankle fracture. Surgical intervention was required with plates and screws. She ultimately had a second surgery to remove the plates and screws. At the time of settlement she was back to work full time with no restrictions.
$ 245,000.00Settlement

Premises Liability

Fractured right tibia and fibula/fractured ribs.

Description:
The case involved a retired couple that was invited to a friend's new house. Because of the new construction, they had temporary stairs put in until the permanent stairs were finished. The couple was walking up the stairs when they collapsed.
$ 230,000.00Settlement

Auto Accidents

Back & Shoulder injury (Surgery-Fusion)

Description:
The case involved a 32-year-old man who was stopped on the shoulder of the road because of an accident between two semi-tractor trailers. Without warning, a Chevrolet pickup truck driving at a high rate of speed, and towing a loaded horse trailer smashed into him.
$ 225,000.00Settlement

Automobile Accident

Broken ankle with recommended fusion

Description:
The case involved a 62-year-old woman who was driving her vehicle when the defendant lost control of her car and struck the plaintiff's vehicle head on.
$ 215,000.00Settlement

Car Accidents

Talus Fracture

Description:
A 70-year-old gentleman was in car accident. He suffered a talus fracture which resulted in three surgeries. Liability insurance paid the policy and underinsured added to that settlement.
$ 200,000.00Settlement

Slip, Trip and Fall

Fractured Hip

Description:
The retired claimant walked to a local dry cleaners to pick up some pants at a strip mall near his home. Precipitation was light, but the weather was cold enough that the mist and light snow froze on the sidewalk near the entrance of the dry cleaners. The claimant slipped and fell, fracturing his hip. The cleaners was open for business in the early morning hours and there was no salt or sand placed on the icy sidewalk for the protection of customers.
$ 195,000.00Settlement

Motorcycle Accidents

Fractured left clavicle, eight fractured ribs, collapsed lung, loss of spleen, gouge to knees

Description:
The case involved a 42-year-old man who was hit while riding his motorcycle. The defendant made a left turn directly in front of the 42-year-old man's motorcycle. The defendant admitted that she never even saw the motorcycle and didn't look before she started her turn.
$ 195,000.00Jury Verdict

Slip, Trip and Fall

Hip Fracture/Femoral Head Fracture

Description:
A middle-aged laborer living in a HUD owned property slipped and fell on the accumulation of ice and snow outside of his townhome door. There had been prior complaints about the ice accumulation that was due to the design of the town-home, but the problem was never addressed. The claimant slipped and fell, fracturing his hip.
$ 195,000.00Settlement

Premises Liability

Hip Fractures

Description:
A 55-year-old woman was at her son's apartment when the deck collapsed. She suffered hip fractures as a result. Defendants denied liability and claimed they had no knowledge. After an exchange of information, the case was settled.
$ 190,000.00Settlement

Pedestrian Accidents

Broken Bone Injuries

Description:
An 87-year-old woman was walking in a gas station parking lot after filling up her gas container for a snow blower when she was struck by a vehicle. She suffered fractures but amazingly was back to doing most of her activities months later.
$ 165,000.00Settlement

Automobile Accident

Fracture of the left femoral neck with mild anteversion and coxa deformity

Description:
The case involved a 65-year-old man who attended a function at Opportunity Partners with his wife. He drove to this event, and parked in the parking lot where buses were transporting senior citizens to the Opportunity Partners open house luncheon. While returning to his car, a van among the buses backed out and struck him, knocking him to the ground. The van did not have a back-up audible signal.
$ 165,000.00Settlement

Car Accidents

Broken Bone Injuries

Description:
A 35-year-old male suffered a fractured ankle and other injuries from auto accident. Fault was contested with each side having experts claiming the other party caused the accident. The plaintiff was in jail for an extended period of time after the accident and could not obtain necessary treatment.
$ 150,000.00Jury Verdict

Automobile Accident

Broken Ankle

Description:
The case involved a 56-year-old man who was severely injured in a car accident. The defendant exited a driveway directly in the path of the plaintiff, causing a collision.
$ 150,000.00Settlement

Auto Accidents

Herniated disc at the C5-6 level (fusion surgery)

Description:
The case involved a 32-year-old female nursing student who was rear-ended by another vehicle while stuck in traffic.
$ 150,000.00Settlement

Car Accidents

Fractures and Scarring

Description:
A 14-year-old girl was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her father that negligently left the roadway. She suffered factures and scarring. Insurance on the vehicle and the underinsured coverage paid the full policy without litigation.
$ 150,000.00Jury Verdict

Injuries sustained from a fall

Fractured elbow

Description:
The case involved a woman going to her neighbor's home to request assistance in starting her lawn mower. When the plaintiff rang the neighbor's doorbell, their dog charged towards the door and jumped onto the closed screen door. This caused the plaintiff to back away suddenly in a defensive move, and she fell off the porch. As a result of the fall, the plaintiff sustained a fractured elbow requiring open reduction and internal fixation. Although there was no contact between the dog and the injured plaintiff, the judge ruled in favor the plaintiff because the aggressive move of the dog towards the door was the direct cause of the fall off the porch, and strict liability was applied.
$ 140,000.00Settlement

Automobile Accident

Broken Hand

Description:
The case involved a 24-year-old woman who was driving her car home, when the defendant ran a red light and hit her vehicle.
$ 137,000.00Settlement

Motorcycle Accidents

Fractures of both wrists

Description:
The case involved a woman injured while driving a motorcycle as a result of a car pulling out in front of her.
$ 137,000.00Settlement

Car Accidents

Broken Bone Injuries

Description:
An 87-year-old woman was a passenger in a senior citiizens van which was struck by a driver who ran a red light. Mutlitple senior citizens were injured. The plaintiff suffered a fracture which required placement for a period of time in a nursing home.
$ 135,000.00Settlement

Automobile Accident

Monteggia Fracture of his arm

Description:
The case involved a 22-year-old young man who was a passenger in his friend's car, when a woman pulled out in front their vehicle. The impact shattered the windows and he threw up his arm to shield his face. He was then thrown to the side, impacting with his right arm. He felt immediate pain and snapping as the bone came through his skin.
$ 130,000.00Settlement

Motorcycle Accidents/ Auto Accident

Fracture sternum & cervical spinal (two surgeries)

Description:
The case involved a 51-year-old woman who was a passenger in a car. Suddenly, without warning, the defendant lost control of his motorcycle and swerved directly into the path of the vehicle in which the woman was a passenger. The motorcycle hit the front of the vehicle and crashed through the window, causing direct physical impact.
$ 125,000.00Settlement

Negligence

Fractured Ankle

Description:
An elderly woman was on a handicapped van in a scooter which tipped over when the driver did not safely strap her in. She suffered a fractured ankle.
$ 125,000.00Settlement

Auto Accident

Shattered tibia and fibula of the right leg - lower leg surgically plated

Description:
The case involved a 25-year-old mother who was a passenger in a car driving to a ranch. The defendant's driver failed to yield the right-of-way, and smashed into the car the woman was a passenger in.
$ 121,463.00Jury Verdict

Motorcycle Accidents

Soft Tissue and Broken Bone in Foot

Description:
The plaintiff was a mechanic on a casual saturday afternoon motorcycle ride, when a driver pulled out from a stop sign crashing into the side of the motorcycle. The claimant sustained soft tissue injuries to his foot and ankle, and fractured one of the small bones in his foot. He was able to return as a mechanic, but had to wear a permanent orthodic device in his shoe.
$ 112,000.00Settlement

Dog Attack

Broken Ankle

Description:
This case involved a 32-year-old postal worker who was attacked by a dog. He slipped and fractured his ankle.
$ 105,000.00Settlement

Automobile Accident

Shoulder Surgery/Soft Tissue

Description:
The case involved a 41-year-old woman who was driving her car through an intersection, when suddenly, and without warning, an eastbound vehicle made a left-hand turn directly into the path of her vehicle, resulting in a severe collision.
$ 105,000.00Settlement

Automobile Accident

Left clavicle fracture, Left knee contusion, Neck strain

Description:
The case involved a 34-year-old woman who was coming home from work, when the defendant failed to yield the right of away at a stop sign and hit the woman's car broadside.
$ 102,000.00Settlement

Automobile Accident

Back & Shoulder injury(Surgery)

Description:
The case involved a 58-year-old man who was stopped at a red light. Suddenly, without any warning, his vehicle was violently rear ended and pushed forward in to the vehicle ahead. This was a high speed rear end collision. Five vehicles were involved in the accident.
$ 100,000.00Settlement

Automobile Accident

Severe right arm injuries requiring three surgeries. Skin grafting, harvesting sites on thighs and back

Description:
The case involved an 18-year-old young man who suffered a severe arm injury when his car was hit by an out of control driver. The 18-year-old man required three surgeries to repair his right arm.
$ 100,000.00Settlement

Automobile Accident

Disc herniation at C5-6 and a TFCC tear in her right wrist

Description:
The case involved a 42-year-old mother of one who was driving home from her sister's house when the defendant driver ran a red light and hit her car broadside. The defendant was driving over 50 MPH when he hit her car.
$ 100,000.00Settlement

Automobile Accident

fx neck, fx pelvis, fx arm, internal injuries, fx ribs, pneutothorax

Description:
The case involved a 91-year-old woman who was a passenger in a major automobile accident. (Policy Limits)
$ 100,000.00Settlement

Automobile Accident

Multiple pelvic fractures, injury to her ankle

Description:
The case involved a 16-year-old young woman who was a camp counselor at a camp in Minnesota. As she was driving the camps van into town to pick up a few things, she was violently rear-ended by another van.
$ 100,000.00Settlement

Motorcycle Accidents

Fractured ankle and back

Description:
The case involved a 47-year-old man who was driving his Harley Davidson motorcycle to a picnic. A man driving a Cadillac Escalade failed to yield right of way and smashed into the motorcyclist.
$ 100,000.00Settlement

Automobile Accident

Severe fracture with two surgeries to the right foot

Description:
The case involved a 49-year-old woman who was a passenger in her husband's car. The accelerator stuck, causing the vehicle to slam into a building.
$ 100,000.00Settlement

Automobile Accident

Lacerations and cuts to his face, headaches, torn diaphragm and four broken ribs, collapsed lung, broken pelvis on the left side with surgery

Description:
The case involved a 45-year-old man who was driving his car when another vehicle cut in front of him without warning. The plaintiff's car spun out and flipped over. The defendant had been drinking.
$ 100,000.00Settlement

Motorcycle Accidents

Fracture left forefinger, fracture left tibia (surgery), left ankle and shattered left elbow (Surgery)

Description:
The case involved a 31-year-old man who was riding his motorcycle, when the defendant driver failed to yield the right-of-way and smashed into the motorcycle.
$ 96,907.00Settlement

Slip, Trip and Fall

Right hip fracture, Head injury

Description:
The case involved an 82-year-old woman who was injured when an automatic door closed, knocking her to the ground and fracturing her hip.

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