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 If you have been injured in an accident, you already understand the stress that comes with the experience. In addition to the physical pain, you also face the anxiety associated with medical care and the ongoing efforts to receive just compensation for your injuries. Ideally, things will go as smoothly as possible following an accident,…


35W Bridge Collapse Survivor Trusts the Law Firm of Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben

On August 1, 2007, the Interstate 35W Bridge in Minneapolis collapsed during rush hour, sending passenger cars, construction workers and equipment plummeting down into the Mississippi River. Thirteen people lost their lives and nearly 150 suffered injuries. Tragically, the bridge had been labeled as structurally deficient in previous inspections, and bridge officials even wondered if…


Schwebel Goetz & Sieben airs informational television program

Schwebel Goetz & Sieben law firm has created a half hour long informational television program that features client testimonials, beginning with a chilling first hand account of the I-35W bridge collapse from survivor Linda Paul.  The program also includes valuable information for individuals that have been injured in a serious accident.  Check your local listings…



MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA (August 23, 2010) – Today attorneys representing the victims of the August 1, 2007 I-35W Bridge Collapse announced that a final settlement was reached in the lawsuit against URS Corporation, the international engineering firm which had responsibility for inspecting the I-35W Bridge before its collapse. Thirteen people died and 145 were injured in…


Nygaard: 35W bridge engineers guilty of cover-up

By Patrick Thornton Attorney Dick Nygaard says he has never had a case where an expert has concluded a company was so mistaken in its representation of the facts as the one he is trying now. Dick Nygaard Last week Nygaard filed a motion to seek punitive damages against URS Corporation, the engineering company that…


Lawsuit claims state’s consultant knew 35W bridge in dire condition

The engineering firm consulted on the Interstate 35W bridge before it collapsed in 2007 conducted a flawed analysis of the bridge’s safety, then recommended repairs when it should have told the state to close the structure, lawyers for victims said in a court filing. URS Corp. of San Francisco wasn’t simply negligent, lawyers wrote in…


35W bridge suit: Engineering firm felt bridge was ‘overstressed’

MINNEAPOLIS — Attorneys for victims of the 35W bridge collapse claim an engineering firm knew the bridge was not safe but did not tell state transportation officials. Attorneys from two law firms representing many of the victims filed motions Monday seeking punitive damages in their cases against the firm, URS Corporation. "It’s a case, sadly,…



MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA (June 28, 2009) – The Minneapolis law firm of Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben, P.A., represents 34 of the victims and their families who were injured or killed in the collapse of the I-35W Bridge on August 1, 2007.  They have made a motion to amend the complaints to add a claim for punitive…


Jim Schwebel files suit on behalf of four of the victims of the 35w bridge collapse

Minneapolis (November 13, 2008) Attorney Jim Schwebel filed suit today on behalf of four of the victims of the 35w bridge collapse.  He discusses human error, as well as the the structural deficiencies that led to the collapse with Fox 9’s Tom Lyden.


Collapse victims accuse 2 private firms of failing to do their jobs

With federal investigators poised to render their final verdict on what caused the Interstate 35W bridge to collapse, two private firms hired to work on the bridge were served with lawsuits Wednesday, the first in what is likely to be a wave of litigation from victims of the tragedy. Preliminary findings by The National Transportation…


35W Bridge Collapse Victims File Compensation Lawsuits

Lawsuits were filed today in Hennepin County District Court, Minneapolis, Minnesota, on behalf of three individuals who were injured and the family of one who was killed in the August 1, 2007 35W Bridge Collapse. The lawsuits, brought by the Minneapolis law firm of Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben on behalf of its clients followed 15…


Old Photographs Show Bent Plates on Bridge

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Old photographs of the Interstate 35W bridge show that two steel connecting plates were visibly bent as early as 2003 — four years before the span collapsed into the Mississippi River, killing 13 people. Minnesota Department of Transportation officials declined to say when the state first knew about the bending. Two photographs,…


Pic Show Bending Plates Years Before Collapse

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) ― Old photos of the Interstate 35W bridge show that two steel connecting plates were slightly bent as early as 2003 — four years before the span collapsed into the Mississippi River, killing 13 people. Now, attorneys representing victims of the collapse are questioning when state transportation officials knew of the deformations and…


Update on 35W Bridge Investigation Comes Today

WASHINGTON — The National Transportation Safety Board will offer an update on its investigation into the collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis last summer, which killed 13 people. NTSB Chairman Mark Rosenker will speak today at a 12:30 news conference. However, a final conclusion on what caused the bridge to fall is not…


State Establishes Fund for Bridge Collapse Injured and Survivors

The fund will pay 85% of gross income to a maximum of $250.00 per week through the period of disability up to $10,000.00 per claimant. We assume this also applies to replacement wage loss of a decedent. We are advised by Allied that this applies after your no-fault coverage has been exhausted. These payments are…


35W State Fund for Bridge Collapse Injured and Survivors Adjusted

We previously advised you about the fund set up by the State for the bridge collapse injured and survivors. The rules governing this fund have just been changed. The fund will now pay 85% of gross income through the period of disability up to $10,000.00 per claimant. We assume this also applies to replacement wage…


MnDOT Parsimonious with Bridge-Collapse Info

In the three months since the Interstate 35W bridge collapse, the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s increasingly tight control on information has drawn the ire of lawyers for victims, legislators, contractors, union officials and a Ramsey County judge. While the agency had made public thousands of pages of material in response to an unprecedented number of…


Law Firm Sues MnDOT for Access to Bridge Info

A law firm representing victims of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse has sued the Minnesota Department of Transportation, claiming the agency is withholding key information and giving it only to a company hired by the state to investigate the tragedy. The lawsuit focuses on MnDOT’s relationship with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, a Chicago firm that…


A Law Firm Sues Mn/DOT to Force Compliance with Minnesota Government Data Practices Act

Today the law firm of Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben representing several families of persons who died in the I35 bridge collapse, and numerous injured victims, filed a lawsuit against Mn/DOT in an attempt to force it to release documents relating to the I35 bridge collapse.   Attorney Jim Schwebel stated that while Mn/DOT has made…


Bridge Victims’ Lawyers Sue State

Victims of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse sued the Minnesota Department of Transportation on Thursday for its failure to turn over public information since the bridge fell Aug. 1. Filed in Hennepin County District Court, the suit seeks access to all records, studies, inspections, contracts and visual materials relating to the bridge and its collapse….

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