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 it might need to be condemned. A design flaw and excessive weight from construction equipment were named as the causes of the collapse.
Linda Paul was one of the motorists on the bridge that day. She was stuck in traffic when the freeway sign above her began to sway. Seconds later, the bridge collapsed beneath her. Linda was thrown back and forth as she fell, but when she landed, she knew she had to give some indication that she was still alive. She stuck her arm out through her broken window, shouting to make herself known despite her injuries.
Linda suffered broken ribs, fractured vertebrae and a crushed cheekbone that caused her eye to fall backward within her skull. Although her medical insurance covered many bills, she and her husband soon had to rely on savings to make ends meet.
Linda turned to the firm of Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben to represent her claims in this incident. Their caring and experience helped her handle the accident’s aftermath, including insurance companies that hounded her. Having strong representation instilled a sense of confidence and allowed her to find a bit of peace amidst the chaos. Along with the sense of security she felt, Linda especially appreciated the firm’s responsiveness throughout the legal process and the way Jim Schwebel worked with her to achieve the best possible outcome. Linda’s husband also noted the strong advocacy the firm supplied.
If you or your loved ones have suffered injuries from a personal injury accident, or if someone close to you has died as the result of one, having strong legal representation can help you get your life back on track and receive the compensation you deserve. Call Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben today at 612-377-7777 or toll-free at 1-800-752-4265 for a free consultation. We care about you and your case, and we’re ready to fight for your rights.