Minneapolis Personal Injury Lawyers
Protecting Families Through Strong Litigation
At GoldenbergLaw, PLLC, our essential task is to represent innocent people who have been injured and victimized by other people’s negligence and misconduct. Our team of personal injury attorneys in Minneapolis has helped thousands of injury victims for over 30 years navigate the legal process to recovery. When someone neglects their basic responsibilities and you suffer the physical, financial, and psychological consequences, you should speak to our personal injury lawyers right away.
In the immediate aftermath of your accident and injury, you’re probably not thinking about the legal ramifications of what just happened. This can lead to a delay in speaking with a personal injury lawyer. However, your interests are best protected by speaking with one of our personal injury lawyers in Minnesota as soon as possible.
Personal Injury Cases We Handle
An insurance company is not going to give you what you deserve unless you have an advocate who they know will litigate the case. This is why it’s so important to speak to one of our experienced lawyers about your claim. We’ve recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients, and we have extensive experience with serious and catastrophic cases. Most importantly, we will treat you like family and fight for what you deserve.
Some of the cases we’ve worked on include:
- Asbestos: Exposure to asbestos and asbestos-containing products has been linked to mesothelioma, an incurable cancer that affects the tissue lining the heart, the lungs, and other organs. GoldenbergLaw, PLLC has successfully handled Mesothelioma lawsuits in Minnesota and Wisconsin for over 30 years.
- Car accidents: We have successfully resolved thousands of car, truck, pedestrian, and bicycle collisions, including a number of settlements of over $1 million dollars and over 50 jury trials. We pride ourselves on understanding and finding all available insurance coverages, exploring every cause of action, and treating our clients like family.
- Food allergies: Food allergies are adverse reactions that occur within the body when foods or specific ingredients are consumed or when a person is exposed to a food or ingredient. Adverse reactions as a result of food allergies can occur when food is incorrectly labeled. The Food Allergy Attorneys at GoldenbergLaw, PLLC are currently investigating cases where an individual suffered an injury due to improperly labeled foods.
- Gas explosions: Catastrophic injury can occur when companies and contractors don’t exercise reasonable care during pipeline installation, gas meter transfers, gas leaks, repairs of gas equipment, or violate codes for the handling of flammable gas.
- Medical malpractice: Medical negligence cases require the highest degree of lawyering skill to succeed. A firm needs to have the experience, the resources, and the desire to fight for justice. We focus on only the most serious cases involving death, paralysis, brain injury fetal injury, or burns.
- Premises liability: We were one of the counsels in the 35W Bridge Collapse cases in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We understand OSHA, ANSI, and other construction standards that allow us to succeed for our clients – even in difficult cases. Our areas of focus include gas explosions, electrocutions, building and ramp collapse, property defects, and fire cases.
- Stevens-Johnson Syndrome: Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a potentially fatal disorder of the skin and mucous membranes. SJS causes painful skin blisters and can ultimately lead to severe, painful skin shedding, and can also cause blistering and ulceration of orifices and openings throughout the body. This rare but serious skin condition is usually a reaction to a medication, but can also be caused by an infection. Symptoms are often so severe that treatment must be provided in a burn unit.
- Toxic exposure: Exposure to toxic chemicals can lead to lifelong ailments and even death. The difficulties that arise in proving injury can lead to additional stress for the individuals and families involved.
- Traumatic brain injuries: A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be caused by a serious blow to the head as a result of another person’s negligence. It can also be caused by a defective product, a car accident, a fall, or a sports injury. Mild cases can be temporary, but a moderate to severe brain injury can cause long-lasting or permanent damage.
- Truck accidents: Because of the sheer size of modern trucks, their collisions produce catastrophic personal injuries. These injuries can leave you with crippling pain and what seems like a never-ending stream of expenses. Trucking cases require extensive expertise in the design, operation, and maintenance of trucks. Truck drivers are required to undergo specific safety training and keep safety logs of driving and inspection. They should follow all codes and rules of the road and not be overloaded.
- Wrongful death: Navigating a wrongful death lawsuit can be especially difficult given the emotional circumstances. Our attorneys understand that no amount of money can replace a loved one, but we will hold the liable party accountable for their actions and obtain justice. Our wrongful death attorneys will guide your family through the process and show the value of your loved one.
Damages You Can Recover
Personal injuries can come with a variety of devastating effects. These effects range from physical injury, impact on employment and future ability to earn, mental and emotional trauma, and property damage.
In evaluating any personal injury case, our lawyers evaluate the following criteria for damages associated with personal injury cases:
Lifelong medical costs associated with injuries
Your injury may leave you with a lifetime of medical expenses. Contact us today to see how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Medical costs can include:
- Ambulance trips
- Hospital stays
- Medical specialists
- Required surgeries
- Medical rehabilitation
- Physical therapy
- Personal daily assistants, such as nursing assistants
- Medical bills
Lost wages, income, and capacity to earn
Lost wages include profits lost because of time off of work from your injuries and receiving treatment.
Lost wages may specifically include:
- Hourly wages
- Sick days
- Vacation days
- Perks that can include a cell phone, use of a car, or a gym membership
Lost income includes profit that was lost due to you being unable to work as a result of the accident, your subsequent injuries, and additional time off required for treatment.
The loss of earning capacity occurs when an injury and subsequent disability cause you to be unable to return to the same job. It can also happen when you can no longer perform the same duties. The claim asks for you to be compensated for the difference between your lost earnings and what you will earn because of the accident’s impacts.
Lost earning capacity may include:
- Lost promotions
- Lost opportunities
- Lost ability to continue work in the future
Emotional distress, mental anguish, and physical pain and suffering
Emotional distress includes the non-physical and psychological injuries that involve a state of mental suffering. They occur as a result of the experience caused by the negligent or intentional acts of another.
Mental anguish may include:
Pain and suffering may include both physical and mental pain and suffering. Physical pain and suffering originate from your actual physical injuries.
Mental pain and suffering involve the by-product of those bodily injuries, including:
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Property damage repairs or replacements
Property damage occurs when your property has been damaged by a negligent or intentional act of another person or party.
Common forms of property damage include:
- Damage to a car from an auto accident
- Burned walls, ceilings, or other parts of the home damaged in a fire accident
- Items falling onto the roof of a home and causing damage
- Water damage
- Broken windows or glass
Loss of consortium and wrongful death damages
Loss of consortium involves the impact the injury had on your ability to provide love, affection, companionship to loved ones. It can also refer to a change of participation in a sexual relationship with a spouse. Loss of consortium cases can be brought by your children, parents, or spouse.
Family members or survivors may sue for wrongful death if a person dies as a result of the misconduct or negligence of another person.
Specific damages in wrongful death lawsuits include:
- Medical and funeral expenses connected to the death of a loved one
- Loss of victim’s expected earnings
- Loss of benefits such as pension plans or medical coverage
- Loss of inheritance caused by the untimely death of a loved one
- Value of goods and services that the victim would have provided for their loved ones
- Damages for survivors’ mental anguish or pain and suffering
- Payment for the loss of care, protection, guidance, advice, training, and nurturing from the deceased loved one
- Payment for the loss of love and companionship from the deceased person
Personal Injury FAQs
What steps do I need to take after an auto accident?
Being an auto accident can be a traumatic experience. If you were involved in a car accident, keep these steps in mind:
- Stop if you are involved in an accident
- Call the police and
- Be honest and accurate with the police about the auto accident
- Be visible for your safety and try to find a safe place off of the road
- Take photos of your vehicle, the other vehicles involved, and your injuries
- Exchange auto insurance information with the other drivers involved
- Seek medical attention right away
- Call your auto insurance carrier to report the incident
- Keep documents related to the incident
- Consider your legal rights by contacting a personal injury attorney who can help protect your rights
What should I expect from meeting with my personal injury lawyer for the first time?
At GoldenbergLaw, we see our role as advocating for your rights. We look forward to meeting you and having a positive impact on your life. We will first go over the details of your accident and your injury to make sure we have all of the facts correct. Helpful documents we ask you to provide include documentation and photos of the accident, along with any and all medical records documenting your injuries. From there, we will discuss your potential case and give you an honest assessment of our chances of success. Finally, we will lay out the road map for how we believe your case will proceed toward a successful outcome.
How long on average does it take to reach a settlement in a personal injury case?
The attorneys at GoldenbergLaw will not place a timeframe on when your case might settle. There are many factors that can impact whether a case will settle for the appropriate amount. These factors include ongoing treatment of related injuries, amount of time missed from work due to your injuries and the resulting wage loss, amount of insurance coverage held by the defendant(s), and cooperation from insurance adjusters and defense attorneys.
Do I have to pay upfront to hire a lawyer?
No! At GoldenbergLaw, we work on a contingency fee basis. That means that we only get paid if we recover a settlement in your case. A contingency fee agreement stipulates that our fee is determined as a percentage of your award. As a result, you will never owe us any money if your case is not successful.
What are ways I can improve my chances of getting the best settlement?
- Be honest, accurate, and thorough in documenting your injury
- Take photos of your injury
- Take photos of the location of the incident
- Save any defective items or devices that may have caused the injury. Do not return any defective device to the manufacturer.
- For car accidents, change auto insurance information with the other driver
- Keep a journal of what occurred and your observations
- Call your auto insurance carrier to report your accident
- Create a file or an electronic record of all documents related to the incidents
Why Should I Speak to a Minnesota Lawyer?
The personal injury lawyers at GoldenbergLaw understand how tempting it is to ignore warning signs of injuries after your accident. The pressure to avoid litigation can be immense. It can come from insurance companies, the other party, and even yourself.
However, we also understand how crucial speaking to a lawyer is. We’ve helped clients from throughout the state who initially thought they had no claim or felt great reluctance to take the necessary steps to protect their rights.
You should speak to our attorneys because:
- Speaking to a lawyer does not obligate you to any course of action; you will not have to file suit just because you speak to one of our lawyers.
- All of our initial consultations are free. It will cost you nothing to talk to one of our personal injury lawyers.
- Speaking with us sooner allows us to make recommendations on how to document details such as injuries and timelines. This helps us argue your case in the future.
- Minnesota no-fault laws can be confusing and can result in you accepting an inadequate settlement. If you have serious injuries, your damages may exceed the no-fault limit of your insurance policy. If we can prove the other party was at fault, we can go after the other party’s policy for additional compensation.
- In many cases, you may have compelling reasons why you believe the other party was at fault, but it has not been proven. If we take your case, we can investigate your accident to determine and prove fault.
- Our personal injury lawyers can help you pursue compensation for medical bills, lost wages, mileage, and other significant expenses.
Contacting a personal injury attorney is not a malicious or aggressive move; it is a smart one. Exploring your options doesn’t have to be difficult or overwhelming. In fact, our goal is to make your recovery process as tolerable and stress-free as possible.
If you’re considering speaking to a Minneapolis personal injury lawyer about your accident, give us a call for a free consultation at (800) 504-0281.