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Welcome to Nelson Personal Injury, LLC

A Minnesota law practice limited to personal injury, products, liability, and wrongful death.

 

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“For more than 30 years, our attorneys have been fighting for the rights of our clients. We have taken on the large insurance companies and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for thousands of victims of car accidents.”

Car Accidents

 

Client:  Unemployed woman in her late 30’s.

Case:  The client was operating her ATV illegally on a gravel road.  After stopping to talk to a neighbor, she tried to make a “U-turn” when she was struck by a delivery van causing a severe injury to her ankle.  The insurance company for the delivery van denied any legal responsibility for the collision.  We tried the case to a McCleod County jury for 5 days and they found the driver 60% at fault and our client 40% at fault.

Result:  Following the jury trial on liability, and taking into account our client’s share of the fault, we settled the case for $580,000.


Client: Family of three (husband, wife, and son) 

Case: The clients were driving to another family member’s birthday party on a northern Minnesota highway, when a car failed to stop at a stop sign and t-boned their vehicle.  Husband sustained injuries to his back and hip; his wife suffered injuries to her shoulder, which required surgery; and the son sustained injuries to his knee, which required surgery.

Result:  We were able to recover $400,000 for the family, which represented the liability insurance and underinsured motorist insurance limits.  We were also able to negotiate substantial discounts on outstanding treatment bills and health insurance subrogation claims.


Client:  20 year-old man.

Case: Our client was driving on I-35 with his arm out his window when he was sideswiped by a pickup.  He suffered severe scarring to his left arm

Result:    We recovered the liability limits of $300,000 and underinsured limits of $30,000.


Client: 30 year-old professional.

Case: Our client was struck by a car while crossing the street in a marked crosswalk, sustaining a head injury and injuries to her back.

Result:  We were able to recover $130,000, which represented the liability and underinsured motorist insurance limits.  Through our efforts, we were able to get our client’s health insurance company to waive the entirety of their subrogation claim, putting more money in our client’s pocket.


Client:  21 year old.

Case: Our client was waiting to make a left hand turn on a central Minnesota highway, when he was rear ended by an inattentive driver.  Our client sustained injuries to his back, which eventually required a fusion surgery.

Result:  Despite many issues involving pre-existing conditions, we were able to settle the case for $190,000 at mediation.  We were also able to negotiate a reduction in many of our client’s unpaid treatment bills.


Client:  43 year-old medical technology engineer.

Case: Our client was driving home with his family, when an intoxicated driver struck them head on.  Our client sustained tears in his shoulder, which required surgery.

Result:  We were able to recover $165,000 for our client at mediation, as well as negotiate a reduction in many of his outstanding treatment bills, and the health insurance subrogation claim.  


 

Client:  23 year-old college student.

Case: Our client was hit by a truck that made an illegal left hand turn.  Our client sustained a fractured tibia, requiring surgery.

Result:  We were able to settle the case for $165,000 at mediation.  We were also able to negotiate a reduction of many of our client’s unpaid treatment bills.

Truck Accidents

 

Client:  21 year-old man.

Case:  Our client sustained a back injury, while on the job, when a dump truck fell over in soft sand causing him a back injury.  After recovery of worker’s compensation benefits, we brought a personal injury claim against the truck company.

Result:  We settled the personal injury case at pre-litigation mediation for $480,000.


Client:  Two men in their 30’s.

Case:  Our client suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was driving to work on a foggy morning and collided with a semi that was attempting to turn around at a remote rural intersection.

Result:    The case settled for $500,000 at mediation.  We also represented another client who suffered a back injury when he struck the same truck.  We settled his case at the same mediation for $250,000.


Client:  66 year-old retired banker. 

Case: Our client suffered a traumatic brain injury after his vehicle struck a wheel in the road that had fallen off a semi-truck.  

Result:  We were able to recover $160,000 for his injury. 


Client:  Retired woman in her 60’s.

Case: Our client sustained a severe lower leg fracture when a trailer came unhitched from an oncoming truck and collided with our client’s vehicle.

Result:    We settled the case at pre-litigation mediation for $500,000.

 

Product Liability

 

Client: 72 year-old retired painter.

Case: Our client had a hip replacement.  The hardware used by the surgeon for the hip was defective, causing the need for a revision surgery and another hip replacement.

Result:  We were able to settle our client’s claim against the manufacturer of the hip prosthesis for a confidential amount

Dog Bites

 

Client:  9 year-old girl.

Case: Our client sustained a severe dog bite injury to her cheek by a German Shepard she bent over to pet.  She was left with a scar, which was susceptible to scar revision surgery in the future.

Result:    We settled the case at pre-litigation mediation for $250,000.


Client:  55 year-old man.

Case: Our client developed an infection requiring surgery after 3 slight puncture wounds to his Achilles tendon from a dog bite.

Result:    We settled the case for $180,000.

 

Motorcycle Accidents

 

Client:  Avid motorcyclist.

Case: Our client sustained numerous orthopedic injuries after he struck a car that pulled an illegal U-turn on a Minnesota interstate.

Result:  We were able to recover the liability insurance policy limits of $250,000.


Client:  Retired 71 year-old.

Case: Our client lived in rural Minnesota.  He was riding his moped scooter into town to get a newspaper.  As he was driving on a rural road, a vehicle negligently backed out of a driveway in to the path of our client, causing a collision.  Our client sustained multiple lacerations and a fractured tibia/fibula, which required surgery to repair.  

Result:  We were able to recover $200,000, which represented the liability and underinsured motorist insurance limits.


Client:  40 year old small business owner.

Case: Our client was riding his motorcycle at night, when a car turned left in front of him.  Our client had to lay his bike down to avoid colliding with the car.  Client injured his thumb, requiring surgery.  

Result:  We were able to recover $90,000, and negotiate a discount with his health insurer on their subrogation claim.

Wrongful Death

 

Client: The family of a 72 year-old woman.

Case: A 72 year-old woman who was killed after being struck while crossing the street against the light.

Result:  The driver’s insurance company denied that the driver was at fault for causing the accident.  We started a lawsuit against the driver.  After discovery and depositions, we were able to prove fault on the driver, and the insurance company offered their liability insurance policy limits of $100,000.  We then pursued an underinsured motorist claim and recovered the policy limits of $30,000 for the family. 


Client: The family of a single, 40 year old man.

Case: A 40 year-old man was killed when he struck a semi-truck that pulled out in front of him.

Result:  We were able to settle the family’s wrongful death claim for $400,000. 


Client: The family of a man in his mid 40s.

Case: A man in his mid-40s was killed when he was hit by an uninsured drunk driver while he was standing near his motorcycle on the side of the road.

Result:  Since the at-fault driver was uninsured, whether or not we could obtain a recovery from the deceased’s own uninsured motorist policy hinged on whether or not the deceased was on his motorcycle at the time of the impact (which would have eliminated uninsured motorist insurance coverage) or whether he was off the motorcycle (thus making him a pedestrian, which would allow us to recover from his uninsured motorist policy).  Through our investigation, we are able to prove he was not on his motorcycle at the time of impact.  We were then able to settle the family’s wrongful death claim for the uninsured motorist policy limits of $100,000.

Slips and Falls

 

Client:  Newspaper delivery person.

Case: Our client was delivering a paper in the early morning hours when he slipped and fell on ice on a residential walkway that was covered by a dusting of snow.  Our client sustained a fractured ankle. 

Result:  The homeowner’s insurance company denied liability, so we were forced to start a lawsuit against the homeowner.  After discovery and depositions, the insurance company moved for summary judgment to have the case dismissed.  The judge denied the insurance company’s motion and the case settled for $35,000 at mediation.   


Client: 63 year-old retired tax preparer.

Case: Our client was staying at a hotel in southern Minnesota.  As she exited the hotel, she tripped and fell on an unmarked step.  Our client sustained a compression fracture in her back. 

Result:  Our client had her case turned down by multiple other attorneys.  After going to the scene and taking measurements and photos, we were able to determine that the step was in violation of city code, and we were able to recover $75,000 for our client for her injuries.


Client:  29 year-old stay at home mom.

Case: Our client slipped and fell on ice after filling up her tank with gas at a gas station.  Due to inadequate lighting, our client was unable to see the ice.  She fractured her ankle, requiring surgery.  

Result:  We were able to recover $90,000 for our client.


Client: Retired 63 year-old.

Case: Our client was exiting a fast food restaurant when she tripped and fell on a lip caused by a raised sidewalk.   Our client sustained a fractured hip. 

Result:   We were able to recover $60,000 for our client for her injuries from the property owner’s insurance company due to the negligently maintained sidewalk.


Client:  Retired 71 year-old woman who cares for her husband who has Alzheimer’s.

Case: Our client slipped and fell inside a grocery store on water that had pooled.  She sustained a fracture to her leg, which did not require surgery.

Result:  After the grocery store’s insurance company denied liability, our client was turned down by multiple other attorneys.  We took the case and immediately started a lawsuit.  After discovery, we were able to settle the case for $45,000.

 

General Negligence

 

Client:  90 year-old World War 2 veteran.

Case: Our client was being transported from the VA Hospital to a nursing home.  The transportation company failed to properly secure our client in his wheelchair.  When the vehicle slammed on its brakes for slowed traffic, our client was ejected from the wheelchair, sustaining lacerations, bruising, and a concussion.

Result:  After the insurance company denied liability, we were forced to start a lawsuit.  The case settled at mediation for $92,500.


Client:  44 year-old industrial worker.

Case: Our client was on the job, delivering a large industrial heating unit to a buyer.  The buyer failed to adequately secure the heating unit as it was being unloaded from the truck by a miniature crane, and it fell on our client’s foot, breaking multiple bones in his foot.

Result:  We were able to recover $175,000 for our client from the buyer’s liability insurance company.  We were also able to negotiate a substantial discount with the worker’s compensation company on its subrogation claim.


Client:  23 year-old man.

Case: Our client lost his big toe when he jumped onto the back of a New Holland skid steer loader to give it counter weight and the operator quickly lowered the bucket causing the cross bar to sever his toe.  We brought suit against the skid-steer manufacturer for improper design and warning.

Result:    We settled the case for $180,000.


Client:  55 year-old man.

Case: Our client suffered a lower leg fracture when the driver of a skid-steer loader caused the machine to lurch forward while our client was speaking to him.

Result:    We settled the case for $175,000.