Minot Personal Injury Lawyers
Helping You Get the Compensation You Deserve for your Injury in Minot, Ward County, and across North Dakota
Minot, or anywhere in North Dakota for that matter, offers beautiful views, clean and crisp air, and a wholesome place to start a career and raise a family. But what happens when someone in your family suffers a serious injury? The results can be stressful and devastating. It’s even worse when that injury was caused by someone else’s negligence. Would you know where to turn?
After you or a loved one suffer a personal injury due to the negligence of a driver, store owner, property manager or anyone else, the best course of action is to hire legal representation. Making your family whole again is what matters most; having your own personal attorneys to even the playing field can help make that happen.
Accidents in North Dakota that Cause Personal Injuries
North Dakota can have some sketchy weather, like intense ice and and snow, both of which have been known to cause motor vehicle accidents and semi truck accidents. Our beautiful state is also rich in oil, causing many of hard-working North Dakotans to be at risk of injury while working on the oil rigs. And, like anywhere also, we all are at risk of an injury from a slip and fall, work-related accidents, distracted driving, dog bites, and wrongful deaths from a serious accident of any type.
When you or a loved one suffers a serious injury due to negligence, trust the experienced North Dakota personal injury attorneys at Sand Law to handle the stress while you focus on getting better!
Don’t Trust the Insurance Companies to Have Your Best Interests in Mind
Insurance companies, despite their extensive advertising to claim otherwise, are not on the side of their policyholders. They are massive companies in a dominate industry that focuses on keeping profits high and costs low. In fact, the insurance industry takes in trillions–that’s trillions with a “T”–in premiums each year.
Paying out on an injury claim is a cost. Denying or diminishing an injury claim keeps profits high.
This practice often means stressful phone calls, deceptive practices (like convincing their clients they can handle their claim themselves), and unpaid damages.
And if your own insurance company is not exactly willing way to pay for your legitimate medical bills and lost wages, then the other driver’s insurance company definitely is going to put up a fight to deny, delay, and diminish your personal injury claim.
This is why hiring an experienced personal injury firm to work on your behalf is your best course of action. The insurance companies have a team of lawyers working around the clock for them, and you should too; especially when you and your family’s future are on the line.
Common Damages in a Personal Injury Case
Some common damages–which is the term the insurance industry uses to refer to monetary, physical, and psychological losses–in a personal injury case include:
- Damage to property, like car
- Medical bills
- Hospital bills
- Ambulance ride
- Surgery costs
- Lost wages during recovery
- Future lost wages from diminished earning capacity
- Psychological damage, like PTSD
- Pain and suffering
- Potential future medical expenses
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy costs
- In-home care charges
Damages can also include other “hard to put a dollar amount on” losses like the loss of a spouse, the loss of being able to pick up your grandchild again, or the loss of being able to use your arm ever again.
How much would someone have to pay you to never be able to use your right arm again?
Understanding General and Special Damages
In the legal industry, “damages” are the amount of money you are awarded if your attorney is able to successfully negotiate a settlement for you or if your lawsuit is successful in court. The two most common types of damages are special damages and general damages.
- Special damages are damages that can be easily calculated based off documented losses due to the accident, like medical bills and lost wages. Medical bills can easily be sent over by a doctor’s office, and lost wages can easily be determined by past pay stubs, making them easy to determine or “prove”.
- General damages are damages that cannot easily be calculated into a monetary number, like pain and suffering, loss of a spouse, and PTSD. Since there are no receipts or bills for something like pain and suffering, a specific dollar amount is harder to determine and prove. This, however, does not mean that they are not real not damages and therefore, an injury victim is still entitled to them.
Common Types of Minot Accident Cases
CAR ACCIDENT CASES
Car accident personal injury cases are one of the most common, since motor vehicles are so dangerous, and of course, because most people drive so often that it greatly improves the chance of a collision and, thus, injury.
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CASES
Motorcycle accidents are actually quite common as well, much like car accident. However, motorcycle accidents often have much more serious injuries since motorcycle riders do not have nearly the protection from injury that a car driver has.
TRUCK ACCIDENT CASES
Semi-truck accidents are not as common as car accidents or motorcycle accidents, but they do present some very serious consequences. Because of the massive size and weight difference between a car and a commercial truck or 18-wheeler, injuries to the car driver in a truck accident are often very serious, if not deadly.
OIL FIELD ACCIDENT CASES
Oil field accidents are not very common in most places in America, but because of North Dakota’s vast deposits of oil under our beautiful state due to the Bakken Formation, North Dakotans have a much higher chance of being injured while working on an oil rig. And roughnecks, or oil rig workers, are often working in very dangerous and deadly conditions.
WORK-RELATED ACCIDENT CASES
Work-related accidents and injuries are common all over the United States, and around the world. People often spend a good part of their waking hours at work, which combined with a dangerous or hazardous job, makes work injuries quite common.
DOG BITE INJURY CASES
North Dakota does not have a specific law referencing dog bites in regard to personal injury cases, so instead, attorneys rely on the US Supreme Court case Sendelbach v. Grad to prove negligence when a dog bite or animal attack causes another person injuries. According to a study by the CDC, there are approximately 4.7 million dog bites in the U.S. each year, of which about 800,000 of those bites require medical care.
SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT CASES
Slip and fall accidents are another common type of injury that are quite capable of causing a catastrophic injury or multiple injuries. Slip and fall accident victims can suffer TBIs, neck and back injuries, and a whole series of other types of injuries.
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASES
Medical malpractice, like a misdiagnosis or surgical error, are not all that common in the grand scheme of things. But when they do occur, they can be devastating to both the patient and their families alike. Medical malpractice cases are complicated and should always rely on the experience of a personal injury attorney to help get the best possible outcome for the med mal victim.
WRONGFUL DEATH CASES
Injured persons are not the only type of case that law firms like Sand Law handle. Unfortunately, we often also need to help families who have suffered a wrongful death of a loved one. Wrongful death claims can be complicated, and of course, very stressful and we aim to approach these situations with understanding.
Note that the statute of limitations in North Dakota can be quite short on injuries and wrongful death claims, so do not hesitate to contact a team of personal injury lawyers you can trust.
The Process of a Personal Injury Case
- Client contacts a personal injury attorney near them and schedule a consultation. Once both parties agree to work together, the attorney and client go through what is called the intake process.
- Next, everyone signs contracts that protect both parties and gives the attorney a legal right to represent their client. This is also the part of the process of where the attorney agrees to take the case on a contingency fee basis.
- Once the legal representation is in writing, the attorney then notifies all parties involved that they are representing the client through what is known as a “notice of representation” letter.
- Then the discovery phase begins, meaning your attorney begins collecting all the evidence, documents, and bills relating to your injury and personal injury claim.
- Once we have an idea of the facts of the case, we draft a summary of the case and use this to send out demand letters, where we put the other parties on notice that we intend to collect money from them for their part in the accident or injury.
- Then we begin the process of negotiating with the other parties to try to reach a fair agreement about how much they will pay for the injured victims injuries and damages. This can be a lengthy process, as there is a lot of back and forth, since insurance companies aren’t quick to write a check, at least not for a fair amount.
- If necessary, the case then goes through arbitration or mediation, two ways of settling a case if negotiations don’t work which do not require a formal courtroom setting.
- If negotiations are unsuccessful, and if arbitration or mediation are not possible, then the attorney files a lawsuit on their clients behalf, requiring everyone to eventually go to court to prove, or defend, their cases. Over 98% of all cases never reach the lawsuit stage, which is best for everybody since the injury victim often gets their money faster and has to pay less since there are not court fees and other costs associated with a lawsuit.
Contacting an Experienced Minot Personal Injury Attorney
Sand Law protects clients in Minot, Ward County, and across North Dakota. We have assembled a team of experienced and dedicated personal injury attorneys who are skilled and passionate about representing the common person from huge corporations looking to take advantage of them and their desperate situation. We have offices conveniently located in Watford City, Williston, Minot, and Bismarck. We also have a vast network of resources and witnesses that we can employ if necessary to help make a client’s case as strong as possible, helping to ensure our clients get the compensation they deserve.
Contact Sand Law today to schedule your free consultation by calling (701) 609-1510 or by filling our our contact form. We look forward to helping you and your family in your time of need with compassion and understanding.