The attorneys of Lord & Heinlein have represented injured people in all areas of Minnesota. This section contains a few of the recent cases our attorneys have successfully resolved for our clients.
Snowmobile/Truck Crash: $2,400,000 Jury Verdict
Lord & Heinlein won a $2.4 million jury verdict in Crow Wing County Minnesota. Plaintiff snowmobiler, was proceeding north on the Paul Bunyan Trail when a Minnesota Power Company truck which was crossing the trail failed to stop at a DNR stop sign before crossing the trail. Plaintiff argued that the MPC driver did not look down the trail before crossing. The defense argued Plaintiff was speeding and the truck did not have to stop because the DNR stop sign was smaller than regulation size. Plaintiff suffered a broken leg (compound fracture) fractured arm, ribs and trauma and scaring to entire left side and as a result is totally disabled. The jury found the Plaintiff 30% at fault with the net award at $1,687,062. The Defendant's lost on appeal and the verdict was upheld for Plaintiff.
Bicycle/Auto Crash: $175,000.00 Settlement
Plaintiff bicycle courier was struck by at-fault automobile driver while at work and sustained serious injury to knee and partial permanent disability. Also received sizeable work-comp benefits. Recovered policy limits on the liability claim of $150,000.00 and policy limits on the underinsured motorist claim of $25,000.00 for a total recovery of $175,000.00.
Pedestrian/Truck Crash: $150,000 Settlement
Pedestrian walking with a green light was hit by a courier truck. The driver was not wearing his required glasses. Pedestrian had a fractured leg and consequently suffered hip and knee problems and is permanently disabled.
Pedestrian/Auto Crash: $85,000 Settlement
Female pedestrian who is developmentally disabled was walking with a green light across an intersection when an automobile driver attempting to turn left, struck her body throwing her approximately 10 feet where she struck her head and briefly lost consciousness. She had arthroscopic surgery on her knee.
Auto Crash: $170,000 Settlement
Female Plaintiff was driving home late at night after her shift at work. She was traveling northbound approaching an intersection where defendant driving southbound attempted to make a left -hand turn on a red arrow directly into the path of Plaintiff who was driving the speed limit of 50 MPH. Upon impact, Plaintiff's 2001 Chevrolet Blazer overturned, trapping her inside, while it continued to travel on its roof through the intersection in a northeasterly direction. Both vehicles were totaled. Plaintiff had surgery fusing L4-L5 in lower back.
Truck Crash Leaves Woman Quadriplegic: Settled for 6.5 Million
A 38-year-old woman was driving in the right-hand lane on Highway 10 in Cushing, MN near her home. Traveling too closely behind her was a semitrailer. Another semitrailer, was tailgating the first semitrailer. At the last minute, the second semitrailer veered into the left lane to avoid a collision with the woman. As the second semitrailer was traveling too close to the first semitrailer, the driver was unable to avoid crashing into the woman's vehicle. The collision crushed the rear of her car to just behind her driver's seat. The woman sustained catastrophic injuries rendering her a quadriplegic.
Jury Awarded $9 million to Truck Crash Victims After Crash Killed Son, Injured Other Son and Mother Became Paraplegic
A mother and her 14-year-old daughter were passengers in a vehicle driven by 18-year-old daughter. Driver/daughter was driving eastbound on Interstate Highway 94 near Evansville, MN, when she hit a patch of ice and lost control of her Volkswagen. The vehicle spun through a median into oncoming traffic and was struck by a semitrailer. As a result of the accident, the mother became a paraplegic, and 14 year old daughter was partially paralyzed. 17-year-old son died, and her 13 year old son was injured.
The case was brought before a Ramsey County jury for a seven-week trial arguing that Volkswagen was negligent in the making of the vehicle, the truck driver was at fault, and 18 year old daughter was negligent in her driving. After dismissing claims against Volkswagen and the truck driver, the jury awarded almost $9 Million to the mother and injured daughter.
Multiple Fire Deaths Settlement
We were privileged to represent a young mother who lost three children in a fire. It was a horrible loss to this mother. We filed suit against the owner of the building where the fire took the lives of six people. With the use of fire experts we were able to prove that the smoke detectors were not working and were the reason the six people had not wakened up in time to get out before being overcome with smoke and fire. Lord & Heinlein were able to obtain a fair settlement for this grieving mother so that she could move forward with her life.
Motorcycle Crash Victim: $299,728.00 Settlement
A woman client was on a motorcycle outing driving northbound on County Road 101 approaching its intersection with 14th Avenue in Plymouth, Hennepin County, Minnesota. An individual driving a motor vehicle pulled out in front of our client in an attempt to make a left-hand turn from County Road 101 on to 14th Avenue. Although client was able to avoid a collision with the motor vehicle by going around it, she was caused to collide into the motorcycle of her accompanying friend after which she hit the curb and sidewalk, and was thrown from her motorcycle.
Client sustained a severe injury to her left lower leg wherein a large "L" shaped flap of her leg was peeled back, fully exposing the anterior compartment, as well as bone and tendons. She was required to undergo surgery for repair of those injuries, as well as an additional surgery and skin grafting. Woman was left with substantial scarring of her leg which has affected her both physically and emotionally. The case settled for the full liability policy limits of the at-fault driver in the amount of $250,000.00, as well as an additional $49,728.00 from the driver's umbrella policy.
Car Crash / Amputation Of Leg: $550,000.00 Settlement
A woman was traveling westbound on Highway 23, a divided four-lane highway, when she noticed a vehicle stopped at the intersection of 28th Avenue. She was traveling at the posted speed limit of sixty (60) miles per hour. The driver of the stopped vehicle, claiming not to have seen woman's vehicle, proceeded southbound on 28th Avenue, pulling out into the direct path of client. Woman was able to apply her brakes prior to impact, but was unable to avoid the collision. Because of the serious injuries sustained in the accident, woman's right leg, just below her knee, had to be amputated. The case settled for the $500,000.00 liability policy limits, as well as the $50,000.00 UIM policy limits.
Teen killed by Impaired Driver: policy limits of $130,000.00
One morning in March, Plaintiff high school senior was with two of her friends, driving to the Mall of America to pick out dresses for their May 15th senior prom. As they were heading south on Highway 65 in the inside or left lane of the four- lane highway, a Ford Explorer was traveling just behind and to the right of senior's vehicle. As the driver of the Ford Explorer was overtaking teenager's vehicle, she reached down to pick up a cheeseburger off the floor of her vehicle and veered into Plaintiff's vehicle causing both vehicles to overturn, and Plaintiff's vehicle to slide into northbound Highway 65, coming to rest on its roof.
According to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, the teen died from multiple blunt force injuries. There were no controlled substances found in her body. The at-fault driver, however, was charged with felony criminal vehicular homicide and gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular operation resulting in bodily harm. She was found to have amphetamine, methamphetamine and marijuana in her system at the time of the crash. The case settled for the $30,000.00 liability policy limits, and the $100,000.00 UIM policy limits.
Woman Rearended: $192,500 Settlement
A woman client was the driver of her husband's 1999 Pontiac Grand Am traveling to work. She was in the middle lane of westbound Interstate 94 in Woodbury, Minnesota. At that same time, a 2002 Ford pick-up was traveling immediately behind client. Due to the traffic conditions in front of her, client had to come to a complete stop. The driver of the pickup truck was unable to stop his vehicle before crashing into the back of client's vehicle.
Client sustained severe injuries to her cervical, lumbar and thoracic spine, specifically C5-6 posterior disc bulging, L4-5 central disc herniation, and L5-S1 posterior disc bulging. She also sustained injuries to her abdomen, right hand, arm and shoulder, and both legs, hips and feet. Because of her injuries, she suffered with headaches and TMJ pain, degenerative changes throughout her spine, difficulty sleeping, stress, anxiety and depression. A settlement of the $100,000.00 liability policy limits was reached, as well as $92,500.00 of the $100,000.00 UIM policy limits.
Fen-Phen Diet Drug: Collective Settlements totaling $15 Million
We filed the first Minnesota lawsuit against American Home Products for injuries resulting from the use of their combo diet drug Fen- Phen. Some of the injuries associated with Fen-Phen were heart valve disorders, mitral valve regurgitation and primary pulmonary hypertension. Some users had to undergo valve replacement surgeries. After filing the lawsuit just under fifty clients were able to recover approximately $14 million. An additional 100 + Fen Phen claims were submitted to the AHP Settlement and the 7th Amendment receiving approximately $15 million in recoveries.