PERSONAL INJURY CASES WE HANDLE
Stoudt Law handles all varieties of negligence cases. We develop a customized strategy for every
client. Our job is to do what is necessary for you to obtain the most compensation, given the
particular details and complexities of your case.
Distracted Driving Accidents/Texting-While-Driving Accidents
In these cases, early investigation is essential. Not surprisingly, people don’t always just admit that they were texting when they ran the red light. There are certain key pieces of information that must be gathered early in the process to preserve the strength of these claims. Stoudt Law knows what to look for.
let the insurance company minimize your case based on low property damages – they will try! Stoudt Law has succeeded in obtaining large settlement for victims of accidents with very little damages to the vehicles. The key is to get quality reports from doctors that will stand behind their findings in court.
Hit and Runs
The negligent driver who hits and runs is treated as a driver with no insurance, for purposes of your claim. Thus, your uninsured coverage is where we look for your compensation. However, these cases need to be handled carefully in order to preserve your right to such coverage. Stoudt Law knows what to do.
Drunk Driving Accidents
Had the drunk driver been over-served? Was the drunk driver acting in a way that would elevatehis behavior from simply negligent, to “a deliberate disregard for the rights and safety of others”? If so, we may be able to include punitive damages in your claim. There are important procedural steps to be mindful of in order to preserve this right. Stoudt Law has experience handling these claims.
There are unique coverage issues that often come into play in motorcycle cases. Stoudt Law has experience sorting these out. Also, if liability is at issue, you will need a law firm capable of persuading an audience that you were not at fault. Our ability to do so has been proven by our history of outstanding results for our clients.
Accidents Involving Semi Trucks
These types of accidents also involve unique coverage rules. You can trust that Stoudt Law will navigate these issues in a way that results in the highest recovery for you.
The Minneapolis and St. Paul area is known for being friendly to bikers. However, that doesn’t change the fact that there are careless, distracted drivers on the road. Stoudt Law has experience representing bicyclists that have been hit by vehicles.
Accidents Involving Employer-Owned Vehicles
When an employer-owned vehicle is involved in an accident, it changes the priority of coverage, and it can result in a higher recovery for you. At Stoudt Law, we know how to take advantage of these coverage rules so that you get the best outcome for your case.
People are responsible for driving safe in the wintertime. The fact that a person lost control due to black ice is not a defense. Don’t miss out on your settlement if you were injured by an accident caused due to icy, wintery conditions. Talk to Stoudt Law about your options.
Pedestrians Hit by Cars, Busses, or Police vehicles.
You may not be aware that in addition to obtaining a settlement, and even if you don’t drive a car yourself, you are eligible for no-fault benefits if you are hit by a motor vehicle as a pedestrian. This will allow you to avoid paying up front for any accident-related medical care. You need an attorney very familiar with the No-Fault Act to stand up for your rights. Stoudt Law can help.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
These cases are especially complicated because symptoms of a traumatic brain injury, or of prolonged concussive syndrome, are often confused with behavioral issues or other mental conditions. However, there is a lot at stake because often times a traumatic brain injury will affect a person for the rest of his or her life. It takes a lawyer with good connections to quality experts that will stand behind their findings in court. Stoudt Law has the tools you need to build a strong case.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Life changing injuries should never be taken lightly. At Stoudt Law, we have the ability to convince the insurance company to pay maximum dollars to victims who have been left paralyzed or permanently disabled.
Sacroiliac Joint Injuries
Sacroiliac joint injuries can be catastrophic and debilitating, but they are commonly misdiagnosed,often due to the client being unable to describe the exact location of the pain. Cases involving severe, permanent SI joint injuries require extensive research in order to prove future damages. Without obtaining clear reports connecting the SI joint injury to the accident, and without clear figures on future damages, a victim will not receive just compensation. Stoudt Law knows how to handle these cases to maximize your recovery.
Stoudt Law has the compassion, and expertise, to represent the family of someone whose life has been taken wrongfully. There is a unique way of measuring damages in such a case, and Stoudt Law has the skill to bring those damages to light.
Slip and Fall on Icy Surfaces
Minnesota allows the “open and obvious” defense, which protects landowners by excepting any claims involving slips and falls on open and obvious icy spots. But, there are ways to prove that the icy condition does not fit that exception. It takes a lawyer with skill to scrutinize
the facts and set your case apart.
Slippery Spills or Other Unsafe Conditions
The failure to clean up a spill, or the failure to properly notify of a dangerous condition can all cause an injurious slip or fall. In order to have a claim, the owner of the property must have either actual or constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition. This can be very challenging to prove. Stoudt Law can do it.
Amusement Park Accidents
Ride operators and other amusement park staff make mistakes sometimes. If that mistake results in an injury, the amusement park is responsible.
If the owner of a water area has not taken due care to keep the area safe, they can be held liable for a drowning. Early investigation is key to success in these cases.
Dog Bites or Attacks
There is no excuse for a dog attack. The dog’s owner is responsible for your damages if their dog attacks. Don’t let the fact that the owner may be a family member, neighbor or friend, stand in your way of getting compensated for a dog attack. The owner likely has insurance coverage in place, in part, for that very risk.
No-Fault Matters/ Denied No-Fault Benefits
We help all clients obtain every penny of no-fault benefits to which they are entitled under the law. It is not uncommon for your auto insurer to deny benefits before you have reached a full recovery. We know what to do when that happens. It’s our job to hold the insurance companies to their requirements under the law, and we take it seriously.
If the insurance companies involved raise a coverage issue, Stoudt Law can help clarify the priority of coverage. Also, when more than one insurer may be on the line, Stoudt Law can help you maximize your total recovery. The failure to resolve coverage issues, or to exhaust all available coverage, will result in your money being left on the table.
The unfortunate truth is that the insurance company probably will not value your case at what you believe it is worth. It is our job to convince them that your case is worth more. Certain facts that you may think should weigh heavily, may not. Our job is to bring the strongest parts of your case forward, so that the insurance company sees eye-to-eye with us when valuing your case. If we cannot get them to do that, we resort to other legal action.
Punitive Damages Cases
To assert punitive damages, the circumstances must be appropriate, the timing must be right, and the support must be rock solid. If your case has potential for a punitive damages element, Stoudt Law will do what it takes to preserve your claim.
Dram Shop Cases
Initial investigation is crucial to these cases. Failing to provide proper notice may result in the loss of crucial evidence. Failure to meet other deadlines may result in the loss of the ability to bring the claim. At Stoudt Law, we know how to effectively gather necessary evidence, as well
as preserve your rights, when an alcohol-serving establishment may have been partly responsible for your injuries.