Qualified Representation After a Serious Injury.
After sustaining an injury due to another’s negligence, no one wants to worry about litigation or lawsuits. They usually face more pressing questions like: Will I physically recover? Will I be able to return to work? How can I afford my medical bills?
Our lawyers are experienced with all manner of cases involving injury and disability. We regularly represent victims of:
Over time, the harms and losses caused by pain, disability and the cost of dealing with both can wear on a person. Bills pile up, relationships are affected, and a person’s quality of life can deteriorate.
The attorneys of Falsani, Balmer, Peterson & Balmer have successfully helped many thousands of people overcome these very difficulties over the last 45 years. We understand the complex claim process and the stress you are going through. We also know how insurance companies and other entities can take advantage of people in your situation.
Even if you do not live in Duluth or the Surrounding area, we can partner with you.
Joint Workers’Compensation and Negligence Claims
If you sustain an injury at work, you may be able to pursue additional compensation from a negligent third party such as a negligent driver or a product manufacturer. In such a situation, preserving the evidence (such as the dangerous tool that caused the injury) is critical to success against the at-fault party. Usually cooperation from the employer (who is legally entitled to be reimbursed for the benefits paid the injured worker out of the proceeds of a successful third party claim) is helpful, if not essential, in preserving necessary evidence to support the claim.
There are complicated rules that apply to who can recover what amounts in a workers’ compensation and third party case, and we are experts at navigating those minefields to obtain the best results for our clients.
Evaluating Whether to Pursue a Products Liability Case
Not every injury from a defective product is worth pursuing. User error, failure to heed instructions or obvious warnings on the product can bar a claim. A competent products liability attorney at our law firm can explain whether your particular case should be pursued or abandoned.
Most product manufacturers aggressively defend against all defective product claims brought against them, so such claims can be costly and expensive to pursue. Expert engineering consultants are usually required, and they can charge thousands of dollars for their time and effort.
For this reason, defective product claims are frequently not worth pursuing without a serious injury. The claim arising from the harm must be significant in order to justify the expenditure for expert consultants. So, do not be surprised to learn that a serious injury is a necessary precondition to pursuing a defective product claim.
Strong Tirla Lawyers and Negotiators
The vast majority of personal injury cases are resolved out of court. However, if the insurance company knows that your lawyer will not take a case all the way to trial, it can affect the settlement offer. As a result, it is important to hire a firm that will stand with and fight for you.
Our lawyers are capable negotiators who strategically negotiate settlements for our clients. However, we are ready and willing to represent your best interests in court if necessary. We will proceed down the path that offers your claim the best chances of a successful recovery.
We also strongly advocate for clients if the insurer requests an “Independent” (Adverse) Medical Examination (IME/AME). Doctors employed by the insurance company can be biased and downplay the extent of your injuries. Our goal is to protect your claim and maximize your recovery by preparing you for these evaluations and making sure you are not taken advantage of.
File Your Claim Before the Statute Of Limitations Expires.
Every legal case has a time limit; if you wait too long to pursue a claim, you may be prevented from full and fair compensation on a technicality. Also, having us contact the insurance company immediately after the accident goes a long way to ensure they handle your claim in a timely manner.
Our lawyers will take time to discuss your case with you soon after the accident. Unless we evaluate your case, there is no way to know whether your injury is serious enough to warrant the time, stress and risk of litigation. We are more than happy to answer your case questions to make sure everything is in order should your condition have serious or long-term consequences.
You Only Pay Us if We Recover Compensation
We generally accept cases on a contingency basis. This means that we are paid a percentage of the compensation we are able to obtain (through settlement or verdict) for you. This means we are on the same team and can work together in order to maximize your recovery.
If we accept your case and it turns out that your condition does not qualify for compensation, or the insurance company successfully avoids responsibility for the harm it’s insured caused, you owe us nothing.
We believe that people of all means should have access to experienced legal representation to pursue the compensation they deserve. Everyone — rich or poor, employed or not, young or old — is on equal footing with the insurance companies when you hire us. When we take on a case, we invest our time and effort in helping you obtain a fair result regardless of who you are.