Personal Injury

Bismarck, North Dakota Personal Injury Law Attorney

A personal injury accident can happen anytime, anywhere.  You may be at work or driving in your car when your injury accident occurs.  These types of accidents can be extremely traumatizing and some injuries may even have lifelong consequences. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident that was caused by the careless, reckless, or negligent actions of another person or business, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses.  At Germolus Knoll & Leibel LLP, our lawyers have more than 60 years of combined legal experience successfully handling even the most complex personal injury cases in North Dakota. You don’t face this alone.  Our lawyers can help you get the compensation that you are entitled to for the injuries that you sustained in your accident.  You don’t have to suffer alone.

The state of North Dakota allows personal injury victims to seek compensation for the following:

  • Medical treatment
  • Rehabilitation and long-term care
  • Lost wages from missed work
  • Future lost income
  • Emotional trauma
  • Pain & suffering
  • Property damage

The personal injury lawyers at Germolus Knoll & Leibel LLP are well-respected by our peers and the judges in our community.  Our office is located in Bismarck and we offer our services to all of the surrounding areas in North Dakota.  We have helped thousands of injured North Dakota residents successfully seek justice and compensation for the injuries they endured as a result of their personal injury accident.  Let us help you too.

Areas of Personal Injury Law That We Can Handle

Everyone knows that accidents happen whether its a car accident, pedestrian accident, slip & fall, a workplace accident or another incident that happened at the hands of another party.  Because personal injury can occur in almost any circumstance, personal injury law similarly covers a wide breadth of issues. No matter the context in which you were injured, we can help. Our lawyers are experienced in covering the following areas of personal injury and more:

  • Car Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • DUI Accidents
  • Rideshare Accidents
  • Truck and Commercial Vehicle Accidents
  • Bus Accidents
  • Train Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Abuse/Accidents
  • Burn Injuries
  • Neck and Back Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Dog Bites
  • Aviation Accidents
  • Workplace and Construction Accidents
  • Wrongful Death

We handle all types of personal injury claims ranging from minor injuries to catastrophic and life-changing injuries.  Call Germolus Knoll & Liebel LLP today to speak with one of our skilled and knowledgeable personal injury lawyers about your accident to find out if you have the right to pursue a claim for your injuries and losses.

Motor Vehicle Accidents in North Dakota

Even a minor car crash is scary but if you happen to be seriously injured in an accident your life can be seriously upended. You may suffer both physically and emotionally after being injured in an accident. Victims of automobile accidents are often left to fend for themselves with regard to medical treatment, lost wages, steep medical bills, catastrophic injuries, and loss of enjoyment of life. The last thing you need to worry about after a car accident is how to get fairly compensated for your injuries when you should be concentrating on what’s most important, your recovery.

We can answer any questions you may have about your injury accident.  We will work diligently to build a rock-solid case on your behalf and collect the compensation that you are entitled to. Our attorneys have decades of personal injury experience handling even the most complex and complicated claims.  We have the skills and resources needed to fight even the largest insurance companies.

We can assist in the following types of automobile accident cases and more: accidents caused by mechanical malfunctions, accidents caused by road hazards, bicycle accidents, car accidents resulting in catastrophic injuries, car accidents resulting in wrongful death, distracted driving accidents, drunk driving, failure to yield accidents, hit and run accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, rideshare accidents, single-vehicle accidents, tire blowout accidents, and truck accidents.

Dog Attacks

While an untrained dog can be extraordinarily dangerous, any animal is capable of lashing out and unexpectedly attacking someone. People across the U.S. deal with millions of dog attacks every year. These attacks can result in disfigurement, infections, severe scarring, and even death. Children are especially vulnerable due to their small stature. Many times, these dogs victimize children under the age of 12. Over half of dog accident fatalities are children under the age of 10.

Fortunately, North Dakota law permits a dog bite victim to seek out compensation. The owner(s) of the attacking dog, the owners of the property where the dog attacked, and the landlords who allowed aggressive animals on their property can all be held liable for a dog attack. It is imperative that you do not wait for the statute of limitations to run out. If you or someone you love was recently injured in a dog attack, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. Contact the lawyers at Germolus Knoll & Leibel LLP today to discuss your dog attack to find out if you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit.

Nursing Home Neglect

Unfortunately, our elderly loved ones are among the most vulnerable and least represented members of our communities. Nursing homes and adult care centers are required by law to provide clean, safe and adequate care to the elderly and disabled patients that live in them.  Many of these nursing homes and care facilities have continuous issues such as inadequately staffed facilities, inadequately trained staff, poor or insufficient supervision of patients, poorly maintained equipment, and overmedicating patients can easily increase the risk of injury to their residents. Nursing home neglect can cause serious injury or even death.

Types of nursing home neglect may include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and financial abuse and exploitation. Look out for the following warning signs:

  • Social isolation
  • Poor personal hygiene habits
  • Unexplained injuries
  • A sudden change in temperament
  • Bed Sores
  • Signs of malnutrition
  • Over Medicating or Sedation.

If you recognize a loved one experiencing any of these symptoms, you have an obligation to report the abuse to the proper authorities and prevent it from going any further or affecting any more people. Contact Germolus Knoll & Leibel LLP today to discuss your concerns and see if you have the right to file a lawsuit to be fairly compensated for your loved one’s injuries and suffering.  We will help you build up your case and put an end to the abuse.

Medical Malpractice

 When you are at your most physically vulnerable, your physician should be one of the people you trust the most. Unfortunately, the quality of hospital and physician care can vary wildly from person to person. Furthermore, it may be difficult to pursue legal action against a physician or a hospital because of the insurance companies involved and the complexities of the case. In most cases like this, procuring an experienced medical malpractice attorney who can help you navigate the legal system and pursue your claim is crucial to ensure that you have a fighting chance at recovering your damages in your personal injury case.

We can address the following types of medical malpractice areas and more:

  • Anesthesia errors
  • Brain injuries
  • Delay in diagnosis
  • Emergency room errors
  • Failure to diagnose
  • Incorrect dosage
  • Injury during childbirth
  • Prescription errors
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Surgical mistakes

If your physician has been negligent in your care and has caused you harm, call the lawyers at Germolus Knoll & Leibel LLP to discuss your medical malpractice case today.

Slip & Fall Accidents

 Slip & fall accidents may seem minor when in reality, they can be extraordinarily serious and even lead to catastrophic injuries that result in death. Slip & fall accidents may be caused by any of the following:

  • Wet Floors – such as spilled liquid, a recently mopped floor or recently waxed floors.
  • Uneven Surfaces – such as torn carpeting, loose floorboards, torn carpet, potholes in parking lots, cluttered floors, poorly designed stairways or defective and uneven sidewalks.
  • Weather Conditions – such as rain, ice, and snow.
  • Nursing Home Neglect – Seniors are at an increased risk of falling and when they do fall, they are more susceptible to suffering catastrophic injuries that sometimes leads to their untimely death.  Seniors are often left unattended or are not properly monitored or assisted resulting in dangerous accidents for the elderly person.
  • Improper Training – A lot of slip & fall incidents occur in the workplace. If employers don’t provide adequate training to their workers, they may be at fault when a slip and fall accident does happen.
  • Shoes and Footwear – Almost 25% of all slip and fall accidents are caused by the shoes that we wear on our feet. Your high heels may be the culprit for your fall or your tennis shoes or work boots may not have the proper traction and cause you to slip and fall.
  • Fraud – The National Floor Safety Institute reported that approximately 3 percent of slip and fall claims are fraudulent. Fraud cases are definitely not the norm but they do occur which makes winning a legitimate claim more difficult.

When it comes to slip & fall accidents, it is absolutely vital for you to seek out medical attention as soon as possible—especially if you have a head injury. Many injuries caused by slip & fall accidents can lay dormant for some time before making themselves known. The actual damage may not be known until you are evaluated by a doctor. Serious back injuries and even traumatic brain injuries can sometimes go undetected. After ensuring your medical stability, make sure to notify the property owner, report the accident to the proper authorities, and start documenting the accident and your injuries as thoroughly as possible.

Personal injuries can happen at any time, in any setting. Our seasoned and knowledgeable personal injury attorneys will go the distance to make sure you get the compensation that you are entitled to. Call us today to schedule a free consultation with one a member of our legal team today about your personal injury accident.

Experienced North Dakota Personal Injury Law Attorney

Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, you cannot always avoid other people’s negligence. It only takes one serious injury to lose almost everything you hold dear. Falling victim to personal injury of any magnitude in any context can be physically, emotionally, and financially exhausting. You need an attorney who can help you from losing any more than you already have. Not only that, you need an attorney who is compassionate, dedicated, and knows how to treat your case with the care and attention it deserves. We know how to recover your medical costs, lost wages, and other damages and we have a proven history and reputation of getting our client’s favorable settlements and verdicts.

At Germolus Knoll & Leibel LLP, our competent personal injury attorneys have the wisdom and foresight that only comes with decades of real-world experience. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation about your personal injury case.

Personal Injury Law FAQ

We understand that it may be overwhelming to even begin to consider pursuing a personal injury. It is likely that you have questions about your injury accident. For your convenience, we have compiled a brief list of personal injury law related frequently asked questions.

Is it expensive to pursue a personal injury case?

While other types of lawyers generally charge by the hour, personal injury lawyers operate by accepting a contingency fee. A contingency fee is a percentage of the compensation that a client receives for their damages. This means that your personal injury lawyer will take a certain percentage from your settlement instead of a fee. If you do not win your case, you will not have to pay a fee. However, you will need to provide some predetermined form of compensation for services.

Is my injury actually significant enough to call an attorney?

Victims of seemingly minor personal injuries often underestimate their damages. However, any kind of personal injury has the potential to bring about significant injury, emotional suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, medical expenses, monetary losses, physical pain, or property damage. If you are suffering from just one of these factors, you may want to consider speaking to an attorney. Make sure to document your injuries as thoroughly as possible in order to build up your case.

How soon should I file my personal injury suit?

It is almost always a good idea to file your case as soon as possible when all the evidence is still fresh and you have time to document your injuries as they occur. You should also keep in mind the statute of limitations for your case. If you fail to file before the statute of limitations expires, your case will be barred forever.

What is my case actually worth?

It is hard to make an estimation of your case right away. A number of factors may influence your potential settlement, including past medical bills, future medical costs, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, therapy, and lost wages. Your attorney will need to research your case and similar cases thoroughly before making an estimation.

Will I need to go to court?

Many personal injury cases are able to be solved without litigation. For example, the defendant may not offer a reasonable settlement or the plaintiff may want to go to trial. Additionally, the actual damages or liability may be disputed. Our lawyers will make sure to go the best possible route for your specific case.

Should I accept an insurance company’s first settlement?

In order to minimize their own loses, insurance companies often offer a settlement that covers far less than what you actually deserve. It is possible that your claims adjuster may be withholding information from you or wrongfully denying you fair coverage. You can try to assess how much you are actually being offered by comparing it to your lost wages, medical expenses, or other financial losses. If you are still unsure about whether or not you should accept your settlement, you may want to consult an attorney.

What qualifies as medical malpractice?

Legally speaking, there are differences between adverse events, medical malpractice, and system errors. A healthcare professional may be charged with medical practice if they have breached the established standards of care. However, adverse events and system errors may not be considered to be part of medical malpractice. Adverse events are unforeseen, accidental injuries that have occurred despite the medical team having taken all necessary precautions. System errors refer to genuine, unintentional mistakes.

If you still have questions or need us to elaborate on any of the above answers, one of our lawyers would be glad to discuss matters further with you in a scheduled consultation.