Minnesota Personal Injury Law

Aggressive Representation for
Personal Injury Victims

For over three decades, the accomplished legal team at PH&B Law Office has been a powerful advocate for personal injury victims across Southeastern Minnesota. With four convenient office locations and a staff of 10 dedicated attorneys and support professionals, we have the resources and expertise to take on even the most complex injury cases.

At PH&B, we understand that being injured due to someone else's negligence can have devastating physical, emotional, and financial consequences. That's why our compassionate attorneys fight tirelessly to secure the maximum compensation our clients deserve. Whether you've been injured in a car accident, suffered harm due to a defective product, or were hurt in a slip-and-fall incident, we bring relentless determination and unwavering commitment to pursuing justice. With a proven track record of multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, you can trust that your case is in skillful hands.

Protecting Your Rights: Minnesota's Personal Injury Laws

Minnesota's personal injury laws play a vital role in safeguarding the rights of individuals who have suffered harm due to the negligence or wrongful conduct of others. These laws encompass a broad spectrum of situations, from motor vehicle accidents to medical malpractice, and provide a legal pathway for victims to pursue the compensation they deserve.

When navigating the complex landscape of personal injury law, it's essential to clearly understand the various types of cases that fall under this umbrella and the specific legal provisions that apply to each. This knowledge empowers injured parties to make informed decisions and seek the support of experienced legal professionals who can guide them through securing justice and fair compensation.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Our firm has extensive experience handling a wide range of auto accident cases, including:

  • Car accidents: Collisions involving passenger vehicles, often due to driver negligence, reckless behavior, or distracted driving.
  • Truck accidents: Crashes involving commercial trucks, semi-trucks, and tractor-trailers, which can cause severe injuries due to the vehicle's size and weight.
  • Motorcycle accidents: Collisions involving motorcycles, which often result in serious injuries due to the rider's lack of protection.
  • Bicycle accidents: Incidents involving bicyclists being struck by vehicles, often due to drivers failing to share the road safely.
  • Pedestrian accidents: Accidents where a vehicle strikes a person on foot, typically resulting from driver inattention or failure to yield.

We pursue claims related to various factors contributing to the accident, such as:

  • Driver negligence: Including distracted driving, impaired driving, or failing to follow traffic laws.
  • Hazardous road conditions: Such as potholes, poorly designed intersections, or inadequate signage.
  • Vehicle malfunctions: Including defective brakes, tires, or steering components.

Our team fights to secure compensation for a range of injuries, including:

  • Whiplash and neck injuries
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Emotional trauma and mental anguish

Slip and Fall Accidents

We represent clients who have been injured in slip and fall incidents on various types of properties, such as:

  • Residential properties, including homes, apartments, and condominiums
  • Commercial properties, such as retail stores, restaurants, and office buildings
  • Public properties, including government buildings, parks, and sidewalks..

These accidents often occur due to hazardous conditions like:

  • Wet or slippery floors caused by spills, leaks, or improper cleaning.
  • Poor lighting that makes it difficult to see potential hazards.
  • Icy walkways or stairs that have not been adequately treated or cleared.
  • Uneven or damaged flooring, carpeting, or sidewalks.
  • Cluttered aisles or walkways that create tripping hazards.

Our attorneys work diligently to help you seek damages for:

  • Medical bills related to treating your injuries.
  • Lost wages if you're unable to work due to the accident.
  • Pain and suffering caused by the physical and emotional trauma of the incident.
  • Long-term care costs if you require ongoing medical treatment or assistance.
  • Punitive damages in cases of gross negligence or intentional misconduct.

We thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your slip and fall accident, gathering evidence such as incident reports, witness statements, and surveillance footage to build a strong case on your behalf.

Medical Malpractice

Our firm is dedicated to pursuing claims against negligent healthcare providers and institutions, including:

  • Doctors, surgeons, and specialists
  • Nurses and medical assistants
  • Hospitals and medical centers
  • Urgent care clinics and outpatient facilities
  • Pharmacies and medication providers

We handle a variety of medical malpractice cases, such as:

  • Surgical errors, including wrong-site surgery, anesthesia mistakes, or leaving instruments inside the body
  • Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of serious conditions like cancer, heart disease, or stroke
  • Medication errors, including prescribing the wrong drug, dosage, or failing to account for allergies
  • Birth injuries to mothers or infants due to improper prenatal care or delivery techniques
  • Failure to obtain informed consent before performing procedures
  • Neglect or abuse in nursing homes or long-term care facilities

Our attorneys have extensive knowledge of medical terminology, procedures, and standards of care, allowing us to effectively litigate these complex cases. We consult with medical experts to gather evidence and testimonies supporting your claim.

Product Liability

Our firm handles a wide range of cases involving injuries sustained in the workplace or occupational diseases developed due to work conditions. We represent clients in:

  • Workers' Compensation claims
    • Navigating the complex Workers' Compensation system to ensure you receive the benefits you're entitled to
    • Assisting with filing claims, appealing denied claims, and negotiating settlements
    • Helping you secure medical treatment, wage replacement, and disability benefits

Product liability claims may involve:

  • Design defects that make the product inherently dangerous
  • Manufacturing defects that occur during the production process
  • Inadequate safety warnings or instructions that fail to alert consumers of potential risks

Our firm works to secure compensation for injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages resulting from the use of defective products. We have the resources and expertise to take on large corporations and fight for your rights as a consumer.

Workplace Injuries

We hold manufacturers, distributors, and retailers accountable for injuries caused by defective or dangerous products, such as:

  • Electronics, including smartphones, laptops, and household appliances
  • Children's toys and products, such as cribs, car seats, and strollers
  • Motor vehicles and automotive parts, including tires, airbags, and seatbelts
  • Medical devices, such as implants, pacemakers, and surgical mesh
  • Third-party liability suits
    • Pursuing claims against parties other than your employer who may be responsible for your injuries
    • Examples include accidents caused by defective equipment, negligent contractors, or unsafe property conditions
    • Seeking additional compensation beyond what Workers' Compensation provides

We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll workplace injuries can take on you and your family. Our attorneys are dedicated to protecting your rights and fighting for the full compensation you deserve.

Dog Bites and Animal Attacks

We represent victims who have suffered injuries due to dog bites and other animal attacks. Our firm focuses on holding animal owners liable for the harm caused by their pets. Cases we handle include:

  • Dog bites and maulings
  • Attacks by other domestic animals, such as cats or ferrets
  • Injuries caused by exotic or wild animals kept as pets

We work to secure compensation for:

  • Medical treatment, including emergency care, surgeries, and rehabilitation
  • Psychological trauma and emotional distress
  • Lost wages if you're unable to work due to your injuries
  • Disfigurement, scarring, or permanent disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages in cases of gross negligence or intentional misconduct

Our attorneys are well-versed in the specific laws and regulations governing animal owner liability in Minnesota. We'll thoroughly investigate the incident, gather evidence, and build a strong case to hold the responsible parties accountable.

Wrongful Death

We understand that losing a loved one due to someone else's negligence or intentional harm is an unimaginable tragedy. Our compassionate attorneys are here to guide you through the process of pursuing a wrongful death claim on behalf of your deceased family member. These claims may arise from incidents such as:

  • Fatal car accidents
  • Medical malpractice resulting in death
  • Workplace accidents or exposure to toxic substances
  • Defective products that cause fatal injuries
  • Criminal acts, such as assault or murder

We seek justice and financial recovery for damages including:

  • Loss of companionship, guidance, and support
  • Loss of income and financial contributions to the household
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical bills incurred before the death
  • Pain and suffering endured by the deceased before their passing
  • Punitive damages in cases of egregious misconduct

Our team treats every wrongful death case with the utmost care, sensitivity, and respect. We'll work tirelessly to hold the responsible parties accountable and secure your family's compensation to move forward.

Assault and Battery

Our firm handles civil claims for injuries resulting from intentional acts of violence, such as assault and battery. These cases may involve:

  • Physical attacks or threats of violence
  • Sexual assault or abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Bar fights or altercations
  • Injuries caused by security guards or bouncers

In addition to supporting criminal charges against the perpetrator, we'll help you file a civil lawsuit to recover damages for:

  • Medical expenses related to treating your injuries
  • Lost wages if you're unable to work due to the incident
  • Pain and suffering, including emotional distress and psychological trauma
  • Punitive damages to punish the attacker and deter future acts of violence

Our attorneys will work closely with law enforcement and gather evidence to build a strong case on your behalf. We'll advocate for your rights and ensure that you receive the justice and compensation you deserve.

Local Roots, Statewide Reach

With four office locations strategically situated in Waseca, Owatonna, Janesville, and Faribault, Patton, Hoversten & Berg, PA is deeply embedded in the fabric of Southeastern Minnesota. Our attorneys and staff are not just legal professionals; they are also active members of the communities they serve, giving them unique insights into the local challenges and concerns that shape our clients' lives.

This local presence allows us to provide personalized, face-to-face support to injury victims and their families during some of the most difficult times in their lives. We understand the impact that an injury can have on your life, your work, and your relationships, and we're here to help you navigate the complex legal process with compassion and understanding.

At the same time, our firm's reach extends far beyond our physical office locations. With a reputation for excellence and a track record of success that spans the state, we are equipped to handle personal injury cases of all types and sizes, no matter where in Minnesota they may arise. Our attorneys have the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to take on even the most complex and challenging cases, and we are committed to fighting for the rights of injury victims statewide.

Whether you've been injured in a car accident in Minneapolis, suffered a slip and fall in Rochester, or lost a loved one due to medical malpractice in Duluth, Patton, Hoversten & Berg, PA is here to help. We combine the accessibility and personal touch of a local firm with the experience and capabilities of a statewide powerhouse, giving you the best of both worlds when it comes to your personal injury representation.

When you need a personal injury attorney who understands your community, your challenges, and your unique needs, look no further than Patton, Hoversten & Berg, PA. With local roots and a statewide reach, we are your trusted ally in the fight for justice and fair compensation.

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