Personal Injury Victories

Car Accidents

$2,500,000 Judgment for Family in Wrongful Death Case

Meshbesher & Associates represented the next of kin of a young woman tragically killed by a negligent driver while she was commuting to work on her motorcycle. Damages recovered in the wrongful death action included loss of comfort and companionship, as well as loss of future earning capacity, sustained by the family.

$250,000 Uninsured Motorist Settlement - Proximal Humerus Fracture

Client was walking to work in downtown Minneapolis, crossing a street in the crosswalk, when an uninsured driver struck him at a high rate of speed. Client sustained a proximal humerus fracture, which was treated by way of an open reduction internal fixation procedure. Because the at-fault driver was uninsured, the claim was submitted to client's own insurance company under the provisions of his uninsured motorist coverage. The insurance company made a small settlement offer at first, but eventually paid its policy limits - $250,000 - after Meshbesher & Associates filed suit and brought a motion alleging the insurance company acted in bad faith.

$350,000 Recovery - Motor Vehicle Accident, Ulnar Nerve Injury

Client was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a collision in central Minnesota. The impact to the passenger side door caused damage to client's ulnar nerve in his arm. The injury resulted in permanent loss of range of motion and function to client's hand, and client incurred approximately $25,000 in medical expenses. Meshbesher & Associates obtained policy limit settlements of the liability and underinsured motorist claims, recovering a total of $350,000. This case is a good example of the rule that, under Minnesota law, injured accident victims are entitled to compensation not just for medical expenses and lost income, but for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and disability as well.

$300,000 Auto Liability And Underinsured Motorist Settlements For Injured Passenger

Client was a passenger in his friend's SUV, returning from a hunting weekend, when they were struck head on by another vehicle that crossed the centerline on a county road in rural Minnesota. Client sustained serious compound fractures to his wrist and other injuries. Client also experienced gastrointestinal injury caused by the medications prescribed by his treating doctors. Meshbesher & Associates obtained a $100,000 policy limit settlement with the insurance company for the driver of the other vehicle and then negotiated a $200,000 underinsured motorist settlement with his friend's insurance company. Although his friend was not at fault, his friend's insurance company was obligated to pay underinsured benefits to our client because he was a passenger in the insured vehicle.

$275,000 Settlement For Injured Victim Of Drunk Driving

Client, a military veteran, was driving her vehicle in northern Minnesota when a drunk driver swerved into her lane and caused a serious two-vehicle collision. Client sustained a compound fracture to her ankle that required multiple surgeries to repair. Two liability insurance policies covered the drunk driver, as he was operating an insured non-owned vehicle with consent of the owner at the time of the collision, and also maintained his own auto policy. M&A settled with the primary liability carrier for $250,000 and the excess liability carrier for $25,000.

$192,500 Auto Liability And Underinsured Motorist Settlements For Injured Driver

Client was driving down a rural county highway in Minnesota when another vehicle, operated by a young and inexperienced driver, attempted to make a left-hand turn in front of her. Client sustained serious soft tissue injuries to her cervical spine in the head-on collision. Meshbesher & Associates demanded and obtained a $100,000 policy limit settlement of client's liability claim against the at-fault driver. Meshbesher & Associates then obtained a $92,500 settlement of our client's underinsured motorist claim through her own insurance company.

$166,250 Recovery - Facet Joint Injury and Radiofrequency Ablation

Client was a passenger in a commercial vehicle and sustained a cervical facet joint injury. The injury was treated by multiple radiofrequency ablation (RFA) procedures - also known as radiofrequency neurotomy or rhizotomy, and client's treating doctor provided a written opinion that future RFA procedures would be required to treat client's injury. Meshbesher & Associates filed suit against the at-fault driver and commercial vehicle company, as well as client's own auto insurance carrier when it stopped paying no-fault medical benefits following an independent medical examination, and obtained favorable settlements in both cases for a total recovery of $166,250.

$100,000 Underinsured Motorist Settlement For Injured Passenger

Client was one of three passengers in a vehicle involved in a serious single-vehicle collision. The at-fault driver did not have sufficient liability coverage to compensate the injured passengers. Meshbesher & Associates represented the client in an underinsured motorist claim with her own insurance company. Meshbesher & Associates demanded and obtained a $100,000 policy limit settlement of our client's underinsured motorist claim. The client's case illustrates the importance of maintaining sufficient underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage – there are bad drivers on the road and many of them do not maintain enough liability coverage to pay for the damages resulting from their negligent driving.

$92,000 No-Fault And Liability Settlements For Injured Passenger

Client was a passenger in a vehicle when the driver struck a railroad bridge support in Minneapolis at a high rate of speed. Client was diagnosed with fractured ribs. Meshbesher & Associates negotiated a settlement of the liability claim against the driver for $72,000. Meshbesher & Associates then demanded and recovered payment of $20,000 in medical no-fault benefits under the driver's auto policy, as the insurance company was obligated to pay such benefits regardless of the fact that the client's health insurance had already paid client's accident-related medical bills.

$70,000 Settlement - Motor Vehicle Accident, Aggravation of Lumbar Spine Condition

Client was involved in a two-vehicle collision in which her vehicle was struck by another driver who failed to yield at a stop sign. The collision aggravated client's underlying lumbar spine condition, for which she had previously undergone surgery. Meshbesher & Associates settled client's liability claim with the at-fault driver's insurance company for $70,000.

$47,500 Liability Settlement For Accident Victim

Client was loading his vehicle when another vehicle backed into him, crushing him between the two vehicles. Client sustained a concussion and was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome. Meshbesher & Associates obtained a settlement for $47,500 from the liability insurance company for the at-fault driver.

Truck Accidents

$80,000 Auto Liability And Underinsured Motorist Settlements For Injured Passenger

Client was a passenger in a pickup truck involved in a one-vehicle collision in rural Minnesota. She sustained a traumatic brain injury. Meshbesher & Associates obtained a $50,000 policy limit settlement of her liability claim, and also obtained a $30,000 policy limit settlement of her underinsured motorist claim through her family's insurance company.

$184,302.33 Jury Verdict For Injured Pedestrian

Client was a pedestrian and was struck from behind by a pickup truck in a parking lot during her morning commute to work. She sustained a fractured right ankle, which was treated by way of an open reduction internal fixation surgery. Settlement efforts with the at-fault driver's insurance company were unsuccessful as the insurance company refused to offer adequate compensation. Rich Student tried the case to a jury in Hennepin County and obtained a verdict of $184,302.33 to compensate the client for her medical expenses, lost income, and past and future pain and suffering. By way of a post-trial motion, Meshbesher & Associates obtained an additional award of $17,861.70 for interest which had accrued between the date Meshbesher & Associates gave notice of the client's claim to the at-fault driver's insurance company and the date of the jury verdict.

Pedestrian Accidents

$47,500 Liability Settlement For Pedestrian

Client was loading his vehicle when another vehicle backed into him, crushing him between the two vehicles. Client sustained a concussion and was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome. Meshbesher & Associates obtained a settlement for $47,500 from the liability insurance company for the at-fault driver.

Brain Injury

$80,000 Auto Liability And Underinsured Motorist Settlements For Injured Passenger

Client was a passenger in a pickup truck involved in a one-vehicle collision in rural Minnesota. She sustained a traumatic brain injury. Meshbesher & Associates obtained a $50,000 policy limit settlement of her liability claim, and also obtained a $30,000 policy limit settlement of her underinsured motorist claim through her family's insurance company.

Concussions

$47,500 Liability Settlement For Pedestrian Diagnosed With Concussion Injury

Client was loading his vehicle when another vehicle backed into him, crushing him between the two vehicles. Client sustained a concussion and was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome. Meshbesher & Associates obtained a settlement for $47,500 from the liability insurance company for the at-fault driver.

$80,000 Settlement For Passenger In Rear-End Freeway Collision

Client was a passenger in her friend's car on a busy Minnesota freeway. While they were stopped in traffic, their vehicle was struck from behind at a high rate of speed by a negligent driver. Client was treated at the emergency room and was diagnosed with a concussion and post-concussion syndrome, torn rotator cuff and soft tissue injury to her cervical spine. Meshbesher & Associates settled with the liability insurance company of the at-fault driver for $80,000.

Spine And Back Injuries

$80,000 Settlement For Injures To Cervical Spine, Rotator Cuff And Soft Tissue

Client was a passenger in her friend's car on a busy Minnesota freeway. While they were stopped in traffic, their vehicle was struck from behind at a high rate of speed by a negligent driver. Client was treated at the emergency room and was diagnosed with a concussion and post-concussion syndrome, torn rotator cuff, and soft tissue injury to her cervical spine. Meshbesher & Associates settled with the liability insurance company of the at-fault driver for $80,000.

Dog Bites And Animal Attacks

$152,500 Settlement For Dog Attack Victim

Client was outside her home with her daughter when a neighbor's dog came onto her property and attacked her, causing significant soft tissue injuries to her lower leg and calf muscle. Meshbesher & Associates obtained a $152,500 settlement through the neighbor's homeowner policy.

Premises Liability

$175,000 Settlement For Slip-And-Fall Victim

Client was walking down a set of concrete steps at her friend's apartment complex when she slipped on ice that had formed on the steps, fell, and broke her ankle. Meshbesher & Associates obtained a $175,000 settlement through the landlord's property insurance, arguing the landlord had prior notice of the icy steps and the danger the ice presented, but failed to take reasonable measures to eliminate the dangerous condition.

Tenant Receives $17,500 Settlement For Kitchen Cabinet Accident

Client was a tenant at an apartment building in Minneapolis. Client had a partially herniated disk in her cervical spine which was aggravated when the kitchen cabinets in her apartment unit fell on her shoulder. The insurer for the apartment building initially offered $1,500 to settle the client's claim relating to damaged personal property inside the cabinets as well as her bodily injury claim. Meshbesher & Associates argued that our client sustained an aggravation of her underlying cervical disk injury, and obtained a settlement for $17,500.

Slip-And-Fall

$175,000 Settlement For Slip-And-Fall Victim

Client was walking down a set of concrete steps at her friend's apartment complex when she slipped on ice that had formed on the steps, fell, and broke her ankle. Meshbesher & Associates obtained a $175,000 settlement through the landlord's property insurance, arguing the landlord had prior notice of the icy steps and the danger the ice presented, but failed to take reasonable measures to eliminate the dangerous condition.

Medical Malpractice

$130,000 Settlement For Inmate Denied Emergency Medical Care

Client was an inmate at MCF - Stillwater when he suffered from a rare and life-threatening epidural hematoma along his cervical spine. Despite his objections and reported neurological symptoms, a prison nurse failed to refer him to a medical doctor for further treatment. Later that night, prison guards also failed to bring him to a doctor. Client sustained permanent neurological injury as a result of the delay in treatment. State of Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Corrections settled the matter at mediation for $130,000.