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Frequently Asked Questions about Personal Injury

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How much will it cost me to speak with a personal injury lawyer about my case?

Nothing! Your consultation with a personal injury lawyer at Sieben Edmunds Miller will be free. You simply have nothing to lose by speaking with an experienced lawyer.

I have been in a car accident. Do I need a lawyer?
Handling a personal injury lawsuit requires specialized skill and training, as well as knowledge of the legal system. While not required, it is our opinion that an experienced lawyer will be of great help to you while navigating the complex areas of law involved in motor vehicle accidents. Hiring a personal injury lawyer is the best way to help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Insurance companies are in the business of taking in premiums and trying not to pay out unless they are forced to do so. This is a not a personal attack on you, but they know the system. You need a lawyer who also knows the system and isn’t afraid to take on the big insurance companies.
What will a personal injury lawyer do to help me?
The first thing that can be done is to make sure your claims are set up appropriately. It is amazing what can happen if the steps taken right away after an injury are not done correctly. The system can be intimidating and is often more complex than you realize. Additionally, preparing or preserving the evidence in your case will be very important. The lawyers at Sieben Edmunds Miller know how to take steps to make sure you obtain the compensation you deserve. You deserve to be compensated for your injuries, for your medical bills, for lost time from work, as well as the damages you will continue to suffer long after the injury occurs.
I received many letters in the mail from personal injury lawyers. How do I decide who to hire?

You will note that you did not receive a letter in the mail from Sieben Edmunds Miller. We do not believe in this approach of “targeting” clients. The majority of our clients find us after being referred by other leading lawyers in the community and the word of mouth of our past clients. Knowing that other lawyers respect your own personal injury lawyer is important, just as knowing that past clients have been happy with the work that has been done to help them should be important to you. The process of resolving personal injury claims can be a long process. A glossy mailing doesn’t mean that you will be getting the representation that you actually need. You should contact the lawyers at Sieben Edmunds Miller for a free, no obligation, consultation so that you know what your options are and what avenues should be pursued on your behalf. Our aggressive attorneys are well respected and will fight for what you deserve.

How do I pay the legal fees on top of everything else from my accident?

The majority of the personal injury cases at Sieben Edmunds Miller are handled on a “contingency fee” basis, which means that the legal fees for representing you will be deducted from the personal injury settlement, damages award after a favorable verdict, or after other resolution. If you don’t win, there will be no legal fees collected. You’ve been injured and don’t need the added stress of trying to figure out how to pay your lawyer. Contact the lawyers at Sieben Edmunds Miller today for your free, no obligation, consultation to discuss your potential claims.

My child was bitten by a dog. What should I do?

Whenever someone is injured, the first thing you should do is make sure you or your loved one gets the medical attention they need. In the event of dog attack, it may make sense to call the police as they can help document the events that occurred.

You should know that dog owners are legally responsible when their dog injures someone from a bite or from causing injury even when they jump on you causing injury. In most cases, the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy will pay for your injuries. You need to make sure that you or your loved one is protected and that damages like medical bills, pain and suffering, compensation for permanent scarring, future medical costs such as plastic surgery, and emotional problems are taken seriously.

The law in Minnesota states: If a dog, without provocation, attacks or injures any person who is acting peaceably in any place where the person may lawfully be, the owner of the dog is liable in damages to the person so attacked or injured to the full amount of the injury sustained. The term “owner” includes any person harboring or keeping a dog, but the owner shall be primarily liable. The term “dog” includes both male and female of the canine species. (Minn. Stat. 347.22)

If another driver was drinking or texting when they hit me, what can be done?

There are several different parts to every personal injury claim, but the first thing asked is “Who is at fault?” Evidence of drinking and driving or texting while driving can help determine this aspect of your claims. Further, you may be entitled to punitive damages in addition to the costs associated with your past and future medical care, pain and suffering, and lost wages.


(a) Punitive damages shall be allowed in civil actions only upon clear and convincing evidence that the acts of the defendant show deliberate disregard for the rights or safety of others.

(b) A defendant has acted with deliberate disregard for the rights or safety of others if the defendant has knowledge of facts or intentionally disregards facts that create a high probability of injury to the rights or safety of others and:

(1) deliberately proceeds to act in conscious or intentional disregard of the high degree of probability of injury to the rights or safety of others; or

(2) deliberately proceeds to act with indifference to the high probability of injury to the rights or safety of others.


If you suspect that the driver who hit you was drinking or was on their phone when the crash occurred, you should point this out to the responding police officer so they can further investigate that behavior at the scene of the crash. It may be possible to obtain cell phone records after a lawsuit is initiated on your behalf, but efforts by police officers to determine the nature of your crash should not be understated.

When I think of personal injury it’s generally related to car accidents. What other types of injury cases do you handle?
I trust my surgeon, but I think they made a terrible mistake during my surgery. What are my options?

If you’ve been injured by your doctor or health care provider, you may be wondering if you can, or even if you should, make a claim for medical malpractice. Most people don’t want to believe that their doctor could make a mistake, but these mistakes do happen. Doctor’s are human after all. The overwhelming majority of medical malpractice claims stem from a doctor making a mistake, not from an intentional act to harm you. This knowledge doesn’t lessen the severity of your injuries, however.

If you believe you’ve suffered from medical malpractice you should contact the lawyers at Sieben Edmunds Miller. We will provide an honest, no obligation, free consultation to discuss your claims. At Sieben Edmunds Miller we will evaluate your claims related to surgical complications, medication errors, failure to diagnose issues, birth injuries, or other problems associated with your medical care.

Medical malpractice claims can be extremely difficult, as well as expensive, to pursue. Making sure you are speaking to an honest and knowledgeable lawyer should be your first step. An assessment will have to be made regarding your damages, the feasibility of pursuing a lawsuit, and the requirements of proceeding in a medical malpractice claim.

My wife fell from faulty scaffolding on a construction job. She is now experiencing neck and back pain. Do we have any legal recourse?

Construction sites can be dangerous places. Many people are injured while working at a construction sites in Minnesota every year. Injuries can even occur to those who are not working on the premises. For example, people walking in the area may be hit by debris or caused to fall on an unmarked hazard.

The Minnesota personal injury attorneys at Sieben Edmunds Miller handle all sorts of injury claims that arise from a construction site. These claims can include wrongful death, personal injury, or other problems associated with these dangerous areas. Whether your injury or the death of a loved one occurred at a construction site located at a private residence, a commercial building, or somewhere else, you may be entitled to compensation. Often the owner of the property or general contractor may be found liable for the conditions found at their property, worksite, or project location.

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