We’re trial lawyers. Our core competency – above everything else – is trying cases to juries. And we specialize in beating giants.
We’re trial lawyers. Our core competency – above everything else – is trying cases to juries. And we specialize in beating giants.
When someone acts in a reckless or negligent manner, they can cause severe harm to others around them. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident, you need dependable representation who will stand up for you. Madia Law LLC protects the rights of those who have been hurt because of negligence. A Minneapolis personal injury lawyer from our law firm can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
After an accident where you’ve sustained injuries and losses, you may find yourself with significant medical bills and calls from the insurance company. When you have experienced representation on your side, you can leave all that to us. We’ll deal with the communication and financial costs of the accident and do everything possible to secure your financial future.
When you’ve been harmed in an accident, you can seek damages for what you’ve lost. A personal injury lawyer representing you is the best way to protect your best interests. We know the laws that apply to your case and will advocate for you when you’re dealing with other parties.
Often, an insurance company may be involved after the accident. For example, you need to alert the insurance company after a car accident. The company may offer you a settlement for your injuries. However, if you accept the settlement, you may find that it doesn’t adequately cover the costs of your damages.
A lawyer can also help you prevent getting less compensation than you deserve by communicating with the insurance company. When an insurance adjuster contacts you, they will try to get an official statement from you about the accident and your injuries. They will use this information to offer you a settlement. But when they get this information, you may not know the full extent of your injuries or what your claim is worth.
The insurance company may undervalue your claim and may not fully investigate the total damages you’ve suffered.
Your Minneapolis personal injury lawyer will take the time to find the full extent of your injuries and losses. Your damages typically include your financial and emotional losses, also known as economic and noneconomic damages.
Your economic damages are the expenses that you’ve lost and will continue to lose because of the accident. If you spent time in the hospital, need medical care to treat your injuries, and will continue to receive care like taking medication or going to physical therapy, these expenses can all pile on and become overwhelming. We’ll gather all the medical bills that you’ve incurred and the projected cost of what living with your injuries will be so we can seek adequate compensation for your physical injuries.
Another important aspect of your compensation is the days of lost pay from missing work. If your injuries are severe, you may not be able to work for weeks or months—which can cause a lot of financial stress if you have medical care you need to afford. We’ll fight for you to recover your lost wages so you can continue to keep up with your financial responsibilities.
If your injuries are severe enough, you may not be able to return to your previous job. We’ll also look into the lost earning capacity because of the injury.
Depending on the type of accident, you may also have damaged property. When you’re handling recovery and missing work, you may wonder how you’re going to pay for the repairs. This is another loss that we’ll seek to cover.
Your other damages are considered noneconomic because they have to do with how the accident has affected your life. While they may not be in the form of a bill, they are still significant losses that should never have happened in the first place. Our lawyers understand the extent of noneconomic damages and will carefully review what you’re able to recover.
Living with injuries can mean you experience pain on a daily basis. This can make it difficult just to get through the day. We’ll include pain and suffering in your compensation.
In addition to the pain you’re feeling, it can also be frustrating to need to rest so you can heal. Your movement and what you can do each day may be inhibited because of your accident. This may mean you need help around the house or need to rely on others to take care of you. Missing out on the parts of life that you enjoyed is also possible. While you will need to rest during this time, this aspect of your injury is also something you can recover.
The trauma of the accident or the injuries you’ve sustained may cause you to experience mental anguish. If you’re emotionally suffering from the accident, our lawyers will take this into consideration when calculating the total losses of the accident and what full and fair compensation would be for you.
Our lawyers will always advocate for your best interests and will fight for you to receive compensation that will allow you to recover financially. When you have this security, you can get the treatment you need so you can continue to heal physically and emotionally.
After an accident, you’ll want to act quickly and meet with a lawyer as soon as possible. In Minnesota, personal injury claims need to be filed within the statute of limitations. This means that if you come forward after this limit, you may not be able to receive compensation. Your lawyer will go over the time you have for your case.
When you have representation from a lawyer, we will begin investigating the accident. As we consult police accident reports and medical records, we’ll find the evidence that shows how the other party’s negligent actions caused your injuries.
While the legal process can take time, you deserve to receive full and fair compensation. You may find the other party isn’t cooperating or is trying to say that you were partially at fault. We understand how this can be frustrating, but we’ve represented many clients in the past and have the experience and skill to analyze the evidence and build a strong case that shows you were the victim and the other party was at fault.
Personal injury cases we handle include but are not limited to the following:
Many claims may be settled out of court. However, if your case needs to go to that step for you to get the justice you deserve, our lawyers are here for you. We can represent you in the court room and we’re ready to do so.
We understand how going to court can be a nerve-wracking experience. We’ll do everything we can to prepare you so you feel confident. Our attorneys will go over the proceedings of coming forward with a civil action, how you should present yourself, and other aspects you can expect from the day.
Our lawyers will always fight for what’s best for you. We’re dedicated to helping our clients through this difficult time and setting them on the right track.
Minneapolis has a rich, diverse history reaching back hundreds of years. With its unique geography, namely the access to the Mississippi River and St. Anthony Falls, the city’s economic industry grew as it produced many types of goods like flour and lumber.
Now, our flourishing city has many types of industries for work, places of higher education, and a vibrant culture. Minneapolis is home to many hardworking, upstanding people. They deserve to have people they can trust to protect their rights after they’ve been hurt.
Madia Law LLC is a law firm that serves the people of Minnesota. We’re based in Minneapolis and are proud to serve our community and help people get the justice they deserve.
Our law firm is here for those who have been wrongfully injured. An accident can leave you with devastating losses. We’ll help you get the justice you deserve so you can move forward.
The negligent party should be held accountable for their actions and the full losses of the accident shouldn’t be your sole responsibility. When someone else was reckless and it resulted in you sustaining injuries, we’ll do everything we can to help you recover full and fair compensation.
If you believe you have grounds for a personal injury claim, contact our law office today.
Many people are harmed in car collisions every day. Drivers who decide to text, speed, or drive while intoxicated all put others at risk of sustaining serious injuries. If you’ve been hurt in a wreck, our personal injury lawyers are here for you.
Collisions with large vehicles like a truck often result in devastating injuries and losses. We’ll find out who was responsible for the truck accident. Our lawyers are here to help you get the justice you deserve.
Motorcyclists are also at risk of sustaining life-threatening injuries in accidents because they don’t have the protection that airbags or a seat belt provide. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle wreck, we’ll fight for you.
Sometimes, accidents result in a fatality. Our lawyers are here to help you get justice for your loved one. While we can’t undo what was done, we may be able to provide some comfort and peace of mind to you and your family with a wrongful death action.
When companies make defective products, they can put consumers at risk. We’ll help stand up to the negligent company that caused your injuries.
A negligent property owner can cause harm to those on their property because of safety hazards or lack of warning of those hazards. We can hold them accountable with a premises liability claim.
We have a process that works in getting exceptional results for our clients.
We are trial lawyers who prepare every case for trial from Day 1. Investigation and legal research are the first things we do, and we spend a lot of time on them. Because we haven’t filed the case yet, we have complete control – the defendant has no say and we want to use this time wisely. We interview witnesses that can help us prove the case. We’ll ask you for all relevant documents in your possession and review those carefully as well. We also will spend some time conducting legal research about unique issues in the case. We pull the jury instructions that the judge will ultimately charge the jury with after closing arguments at trial.
Our next step is typically to send a demand letter to the defendant. In the letter, we thoroughly lay out: the facts surrounding the defendant’s misconduct; the applicable law (including statutory and case citations) that make clear that the defendant broke the law; an analysis of your damages and the defendant’s monetary exposure; a demand for a monetary amount to settle the claim; and an instruction to preserve all relevant evidence, including electronic evidence. The point of this letter is to give the defendant a chance to do the right thing and pay a fair amount before litigation, and to give the defendant an opportunity to present any defenses or evidence it wants us to consider before moving forward. Sometimes we skip the demand letter if there are strategic reasons to move straight to filing, but we typically give defendants a chance to do the right thing.
If early negotiations fail, great – we file a Complaint and serve the defendant with it. A Complaint is a legal document that states the facts of what happened and alleges how the defendant broke the law. It formally starts the lawsuit. Many lawyers draft complaints in a general and relatively vague way, just to get it done and filed – because that’s all that’s really required. We take a different view. We view the Complaint as our first chance to tell your story to the judge, and we take it seriously. So we draft detailed complaints and include legal citations to statutory and judicial authority on unique points. Sometimes we’ll include a number of exhibits, diagrams, or other demonstrative aids to help the Court understand our claims. A secondary benefit of this approach is that defense lawyers reading the Complaint can become educated on the problems of their case and the state of the law – sometimes this leads them to reach out to us shortly after service of the Complaint to re-initiate settlement negotiations. Of course, by that time, the price for settlement has gone up.
Some lawyers view written discovery as a necessary evil – something to get done and out of the way before depositions. Not us. Written discovery is a gift and an opportunity. We spend a great deal of time crafting requests for documents and interrogatories (questions for the defendant to answer in writing) that are specific, detailed, and tailored to get what we need to prove our case. Many lawyers – even great ones – think written discovery is a waste of time because defense lawyers typically answer them on behalf of their clients and can try to stonewall with legalese and objections. We view this as a wonderful opportunity. In our experience, most defense lawyers can’t help themselves when answering discovery: they over-state their defenses and make assertions that their clients will not be able to support in testimony. So we get to commit the defendant to defenses that they can’t back up, leading to contradictions, confusion, and chaos in their depositions later on. We also use Requests for Admission – which many lawyers don’t. The Federal Rules and Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure allow us to ask defendants to “admit” certain facts. We send them RFAs that are very difficult for them to deny. Of course, they do it anyway, but that sets them up later for cost and fee-shifting, which the Rules mandate for defendants that deny RFAs that are later proven true. And usually, we can get the defendants’ own witnesses to admit facts that their defense lawyers denied in RFA. That’s a great situation that leads to more chaos and confusion on the defense side.
One last point on written discovery – we send multiple waves of it throughout discovery. We typically send 3 or 4 sets of written discovery requests to defendants throughout discovery. This compounds the problems for them, because the defense lawyers continue to overstate their defenses, but now run into contradictions from not just the defendant witnesses’ deposition testimony, but also their own previous discovery responses. This makes for a great record that we can present to the judge at dispositive motions, and use for impeachment at trial.
This is our chance to question relevant witnesses, on the record with a court reporter (we typically videotape important depositions as well). We get to confront the defense witnesses with all of the evidence we’ve developed through written discovery and document production. By this time, the defendant put its witnesses in an impossible position through its written defenses, which are often untrue and indefensible. So the witness has to either lie to support the defense, or admit it’s not true. That’s a dilemma that works for our clients either way, no matter which option the witness takes. We use depositions to expose contradictions, create a record for dispositive motions, lock witnesses into their stories so that we can impeach them later at trial, and sometimes, to show defense lawyers how hopeless their case is. We often calls from defense counsel shortly after depositions of their clients, seeking to re-start settlement negotiations.
The defendant will usually make a motion for summary judgment after discovery, asking the Court to throw out the case without having a jury trial. Because we’ve hit discovery so hard – both through written discovery and depositions – this is a tough motion for defense counsel to write in our cases. We draft our response for the Court and now get to bring everything together: the admissions, contradictions, nonsense, and obvious fact disputes that we’ve uncovered through discovery. We tell a compelling story that wraps everything together for the Court and makes clear that the defense motion has to be denied, and the defendant needs to face a jury for its conduct.
Sometimes, we’ll even make an affirmative motion for summary judgment, asking the Court to grant judgment in favor of our client without a trial. These motions are generally rare for plaintiffs to make, because the defendant can usually point to some fact dispute on its intent or some other factor that necessitates a trial. But we make affirmative summary judgment motions significantly more than is typical for plaintiffs, and that’s because the work we put in during discovery helps build a fantastic record to do so.
After the Court denies the defense motion for summary judgment, the defendant has only 2 options: 1) do the right thing and pay you a fair amount to our client to settle your claim (usually much, much more at this point than the defendant could have paid at the beginning of the case to settle); or 2) face a jury for its conduct and risk an enormous verdict. This is the dilemma that we have been creating and forcing the defendant into for the entire case. We’ll engage in settlement negotiations at this point from a position of extreme strength, mainly because most defendants are (rightly) terrified of facing a jury to defend their conduct.
This is, candidly, our favorite part of the case – why we went to law school: to hold the powerful accountable before juries. We prepare heavily for trial, including: detailed witness preparation, focus groups, and mock trials. At this point, the potential outcomes and consequences for the defendant are much more severe than if it simply did the right thing at the beginning of the case and paid a fair amount to compensate our client for its misconduct. As we advocate to the jury for our client, we’re also mindful of protecting the record so that defendants will be unsuccessful in attacking the verdict in post-trial motions or appeal.