Attorney Eric Hageman recently won a large settlement for a woman who was severely injured in a snowmobile accident. She was a passenger, hanging on to the driver, when he crashed. Eric’s investigation found that the driver had been at a bar drinking before the crash. Eric filed a lawsuit against the driver and the bar, and his client now has the financial security she needs to move on with her life.
You can contact Eric or another snowmobile accident lawyer at our Minnesota law firm for a free consultation.
Who Do I Sue For Personal Injury or Wrongful Death from a Snowmobile Accident in Minnesota?
You may be able to sue a homeowner (homeowner’s insurance covers snowmobiles), a bar or restaurant (if drinking and driving was involved) and/or a manufacturer of a defective part.
Lawsuits for compensation after a crash can involve:
- Insurance claims, settlements and litigation;
- Defective product law (even if there has not been a recall); and
- Premises liability (accident was the fault of a property owner).
If you have been injured in a snowmobile crash that was someone else’s fault, you have the right to be reimbursed for a number of things, including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Permanent injury
- Pain and suffering.
How Do I Protect My Legal Rights?
Some people run into trouble because they don’t understand who’s playing on which team. The following tips are meant to help you not jeopardize your case before consulting a lawyer. They are not, however, legal advice. For that, you need to contact our law firm.
- Do not speak to the other person’s insurance company and do not give any recorded statements. You are not obligated to do so.
- Do not talk to anybody about your case except your doctor, your insurance company and law enforcement officials.
- Do not wait to speak with a lawyer. Find an experienced Minnesota snowmobile accident attorney as soon as possible.
- Most importantly, do not sign any release forms. We can’t emphasize this enough. If you do not fully understand what the papers are about, do not put your name on them. Once you settle your case, you won’t be able to get anything else.
Snowmobile Accident Lawyer Has Been Named a “Super Lawyer”
Attorney Eric Hageman has been recognized for his excellence:
- Eric Hageman has been named a “Minnesota Super Lawyers” by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine every year since 2004;
- He was honored as an “Attorney of the Year” in 2011 (for $2.5 million verdict for a client) and 2015 (for a $3 million settlement for another client).
- He is a sought-after speaker on legal issues involved in an accident, including insurance, trial practice, expert witnesses, and traumatic brain injury;
- Eric has won many, many million-dollar-plus settlements for his clients, including $10 million for one client who suffered third-degree burns.
Eric and our other snowmobile accident lawyers will do the following:
- Negotiate with insurance companies,
- Guide you through the legal maze and
- Work hard to get you the compensation you deserve.
There may be a lot at stake. This is a situation where experience really counts. A snowmobile accident case may involve complicated product liability issues, meaning something may have been wrong with the vehicle that caused the accident or made your injuries worse.
As a father was building an ice house on Chisago Lake, his son stood by the family vehicle watching a snowmobiler. Tragically, the snowmobile driver hit the 8-year-old boy and caused critical injuries, including brain trauma (traumatic brain injury), multiple leg fractures, and lung damage.
The driver has been charged with two counts of criminal vehicular operation causing great bodily harm under the influence of alcohol and one count of driving while under the influence of alcohol (DWI). He has a past record of DWI, with his license having been revoked 3 times before this January 2018 incident.