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Guide To Hiring the Best Injury Lawyer For Your Case

Hiring a lawyer to handle your wrongful death or serious injury accident case is a very important decision. Every lawyer says they are experienced in handling collisions that result in death or serious injuries, so how do you find one that is experienced and will actually help, not hurt, your case?

Why You Should Hire a Lawyer as Soon as Possible

In significant and complex cases the evidence has a way of disappearing. The earlier you hire a great lawyer to help you in your case, the more likely there will be a full recovery for you and your family. Evidence starts to vanish in as little as 14 days, and sometimes sooner for evidence at the accident scene. Insurance companies have worked hard to create methods to pay you and your family less than you deserve, often trying to delay hiring a lawyer. The delay in having someone actively protecting your rights hurts your chances at a full recovery. A lawyer can obtain witness statements, have the accident scene photographed, put the insurance companies on Notice of your claims, make sure your medical bills are getting paid, and handle the many other things necessary to protect your rights. This allows you to focus on getting better or attending to family needs.

Have They Handled Significant Cases Before?

This one is easy – ask about the biggest cases the attorney has ever handled. If the attorney has has never obtained a verdict (not a settlement, but a verdict from a jury) of over one million dollars you may want to consider other options. In addition to successful litigation it is important that the attorney have a successful record of settlements that reflect experience with large, complex cases. There are a number of organizations that recognize lawyers that have recovered millions of dollars for their clients. Once you have found a lawyer that is recognized for their expertise in handling trucking cases, you also want to make sure they have handled sizable cases. Check to see if they are a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (milliondollaradvocates.com) or similar organizations.

Do They Have Experience in Cases Like Yours?

Every case is different. Has the attorney handled a case with similar facts and circumstances to the situation you and your family are dealing with? Prior experience with the specific cause of your crash or the specific injury or harm you face gives the attorney a huge advantage in preparing your case, locating the appropriate experts, and convincing a jury of your position.

Find an Expert Not a Beginner

Lawyers have to take continuing legal education (CLE) classes and must report the classes they take to the authorities that regulate lawyers in their state. You want to make sure your lawyer has attended seminars that specifically focus on wrongful death cases and serious injury cases for the last several years. The seminars should be full day, if not several day, programs focusing exclusively on injury litigation. A lawyer that neither teaches nor attends continuing legal education courses in the area you need help is not the lawyer you should hire for your case.

Significant Cases Should be Handled by the Best Lawyer, Not Just the Closest Lawyer

If your case involves significant injuries, paralysis, or death you should consider hiring the best lawyer you can find, wherever they are located. In this internet era lawyers can represent clients in a much larger geographic area than years ago without any problem. The key is communication and how good the attorney is, not how close you are to the attorney’s office. High profile litigation is handled by attorneys that focus on large cases. There are only a few firms in Minnesota that have the experienced attorneys that handle only injury cases on behalf of those who are injured or killed. The law is very specialized and it is critical that the attorney you hire has one professional focus – representing the injured.

Paul R. Dahlberg – Patterson Dahlberg, Injury Lawyers

Paul R. Dahlberg, Personal Injury Attorney, Rochester MN.

Paul R. Dahlberg

Paul Dahlberg is a partner with the firm of Patterson Dahlberg. His practice is focused strictly on plaintiff's personal injury claims. He has represented hundreds of those injured or killed by the negligence of others. His experience includes extensive practice in car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, wrongful death, premises liability, dog bites, and products liability. He has litigated to verdict and settled countless cases involving wrongful death, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injuries.

For 15 years Paul managed the Rochester office of Meshbesher & Spence. In 2009 he left Meshbesher & Spence and joined Tom Patterson who focuses his practice on Workers’ Compensation claims. Patterson Dahlberg, Injury Lawyers is a firm representing injured people throughout Minnesota.

In 2001 Paul served as lead counsel in the case of Ille v. Donaldson, a wrongful death case which resulted in a total verdict of $4.69 million and was recognized by Minnesota Law and Politics as the Largest Personal Injury recovery in 2001.

In 2003 Dahlberg successfully recovered on a complex claim against one of Minnesota's largest health insurers for wrongfully denying mental health benefits to dozens of families based on improper utilization reviews.

He has served as a volunteer attorney for Trial Lawyers Care, the group who handled compensation claims for victims of the 9-11 disaster. He also is a member of MTLA, and has served on the Board of Governors for 10 years. Paul is licensed in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and is active in Federal practice in Minnesota as well. He has spoken in Minnesota and Wisconsin at seminars and continuing legal education on topics relating to serious injuries and wrongful death cases in state and federal court.

Million Dollar Advocates Form

Paul Dahlberg has been certified as a life member for both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

The Million Dollar Advocates Forum recognizes attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements. The organization was founded in 1993 and has approximately 3,000 members throughout the country.

Dahlberg is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Law. His practice is focused on representing people injured in accidents such as car and truck, motorcycle, farm or other serious accidents resulting in personal injury or wrongful death.

Education: JD 1992, University of Minnesota; BA 1988, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa.

1992 Minnesota Supreme Court; 1992 United States District Court, District of Minnesota; 1992 United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; 1993 Wisconsin Supreme Court; 1993 United States District Court, District of Wisconsin; 1993 United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

Employment History:
Attorney, 2009 - present, Patterson Dahlberg, Injury Lawyers
Attorney, 1994 - 2009, Meshbesher & Spence
Attorney, 1992 - 1994, Doar, Drill & Skow

Extensive Experience In:

  • Auto accident litigation
  • Wrongful Death
  • Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Insurance Disputes
  • Single vehicle rollover cases
  • Passenger claim
  • Claims against family members
  • Commercial Truck and Bus cases

Professional Associations:

  • Minnesota Association for Justice (formerly Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association), 1992 - present (Board of Governors 1997 - 2007)
  • American Association for Justice (formerly American Trial Lawyers Association), 1993 - present

Contact Paul Dahlberg at Patterson Dahlberg at 507-424-3000 or 1-877-288-9122. You may also contact him by e-mail at p.dahlberg@pattersondahlberg.com. Find out more at pattersondahlberg.com.

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