North Dakota Personal Injury Attorney
Put Over 100 Years of Experience in Your Corner
The main focus of Pringle & Herigstad, P.C. is personal injury and wrongful death claims. We represent clients throughout North Dakota who have been injured in all kinds of accidents.
Our clients have included victims who have suffered fractures, burns, brain injuries, and death. Our North Dakota personal injury lawyers provide legal services to clients in western North Dakota with a focus on the Williston, Dickinson, Minot, and Bismarck communities. We have two convenient office locations in Minot and Grand Forks.
Why Hire Our Firm?
At Pringle & Herigstad, P.C., our lawyers have sued and negotiated claims against many large multinational corporations, including Walmart, C.P. Railway, Burlington Northern Railroad, Menards, Sears, G.E., Hess Oil, and Continental Oil, among many others, as well as countless insurance companies. Our personal injury lawyers will provide a free consultation to evaluate every case.
Additionally, Pringle & Herigstad, P.C. handles personal injury and wrongful death cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning the injured party owes no attorney fees unless their attorney recovers on their behalf.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
There are many different types of personal injury claims, and each case has its own complexities. At Pringle & Herigstad, P.C., we have been handling injury claims since 1909 and understand the differences and nuances of each type.
If your injuries were a result of another person's negligence, it is in your best interest to contact an attorney who can help ensure you recover maximum compensation. Insurance companies are in the business of making money, and if they can settle your claim for less than its actual value, then that's what they are going to do. Our legal team prides itself on holding insurance companies accountable and obtaining appropriate compensation for our clients.
Most personal injury cases are brought on the grounds of negligence. To bring a claim against another person or party based on negligence, there are several key elements you must prove.
As the plaintiff, or injured party, you have the burden of proving the following:
- The defendant (the party against whom you are bringing the claim) owed you a duty of care, meaning they had a legal responsibility to you to act reasonably and avoid actions/omissions that could cause foreseeable injury
- The defendant breached the duty of care, typically through negligent, intentional, and/or wrongful act or omission
- You were injured and suffered measurable economic and/or non-economic damages, or losses
- The defendant’s negligent, intentional, or wrongful act or omission was the proximate or direct cause of your injuries and/or damages
Our attorneys can go over your case and evaluate whether we can prove each of these elements. After determining that you have grounds for a personal injury case, we can immediately begin gathering supporting evidence, submitting the appropriate paperwork, and building your case.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?
According to Title 28, Ch. 1, Secs. 28-01-16 and 28-01-18 of North Dakota law, the statute of limitations on personal injury claims is six years. This means you have six years from the date of your injury to file a claim. If you fail to file a claim in this time, you may lose your right to pursue compensation.
It is important to note that the statute of limitations is consistent for all personal injury cases except those involving wrongful death. Claimants in North Dakota have only two years to file a wrongful death claim.
Q:How do I know if I have a personal injury case?
A:If you were injured and suffered financial or intangible losses as a result, such as medical expenses or pain and suffering, and someone else was at fault for your injuries, you likely have a case. To successfully prove your case, your attorney will need to prove that another person or party is legally liable for your damages. The best way to know if you have a personal injury case is to contact an attorney at our firm and request a complimentary case evaluation. We can discuss the specifics of your situation during a no-cost, no-obligation consultation and inform you of your legal rights and options.
Q:When should I file a personal injury claim?
A:If you believe you have a personal injury case, you should take immediate action. The state of North Dakota allows you to file a personal injury lawsuit within six years of the date of injury (or the date on which the injury was discovered/could have been discovered), but the sooner you act, the better. Over time, evidence can be lost, and memories of the incident can fade. When you contact our attorneys at Pringle & Herigstad, P.C., we will begin immediately investigating your claim and building your case.
Q:How much is my case worth?
A:Although this is one of the most frequent questions we get—and understandably so—it is impossible to say how much your case is worth without first going over the specific details. Many factors play a role in the value of a given personal injury claim; our attorneys can evaluate your injuries, damages, and other losses to determine how much your case may be worth. Although we cannot guarantee a dollar amount, we can assure you that we will do everything possible to maximize your recovery and secure the full, fair compensation you are owed for your current and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, lost quality of life, and more.
Q:Can I recover compensation for pain and suffering?
A:You may be able to recover compensation for pain and suffering (and other non-economic damages) after a serious accident or injury. However, if you were involved in a car or motor vehicle accident, you will be required to go outside the state’s no-fault system to recover compensation for these types of damages. Additionally, it can be challenging to prove and value pain and suffering; we recommend that you reach out to our team at Pringle & Herigstad, P.C. to discuss your unique case with a personal injury lawyer at our firm for free.
Q:How much does a personal injury lawyer cost?
A:Nearly all personal injury lawyers provide their services on a contingency fee basis. This means that the attorneys’ fees are contingent upon them recovering compensation for their clients. In other words, when you hire Pringle & Herigstad, P.C., you do not pay any out-of-pocket expenses. Instead, our attorneys’ will recover fees via a percentage of your total recovery, whether that recovery is a settlement or verdict. We will discuss our fee structure, including the percentage of your recovery that will be used to pay attorney fees, before you hire us.
Our North Dakota personal injury attorneys have represented thousands of clients over the years. The following is a brief example of the types of cases our attorneys have handled:
- Our lawyers represented a burn victim and his family after a butane railcar derailed and exploded, severely burning the victim.
- Our attorneys represented hundreds of victims of the 2002 Anhydrous Ammonia railroad derailment west of Minot.
- Our attorneys represented an injured victim that tripped on a stop sign post protruding out of the sidewalk of a Walmart, ultimately recovering over $900,000 for the victim.
- Our attorneys represented a motorcycle rider that suffered broken ankles after a pickup pulled in front of him, recovering almost $400,000.
- Our attorneys represented the family of a passenger in a car accident who was killed, recovering a confidential amount.
- Our attorneys recovered a sizeable, but confidential, amount from an oil well drilling company for a worker who was injured as a result of the negligence of the drilling company's employees.
- Our attorneys recovered a generous settlement for a farm worker who was injured by an unguarded grain auger in a farm accident.
- Our attorneys represented the families of victims killed in a small plane crash in Billings, Montana, recovering significant damages.
- Our attorneys represented an airline pilot who was injured in a car accident and was unable to go back to work, recovering damages for lost income, as well as for pain and suffering.