Bismarck Personal Injury Attorneys
Personal Injury Claims Handled with Care
At Maring Williams Law Office in Bismarck, it is not enough to simply provide impeccable legal services to our clients. We insist on exceeding expectations by being true friends and supporters for our clients, too. When you have been hurt due to the negligence of another, you need and deserve representation that can combine professionalism with compassion, which we aim to deliver.
The bottom line is we are here to give legal counsel and moral support in equal measure after you have been in a serious accident in Bismarck. Our attorneys are standing by to help you, just as we have been doing for others in Bismarck since 1998.
Call (701) 543-6685 to begin your claim or use an online form.
Our experienced legal advocates are committed to fighting for the justice that you deserve. There are no fees unless we win your case, so contact us to speak with a personal injury lawyer today.
Negligence Defined in Liability Law
To recover on a personal injury claim against another party, you need to prove that they acted with negligence that caused your injury. North Dakota essentially defines negligence as lack of ordinary care required by the circumstances. Ordinary care is how a reasonable person would act under similar circumstances.
For example, a reasonable person stops for red traffic lights at an intersection. If a driver fails to stop for a red light and causes an accident, that driver did not act how a reasonable person would act under similar circumstances. They were negligent. Their negligence makes them liable for any injuries caused.
If We Don’t Win Your Case, You Don’t Pay
To make things easier on our clients, we offer contingency fee agreements at Maring Williams Law Office. When working on a case for contingency fees, we cover all costs upfront, like court costs and the price to hire expert witnesses. You are only expected to pay those costs and our attorney fees if we end your claim with a successful settlement or award paid to you. Furthermore, in some cases, it is possible for the defending party to pay our attorney fees as part of the case’s conclusion, meaning you would be obligated to pay us even less.
Combined with our free case evaluations, our contingency fees make getting reliable legal counsel in North Dakota easier than ever. You never need to worry about reaching for your wallet just to talk with us and get your case started. You only need to reach for the phone and dial (701) 543-6685 to speak with our Bismarck personal injury lawyers.
What We DoTypes of Cases We Handle
- Car Accidents
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Oilfield Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Wrongful Death
Personal Injury FAQ:
Q:How is a Personal Injury Settlement Paid Out?
A:Personal injury settlements can be paid out in one of two ways: Lump Sum - This is when you receive the full amount of the settlement in one lump payment. Structured Settlements - This is when the settlement is broken out into multiple payments over a specified course of time. While these conditions can be negotiated, once agreed upon this type of payout option cannot be changed.
Q:How Much Money Can You Get for Pain and Suffering?
A:Pain and suffering, because it is a non-monetary damage, can be hard to calculate at times. Most people calculate pain and suffering by adding up all of your monetary damages (medical bills, lost wages, etc.) and multiplying that number by another number between 1.5 and 5. This second number is determined based on the severity of your injuries and the emotional impact; the more severe your injuries, the higher the number will be. When seeking fair compensation for pain and suffering, it's important that you speak to a personal injury lawyer in Bismarck to ensure you calculate things correctly.
Q:Should I Accept the First Offer of Compensation?
A:Absolutely not. Even if the insurance company's first offer sounds generous, you should always seek professional legal counsel before accepting any settlement offer. This is especially true if you are still receiving ongoing treatment for your injuries and aren't yet sure what the full cost of your injuries will be.
Q:What is the Average Time to Settle a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
A:The actual duration of your lawsuit will depend on a number of different things, including how cooperative the insurance company is, whether or not we need to take your claim to court, and how long it takes to compile satisfactory evidence for your case. A typical personal injury case can run anywhere from 9 to 18 months, or longer for particularly complex cases.
Q:What is the Personal Injury Statute of Limitations in North Dakota?
A:In North Dakota, injury victims must file a personal injury lawsuit within 6 years of the date of their accident. In cases involving wrongful death, this time limit is shortened to 2 years. If you do not file your lawsuit within the prescribed amount of time, you essentially forfeit your right to pursue compensation for your injuries. Do not delay! Get started on your claim as soon as possible.
Damages Available in Personal Injury Claims
As important as it is to make certain negligent parties are held accountable for the accidents they cause, it is arguably more important to ensure you are fairly compensated for your related damages. Our personal injury attorneys in Bismarck work carefully to calculate your damages, thinking of what you have already experienced and what you are likely to experience in the future. For complex injuries and intricate cases, we can call upon various experts for their input, like life care professionals who can estimate how much day-to-day, in-home care you will need after a catastrophic injury.
Damages we might be able to seek in your personal injury claim include:
- Medical costs like surgeries, emergency care, and hospitalization
- Future rehabilitation and physical therapies
- Lost wages or reduced income
- Property repair or replacement costs
- Pain, suffering, and emotional trauma
- Lessened life expectancy
Our attorneys have more than 150 years of combined legal experience. During that time, they have made it their mission to provide exceptional legal service, consistent with the firm's long history of helping people.
Client TestimonialsHear From Clients We Have Helped
“Lindsay was more than just an attorney for me & my family.”- Donna L.
“Words can not truly express my gratitude for Lindsay and the staff that worked on my file.”- S.A.
“I really enjoyed working with Jim and team!”- Nicole A.
Successful Verdicts & SettlementsVictories on Behalf of Our Community
Rear-Ended Car Accident $2.35 Million
Our client was rear-ended while stopped on the highway and sustained significant injuries to his back, ribs and lung.
Oilfield Accident & Traumatic Brain Injury $19 Million
Our client suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), severe burns, and permanent disfigurement when he was involved in a gas explosion in the Bakken oil fields of western North Dakota.
Car Accident $5.3 Million
Our client suffered severe injuries in a head-on automobile crash when her vehicle was intentionally struck by a vehicle operated by her ex-boyfriend.