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Fargo Personal Injury Lawyer

Fargo Personal Injury Attorney

For Important Personal Injury Claims

After you have been injured due to no fault of your own, North Dakota personal injury law gives you the right to seek fair and reasonable compensation from the party that caused your accident or injuries. Whether you were blindsided by a big rig or fell off rickety scaffolding while working in an oilfield, the resulting damages can and should be paid by the liable party. The trick is getting that liable party to actually provide those damages.

When you need help getting the compensation you deserve, Maring Williams Law Office and our Fargo personal injury lawyers should be the first name you call. Ever since we first opened our doors in 1991, we have been dedicated to creating the optimal client experience for the wrongfully injured in Fargo and throughout North Dakota and Minnesota. You have enough on your mind after an accident, so you shouldn’t need to worry about adding legal complications to the list. Leave the entirety of your claim or case to us, and we will manage it as if we were representing ourselves.

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North Dakota Liability Laws

For most personal injury claims, North Dakota relies on a comparative fault statute, which requires plaintiffs to be less than 50% liable for their accidents. Additionally, comparative fault rules mean any compensation you recover will be reduced by a percentage equal to your determined liability. For example, if you are found 30% liable for your auto accident and your damages were $100,000, then a verdict award of that amount would be reduced to $70,000.

With these liability rules in mind, it is crucial that you do as much as possible to reduce your liability, ideally down to 0%. A good starting point is hiring our Fargo personal injury attorneys to handle your case. Thanks to our decades of practice in the area, we have formed close connections with local medical professionals, investigative experts, and even other law firms. We can use our experiences to determine liability accurately and create a convincing argument to bring to the insurance company or the court if need be.

We Are Here When You Need Us

If there is one thing that we want to do at Maring Williams Law Office in Fargo, it is to make peoples’ lives better. Each day, we happily use our legal talents and insights to do just that. When you are feeling out of luck and out of options after a serious accident, please remember that we are here to lend a helping hand. Even if you decide not to retain our services in the end, we would still love to hear from you and help you find the right law firm for you. It is the neighborly thing to do, and it is the Maring Williams Law Office thing to do.

How the Average Claim Process Looks

Our clients commonly ask us what they can expect as their personal injury claims develop. The truth is that every personal injury claim is unique, so knowing exactly what waits around the corner is impossible. However, since we have been in the business of helping people manage personal injury claims for over 30 years, we have experience in handling and responding to any issues that may arise with your claim.

A typical personal injury claim in North Dakota will involve:

  • Consultation: Consulting with a personal injury attorney from our law firm to get the claim started should be the first step you take. During a free case evaluation, we can review the keynotes of your case and help you decide what to do next.
  • Investigation: If your claim is accepted by our attorneys, then the next thing we will want to do is investigate your accident thoroughly. We will be looking for any evidence that points to liability and data that can calculate your damages.
  • Demand: Once we are convinced that we have calculated your damages accurately and determined your liability for the accident, we can send a demand letter to the responding insurance company. Most claims are settled via negotiation following the demand.
  • Lawsuit: If no settlement can be reached, we will work with you to determine whether to file a lawsuit on your behalf with the appropriate court.
  • Discovery: The discovery process allows parties from both sides to review all available evidence, including that gathered by the opposing side. What we find in discovery could dramatically change our approach.
  • Mediation: There will usually be a mediation session after the discovery process. During mediation, we can attempt to negotiate a fair settlement now that everyone is aware of all the available evidence.
  • Trial: If mediation fails, then your personal injury lawsuit must be taken to trial for a verdict from a judge or jury. While trials involve time, risk, and expense, sometimes they are the only option to seek justice and fair compensation.
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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.

Fargo, ND Personal Injury FAQ

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury in North Dakota?

North Dakota has a six-year statute of limitations on many personal injury claims, which is among the longest statutes of all states. Wrongful death claims in North Dakota have a two-year statute of limitations. Once your case’s statute expires, you can’t file a claim for compensation against the defendant, even if you prepare your case with ample evidence of liability.

What makes a person liable for an injury or accident?

Liability is the legal concept of fault or blame. If someone causes an accident, then they should be held liable for it, which would require them to provide for the damages and losses that the victims or other involved parties suffered. In simplified terms, a party can become liable for an accident if it did something that another reasonable party would not have done in the same situation, and if that unusual or unsafe action resulted in another party’s harm.

Can I still file a claim if I am partially liable for my injury?

North Dakota allows you to still file a personal injury claim even if you were partially liable for the accident or injury. As long as you are less than 50% liable for what happened, you retain the right to demand compensation from the other party or parties.

What damages can you claim for personal injury?

In a personal injury claim, you can demand a few different types of damages. Special or economic damage relates to a loss that can be tracked on paper, like medical bills, lost wages, and miscellaneous expenses. General or non-economic damage relates to intangible harm, like physical pain and emotional suffering. Punitive damage is used by a court to further penalize the defendant for wrongdoing, but it is approved for only a slim percentage of all personal injury cases.

What is the threshold for pain and suffering?

How much pain and suffering do you have to experience to seek them as non-economic damage? Technically, there is no threshold for pain and suffering in North Dakota. The worse your pain and trauma are, though, the more likely you will win those damages. Proving that you experienced severe levels of pain can be easier with the help of a personal injury attorney.

Should I accept a personal injury offer?

You might be offered a settlement by the defendant’s insurance company as your case progresses. Do not accept and sign it right away. It is always worth taking a little bit of time to let your attorney review it to make sure that it is a fair amount. Typically, insurance companies will give you between 14 and 30 days to accept or decline a settlement, so you should act quickly.

How much is the average personal injury claim worth?

The worth or value of a personal injury claim depends on the individual details of each case. For example, your car accident claim will be worth a different value than the next, even if the circumstances of the crashes are similar. Rather than worrying about the exact amount that your claim is worth compared to the average case, you should work with a personal injury attorney who knows how to maximize its value.

How long will it take to settle my personal injury claim?

The time that it will take to settle a personal injury claim varies from case to case. Straightforward cases can sometimes take six months or so to settle. Complicated cases can take 12 months or longer. To move toward a settlement with as few delays as possible, you should leave your case in the hands of an experienced personal injury lawyer.

Client Testimonials

Hear 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 & Settlements

Victories 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 & Burn Injury $6 Million

    Our client was severely burned and suffered permanent and disabling injuries in an explosion and fire at a well site in the Bakken oil fields of western North Dakota.

  • 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.

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