Minnesota Personal Injury Case Law

Please find, below, selected case laws decided by Supreme Court of Minnesota or Court of Appeals of Minnesota where the terms personal injury or related terms have been mentioned. These cases are not necessarily personal injury and may include cases where the facts or court decision merely mentions personal injury related legal terms. You are not to rely on these cases as legal advice nor should you rely on them for accuracy. Please see Terms of Service.

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Blom v. Pflughoeft - 12/13/2005
In this appeal from summary judgment in a legal malpractice action, appellant challenges the district court's dismissal of the action with prejudice based on her failure to file the expert-review affidavit within the time period...

State v. Urrabazo - 12/13/2005
On appeal from a conviction of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, appellant argues that there was an insufficient factual basis for his guilty plea because, although he admitted to engaging in intercourse with his girlfriend's...

Fuhr v. D.A. Smith Builders - 12/13/2005
Mark and Jane Fuhr appeal from summary judgment denial of their claims for damages for alleged defects in the construction of their residence, claiming that the limitations period in Minn. Stat. § 541.051, subd. 1 (2004) had not run...

Gorton v. Nordlund - 12/6/2005
In this appeal from an order denying their motions to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction, appellants Dorel Industries, Inc. and Dorel U.S.A., Inc. assert that when personal jurisdiction is based on imputation of contacts, an...

George v. Estate of Baker - 12/6/2005
Appellant challenges the district court's denial of his motion for JNOV or a new trial, arguing that the district court abused its discretion by (1) erroneously instructing the jury regarding the standard of care and decedent's life...

In re Civil Commitment of Carroll - 12/6/2005
The district court committed appellant Elliott Carroll to the Minnesota Security Hospital for an indeterminate period as mentally ill and dangerous. On appeal, he argues that he did not commit an overt act causing or attempting to...

In re Petition for Disciplinary Action Against Pierce - 12/1/2005
The Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility (Director) filed a petition for disciplinary action against respondent Brian Todd Pierce in May 2005 setting forth four counts of professional misconduct. The petition...

Hinneberg v. Big Stone County Housing and Redevelopment Authority - 11/23/2005
Appellant Beth Hinneberg challenges the denial of her request for an accommodation to the residency policy of Respondent Big Stone County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (Big Stone County HRA) to enable Hinneberg to use Big Stone...

State v. Adkins - 11/22/2005
Appellant challenges his conviction of first-degree burglary, arguing that the district court erred by denying his motion to suppress identification evidence. He also asserts that the district court erroneously sentenced him as a...

Brown-Wilbert - 11/22/2005
Appellants Brown-Wilbert, Inc. challenge dismissal of a professional-malpractice action against respondent-accountants for failure to comply with the expert-witness affidavit requirements of Minn. Stat. § 544.42 (2004). Because the...

Uhde v. Brook West Chiropractic Clinic - 11/22/2005
This appeal involves a medical malpractice action brought by appellant Sharyl Uhde after she received chiropractic treatment from respondent Patrick A. Gallagher at his clinic, respondent Brook West Chiropractic Clinic. Appellant...

Stringer v. Minnesota Vikings Football Club - 11/17/2005
Korey Stringer, a highly respected member of the Minnesota Vikings football team, died of heat stroke after the second day of practice at the 2001 Vikings training camp. Kelci Stringer, Korey Stringer's wife, as trustee and personal...

Burck v. Pederson - 10/11/2005
Appellant John Patrick Burck alleges that he was injured through contact with his own seatbelt in a motor-vehicle accident involving cars driven by respondents Benjamin Pederson and Edna Peterson. The district court granted...

In re Estate of Kotowski - 10/11/2005
Appellant presented claims against the estate of the decedent, seeking (1) compensation for care of the decedent prior to the decedent's death, and (2) attorney fees incurred from a successful petition to remove the personal...

Warmbold v. State - 9/27/2005
In this consolidated appeal from a post-conviction order affirming his conviction of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving force or coercion, Dana Warmbold argues that (1) the evidence is insufficient to prove that he used...

Hemmerlin-Stewart v. Allina Hospitals & Clinics - 9/6/2005
On appeal from the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of respondents, concluding that appellant's medical-malpractice lawsuit was time-barred, appellant argues that a genuine issue of material fact exists as to...

Benning v. Moore - 9/6/2005
In this wrongful-death action arising from an automobile collision, appellant challenges the district court's denial of her motion for a new trial on a number of grounds, arguing that the district court erred by denying her motion...

State v. King - 9/6/2005
Following a jury trial, appellant was convicted of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct, second-degree...

Honan v. County of Cottonwood - 8/30/2005
Appellant David Honan brought claims alleging violation of the Minnesota Constitution, defamation, and violations of the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act and Open Meeting Law against the following respondents: (1) the County...

Rowe v. Munye - 8/18/2005
In the case before us, we must determine whether using CIVJIG 91.40 to instruct a jury on aggravation of a pre-existing injury or condition improperly shifts to the defendant the burden of apportioning a plaintiff's automobile...

Heine v. Simon - 8/18/2005
Respondent James A. Heine was involved in two separate automobile accidents while on service calls for his employer. The accidents occurred approximately four and one-half months apart. The first accident was with an uninsured...

AgCountry Farm Credit Servicers v. Oelke - 8/16/2005
Appellants guarantors challenge the summary judgment granted to respondent creditor. We affirm. FACTS During 1998 and 1999, in two promissory note/loan agreements, respondent Farm Credit Services (FCS) lent River Ridge...

Yang v. Voyagaire Houseboats - 8/4/2005
This case concerns the enforceability of exculpatory and indemnification clauses in a houseboat rental agreement between appellant Lao Xiong and respondent Voyagaire Houseboats, Inc. After Xiong and members of his vacationing party...

Machacek v. Cole - 7/26/2005
In this appeal from a judgment notwithstanding the verdict (JNOV), appellant argues that the district court erred by granting respondents' motion for JNOV and that the district court abused its discretion by alternatively granting...

Rakowski v. Cold Spring Granite Co. - 7/26/2005
In this appeal from summary judgment, appellant argues that the district court erred by applying the statute of repose found in Minn. Stat. § 541.051, subd. 1(a) (2004), and granting respondent's motion for summary judgment. Because...

Hyatt v. Anoka Police Department - 7/19/2005
After she was bitten by a police dog during the arrest of her husband, respondent Lena M. Hyatt sued appellant City of Anoka and its police department under the "dog bite" statute, Minn. Stat. § 347.22 (2002). The city moved for...

Black v. Rimmer - 7/19/2005
In this appeal, appellant argues that the district court abused its discretion by (1) entering default judgments against him, and (2) denying his motion to vacate the default judgments. Because appellant did not submit an answer or...

Woller v. McHale Engineering Ltd. - 6/28/2005
Appellant challenges the district court's denial of its motion to dismiss the complaint for lack of personal jurisdiction. Because appellant has sufficient minimum contacts with Minnesota to support the exercise of personal...

Tezak v. Bachke - 6/21/2005
Appellants, who are liable for a decedent's special damages arising out of an automobile accident, challenge the district court's summary judgment determination that respondent may recover, as special damages under Minn. Stat. §...

North Star Mutual Insurance Co. v. Linn - 6/21/2005
This appeal, which is brought on behalf of appellant, one-year-old Korey Young, challenges the district court's decision to grant summary judgment in favor of respondent North Star Mutual Insurance Company. Appellant, who was injured...

State Farm Fire and Casualty v. Aquila Inc. - 6/14/2005
Appellants, owners and insurers of property damaged by the explosion of a natural-gas pipeline, bought suit against respondents, one of which is the owner of the pipeline, and the other is the firm that installed it. The district...

Ramsey County v. Korbel - 6/7/2005
On appeal in this child-support dispute, appellant-father argues that because the record does not support the Child Support Magistrate's (CSM) findings as to appellant's ability to work, his net income, or his ownership of a...

State v. Ford - 6/7/2005
On appeal from conviction of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, appellant argues that (1) his right to a speedy disposition under the Interstate Agreement on Detainers (IAD) was violated; (2) the prosecutor's misconduct in...

Bunce v. A.P.I. - 6/7/2005
Following the district court's denial of appellants' motion for summary judgment, the following two questions were certified for appeal: (a) given that plaintiff executed a Pierringer release in exchange for a money payment from...

Ryan v. Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis - 5/24/2005
Pro se relator challenges the commissioner's representative's decision that he was disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits because he was discharged for employment misconduct. Because we conclude that the decision of the...

Runyon v. Sortland - 5/17/2005
Appellant asserted the affirmative defense of accord and satisfaction in response to respondent's claim for the remaining balance of an unpaid bill. The district court concluded that there was no accord and satisfaction and...

Laska v. Anoka County - 5/17/2005
Appellant Katherine I. Laska's infant daughter Hannah died while napping in a home day care operated by Joyce Jeffrey and staffed, on the day of Hannah's death, by Jeffrey and her daughter, respondent Ginger R. Flohaug. On appeal...

State v. Johnson - 5/3/2005
Appellant John Eric Johnson argues that the evidence was insufficient as a matter of law to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he formed a conspiratorial agreement to manufacture methamphetamine with another person. Appellant also...

Kopet v. General Mills - 5/3/2005
Appellant challenges the denial of its motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. Because there is a genuine issue of material fact regarding whether the actions against respondent fit into the assault exception to...

Stageberg v. Stageberg - 5/3/2005
On appeal from a judgment dissolving the marriage of appellant-wife Jane Stageberg and respondent-husband Mark Stageberg, husband challenges the determination that certain contingency fees his law practice was earning when the...

Law Enforcement Labor Services - 5/3/2005
This appeal is from a summary judgment dismissing appellant-labor union's claims seeking relief from a county-employer's unilateral implementation of a random drug-testing policy, established by the county in accordance with Minn....

Carlson v. Friday - 4/26/2005
Appellant sued respondent for damages because of injuries she suffered from being bitten while grooming respondent's dog, claiming strict liability under Minn. Stat. § 347.22 (2004), the dog-bite statute. The district court granted...

Radke v. County of Freeborn - 4/21/2005
The issue in this case is whether a negligence cause of action can be maintained for the intervention and investigation of reports of suspected child abuse and neglect as required under the Child Abuse Reporting Act, Minn. Stat. §...

Soo Line Railroad Co. v. Brown's Crew Car of Wyoming - 4/5/2005
This case arises out of injuries suffered by two of respondent Soo Line Railroad Company's employees while riding as passengers in a van operated by an employee of respondent Brown's Crew Car. On appeal from a summary judgment,...

Olmanson v. LeSueur County - 3/31/2005
In this case we are asked to decide whether the 10-year statute of repose provision in Minn. Stat. § 541.051, subd. 1(a) (2004), applies to claims for negligence based on a landowner's common-law duty to inspect and maintain the...

Hall v. Hall - 3/22/2005
Appellant Jennifer Hall challenges the trial court's denial of her motions for JNOV and a new trial, arguing that the jury's verdict was contrary to the evidence presented at trial. Because reasonable jurors could have concluded that...

Sundby v. City of St. Peter - 3/17/2005
We review on certiorari a decision of the Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals (WCCA) affirming a workers' compensation judge's determination that, under Minn. Stat. § 176.101, subd. 4 (2004), Social Security Disability Insurance...

State v. Hakala - 3/15/2005
Appellant challenges his convictions of and sentence for first-degree criminal sexual conduct, arguing that (1) the evidence is insufficient to sustain his convictions; (2) the prosecutor committed prejudicial misconduct during...

Middle River-Snake River Watershed Dist. v. Dennis Drewes - 2/15/2005
In this dispute over the construction of a floodwater impoundment system, the contractor challenges two district court orders: its grant of summary judgment dismissing a counterclaim against the project engineer and its decision to...

Moe v. Moe - 2/15/2005
Respondent former-husband sued appellant former-wife, alleging fraud and seeking as damages an interest in a parcel of land owned by appellant. The district court concluded that appellant had committed fraud and ordered the parcel...

Hyatt v. Anoka Police Dep't - 2/10/2005
Appellant Lena Hyatt sued the City of Anoka and its police department (collectively, the "City") after she was injured by a police dog during the attempted arrest of her husband. Hyatt's complaint alleged liability solely on the...

State Fund Mutual Insurance Co. v. Mead - 2/1/2005
Appellant insurance company challenges the district court's order denying its motion to intervene, arguing (1) that it is entitled to party status because respondents do not adequately represent and protect its workers' compensation...

Mills v. Oberg - 2/1/2005
Appellant trustee challenges the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of respondents City of Detroit Lakes, County of Becker, the Detroit Lakes Becker County Airport Commission (collectively Airport Commission), and...

State v. Knudtson - 2/1/2005
Appellant challenges his conviction of attempted third-degree criminal sexual conduct, arguing that the evidence is insufficient to establish (1) that he used coercion as required for a conviction of third-degree criminal sexual...

Gensler v. Paulson - 1/25/2005
In this appeal from the denial of posttrial motions in a personal-injury action, James Paulson challenges the adequacy of the record to support the jury's award of future medical expenses. Because the evidence adequately establishes...

Simonovic v. 900 Como Lake Limited Partnership - 1/25/2005
Appellant Mileta Simonovic challenges the district court's determination that his tort action was barred by the two-year statute of limitations under Minnesota law. Appellant argues that the district court erred in (1) determining...

Broehm v. Rochester - 1/20/2005
Appellant brought a medical malpractice action in connection with injury incurred during post-operative care following tracheal resection surgery. The district court granted defendant's motion to dismiss on grounds that appellant had...

Newman v. Brendel & Zinn - 1/18/2005
Appellant Amanda R. Newman, who was a plaintiff in a personal-injury action against a client of respondent Brendel & Zinn, Ltd. (law firm), alleges that law firm violated Minn. Stat. § 144.335, subd. 3a (a) (2002), by sharing her...

Zenzen v. Eiser - 1/18/2005
Appellant trustee challenges the district court's grant of summary judgment to respondent on the ground that this medical malpractice action was barred by the statute of limitations. Appellant argues that (1) decedent's treatment did...

Merritt v. Mendel - 1/18/2005
Appellants Grant and Marilyn Merritt challenge summary judgment granted to respondent Jennifer Mendel, d/b/a Century Roofing, arguing that the district court erred by applying the two-year statute of limitations to their claims...

Lietz v. Northern States Power Co. - 1/11/2005
The district court granted summary judgment in favor of respondents because appellant failed to raise its claim within the statute of limitations established by Minn. Stat. § 541.051 (2002). We affirm. FACTS On December...

Zurich American Insurance Co. v. Bjelland - 12/28/2004
The district court ordered the entry of two partial summary judgments. The first determined that an alleged third-party tortfeasor in a workers' compensation subrogation action has a right to a jury trial on liability and damages and...

Stengel v. Beverage - 12/28/2004
In a denial of summary judgment, the district court rejected appellant East Side Beverage's contention that the Workers' Compensation Act provides respondent Nicole Stengel's sole remedy against her former employer for injuries...

General Casualty Co. of Illinois v. Four Seasons Greetings - 12/28/2004
In this consolidated appeal, appellant Four Seasons Greetings, LLC (Four Seasons) challenges the district court's determination that the duty of respondent General Casualty Company (GCC) to defend Four Seasons in an underlying...

Monnens v. Speeter - 12/28/2004
Following a single-vehicle accident, appellant Kristy Rae Monnens, as Trustee for the Heirs of Kristal Monnens, brought this wrongful-death action against respondent City of Orono, alleging that the city was negligent in failing to...

Hildebrand v. Brod - 12/14/2004
Appellant-tenant challenges rulings by the trial court in this action for personal injuries she suffered when she tripped and fell on a stairway where there was no handrail. Because the trial court properly denied her motions for...

Pauly v. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railways - 12/14/2004
Appellant challenges the summary judgment granted to respondent on appellant's Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) and Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA) claims on the grounds that the district court erred by concluding that (1)...

Dymit v. Independent School District #717 - 12/14/2004
Paul Dymit, the victim of sexual abuse, challenges a summary judgment determination that his claims are time barred. The limitation on actions in Minn. Stat. § 541.073 (2002), requires victims of sexual abuse to bring their claims...

Azcon Corp. v. Odyssey Re Limited - 12/7/2004
Appellant Sphere Drake Insurance Limited contends that the district court erred in (1) enforcing a loan-receipt agreement between respondents Azcon Corporation and National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh; (2) awarding...

Doe v. Diocese of Winona - 11/30/2004
Appellant John Doe 76A initiated this suit against respondent Diocese of Winona with the claims based on the occurrence of sexual abuse between 1967 and 1969, when appellant was a teenager. Appellant disputes the district court's...

Johnson v. Koepke - 11/30/2004
In this personal injury and future damages action, the jury awarded a verdict in favor of respondent. Appellants challenge the district court's denial of their motions for judgment notwithstanding the verdict (JNOV), a new trial, or...

In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Perez - 11/18/2004
On September 9, 2003, respondent Alfred Perez, Jr. admitted service of a notice of petition for disciplinary action against him. In the petition, the Minnesota Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility alleged...

Clifford v. Geritom Med - 9/28/2004
Respondent James Clifford brought an action for the wrongful death of his mother, Doris Clifford, who died after taking prescription medication mistakenly dispensed to her by appellant Geritom Med, Inc., a pharmacy. Geritom in turn...

Stringer v. Minnesota Vikings Football Club - 9/21/2004
Appellants brought a wrongful-death action against co-employees of the deceased. The district court granted summary judgment based on co-employee immunity under the workers' compensation act. Arguing that respondents (1) owed a...

Ziegelmann v. National Farmers Union Property and Casualty Companies - 9/21/2004
A North Dakota resident injured in a motor-vehicle accident in Minnesota settled the underlying tort case for 90% of the tortfeasor's liability-coverage limits. The North Dakota resident then sought to recover underinsured motorist...

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