Representative Cases

When accidents happen, the people injured and their families are left in a vulnerable state, facing difficult medical conditions and financial challenges.  They are often unsure of how to protect their rights and bring  a claim to get compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, permanent disability, and pain and suffering.  At Conlin Law Firm, we have spent the past 30 years helping our clients secure the compensation they deserve.  The following list reflects some of our successes on behalf of our clients, successes we have achieved because of our skill, persistence, and compassion:

(Caution: Every case is different, so you cannot assume we can get you the same results)

$8 million settlement for wrongful death in MN truck crash. Recovery for family who lost their 40-year old husband and father due to the negligence of a truck driver. 

$3.5 million product liability settlement for woman injured by a recalled medical device.

Condon v. St. Alexius Medical Center: $3,500,000 medical malpractice verdict. Represented a 30-year-old woman who suffered a stroke after the defendant surgeon cut into the innominate artery during a biopsy procedure. A Bismarck, ND jury returned a verdict in the amount of $3.5 million. 

Vail v. S/L Services, Inc.: Oilfield injury to employee. the North Dakota Supreme Court considered certified questions from the District Court regarding employer’s immunity from liability for negligent injury to an oilfield employee, establishing that ignorance of the law does not preclude a finding of a willful violation of N.D.C.C. § 65-04-33, and allowing injured employee’s suit against employer to proceed.

Brunsting v. Lutsen Mountain Corp: Ski injury case. Leading case in the Eighth Circuit regarding Federal Rule of Evidence 803(2) (excited utterance).  After win in the Eighth Circuit, case settled.

Pro Bono Legal Services for the Survivors of the I-35W Bridge Collapse.  Provided free legal services as part of a consortium of lawyers to the over 100 survivors and the 13 families who lost loved ones on August 1, 2007 when the I-35W Bridge in downtown Minneapolis collapsed into the Mississippi River.  In total, more than $77 million was recovered, consisting of a compensation fund from the State of Minnesota, additional compensation from the construction company which placed thousands of pounds of construction material on the bridge the day it collapsed, and a $40 million settlement of claims from the company hired by the State to provide engineering services on the bridge. An additional $1.5 million in attorneys’ fees was recovered, donated in its entirety to the construction of a memorial. 

$4.2 million settlement: Defective Snowmobile. Represented a man who suffered a spinal cord injury when the steering of a snowmobile broke because of defect in manufacturing and design. The recovery obtained will provide for his future care needs and pay for necessary modifications to make his home safe.

$2.55 million settlement: North Dakota Oilfield Injury. Represented an oilfield worker who suffered a brain injury due to the negligence of a commercial driver at a tanker cleaning facility. Recovery paid back past medical costs and provided for future medical expenses and loss of income.   

$1.8 million settlement in piling injury case. Young engineer suffered spinal cord injury (paralysis, quadriplegia) when road construction worker toppled piling without clearing the area of other personnel.

$1.68 million settlement following auto accident. Represented a delivery driver who underwent two neck surgeries after being t-boned by another driver who ran a red light. Recovery paid back past medical and will provide for future medical care and loss of income.

Brockman v. Sun Valley. Settlement followed by verdict, over $1M: Respiratory Injury from Zamboni Poisoning. Represented 14 topflight amateur players who, while competing in a hockey tournament in Sun Valley, Idaho suffered respiratory injury when someone closed the ventilation, flooding the arena with caustic nitrogen dioxide gas each time the Zamboni ran between periods. In the aftermath of the game, one of the players had to be airlifted to Billings, Montana, for treatment. Everyone survived, but all suffered lung injuries. One case was settled for $400,000, after which a federal jury in Boise returned a verdict totaling almost $1M.

While I am proud of the verdicts and settlements we have achieved, I know that most of our clients, when we finish their cases, don’t thank us so much for the amount of money we have obtained for them.  Instead, they recount the constant burdens we lifted from them along the way, that they were always informed, that their phone calls were promptly returned, and that when they called my cell phone number, even after hours, they had the feeling I was happy they called.  - Tom Conlin