Client Stories

Vincent

by Barker Wilson Law

Vincent was a strong and rugged man who worked long hours and lived life to its fullest. He could handle any obstacle and overcome any difficulty. He was big and strong and capable and had no fear. He was confident and proud. Vincent was the one who picked up the check when [Read more...]

Kate

by Barker Wilson Law

Kate received the phone call that is every parent's nightmare. Her adult son was supposed to be coming home for Christmas, but the highway patrol called and told Kate her son had been killed when a semitractor and trailer plowed into the rear end of his car on the interstate during a blizzard. [Read more...]

Betty

by Barker Wilson Law

Betty slipped in a puddle of water left by grocery store employees. She fell and injured her thumb during the fall. She didn't think she was hurt very badly, but she underwent minor surgery to repair the damage to the ligaments in her thumb. But instead of getting better, Betty's thumb got progressively worse. She began to experience a strange burning pain, and her thumb and hand became increasingly sensitive to the touch. Then her thumb began to change color and it often felt hot. The pain became more frequent and more severe. Betty was referred to medical specialists who told her she had reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), also known as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), a chronic progressive neurological condition that affects skin, muscles, joints and bones. Sometimes her thumb hurt so badly that she wanted to chop it off. She even asked her doctor to amputate her thumb, but he told her that wouldn't relieve her symptoms of RSD. Betty tried almost everything her doctors suggested in her search for relief from the constant pain. She tried physical therapy, a variety of medications, nerve blocks, injections, radiofrequency lesioning and biofeedback. The last option Betty was given was the implantation of a dorsal column stimulator. The relentless pain and potent medications made it nearly impossible to work, and Betty had to seek legal help to pay her bills. [Read more...]

Joe

by Barker Wilson Law

The other driver's insurance company offered to pay for Joe's medical bills and the time he lost from work and a few dollars for the bodily injuries Joe had suffered in the crash. Joe didn't think the offer was quite fair, and he was having some lingering symptoms, so he sought out an old friend for legal advice. Joe came to Barker Wilson and shared with his lawyers that for the first time in his life he was having some trouble getting along at work and at home. Joe's wife confirmed that his mood had been altered after the collision and that his behavior had become somewhat erratic, so Joe's lawyers dug deeper. Joe learned from an eyewitness that he had actually been unconscious for several minutes before the ambulance arrived at the scene of the collision. Joe also learned that his altered mood could be a symptom of a mild closed head injury, so he agreed to undergo neuropsychological testing to find out for sure. The testing revealed that Joe had indeed sustained a mild traumatic brain injury, and Joe sought help from a psychiatrist who prescribed medications that have improved Joe's symptoms dramatically. [Read more...]

Jane and Darryl

by Barker Wilson Law

Darryl was at his wife's bedside in the ICU when the doctor told him Jane was quadriplegic. Jane had almost made it home from work when a drinking driver rear-ended her. Their lives had been torn into a million pieces, and the insurance adjuster for the other driver just kept calling and calling, trying to get a statement. Darryl called Barker Wilson instead. Within days, the region's premier accident reconstruction firm was on the scene gathering and preserving evidence necessary to prove liability. An immediate search for eyewitnesses was undertaken and revealed the identity of the passers-by who had seen the collision and rendered emergency aid before departing into the night. A lawsuit was filed almost immediately to preserve the evidence and identify all those responsible for this tragedy. An array of expert and lay witnesses was assembled and prepared to prove in court the family's economic loss, Jane's future care needs, and the profound human loss suffered by Jane and Darryl. [Read more...]

Nate And Emily

by Barker Wilson Law

Nate and Emily owned a home in town, but Nate's job required that the family move out of state. They weren't able to sell the house, so Emily called the city to have the water turned off so their friends could winterize the home. A couple of months later, when Emily paid the water bill, the city maintenance man went back to the house and his records indicated he turned the water off again. A few weeks later when Emily's friend was checking on the house, she discovered running water, overflowing sinks and bathtubs, and destroyed ceilings, walls and floors in the home. According to the water meter, more than a million gallons of water had washed through the home. It had been ruined. [Read more...]

Peggy

by Barker Wilson Law

Peggy and Martin came to town and decided to stop and stay at the motel that advertised special rates and special accommodations for senior citizens. The next morning, after Peggy had finished her shower, she began to step out of the tub. There was nothing for her to hold on to, and her foot slipped and she fell down hard. The emergency room doctor told Peggy she had suffered a compression fracture in her lumbar spine and would have to be hospitalized for several days followed by months in bed with a hard-body cast. [Read more...]

Lydia

by Barker Wilson Law

Lydia had hired a well-known attorney to represent her after she was rear-ended by a semitractor at a highway intersection. She had successful spinal surgery on her neck, but had worsening pain in her low back and leg. Her attorney wanted her to settle her case without a lawsuit for an amount of money that Lydia didn't think was quite fair, and she was worried about her worsening symptoms. So Lydia sought a second opinion with Barker Wilson. [Read more...]

Radha

by Barker Wilson Law

Radha and her husband were vacationing in the Black Hills, celebrating Radha's recent retirement. She woke up in the intensive care unit, and was told that a car had run a red light and broadsided her at highway speed. Radha's husband had sustained a severe traumatic brain injury that rendered him incapable of managing his own affairs, much less the family's finances. [Read more...]

Debra

by Barker Wilson Law

The Insurance Company should have known it had a problem when it discovered that its new agent, David, had failed to disclose on his securities application a felony arrest for drug possession with intent to distribute. The Insurance Company should have known something was wrong when its new agent, David, attempted to sell variable life insurance to an 85-year-old woman with no investment experience and at a premium cost that would have consumed more than half of her income. The Company should have known something was up when its new agent showed up for work with a new car after buying a new house and other new toys, even though he had meager sales of Company products. The Company should have done something when it discovered illegal marketing materials in the agent's customer files along with unprocessed applications and large personal checks on his desk. The Company was supposed to closely supervise all its new agents, but it ignored these and other warning signs. Worse yet, it didn't bother to alert or even check with the customers with whom the agent had been dealing. [Read more...]

Barry

by Barker Wilson Law

Nearly 1,000 people attended Barry's funeral. The well-known and respected husband and father had been killed in a mining accident when a 140-ton haul truck was driven over the top of the pickup in which Barry was parked. An MSHA investigation concluded that Barry must have driven in front of the haul truck, blaming him for his own agonizing death. [Read more...]

Robbie

by Barker Wilson Law

Robbie was on his way home from work to have supper with his wife and two children. Along the highway he had driven every day for years he spotted something that caught his attention. He turned into an approach, signaling his left turn. Behind him, a semi pulling a tractor and pup traveling at an excessive speed moved into the left-hand lane at about the same time Robbie was turning. The impact struck Robbie's pickup with such force that it killed him instantly. The semitruck driver suffered a minor injury to his wrist and his vehicle sustained modest damage. But then the truck driver sued Robbie's estate and sought damages for his injured wrist and his damaged truck. [Read more...]

School District

by Barker Wilson Law

When the local school district decided to rebuild the school's running track, the entire community raised funds to assist. Once again, the town would be able to host several track meets as it had in the past before its old track fell into disrepair. To insure a state-of-the-art facility, the district consulted with engineers and companies with expertise building such facilities. [Read more...]

State V. US Forest Service

by Barker Wilson Law

The mountain pine beetle epidemic that has struck the Black Hills is unprecedented. Its historic dimensions were predicted by the State's forestry experts years before the scope of the problem was revealed to the public, yet the forest service refused to provide funding and resources to keep the beetles from spreading. [Read more...]

State V. Electric Utility Company

by Barker Wilson Law

When the state of South Dakota spent several million dollars to fight the Grizzly Gulch fire, it decided that the taxpayers of the state deserved a thorough investigation into how it was caused. While the fire was still burning, that investigation began. [Read more...]

Lawrence

by Barker Wilson Law

When the coal mine decided to implement a "reduction in force" (RIF), among those chosen for termination were four employees who had been with the company for many years. Those four employees were within one to two years of full retirement age when they were fired. When challenged, the company claimed these four were "low performers," but that claim, did not match its internal evaluations of the men that were prepared before the RIF. [Read more...]

Geoff

by Barker Wilson Law

Geoff was home from college when he became very ill. The illness seemed different from anything he had ever experienced, so he asked his mother to take him to the emergency room. The ER staff told Geoff he probably had the flu, but took a blood sample for laboratory analysis and sent him home. A couple of hours later, Geoff felt worse, so he and his mother returned to the ER. Again they asked for Geoff to be admitted. The hospital staff declined a second time and repeated their opinions that "it was just the flu." Geoff and his mother returned home. [Read more...]

Brett

by Barker Wilson Law

While working in the family business, Brett was delivering water to an oil well as requested by the foreman of the crew working on it. To save time for his crew, the foreman asked Brett to hook up his equipment to the well rather than using the equipment that had been brought to the site by the foreman and his crew. Brett was never told that important safety equipment was missing from the wellhead, and Brett did as he was asked. The resulting explosion blew Brett's body into the air so far that when he landed, the force partially severed his spinal cord and caused paralysis and lifelong disabilities. In this time of crisis, Brett sought help from one of the lawyers at Barker Wilson. [Read more...]

John And Marsha

by Barker Wilson Law

John and Marsha had been married for over 50 years. Having raised their six children, they had invested for years in a nursing home insurance policy to protect their life savings and the family farm. When Alzheimer's eventually forced Marsha to a nursing home, John asked the insurance company to keep its promise. It refused, not once, but seven times giving seven different excuses. [Read more...]