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Lindell & Lavoie, LLP.
2420 Centre Village
431 South Seventh Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415
Toll Free: 1.888.339.8811
Local: 612.339.8811
Fax: 612.349.6806

Minneapolis Attorneys Personal Injury Lawyers Ben Lavoie

BENLAVOIE@LINDELLANDLAVOIE.COM

Personal Injury +
Medical Malpractice +
Workers’ Compensation +
Civil Rights +
Appellant Law +
Product Liability +
Wrongful Death +
Illegal Intoxication +
Automobile Collision +
Commercial Vehicle +
Motorcycle Accidents +
Dog Bites +
Premises Liability +
Bicycle Accidents +
Boating Accidents +
Child Injury +

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Phone:
612-339-8811
888-339-8811 (Toll Free)
Fax:
612-349-6806

Ben has been an associate with Lindell & Lavoie, LLP, since 2004, and he law clerked at the office in the two summers prior to that. Since that time, he has become an integral piece in the firm’s ongoing success. He has a varied practice, primarily focusing on personal injury and workers’ compensation cases, but he loves appellant work and has a special interest in Section 1983 Civil Rights cases.

He has recovered millions of dollars for his clients over that period and has been significantly involved in notable and important cases. In 2012, Ben partnered with his friend and colleague, Grim Howland, to successful resolve a $4 million dollar medical malpractice claim on behalf of his disabled client. That same year, he partnered on a ground breaking workers’ compensation civil penalties case with Jim Lindell, successfully arguing at the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit that the district court erred in granting summary judgment to the defendants and that Plaintiff could prove that the defendants intentionally obstructed her workers’ compensation benefits in violation of Minnesota law. See Nunn v. Noodles & Company, and Zurich American Ins. Co., 674 F.3d 910 (8th Cir. 2012). Soon after that decision, Ben and Jim were able to resolve that case for their client, earning her an extraordinary but confidential settlement.

Ben believes that many of the skills he acquired during his years of bartending and teaching English abroad prior to law school have helped immensely in his law practice. He prides himself on making people feel comfortable when explaining to him their problems and concerns, just like he did from behind the bar. Ben is also excellent at distilling complicated legal issues into language and examples that permit his clients to fully understand the strengths and weaknesses of their cases. Ben’s clients feel comfortable knowing they have the information they need to make the best decisions for themselves and they have a friend and fine attorney on their side until the end.

Ben has been consistently recognized by his colleagues for his work, successes and devotion to his clients, earning the distinction as one of Minnesota’s Rising Stars, by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. This accolade is awarded to just 2.5 percent of attorneys under the age of 40 or who have been practicing less than 10 years. The selection process is peer nominated and reviewed.

Cases:

  • Motor Scooter Crash – Vespa rider who was knocked off scooter by van while changing lanes proves she suffered a brain injury that changed her life. Result – $1,350,000
  • Medical Malpractice – Doctor’s negligent administration of a routine procedure results in catastrophic injury to a 49 year old woman. Result – $4,000,000 settlement.
  • Personal Injury – Bicyclist hit by car, sent to collections for car damage, gets the final say on fault. Result – $100,000 settlement.
  • Slip and Fall – Strip mall’s icy sidewalk causes bad fall. Result – $105,000 after Mediation.
  • Workers’ Compensation – Worker’s lung condition linked to auto body job.Result: $175,000 plus Medical Benefits left open.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Medical Malpractice

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. – 2004
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • B.A. – 2000

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star – Minnesota Super Lawyers, 207-2011, 2013-2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota Association for Justice, Member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member

 

When a 49 year old woman went to her doctor for treatment of a cough and cold she never imagined that her life would change forever because of the doctor’s negligence. Many years before, the plaintiff had suffered a gunshot wound to the head which left her without a portion of her skull near her left ear. The defendant physician was well informed of the plaintiff’s prior injury and vulnerability. Unfortunately, in treating the plaintiff’s cold and cough, the defendant physician ordered an ear lavage which introduced water and contaminates through the defect in her skull and into her brain. She was found hours later suffering a seizure and was ultimately diagnosed with meningitis, hydrocephalitis, and a cerebral spinal fluid leak. Despite emergency brain surgery, she spent the next year and a half in a coma. While she has made a miraculous recovery, she remains profoundly disabled and requires daily care and assistance with all of her personal needs. Grim Howland and Ben Lavoie started a lawsuit on the plaintiff’s behalf and shortly thereafter the defendant’s insurer offered its $4,000,000 policy limit. Represented by Ben Lavoie and Grim Howland. Result – $4,000,000 settlement.
Bicyclist accident – Client was riding his bicycle home on a summer day down the Greenway Path when he was hit by a car while crossing a divided four-lane roadway. He suffered serious injuries and scars from the incident. The police report placed blame for the incident on our client despite the fact he was waved across the roadway by stopped traffic. His initial lawyer declined pursuing the case, and he gave up until he was sent to collections by the insurer of the vehicle that hit him in an attempt to recover the cost of the damage to the vehicle. Angry, our client contacted Ben Lavoie, who took the case, re-investigated the accident and demonstrated to the insurer the accident was the fault of the car’s driver. Represented by Ben Lavoie. Result – $100,000 settlement.
Client was running a few errands for her kids just before Christmas and stopped at a local strip mall to pick up a few things. It had not snowed in days and the parking lot was mostly dry. As she stepped up on the sidewalk under the awning, she slipped on some black ice that had accumulated on the sidewalk near a support pillar. Our client badly injured her shoulder in the fall. A lawsuit was started and the discovery process revealed that the property owner forbid the property manager from salting and sanding without prior permission. Also the property owner likely knew about a problem with the awning that caused water to build up on sidewalk and form ice. Represented by Ben Lavoie. Result – $105,000 after Mediation.
Client worked at an auto body repair shop detailing cars. While working there she developed a persistent cough that would not go away. After a particularly terrible coughing fit landed her in the hospital, she was diagnosed with a rare but dangerous lung condition that disabled her from that work. She believed her work activities were the cause of lung condition, but her workers’ compensation claim was denied. After her medical bills threatened to bankrupt her and her husband, she retained Lindell & Lavoie to pursue her claim. Represented by Ben Lavoie. Result – $175,000 plus Medical Benefits left open.
  • Rising Star – Minnesota Super Lawyers 2007 – 2011