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Case Number: 5:22-cv-5072
Judge: Karen E. Schreier
Court: United States District Court for the District of South Dakota (Pennington County)
Defendant's Attorney: William C. Garry
Description: Rapid City, South Dakota personal injury lawyer represented Plaintiffs who sued Defendants on auto negligence theories.
Shane Helde and Crystal Helde individually and through the Estate of Donald Helde, through its personal Representatives Jean Velo.
South Dakota personal injury law is governed by the South Dakota Codified Laws. The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in South Dakota is three years. This means that you have three years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit. If you do not file your lawsuit within three years, you may be barred from recovering any damages.
There are a few exceptions to the three-year statute of limitations. For example, if the injury was caused by the intentional tort of another person, the statute of limitations is two years. Additionally, if the injury was caused by a government entity, the statute of limitations may be longer.
To prove a personal injury case in South Dakota, you must show that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that the defendant breached that duty, that the breach caused your injuries, and that you suffered damages as a result of your injuries.
If you have been injured in an accident due to the negligence of another person, you should contact a South Dakota personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options, and can represent you in a lawsuit if necessary.
Here are some of the most common types of personal injury cases in South Dakota:
Slip and falls
If you have been injured in any of these types of accidents, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Here are some tips for finding a good South Dakota personal injury attorney:
Ask for referrals from friends, family, or colleagues.
Check with your state bar association.
Interview several attorneys before making a decision.
Be sure to ask about the attorney's experience, fees, and success rate.
It is important to remember that you do not have to pay anything upfront to hire a personal injury attorney. Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that they only get paid if you win your case.
Outcome: Settled for an undisclosed sum and dismissed with prejudice.