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We Fight the Insurance Companies
So You Don’t Have To

Think the Insurance Company is on Your Side? Think Again.

Insurance companies protect their profits by delaying, devaluing, and even outright denying legitimate claims for people who have been injured in an accident. Don’t fall victim and settle for less than your claim is worth. Call Schroeder & Mandel for a FREE consultation.

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“S&M fights for the little people, justice and for what is right.” – PJ, 2015

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“Not sure where I would be without you and your team’s help.” – RE, 2018

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“Truly the best of the best!!! Highly recommend this group for anyone in need. Amazing group of people to work with!” – LA, 2020

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“This is a law office who truly helps people. I highly recommend this practice for anyone in need.” – LA, 2020

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When you hire Schroeder & Mandel, you’re getting more than an ethical, trusted team whose mission is to put our client’s needs above all else. There’s also deep passion and experience. We are uniquely qualified to help our clients win in our areas of practice.

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“Highly recommend S&M. Providing easy communication and clearly sharing all aspects and options in our negotiations was truly appreciated.”
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Jim, 2018
“S&M got me twice their initial offer, meaning that even after I paid for their services… I still received thousands of dollars more than I would have if I worked with the insurance company on my own.”
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“The best communication between attorney, staff and client! Professional staff. Questions answered usually within 24 hours."

How can our team help you?

If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle or auto accident or sustained an injury while at work, we can help. We handle all types of accident and injury cases and will provide a FREE consultation. Please explore our site to learn more about our legal services. We welcome you to contact our office and ask about ANY type of injury and how we can help with your situation.

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Do You Need an Auto Accident Attorney?

Short answer? Yes. We hear this question often. Most car accident victims are unsure whether or not their case warrants contacting a lawyer. Don’t let the insurance company tell you you shouldn’t consult with a lawyer. We provide a FREE consultation. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you have a right to recover the damages you’ve suffered. You have a right to know whether you are receiving a fair settlement. But many factors go into this that the insurance company will never tell you about. It’s your life, and you deserve to live it free from physical pain or financial strain – especially when you were not at fault for causing the collision.

We’ve worked with car accident clients all over the state, and in true Minnesota fashion, many victims don’t think they can afford a lawyer. Maybe they’re not sure if their accident was severe enough to contact a lawyer. Or they aren’t sure if they are hurt badly enough to warrant a lawyer’s time. The Schroeder & Mandel team is here to tell you that it’s worth a FREE consultation to find out, as well as an explanation regarding your rights and the insurance benefits you are entitled to. After all, it’s what you (and the other driver) paid for!

“It Was Just a Fender Bender.”

The severity of the accident doesn’t necessarily make or break your case. We’ve seen clients with severe neck and back injuries when their car or truck didn’t sustain much damage. But you need to look at the damage to the striking vehicle too. Also, pain may not manifest right away. It could be the next day, days after, or doctors say even up to a week after the collision. Even if your minor symptoms appear minor, if they are getting worse, you need to see a doctor. Any injury or symptoms, small or large, deserves to be examined, treated and resolved. You deserve to recover what you’ve lost both physically and financially.

“I was in a small accident that left my car with severe damage but, more importantly, left me with back problems and daily pain. My chiropractor recommended Schroeder & Mandel as I was having troubles with my insurance company covering my medical expenses. My lawyer walked me through the entire process and helped me feel extremely comfortable and at ease. In the end, all of my medical bills were covered, and I was awarded a small sum for my pain. I would have never been able to do this without Schroeder & Mandel, and I am thankful that I had a team I could trust on my side.” – KL 2020

“I’m Not Sure if My Case Is Worth It.”

If you’ve suffered pain or financial loss after a car accident, your case is worth a FREE consultation. You only get one shot at a fair recovery from the insurance companies. You only have two separate and distinct insurance claims. So, you need to act fast and get the straight advice you deserve. Don’t settle for less than your claim may be worth. Add it all up. How much are your medical bills? Will you need any ongoing treatment or therapy? How about time lost from work? Your time is valuable, and you don’t have to settle for a life full of pain. You deserve to recover every penny, and Schroeder & Mandel is here to help. It’s worth a FREE consultation.

“Before reaching out to Schroeder & Mandel, I was overwhelmed with dealing with my claims on my own. I wasn’t expecting much despite being injured in an auto accident. I just wanted closure so that I could move forward. The outcome for my case was beyond anything I could have possibly imagined, and I am very thankful for everyone that helped on my case. I would recommend Schroeder & Mandel to anyone dealing with an injury from an auto accident.” – J, 2019

“I’m Not Sure If I am Hurt That Badly.”

If you’re injured, you’re hurt badly enough to get a FREE consultation. We’ve worked with auto accident victims on just about every type of crash. Every person is unique and every collision rests on its own set of facts and circumstances. You need to have doctors who understand your injuries and how best to document them for the skeptical insurance industry.

I hired S&M to represent me after I was injured in an auto accident. Throughout the ordeal, the entire firm treated me as if I was the only client and handled my case with far more care and attention than I could have ever imagined.– MK 2019

Legal Help After A Car Crash

Trust Schroeder & Mandel to handle the legal matters, so you can focus on getting well. Contact us today for a FREE consultation.

3 Things Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know About Filing A Workers Compensation Claim

What happens if you get hurt at work? Are you entitled to any benefits? Will your employer have your back? The sad but true reality is that insurance companies are not on your side. However, your workers’ compensation attorney is willing to fight for the compensation you deserve. 

At Schroeder & Mandel, we’ve helped clients with workplace injury and workers compensation claims for decades. Being former claims adjusters and insurance company attorneys gives us the “insider “edge. Trust us when we tell you that there are three key things that insurance companies don’t want you to know about filing (and winning) a work comp injury claim. 

  1. You should always report your injuries, no matter how minor.

    If you get hurt at work, tell your supervisor and your HR department (if your company has one). Employee manuals usually state that all injuries must be reported. You can be fired for not reporting injuries promptly.

    You never know if back pain will turn into a herniated disc, if wrist pain will progress into carpal tunnel, or if decades of working on your knees will require joint replacement surgery. Having accurate documentation of your work-related injury and symptoms could make all the difference in your benefit eligibility.

    When you file your report with work, we recommend sending your supervisor or HR department a detailed email to ensure you have your own accurate and time-stamped record of your injury. Your company may document events differently than you do. Both records are important. 
  1. You should always get checked out by a doctor.

    Your work-related aches and pains are worth discussing with your doctor. If you’re unsure whether you need an appointment, send your doctor’s office a quick email, or bring it up at your next annual physical. Remember, you can always call Schroeder & Mandel for a free consultation.

If you do not have a regular doctor, you can go to any urgent care or emergency department. Don’t worry about payment. If you sustained an admitted injury at work, the workers comp insurer almost always pays for the initial treatment or exam. Tell the examining nurse and doctor that your injury and/or pain started at work. 

Getting a timely, documented medical diagnosis is just as important as reporting your work injury. It’s difficult for the insurance company to refute medical records and is a critical step in proving your right to workers’ compensation benefits. More importantly, your doctor can recommend treatment or therapy options to speed your recovery. Your doctor’s treatment notes increase your eligibility for benefits can also help you advocate for reasonable accommodations at work.

  1. You are entitled to benefits if your injury prevents you from working.

    Just because you can’t work due to an injury doesn’t mean you have to go without a paycheck. This is another reason why it is important to document your injuries with work and discuss them with your primary care physician or specialist right away

    Depending on your situation, benefits may be available to you. Your attorney can help you determine which benefits you qualify for and can point you in the right direction to access them.

    1. Temporary Total Disability (TTD)
      A wage-loss benefit paid during the period an employee is totally unable to work due to the effects of the work-related injury.

    2. Temporary Partial Disability (TPD)
      A wage-loss benefit payable to employees who are back to work but earning less than their pre-injury gross weekly wage.

    3. Permanent Total Disability (PTD)
      A benefit payable to employees who are never able to return to gainful employment.

    4. Permanent Partial Disability (PPD)
      Benefits payable for the permanent functional loss of use of the body based upon a disability schedule documented by your doctor.

Keep this knowledge in your back pocket, just in case you need it down the road. We truly hope you work your entire career without sustaining an injury on the job. But if you do, Schroeder & Mandel is here to help, we’re ready to fight for you – at no cost out of your pocket – because we work on a contingency fee.  If we don’t recover any benefits for you, there is no fee due to us. Contact us anytime for a FREE consultation. 

Winter Driving Tips from the Motorheads at Schroeder & Mandel

We’ve been lucky this year. We’ve had a mild start to winter, with much of the state having minimal snow on the ground for the Thanksgiving holiday. But, as Midwesterners and personal injury attorneys, the Schroeder & Mandel team knows it’s the calm before the storm.

We know what’s coming.

Soon the snow will fall, and drivers will go into winter driving mode. For some, that means driving extra carefully. For others, it means throwing caution to the wind and embracing the chaos.

The problem is that these two types of winter drivers endanger one another. Driving too slowly is just as risky as driving too fast for the conditions, or, worse yet, driving while distracted. When drivers approach a slow vehicle’s tail too fast, they slam on their brakes and create a chain reaction that can easily end in a collision.

Winter Driving Tips for Avoiding Auto Accidents

We’ve worked with countless drivers who were involved in winter car crashes. Trust us, a little bit of preventive caution goes a long way for winter driving safety. Do your part to keep yourself and others safe this slippery season. These tips should help:

    We’re not saying drive at an unsafe slow speed. Rather you should adjust your speed for the weather and road conditions. If the snow is flying, you shouldn’t be.
    You never know when a driver a few cars up is about to slam on their brakes, and you never know if black ice is coating the road. Minimize distractions and focus on traffic, and the road. Most experts say look 12-15 seconds ahead of you, which means a city block or ¼ mile on the highway. Also, stay off your phone, and don’t be engaging in other distractions inside your car.
    There’s a reason a motorcycle headlight stays on 100% of the time. It helps other drivers see you. You want to be as visible as possible during winter, so do yourself a favor and turn on those lights.
    This really doesn’t need further explanation. Seat belts save lives. Buckle up.
    If everyone is driving 30mph and you’re going 40mph, you’re the problem – even if the speed limit is 50mph. There’s probably a reason everyone has slowed down, and it’s not just because they’re scared. Respect others, follow the flow of traffic at a safe distance, and be prepared if you need to make a sudden stop or evasive maneuver. Always have an out.
    Opting out of your cruise control setting is a simple, yet effective way to keep better control over your car when conditions could change from ‘okay’ to ‘slippery ice rink’ in a matter of seconds.
    Did you know that you should stay ten car lengths behind a snowplow? Or that plows can have “wings” on either side? Be patient and avoid passing active snowplows – it’ll help you avoid a major accident.
    Check out MNDOT for more information.
    Making sure your tires have good tread is a simple but effective way to help you drive safely all winter. Head into your local auto shop to determine if anything needs tending before winter is in full swing. Nobody wants to stall out on the freeway in a snowstorm.

What To Do If You’ve Been In A Winter Car Crash

First thing’s first: stay safe. Stay in your vehicle until professional help arrives. Even if you think you haven’t been injured, don’t risk it. Call the police and wait for help to arrive before assessing any damage to your vehicle. Once they’ve redirected traffic, it’s safe to step outside. Get any medical attention you need right away. Even if you don’t go to the Emergency Room, get checked out by the Urgency Room™, Urgent Care or your family doctor as soon as possible.

Once you’re safe, call the attorneys at Schroeder & Mandel. We’re more than car accident lawyers. Our team has deep experience handling any type of car crash that has caused injury or wrongful death. We know your rights, all the complex insurance laws (in Minnesota and Wisconsin) and we specialize in helping you collect the damages you’re owed. If you are
involved in an accident on the job, we understand that it gets even more complex- but we can advise you on all your rights.

Knowledgeable, Caring Representation. FREE Consultation.

You read that right. We start engagements with a free consultation and operate on a contingency fee. We’re here to help you get the money you deserve, and we don’t get paid until you do.

That’s the type of personal injury attorney you need.

Call us.