Attorneys Paul Rajkowski and Steven Bader Win Personal Injury Case

rajbadOn April 5, 2016, attorneys Paul Rajkowski and Steven Bader of Rajkowski Hansmeier Ltd., in St. Cloud, Minnesota, obtained summary judgment from the Minnesota District Court, Redwood County, in a personal injury case, Lor v. Hewitt, et al., 64-CV-15-428, where a 12-year-old child suffered a serious traumatic brain injury and incurred approximately $900,000.00 in past medical bills. The plaintiff sued our client and alleged a joint enterprise between our client and a co-defendant. The district court found no joint enterprise as a matter of law, and dismissed our client from the suit.

The plaintiff suffered injuries in a collision between his vehicle and a semi-truck owned by the co-defendant. The co-defendant's employee drove the truck at the time of the collision. Rajkowski Hansmeier's client is a retired farmer that occasionally helped the co-defendant with his farm. The plaintiff argued that the client and the co-defendant engaged in a joint enterprise because the client occasionally helped the co-defendant on the farm and allowed the co-defendant to store equipment and grain on his property. Mr. Rajkowski and Mr. Bader argued that their client's occasional and voluntary assistance to the co-defendant did not provide him with a voice in the direction and control of the co-defendant's farming operation in accordance with case law. The court agreed. It found no genuine dispute as to whether the client had a voice in the co-defendant's operation, and dismissed all claims against our client with prejudice.