Back when Ed Matonich’s grandfather was killed in the mines in Hibbing, there was no recourse or worker’s compensation available to survivors. That’s the way things were, and many other miners and their families suffered similar fates in Northern Minnesota.
Fortunately times have changed, and there are now legal provisions in place regarding traumatic accidents and wrongful death. Still, Ed never forgot this injustice. As a lawyer, this compulsion to right personal wrongs remained with him. So much so that Ed left a successful corporate career in order to return to Hibbing and found this firm in 1972. Darrold Persson joined him in 1977, and together they committed themselves to helping people find redress for their injuries.
Seeing the impact her father had on his clients while growing up, Ed’s daughter, Julie, eventually joined the firm. She shared her father’s passion for serving the community and founded the Minneapolis office so the firm could help a geographically broader range of clients.
With offices in Hibbing and Minneapolis, Matonich & Persson handles cases throughout the state of Minnesota. We uniquely pair small-town personal attention with the leading-edge professional resources and expertise of a sophisticated firm.
Our attorneys prepare cases by relying on nearly five decades of successful trial experience, sourcing the most qualified experts, high-tech courtroom displays, and financial resources to ensure the best representation. Matonich & Persson also offers full-service appellate representation, both to our own clients and others looking for outstanding advocacy in state and federal appellate courts.
Over the years we have earned favorable verdicts and settlements in complex personal injury lawsuits, many in excess of $1 million, including record-breaking verdicts totaling nearly $13.5 million and $23 million among other successful results.
Our attorneys have been recognized for their advocacy both within the state of Minnesota and nationally for excellence in the practice of law.
- Best Law Firms, Tier 1 ranking for 2013 by U.S. News Media Group
- Best Lawyers selection for 2013 by The Best Lawyers in America
- Minnesota Super Lawyers by Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine and Minnesota Law and Politics
- Minnesota Attorneys of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer publication
- Circle of Excellence Award—named one of Minnesota Attorneys of the Year three times by
- Minnesota Lawyer publication
- Minnesota Top 40 Personal Injury Super Lawyer by Minnesota Law and Politics
- Professional Excellence Award by the Minnesota State Bar Association
- “AV Preeminent” Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
About Our Clients
Below are just a few of the results we have obtained for our clients, providing them with the security they need to cope with their injuries and losses.
$23,200,000 Jury Verdict
In 2007, the daughter of a Paynesville family was severely handicapped due to complications during her birth at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. As a result of being deprived of oxygen during delivery, she has multiple health problems, including spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, cortical impairment, neurological difficulties, and seizures. In 2010, her family was awarded this verdict.
$1,444,500 Jury Verdict
When a man was showing stroke-like symptoms, his wife brought him to the emergency room. However, the plaintiff alleged that emergency room care was sub-standard in failing to stop a stroke in progress. After leaving the hospital, he suffered a stroke that left him disabled. No offer was forthcoming from the insurance company prior to trial.
$13,473,588 Jury Verdict
A young man was rendered paraplegic when the forklift he was operating overturned, pinning him beneath the equipment’s overhead protective structure. The defendant initially offered $1,000,000, but the offer was withdrawn prior to trial. At the time, this was the largest verdict to date in the State of Minnesota in a personal injury case. Immediately thereafter, the defendant and other manufacturers began to place seatbelts and other restraints in forklifts.
$3,158,000 Jury Verdict
When a 33-year-old former Marine who had served in the Persian Gulf War fell while dismounting an aerial lift bucket, he tore ligaments in his right knee that required three extensive reconstructive surgeries. Complications prevented him from returning to work. It was found that the equipment failed to provide adequate foot space and mandated handholds to safely descend the bucket. Prior to trial, the insurance company offered $400,000.
$9,000,000 Jury Verdict
A 47-year-old male pilot operating a Cirrus airplane crashed the plane south of Hill City, Minnesota. We successfully proved that he had not been given adequate training in this aircraft, leading to this fatal crash. The initial award of $12,000,000 was reduced by 25 percent for the pilot’s own negligence.
Ed Matonich was co-counsel in the wrongful death of a minor child killed in Wisconsin in which the parents had witnessed the defendant’s truck driving over their six-year-old daughter.
$9,065,000 Structured Settlement
A ten-year-old boy riding his bicycle on a city street near a highway overpass was struck by a large truck. He suffered internal injuries and was hospitalized for an extensive period. An actual settlement of $750,000 was awarded. However, through an investment agreement brokered at the time of settlement, the child—through periodic payments—stands to collect over $9 million during the span of his life. Prevailing interest rates are a major factor when considering such a settlement.
A 38-year-old mother of six was rendered quadriplegic when her car, traveling at 40 mph because of a fuel problem, was hit from behind by a semi-trailer truck. Evidence showed that the truck drivers did not have the minimum amount of rest required by federal trucking regulations, they kept inaccurate log books, and they were speeding and following too closely.
A retired couple was involved in an accident that left the wife severely injured with a fractured ankle and foot, a broken wrist, a fractured vertebrae, and abdominal injuries, all requiring surgery. The settlement was successfully achieved by employing exhibits, including photographs, charts, and excerpts of medical records graphically displaying the pain and suffering endured by this couple.
Firm Practice Areas
- Appellate Practice
- Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
- Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
- Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs