Mary Jane's Story – "Scalding burns from a shower"

My mother was severely burned and could have lost her life. At 76 years old, she suffered third degree burns to most of her back, upper buttocks and right arm in a shower at a well-known resort in Minnesota. The water temperature violated Minnesota code, at 140 degrees. My mom required skin grafting using both artificial and self-donor sites from her legs. She suffered post-traumatic hydrocephalus, which required placement of a permanent brain shunt. She also suffered cognitive deficits, balance and movement issues and general neurological and physical deterioration as a result of her injuries. Her medical damages alone exceeded $450,000. Paul Downes was selected for the personalized attention he gave to my family and favorably settled the case out of court for a confidential sum.

We were really impressed with Paul when he came right to Hennepin County Medical Center to meet my mom in the burn unit. We were impressed that SiebenCarey had already handled many other scalding cases. Paul was all of the things that the other high power attorney was not. He handled our case directly. He was respectful and courteous. It was clear to us from the beginning there was negligence here but first and foremost we wanted to make sure the issues at the resort got addressed so we didn't have to worry about this happening to someone else.

During the eight months my mother was in different care facilities, I kept a Caring Bridge site about her progress which helped keep Paul updated so when he would call me, he could make the best use of my time. I was working full-time and raising 2 kids in addition to caring for my mom so my time was valuable. Paul was respectful of my time and held it in high value. He didn't burden me with too much and this was just what I needed.

My mother had to endure horrific daily scrubbings of her burns. They would give her Versed so she wouldn't remember them. These were a drain on me emotionally, physically and mentally as well. Paul was tender, careful, considerate, and professional at all times which went a long way in easing our additional anxieties so we could focus on our mother first. We knew we were in safe hands with Paul handling the lawsuit. He kept my mom's case on the forefront of his mind and wanted to do the right thing for us.

We chose Paul because of the personalized treatment we felt we would get from him and we did. We made the right decision in choosing Paul. He helped my mother build the hope she needed in her recovery. While we are happy to have the case concluded and be moving forward with our lives, the bond that was created will remain. My mother believes that anyone who gets Paul as an attorney is very lucky and I couldn't agree more.

Paul K. Downes

“My career is focused on helping people and representing them to the best of my ability.”


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Client Reviews

out of 9 reviews
Jim Becker
it was a good experience, it took a long time to settle but good to have an experienced attorney in my corner.
Phil Manger
Awesome lawyers, awesome staff!!
Jim Walsh
I had a very positive experience with Paul Downes. He took the time to explain the process, each step of the way, and what we could expect. No surprises. A pleasant experience.
Troy Rognrud

In June of 2013 I was enjoying a ride on my vintage motorcycle, and was severely injured by an inattentive motorist, sending me to the hospital, physical therapy, and amassing a considerable amount of debt.

Fortunately I made contact with Robert Hauer, and Paul Downes with SiebenCarey!
Paul walked me through the entire process, explaining in layman's terms as to what to expect, and he continued to keep me informed as each step was reached.

Ultimately we used mediation to reach a settlement that allowed me to pay off my outstanding bills, and to bank an amount that gave me some peace of mind.
If by some unfortunate incident you ever have need for the services of a personal injury attorney, I highly recommend SiebenCarey... Thanks Paul!

Jazz Smith

SiebenCarey is a professional and dedicated law organization that help accident victim.

Carly R.

My boyfriend was hit by a car and while all the attorneys he talked to said he didn't have much chance of a case, SiebenCarey took him on and gave him a fighting chance. He's still recovering, but SiebenCarey is making it a lot easier.

St. Paul Local 12
Thanks for everything, your experience paid off BIG!!!
Daniel Ball
Really good professionals, they solved my issues in no time using the most impressive and advanced approach. Really good, highly recommended
Jenna L. at Insider Pages
I have had nothing but great service with these guys. They are very knowledgable on a wide variety of subjects and topic. They will help you with any case you need!

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