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Win Some Lose Some
Mark Stageberg's Memoir


Serious accidents resulting in the death of parents, spouses, children, or other relatives, give rise to wrongful death legal damage claims that require particular expertise in the preparation and presentation of the legal and damage issues. Mr. Stageberg has successfully tried more wrongful death cases to the financial benefit of survivors than any other attorney in Minnesota.

In addition to having the legal expertise required for the preparation of the wrongful death claim, Mr. Stageberg has the compassion and understanding necessary to deal with the emotional needs of victims of a tragic wrongful death.

Among the successful trial recoveries obtained by Mr. Stageberg are:

 Torrey v. Coleman Company, 2009.
A lady in Colorado lost her husband and 26 year old son from carbon monoxide poisoning while using a Coleman manufactured camping heater in a hunting cabin in the mountains. An eight day product liability lawsuit in Denver Federal Court resulted in a favorable verdict for the wife and surviving daughter of $850,000.

 Covas v. Coleman Company, 2005.
Like the Scoggins case, a Coleman manufactured camping his eater generated carbon monoxide to kill a 41-year old electrician and a 16-year old stepson while camping in northern Florida. A 10-day product liability trial in Miami Federal Court resulted in a verdict for the surviving wife and mother of $7.6 million. Coleman's appeal to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals was quickly rejected and Coleman paid over $8 million on the judgment.

 Schoggins v. Coleman Company, 1999.
This wrongful death-product liability case was tried for 8 days by Mr. Stageberg in Eugene, Oregon. A propane camping heater, manufactured by the Coleman Company, produced carbon monoxide inside a tent to cause the death of a 39 year old construction worker. The Oregon jury concluded the heater was defective and rendered a verdict for the children of the deceased in the amount of $967,000.

 Berg v. Degreef, 1993.
This wrongful death case for the family of a 32-year old salesman was brought against the driver of a pick-up truck and an over-the-road trucker who both collided with the decedent's vehicle. The case involved complex issues of accident reconstruction. At the end of a 9 day jury trial, an award of 2.4 million dollars was obtained for the wife and two children of the decedent.

 Lund v. Corporate Air, Inc., 1989.
This was an aviation wrongful death case involving the crash of a Lear Jet owned by defendant Corporate Air at Rochester, Minnesota, resulting in the death of three occupants. In the action of a student pilot for negligence against the instructor pilot, a wrongful death verdict of $500,000 was obtained after 2 1/2 weeks of trial.

 Mielke v. Dempster Systems, Inc., 1987.
This was a wrongful death negligence case against several parties and a products liability claim against the manufacturer of a hoist used for lifting and hauling trash containers. After settling with the non-manufacturing defendants for $650,000, trail was held against Dempster Systems for 2 1/2 weeks resulting in a verdict in favor of the Mielke family of $1,401,250.

 Steinbrecher v. McLeod Power Co-op Ass'n., 1985.
A double fatality of two painters electrocuted when their aluminimum ladder contacted a high voltage power line. A successful verdict greater than $2,000,000 was obtained for the two surviving families.

 Kapaun v. United States of America, 1984.
Dual death products liability case against the Government and several defendants for an explosion of a large electrical buss duct that killed two electricians working upon it. After three weeks of trial, wrongful death verdicts of $2,000,000 was rendered.


Practicing in Minneapolis, Minnesota and surrounding states since 1969 in areas of personal injury, wrongful death, aviation, product liability, malpractice.
Proven litigation success with many large jury verdicts for clients.

Stageberg Law Firm