Proven Personal Injury Lawyer

Client Testimonial

Merkle Law Firm helped my family when we were in a car accident.  They explained our legal rights and answered our questions.  Bret and his staff fought hard for us to win our case and we are very grateful.
-Jorge P.

Attorney Bret Merkle and his legal team at Merkle Law Firm in Sioux Falls, SD, have been the personal injury lawyer of choice for injured people throughout South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska for over 25 years. We have recovered fair and substantial amounts for our injured clients through litigation, trial, mediation, arbitration and negotiated settlement. From small injuries to life-changing injuries and death cases, our firm has the experience to effectively help people who have suffered damages.  People who are injured due to the fault of others need an experienced law firm to guide them through the insurance claim or litigation process. The results our firm has obtained for our clients and their testimonials speak for themselves.

Bret Merkle began practicing personal injury law in 1992.  He is a member of the South Dakota Bar Association, the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Bar Association.  Bret was a student at the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College in 2000.  The Trial Lawyers College trains lawyers how to discover the truth of their clients' stories and how to bring them to life in the courtroom.  Lawyers throughout the US work together to bring ideas, strategies and the latest techniques to obtain justice for their clients.  Bret was honored to be invited back to TLC as a staff faculty instructor, and he participated in that capacity from 2001 to 2003.  He has continued learning the art of trial presentation and has helped other attorneys learn the process and methods, as well. 

The entire Merkle Law Firm team is committed to the people we represent. Bret personally communicates regularly with clients through phone calls, text messaging and email, nights, weekends and holidays included. Bret and his staff know that working on behalf of injured clients is not always an 8 to 5 job.  There is no problem too big or too small to help those who have placed their trust with Merkle Law Firm. Our team of professionals knows the importance of being available to help people get through tragedy. Something as simple as an unpaid medical bill or a call from an insurance adjuster can be stressful, and we are committed to getting the best possible results.


Most clients say: “This office is so comfortable.” That is important to us because it means we are doing our job well. The stress from injuries, medical bills, time off work, and missing out on family and leisure activates creates a stressful and uncomfortable life. Our firm exists to take all that stress away so you can get back to life as you knew it before the injuries.

Many clients say: “I don’t want to go to court.” Most injury cases can be settled without going through the court process, but it takes an experienced lawyer to get that done.  Many cases are settled directly with the insurance company. However, a lawyer with years of litigation experience is crucial to getting a fair settlement.

Claims adjusters handle thousands of claims every year, and they are experts at saving the insurance company money. Our firm knows how to deal with the Insurance Company to level the playing field. In the eyes of the insurance company, you are just a claim number. The adjuster is paid to save the company money; their loyalty is to the company, not you. Our loyalty is to you alone. We are professional lawyer advocates who have been in the fight for over 25 years. We will protect you with honesty and professionalism.

Lawyer With A Record Of Success

These are the type of cases our team has successfully handled in the past for our clients:

  • Car Accidents
  • Speeding, Careless and Reckless Driving Accidents
  • Distracted Driving Accidents, Talking or Texting on cell phone
  • Head-on collisions
  • Rear-end Collisions
  • Whiplash Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Sideswipe and T-bone Accidents
  • Stop Sign, Stop Light, and Failure-to-Yield Violation Accidents
  • Parking Lot Accidents
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Brain Injuries (MTBI)
  • Broken Bone Injuries
  • Neck Injuries
  • Back Injuries
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Knee Injuries
  • Surgery Injuries
  • Scarring Injuries
  • Burn Injuries
  • Drunk Driving (DWI) Accidents
  • Hit and Run Accidents
  • Dog Bites
  • Animal Attacks
  • ATV Accidents
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Boating Accidents
  • Bus Accidents
  • Diving Accidents
  • Swimming Pool Accidents
  • Farm Accidents
  • Gun Accidents
  • Nursing Home Injuries
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Slips on the snow or ice
  • Falls on slippery surfaces
  • Property Accidents
  • Slips and Falls
  • Truck Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • UTV Accidents
  • Snowmobile Accidents
  • Construction Accidents
  • Work Injuries
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death
  • Uninsured Motorist Claims
  • Underinsured Motorists Claims
  • Insurance Claims

MILLIONS RECOVERED for Injured Clients

25 Years Legal Experience Representing People with Injuries
When you need a top-rated injury lawyer, do not hesitate.  CONTACT US today for a FREE CASE REVIEW.

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