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Injury Cases


Merkle Law Firm is paid on a contingency fee basis.  That means you don’t pay legal fees or costs up front. We will advance your legal costs and expenses so you don’t have to.  These fees will be reimbursed to us at the end of your case when you reach a fair settlement.  Our firm will then be paid a percentage of the final settlement amount you receive. That simply means you will not get a legal bill from us.

Many people try to pursue their own claims so they don’t have to pay an attorney, only to end up frustrated by the process and adding stress to an already stressful situation.  It is important to know that insurance companies only pay fair settlements when a claim is presented properly and they are faced with the very real threat of going to court.   Contact Merkle Law Firm right away to protect yourself.

About Merkle Law Firm

Bret Merkle graduated in 1991 from the University of South Dakota with a Juris Doctorate and a Master of Business Administration. He is a member of the South Dakota Bar Association, the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Bar Association.  Bret has specialized in the personal injury area of law and litigation for over 25 years, representing clients who have been injured by the fault of others.  Bret is also a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College where lawyers are trained how to communicate openly and honestly with the jury to convey the truth of their clients’ cause.

Many people think they need to hire a lawyer from a large law firm to get the best representation. Bret has fought against some of the largest law firms and the best lawyers for over 25 years, and he has consistently and successfully reached fair settlements for clients.  When you come to Merkle Law Firm for your first visit, you will meet Bret himself and talk about your case.  You will work with Bret personally throughout your case.  He will answer your calls, emails and text messages promptly, and he will communicate with you directly.  Oftentimes law firms partner with other law firms to assist in the event a case turns to litigation and more help on the case is needed.  Our firm has worked with other excellent law firms when the need arises to bring about the justice our clients deserve.  We do this without additional fees to our clients as we believe the more we can offer our clients, the better they will be served. 

Our staff is also extremely professional, yet personal to your needs. Lona Sue Jensen is Bret’s Certified Paralegal.  You will work directly with Sue, as well.  She has handled personal injury cases for over 35 years.  She works directly with the insurance adjusters, medical providers, defense lawyers, and judges to make your case move smoothly through the process. Bret's other paralegals are excellent at organizing, analyzing, and preparing your personal injury case.  They have extensive experience working in litigation and preparing legal documents, and they will work directly with you to gather all the information needed to present your case.  Bret also works directly with a consultant who is a registered nurse.  She was trained by and worked for an insurance company, and she knows what the insurance companies look for to deny or minimize personal injury claims.   She is an expert at gathering, reviewing, and analyzing medical records to prove your injuries and your losses.  Bret also hires the best experts in their fields, such as medical, accident reconstruction, and engineering experts, to prepare your case for success and so your rights will be protected and your losses will be proven to obtain fair results.

Bret’s motivation to help injured people with their legal injury claims comes from his involvement in a motorcycle accident.  His personal experience with injuries and loss gives him a unique perspective to represent his clients and argue their causes.  He understands the pain and struggle his clients are forced to endure, and he has made it a mission in life to help them through their own tragedies.

Bret is married to Marie and they have five children. They live on an acreage close to Sioux Falls and enjoy family life in South Dakota.


Claims in Other States

Merkle Law Firm handles bodily injury claims in South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. Contact Merkle Law Firm with your case today. Each state has its own time limitations on lawsuits, so we recommend you quickly seek the advice of an attorney.


Legal Information for South Dakota

South Dakota statutory law and case law from South Dakota courts and other legal resources can be found below.

  • SD Codified Laws - You will find information on State Legislators, Legislative Sessions from 1997 to present, the South Dakota Constitution, South Dakota Codified Laws, Administrative Rules, and other information on the Legislature.
  • South Dakota Unified Judicial System - Information and resources about the judicial system in South Dakota.
  • Statute of Limitations - When an bodily injury occurs in South Dakota, SDCL 15-2-14(c) provides a person has 3 years from the date of injury to start a lawsuit. In certain cases the time limit can be shorter or longer, so it is important to seek the advice of an attorney right away.


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  • Trial Lawyers College - Attorney Bret Merkle has been a staff instructor with The Trial Lawyers College since 2001.  The Trial Lawyers College is dedicated to training and educating lawyers and judges who are committed to the jury system and to representing and obtaining justice for individuals, the poor, the injured, the forgotten, the voiceless, the defenseless, and the damned, and to protecting the rights of such people from corporate and government oppression.

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