JAMES P. CAREY
· MANAGING PARTNER,
· PERSONAL INJURY – GENERAL:
PLAINTIFF; PERSONAL INJURY –
MEDICAL MALPRAC TICE: PLAIN TIFF
· MINNESOTA SUPER LAWYERS:
1998–2015; TOP 100: 2003–2015
BY ADAM WAHLBERG
PHOTOGRAPHY BY RICHARD FLEISCHMAN
DUAINE SWARTHOUT WAS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT HAD
HAPPENED. It was April 20, 2008. One moment he’d been riding
his motorcycle and the next he was in the trauma unit at Regions
Hospital. Doctors were talking about amputating his left leg below
the knee. What was going on?
Traffic had been heavy that day, and many vehicles were right
up against the line. One guy with three golf-course beers in him
just happened to go over it. Swarthout mainly remembers flying
through the air.
Now, a decision had to be made about his leg. Swarthout and
his wife authorized the amputation.
Swarthout’s wife did one more thing: she called Jim Carey.
By August, Swarthout had a seven-figure settlement.
Jim Carey spent the first part of his life unsure
of his path; he’s spent the second at a full sprint