||Ms. Westad practices in the area of civil litigation, with an emphasis on personal injury matters. Ms. Westad’s case work involves personal injury litigation, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, medical malpractice and products liability. Because of her passion for preventing injuries, she has launched the public service campaign, Focus on the Road®. The campaign draws attention to distraction driving and reminds us all to Focus on the Road®! Ms. Westad has also written a series of articles titled, “Auto Insurance: Are You Covered?”
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Ms. Westad also handles Vaccine Claims with the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program in the Court of Federal Claims in Washington D.C. We represent injured claimants on a national basis and only a small group of attorneys in the U.S. handle these claims. Claimants only have three years from the first onset of symptoms after receipt of the vaccine in order to make a claim in this program. Thus, identifying vaccine related injuries and contacting a vaccine attorney, or referring persons injured by a vaccine to a vaccine attorney, is crucial in protecting prospective claimant's rights.
Ms. Westad is also a strong supporter and advocate for women and has a particular interest in assisting injured women in all areas of personal injury litigation. She has also successfully represented women in family law disputes. Ms. Westad has been listed as a Minnesota Super Lawyer since 2014 and was on the Rising Stars list by Minnesota Super Lawyers from 2009 to 2013. She was also included as an “Up and Coming Attorney” by Minnesota Lawyer. One of her personal injury cases was included in Lawsuits of the Year for 2008. To learn more about Kate and her vaccine and personal injury practice, read the Her Life magazine feature, "Kate Westad: A Passion for Personal Injury Law."
Kate Westad answers a variety of questions on vaccine injuries and the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) in a series of videos by ReelLawyers.com.
U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2005
U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2012
||"Court of Appeals: Child Entitled to Vaccine Program Compensation," May 2015
"Dickhoff v. Green: A Practical Discussion of the Case, Loss of Chance Claims in Minnesota & Conversion to Wrongful Death Actions in Death," Minnesota Trial, Spring 2014
“Minnesota Motorcycle Insurance,” Auto Insurance: Are You Covered? Series, Lommen Abdo Law Firm, June 2012
“Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage: Protection For You and Your Family,” Auto Insurance: Are You Covered? Series, Lommen Abdo Law Firm, October 2011
“Liability Policy Limits: Do You Know Your Limits?” Auto Insurance: Are You Covered? Series, Lommen Abdo Law Firm, April 2009
||Minnesota Women Lawyers, Board Member
Minnesota Association of Justice, Board of Governors
American Association for Justice, Leaders Forum
Hennepin County Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
|Areas of Practice
Contaminated Food Products Litigation (Cronobacter/Enterobacter sakazakii)
First Party Insurance Claims (Fire, Storm and Other Covered Losses)
Motor Vehicle Accidents & Injuries
Personal Injury Litigation