Rick Houghton is another great addition to our outstanding team of personal injury attorneys. Rick focuses his practice on personal injury cases arising from the negligence of others. Following his graduation from the University of Minnesota Law School, Rick volunteered with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services where he represented low-income clients in rental repair, eviction, and tenant remedy action cases. He also received a graduate fellowship from the University of Minnesota Law School to continue at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services. Prior to joining TSR, Rick worked for a successful insurance defense firm for multiple years.
Rick was born and raised in central Michigan. He received his bachelors from Michigan Technological University before he moved to Oregon to attend Willamette University College of Law for his first year of law school. He completed his education at the University of Minnesota School of Law where he graduated Cum Laude.
Rick enjoys spending time outdoors. When he is not in the office, he enjoys hiking, camping, and hunting. He is also an active alumnus of the Michigan Tech: Beta Pi chapter of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity.
Areas of Practice
- 100% Personal Injury
- U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
- University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- J.D. (Cum Laude)
- Michigan Technological University
- B.S. – Marketing and Management
In the fall of 2012 I was on my way home from work sitting at a stop light when I was hit from behind. The impact from the collision was so hard that it knocked the wind out of me. My body went completely numb for a while. When I realized that I had been rear ended by a car that was going about 50 miles per hour I couldn’t believe it. I was so frightened that I had some type of spinal injury because of the numbness. I was taken to the hospital from the accident scene. There were no broken bones and I was released.
In the days following the accident I began to have severe pain down my entire right arm and back. I began to see a chiropractor. I saw him for months yet the pain would only subside for short periods of time. I would be better for a day or so then right back to that horrible ache in my arm and back. Finally, the doctor told me that there was nothing more he could do for me and if I continued to see him the insurance company would become suspicious. In my mind I thought……. WHO CARES? Any way I thought I would just get used to the pain.
I hired an attorney to represent me in this and he said that he would get the case settled and handled for me. It didn’t appear that he was interested in my health and I don’t think he thought my case was worth messing with.
Over the next few months I moved to Texas. The attorney that I hired really did nothing with the case but send a demand without all of the records to the insurance company and got the case rejected. I was furious! In my conversation with him he was really just not providing me the type of service and attention that I felt I deserved. I fired him immediately.
My very dear friend referred me to TSR and Rick Houghton. She told me that they really believed in making sure people were taken care of and that it was more than money for them. I have to say that after working with this group I know it is more than just a money thing with TSR. One of the 1st things that Rick asked me was what I wanted from all of this. He asked me if I was ready to get better. I decided I really wanted to be well again and not live with this aching pain in my arm and back. Because the accident happened in Minnesota and I was living in Texas no doctor would take the Minnesota no fault health insurance as payment for treatment. Rick researched doctors for me and found one of the best spine doctors in Texas to treat me. I had to have a spinal fusion. They installed a steel plate, 3 screws and 2 spacers in my spine. It immediately fixed the problem.
After I got better Rick began working with the 2 insurance companies to get the proper payment that I was owed. He worked diligently on this case and kept me informed all the way. I loved working with Rick because he always took my call. I mean, he actually took my call and didn’t just send me to voicemail. I was informed and well educated by Rick on the process and all of the things that I needed to know. In the end I ended up with a 100% recovery on my claim of $200000.
I will refer everyone I know to TSR, and actually already have. I believe in these guys and especially in Rick Houghton. Thank you TSR.