When you are represented by an experienced personal injury lawyer following an accident or injury that someone else caused, you can be confident that a legal professional is fighting to get you the money you deserve while you focus on your recovery. We understand that it can feel like taking on even more responsibility when you think about contacting a law firm, consulting with an attorney, and trying to decide who to work with, but we are here to help you as soon as possible.
Connect With Our Personal Injury Lawyers For a Free Consultation
Reach out to our law firm now to schedule an initial consultation with an experienced legal professional. During our consultation, we will be able to discuss the circumstances surrounding your injuries, such as the nature of the accident, the factors that led to it, the way your life has been impacted by such a painful and traumatic experience, and more. In addition, we will be able to give you a specific understanding of how our personal injury lawyers can help you move forward towards a fair outcome and a settlement that you deserve.
Read more below to get a better sense of personal injury cases and claims in general, and contact us as soon as possible to get started on your own case today.
Cases We Represent
The following are just a few examples of the practice areas we cover. Whether or not you see an example of cases involving your own specific experience below, simply contact us now for your initial consultation and case evaluation to learn exactly what type of support we can give you throughout this difficult time in your life.
After a car accident, your injuries can have a serious impact on your ability to address the many other moving parts of your situation: a damaged or totaled vehicle, insurance claims, missed work, and much more. In order to successfully navigate a claims investigation, you will need to provide an exceptional amount of information to the adjuster while managing your own health and taking on negotiations to reach a fair settlement. Instead of worrying about these issues on your own, we encourage you to hire a personal injury attorney to get the legal support you deserve. Your top priority should be your health, and we can handle the rest.
When you step onto someone else’s property, you have every right to expect that they have taken the appropriate actions to ensure that you will not be injured by an avoidable hazard such as a wet floor, faulty stairway, or other issues that fall under their responsibility. The most common of these accidents is known as a “slip and fall,” which, as it sounds, happens when someone slips or trips and falls due to an issue that the property owner should have resolved before their visit. Slip and fall cases are commonly caused by things like icy walkways or wet tile floors.
A catastrophic injury is not an accident type but instead refers to the nature of an injury. These types of injuries are ones that make it impossible for the victim to perform meaningful work for the rest of their lives — injuries such as spinal cord injuries, paralysis, amputation injuries, or loss of senses. These types of injuries require a long-term view of the financial and emotional impact they will have on a victim and therefore require additional calculations to reach a fair settlement amount. Fortunately, your attorney will be able to handle these calculations and projections on your behalf to ensure that you do not take on the financial burden of someone else’s reckless, negligent, or dangerous behavior.
Wrongful death is a fatal personal injury case where the death was caused by someone else’s actions (or inactions). These types of cases are handled in a very similar manner to other personal injury cases but include a range of different damages, including things like loss of consortium, loss of long-term financial contributions from the deceased, and more. While on an administrative level, our personal injury lawyers understand how difficult this time is for the surviving friends, family members, and loved ones and do everything possible to make the legal process as painless and simple as possible.
Motorcycles are exciting and efficient methods of transportation, but there are many risks inherent with these types of vehicles that are not present with cars and trucks; namely, the lack of structural protection afforded by enclosed vehicles. Even a low-speed crash can lead to significant injury for a rider and the potential for even more pain and suffering in the aftermath. It is important to work with an attorney who understands the intricacies of a motorcycle accident claims process, who can fight for a settlement that accurately reflects the entirety of your experience.
When you visit a licensed medical professional, you have a legal right to expect them to follow their obligation to provide you with reasonable care and to avoid causing unnecessary suffering. This does not mean that they are legally expected to cure all issues, only that they should not do additional harm by using “alternative” or unproven treatments. In addition, this includes things like surgical errors, failures to diagnoses an illness properly, prescription mixups, and more. If you believe that you or a loved one is the victim of medical malpractice in Minneapolis, Minnesota, contact us as soon as possible to get the support you deserve.
Injuries From Criminal Behavior
Many people do not realize that a criminal case does not mean that the victims are unable to file a civil case. In fact, the burden of proof is much lower in a civil case than criminal, so even if a defendant and their criminal defense attorney are able to get their case dropped, sentence reduced, or are found “not guilty,” you may still have a good chance of winning in civil court or negotiating a settlement. The best way to understand your options is to connect with a Minneapolis personal injury lawyer right away.
Remember, the examples provided above are just a few of the many practice areas that our Minnesota personal injury attorneys are ready to help you with. No two personal injuries are alike, and the best way to get a clear understanding of your situation and your options is to connect with our team of Minnesota personal injury attorneys right away.
Proving Fault After a Minnesota Personal Injury
After an accident, injury law requires that you first determine who caused the accident or injuries, and therefore who is at fault for the situation. Once the fault has been established, you and your attorney will be able to move forward with your actual claim in order to seek compensation for your injuries. Depending on the cause of your injuries, there are many different ways to prove fault. After a car accident, you will be able to use things like police reports, eyewitness accounts, dashboard cameras, traffic cams, and a range of other tools at your disposal to prove that you are the victim. However, a car accident is just one of the many causes of personal injuries, so working with an attorney who understands how to complete this step is essential.
Minnesota uses a rule known as comparative fault for personal injury cases, which assigns a percentage of fault to each party. The victim’s final settlement is then reduced by the percent that they were at fault for, which is much more helpful than other states that use contributory negligence. In these states, any fault at all will bar a victim from seeking compensation. Comparative fault is extremely helpful in this sense, but insurance companies use it to their advantage by placing unnecessary fault on the injured party to reduce their own financial obligation. Fortunately, your Minneapolis personal injury attorney will understand these tactics and will push back aggressively to avoid any financial burden that you are not responsible for.
When you are working directly with the insurance company after an injury, it can be overwhelming to fight back against an experienced team of legal professionals who have an intimate understanding of insurance claims and are working to resolve your claim for as little as possible. Minnesota law can be confusing, which is why working with a Minneapolis attorney who knows injury law is one of the best ways to go through this process.
Calculating Damages After a Minnesota Personal Injury
Once the matter of fault has been resolved (or as this question is being answered), your attorney will need to go through an extensive investigation into all damages you have suffered to ensure that you are compensated for all of the many ways you have been injured. Compensatory damages are the damages you will seek after your accident, which are divided into two distinct parts: economic and non-economic.
Economic damages are the basis of your case and seek direct compensation for the measurable financial impacts on your life. This includes things like your medical bills and all associated costs, as well as lost income and employment-based losses. While these are two of the most obvious economic damages, there are many other damages in this category that are often overlooked — to the advantage of the insurance company handling your claim. Your lawyer will take a deep dive into your situation in order to identify all economic damages, including things like services you have hired that you would have otherwise performed yourself, such as grocery shopping and much more.
These damages are paid 1 to 1, meaning that there are no multiplier factors or increases to repayment based on these dollar-based items in your claim. Your insurance company will take back the money they spent on things like your medical bills and property damage, and you will then pay your attorney their contingency fee before the rest goes to you. Fortunately, these are not the only damages that you are entitled to after a personal injury in Minnesota.
Non-economic damages apply to all impacts of an accident that do not have a set, measurable market price associated with them. While these damages are more abstract or subjective than something with an invoice, they are just as important — and insurance companies leverage the confusing nature of these damages to their advantage. These types of damages include things like pain and suffering, as well as the emotional impacts of enduring a traumatic event and living with the long-term realities of being injured. Things like diminished quality of life, an inability to pursue your hobbies, and post-traumatic stress disorder are just a few examples of the damage non-economic damages that you may be entitled to.
There are a number of tools that an experienced lawyer will use to get a fair settlement for their injured clients, each of which involves a different way of quantifying the extent of the damages and then assigning a dollar value to them. One of the most common methods is the “multiplier” method, which uses a numerical scale to indicate the severity of these damages, and is then multiplied against the economic damages to reach a real value. For example: if you have $100,000 in economic damages and non-economic damages that are a “3” on the scale, the calculations would be 3 x $100,000 = $300,000 in non-economic damages.
Punitive Damages and Personal Injury Law
As you research your options following your Minneapolis accident, you may encounter the topic of punitive damages. These damages are meant to provide additional compensation to a victim following an incident caused by a defendant’s particularly egregious behaviors or actions, or when the defendant is wealthy enough that the impact of the compensatory damages will not act to dissuade them from repeating these behaviors in the future. You and your attorney will not be able to seek or request these damages for your injury, and they are only awarded by a judge or jury at the end of a trial. If your lawyer believes that your injury case may entitle you to these additional damages, they may choose to skip settlement negotiations entirely and go straight to the Minnesota courts.
Speak directly with your lawyer in order to get a better sense of their opinion about whether or not you are entitled to these types of damages. There is no guarantee that you will be awarded these damages even if you DO go to trial, but your situation is unique and this question of entitlement is best answered by an experienced legal professional with an intimate understanding of your situation.
No Damage Caps In Minnesota For Personal Injury Cases
While some states use a damage cap to limit the amount of non-economic damages a victim is owed, Minnesota does not have a cap on either compensatory or punitive damages.
Contact Us Now To Get the Compensation You Deserve
If you have been injured in a situation that someone else is responsible for, contact our law firm as soon as possible to connect with a team of experienced, dedicated attorneys who are ready to take your case today. As an injured victim, trying to take on your legal issues while working to getting your life back on track is both overwhelming and counter-productive to a recovery, which is why we encourage you to contact our team today. You deserve a stress-free recovery and competent representation, and we will be happy to help you with both.
During your consultation, we will be able to go over our case history and provide you with examples of similar situations to your own that we successfully represented. While comparing your situation to another will not give you an exact understanding of what you can expect moving forward, it can give you peace of mind knowing that you are not alone in your experiences and that there are others who have successfully navigated similarly-difficult times in their lives and got the financial support they deserved.