Have you been hurt because of someone else’s negligence? If your answer is yes, you may have a personal injury claim. Knutson+Casey specialize in pursuing personal injury cases for citizens of the Mankato, Austin, and Owatoona.
What Is Personal Injury?
According to Minnesota law, a personal injury dispute can occur when a person believes he or she has been hurt as the direct result of the actions (or inaction) or another person. Generally, there are two ways a personal injury case can go: through a formal court proceeding or an informal settlement.
Informal settlements are much more common than cases actually going to trial. If you’re going up against an insurance company to receive compensation for medical expenses, for example, filing a suit encourages action. Assuming the informal settlement amount is fair, we like to see personal injury cases resolved without going to trial.
Formal civil trials are a last resort when all other options for negotiation have failed. If the parties you’re seeking compensation from don’t want to play fair, we’re not afraid to pursue a legal trial to get what you deserve.
Pursuing Personal Injury Cases
Any type of personal injury can have long-term consequences. Medical bills, lost wages due to missed work, emotional damages, and other fees are all possible effects of sustaining an injury. Insurance companies aren’t out to protect your best interests; they’re more concerned with paying out as little as possible. If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, hiring an experienced legal team is the best first step you can take.
When you retain the services of Knutson+Casey, we’ll keep you informed of every step in the process. We know being injured can cause emotional, physical, and mental distress, so we know how important it is to keep you in the loop. The proceedings vary from case to case, but here’s how we generally pursue personal injury claims:
Accidents can be a blur, and you should be focused on your recovery. However, if you can, take as many notes as possible about the incident. Who was involved? Where were you injured? Written notes are excellent, but photographic evidence, like those of your injuries, can be helpful in court proceedings.
File an accident report with the local police department if you can. Having a record on file can help you down the road.
Using data from the insurance reports, doctor’s notations, and police department, our offices will conduct our own thorough investigation into your case. We’ll speak with witnesses, request medical records, and do anything we can to piece together an accurate picture of events.
Once we have all of the evidence, we’ll talk about the kinds of legal avenues we can pursue to secure compensation. For example, we may ascertain your injuries were due to a product defect and seek damages from the manufacturer.
Once we’ve established legal grounds for your case, there are a couple of ways we can pursue damages:
Compensatory damages are meant to provide you with the funds to make up for missed work, medical bills, disability claims, emotional damages, or any other forms of distress you’ve experienced as a result of negligence.
Punitive damages are less common, but they seek to punish the offending party for severe wrong doing by offering recompense far above and beyond compensatory damages. A class action suit regarding the known misuse of a pharmaceutical drug is a classic example of a case worthy of pursuing punitive damages.
Hiring the Right Legal Team
Don’t leave your livelihood to chance. If you’ve been injured in an accident, contact us today for a free initial consultation.