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Trust Knutson + Casey with your case after suffering any type of personal injury in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We are premier hometown attorneys with a long history of successful case results since our start in 1992. Every member of our team is passionate about helping accident victims and giving them a voice in the civil justice system. We’ll work hard to make sure you achieve the best possible results for your case, using tailored legal strategies and a personal approach to injury law. Call (763) 259-3642 now to schedule your free personal injury consultation.
The realm of personal injury law isn’t a cold, distant legal process that won’t affect you – it’s actually one of the most personal experiences an injured person can go through. Personal injury law is intimate and private to the individual. After suffering any type of injury or illness in an incident in Minnesota, you have the power to request financial compensation from the at-fault party. Civil laws in the state enable you to hold someone else responsible for your injuries and receive payment for all of your related losses. These can include the following:
Personal injury law might affect you if someone else’s negligence, recklessness, wanton disregard for your safety, or intent to harm injured you in Minneapolis. These are the situations that give rise to personal injury claims. If someone breached his or her duty of care to you or a loved one, resulting in injuries or wrongful death, surviving victims have the right to pursue full and fair damage recover from the party that caused the damages. Personal injury claims serve to provide reparation to the affected party, as well as punish the perpetrator.
If you suffer a physical injury, contract an illness, or sustain economic losses due to the negligent actions of another party, you can recover your losses through a personal injury claim. However, it’s vital to remember what to do immediately following an accident to improve your chances of succeeding with a personal injury lawsuit.
Your first priority should always be medical care. If you suffered any type of injury, even if it seems mild at first, go see a doctor. Some injuries may not show any noticeable symptoms for a few days and allowing an injury to go untreated for too long can cause serious medical problems.
Additionally, delaying seeking medical care can injure your credibility in a lawsuit or in an insurance claim. A claims adjuster or jury will assume that if you did not feel the need to seek medical attention immediately after your incident, your injuries probably aren’t as bad as you claim. Seek immediate care and secure a copy of your medical report from your doctor. This report will include a list of your injuries as well as your doctor’s prognosis and suggested treatment plan.
Once you have your medical report, you should obtain a copy of the police report related to your injury, if one exists. If you sustained injury in a car accident, there should be a police report. Minnesota law requires drivers to notify the police of any accident that results in injury, death, or property damage exceeding $1,000. A good rule of thumb is to notify the police about any car accident except for low-speed fender-benders that result in very little damage and no injuries.
After obtaining copies of your medical report and the police report, your next step should be to hire a reliable and experienced personal injury attorney to handle your claim. Although you might feel confident in your ability to represent your own interests in a court battle, the reality is that most people will overlook crucial details, miss avenues for additional compensation, or fail to meet the court’s filing deadlines. An attorney will handle a claimant’s legal concerns including court filings, evidence gathering, and building the case.
The first step in submitting a personal injury claim in Minnesota is for the plaintiff to file a complaint with the court and serve a copy to the defendant. The defendant may then need to file an answer to the complaint with the court. Once the defendant receives the complaint, he or she will hire a personal injury attorney and then settlement negotiations typically begin once both sides are ready.
The vast majority of personal injury lawsuits never reach the trial phase because it is in both parties’ interests to settle the matter as quickly as possible.
Both sides of the lawsuit will gather evidence to use during settlement negotiations. Depending on the strength of the plaintiff’s claim, the defendant may agree to settle or decide to challenge the plaintiff in a trial. Throughout the negotiations and the pre-trial phase, both sides will share pertinent evidence in the discovery process. Each side can also make requests for depositions or specific answers to questions to gather additional evidence.
If settlement negotiations result in an impasse and the case proceeds to trial, then a jury will assess the facts of the case to determine an appropriate ruling. Either side may appeal a jury’s decision with a higher court, but it’s up to those individual parties to decide whether or not the expense of pursuing an appeal is ultimately worth the trouble.
The statute of limitations or time limit for filing a personal injury claim in Minnesota is two years. However, if the claimant’s damages occurred due to negligence, this window extends to six years. In a wrongful death claim, claimants have three years from the date of the death in question. Medical malpractice claims have a four-year statute of limitations, starting on the date the injury occurred. It’s also important to remember that the statute of limitations may begin on the “date of discovery,” or the date a victim noticed his or her injuries, as some injuries may take time to manifest symptoms.
By definition, an accident is something that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally. While an injury may not have occurred intentionally, it likely occurred negligently. Negligence is any breach of accepted standards of care, resulting in someone else’s injury. The law offers a remedy to people injured through negligence – a personal injury claim with the civil courts of Minneapolis. A personal injury claim with the right injury attorneys could lead to payment for:
In Minnesota, an injured person can seek the compensation for the following economic damages:
You may have had to undergo expensive testing and treatment after your accident. An MRI alone can cost thousands of dollars, it should be no surprise that medical bills can add up quickly. Compensation may also stem from hospital stays, nursing home bills, physical therapy, or the cost of ongoing care. Medical bill damages consider not only the cost of current bills, but future treatment, as well.
Victims of injuries often miss time from work, which can result in lost income. These form another important avenue for compensation in a personal injury case. Even if plaintiffs are able to group their sick days and vacation days to avoid income loss, they should be compensated for the loss of these days. If you suffer a permanently disabling injury, the courts may also require the defendant to pay out what you would have made throughout the rest of your career. This is called compensation for “loss in earning capacity.”
If the defendant was exceptionally negligent or reckless, the court would also grant you compensation for punitive damages, which are meant to be a form of punishment for the defendant.
Apart from the economic stress that an accident or injury can cause you, Minnesota courts also take into consideration the emotional and physical stress that an act of negligence can cause a person. Below of the types of non-economic damages a Minneapolis injury lawyer can help you can seek compensation for:
It can be difficult to put a dollar amount on the pain and suffering you endured during the injury process as well as the loss of a loved one. Attorneys and claims adjusters will use one of several techniques to arrive at a fair and reasonable settlement. This usually includes multiplying your actual damages by a multiplier between 1.5 and 5, depending on the severity and circumstances surrounding your injuries.
Some accidents leave an emotional mark long after the physical wounds heal. Your attorney may prove emotional distress, and this can add to your total compensation. A common source of emotional distress is a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder.
A lawyer on your side from Knutson + Casey can help you win your case. We can take over all the complex aspects, from accident investigation and evidence preservation to claims filing and settlement negotiations with insurance companies. We can handle your claim from beginning to end, answering all of your questions and keeping you updated on the status of your case along the way. Our trustworthy lawyers will help you feel at ease and confident the entire time.
One of our lawyers will be more than happy to investigate your recent accident and personal injuries for signs of someone else’s negligence. Auto accidents, slip and falls, workplace injuries, recreational accidents, dog attacks, defective products, and medical malpractice are common types of accidents that involve another person’s liability. If we find evidence of negligence, we can help you bring your claim within Minnesota’s two-year statute of limitations, or deadline for filing.
Representation from Knutson + Casey can even the playing field between you and a major insurance company. You can enter into settlement negotiations as an informed participant, instead of just a victim. We’ll teach you the true value of your claim – a number that might be much higher than your initial settlement offer. We’ll aggressively negotiate with the defendant for an amount that’s appropriate for your injuries. If pre-trial negotiations don’t work, we aren’t afraid to take your case to court for fair compensation.
Knutson + Casey has the experienced, skilled, and dedicated personal injury attorneys in Minneapolis you’ve been seeking. No matter what your accident or injuries look like, we can help. Contact our firm using our client intake form and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours, or call (763) 259-3642 to schedule your free legal consultation. You deserve to know your rights and protect your future. We can help. Speak to a lawyer today.Learn More About Us
D.H. v. Estate of S.G. and G.G.
Client was struck head-on by a driver with bald tires driving on ice. Client suffered two shattered femurs and other significant injuries. Settled 3 weeks before trial, 2016.
G. v. V.
Client was struck from behind by another vehicle, causing her to fracture her back. She had fusion surgery. Liability and damages were disputed by the defendant’s insurance company. The case settled on the day of trial when the judge ruled in our favor on several key issues.
Estate of N. v. M.R.
Client and his wife were part of a bike tour from the top of a volcano in Hawaii. The client’s wife went off the edge of the road going down the volcano. She crashed and died. A claim was brought against the tour company. After substantial investigation and discovery, it was learned that the tour company was not licensed to run their business, and had other issues as well. The case settled just after we walked out of mediation, and we were walking down the street in Honolulu.
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You’ve already been through enough – now you have to think about legal matters and selecting a lawyer? At Knutson + Casey in Minneapolis, we make your choice easy. We have decades of experience practicing personal injury law, and are confident in our abilities. Our dedicated attorneys put people first – they sympathize with your case and want to help you fight for just and fair compensation. You’ll meet friendly, caring, and highly knowledgeable lawyers from your very first visit to our local law offices. If you cannot come to our office due to your injuries or other circumstances, we’ll gladly visit your home, hospital, or recovery center to discuss your claim.
Personal injury claims are civil cases that involve damage or harm to a person’s body or mind. Based in tort law, these claims range from intentional torts to unintentional torts that involve negligence and strict liability. It is import to note here that a personal injury claim is based on the fact that a party behaved negligently or had a duty to act responsibly in a given situation and failed to do so. Therefore, an injury claim can be broken down into four distinct parts: A person had a duty of care, such as warning people of hazards on a piece of property or driving responsibly, that duty was breached, either intentionally or negligently, and that breach of duty directly caused someone to suffer real and measurable harm. If these four criteria cannot be proven, then it will be almost impossible to receive damages. Accidents in which no party is at fault do happen, so it is important to understand the basics of a personal injury claim to know whether or not you have grounds to file a claim.
Damages in personal injury claims are generally split into two different categories: economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are easily quantifiable such as the repair or replacement of property, loss of present and future income, medical bills, or other expenses. Non-economic damages, however, are more subjective and include non-monetary loses like pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of companionship. A third type of damages, called punitive damages, can also be awarded for the purpose of punishment, but in the case of personal injury claims which involve civil wrongdoings, these are very rarely awarded unless there are gross examples of negligent behavior.
Personal injury claims can reach resolutions through either settlement negotiations or a formal trial. With a good attorney, you can settle most claims without ever having to go to court and still receive fair compensation for damages. If you do need to go to trial, however, the aggressive litigators at Knutson+Casey are prepared to present your case in front of a judge and jury. We aren’t afraid to stand up against major insurance companies, government agencies, and other parties in pursuit of financial compensation for our clients.
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