Types of Car Accidents You Must Seek an Attorney For
One of the most common questions people have after a car accident is – Do I need an attorney for this? There is no way to answer that question definitively, but it would not hurt to have an attorney offer a free consultation of your case. An experienced Minnesota car accident attorney will be able to tell you whether you have a case and how much compensation you could be entitled to.
Most of us will be involved in a car accident at some point in our driving careers. During the latest reporting year in Minnesota, the state DOT says that there were 79,215 total crashes. Out of those, there were 381 fatalities and 27,877 injuries reported.
Why you may need an attorney
Minnesota is considered a “no-fault” accident state. This has advantages and disadvantages. A benefit to a no-fault insurance system is that you do not need to determine fault in an accident before pursuing personal injury damages. However, the no-fault system places strict and fairly low limits on how much money a person can recover in an accident.
If a person wants to pursue compensatory damages above what is covered by insurance, the following conditions must be met:
- There was more than $4,000 in medical expenses
- Permanent injury as a result of the crash
- Scarring or disfigurement due to the crash
- 60 days of disability after the crash
Some of the most common injuries that the car accident attorneys at Knutson + Casey help clients with include:
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Dismemberment or amputation
- Other injuries that inhibit a person’s daily activities
- Significant disfigurement
Many people think that their claim should be straightforward, especially if they have suffered a serious injury and the other driver was clearly at fault. However, these cases are rarely straightforward. Insurance companies are “for-profit,” meaning they will do whatever they can to lower the amount of money you receive in a settlement. If you go at this alone, you could face aggressive insurance claims adjusters who offer a low settlement – or even no settlement at all.
Your attorney will work to investigate every aspect of your claim. They will have the resources necessary to obtain all evidence from the scene of the crash, analyze your medical records, and fully evaluate the extent of your injuries.
Your attorney will also be involved in negotiations with the insurance carrier and will not back down until a fair offer is made. If the insurance carrier or at-fault driver’s legal team does not offer a fair amount, your attorney will prepare your case for trial.
What kind of compensation are you entitled to?
In the event that you are entitled to file a personal injury claim after a Minnesota car accident, an attorney can help you recover various types of compensation. This can include the following:
- Accident-related medical expenses including emergency room visits, ambulance services, examination, surgery, and treatment.
- Recurring medical expenses including medication, physical therapy, and medical equipment
- Cost of therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost wages
- Mental anguish
- Diminished capacity to earn, if the injury causes permanent damage
- Personal property
This compensation is designed to help you recover and get back on your feet after a crash.
Contact Knutson + Casey Today
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury from a car accident in Minnesota, contact our office today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. We have decades of experience winning fair settlements for our clients and can help you on the road to your recovery. Visit our contact page to learn more.