This is the first post in a series that will discuss the rights of Minnesota residents who have been the victims of a personal injury caused by someone else. It is important that people understand their rights in such a situation. Unfortunately, many people are unsure what to expect from the process or how to proceed. The goal of our upcoming articles is to provide information to help people understand the legal process. We hope this information will help people make an informed decision when they select a personal injury attorney. If you have been injured by another’s negligence, contact our office today to speak with a lawyer. We service Rochester, Owatonna, and the state’s southeast area.
We will address several topics in our upcoming articles. Issues we will analyze include:
- Why you should immediately go to a doctor after an injury
- Comparative fault in Minnesota accident cases
- Understanding Minnesota’s statute of limitations
- Dealing with insurance companies after an accident
- The stages of a Minnesota personal injury case
- Selecting an attorney to assist you
There are several reasons why Minnesota residents need to understand these issues. First, failing to immediately seek medical treatment can result in a defendant claiming that the victim was not injured in the accident at issue, but at some other time. A second consideration is that under comparative fault laws, a victim may recover damages for injuries even if he or she was partially to blame for the accident.* Third, if a victim fails to take legal action and misses a statute of limitations he or she will be barred from recovering damages for the accident. Understanding what to expect from the legal process ensures that things go as smoothly as possible. Last, it is important to recognize that not all attorneys are the same. Selecting the right counsel can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case.
We cannot stress enough the importance of contacting a personal injury law firm as soon as possible after an accident, before you make a move or take an action that could harm or jeopardize your claim. Whether you are in a car wreck or a trucking accident or have suffered an injury due to some other type of incident, waiting to seek the advice of counsel means wasting time that should be spent contacting insurance companies, collecting evidence, and taking other critical actions to preserve your rights and protect the integrity of your claim. Our Rochester injury lawyers have recovered more than $125 million on behalf of our clients and we stand ready to assist you. Contact us today.
We also serve the following southeast Minnesota cities: Red Wing, Winona, Mankato, Austin, Albert Lea, and Owatonna, as well as the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, and Bloomington. We also serve the Iowa cities of Mason City, Charles City, Osage, Spencer, Garner, Forest City, and Northwood and the Wisconsin cities of La Crosse, Onalaska, Sparta, Viroqua, River Falls, Ellsworth, Whitehall, and Black River Falls.
*A note about language:
Federal agencies involved in traffic safety have banned use of the word “accident” for more than 20 years, and with good reason. However, we use the word “accident” on our website, even though we know it has implications that run contrary to our professional thinking and training, because we recognize that “accident” is the word most commonly used in online searches when people are looking for help after being injured in a crash. If you’d like more information about this topic, please see our blog, “Car Accident or Car Crash?”