St. Paul Car Accident Lawyers
Pursue Action Against the At-Fault Driver
Injuries sustained in a car accident can result in pain and suffering, high medical bills, and missed work. Because car accidents are unexpected, being left in this situation could cause a financial strain. This may lead to a great deal of frustration, especially when the crash happened due to someone else's recklessness or negligence. However, you don't have to passively endure the financial stresses resulting from your collision. If your situation meets certain criteria, you can take legal action and hold the responsible party liable for damages you suffered.
The process for seeking just compensation can be complicated. It requires having a thorough understanding of Minnesota's laws, ensuring you provide sound support for your claim, and submitting all necessary documents timely. At Rogosheske, Rogosheske & Atkins, PLLC, our St. Paul car accident lawyers can provide the compassionate and skilled legal guidance you need to navigate your case. Our team has over 80 years of combined experience and a thorough understanding of the statutes concerning these matters. We can explain the process to you in clear terms and help you understand your rights for pursuing compensation for accident-related expenses and losses you suffered.
For legal help taking action against the at-fault driver, call us at (651) 413-9004 today.
The Process for Seeking Compensation After an Accident
Minnesota is a no-fault car insurance state. What that means is if you're involved in an accident, you must first file a claim with your insurance company to seek compensation for expenses.
That doesn’t mean you’re barred from making a claim or filing a lawsuit against the at-fault driver.
However, to do so, your case must meet certain criteria, including:
- Your total medical expenses exceeded $4,000; or
You suffered any of the following because of the accident:
- Permanent disfigurement
- Permanent injury
- Disability for 60 or more days
If your case meets the above thresholds and you are considering suing the at-fault driver, it's important to note that Minnesota has a 2-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims. Failing to meet this deadline may result in your case being dismissed. Speak with our St. Paul car accident attorneys for help determining your legal options for pursuing a lawsuit.
To seek just compensation, you must negotiate with the insurance company or you must convince a judge or jury that you're owed an award for damages. This part of the process can be daunting, especially if you don't have experience with these types of situations. At Rogosheske, Rogosheske & Atkins, PLLC, we are skilled at developing and presenting compelling arguments both inside and outside of court.
How Much Is My Car Accident Case Worth?
One of the questions we get most often about car accident cases is what amount of compensation can be expected. Unfortunately, that's not an easy question to answer, as various factors must be considered.
You must calculate the economic damages you sustained. These include expenses and losses you suffered that have actual dollar amounts attached to them, such as the cost for past and future medical treatment. You must also consider non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. These can be more difficult to calculate because there isn't a set figure for them.
You must also consider the fact that Minnesota is a comparative negligence state. This means that if you take your case to court, the judge or jury must determine whether you had any responsibility for the accident. If they determine you were partly at fault, the amount of your award is decreased by the proportion of your responsibility. For instance, if the judge or jury decides that you should receive $10,000 in compensation but also determines that you were 20% responsible, your award would be diminished by $2,000, leaving you with an $8,000 payout. Additionally, if you're found to be more than 50% responsible for the accident, you wouldn't be entitled to any compensation.
Helping Victims Effectively Handle Their Cases
When you hire us for your car accident case, our St. Paul attorneys will take care of all the details to work toward just compensation on your behalf. We'll review police reports, medical records, witness statements, and even conduct accident scene re-creation to build a solid legal strategy for you.
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