Coon Rapids Personal Injury Lawyer
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If you are involved in an accident in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, that causes an injury and occurs through no fault of your own, you may need a personal injury attorney.
A Coon Rapids personal injury lawyer seeks out financial compensation from at-fault parties. Your lawyer will learn about your personal injury claim. From here, the attorney makes a plan to ensure that you can pursue the maximum financial compensation from anyone responsible for your injury.
Milavetz Injury Law, P.A. is one of the leading personal injury law firms in Coon Rapids. Our attorneys have handled many personal injury cases in and around the Twin Cities. Regardless of the case, we ensure our personal injury clients get comprehensive legal support.
Let Milavetz Injury Law Represent You in Your Personal Injury Lawsuit
Our Coon Rapids personal injury attorneys have experience handling cases involving serious injuries and wrongful deaths resulting from the following:
Compensation in a Coon Rapids Verdict or Settlement
The compensation you receive in a Coon Rapids verdict or settlement varies.
You may be entitled to economic, non-economic, and punitive damages. Economic damages are objective and monetary. They include compensation from medical bills or lost wages. Comparatively, non-economic damages are subjective. They include compensation from pain or suffering or loss of companionship. Punitive damages are neither economic nor non-economic. They are awarded to deter reckless or negligent behaviors.
In Minnesota, you can file a personal injury lawsuit for economic, non-economic, and punitive damages. Initially, a claim can be filed only for economic or non-economic damages. To receive punitive damages, you must be able to show factual evidence to support your claim. You must also get a court’s permission to request punitive damages.
There is no cap on the compensation you can receive in a Minnesota personal injury case. But there are several personal injury case compensation rules that apply in Minnesota, including:
- There are no caps on pain and suffering (non-economic damages) in medical malpractice cases.
- In certain types of cases, no compensation is provided based on pain and suffering.
- You cannot receive compensation for pain and suffering in a workers’ compensation case.
- There are damage caps for municipalities.
There are no minimum thresholds and maximum amounts for pain and suffering in personal injury cases. If you want to pursue financial compensation in a personal injury case, our attorneys can help you determine an appropriate amount.
Auto Accident Compensation
Minnesota is a no-fault state. After a car accident, you can file a claim with your own insurer as part of your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage. This applies in all car accidents, regardless of who is at fault. Some of your medical treatment, lost wages, and replacement expenses will be covered.
In Minnesota, you must have basic economic loss benefits. These give you reimbursement for losses suffered through injury due to the maintenance or use of a motor vehicle. The benefits provide a minimum of $40,000.00 for losses relating to an injury.
You can recover economic losses against an at-fault party in a car accident that occurs due to someone else’s negligence. The economic losses must exceed $4,000 and cause an injury that results in permanent disfigurement, death, or an injury that lasts longer than 60 days.
There are five elements that must be present to prove negligence:
- Duty: The at-fault party owed a duty of care.
- Breach of Duty: The at-fault party failed to meet that duty.
- Cause in Fact: You must be able to show that you wouldn’t have suffered an injury if the at-fault party’s failure or breach did not occur.
- Proximate Cause: The at-fault party’s failure caused your injury.
- Damages: You have actually been injured and suffered some type of loss.
There is a comparative-fault rule in Minnesota. In cases where there is joint liability, compensation can be awarded based on the percentage of fault. For instance, if you are found 20% at fault, you will receive 80% of your initial claim amount.
Minnesota Statute of Limitations
There is a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Minnesota. You have two years from the date that an accident, injury, or death occurred or was discovered to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Minnesota’s statute of limitations extends to five years in cases where a plaintiff is a minor or considered legally disabled or insane.
The statute of limitations in Minnesota pauses if a defendant leaves the state. For example, if a defendant exits the state one month after a personal injury lawsuit is filed, the statute of limitations stops. The two-year period resumes once the defendant returns to the state.
In a medical malpractice case, there is a four-year statute of limitations. But the statute may be extended since a victim may not discover the injuries caused by an at-fault health care provider until after the four-year period has passed.
In property damage cases, there is a six-year statute of limitations.
Steps to Take if You’ve Been Injured in Coon Rapids
Here’s what you need to do if you’ve been injured in Coon Rapids.
Seek medical attention
Go to a doctor immediately. Here are some of the top hospitals and urgent care centers in the Coon Rapids area:
Take photos to capture visual evidence relating to your injury. Get the name and contact information of the at-fault party. If possible, request information from the at-fault party’s driver’s license and other relevant information.
File a police report
You can call 911 to request a police officer arrive on scene. The officer can collect information from you and anyone else involved and provide a police report. You can also fill out a form to submit a police report online. And you can request a copy of your report online.
Obtain legal representation
Hire a lawyer with extensive personal injury case experience. This attorney can help you put together a strong case against any at-fault parties.
How can the personal injury attorneys at Milavetz Injury Law, P.A. help you?
We are a Minnesota personal injury law firm that puts our clients first. To date, we have helped dozens of personal injury clients secure thousands or millions of dollars in compensation. And we can do the same for you. To learn more or request a free consultation, contact us today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our Coon Rapids office is located south of Highway 10 on Coon Rapids Boulevard NW.
A personal injury lawsuit can last from a few months to several years. Our personal injury attorneys work hard to help you win your lawsuit as quickly as possible.
Your personal injury may go to trial if you and the at-fault party cannot reach a resolution beforehand. But in many instances, an at-fault party will try to settle before the case goes to court.
Check out our list of case results where you can see that we’ve won cases involving car accidents, medical malpractice, and more.