Forest Lake Personal Injury Lawyer
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You can hire a Forest Lake personal injury lawyer if you suffer an injury due to someone else’s negligence. In this instance, your attorney can help you pursue financial compensation from an at-fault party and do everything possible to help you win your case.
Milavetz Injury Law, P.A. has expert personal injury lawyers on staff who live and work in and around the Twin Cities. Our attorneys can learn about your injury, how it occurred, and how it has impacted your everyday life. From here, we can help you build a case against the person responsible for your injury.
We Are Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys
Our attorneys have experience with serious injuries and wrongful deaths resulting from the following:
Our Forest Lake Office
Our address is:
719 W Broadway Ave
Forest Lake, MN 55025
You can easily reach our office from Forest Boulevard North or Monarch Highway. And if you have any concerns or questions as you travel to our office, call us at (651) 464-2663.
What To Do if You’re Injured in Forest Lake, Minnesota
Our personal injury attorneys can help you pursue financial compensation if you are injured in Forest Lake. But it is important to know what to do if you are involved in a car accident or any other incident that causes an injury.
Here are steps to follow if you’re injured in Forest Lake.
Seek medical attention
Call 911 for emergency medical care. You can also visit one of the leading hospitals or urgent care centers in the Forest Lake area. These include:
Do not wait to seek medical attention. And when you receive medical care, track and organize all documentation relating to your injury.
Gather evidence, documentation, and contact information
Use your smartphone to capture photos at the scene. You can take pictures of any bruising, swelling, or other injuries you experience. Also, you can capture photos of any property or vehicle damage caused by the at-fault party.
Collect as much information from the at-fault party as you can. Request the other party’s name, address, phone number, and other contact information. In addition, get a copy of this individual’s insurance information and driver’s license.
Continue to gather evidence as you receive medical bills following your injury. Organize all documentation relating to your claim, as this information can help you present your argument to a judge or jury.
File a police report
In Minnesota, a police report must be filed in car accidents if a driver in a crash causes $1,000 or more in property damage or an injury or death occurs.
If you call 911, a police officer will arrive on scene. The officer will collect information from you and others involved in the incident. Next, the officer will create a police report and share it with you.
You can also file a police report after your accident. To do so, you will need to contact the Forest Lake Police Department.
If you want to request a copy of a police report, you can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. With your request, you’ll need to include the date and time of the incident, details about the parties involved, and the address where it occurred.
Obtain legal representation
Get in touch with a personal injury attorney. Then, your attorney can review your legal claim and help you put together a case for financial compensation from anyone at fault for your injuries.
Our team encourages you to reach out immediately following any incident that causes a personal injury. This ensures our personal injury attorneys can get started on building your case right away.
What type of compensation am I entitled to?
You may be entitled to economic (monetary and objective) and non-economic (monetary and subjective) damages. There are also instances in which you may receive punitive damages.
Punitive damages are not considered economic or non-economic. They are awarded to deter reckless or negligent behaviors.
To qualify for punitive damages, you must first submit a legal claim for economic and non-economic compensation. If you believe you are entitled to punitive damages, a court must approve your request.
Caps on compensation in Minnesota personal injury cases
There are no caps on pain and suffering (non-economic damages) in medical malpractice cases in Minnesota. Conversely, you may be ineligible to receive damages for pain and suffering in certain personal injury and wrongful death cases.
Also, there is no compensation for pain and suffering in workers’ compensation cases.
Comparatively, there are no minimum thresholds and maximum amounts for compensation for pain and suffering in personal injury cases.
There are damage caps for compensation against municipalities. Compensation will generally not exceed $500,000 for any individual personal injury claim or $1.5 million for all claims arising from the same incident.
Compensation for auto accidents
Minnesota drivers must have no-fault auto insurance. This coverage protects you in the event that you are injured in a car accident, regardless of who is responsible for it.
As a Minnesota driver, you are entitled to basic economic loss benefits. Therefore, you can receive up to $40,000 for medical and income losses resulting from your car accident.
Certain requirements must be met before you can file a legal claim against an at-fault party in a car accident. You have the right to pursue compensation if an at-fault party caused more than $4,000 in damages and their negligence resulted in permanent disfigurement or injury, death, or a disability that lasted more than 60 days.
What evidence do I need to prove liability?
You must be able to show that an at-fault party:
- Owed you a duty of care
- Failed to meet that duty
- Caused you to suffer an injury due to their breach of care
- Caused you some type of loss
Minnesota Laws Governing Personal Injury Cases
The comparative fault rule applies in Minnesota. This means you may be held partially responsible for any incident that results in your injury. And you may share responsibility for the injury, which can affect your ability to secure compensation.
For example, a judge or jury may find you are 15% responsible for a car accident that causes your personal injury. In this scenario, you will receive 85% of the amount you requested in your legal claim against an at-fault party.
In Minnesota, there is generally a six-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims. This statute may vary for people under the age of 18.
The statute of limitations is generally four years from the date of injury or cessation of treatment in medical malpractice cases. However, there may be times when an injury caused by someone else goes undiagnosed or untreated for many years. In these instances, the statute of limitations can be further extended.
If an at-fault party leaves Minnesota, the statute of limitations pauses, and it resumes when the party returns to the state.
Our Experience and Case Results
We are personal injury lawyers you can trust. Our attorneys have many years of personal injury case experience. And we commit our undivided attention to helping you secure the maximum compensation amount.
To date, we have helped our clients receive millions of dollars in personal injury case compensation. Our clients frequently rave about our legal services, and we’re here to help you in any way we can.
We are available to discuss your personal injury claim. Contact us today for more information or to request a free consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
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