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St. Paul
Personal Injury Lawyer

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The National Safety Council estimated that 200,955 people died in 2020 in the United States because of preventable injuries, and 55.4 million more were injured. The St. Paul, Minnesota, personal injury lawyers at Milavetz Law help individuals in the Twin Cities hold those accountable who negligently cause injuries.

Types of Personal Injury Cases in St. Paul

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, accidental injuries are the third leading cause of death in Minnesota, accounting for six percent of deaths statewide. At Milavetz Law, we handle nearly every type of personal injury claim, including the following:

Traffic Accidents

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s statistics reveal that there were 461 fatal crashes in 2021, resulting in 500 deaths. The most common causative factors were speeding, drunk driving, and distracted driving. These fatalities include 67 motorcyclists, 57 pedestrians, and 9 bicyclists.

The Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported eight pedestrian deaths in St. Paul in 2021, and police issued 2,882 speeding tickets in 2021. This is down from 11,025 in 2017. After the civil unrest precipitated by the police killing of George Floyd, police have shifted from traffic enforcement to answering 911 calls. This may result in more accidents, as drivers perceive they are less likely to be cited for speeding.

Premises Liability

Property owners are liable when they fail to prevent or remedy hazardous conditions that cause injuries. Outdoor areas can be especially hazardous during St. Paul’s notoriously cold and icy winter season when slips and falls are common. Property owners have a duty to ensure public areas are not icy. Premises liability cases we handle also include dog bites and inadequate security.

Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice occurs when health-care providers fail to provide a reasonable standard of care. The Minnesota Department of Health’s latest annual report shows that 366 adverse events were reported in Minnesota hospitals in 2019, including the following:

  • Pressure ulcers (bedsores)
  • Falls
  • Retained objects
  • Loss of biological specimens
  • Incorrect procedures
  • Wrong-site surgeries
  • Device malfunctions
  • Medication errors
  • Self-harm
  • Criminal events
  • Birth injuries
  • Inaccurate test results
  • Air embolisms
  • Burns

The Department of Health also reported that Regions Hospital in St. Paul had a total of 16 adverse events in the 2020 fiscal year, including:

  • Surgical errors
  • Medication errors
  • Late-stage bedsores

Product Liability

Product liability cases include products such as food, chemicals, tools, medical devices, and drugs that do not function as intended due to one or more of the following deficiencies:

  • Lack of adequate warnings or instructions
  • Defective product design
  • Manufacturing defects

Workers Compensation

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Minnesota private-industry employees experienced 66,900 nonfatal workplace illnesses and injuries in 2020. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system that provides partial wage replacement and medical treatment to eligible employees who are injured or made ill due to their employment.

Wrongful Death

When family members are tragically taken due to negligence, the compassionate attorneys at Milavetz Law can help your family hold the negligent parties accountable and collect compensation to ease the resulting financial stress.

Steps to Take After an Injury in St. Paul

When you are injured, seek medical attention immediately. In addition, the following steps can help protect your personal injury case:

1

Document the Accident

Take pictures and a detailed written account of what happened.

2

Gather Contact Information

While on the scene, start gathering information from the other people involved as well as any witnesses.

3

Exchange Insurance Information

After being injured, it’s important for you to get insurance companies involved. Exchange the names and phone numbers of each other’s insurance companies.

4

Retain Medical Records and Bills

After being seen by a medical professional, be sure to collect all medical records, receipts, and bills that you receive.

5

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney

Get a personal injury attorney involved as soon as possible. The skilled attorneys here at Milavetz Injury Law can help guide you through the process and put your mind at ease.

Trauma Centers in St. Paul

St. Paul is home to the following trauma centers:

Who is liable for my injuries?

Determining liability is not always straightforward. In some cases, more than one party is liable. Parties that may be liable include the following:

  • Vehicle accidents
    • Drivers
    • Vehicle owners
    • Insurance companies
    • Vehicle or parts manufacturers
    • Auto mechanics
    • Municipalities

  • Medical malpractice
    • Doctors
    • Nurses
    • Hospitals
    • Nursing homes
    • Pharmacists
    • Therapists

What if I am partly at fault?

Under Minnesota’s comparative fault law, you can recover compensation for your injuries as long as you are not more than 50 percent at fault, but your compensation will be adjusted proportionately.

How much is my personal injury case worth?

The value of a case is determined by the severity and long-term impact of your injuries, your share of fault, and the available resources from which to collect. Examples of damages you could recover include the following:

  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Burial expenses
  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of companionship
  • Punitive damages

The State of Minnesota does not limit the amount of compensation you can recover.

How much time do I have to file a personal injury claim in Minnesota?

Most personal injury claims must be filed within six years from the date of injury. Medical malpractice claims generally need to be filed within 4 years of the date of the alleged malpractice. Minnesota does not have a discovery rule.

When should I contact a personal injury lawyer?

It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after an injury has occurred. Early access ensures your attorney can obtain important evidence before it degrades or disappears. 

Personal injury cases require the gathering of medical records, forensic analyses, interviews of expert witnesses, and depositions of witnesses to the accident. Your attorney will need adequate time to complete these processes ahead of the statute of limitations.

How much does a personal injury attorney cost?

Our law firm offers a contingency fee agreement wherein you pay nothing until we recover compensation for you.

How can a St. Paul personal injury attorney help me?

Your compensation will most likely come from an insurance company. Insurance companies have financial resources that enable them to hire expensive lawyers who are paid to help them escape liability. They make their living by taking advantage of injured victims who do not have knowledge of the law or the resources to fight. 

Our personal injury attorneys at Milavetz Law can manage these details for you while you focus on your recovery. Our law firm is well-known and respected among insurance companies, who already know their tactics are ineffective against our experienced legal team.

Why Milavetz Injury Law is the Premier Law Firm in St. Paul

Established in 1963, Milavetz Law has spent the last 59 years building a successful track record standing up to large companies on behalf of everyday people. Our law firm is recognized on both a state and national level for the excellent results we achieve for our clients, such as the following:

$15.5 M

$15.5 million structured payout for an heir after a trucking accident

$2 M

$2 million in settlements for the defective drug Vioxx

$400 K

$400,000 for an 80-year-old woman injured in a car accident

Below are a few testimonials from some of our clients:

If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve to be compensated. Contact Milavetz Injury Law, P.A. today for a free consultation.

How do I get to the St. Paul office?

We are located at 275 East 4th Street, Suite 458, just west of Lafayette Fwy.

From the East

Take I-94 west to exit 243 and then to Kellogg Blvd. Follow that until you get to East 4th St.

From the West

Follow I-394 east and I-94 east. Exit at 242C and take Wacouta St. to East 4th St.

From the South

Take US-52 north to E Lafayette Frontage Rd. Exit at Plato Blvd. Take Plato Blvd. to Robert St. Then take Kellog Blvd. to Wall St. until you get to East 4th St.

From the North

Head south on I-35E and take exit 107A to Wacouta St. Follow that to East 4th St.