DO I HAVE A CASE AGAINST THE DRIVER OF THE CAR THAT HIT ME?
When you are in a car accident in Minnesota, you are automatically entitled to No-Fault benefits for your medical bills and lost wages, regardless of who caused the accident. However, No-Fault Benefits after a car accident are limited and only provide partial compensation for your injuries. (See What Are No Fault Benefits.) Therefore, in certain circumstances (if the accident was not your fault), you may also be entitled to compensation from the insurance of the driver of the car that caused the accident for additional medical bills, lost income, your pain, disability, emotional distress, and other kinds of losses not covered by your no-fault benefits. Minnesota law allows you to bring a claim for these losses against or sue the other driver under certain circumstances:
1. You must be able to prove that the other driver’s fault is greater than your own.
2. You must meet one of the following threshold requirements to have a claim:
a. You have more than $4,000 in non-diagnostic medical expenses; or
b. You have sustained a permanent injury; or
c. You have a permanent disfigurement; or
d. You were disabled for more than 60 days.
In most cases, you will not know if you meet the threshold requirement until some time has passed. However, our MN car accident lawyers recommend that you contact an attorney early in your case so that an investigation can be done to determine who was at fault for the accident, and so that your injuries, medical expenses, and lost income can be properly documented. The first weeks after an accident are very important for this reason. You are welcome to call our office and speak with a lawyer anytime to discuss your potential case. The initial consultation is always free and we never charge anything unless you receive compensation.
If you have been injured in a car accident in MN, call our lawyers for a free consultation. Pam Rochlin and David Rochlin are Minnesota personal injury lawyers with more than 20 years of experience handling hundreds of car accident injury cases. We will discuss your case with you, answer your questions, and explain your rights. We are happy to meet with you at our office or your home for a free consultation. An attorney will meet with you to discuss your car accident injury case at our offices in Minneapolis MN, St. Louis Park, Woodbury, and Edina. Our lawyers also frequently meet with people to discuss their car accident cases at their homes in St. Paul MN, Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, Rogers, Brooklyn Park, Bloomington, Richfield, Apple Valley, Roseville, Maplewood, and other surrounding cities in Minnesota. There is no obligation on your part, and we never charge anything unless we obtain a recovery for you.