Why People Are Allowed to Sue For Accident Injuries In Minnesota


Our personal injury lawyers are sometimes asked why Minnesota law provides money compensation to people who have been injured in an accident. The basic answer is that allowing lawsuits for injury compensation when one person is accidentally injured by another promotes civil justice and a peaceful society. When you know you can hire an accident injury attorney and sue the person responsible, you are less likely to take matters into your own hands, seek personal justice or revenge.

The right to sue for an injury caused by another person in Minnesota is part of the MN Constitution.  This was adopted we became a state on May 11, 1858. Article 1, section 8 of the Minnesota Constitution provides that every person is entitled to a certain remedy in the law for all injuries or wrongs.


The right to sue for compensation for an injury caused by negligence is also part of the common law. It goes back to laws established in England long before the United States was formed, and was adopted by the United States in the late 1700s. In every democracy in the world, there is a legal system that allows someone who is injured in an accident caused by another person’s negligence to sue or petition for compensation.

Injury Compensation Justice
Injury Compensation Justice

Suing for compensation after being injured in an accident actually falls under the category of “tort” law. A tort is a civil wrong or breach of a legal duty that does not arise because of a contract. Therefore, personal injury lawyers, or accident injury attorneys, are just attorneys who focus primarily on tort law. This includes many types of accident injuries such as car accidents, slip and fall accidents, defective product injuries, dog bites, snowmobile or boat accidents, and the many other activities where one person not paying proper attention could negligently injure another person. 


Fortunately, most people purchase insurance that will pay compensation to anyone they have accidentally injured, and the insurance will also defend against a lawsuit. The insurance basically will step in to the shoes of the person who caused the accident and pay any required compensation to the injured person.   When the insurance company takes the claim, they can deny their insured was at fault or argue that the injured person’s injuries are not that bad.  That is why most of the cases our MN attorneys handle are against an insurance company.

At our law firm, much of the work of our personal injury lawyers focuses on helping people get fair and complete compensation for their injuries caused by another person’s negligence in a MN accident. To discuss your case in more detail, please call us and speak with a lawyer for a free consultation.