CAR ACCIDENT INJURY PAIN AND SUFFERING COMPENSATION – HOW TO GET IT
If you have been injured in a car accident that was not your fault, you have the right to auto insurance compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our car crash lawyers are frequently asked how to get pain and suffering compensation from a car accident and how the amount is determined.
The first thing to know is that every car in Minnesota is required to have insurance that includes PIP No Fault coverage. This insurance pays for medical bills and lost wages of anyone injured in a car accident regardless of who caused the crash. However, to be entitled to any additional compensation from an auto accident, including pain and suffering, the injured person must first meet a “threshold.” The threshold requirement to be qualified for pain and suffering compensation after a car accident is either $4,000 in non-diagnostic medical bills, or a 60 day disability, or a permanent injury. In some serious car accident cases the threshold is met immediately after the crash because the injured person requires hospitalization and surgery, is burned, etc. However, in other cases the extent of the injury is not known immediately after the crash and there is a period of time for diagnosis and treatment before a pain and suffering threshold is met. In addition, in those less obvious cases, the car insurance company will often dispute that the injury was really caused by the crash and try to deny compensation on that basis. This is something our MN car accident lawyers deal with every day.
The bottom line is that pain and suffering compensation for a car accident injury depends on the seriousness of the injury, the medical treatment, the extent of disruption to the life of the injured person, the prognosis for future symptoms and treatment, and other factors. For more information about car crash cases in MN, click here for the State Patrol website.
If you have been injured in a car accident in Minnesota and have questions about pain and suffering compensation, you are welcome to call us and speak with a lawyer for a free consultation. Pam Rochlin and David Rochlin have 25 years’ experience representing hundreds of people injury in car accidents throughout MN. Our primary focus is to get justice for our clients and make sure they get the compensation they need and are entitled to.