DO I HAVE A CASE AGAINST THE DRIVER OF THE CAR THAT HIT ME?
If you have been injured in a car accident in Minnesota, you are automatically entitled to No-Fault benefits for your initial medical bills and lost wages. You can get this benefit regardless of who caused the accident. However, No-Fault Benefits after an auto accident are limited. They 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. This would include additional medical bills, lost income, your pain, disability, emotional distress, and other kinds of losses not covered by your no-fault benefits.
MN 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. More than $4,000 in non-diagnostic medical expenses; or
b. Have sustained a permanent injury; or
c. Have a permanent disfigurement; or
d. Were disabled for more than 60 days.
CAR ACCIDENT COMPENSATION FROM THE OTHER DRIVER’S INSURANCE
In most cases, you will not know if you meet one of the threshold requirements 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 prove who was at fault for the accident. We will document your injuries, medical expenses, and lost income for the case. The first weeks after an accident are very important for this reason. If you have been injured in an auto accident in Minnesota, call our office and speak with a lawyer to discuss your potential case. The initial consultation is always free, and we never charge anything unless you receive compensation.
Pam Rochlin and David Rochlin are Minnesota personal injury lawyers with more than 25 years of experience successfully handling hundreds of car accident injury cases. A top attorney 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.
A lawyer will meet with you to discuss your car accident injury case at our offices in Minneapolis MN, St. Louis Park, Woodbury, and Edina. Our attorneys also frequently meet with people to discuss their car accident and whether there is a case against the other driver 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.