After a catastrophic injury, the law allows you to file a claim for financial compensation. If you believe that the accident that caused your injuries was due to another party’s negligent actions, you can receive a settlement that can cover all of the damages you sustained. Filing a claim in St. Paul is easy when you have a good lawyer by your side to help you.
The lawyers at ASK LLP have extensive experience in handling catastrophic injury cases. If you need assistance in getting started with filing for your claim, call us today. We offer a free case review at no risk to you. You can reach us at (651) 406-9665.
What Injuries Qualify as Catastrophic Injuries?
Under U.S. Code Chapter 42 §3769b, catastrophic injuries are any injuries that prevent you from doing any gainful work permanently. Generally, the types of injuries that cause this are:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe broken bones and fractures
- Internal injuries to any of the major organs
Technically, any injury, if severe enough, can qualify as a catastrophic injury. Our lawyers will review your medical records and see if your injuries warrant this classification. If they do, we will help you hold the at-fault party responsible through the fullest extent of the law.
For a free legal consultation with a catastrophic injury lawyer serving St. Paul, call 877-746-4275
How Can I Hold the At-Fault Party Responsible?
In order to get compensation either through negotiation or through trial, you need to have strong evidence supporting your claim. The evidence that you collect and retain can help establish that the at-fault party failed to owe you a duty of care. Some ways you can establish negligence include:
- Testimonies from witnesses who saw your accident take place.
- Any police reports and official documentation of the accident.
- Medical records that support that your injuries were caused by another person.
- Any photographs taken after the accident.
Our lawyers will also seek the aid of various experts to help back your claim. We have medical experts, accident reconstruction experts, and more to consult on our client’s cases and help us prove that your injuries were due to negligence.
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Comparative Fault Laws in Minnesota
Comparative fault refers to how much both you and the at-fault party are responsible for the accident that led to your injuries. As outlined by the Official Code of Minnesota Annotated (OCMA) §604.01, you cannot be more than 50% responsible for your accident. If you are, then you cannot file for compensation. You can only file if the percentage you are responsible for is less than 50%, but your settlement will get deducted by that percentage.
Do not find yourself in a position where you get blamed for your own accident. The attorneys at Ask LLP will help you prevent the at-fault party or the insurance company from putting most of the blame on you.
What Damages Can I Get Compensated For?
There are two main types of damages you can receive compensation for, with an additional sub-type reserved only for special circumstances.
These damages have a fixed value and include:
- Medical expenses
- Vehicle repairs
- Property damages
- Lost wages
Economic damages are easy to calculate so long as you keep track of all the expenses you incur. Never throw away any receipts and keep all financial records regarding your accident safe. Our lawyers will use them to determine your settlement amount.
The opposite of economic damages, non-economic damages do not have a fixed value. This type usually reflects damages such as:
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish and emotional trauma
Our attorneys will review all details and accurately assess the value of your non-economic damages. We will not neglect to add them into the total of your settlement.
Catastrophic injuries are usually caused by equally catastrophic accidents. When severe accidents happen, the at-fault party can get levied a punishment in the form of punitive damages. You can only qualify for this type of damage if the person or parties responsible for your accident:
- Caused the accident through extremely negligent or egregious behavior.
- Caused the accident with malice or intent.
- Caused your accident through fraudulent pretenses.
Not all cases qualify, and punitive damages are primarily up to the discretion of the court. If we feel your case qualifies, we will help you pursue additional compensation through these means.
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Let Us Handle the Insurance Companies for You
After your accident, the insurance company of the defense will try to contact you. Before you agree to anything, sign any documents, or discuss any facts about your accident, always consult with a lawyer first. Anything you do or say can get twisted by the insurance company, so they do not have to pay you compensation.
Insurance companies do not have your best interest at heart. They are trying to get you to admit fault for your own accident or accept a low offer in exchange for quick monetary gratification. Investing in proper legal representation will help you get a good settlement that will properly address all of the damages you have suffered.
Act Now and Call Us Today
You only have two years to file a claim. There is no time to waste. Let us help you get started on your claim and get you compensation. You can trust in our over four decades of experience to help you win your case. For a free case review, call us today at (651) 406-9665.