If you are involved in a car accident in or around Becker, Minnesota, you may experience severe and permanent injuries. You may have significant medical costs and ongoing therapy that prevents you from returning to work, resulting in lost wages. The impact of car accidents on Becker families can be extensive and devastating.
If you have been involved in a car accident, we recommend that you contact our attorneys at Nelson Personal Injury, LLC. We have handled thousands of car accident claims and helped them recover millions of dollars in damages. We can provide the same aggressive, compassionate representation for you.
If you were involved in an accident caused by another driver, contact our legal office to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. We can discuss your claim and help you create a plan to recover the compensation you are entitled to. We never require upfront payment for our legal services, and only charge a fee if we get a recovery for you.
Determining if You Have the Right to File a Legal Claim
Medical expenses and wage loss after car accidents are often handled by filing an insurance claim. In the state of Minnesota, you have the right to file a claim against your no-fault or PIP (personal injury protection) portion of your own insurance policy. This is possible regardless of who was at fault for the incident.
Another potential claim that you can bring is called a personal injury claim, which is brought against any at fault party and their insurance company. However, you can only bring a personal injury claim against the at fault driver and their insurance company after a Becker car accident if it resulted in one of the following things:
- At least $4,000 in medical costs;
- A death;
- A permanent scar or disfigurement;
- A permanent injury; or
- A disability that lasts 60 days.
If you attempt to pursue an insurance claim without the help of our legal team, you may find it a frustrating and overwhelming process. Not only is it time-consuming, but insurance companies are not working in your best interest – even your own insurance provider.
Usually, the insurance adjuster assigned to your case will take time to “get to know you” and try to get you to answer questions. However, you should avoid talking to the at fault party’s insurance company since they will try to gather information that they can then use to reduce or deny your claim. With an attorney on your side, you have someone to handle the insurance company on your behalf. This also helps ensure you do not say something that may be used against you.
When you file a lawsuit against the at fault driver, it is your responsibility (with the help of your attorney) to show two things: (1) that the accident occurred because of the other driver’s negligence; and (2) that you sustained damages.
The four elements of negligence that you must prove when pursuing compensation include the following:
- A duty of care existed. Attorneys are required to show the at-fault driver was responsible for taking reasonable steps to help prevent you from being injured.
- The duty of care was breached. It is necessary to show that the at-fault party failed to adhere to their duty of care.
- There is a link between the breach and your injuries. You must prove that there exists a causal link between the other party’s negligence and your damages.
- Damages occurred. It is necessary to show that your injuries in the accident resulted in damages, like medical bills, wage loss, and pain and suffering.
Minnesota follows a comparative fault law. Under this law, injury victims have the right to pursue a lawsuit against anyone who was found to be more at fault for the incident than they were themself. If someone is found to be less at fault than you, then you do not have the right to pursue a claim for compensation.
Additionally, under this law, the compensation you receive will be reduced by your percentage of fault for the accident.
All accidents are unique, and have their own specific set of facts and circumstances. Because of this, having an experienced Becker car accident attorney representing your interests is recommended. We can review your case and determine if you have a case worth pursuing.
Determining the Value of Your Car Accident Case
The true value of your car accident case is dependent on multiple factors, which may include the following:
- The nature and extent of the accident;
- Whether it is clear someone else was at fault for causing the accident;
- The severity of your injuries;
- How much you have in medical expenses and wage loss;
- How the injuries have affected your life;
- The insurance coverages available; and
- The permanency of your injuries.
In most cases, the more severe and long-lasting your injuries are, the more your claim is worth.
Let Our Becker Car Accident Attorney Help with Your Claim
Car accident claims can be complex. If you want to ensure you get the maximum compensation possible for your injuries and damages, let Nelson Personal Injury help.
We offer free initial consultations and only collect a fee if your claim is successful and we obtain a recovery on your behalf.
You have nothing to lose by letting us look at the facts related to your case. With decades of experience representing car accident victims, we can help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.