Serious injuries from an accident often change the course of your life. You may not only find yourself with lifelong limitations related to your injuries, but with an ongoing struggle to deal with the financial challenges that may go along with your losses. If you have suffered injuries due to another party’s negligence, having a Minnesota personal injury attorney on your side can make a substantial difference in your ability to recover the compensation you may deserve.
Motaz & Sisk is here to help. We can assist you in navigating the often-complex challenges that come with a serious personal injury claim. Our clients have had to deal with motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, slip and fall accidents, premises liability claims, animal bites, the wrongful death of a loved one, and other serious incidents. We aim to help reduce the strain often associated with these incidents, and make it easier for our clients to recover the compensation they deserve.
What Qualifies as a Personal Injury?
A personal injury occurs when a person’s mind, body, or emotions are harmed by another individual, corporation, or establishment’s intentional or negligent actions. You may have grounds for a personal injury claim any time another entity’s negligence leads to serious injuries, damages, or challenges in your life.
Injuries sustained in these often severe accidents, from animal bites to motor vehicle accidents, can prove debilitating. Not only that, they often bring substantial unnecessary expenses to both the injured individual and their families. Personal injury attorneys can represent individuals in these often complex cases. A lawyer can help gather relevant information and evidence related to the claim, go over the losses you have faced and the compensation you may deserve, and help you recover the damages that can compensate you for those losses.
What Expenses Can be Covered in My Personal Injury Case?
Many of the costs that you face in recovering from your injury can be covered by your personal injury case. Your damages can range in variety, since each accident can result in different types of injuries. Medical malpractice, for example, may cause very different damages than a slip and fall accident, while premises liability claims may look very different from animal bites and their aftermath. Damages may include, but are not limited to:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Property damages
- Permanent or long-term loss of income
- Future pain, disability, and disfigurement
Discuss the limitations and challenges you have faced from your injury with an experienced lawyer to get a better idea of what specific losses might be covered by your claim.
Common Types of Personal Injury Cases
There are a variety of personal injury cases that commonly occur. Even if you do not see your unique accident type on this list, you may still receive high-quality legal representation as you move forward with your claim.
#1. Motor Vehicle Accidents
Inclement weather, distracted drivers, and crowded roads can all increase the risk of motor vehicle accidents across the United States. Not only are roads themselves dangerous, victims may also suffer motor vehicle accidents while utilizing public transportation, heading out on trails, and even on the water. The personal injury attorneys at Mottaz & Sisk will represent you to help you get the compensation you deserve from the liable driver, your insurance company, and any other entities that may share liability for the accident. Minnsota motor vehicle accidents may include:
- Trucks and vans
- Buses and other public transit
- All-terrain vehicles
#2. Wrongful Death
Losing a family member or loved one is always painful. When it occurs due to another party’s negligence, it can feel even more devastating and frustrating. At Mottaz & Sisk, our personal injury attorneys understand both the legal and emotional complexity that often goes along with wrongful death claims. We aim to help our clients collect evidence, negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company, and attain justice in court. Damages in a wrongful death claim help compensate the deceased’s family for the financial losses they may face after death, even if those damages cannot replace the loved one. Minnesota law allows the family members of victims of wrongful death to recover a number of damages, including:
- The deceased’s lost wages
- Any medical expenses faced by the deceased prior to death
- Loss of counsel, guidance, and aid
- A legal obligation to support the family
- Loss of advice, comfort, and companionship
- Funeral and burial expenses
- And others
#3. Medical Malpractice
Physicians and healthcare professionals, despite their duty to care for others and avoid potential harm, still have the capacity to make mistakes. However, these parties still hold the health of patients in their hands. If they fail in their duty of care, it can lead to substantial suffering or unnecessary medical expenses. When you or a loved one have suffered increased symptoms due to a care provider’s medical malpractice, fair compensation is vital. Medical malpractice in Minnesota can incorporate a number of errors or mistakes on the part of a medical practitioner, including:
- Post-surgical infections
- Medication errors
- Intentional neglect
- Inadequate staffing, training, or supervision in healthcare facilities
- Leaving surgical instruments behind in the body
- Providing the wrong treatment for the patient’s condition
#4. Slip and Fall
Both commercial and residential property owners need to carefully maintain their properties in order to keep them safe for visitors. Properties contain a number of potential hazards, such as wet or slippery floors, unsafe or crowded walkways, cracks, or snow and ice. All of these hazards can cause a slip and fall in the blink of an eye. If a visitor suffers an injury due to a property owner’s negligence or failure to maintain the environment, the property owner or their insurance company will be liable for the victim’s financial losses.
#5. Premises Liability
Not only are property owners expected to maintain walkways and flooring, but the rest of the property, too. Property owners include the owners of malls, hotels, churches, apartment complexes, retail establishments, restaurants, and many more. When working on a specific property, contractors need to take steps to protect any visitors on the property. Property owners may bear liability for premises liability incidents involving:
- Damaged or unpowered smoke detectors
- Blocked or chained fire exits
- Damaged stairs or handrails
- Falling items
- Poor lighting
- Dangerous work conditions
#6. Products Liability
Thousands of people across the United States suffer injury every year because of defective products, including those with poor design or manufacturing processes. Sometimes, those errors occur due to design problems. In other cases, they may result from defective parts or failure to properly test the product. Manufacturers may also fail to provide adequate warning labels, which can indicate proper use of a product or potential hazards. When product manufacturers fail in their duty of care, they may bear liability for any damages you may sustain.
#7. Animal Bites & Attacks
In many cases, animal bites can cause not only immediate pain and injury around the site of the attack, but also considerable ongoing challenges, including a high risk of infection or even rabies. Animal bites can also lead to immense psychological trauma, including a lifelong fear or phobia that may stick with the victim for a long time. Owners may be liable for medical costs and may also have to pay out compensation for the victim’s suffering following animal bites.
What to Expect From My Personal Injury Case?
Many people think that personal injury cases go to trial. You might imagine a dramatic court scene or a long, drawn-out process. In many cases, however, personal injury cases will settle outside of court. A personal injury attorney can provide vital representation that helps you learn about next steps, and ensures that you receive the support you need as trial approaches. Furthermore, a lawyer can help you learn more about what to expect as you settle your claim.
At Mottaz & Sisk, our personal injury attorneys are equipped with the knowledge and experience needed to help you learn more about the most effective way to settle your claim. Our lawyers can help represent you through the negotiation process. If negotiations fail to yield the results you need, a lawyer can help present your case in court with the essential evidence and arguments to help you manage the trial.
Why Choose Mottaz & Sisk
At Mottaz & Sisk, we are dedicated to service. We pursue each legal case diligently, working through complex cases to ensure a thorough investigation into the conditions that may have led to your accident. From slip and fall accidents and premises liability incidents to car accidents, we offer the support our clients need to maximize compensation. We offer free consultations and case reviews, and our attorneys do not charge any fee unless you receive compensation for your injuries.
Mottaz & Sisk: Minnesota’s Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys
Did you suffer serious injuries in an accident due to another party’s negligence? Contact us today to learn more about the services we can provide and how they may help your claim.