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How to Know If You’re Suitable for a Personal Injury Case

By August 24, 2021No Comments

Life is full of little moments and new experiences. Even though accidents or injuries are few and far between, coming up with a plan for when these events happen is a must. Whether you’re looking to take legal action or curious if your unique situation is eligible, it’s vital that you are aware of your rights in a personal injury case.

What Is a Personal Injury Case?

A personal injury lawsuit is a legal dispute that is pursued when someone is harmed in an accident where another person might be legally responsible. 

Damages from a personal injury can go beyond mental, physical, and emotional turmoil. Think about how much time and energy you spent healing; time off from work can lead to lost wages as well. 

All of these contributing factors can add to your pain and suffering, which is why it’s natural to seek compensation for the following in your personal injury case:

  • Any property damages
  • Lost wages
  • Travel expenses for appointments
  • Future pain or disability
  • Loss of income
  • Medical expenses

If you’re unsure of what to do or what you may be entitled to, it’s vital to work with our skilled personal injury attorneys. We’ll tirelessly work to help you get justice for even the most complex cases.

Types of Personal Injury Lawsuits

Sadly, accidents occur every day, and they can come with severe consequences. From hospital bills to hefty property repairs, insurance will only cover so much which is why it’s essential to understand the broad range of situations that a personal injury case covers. 

The examples below explain several circumstances where you might be able to seek a personal injury claim. However, just because you don’t see your unique situation doesn’t mean you can’t seek out assistance from the lawyers at Mottaz & Sisk.

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Did you know that every private residence and commercial property is responsible for keeping people safe while they are there? But, unfortunately, even with the safest precautions, incidents like slips, trips, and falls still occur. 

If they happen due to the property owner’s negligence, then that owner’s insurance is responsible for any injuries, medical bills, and treatment associated with the accident. Now, when injuries occur while at work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation.

Premise Liability

While businesses and homeowners are responsible for slips and falls, they are also responsible for other safety concerns on their property. Examples of premise liability include:

  • Low lighting
  • Falling debris
  • Faulty fire alarms
  • Broken smoke or carbon monoxide detectors
  • Blocked fire exits
  • Dangerous working conditions
  • Unsafe stairwells

If you or a loved one experienced an injury on site due to a property owner’s negligence for safety and maintenance, you might be eligible for compensation.

Animal Attacks

Even the most well-behaved pet is still an animal at the end of the day. As such, there are moments when an animal will lash out and bite without any warning or provocation. 

These moments can especially be jarring because the consequences could be severe. People attacked by animals experience physical pain as well as psychological trauma. This is why it’s so important to train your animals, know their triggers, and alert all individuals of their behavior. Even still, incidents may occur.

In these moments, pet owners are responsible for their animal’s behavior. This includes medical bills, emotional suffering, and any other expenses.

Ineffective Product Liability

Sadly, poorly designed and defective products injure thousands every year. So, whether you sustain a burn or serious electrical shock injury from a defective item, let the personal injury attorneys from Mottaz & Sisk guide you through the process. 

We can help you discern who is liable and how to obtain compensation. Types of product liability cases include, but are not limited to:

  • No warning labels
  • Defective parts
  • Insufficient product testing
  • Problems with manufacturing design

Medical Malpractice

Healthcare professionals spend years training in their relevant fields, but mistakes can still be made. Since they are usually treating serious issues, the consequences for their mistakes can be even more severe. 

Medical malpractice can result from these situations and lead to prolonged suffering and unnecessary medical expenses. Therefore, you deserve just compensation if you or a loved one has suffered because of medical malpractice. 

See some common examples of medical malpractice below:

  • Neglect
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Wrong treatment
  • Post-surgical infections
  • Incorrect prescription medication
  • Inadequate training, staffing, or supervision
  • Post-surgical remaining items

Wrongful Death

Losing a loved one in any capacity is always painful and emotionally charged, and these feelings can be intensified when your loved one’s death is due to someone else’s negligence. 

Wrongful death cases can be incredibly complex and the last thing you want to deal with at the moment. For this reason, our team of personal injury attorneys at Mottaz & Sisk will help you fight for fair compensation, and justice for your lost loved one.

According to Minnesota law, there are several damages that can be recovered in wrongful death cases, such as:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Legal obligation to support the family
  • Loss of companionship

Motor Vehicle Accidents

One of the most common personal injury cases revolves around motor vehicle accidents. Whether there was extreme weather, a distracted driver, or anything in between, these incidents happen so frequently throughout the United States that specific laws were created just for these occurrences.

You may be surprised to learn that the term motor vehicle accident covers a range of vehicles and scenarios, including:

  • Cars and trucks
  • Vans
  • Motorcycles
  • Boats
  • Public transit and buses
  • All-terrain vehicles

When it comes to motor vehicles accidents, it’s important to note that Minnesota is a “no-fault” state. That means that regardless of whose fault it was, each driver’s insurance will need to cover their own medical expenses. For this reason, Minnesota drivers need to have personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. Let’s take a more in-depth look at other Minnesota state-specific limitations regarding your personal injury claim.

Minnesota Statute of Limitations

Each state has its own personal injury laws that determine when you can file an insurance claim and under what conditions. For example, if you wish to file a personal injury claim in Minnesota, you have two years from the date of injury to do so. That specific time limit is protected by one of the many laws related to these types of cases. 

When it comes to filing in Minnesota, you’ll also need to consider several other important factors, like:

  • Time constraints 
  • Shared-fault rules
  • “No-fault” auto insurance
  • Animal attack liability 
  • Government liability claims

Contact the Experienced Mottaz & Sisk Personal Injury Attorneys

You shouldn’t have to suffer the financial, physical, emotional, or psychological consequences of another’s actions without just compensation. If you or a loved one was injured due to another’s negligent actions, you might be eligible to make a personal injury claim against them.  

Thankfully, the team at Mottaz & Sisk is here to help. With our winning record and distinguished reputation, we strive to provide each client with the skillset and advocacy needed to navigate the complexities of personal injury claims.

You don’t have to deal with these disputes on your own. Contact our caring team today to get a free consultation and personal injury case review

Jerry Sisk

Jerry Sisk

Jerry is a Minnesota workers' compensation attorney and work injury lawyer. He a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Minnesota Association of Justice, and Anoka County Bar Association. He has 10/10 on Avvo, 5 Stars on Google, AV Rated through Martindale-Hubbell and National Trial Lawyers Top 100. Currently, he is Co-Chair of the Work Comp Section of the Minnesota Association of Justice.