Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injuries
When you’re facing the physical and emotional turmoil of an unexpected injury, dealing with the legal questions can seem overwhelming. At Milavetz, Gallop & Milavetz, P.A., our goal is to help you with the legal issues so you can focus on moving forward.
Below you will find some common questions we hear from clients. However, every case is different. Contact our firm for a FREE consultation to discuss specifics.
How Do I Know If I Have A Personal Injury Claim?
If you’ve suffered an accident or injury that involved someone else’s negligence, you should consider pursuing a claim. Negligence means any action or omission that violates a reasonable standard of care. Of course, you might not know whether negligence was a factor. Sometimes it takes a thorough investigation to pinpoint who was at fault (and to what extent). Our lawyers can help you navigate these issues.
What Steps Should I Take After An Injury Has Occurred?
Immediately after seeking medical treatment for your injuries, you should contact our firm. By getting in touch as soon as possible, you can avoid jeopardizing your rights and maximize your chances of getting compensation. Our attorneys will immediately begin advising you on concrete steps you can take to protect your rights.
Should I Talk To Any Insurance Adjusters Or Insurance Representatives?
No. Once you have contacted an attorney, you should allow your attorney to handle all communication with any insurance representatives. Your attorney will advocate for you and will handle negotiations so that the case is not compromised in any way.
Should I Make A Recorded Statement?
Often, an insurance representative will contact you in the days and weeks after your injury and ask you to make a recorded statement. They may make it seem like it’s mandatory, but it’s very important that you do not make any recorded statement until you have discussed it with your attorney. You could inadvertently say the wrong thing, which could have a detrimental impact on your claim. Our attorneys can advise you on how best to proceed.
What Types Of Compensation Can I Get?
Depending on the nature of your claim, you may be entitled to compensation (or “damages”) for:
- Accident-related medical expenses (past and future), including transportation to and from appointments
- Medical equipment, including home or vehicle modifications
- Therapy or rehabilitation
- Property damage
- Lost wages from missed work
- Loss of companionship and financial support (in wrongful death cases)
- Pain and suffering
- Workers’ compensation benefits (for accidents, injuries and illnesses on the job)
In Minnesota, some types of claims have caps on the amount of compensation you can receive. Additionally, in limited circumstances, you may be entitled to punitive damages above and beyond the damages mentioned above.
Will My Personal Injury Claim Go To Trial?
Not every personal injury case goes to trial. In many cases, by conducting a thorough investigation and presenting strong evidence, we can reach a favorable settlement that avoids the expense, stress and delays of trial. However, every case is different, and we are always prepared to fight for you in court if needed. Our lawyers will discuss these possibilities with you so you understand your options and know what to expect.
Contact Us With Your Personal Injury Questions: 612-444-5604
If you have any additional questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us at any time. You are welcome to set up a free, confidential consultation with one of our attorneys. This no-obligation appointment allows you to learn more about your specific circumstances and the legal recourse that might be available to you. We have several offices in the Twin Cities metro, including Brooklyn Center, Edina, Coon Rapids, Minneapolis and Saint Paul.