In the wake of a car accident, victims and their loved ones begin an uphill battle. It is almost impossible to simply focus on recovery. Medical expenses accumulate while victims lose wages due to their missed time from work. To make matters worse, receiving compensation from insurance companies is rarely straightforward. Injured in a Minnesota car accident? Turn to the personal injury attorneys at Sand Law.
The legal team at Sand Law LLC is here to lighten your burden. Our attorneys have vast experience in challenging both insurance companies and defense lawyers to ensure our clients are well-compensated. Finally, there is no cost to you unless you win. Contact us for a free consultation, where we will help you to understand your rights and options.
What Kind of Damages Can I Recover After a Minnesota Car Accident?
You can recover a wide variety of different types of damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Lost Wages, Future Earnings, and Earning Capacity
You could recover lost wages due to hospitalization, therapy and doctors’ appointments, and at-home recovery. Additionally, car accidents that diminish your ability to earn money in the future can also entitle you to compensation.
Past, Present, and Future Medical Bills
The timeline of treatment can begin with a costly ambulance ride and extend beyond the length of a legal case, so both past and prospective medical expenses can be considered. You can recover medical bills for the following:
- Ambulance rides
- Doctors or specialists
- Physical therapy
- Mental health services
- In-home care
- Medical devices or equipment
Pain, Suffering, and Emotional Distress
Car accidents can compromise your comfort and overall happiness. Your quality of life is considered when damages are quantified.
Permanent Injury and Disability
If an accident leaves you with a chronic health condition or leaves you unable to work indefinitely, you can seek compensation for treatment and lost wages.
Disfigurement and Scarring
Scars and disfigurements are a source of distress that can even impact how others perceive you in social and professional settings. Offending drivers can be held financially responsible.
Wrongful Death and Funeral Expenses
When an automobile accident results in the loss of life, a lawsuit can be filed against the at-fault parties on behalf of the family or other dependents up to three years after the accident.
Property Damage and Car Rental
Not only can you seek the cost of repairs to your vehicle or real estate, but you are also able to pursue rental expenses accrued while your property is under repair.
A car accident may force a family to pay for services they typically manage themselves, such as shopping, housekeeping, and lawn work.
Other General Damages
Any miscellaneous expense that stems from an automobile accident can be considered for compensation.
Why Should I Hire Sand Law to Handle My Car Accident Case?
At Sand Law, your case will always be handled by an experienced attorney. Our team has overseen cases involving virtually every type of automobile accident, yet understands that each client and case is unique. Our first and most important step is to learn about the details specific to your situation.
We collaboratively customize strategies and communicate with our clients throughout the entire process. You will never be pressured to settle for lesser compensation. When necessary, Sand Law attorneys will take your case to court to fight for the compensation you deserve.
What To Do After a Car Accident
After you have been involved in a Minnesota car accident, you should take certain steps to ensure your injuries are taken care of while protecting any potential claim for damages. The following nine steps are outlined in more detail in our article “WHAT TO DO AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT CHECKLIST,” where you can also find a downloadable PDF for your phone.
1. Move to a safe area away from traffic and further danger.
2. Check yourself and the other driver for injuries.
3. Call the police right away.
4. Exchange information with the other driver(s).
5. Gather witness information, like name and number. This will be important later.
6. Take pictures and document as much evidence as possible.
7. Seek medical attention right away.
8. Keep a file of all your documents and relevant information.
9. Contact a personal injury attorney to help protect your interests.
Injuries Commonly Caused by Minnesota Car Accidents
A car accident can result in many different types of injuries, ranging from mild to severe. While some may walk away with only a scratch and a bruise, others can suffer from more complex injuries. Injuries are expensive no matter what, and you should always consider hiring an attorney if you have any damages because of the accident.
Common types of injuries associated with car accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries, such as whiplash or coup/contrecoup injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Soft tissue injuries, such as sprains, strains, and tears
- Cuts and bruises
- Internal bleeding
- Broken bones
Types of Motor Vehicle Accidents We Handle
From fender benders to totaled vehicles, all types of accidents can require legal intervention.
We represent clients against truck drivers and companies that own these commercial vehicles; these companies typically have sizable insurance policies.
Unfortunately, motorcycle riders or their surviving loved ones often need to seek compensation due to careless drivers who fail to observe motorcycles on the road.
Drivers who miss traffic signals or fail to respect a pedestrian’s right of way are commonly proven to be at fault.
Cyclists are frequently injured in car accidents. In recent years, their fatalities have been on the rise.
Having no protective barrier, travelers on foot often face long and painful recoveries after accidents.
As a relatively new form of transportation, ridesharing can bring about complicated facets that a lawyer can help you navigate.
As especially vulnerable victims, children are perhaps the most in need of legal advocacy to gain compensation for their injuries and personal suffering.
Risks of Being Involved in a Car Accident in Minnesota
Whether on foot or in a vehicle, every person accepts at least a minimal risk when deciding to travel. Minnesotans, much like residents of other states, could encounter distracted drivers, drunk drivers, reckless or enraged drivers, or exhausted drivers who are compromising road safety.
Inclement weather, be it rain or snow, is another reason for Minnesota drivers to be cautious on the road. Everyday risks, such as speeding, can do the most damage. According to The Office of Traffic Safety, speeding leads to more fatalities than any other factor on Minnesota roads.
Insurance Companies are Not on Your Side
Insurance companies are businesses, so naturally, their goal is to make and keep as much money as possible. They have their own legal departments that are trained to look for ways to reduce how much they pay out and to completely deny claims if they find the right loopholes. Therefore, it is critical to work with an attorney who is familiar with their tactics.
Contact Us for Help with Your Car Accident Case
If you or someone close to you has suffered an automobile accident due to another party’s negligence, contact Sand Law today. Our attorneys will guide you through this difficult process and pursue the utmost compensation on your behalf. Initial consultations are free and can help you determine which course of action is best for you. You can reach us at 651-291-7263 or contact us online.