You might know what a personal injury case is, but do you know how complex it can be?
Here are five facts you may not know about personal injury cases.
1. A personal injury case usually ends in a settlement
While a minority of cases will end up in court, both parties usually settle before that is necessary because legal proceedings are both time-consuming and costly. However, if neither party can reach an agreement, the case can go to trial.
2. A judge may issue a “sua sponte” dismissal
This type of dismissal may happen if the judge determines there will be unavoidable issues with the trial. For instance, if the court lacks jurisdiction, a sua sponte dismissal may be necessary.
3. Personal injury settlements are not usually taxable income
Typically, personal injury settlements are not taxable. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. Make sure to consult with your accountant before filing your taxes.
4. You need a legal basis for an appeal
Simply not agreeing with an outcome is not grounds for an appeal, which requires a specific challenge to the application of the law.
5. You have a limited window to file a claim
In Minnesota, there is a statute of limitations for filing a personal injury suit, generally ranging from two to six years depending on the specifics of your injury.
Personal injury cases can become very complicated, very quickly, but the right legal strategy can help to ensure you receive the compensation you need to recover.