You may have a personal injury claim if you suffered physical or mental harm due to someone else’s negligence or harmful act. Examples of such cases include motor vehicle accidents, dog attacks, defective products and medical malpractice.
Exploring your legal options soon after an injurious accident is a good step towards financial and medical recovery.
Seek a claim after medical attention.
Your first priority after you or a loved one experience an accident is to seek immediate medical attention to care for your injuries. Not only is it important for your health to address your medical issues very soon after the accident, but your promptness will also help any future lawsuit you may file.
You will need to show that you suffered harm and are seeking compensation for those medical and financial injuries. Such evidence may include medical bills, medical records, insurance documents, accident reports from emergency services and more.
File before the Minnesota statute of limitations.
A statute of limitations provides a specific time limit for the last opportunity you have to file a lawsuit. In Minnesota, the statute of limitations for most personal injury claims is two years from the date of the incident. This includes slander, battery and more. For wrongful death claims, the statute of limitations is three years.
If you are filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, you have up to four years from the date of injury to do so. No time limit exists under Minnesota law for murder claims.
Seeking legal help soon after an accident will help ensure you have enough opportunity to file a personal injury claim.