When you are in an accident, after receiving medical treatment your attention turns to wondering how to be reimbursed and what types of damages you can claim. The process usually begins with making a claim with the negligent driver’s insurance company, and many cases are resolved in this way. In some instances though, the amount offered by the insurance adjuster is insufficient to fully and fairly compensate you, and a lawsuit seeking compensation is required. Regardless of whether you settle your claim with the adjuster, or take your case to the halls of justice, the need to prove your damages is the same.
In Minnesota, you can seek the following things as part of your damages in a personal injury action. These are the key components to damages in a case where you have been injured:
- The amount of money you have lost in wages for time off work, that is directly attributable to the accident. This includes time initially taken off immediately after the accident, as well as any time you are required to be away from your job to attend doctor appointments or physical therapy.
- Your medical expenses are recoverable, including emergency care and ongoing treatment.
- The amount needed to repair or replace your personal property is another component of damages in a personal injury case to which you are entitled to seek reimbursement.
The general rule is that a hurt person is allowed to seek compensation for whatever it takes to put them in the same position they were in prior to the accident taking place. This means a full recovery from all injuries, and property without damage. Of course in some cases the injuries are so severe that a full medical recovery cannot be made. When that happens, an injured party is entitled to damages for the change in their quality of life. Establishing these components requires thoughtful analysis of your case, and the facts should be presented clearly and concisely. If you have been in an accident, call our office to find out what to do next and what you can expect along the way.
If you have been hurt in an accident, call our office to find out how to prove your damages. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.