Injuries are a significant cause of lost wages, pain, and suffering and, in the case of serious injuries, the possible cause of a lifetime of medical treatments, inability to work, and loss of enjoyment of life.
However, people with less debilitating injuries in the state of Minnesota can still be compensated for medical expenses, lost wages, and other types of damages if they choose to proceed with a claim or a lawsuit.
In some cases, the person or entity that was negligent may offer to pay these costs. With minor injuries and short-term recovery costs, this type of situation may not need the legal expertise of an injury attorney.
With long-term injuries, loss of future wage earning potential, high medical costs, and higher damages, it is very likely that the other party may deny the claim. They may try to make it appear as if your actions had some liability in the injury, which could dramatically decrease or even eliminate their monetary settlement.
The other party’s insurance company has legal representation as well as an experienced claims adjustor on the case. Remember, the goal of the insurance company is not to provide a fair settlement, but to provide the lowest possible settlement.
By working with an experienced injury attorney, and especially an attorney and law firm specializing in personal injury cases, insurance companies typically offer a higher settlement. The insurance companies know the attorney and that they have a complete understanding of what other similar cases have settled for either in or out of court.
The best injury attorney does not charge upfront costs or fees. Instead, these Minnesota law firms charge on a contingency basis, which means they do not get paid unless you win the case. The increased amount of the award by having an attorney often wholly covers the legal fees associated with the case.