Our Woodbury Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You Get Compensation
When you suffer a serious personal injury, your whole world is turned upside down. Suddenly life is filled with fear and stress. You may be facing a long hospital stay, mounting medical bills, time off work, and a great deal of uncertainty about your future.
If you or a family member has been injured or someone has died in an accident that was due to someone else’s negligence or fault, you may be entitled to compensation through insurance or a lawsuit. However, Minnesota personal injury laws are complicated, and insurance companies have high-powered lawyers on their side who will attempt to get you to settle for the lowest amount possible. Going up against them on your own is difficult and may lead to costly mistakes.
Fortunately, you don’t have to deal with getting compensation alone. Our skilled and experienced Woodbury personal injury lawyers at Tyroler Leonard Injury Law firm is here to fight for your rights and hold the guilty parties accountable. While money can’t fix everything or replace a loved one who died in an accident, a successful personal injury lawsuit can alleviate your financial worries and provide resources for your family’s future needs, so you can concentrate on getting well.
Personal Injury Lawyers in Woodbury, MN, File Legal Claims for a Variety of Injuries
Different Types of Injuries We See
Personal injury is a practice area in which victims seek financial damages for the harm they’ve suffered because of someone else’s negligence or recklessness. Several types of injuries fall under the definition of a “personal injury” claim, including:
- Car Accident, Truck Accident, or Motorcycle Accident
Car accidents, truck accidents, and other vehicle crashes are some of the most frequent personal injury claims we see. That’s because crash victims frequently suffer significant injuries.
- Work Injury
Getting injured at work is another common type of personal injury claim. Whether falling from scaffolding, getting crushed by machinery, or suffering chemical burns, these on-the-job injuries can have devastating consequences.
- Wrongful Death
A wrongful death claim is a type of personal injury in which the victim died due to someone else’s negligence.
- Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall injuries typically happen when a victim slips on a wet floor, uneven pavement, or cluttered aisle in a store, hotel, parking lot, amusement park, concert venue, or other public location. Falls often cause fractures, concussions, TBI, bleeding, and other injuries.
- Product Liability
Defective products can result in burns, lacerations, choking, and other harm to consumers. Product manufacturers can be held legally liable for injuries due to defects in the products they make.
- Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries, severe concussions, and other types of head injuries can have severe, life-altering consequences. Injuries can include damage to brain cells, memory loss, cognitive impairment, loss of speech or hearing, reduced motor skills, and a wide variety of other damage.
- Dog Bites
Injuries from dog attacks also fall under the personal injury umbrella. Dog owners who fail to properly train or supervise their dogs can be held liable when their canines attack a person, causing injuries or death.
Whether your injuries are moderate or life-threatening, they have clearly interrupted your daily living, caused unanticipated expenses and setbacks, impaired your ability to earn an income, and reduced your quality of life. The legal system has ways of compensating you for all that you have lost.
Choosing the Best Woodbury Personal Injury Attorney
Skill, experience, and a track record of success make all the difference.
Choosing the right Woodbury personal injury lawyer is one of the most important decisions you will make. All attorneys are not created equal. Some have more experience, skill, and determination than others. Our Attorneys are among the best and the brightest. They are compassionate with clients and understand that many have been through traumatic experiences. At the same time, they are aggressive negotiators and fierce litigators. They take each case personally and are entirely focused on getting our clients the justice they deserve. We not afraid to go toe-to-toe with insurance companies to negotiate a favorable settlement or litigate a case in front of a judge and jury when necessary. We will not stop until we have achieved the best possible outcome for every client.
How Tyroler Leonard Injury Law Can Help You Win Compensation
When you retain our Woodbury personal injury attorneys, we will get to work for you immediately. We will:
- Meet with you to discuss what happened and who the negligent parties may be, and determine if you have a case and the settlement we should go after.
- Ensure you get medical treatment and that your injuries are documented.
- Investigate your case to get evidence from the accident scene, photos and videos, and police, hospital, and medical reports.
- Interview witnesses and first responders.
- Hire experts to provide testimony as to how the accident happened, fault, and the extent and costs of your injuries projected into the future.
- Take care of all legal matters, paperwork, filings, and court appearances.
- Negotiate with insurance companies and their lawyers.
- Build your case and take it to trial if necessary.
Damages our Personal Injury Attorneys in Woodbury, MN, May Recover for You
In a successful personal injury lawsuit, our attorneys may win a damage award that covers your economic or monetary losses and costs and also the noneconomic damages that negatively affect your life but do not have a specific dollar value. These include:
Economic damages for:
- Medical and rehabilitation expenses (current and future)
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings
- Property damage related to the accident.
Non-economic damages for:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress (including trauma, humiliation, and disfigurement).
Punitive damages — In some cases, punitive damages may be awarded in addition to the damages listed above. Punitive damages are awarded in rare instances when there is evidence of gross negligence by a defendant who knowingly or recklessly placed persons in danger or if the defendant had a history of safety violations. Punitive damages are designed to punish a defendant and help prevent similar wrongdoing in the future.
How Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Woodbury, MN, Prove Negligence
Winning a personal injury lawsuit requires proving that another party, the defendant in the case, acted negligently and caused the accident in which you were injured. A defendant can be a person, a business, an insurance company, a government entity, or any combination of these.
To prove negligence, our attorneys will have to prove the existence of the following elements:
- Duty – The defendant owed you a legal “duty of care” not to cause harm.
- Breach – The defendant breached this duty by doing, or failing to do, something that a reasonable person would have done in a similar situation.
- Causation – This breach caused your injuries.
- Damages – You suffered damages as a result.
Proving these elements requires conducting careful investigations, gathering evidence, getting experts to testify on your behalf, presenting your case and aggressively arguing on your behalf. Our personal injury lawyers in Woodbury will be there for you, fighting for optimum compensation.
Personal Injury Attorneys in Woodbury, MN, Answer Frequently Asked Questions.
After an injury, clients often have similar questions, and we are here to answer them. The following are some answers to questions our attorneys are often asked:
How much time do I have to start a lawsuit?
In most cases, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is six years in Minnesota.
The 6-year statute of limitations for Minnesota personal injury lawsuits can be found at (Minnesota Statutes section 541.05), There are a few scenarios in which the “clock” on the statute of limitations might be delayed. These include:
- If the injured person under is the age of 18, then the statute does not run until the later of 6 years or the person turns 19 years old.
- If the injured person is legally insane, then the clock won’t start running until the period of legal disability is over (mental competence is restored). However, this filing deadline won’t be extended beyond five (5) years; and once sanity is restored, the suit must be filed within one (1) year. (Minnesota Statutes section 541.15)
How long does a personal injury lawsuit take?
Each case is different, depending on how many witnesses need to be interviewed, the amount of evidence to be examined, the complexity of the laws involved, who is at fault, and the willingness of the defendant to negotiate, and may range from several months to several years. The time it takes for your injuries to heal also plays a role, as you should wait to resolve your case until after you know exactly what the injuries are and how long and hard the recovery is. Also, cases that are resolved in settlement take less time than those that go to trial. Our Woodbury personal injury lawyers will evaluate your situation and advise you about the potential timeframe for your case.
What damage amounts can I receive?
There is a wide range of damage amounts, from the thousands to millions of dollars, that may be awarded in a successful personal injury case, depending on the factors involved. Factors which may affect a personal injury settlement amount include:
- The extent and permanence of your injuries and whether you will require continuing care
- Costs of your losses and expenses
- Lost earnings and whether you will be able to work in the future
- The availability of insurance coverage and defendants’ assets
- The individual jurisdiction, judge, and jury where your case is heard
- The skill and negotiating power of your attorney.
In general, the more severe the injury and costs, the higher the payout. Also, if multiple people are injured, if someone dies, or if punitive damages are awarded, the damage award can be higher.
What if I did Something to Contribute to the Accident?
Minnesota follows a rule known as modified comparative negligence. This means the law recognizes that in many situations more than one person may be at fault for an accidental injury. The court or jury will determine the amount of fault that belongs to each party based on the facts in a case. As long as your share of the fault is 50% or less, you will be entitled to collect some amount of damages for your injury.
For example, if you are found to be 20 percent at fault and the settlement is for $100,000, you will be able to collect $80,000.
Will I have to testify in court?
Typically most personal injury cases are settled out of court, long before they wind up being argued in front of a judge and jury. Therefore, injury victims often do not have to take the stand and testify. However, you may want to be prepared to testify if necessary. As a client, you will have the choice of whether to accept a settlement or move on to litigation. Your Woodbury personal injury attorney will advise you about your options.
Woodbury Personal Injury Attorneys Help When a Personal Injury Results in Death
In the tragic situation when someone dies after an accident caused by another party, our attorneys can file for a wrongful death case. This is like a personal injury case filed by the surviving spouse or next of kin because the deceased person can no longer do so.
According to Minnesota statute (Chapter 573, Section 573.02), if the death was caused by the wrongful act or omission of any person or corporation, a trustee will be appointed to bring a wrongful death action for an injury caused by the wrongful act or omission.
When a wrongful death occurs, our compassionate attorneys are here to help the next of kin bring a claim against the parties who caused the death. In a successful case, damages are paid to the surviving spouse and next of kin based on the monetary loss that resulted from the death. The court determines the proportionate monetary loss of each person entitled to recover damages and distributes the award accordingly, after deducting funeral and similar expenses.
Contact Our Woodbury Personal Injury Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, let our skilled and experienced Woodbury personal injury attorneys at Tyroler Injury Law help you get justice and the compensation you deserve. Our clients come first – we spend as much time you need to help you understand what happens after you hire us and discuss a plan to develop a collaborative relationship and work together to achieve the best results.
Isaac Tyroler has been practicing law for more than a decade and is admitted to the bar in Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as in U.S. District Court. He has received the Super Lawyers Rising Star Award multiple times and is a frequent speaker at legal seminars. To learn more about what his satisfied clients have to say, you can read these client testimonials.