Get Help From Our Woodbury Car Accident Lawyers
All across Minnesota, motorists are driving their cars, trucks and SUVs to work, the grocery store, soccer practice and a hundred other destinations. While most motorists drive safely and obey traffic laws, there are some who don’t. Careless drivers who are drunk, distracted, speeding, running red lights or worse can cause crashes that result in injuries and death. Survivors may be unable to work at a time they face mounting medical bills and rehabilitation costs, and life may never be the same.
If you or a loved one has been hurt or someone has died in a crash you may be entitled to financial compensation. This is especially true if the injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence. At this difficult time, while the thought of a lawsuit may seem overwhelming, the Woodbury car accident lawyers at Tyroler Leonard Injury Law are here to help. We can take the burden off you by handling all legal hurdles so you can concentrate on your recovery.
Our Car Accident Attorneys in Woodbury, MN Can Help You Get Compensation
Damages Car Accident Victims May Be Entitled To
If you’ve been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for damages you received as a result. Damages can be both economic and non-economic, as follows:
Economic damages for your monetary losses and expenses that include:
- Medical and rehabilitation expenses (current and future)
- Lost wages and loss of future earnings if unable to work
- Property damage related to the accident
Non-economic damages for losses that do not have a specific dollar value, but negatively impact your life, including:
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Emotional distress (including trauma, humiliation, and disfigurement).
Punitive damages — In some rare cases, punitive damages may be awarded in addition to the damages listed above. Punitive damages are awarded 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 the defendant and help prevent similar wrongdoing in the future.
Amounts of Damage Awards
The amount of your damage award depends on many factors, and may range from the thousands to millions of dollars. When you meet with our Woodbury car accident lawyers, we will examine all facts involved in your specific case, which will give us an idea of what a fair settlement should be. Factors which may affect your damage amount include:
- The extent and permanence of your injuries and whether you will require continuing care
- Lost earnings and whether you will be able to work in the future
- Costs of losses and expenses resulting from the crash
- The availability of insurance coverage and defendant 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 damage award. Also, if multiple people are injured, if someone dies, or if punitive damages are awarded, the damage award can be higher.
How Our Car Accident Attorneys in Woodbury, MN Work for You
We Fight for Fair Compensation
After a car crash, it’s common to be confused and unsure of what to do, and sometimes victims make costly mistakes. That’s why the sooner you have legal assistance, the better. When you call Tyroler Leonard Injury Law, we get to work for you right away. We will:
- Discuss how the crash happened, who the at-fault parties may be, and what a fair settlement should be
- Make sure you get the medical treatment you need and that all injuries and treatment are documented
- Investigate your case, gathering evidence from the crash scene, surveillance photos and videos, and police and medical reports
- Interview witnesses and first responders.
- Take care of all legal matters, paperwork, filings, and court appearances in a timely manner
- Hire experts provide testimony as to how the accident happened, the extent of your damages, and how they affect your life and future
- Handle communications and negotiations with the insurance company and their lawyers
- Build your case and take it to court if necessary
Woodbury Car Accident Lawyers Must Prove Negligence
Winning a car accident lawsuit requires proving that another party, the defendant in the case, acted negligently and caused the accident in which you were injured. To do so, our car accident 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
Car Accident Lawsuit FAQs
Our Car Accident Attorneys In Woodbury, MN Answer Frequently Asked Questions
Clients often have similar questions about various aspects of a car accident lawsuit. The following are some answers to questions our car accident lawyers 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)
Who is the defendant in a car accident lawsuit?
There can be one or more defendants in a car accident lawsuit, depending on the circumstances. For example, if you’re hit by a commercial vehicle, potential defendants could include the other driver, his insurance provider, the company that owns the fleet of cars, and even the car manufacturer if there’s evidence of a manufacturing defect. A government agency could be a defendant if the agency was negligent in road construction, design or maintenance. Our attorneys will strive to hold all responsible parties liable, as they all may have insurance and assets that can go toward a settlement.
How long does a car accident lawsuit take?
Each case is different, and may range from several months to several years depending on the individual situation. Timing depends on factors such as the amount of evidence to be examined, the complexity of the laws involved, who is at fault, the witnesses that need to be found and interviewed, and the willingness of the defendant and their insurance companies to negotiate. In addition, you should wait to resolve your case until after you know exactly what your injuries are and how long and it will take for recovery. Cases that are resolved in settlement usually take less time than those that go to trial. Our Woodbury personal injury lawyer will evaluate your situation and advise you about the potential timeframe for your case.
What if I did something to contribute to the accident?
If you did something to contribute to the crash, you may still be able to collect some amount of damages for your injury. 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 accident. 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 the proportion of the settlement that the other party is at fault.
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, since the other party was 80 percent at fault.
If I’m injured in a car accident and self-employed, how are lost wages calculated?
In most cases, paystubs and previous tax records, specifically 1099s or W2s, are used to determined past and present loss of income. By proving what you’ve earned in the past, you can calculate what you’re likely losing now. The more years of past tax documents you can show, the better. You can order copies of previous tax returns from the IRS.gov website.
Woodbury Car Accident Lawyers Help in Case of Wrongful Death
In the tragic situation when a loved one dies after a car accident, our car accident attorneys may be able to file a case for wrongful death. 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 whose wrongful actions or inactions 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.
If your family member died in a crash in that was caused by a drunk driver, a fatigued truck driver that caused an accident with a truck, a negligent or distracted driver, or another vehicle careening recklessly, you can recover damages that include out-of-pocket expenses like funeral and burial costs. 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.
Types of Injuries in Car Accidents
Our Car Accident Lawyers in Woodbury, MN Can File Legal Claims for a Variety of Injuries.
An estimated 4.8 million additional roadway users were seriously injured and as many as 42,060 people are estimated to have died in car and truck accidents nationwide in 2020, according to the National Safety Council (NSC).
Some common causes of vehicle crashes include:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving (texting, talking on the phone, adjusting the radio, etc.)
- Failure to follow rules of the road
- Illegal lane changes
- Running through traffic lights and stop signs
- Ice, snow, rain, and inclement weather
- Vehicles with manufacturing defects.
All these situations are examples of negligence, and our Woodbury car accident attorney can help you recover compensation accordingly.
Injuries that commonly occur from traffic accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Neck and back injuries
- Broken bones
- Cuts, abrasions, and lacerations
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Puncture wounds
- Wrongful death
Choosing the Right Woodbury Car Accident Attorney
Skill, Experience, and a Track Record of Success Make All the Difference.
Choosing the right Woodbury car accident lawyer is one of the most important decisions you will make. All attorneys are not created equal, and attorney Isaac Tyroler is among the best and the brightest. He is compassionate with clients and understands that many have been through traumatic experiences. At the same time, he is an aggressive negotiator and fierce litigator. He takes each case personally and is entirely focused on getting his clients the justice they deserve. He is 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. He will not stop until he has achieved the best possible outcome for every client.
Call Our Woodbury Car Accident Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, let our skilled and experienced Woodbury car accident attorney at Tyroler Injury Law help you get justice and the compensation you deserve. We have an excellent track record of success in holding careless drivers accountable for the injuries and harm they cause.
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.