Sunday, March 1, 2009

Minnesota Tort Thresholds for Civil Liability Cases

In Minnesota, in order to prevent litigation over relatively small personal injury cases, state law requires that certain “thresholds” be met before a cause of action for non-economic loss can be maintained against an at-fault tortfeasor.

What this means is that if you are involved in a motor vehicle collision, you may not take the at-fault driver to court for your non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, unless you meet certain criteria.

Those criteria are as follows:
  • A permanent injury as determined by a doctor.
  • At least $4,000.00 in non-diagnostic medical care or treatment. This amount does not include “diagnostic” treatment such as MRI’s and CT-Scans.
  • Disablement for at least 60 days.
  • Death.
Whiplash, strains and sprains, and soft tissue injuries sustained as the result of a motor vehicle accident can be incredibly painful and can severely disrupt your lifestyle. Unfortunately, civil liability insurers often place little or no value on claims where an individual has sustained soft tissue injuries. They frequently offer a very small amount of money to an injured individual simply to make the claim “go away.” If you have sustained injuries as the result of a motor vehicle crash, whether those injuries are soft tissue injuries or catastrophic injuries, it is wise to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to make sure that you are fairly compensated for your losses. Call Meuser & Associates at 877-746-5680 or click here to send us an email to schedule a free consultation.

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