If you have been injured at the hands of someone else, you may have a personal injury claim. The question becomes--how do I hold the wrongdoer responsible for my injuries? The simple answer is to hire a competent personal injury lawyer that is not afraid to go to trial if need be.
Chad, a Bird, Jacobsen & Stevens client, and his girlfriend Dasia were on their motorcycle when they were struck by a vehicle on July 13. Chad suffered broken bones and burns to his body. Dasia suffered a broken arm. ABC 6 News - KAAL TV caught with up Chad and Dasia. Click here for the interview. Charges against the driver will likely be filed this week. As discussed in a previous blog, motorcycle accidents continue to rise in Minnesota.
Motorcycles continue to gain in popularity. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) says that in the number of individuals with a valid motorcycle license endorsement at the end of the 2015 calendar year (the latest data available) included the largest number of people in history. State officials also note that injuries and traffic fatalities involving motorcycle riders and their passengers have also increased significantly. In 2015, for instance, fatalities jumped 33 percent over the previous year, with overall motorcyclist injuries jumping roughly 10 percent.
In two previous blog posts, we discussed the compensation available in a personal injury case. The first blog post focused on special damages. As you may recall, special damages are damages that compensate an injured person for quantifiable monetary loss. For example, the cost of medical care is an item of special damages. Special damages can be past or future.
In a previous post, we kicked off a blog series discussing the compensation available to someone who suffers an injury as a result of someone else's fault. The previous blog provided an overview of the United States tort system, discussed damages generally, and delved into the concept of special damages.
It is no secret that drivers between the ages of 16 and 20 are involved in far too many accidents on southern Minnesota roads. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that legal drivers under the age of 20 are at a high risk for injury in motor vehicle wreck. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens in America. New research indicates that the risks that teen driver's face behind the wheel may include more than just their inexperience.
The United States has a tort system that is designed to compensate people who are injured at the hands of someone else. In other words, we have a legal system that holds a person or entity accountable when their wrongdoing harms another person. Under our tort system, wrongdoers are held accountable by compensating the people they injure. The money awarded to an injured person is known in the legal world as "damages."
One of the most common questions I encounter is: The accident wasn't my fault why should my insurance pay?