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8 Common Questions about Car Accident Injuries

After a car accident, most injury victims are confused, scared, and wondering what to do next. This anxiety can make it much harder to heal and disrupts the process for recovering full compensation. Here are answers to the most common questions we hear at SiebenCarey from people after they’ve suffered an injury in an auto accident.

1. What Should I Do If I’m Injured in an Auto Accident?

First, remain calm after an accident. Easier said than done, certainly, but panicking will only make matters worse. If necessary, get to a safe location before calling 911 to report your accident and injury.

When medical care has been provided to everyone who was injured and it is safe to do so, you should:

You should then seek follow-up medical attention right away. Not only is this important for a prompt diagnosis of and care for your injuries, it will also help you prove your case if you must file a personal injury claim.

Whatever you do, you should never admit any responsibility for the accident until you’ve had a chance to talk to an attorney.

2. Do I Have to File an Accident Report?

You must file a Minnesota Motor Vehicle Crash Report within ten days of the accident if there are ANY injuries or deaths, or property damage exceeds $1,000. 

If police respond to the accident scene, they will also fill out a report. You should request a copy following the accident. 

You should also report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible.

3. How Can I Get Compensation for My Injuries?

There are many ways you can get financial support after an accident. First is the personal injury protection (PIP) under your auto insurance policy. Minnesota is a no-fault state, meaning that your insurance provider must cover at least a portion of your medical expenses and wage loss regardless of who was at fault. 

However, there are limits on which expenses PIP will cover. If you need more help than your no-fault PIP policy offers, you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit if someone else’s negligence or misconduct caused the accident.

If the other driver doesn’t have insurance or only carries minimum coverage, you can file for compensation from your insurance policy’s uninsured/underinsured coverage.

There are many other options available as well, which an experienced personal injury attorney will consider when reviewing your case.

4. What Damages Could My Personal Injury Lawsuit Cover?

When filing a personal injury lawsuit, the damages included can be extensive. You may seek compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Therapy and rehabilitation
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage

You can even win compensation for future damages. For example, if your injury requires long-term treatments, you can pursue compensation for the estimated future medical expenses.

5. Can I Get Compensation If the Accident Was My Fault?

Your PIP coverage will pay for some of your expenses no matter who caused the accident. But can you recover additional money even if you were at fault?

Minnesota personal injury law uses a comparative negligence system. This means that even if you were partially at fault for the accident, you may still have a claim for compensation through a lawsuit.

6. Will I Have to Go to Court If I File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Your personal injury can be resolved through either a settlement or a trial. If you  agree to a fair settlement amount with the other party’s insurance provider, there will be no need for a trial. This is a likely outcome since the majority of personal injury cases end in a pre-trial settlement. HOWEVER, if the insurance company does NOT make a fair offer, a trial may be necessary … an important consideration when choosing an attorney. 

7. What Evidence Will I Need to Support My Claim?

To prove your claim and justify the compensation you deserve, you’ll have to build a strong case. That means compiling plenty of evidence, such as:

  • Medical bills and records
  • Accident scene photos
  • Written reports
  • Eyewitness accounts
  • Surveillance camera footage
  • Testimony from expert witnesses

Your attorney and experienced support staff can help you collect the evidence you need to prove your claim.

8. How Can I Afford to Hire an Attorney?

Having the right legal representation could be the key to getting the compensation you deserve. Minnesota personal injury law can be complicated, and without a reliable attorney in your corner, your case may fall apart.

But how are you supposed to pay for an attorney on top of all the medical bills and other expenses stacking up after your injury?

Fortunately, SiebenCarey attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. You won’t have to pay them a dime unless you win a settlement or trial verdict. Then their fee will be paid as a percentage of your compensation package.

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If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, you may be entitled to compensation—and we can help you get it. At SiebenCarey, we’ve spent nearly 70 years helping injury victims get the financial support they deserve.

Just contact us, and we can:

  • Evaluate your case
  • Explain your rights
  • Investigate the details of your accident
  • Guide you toward a favorable settlement or trial verdict

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Deb Colombe

I was involved in a car accident that was complicated at best. God blessed with me Eric Beyer as my attorney. Although it was a long drawn out process between the two insurance companies, Eric was not only my attorney, he was my rock.

Eric is one of the most ethical people I have ever met in my lifetime. He was a constant source of not only information, but of comfort throughout the whole process. I never doubted for one moment that Eric did not have my best interest at heart. He took every word I said seriously and did what he had to do. If I ever have the misfortune of another injury like this, I would go to no one other than Eric Beyer. I will never in my lifetime be able to thank Eric enough or let him know how much I respect him and what a comfort he was and has continued to be for me. God Bless you Eric Beyer.

Daunne Schaller

I was seriously injured in a car accident on my wedding night and went to SiebenCarey. Being involved in an accident is never fun. The folks at SiebenCarey got us thru the event helping us get on with our lives. They were up front and honest. We knew we could trust them. It’s clear to me why Art has been recognized as a Best Lawyer in America and Super Lawyer for 12 years running. Now anytime I know someone who was involved in an accident I refer them to SiebenCarey.

Jeanne Tondryk

Eric W. Beyer helped me through a very difficult time and his professionalism, advice and results from an injury were highly respected. Amidst the personal part of getting myself back to health, his guidance when life was blurry was so appreciated. He listened and then put forth my options honestly and directly which I totally appreciated!

 Was totally satisfied with his hard work and dedication to help me. I'd highly recommend him. Thank you Eric!

Jesse Bukal

In need of a personal injury attorney? Well you're if you're reading this you're in the right place. You'd be hard pressed to find more competent attorneys than the ones here at SiebenCarey.

They took my case to trial and an amazing job presenting the facts and fighting for my best interests! Three years ago I was unsure of what my future would bring; now that it's over I can rest a bit easier. With SiebenCarey as my counsel, I believe I had the absolute BEST representation a person could've asked for. I knew that I wanted the absolute best representation when searching for an attorney to handle my case and I most definitely received it.

If you need a personal injury attorney, look no further. Can't recommend highly enough.

Chris and Amy Boys

We worked with Art and his team on a personal injury case. We could not have been more pleased with the result. Art and his team were both professional and personable, and were a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend Art and his team if you find yourself in this type of situation.

Laurian Reiners

Mark Olive did an absolutely fantastic job helping Jim during his ordeal with the company he worked for.  The outcome made it so that Jim could retire after the settlement.  We could not asked for a better representative for him.

Joseph Kowalcik

I have been working with Jeff Sieben since the year 2003 and I find he does excellent work.

Vicki Burkhardt

Art and his staff were fantastic. After being involved in a car accident they made the process so easy and effortless. The end result exceeded anything I ever expected. The right lawyer really makes a difference and Art and his staff were definitely the right choice. I would highly recommend giving them a call if you are unfortunate to get in an accident.

Angie

We were VERY pleased with Jeff's attention to us and our case.  Jeff, and all of the team there, did an outstanding job of making that process as stress-free as possible for us.  The communications were never delayed; response time (no matter how often we had questions) was beyond expectations. We truly liked Jeff's up-front and true-life demeanor, nothing was sugar-coated nor was anything spoken or written in terms we didn't understand which meant we were all talking on the same levels and never felt uneducated in the attorney world we were dealing with. I would certainly refer anyone I know to you all!

Teresa Theobald

I cannot express how happy my family is with Mr. Beyer!  He has impressed us in too many ways to count!  As educated people, we attempted to accomplish litigation on our own...BIG mistake!  Mr. Beyer and his staff are amazing!  Litigation is their wheelhouse.  If you are wondering if you should hire them; the answer is yes.

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