Bloomington Personal Injury Lawyer
The damage from a serious personal injury can be life changing. Many injury victims face multiple surgeries, months of physical therapy, lost wages, mounting medical expenses and more. Some victims never fully recover.
At TSR Injury Law, we understand the emotional and physical pain our injured clients face and we have been helping Minnesota injury victims for more than 20 years. We have an estabished record of success including a $1,536,921 verdict for a pedestrian in a wheelchair that was struck by a garbage truck and a settlement of $600,000 for a pedestrian that suffered a traumatic brain injury.
To find out if you have a case, contact a Bloomington personal injury lawyer at our firm for a free, no obligation consultation. Our services are provided on a contingency fee basis which means that there are no upfront fees if we take on your case and we only get paid if we successfully obtain compensation on your behalf.
Set up your free consultation today at (612) TSR-TIME.
Do I Have a Case?
During your free consultation, our lawyers will be able be able to determine if you have sufficient grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit. To do so, four key elements must be established:
- Duty of care – It must be proven that the at-fault party or entity had a duty of care to act reasonably and prevent harm to others. For example, a grocery store manager has a duty to place wet floor caution signs to indicate a spill or mopped floor. Drivers have a duty of care to obey traffic laws to prevent crashes, and property managers have a duty to replace light fixtures in darkened stairways.
- Breach of duty of care – We need to show that the at-fault party breached his or her duty of care by acting carelessly or failing to act. Examples of this could include not placing warning signs of a hazard in walkway or running a red light and causing a collision.
- Causation – There must be a link between the breach of duty of care and your injuries. This means: if the at-fault party had upheld the duty of care, you would have not been harmed.
- Damages – Lastly, your lawyer must prove that the injuries you suffered from the breach of duty of care caused you to suffer financially, physically, or emotionally.
If these four elements can be proven, you may have a case. Our attorneys have many years of experience investigating accidents to gather evidence of negligence. We also have extensive knowledge of state laws that are often violated in personal injury accidents.
What if I Share Fault in the Accident?
In many cases, insurance companies or the at-fault party’s lawyer may claim that accident victims share fault for the accident. Unless your attorney can prove otherwise, insurance companies and juries may use Minnesota’s comparative negligence law to try to reduce the value of your claim.
This law says accident victims who are 50 percent or less at fault can recover compensation in an injury claim, but the total amount of any award they receive must be reduced by the victim’s percentage of fault. If the victim is 51 percent or more at fault, he or she is prohibited from recovering any compensation, no matter how severely they are injured.
Contact an experienced Bloomington personal injury lawyer to find out if you could be eligible to seek compensation.
How Much is My Case Worth?
The value of personal injury cases is often dependent on the severity of the injuries the victim suffered and the amount of property damage involved. As each case is unique, it is important to discuss your situation with a lawyer to learn the potential value of your damages.
If we determine that you have a valid case, and you hire our attorneys, we are committed to pursuing both compensation for economic and noneconomic damages you have experienced. These may include the following:
These damages cover the financial losses you suffered as a result of your injuries. This may include:
- Lost wages from missing days at work
- Loss of your earning capacity and what you could have potentially made had you not been injured
- Medical expenses like surgeries, rehabilitation, assistive medical equipment and prescription medication
Our attorneys may be able to pursue compensation for past, current and future medical bills.
These types of damages cover the mental and psychological toll of a personal injury. This may include the following:
- Disability and disfigurement
- Mental distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
A Bloomington personal injury lawyer can review the damages that may be available for your injury.
Why Should I Hire a Lawyer?
Cases that are handled by a personal injury lawyer result in compensation recoveries that are greater compared to those where the plaintiff does not have legal representation.
An experienced lawyer understands state and federal laws and how they may apply to your situation. He or she can help you build a strong case, handle investigations and communicate with other involved parties, including the insurance company.
You need strong evidence to prove your claim. Our attorneys at TSR Injury Law know how to gather supportive evidence to help us establish the elements of negligence. We can do this by taking photos or video of the accident scene, collecting statements from witnesses who can testify on your behalf, and gathering medical and police reports that connect your injuries to the accident.
Negotiating a Fair Settlement
Our experienced Bloomington personal injury attorneys understand that insurance companies do not look out for your best interests. Insurance adjusters use certain tactics to try to get accident victims to admit fault and lower the value of their claim. Our lawyers are aware of these tactics and can protect your claim from them.
Dealing with the insurance company on your own is a bad idea because insurance companies have a lot of experience manipulating accident victims. By hiring a lawyer, you can focus on treating your injuries and trying to get better.
What is the Deadline for Filing an Injury Claim?
If you have been injured in an accident, it is important that you act quickly. In Minnesota, personal injury cases have a two-year time limit to take legal action. The clock begins ticking immediately after the accident that caused your injury or from the date that you discovered your injury. Also, insurance companies may have their own deadlines for filing a claim.
If your claim is against a government entity, you must file a notice of claim within just 180 days of the accident. Alternatively, if you were a minor at the time of the accident, the two-year statute of limitations will not begin to run until you reach the age of 18.
However, every case is different and there may be certain exceptions. We recommend that you contact a licensed Bloomington personal injury lawyer from our firm to discuss if any of these exceptions may apply to your potential lawsuit.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
Our Bloomington personal injury lawyers at TSR Injury Law are prepared to handle a wide variety of accident cases:
If you have been injured in an accident caused by negligence and are seeking compensation, reach out to our team of experienced lawyers today for a chance to discuss your claim.
Steps to Take Following an Accident
In the aftermath of an accident, there are certain steps you can take that may protect your claim.
- Seeking immediate medical attention – Your health is of the utmost importance and even if you feel you are fine, it is important to get a proper diagnosis of your condition. The medical documentation your physician provides will also help link your injuries to the accident.
- Taking photos of the scene – If your injury allows, it is important to gather evidence while it is still fresh. This includes taking photos from every angle of the scene, bloodied or torn clothing, your injuries, and property damage.
- Reporting the accident – If you were in a car accident, be sure to file a report with Bloomington’s police department. If you were injured in a retail or grocery store, inform the manager on duty, who can then complete an accident report. Having official documentation of an accident is very important because insurance companies and at-fault parties will try to dispute what happened.
- Collect witness statements – If anyone witnessed your accident, ask them what they saw. With their permission, you can record a video of your conversation on your smartphone or write notes. Be sure to collect their contact information so that your lawyer or insurers can validate the testimony they provided.
- Keep a personal injury journal – Recording the progress of your recovery in a journal can be beneficial to your claim and can be used as evidence. You can keep track of your medical appointments, prescription medications, and the level of discomfort and pain you may feel. You can also make note of the days missed from work because of your injury.
- Contacting a lawyer – An experienced lawyer can walk you through the legal process and determine the best course of action for your situation.
Experienced Bloomington Personal Injury Lawyers
Accidents can take a significant toll on the health and finances of victims and their families. Seeking help from a lawyer that understands how to build a strong case for your damages lawsuit can be an important step in the recovery process.
At TSR Injury Law, our team has decades of combined experience handling personal injury cases. We know how important a compensation recovery can be for injury victims that are trying to obtain the treatment they need and to pay their bills.
Contact us by phone or visit our office at 7760 France Ave South, Suite 820, which is just minutes from the Mall of America. We offer a free consultation and do not charge for our services unless we obtain compensation for your case.