Minnesota Personal Injury FAQs
Do I have a claim? And, if so, what kind of claim should I make?
While each injury is unique, most cases fall into these categories: automobile collisions, product liability, medical malpractice, dog bites, slip and falls, plane or train crashes, work-related injuries, wrongful death, or brain and spinal cord injuries
Consultation with our attorneys is free. We can help you determine what type of injury you or someone you love has suffered and whether compensation is due in your particular case.
Is there a time frame in which my claim must be brought?
Oftentimes, yes. Personal injury claims are often subject to a statute of limitations that specifies the length of time a person has to seek compensation. When that time expires, the injured party loses their right to pursue a claim. The passage of time following an injury can also mean that crucial evidence is lost. Witnesses might move away or forget important details of what they saw.
It is best to seek legal advice as soon as possible to ensure you and your family receive all of the benefits you are entitled to. Our staff is on duty 24 hours a day. And we will make house calls.
What do I have to do to retain an attorney or law firm?
The first thing you must do when looking for an attorney to represent you is let them know you need help. Call, email, fax, or send a letter to the attorney or firm you’ve chosen to make an appointment to discuss your case.
What will all this cost me?
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. Consultation is free. If you choose to be represented by Paige J. Donnelly, Ltd., there will be a fee. But we work on a contingency basis, which means we don’t get paid a fee unless we win a favorable verdict or settlement in your case. In short, we are so confident in our ability to successfully represent you that we guarantee you will not be charged a legal fee if we do not win for you.
What are my chances for success or failure?
Whether your personal injury claim is successful depends on a number of circumstances. For example, in the case of a dog bite claim, the defendant can only win if they prove the injured person provoked the dog to attack. So, in that instance, your chances of success would be great. Other kinds of claims, however, are much trickier. Your success depends on the skill and experience your attorney brings to the case. A good attorney can make the difference between little or no settlement and thousands, even millions of dollars in compensation.
At Paige J. Donnelly, Ltd., we’ve been trying and winning cases just like yours for more than 61 years. We are committed to seeing that you collect all that you are entitled to.
Do I really need a lawyer or should I represent myself?
In most cases, you are entitled to represent yourself. In very straightforward legal matters, that might be the best way to go. In fact, all of us do that when we sign purchase agreements, rent apartments or fill out a credit card application.
But if your case is complex, you will want to ask yourself a few important questions: Would you try to remove your child’s tonsils if you were not a doctor? Or would you try to replace your car’s engine if you were not a mechanic? Most of us would answer, “no,” to those questions. But for some reason, people think differently when it comes to legal matters. They shouldn’t.
It takes an experienced attorney to navigate the legions of expert witnesses and insurance adjusters that defense attorneys often produce when arguing a case. When you make a personal injury claim, you’re fighting to make sure that you and your family are taken care of properly. And most of the time, it is in the wake of some kind of physical and emotional trauma. This is not the time to heap added stress on yourself. It’s not the time to take that kind of risk. You need the help of an experienced, compassionate professional.