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Personal Injury:  Automobile Accidents and Other Injuries in Minnesota
Some basic information


IF YOU HAVE BEEN INJURED
Minnesota law, and the insurance policies that cover auto injuries, contain very complicated rules for making auto injury claims. When a person is injured, the best advice is to contact an attorney practicing in this field without delay, because there are time limits for bringing claims, and the attorney will need to calculate that time limit.

In Minnesota, some deadlines are very short. Whether the injury occurred as a result of an automobile accident or other incident, the victim (or a family member or representative) should contact an attorney as soon as possible, in order to meet the applicable deadlines and begin assembling the necessary claim materials.

CONTACT A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY
When you contact the attorney, be prepared to discuss the date of the incident and the injuries that occurred. The attorney will need to gather more information as the claim proceeds, but it is important that you not put off that first contact.

From the beginning, it is a good idea to keep detailed records; this can help keep the records clear and exact. You may be surprised how much detail will be involved as your injury and claim are handled.

Your insurance policy, police reports, witness statements, medical record, and other documents will need to be gathered; your attorney will be able to help you assemble these.

AMBULANCE CHASING
Everyone has heard stories about attorneys who are disrespectful of injury victims. Stories abound about attorneys supposedly contacting the victim or the victim's family during a vulnerable time. Such practices are generally frowned upon in Minnesota, although anecdotes persist. In Minnesota, we have a Board of Professional Responsibility which oversees the legal profession. Anyone who has been offended by an attorney solicitation may file a complaint with the Board.

BOGUS CLAIMS
Eveyone has heard these stories as well--the minor bump (or no bump at all) that is exaggerated out of proportion in order to make a large insurance claim. I have worked in the defense of claims as well as on behalf of the injured, and I have seen some of these cases. However, I believe only foolish attorneys become involved in such cases.

WE HANDLE ALL TYPES OF INJURY AND ACCIDENT CLAIMS
In addition to automobile accidents, we also handle claims for injuries occurring on property, on the job, and others. We bring claims against all types of insurance, including personal liability, property coverage, disability, life, and others.

THIS BRIEF OUTLINE IS ONLY AN INTRODUCTION
If you, or someone you care for, has been injured, be sure to get competent legal advice without delay. There are many details to be handled and deadlines to meet. Attorneys generally charge no more or less regardless of when you employ them.


** ALWAYS HAVE AN ATTORNEY REPRESENT YOU IN THESE IMPORTANT AND COMPLEX MATTERS. **


GERALD HASSELBRINK, Attorney at Law
of the Minnesota Bar and United States District Court

INDEPENDENT, CONFIDENTIAL, LEGAL SERVICES
PRACTICING PERSONAL INJURY LAW
MEDIATION, ARBITRATION, AND OTHER PRIVATE DISPUTE RESOLUTION THROUGHOUT MINNESOTA


St. Cloud - St. Joseph, Minnesota
Phone (320) 363-4569 / (320) 251-0222

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