We recommend that you act swiftly after an accident or injury so that you can begin the process of an injury claim while details of the accident are still fresh in your mind, but we also understand that’s not always possible. You may need weeks of medical care or have to sort out a family situation, and that can push filing for compensation to the back burner. Make sure you don’t wait too long to file your claim, because if you miss the filing window, your claim will be denied even if you otherwise had valid recourse. In today’s blog, we explain how much time you have to file different injury claims in Minnesota.
Statute Of Limitations For Different Personal Injury Lawsuits In Minnesota
You can learn more about each of these cases by following the link to the statute or by reaching out to Dean and the team at Margolis Law Firm at (952) 230-2700 for more information.
Personal Injury – In a standard personal injury case in Minnesota, you will have two years to file your claim against the negligent party. There are some exceptions to this timeline, like if it takes a while for your injuries to appear or you are incapacitated in the hospital for weeks, but in general you have two years from the date of injury to file your claim.
Wrongful Death – If a loved one was killed as a result of someone else’s actions, you typically have three years from the date of the incident to file a wrongful death claim against the responsible party. This deadline extends to six years if the wrongful death is found to be intentional.
Medical Malpractice – If you are harmed by a surgeon, dentist, occupational therapist or other healthcare provider, you have four years from the date of the incident to file a medical malpractice injury claim.
Strict Liability – Similar to medical malpractice claims, you have four years to file a strict liability claim in Minnesota. Strict liability claims typically involve cases where someone else is responsible for your injuries, even if they did not act with fault or negligence. Manufacturing defects and animal bite cases tend to fall under this umbrella.
Product Liability – If you were injured by a contaminated product or there were not adequate warnings on a product that resulted in your injuries, you may be able to move forward with a product liability case. Oftentimes these cases have a statute of limitations up to six years, but that window could be shortened to four years based on case specifics. Either way, you should not wait this long if you are hoping to collect compensation for a product liability case.
We’ve helped clients file all of the above injury claims, and we’ve been successful at recovering damages for the vast majority. If you believe that you have a valid injury claim, or you want to talk with a lawyer to see if you have a case, pick up the phone and call Dean and the team at Margolis Law Firm today at (952) 230-2700.
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