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What is Comparative Fault and How Could It Affect My Injury Claim?

On Behalf of | Jul 31, 2013 | Negligence, Personal Injury

When an individual files a lawsuit or claim to seek compensation for the injuries he or she suffered in a car accident, truck accident or other similar type of personal injury accident, Minnesota Statutes state that his or her claim may be reduced or diminished according to the extent of fault which can be directly attributed to the individual. This is what is known as comparative fault or comparative negligence. It means that if you sustained injuries in an accident and it is determined that you somehow contributed to causing those injuries, the amount of damages you are claiming may be lowered in direct proportion to your alleged fault.

Let us say, for example, you are involved in a car accident caused by another driver running a red light. If it is determined that you were traveling at a high rate of speed, or you were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, and your actions specifically contributed to the injuries you sustained, you could be found partially liable for your own injuries. If the jury determines you are 30% liable for causing your own injuries, you would be able to recover only 70% of the total compensation you originally sought to recover.

When you seek counsel from a St. Paul personal injury lawyer at Rob Roe Law, LLC, we will be able to give you an honest assessment of your case. We will let you know what you can expect in court, or during negotiations, and we will provide you with one-on-one, personalized attention and service at every step of your case. Our lawyers and staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, and we are committed to getting results. We have more than three decades combined experience representing the victims of personal injury accidents. We know the tactics other lawyers often use in an effort to defend their clients, by placing blame on innocent victims, and we fight hard against such tactics to see that those responsible for your injuries are held fully liable for their actions. If you want an attorney who will be a strong advocate for your rights, contact our firm and schedule to meet with our St. Paul personal injury attorney at once.