With over 60 years of combined litigation and trial experience, Carlson & Jones, P.A. attains excellent results for personal injury victims. We are a highly qualified team of experienced attorneys who provide aggressive and dedicated representation for our clients.
We provide legal assistance and representation in a diverse array of personal injury matters, such as the following:
- Wrongful Death
- Automobile Accidents
- Trucking Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Accidents involving drunk drivers
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Premises Liability or Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents
- Medical Malpractice or Medical Negligence
Our experienced lawyers have handled numerous personal injury cases, from cases involving straightforward issues, to very serious, complex cases involving serious catastrophic injuries, such as neck, back, or spinal cord injuries; traumatic brain injuries; and burn injuries.
Our clients often have mounting expenses and financial hardships after suffering accident related injuries. We maximize the recovery our clients are entitled to by seeking the following types of recovery on their behalf:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Changes in future earning capacity
- Property damage, such as damage to a car in a collision
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Other costs directly resulting from your injury
Statute of Limitations
The law specifies a certain period of time for filing a lawsuit, depending on the type of lawsuit that is being filed. This statutory time period for filing a lawsuit is known as the "statute of limitations." If a case is filed outside of the statute of limitations period, then the case is forever "time-barred," which means that the individual is prohibited from filing that particular case or cause of action.
In most circumstances, unless certain exceptions exist, Minnesota law delineates the statute of limitations period for different types of cases, such as the following:
- Personal Injury cases, including car, truck, motorcycle, and bus accidents: For cases based on the negligent acts of another party, resulting in injuries to the plaintiff, injured individuals generally have up to six years from the time of the accident or from reasonable discovery of the injury to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party. (Minnesota Statutes Section Section 541.05(5))
- Medical Malpractice or Negligence cases: In actions where the plaintiff or patient alleges malpractice or error against the treating doctor, the plaintiff in most circumstances has up to four years from the time of the injury or when the injury should have been discovered to file the claim. (Minnesota Statutes Section 541.076(b))
However, if the patient died as a result of medical malpractice by the doctor or physician, an action based on the death of the patient can generally be filed up to three years from the date of the death. (Minnesota Statutes Section 573.02(1))
- Wrongful Death: In cases involving the death of an individual due to the negligent acts of another party, the court appoints a trustee who represents the surviving spouse and kin of the decedent. These types of actions are called wrongful death actions and the trustee generally has up to three years from the date of the person's death to file the action, so long as the action is filed within six years of the wrongful act or omission.
If the death was a result of the intentional act of another individual, constituting murder, then the action may be filed anytime after the death of the decedent. (Minnesota Statutes Section 573.02(1))
For the applicable statute of limitations period for your particular case, you should consult an experienced personal injury attorney who can advise you of your rights and provide an assessment of your case.
If you were seriously injured and another party was responsible for causing the accident, contact an experienced and committed personal injury attorney at Carlson & Jones, P.A. for a free initial consultation.