Minnesota Personal Injury Resources

Minnesota is located in the Northern region of Midwestern United States and borders Canada to the north as well as 4 states and Lake Superior. It gets its name from the Dakota dialect name for the Minnesota River, “Minisota,” which can be translated as “clear water” or “clouded water” depending on its pronunciation. Minnesota ranks as one of the healthiest states and has a highly literate population. A majority of the residents are of German and Scandinavian descent and the state is known to be the center of Scandinavian American culture. Personal injury lawsuits in Minnesota may be filed in the county where the incident occurred or where the parties involved are located. For cases that do not exceed $7,500, the personal injury case should be filed in Minnesota’s small claims court.
Minnesota had an estimated population of 5,379,139 in the year 2012, which makes it the 21st most populous in the United States. About 60% of its population resides in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, also known as the “Twin Cities”. It is the center of transportation, education, government and an internationally known arts community. The state had a total of 211,898 civil incoming cases, which is 3,990 cases per 100,000 of the total population. Of the total civil cases, 4,816 are tort cases, tried in the District Court. Some personal injury lawsuits have multiple plaintiffs, like in the case of a bridge in Minnesota that collapsed. The collapse of the bridge caused a dozen fatalities and injured almost 200 people. The state was held responsible for the personal injuries because it needed maintenance and was not ordered to be closed to the public.
In Minnesota, economic and non-economic damages are limited. If the complainant is found to be at fault, joint liability is revoked. The only exceptions would be cases involving hazardous wastes or substances, tortuous interference with business relationships, and the manufacture or marketing of fungible products in generic form. Like the rest of the country, in Minnesota, a signification portion of civil cases in the state courts are personal injury cases. These claims all involve some kind of injury to a person or to property due to the actions of another entity. Many lawsuits fall under this category, including medical malpractice, construction accidents, defective products, and traffic accidents.

Minnesota State Resources
State of Minnesota: http://mn.gov/portal/
Official Portal of Minnesota: http://mn.gov/portal/
Minnesota Legislature Online: http://www.leg.state.mn.us/
Minnesota Government Information Sites w/ Links: http://mn.gov/portal/government/
Minnesota Secretary of State: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/
Hennepin County Official Website: http://www.hennepin.us/

Minnesota Court Resources
Minnesota Courts Online: http://www.mncourts.gov/
Links for Minnesota Courts: http://www.mncourts.gov/
Minnesota Office of Court Administration: http://www.mncourts.gov/?page=244
Supreme Court of Minnesota: http://www.mncourts.gov/?page=550
United States Court Locator: http://www.uscourts.gov/court_locator.aspx

Minnesota Legal Associates
State Bar of Minnesota: http://www.mnbar.org/
American Bar Association: http://www.abanet.org/home.cfm
Hennepin County Bar Association: http://www.hcba.org/
Center for Justice and Democracy: http://centerjd.org
American Association for Justice: https://www.justice.org

Other Minnesota Legal Resources
Personal Injury in Minnesota: http://research.lawyers.com/Minnesota/Personal-Injury-in-Minnesota.html
Minnesota Legal Resources: http://mn.gov/lawlib/mnlr.html
Minnesota Constitution: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/constitution/
Minnesota Legislature and Statutes Online: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/pubs/
Minnesota Rules of Evidence: http://www.mncourts.gov/documents/0/Public/Rules/Rules_of_evidence_eff_9-1-06.pdf
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: http://www.law.cornell.edu/rules/frcp/
Minnesota Public Records finder: http://www.doc.state.mn.us/publicviewer/main.asp
Daily Legal News: http://www.law.com/newswire/
Martindale-Hubbell National Attorney Locator: http://www.martindale.com