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Personal injury law involves civil claims in which an individual is injured through the negligence, recklessness or intentional misconduct of another person, a company, or property owner. A personal injury lawsuit may arise from physical or emotional injuries. Personal injury law compensates individuals injured as a result of another's negligence or intentional misconduct. Personal injury laws vary from state to state. If you believe you have a personal injury claim, you should contact a personal injury lawyer in Minnesota to evaluate your claim.

Minnesota follows a system using the modified comparative negligence – 51% rule.  In states following a modified comparative fault – 51% rule, an injured party can only recover if it is determined that his or her fault in causing the injury does not reach 51%.  If the injured party was 50% or less at fault, he or she may still recover damages.  However, if a plaintiff’s fault reaches 51%, he or she recovers nothing.  In other words, a plaintiff may have caused half of the accident and still recover damages from the court, but if it is found that the plaintiff’s fault was responsible for more than half of the accident, that plaintiff is barred from receiving any damages determined by the court.  Here, as in a pure comparative negligence state, a plaintiff’s recovery is reduced by the degree of his or her fault.  For example, if Debbie sued Dave for damages she suffered in a car accident involving their vehicles, and Debbie was 51% at fault, Debbie would not recover anything from Dave.  If, however, Debbie was 40% at fault, she could recover damages, but the damage award would be reduced by her portion of the fault in causing the injury.  Therefore, a finding that Debbie suffered $10,000 in damages would result in Debbie receiving an award reduced by 40%, or a final award of $6,000.

Click here to read about contributory vs. comparative negligence.

A statute of limitations is a type of law that restricts the period of time that a person may initiate legal proceedings.  Time limits can vary depending on the type of case and the state where the particular cause of action occurred. To learn more about statutes of limitations, read our Statute of Limitations page. To see a state by state comparison chart for the personal injury statute of limitations for each state, read our Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Actions page.

Minnesota Statutes of Limitations

In Minnesota, the courts follow a modified joint and several liability approach in entering judgment against multiple defendants.  A defendant is subject to joint and severally liability when that defendant is more than 50% at fault, worked in concert with another to cause injury to the plaintiff, committed an intentional tort, or participated in certain environmental torts.  If the defendant falls outside of the above situations, he or she will be responsible only for the amount of damages proportionate to his or her share of the fault.   

Click here for more about Joint and Several Liability.

One of the best ways to research personal injury lawyers in Minnesota is to contact courts in MN and ask them for information about the personal injury attorneys who utilize their legal facilities when they bring personal injury cases to court. We have compiled a list below of some courts in Minnesota to get you started:

Supreme Court
Minnesota Supreme Court
Minnesota Judicial Center
25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-297-7650

Court of Appeals
Minnesota Court of Appeals

Minnesota Judicial Center
25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-297-7650

District Courts
1st Judicial District of Minnesota
Carver County Justice Center

604 East 4th Street
Chaska, MN 55318
952-361-1420

1st Judicial District of Minnesota
Dakota County Judicial Center

1560 West Highway 55
Hastings, MN 55033
651-438-8100

1st Judicial District of Minnesota
Dakota County Western Service Center

14955 Galaxie Avenue
Apple Valley, MN 55124
952-891-7256

1st Judicial District of Minnesota
District Court

Northern Service Center
1 Mendota Road West, Suite 140
West St. Paul, MN 55118
651-554-6200

1st Judicial District of Minnesota
Goodhue County Justice Center

454 W 6th St
Red Wing, MN 55066-2587
651-267-4800

1st Judicial District of Minnesota
LeSueur County Courthouse

88 S Park Ave
Le Center, MN 56057-1600
507-357-2251

1st Judicial District of Minnesota
Scott County Justice Center

200 Fourth Avenue West
Government Center – JC115
Shakopee, MN 55379
952-496-8200

1st Judicial District of Minnesota
McLeod County Courthouse

830 11th Street East
Glencoe, MN 55336
320-864-5551

1st Judicial District of Minnesota
400 Court Ave
P.O. Box 867
Gaylord, MN 55334

2nd Judicial District of Minnesota
St. Paul City Hall Courthouse

15 W Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55102
651-266-8266

3rd Judicial District of Minnesota
Dodge County

22 - East 6th Street, Dept. 12
Mantorville, MN 55955
507-635-6260

3rd Judicial District of Minnesota
Fillmore County

101 Fillmore Street
PO Box 436
Preston, MN 55965
507-765-3356

3rd Judicial District of Minnesota
Freeborn County

411 South Broadway
Albert Lea, MN 56007
507-377-5153

3rd Judicial District of Minnesota
Houston County

304 South Marshall Street, Room 204
Caledonia, MN 55921-1324
507-725-5806

3rd Judicial District of Minnesota
Mower County

201 First Street NE
Austin, MN 55912
507-437-9465

3rd Judicial District of Minnesota
Olmsted County

151 Fourth Street SE
Rochester, MN 55904
507-285-8363

3rd Judicial District of Minnesota
Rice County

218 NW Third St, Suite 300
Faribault, MN 55021
507-332-6107

3rd Judicial District of Minnesota
Steele County

111 East Main Street
Owatonna, MN 55060
507-444-7700

3rd Judicial District of Minnesota
Wabasha County

625 Jefferson Avenue
Wabasha, MN 55981
651-565-3012

3rd Judicial District of Minnesota
Waseca County

307 North State Street
Waseca, MN 56093
507-835-0544

3rd Judicial District of Minnesota
Winona County

171 West Third Street
Winona, MN 55987
507-457-6385

4th Judicial District of Minnesota
Hennepin County

300 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487
612-348-6000

4th Judicial District of Minnesota
Brookdale Branch

6125 Shingle Creek Parkway
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430-2181
763-569-2799

4th Judicial District of Minnesota
Ridgedale Branch

12601 Ridgedale Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55305-0744
952-541-7000

4th Judicial District of Minnesota
Southdale Branch

7009 York Avenue South
Edina, MN 55435-0654
952-830-4877

5th Judicial District of Minnesota
Blue Earth County Court

204 South Fifth Street
P.O. Box 0347
Mankato, MN 56002-0347
507-304-4050

5th Judicial District of Minnesota
Brown County Court

14 South State Street
P. O. Box 248
New Ulm, MN 56073-0248
507-233-6670

5th Judicial District of Minnesota
Cottonwood County Court

900 Third Avenue
P.O. Box 97
Windom, MN 56101-0097
507-831-4551

5th Judicial District of Minnesota
Faribault County Court

415 North Main
P. O. Box 130
Blue Earth, MN 56013-0130
507-526-6273

5th Judicial District of Minnesota
Jackson County Court

405 Fourth Street
P. O. Box 177
Jackson, MN 56143
507-847-4400

5th Judicial District of Minnesota
Lincoln County Court

Lincoln County Government Center
319 North Rebecca
P.O. Box 15
Ivanhoe, MN 56142-0015
507-694-1355

5th Judicial District of Minnesota
Lyon County Court

Lyon County Government Center
607 West Main
Marshall, MN 56258
507-537-6734

5th Judicial District of Minnesota
Martin County Court

Martin County Security Building
201 Lake Avenue
Fairmont, MN 56031
507-238-3205

5th Judicial District of Minnesota
Murray County Court

2500 28th Street
P.O. Box 57
Slayton, MN 56172-0057
507-836-6163, ext. 135

5th Judicial District of Minnesota
Nicollet County Court

Nicollet County Government Center
501 South Minnesota Avenue
P.O. Box 496
St. Peter, MN 56082
507-931-6800

5th Judicial District of Minnesota
Nobles County Court

Prairie Justice Center
1530 Airport Road
P.O. Box 547
Worthington, MN 56187
507-372-8263

5th Judicial District of Minnesota
Pipestone County Court

416 South Hiawatha
P.O. Box 337
Pipestone, MN 56164
507-825-6730

5th Judicial District of Minnesota
Redwood County Court

Third and Jefferson
P.O. Box 130
Redwood Falls, MN 56283-0130
507-637-4020

5th Judicial District of Minnesota
Rock County Court

204 East Brown Street
P.O. Box 745
Luverne, MN 56156-0745
507-283-5020

5th Judicial District of Minnesota
Watonwan County Court

710 Second Avenue South
P.O. Box 518
St. James, MN 56081
507-375-1238

6th Judicial District of Minnesota
Carlton County Courthouse

P.O. Box 190
301 Walnut Street
Carlton, MN 55718
218-384-4281

6th Judicial District of Minnesota
Cook County Courthouse

411 West 2nd Street
Grand Marais, MN 55604
218-387-3610

6th Judicial District of Minnesota
Lake County Courthouse

601 3rd Avenue
Two Harbors, MN 55616
218-834-833

6th Judicial District of Minnesota
100 North 5th Ave. W.
Duluth, MN 55802-1285
218-726-2460

6th Judicial District of Minnesota
1810 E. 12th Ave.
Hibbing, MN 55746-1680
218-262-0105

6th Judicial District of Minnesota
300 5th Ave. South
Virginia, MN 55792-2666
218-749-7106

7th Judicial District of Minnesota
Becker County Court

915 Lake Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
218-846-7200 ext. 7305

7th Judicial District of Minnesota
Benton County Court

615 Highway 23
Foley, MN 56329
320-968-5205

7th Judicial District of Minnesota
Clay County Court

807 11th Street North
Moorhead, MN 56560
218-299-5065

7th Judicial District of Minnesota
Douglas County Court

305 8th Avenue West
Alexandria, MN 56308
320-762-3033

7th Judicial District of Minnesota
Mille Lacs County Court

635 2nd Street Southeast
Milaca, MN 56353
320-983-8313

7th Judicial District of Minnesota
Morrison County Court

213 1st Avenue Southeast
Little Falls, MN 56345
320-632-0327

7th Judicial District of Minnesota
Otter Tail County Court

121 West Junius Avenue
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
218-998-8420

7th Judicial District of Minnesota
Stearns County Court

725 Courthouse Square
St. Cloud, MN 56303
320-656-3620

7th Judicial District of Minnesota
Todd County Court

221 1st Avenue South
Long Prairie, MN 56347
320-732-7802

7th Judicial District of Minnesota
Wadena County Court

415 Jefferson Street South
Wadena, MN 56482
218-631-7633

8th Judicial District of Minnesota
Big Stone County Courthouse

20 Second Street SE
Ortonville, MN 56278
320-839-2536

8th Judicial District of Minnesota
Chippewa County Courthouse

629 North 11th Street
Montevideo, MN 56265
320-269-7774

8th Judicial District of Minnesota
Grant County Courthouse

PO Box 1007
Elbow Lake, MN 56531-1007
218-685-4825

8th Judicial District of Minnesota
Kandiyohi County Courthouse

505 Becker Avenue SW
Willmar, MN 56201
320-231-6206

8th Judicial District of Minnesota
Lac qui Parle County Courthouse

600 Sixth Street
PO Box 36
Madison, MN 56256
320-598-3536

8th Judicial District of Minnesota
Meeker County Courthouse
325 North Sibley
Litchfield, MN 55355
320-693-5230

8th Judicial District of Minnesota
Pope County Courthouse

130 East Minnesota
Glenwood, MN 56334
320-634-5222

8th Judicial District of Minnesota
Renville County Courthouse

500 East DePue
Third Level
Olivia, Minnesota 56277
320-523-3680

8th Judicial District of Minnesota
Stevens County Courthouse

Fifth and Colorado
PO Box 530
Morris, MN 56267
320-589-7287

8th Judicial District of Minnesota
Swift County Courthouse

301 14th Street North
P.O. Box 110
Benson, MN 56215
320-843-2744

8th Judicial District of Minnesota
Traverse County Courthouse

702 2nd Avenue North
PO Box 867
Wheaton, MN 56296
320-563-4343

8th Judicial District of Minnesota
Wilkin County Courthouse

300 South 5th Street
PO Box 219
Breckenridge, MN 56520
218-643-7172

8th Judicial District of Minnesota
Yellow Medicine County Courthouse

415 9th Avenue
Granite Falls, MN 56241
320-564-3325

9th Judicial District of Minnesota
Aitkin County Courthouse

209 Second Street NW
Aitkin, MN 56431
218-927-7337

9th Judicial District of Minnesota
Beltrami County Courthouse

619 Beltrami Avenue NW
Bemidji, MN 56601-3068
218-333-8431

9th Judicial District of Minnesota
Cass County Courthouse

300 Minnesota Avenue - PO Box 3000
Walker, MN 56484
218-547-7210

9th Judicial District of Minnesota
Clearwater County Courthouse

213 Main Avenue N, Dept 303
Bagley, MN 56621
218-694-6177

9th Judicial District of Minnesota
Crow Wing County Courthouse

326 Laurel Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
218-824-1310

9th Judicial District of Minnesota
Hubbard County Courthouse

301 Court Ave - PO Box 72
Park Rapids, MN 56470
218-732-5286

9th Judicial District of Minnesota
Itasca County Courthouse

123 4th St NE
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
218-327-7454

9th Judicial District of Minnesota
Kittson County Courthouse

410 5th St South
Hallock, MN 567288
218-843-3632

9th Judicial District of Minnesota
Koochiching County Courthouse

715 4th Street
International Falls, MN 56649

9th Judicial District of Minnesota
Koochiching County Courthouse

715 4th Street
International Falls, MN 56649
218-283-1160

9th Judicial District of Minnesota
Lake of the Woods County Courthouse

206 8th Ave SE - PO Box 808
Baudette, MN 56623
218-634-1451

9th Judicial District of Minnesota
Mahnomen County Courthouse

311 N Main - PO Box 459
Mahnomen, MN 56557
218-935-2251

9th Judicial District of Minnesota
Marshall County Courthouse

208 East Colvin
Warren, MN 56762
218-745-4816

9th Judicial District of Minnesota
Norman County Courthouse

16 3rd Ave East
Ada, MN 56510
218-784-5458

9th Judicial District of Minnesota
Pennington County Courthouse

101 N Main - PO Box 619
Thief River Falls, MN 56701
218-683-7023

9th Judicial District of Minnesota
Polk County Courthouse

612 N Broadway, Ste 301
Crookston, MN 56716
218-281-2332, Ext. 1312

9th Judicial District of Minnesota
Red Lake County Courthouse

124 Langevin Ave - PO Box 339
Red Lake Falls, MN 56750
218-253-4281

9th Judicial District of Minnesota
Roseau County Courthouse

606 5th Ave SW, Rm 20
Roseau, MN 56751
218-463-2541

10th Judicial District of Minnesota
Anoka County Courthouse
325 East Main Street
Anoka, MN 55303
763-422-7350

10th Judicial District of Minnesota
Chisago County Courthouse

313 North Main Street
Center City, MN 55012
651-213-8650

10th Judicial District of Minnesota
Isanti County Courthouse
555 18th Avenue SW
Cambridge, MN 55008
763-689-2292

10th Judicial District of Minnesota
Kanabec County Courthouse
18 North Vine Street
Mora, MN 55051
320-679-6400

10th Judicial District of Minnesota
Pine County Courthouse
315 Main Street South
Pine City, MN 55063
320-629-5634

10th Judicial District of Minnesota
Sherburne County Courthouse
13880 Hwy 10
Elk River, MN 55330
763-241-2800

10th Judicial District of Minnesota
Washington County Courthouse
14949 62nd Street North
Stillwater, MN 55082
651-430-6263

10th Judicial District of Minnesota
Wright County Courthouse
10 2nd Street NW
Buffalo, MN 55313
763-682-7539

 

 
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