Is my car accident injury serious enough for a lawsuit?

The Minnesota Legislature created "tort thresholds" for the laws on automobile accident claims. State law requires that before a victim (or their survivors) can sue the at-fault driver, they must meet one of the following requirements:

1. They have incurred over $4,000 in medical expenses; OR
2. They have suffered a permanent injury that will continue throughout the victim's life (but it might improve or worsen); OR
3. They have suffered from a permanent disfigurement, which changed the victim's appearance to a significant degree; OR
4. They have suffered from a disability for at least 60 days. A doctor must confirm that the victim's injuries have significantly impacted the victim's work, home, or social activities; OR
5. They have died as a result of the accident.

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