What is Legal Causation in Minnesota?

January 30, 2017  |  Adriel B. Villarreal

If you are involved in a personal injury case, you know how stressful the legal aspects can be. You are already experiencing the pain of the injury itself, while at the same time navigating medical bills and court dates. With a skilled personal injury attorney on your side, you’ll be able to better navigate the challenges and map out the strengths of your case.
For your personal injury case, it is very important to know about what legal causation is in the state of Minnesota. Not every case is able to recover damages for the injuries sustained. This is often due to the inability to prove legal causation.
Legal causation refers to extent to which the defendant knew that what he or she was doing had the likelihood of resulting in harm to the plaintiff. Legal causation is different from actual causation, which refers to the actual cause and effect of the accident itself. So, it may be determined that a defendant did cause an accident (actual cause) but was not aware of the likelihood of their actions to cause harm (legal or medical causation.)
Legal causation is also different from negligence. Negligence refers to being held liable for actions not taken, like failing to provide adequate safety measures.
Since Minnesota law places the burden of proving legal causation on the plaintiff, it’s extremely important that you take the time to hire an experienced personal injury attorney to pursue your case. Your personal injury attorney will review all the aspects of your case and will aggressively pursue the case on your behalf.
When you need a skilled personal injury attorney in Minnesota, it’s time to call BGS Attorneys at Law today: (763) 780-8500. We have nearly eighty years of experience fighting for our clients in Minnesota. We look forward to working with you!