PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CHILD’S MEDICAL BILLS.
First, when a child is injured in Minnesota, the child’s legal parents remain primarily responsible for the legal bills. In most cases, the child’s medical bills are covered by the medical and health insurance of the parents. When the child is injured in a car accident, the primary source of recovery for the child’s medical bills is that of the applicable no-fault insurance policy. Because the child does not have the legal right to enter into a contract, the parents are responsible for selecting and hiring a lawyer.
PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE TO MAKE THE CLAIM FOR THE CHILD.
Secondly, any legal claim is brought in the name of the child but pursuant to the authority of the parent acting as “parent and natural guardian”. When the parents are unable to agree, the court will appoint a “Guardian ad litem” to pursue the claim on behalf of the child.
ANY SETTLEMENT NEEDS COURT APPROVAL.
Thirdly, Minnesota law requires that any settlement of a child injury case requires a judge’s approval in order to be final and legally binding that typically requires a court hearing in which the judge requires the presentation of evidence proving that the settlement is in the best interests of the child.
SETTLEMENT FUNDS ARE HELD BY THE COURT TO LEGAL AGE.
Fourthly, Minnesota law requires that the child settlement money, after payment of the medical bills and attorneys fees, must be held in a court approval financial institution, and generally of be available for distribution to the child upon reaching the age of majority, which is 18 years of age and Minnesota. In the event that the child has needs for some of the funds that are being held subject to court jurisdiction, it is necessary to file a formal petition with the court and seek a court order for distribution of the funds prior to the age of 18.
SCHMIDT SALITA LAWYERS ARE EXPERIENCED WITH CHILD INJURY CLAIMS.
The child injury lawyers at the Schmidt Salita Law Team are very experienced in the handling of child injury cases. They have over 70 years of experience in over 1000 child injury claims. They are experienced in negotiating through the Minnesota legal system in order to bring justice to child injury victims.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team Handles a Wide Variety of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Claims.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team handles cases involving car accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian car accidents, and bicycle accidents. It has many years’ experience in workers , products liability and medical malpractice cases.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team has extensive experience with concussion injuries, traumatic brain injuries, neck and back injuries, whiplash injuries, broken bones, injured joint injuries (knee, hip, shoulder, wrist, ankle, spinal), amputation injuries, and vision and eye injuries.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team has offices through out the State of Minnesota. Its primary location is at Ridgedale Office Center in Minnetonka, near the intersection of I394 and I494. The offices are ground level, handicap accessible with ample parking.
The Schmidt Salita Team Offers Contingent Fee Arrangements.
The firm offers contingent fee agreements (You don’t pay lawyers fees until you collect and then only as a percentage of the settlement). It also offers home and hospital visits to clients whose injuries present difficulty in coming to the office.
“PERSONAL INJURY WITH PERSONAL ATTENTION TO EACH CASE”.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team has locations throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Osseo, Anoka, Coon Rapids, Brooklyn Center, Fridley, Blaine, Shoreview, Woodbury, Falcon Heights, Columbia Park, Stillwater, Hastings, Inver Grove, Cottage Grove, South St. Paul, Apple Valley, Eagan, Burnsville, Savage, Shakopee, Richfield, Bloomington, Chaska, Chanhassen, Edina, Eden Prairie, and Hopkins.