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Every once in a while, we will get a person who comes into the office and they will tell us that an agent or even an adjuster has told them that they can’t make a claim against a family member after a car accident. This is 100% incorrect.

If a family member is negligent (at fault) and due to that negligence a relative is injured, there is a claim after a motor vehicle accident. It’s no different than if you never knew the person who caused the accident.

As with any accident, you will always have No Fault coverage to pay the needed medical , wage loss and replacement service benefits. However, the pain and suffering part of the claim will be covered through the liability part of the policy.

This is yet another example of where an experienced personal injury attorney can make sure that spouses, children and other relatives rights can be protected. As always, make sure you talk to someone knowledgeable before you sign off on a claim or give away the rights of your children.

2 Comments

  1. Great point, Mike.

    As you know, there's a few states that still try to restrict family member claims, but the laws of most states, including Minnesota, treat them just like any other claim.

  2. Very true, Minnesota does protect family members and passengers. Thanks for the comment. The readers like it when you stop in. : )

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