Car Accidents

Navigating Minnesota Tort Thresholds in Automobile Claims: A Legal Overview in 2023

Heuer Fischer Aug. 25, 2023


Heuer Fischer is a Minneapolis based personal injury law firm that specializes in automobile claims. It's crucial to have a grasp of tort thresholds—a pivotal aspect of personal injury law that profoundly impacts the pursuit of compensation for car crash victims. This article aims to shed light on the intricate concept of automobile thresholds, providing our clients with a basic understanding.

Understanding Tort Thresholds

Tort thresholds are legal benchmarks that determine whether an individual involved in an automobile accident is eligible to pursue a lawsuit against the at-fault driver for non-economic damages beyond basic no-fault benefits. These non-economic damages may include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life—elements that can substantially influence the overall compensation sought by the injured party.

Minnesota's Tort Threshold:

$4,000 in reasonable medical expenses: In order to recover non-economic damages, you must have reasonable medical expenses that exceed $4,000 excluding some diagnostic procedures.

Permanent disfigurement or dismemberment : You can recover non-economic damages if you suffer a permanent disfigurement or dismemberment as a result of the accident.

Total disability for 60 days or more : You can recover non-economic damages if you are totally disabled for 60 days or more as a result of the accident.

Death : You can recover non-economic damages if someone dies as a result of the accident.

Navigating the Legal Landscape

Heuer Fischer plays a pivotal role in guiding our clients through the complexities of tort thresholds. This involves meticulous assessment of the nature and extent of injuries, collaboration with medical experts to establish the threshold's criteria, and crafting compelling arguments that demonstrate the injury's impact on the claimant's life.


Tort thresholds constitute a fundamental aspect of personal injury law, shaping the trajectory of automobile claims and the pursuit of just compensation for accident victims. Heuer Fischer’s ability to navigate the intricacies of tort thresholds underscores our commitment to advocating for the rights and well-being of those who turn to us for legal representation in their time of need. The Heuer Fischer team is dedicated to helping victims receive maximum compensation. Heuer Fischer has NEVER represented the big business insurance companies - we represent the injured. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your claim.