What If I’m Injured While Traveling out of State?

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Minnesotans are often unaware that if they are injured while traveling outside of the state, they still have the right to file a claim to recover damages for that injury. They may file either in Minnesota or in the state in which they were injured. A Minnesota attorney can help with that process.

If you’ve been injured while traveling out of state, whether on business or for personal reasons, contact an experienced personal injury attorney at Patterson Dahlberg for a free initial evaluation. We are conveniently located in downtown Rochester, MN, but we also proudly serve our neighbors in the surrounding communities.

What Patterson Dahlberg Offers Our Clients

It’s in an insurance company’s best interest to save money. To those ends, the company may either deny the claim outright or assign a representative to aggressively pursue a settlement with a personal injury victim. While the compensation may at first seem adequate to reach an end to a devastating situation, it is often only a fraction of what you’re entitled.

An experienced lawyer handling your out-of-state personal injury claim in Minnesota steps in to manage the following:

  • Insurance company: Any calls you receive after you’ve hired an attorney should be referred directly to your representative.
  • Bill collectors: if you’ve been unable to work due to your injuries, and the bills continue to mount, you should refer collection calls to your attorney.
  • Advocacy: Your experienced and knowledgeable attorney is prepared to advocate for you through the most complex cases.
  • Counsel: Because of the complexities involved with multistate injury claims, you need an attorney who knows how to expertly navigate through the system. When you have questions, you need to rely on your counsel’s advice.

Your Patterson Dahlberg personal injury attorney in Rochester, MN, is dedicated to protecting your rights. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, our experienced attorneys go to work to protect your interests. We’ve successfully recovered over $120,000,000 for our clients.

Possible Damages in an Out-of-State Personal Injury Claim

If you were injured while traveling out of state and another person caused the accident, you may qualify for the recovery of certain damages.


Any actual out-of-pocket expenses that are a result of the accident may include the following:

  • Medical expenses
    • Traditional medical or surgical treatment
    • Medical equipment
    • Dental
    • Chiropractic
    • Prosthesis
    • Prescription drugs
    • Ambulance services
    • Travel expenses required to receive medical care
    • Language interpretation or translation
    • Hospital and nursing services
    • In-home care
    • Services for those who rely on spiritual means for healing
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Property damage
  • Future earnings for the survivor(s) of a decedent in a wrongful death


  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium


In some instances, punitive damages may be awarded in addition to the compensatory damages. To qualify for punitive damages in a personal injury case, you must clearly establish that the person at fault showed a “deliberate disregard for the rights or safety of others.”

Each of Patterson Dahlberg’s cases is accepted on a contingency basis, which means that you owe us nothing unless we win your case for you.

Work-related Damages while Traveling out of Minnesota

In addition to the damages listed above, you may be able to claim additional damages if you were injured by another while you were traveling for business. You may qualify for workers’ compensation if the following circumstances apply:

  • Most of your work is performed in Minnesota
  • You were hired in Minnesota by a Minnesota employer

Additionally, your reason for being out of state meets one of the following criteria:

  • You were on a business trip and performing a business-related activity while injured
  • You were making an assigned delivery across the state line
  • You were injured while traveling to or from your out-of-state destination

When you contact Patterson Dahlberg you receive the expert counsel of an attorney who is knowledgeable in both personal injury and workers’ compensation law. We aggressively pursue every possible avenue to achieve the highest compensation for our clients.

Patterson Dahlberg’s Commitment to the Victims of Out-of-State Accident Victims

When we meet with you during our initial consultation, your personal injury attorney will listen to what you have to say. We want to know who you are, what your life was like before the accident, and how that accident has affected your life. Getting to know you as a person allows us to provide you with the most effective representation.

Our experienced team of professionals at Patterson Dahlberg may employ the following methods to achieve the best resolution for our clients:


We have learned through our years of experience that what may seem like the most inconsequential aspect of an accident may later provide the key element needed to prove liability. We take nothing for granted in our meticulous search for details.

Our investigation may involve the following:

  • Visiting the location
  • Studying reports
  • Questioning witnesses
  • Examining the vehicle(s) involved
  • Analyzing road conditions and construction


Your attorney will speak to the insurance companies on your behalf to aggressively seek the maximum reparations available.


When we’ve exhausted all other avenues of mediation, the attorneys at Patterson Dahlberg are experienced and aggressive litigators, and we’re prepared to represent your interests in a court of law.

Contact Patterson Dahlberg when You’ve Been Injured while Traveling out of Minnesota

If you or a loved one has been injured by another while traveling out of state, it’s in your best interest to seek the counsel of an experienced attorney as soon as possible. The standard statute of limitations for filing a personal liability lawsuit in Minnesota is two years from the date of the accident, however, there are exceptions. One of our knowledgeable attorneys will be able to discuss the unique circumstances of your case with you.

Contact Patterson Dahlberg 24/7 at either 507-424-3000 or by filling out our online form. We will arrange for a free, no-obligation initial evaluation of your case.