Inherent with the holiday seasons is traveling. Each year thousands of people visit family members that live out of state. The inevitably question is, what are your options if you were injured by someone else’s negligence while in another state? The answer depends on a varying degree of factors.
To sue an individual in a state, that court must have jurisdiction over your claim. One way to resolve the jurisdictional problem is by suing the individual in the state where the accident occurred. By virtue of the accident occurring in that state gives the state jurisdiction to hear the claim. Alternatively, you may bring suit in federal court if your claim is for more than $75,000 and there is diversity between the parties (the two parties are from two different states) or there is a federal question involved. Lastly, you may be able to bring the defendant to your own home state by an applicable long arm statute. In order to do this, you must prove that the defendant has certain minimum contacts with the state.
The personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth are experienced with motor vehicle accident claims and can help you or someone you know who has been in a motor vehicle accident. We have a track record of recovering millions of dollars due to car accidents and helping clients recover from their traumatic experience. Our personal injury attorneys are licensed in Missouri and Illinois. We have logged thousands of hours on the phone with insurance companies and recovered millions of dollars for medical bills, pain and suffering, and property damage. We have over 95 years of combined experience. Please contact us at (314) 300-3000 or (800) 391-4318 for a no-obligation assessment of your potential motor vehicle case.
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