1. Why should I hire you instead of a larger firm?
There are several reasons. I have over 30 years of experience in handling personal injury accident cases and on-the-job injury cases. Over the years, I have handled many jury trials, hearings before the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court and trials decided by a judge. Having that experience is invaluable in evaluating your case, pursuing your case through settlement or litigation and seeking a fair recovery for you. I have control of your case from beginning to end. Once you become my client, your case is not shuffled off to an associate attorney with less experience or a paralegal which often happens with larger law firms. I return phone calls. Experienced and personal service for my clients is the basis of my practice.
2. What should I do if I am in an accident?
Try to stay calm. Assess your situation. Call 911. Assist others who are injured if you are able to do so. Talk to the responsible driver and get an explanation why the accident happened. Write down the name, address, phone number, license plate number, and insurance company for the responsible party. Write down the name, address, and phone number of anyone who may be a witness even if you see them talking to a police officer. Sometimes their information does not show up in the accident reports. This includes the passengers of all vehicles involved in the collision. If you have a camera available, even with your cell phone, take a picture of the location of the vehicles in their final resting spots. If there is any question about who is at fault, do not move your car until you are directed to do so by a police officer. Give a complete description of how the collision occurred to the investigating officer. Seek medical attention if you are injured. If your vehicle must be towed from the scene, you are better off having it towed directly to the body shop of your choice or to your home rather than having it taken to the Police Impound Lot. Do not give a recorded statement to anyone from the responsible driver’s insurance company.
3. What should I do if I am injured on the job?
If you are injured on the job, report your injury to your supervisor as soon as possible. Follow company procedures in filling out an accident report. Seek medical attention. Employees can be penalized and sometimes lose their workers’ compensation claims when they take too long to report an injury or fail to report it appropriately or wait too long before they seek medical treatment. If anyone witnessed your accident, make sure you get their contact information.
If you are injured on the job and your injury was caused by the negligence of someone not working for your employer, you may also be able to bring a personal injury claim against that other individual and/or his employer. You should consult with a lawyer as soon as possible if that situation should arise.
4. When should I contact an attorney?
You should call an attorney if you were injured in a collision or other accident badly enough to require medical treatment. Should there be any question about who was at fault, a lawyer representing you can guide you through that process. If you are at fault for causing a collision, an attorney can defend you in the criminal justice system. Insurance adjusters will try to minimize the amount of compensation that you are entitled to and sometimes even try to persuade you to enter into a settlement long before it is appropriate to do so.
5. What is the statute of limitations for injury cases?
A statute of limitation is a Nebraska law which requires that certain types of claims be filed in court within a certain period of time. In general, if you do not file your claim correctly within the time limit of a statute of limitations, then your claim is barred forever. The statute of limitations varies depending upon the case. For example, under Nebraska law, most automobile collisions have a 4-year statute of limitations. However, if your intent is to bring a claim against a Political Subdivision because it was the owner of the vehicle involved or the employer of the responsible driver, you have only 1 year to present a claim under a certain procedure. A claim against the State of Nebraska must be filed correctly within 2 years from the date of the accident. In short, you should consult with a lawyer if there is any question as to when it is necessary to file a claim to prevent your loss of ability to do so.
6. What is my out-of-pocket cost to hire you?
The short answer is: nothing.
In personal injury accident cases, my fee agreement is called a contingent fee. This means that I get paid for my time only if I make a recovery for you. If there is no recovery, you owe me nothing for my time, just reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses. If I do make a recovery for you, my fee for my time is one-third of the amount recovered plus reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses. I advance all out-of-pocket expenses for the cost of pursuing your claim, a service which many law firms do not provide.
7. What damages can I recover?
In a personal injury accident claim, you can recover your medical expenses, lost wages, and then an additional amount for your past and future disability, past and future pain and suffering, and for your inconvenience. Under some circumstances, if you have permanent restrictions in your ability to earn a living, you are entitled to compensation for that loss of earning capacity. Everyone’s case is unique in terms of what damages are available to compensate you for your injuries.
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