Here to Help You Understand Your Rights After an Accident
Suffering a personal injury can be a life-altering event for you and your family. Every day people are injured due to circumstances out of their control, such as distracted drivers, unsafe premises, elder or daycare abuse, unsecured animals, and overworked commercial vehicle operators. The large number of hazardous situations the average person confronts daily explains why around 39 million people in the US are treated in emergency rooms every year, according the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
There are two key factors to look out for to determine whether you have a personal injury case:
Generally, you will need to prove that you suffered a monetary loss, such as medical or repair bills. You can also receive compensation for emotional and mental damages in most cases.
Just about every type of injury due to someone else’s fault can turn into a personal injury case. This includes car accidents, brain injuries, slip & fall accidents, and workplace accidents – to name just a few.
You should hire a personal injury lawyer in Omaha to have a professional on your side during your injury claim. Insurance companies will use their vast resources to fight your claim. Without a lawyer on your side, you are vulnerable to getting less compensation than you should for your injury claim.
An Omaha lawyer will investigate your accident to gather proof for your claim, including medical records, business records, video/surveillance footage, witness testimony, and other evidence. The stronger the evidence, the stronger your chances of receiving full compensation for your injuries. That’s why your injury lawyer will consult with leading experts, if necessary, to strengthen your case.
Your lawyer will also record and calculate all your damages, so you demand money for every loss after an accident.
If you’ve been injured due to another party’s actions or omissions in Omaha, NE, you could be entitled to compensation to cover your economic and non-economic losses.
Your economic damages cover the financial costs associated with your accident and injury, including:
Your non-economic damages cover your personal losses that are more difficult to value, such as:
In rare cases, you may also be entitled to punitive (exemplary) damages. If the defendant acted with gross negligence or malice in causing your injury, the court may award these damages to punish them.
Accident victims can suffer almost any type of injury. The most common injuries, which can depend on the type of accident, include:
If you’ve suffered one or more of these injuries in an accident, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact OH&F to discuss your claim.
The timeline of your personal injury case will depend on a few different factors:
Most personal injury cases start as insurance claims. After your accident, you and your personal injury lawyer will file an injury claim against the at-fault party’s insurance company.
The insurance company will assign an adjuster to investigate your claim. The adjuster will review the documentation you submitted with your claim, assess your damages, and accept or deny liability based on the evidence.
Simple insurance claims can settle within a few weeks. Claims that involve serious injuries or damages can take much longer to settle, e.g., six months to a year.
If the insurer denies your claim or offers an unacceptable settlement, you may need to initiate a lawsuit to recover your damages. Lawsuits may settle before trial. Nonetheless, you can expect your case to take up to a year or more to resolve. You will have to engage in discovery, court appearances, and other lengthy procedures that can prolong your case timeline.