OMAHA, NEBRASKA AUTO ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
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- Auto Accidents
- Trucking Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
Contact the Omaha Auto Accident law firm, The Law Office of Eric R. Chandler, P.C., L.L.O., to arrange a free consultation and commence investigation of your injuries. We can come to you if you can’t travel, or meet clients at our downtown Omaha office, including evenings and weekends.
Car Accident Cases
Motor vehicle personal injury lawsuits are filed by people who are injured due to the negligence of someone else. In general, a motor vehicle personal injury action is similar to other personal injury actions in that the goal is to determine who was responsible and to compel the responsible party to compensate the injured person for the losses sustained. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, contact our firm to find out how we can help you preserve your rights.
Reasons to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney
When you’re injured in a car accident, you need all the help you can get, and you need it as soon as possible. Unfortunately, that means that some injury victims handle their own claims or pick the first personal injury attorney they find rather than making an informed choice. Before you hire a personal injury attorney, it’s important to educate yourself and find the right fit for you and your case.
If you’ve suffered an injury through the fault of another, you may be out of work, overwhelmed with piles of medical bills, or in constant pain and agony. Under any of these circumstances, researching, locating, and retaining a lawyer to handle your personal injury claim can seem like yet another insurmountable obstacle. There are, however, some guidelines that can help you to select a personal injury lawyer to handle your case. With our firm on your side, you can focus on your recovery while we carry at least part of your burden.
As an injured party you are entitled to recovery for costs and expenses that you incur as a result of you being injured.
COSTS AND EXPENSES THAT ARE RECOVERABLE IN A TYPICAL INSURANCE SETTLEMENT
- Medical Expenses-including aftercare and treatment, as well as prescription costs
- Property Damage Expenses-including damage done to your vehicle and also other property damaged, such as electronic equipment or clothing
- Rental Car Expenses-you are entitled to reasonable compensation for expenses paid while you do not have access to your own vehicle
- Lost Salary/Wages-you may recover money for time you are forced to spend away from work, as well as any sick leave or vacation time lost
- Pain and Suffering-you are entitled to recovery damages for pain and suffering that you are forced to endure
- Other Expenses-you may be entitled to recovery for other expenses you incur because of your injury such as money spent on house cleaning, mowing the lawn, etc.
WHAT TO DO FOLLOWING A CAR ACCIDENT:
1. BE CAREFUL WHO YOU TALK TO. Do not talk to anyone about the details of your accident except for your doctors and attorneys. Always require identification so that you know who is talking with you. Be careful of insurance companies attempting to gain as much information as possible before you hire an attorney. Also be careful of telephone solicitors, as attorneys in the State of Nebraska, and most other states, are not allowed to solicit injured parties via telephone. If anyone contacts you by phone they are likely a representative of an insurance company or a chiropractic clinic.
2. YOUR DOCTORS. Return to each of your doctors as is necessary, and keep them informed of all complaints. Your job after being injured in an accident is to keep your doctors informed of all problems and to get yourself healed. Your personal injury claim will take care of itself. Make sure to keep your attorney informed of any doctors or treating personnel that you see.
3. RECORD OF COMPLAINTS. Keep a daily record of any problems or progress you make throughout your treatment. This record will help you both in recounting exactly what you went through on a day-to-day basis as well as help your physicians in treating your ailments.
4. WAGES AND LOST EARNINGS. Keep an accurate record of all days and/or hours lost from work due to your injuries.
5. MEDICAL BILLS. Obtain and keep duplicate copies of any bills relating to medical expenses, including, but not limited to: treatment, x-rays, medications, braces, etc. Try to make all medical payments by check or credit card so the payments can be easily traced.
6. AUTO REPAIR. Do not have your car fixed until you or your attorney have obtained and developed multiple photos of any resulting damage form the accident. You may have more than one option about how to deal with the repair of your vehicle. If possible, speak to your attorney before turning your property damage into your own insurance company.
7. OBTAINING A RENTAL VEHICLE. More often than not you are entitled to a rental vehicle for a reasonable time. Your attorney can assist you in obtaining your rental vehicle.
8. ADDITIONAL EXPENSES. Additional expenses you receive as a result of your injuries can often be included in the insurance settlement value. Keep track of any additional expenses you incur as a result of your being injured, including receipts. Additional expenses may include cleaning expenses, lawn mowing expenses, etc.
9. TRAFFIC OFFENSES. Never plead guilty to any traffic offenses without first consulting an attorney. Pleading guilty to a traffic offense can adversely affect your personal injury claim.
10. PHOTOGRAPHS. Take photographs of any and all injuries or property damage that occurred as a result of the accident. Make sure your attorney has access to these photographs, or has an opportunity to take his/her own.
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