Personal Injury FAQ
At Brock Law Offices in Lincoln, our lawyers believe that much of the stress involved in personal injury claims is the result of not knowing the process. To alleviate stress, we have provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about these claims:
What Should I Do After An Accident?
Your priority should be recovery. See your doctor as soon as possible. If you have the opportunity, however, take pictures of the accident scene and record every detail you can remember. You may also want to discuss your case with an attorney.
Should I Wait To Get Medical Treatment?
No matter what, do not delay medical treatment. This includes follow-up visits with your doctor, as well as physical therapy appointments and scheduled surgeries. Delaying treatment could harm your personal injury claim, because the insurance company could say that it is evidence that your injury is not as severe as you say it is.
How Much Is My Claim Worth?
The answer to this question depends on the specifics of your case. Be aware that your claim is likely worth more than the negligent party’s insurance company would like you to believe. You should get compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Can I Recover For Property Damage?
In addition to compensation related to your injuries, you may also be able to recover compensation for property damage. This is most common in auto accident claims.
What If I Was Partially To Blame For The Accident?
Nebraska is a modified comparative negligence state. You may still be entitled to compensation if you were less than 50 percent at fault for the accident. If you were partially at fault, your compensation will be reduced by your percentage of fault.
Do I Need A Lawyer?
Preventing mistakes is less costly than trying to fix them later. The adjuster has a lawyer already. They have experience in claims; you probably don’t. People who try to handle their claims by themselves can make mistakes, and often those mistakes cannot be fixed later by hiring a lawyer. It is always best to talk to a lawyer early in order to prevent mistakes from happening in the first place.
Insurance companies frequently attempt to underpay, deny or delay claims. Having a lawyer on your side, particularly one skilled at trial, gives you leverage against the insurance company. Your lawyer will push back on your behalf. Personal injury claims are so complex that you may not even know that the insurance company is offering you an unfair settlement without having an experienced lawyer review the offer.
At Brock Law Offices, we pride ourselves on honest evaluations of personal injury cases. Maybe your case truly does not require an attorney. If so, we will tell you, and we will give you guidance on handling it on your own. If we believe you can benefit from our services, we will handle your claim on a contingency basis, which means you pay nothing unless your case is a success. It all begins with a free consultation.