If you were injured in a car accident, you might be wondering if you need a lawyer to resolve your claim with the insurance company. But because the insurance company wants to pay you as little money as possible, the settlement offer will likely not be fair or what you deserve, especially if you have expensive medical bills and have had to miss work.
Nebraska is a “fault” state when it comes to car accidents and insurance coverage, so whoever is at fault in causing the crash is required to pay damages. However, Nebraska also has a comparative fault law. Thus, if you’re found to be partially at fault for the crash, your compensation for damages will be reduced by your percentage of fault. For example, if you are found to be 25 percent at fault, you will receive 75% of the total compensation.
How a Lawyer Can Help
When you suffer injuries in a car accident, there are many ways a personal injury attorney can help you, including:
- Communicate with the other driver’s insurance company
- Talk to the police and witnesses about the specifics of the accident
- Gather, organize, and present evidence to support your claim
- Keep track of medical bills and medical records
- Communicate with healthcare providers to ensure no records are missing
- Work with your physicians to ensure they provide the appropriate medical information to support your claim
- Negotiate a satisfactory settlement with the insurance company
The Cost of Hiring a Car Accident Lawyer
Many people are concerned about the cost of hiring a lawyer. However, most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means, there are no upfront costs or expensive retainers involved. Your car accident lawyer does not get paid unless your claim is resolved.
At the Law Office of Matthew A. Lathrop, PC, LLO, we offer a free consultation, so you can talk to us about your case. We go over the details of your claim to help you make an informed decision about whether or not you need legal representation. Contact us today.