If you are involved in a minor car accident that is not your fault, you do not need to hire a lawyer. However, if you have been injured, hiring a car accident lawyer is the best way to protect yourself financially. Serious injuries such as broken bones or a herniated disc in your back might mean you will have to miss work—and that could mean lost wages. A car accident lawyer can help you get compensation for your medical expenses, lost pay, and pain and suffering.
Nebraska is a “fault” state when it comes to car accidents and insurance coverage, meaning that the driver who caused the accident is responsible for paying any damages. Since Nebraska has a comparative fault law, you might be found partially responsible for the accident, which will impact the damages to which you may be entitled. For example, if it is determined that you are 10% at fault for the accident, your damages would be reduced by 10%.
How a Car Accident Attorney Can Help
If you file a claim with an insurance company after an accident, you can rest assured that the insurance company has many lawyers working on your case. They will likely make a settlement offer, and you do not need a lawyer to accept it. But keep in mind that the goal of the insurance company is to offer as little money as possible, and this settlement amount is often not enough to ensure the injured party has the funds to recover.
A car accident lawyer can assist you in building a strong case to recover maximum damages. Your attorney can help by:
- Gathering the necessary evidence to support your claim, including police reports, witness accounts, medical records, and lost wage information
- Preparing a settlement demand letter for the insurance company
- Finding expert witnesses, as needed
- Ensuring your rights are protected throughout the process
Getting Help Is More Affordable Than You Think
Many people are concerned about the cost of hiring a lawyer, but if you hire an attorney to represent you after being injured in a car accident that was not your fault, there is no upfront cost to you. This is referred to as a contingency fee arrangement. Your lawyer will not be paid until after your case is settled, getting a percentage of whatever damages are awarded.
At Lathrop Law, your Omaha car accident lawyer, we offer a free consultation. Contact us today to get the information you need to make an informed decision about how to proceed with your case.