In the aftermath of a severe accident in which you or a loved one was injured, you may be wondering what possible avenues are available for financial recovery. You may be entitled compensation for your injuries from the responsible parties. A Lancaster County personal injury lawyer could help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
The life changes you may encounter after a catastrophic accident are typically significant. You may face new physical limitations that stem from your injuries or may be unable to return to your previous profession. An experienced lawyer from Berry Law could guide you through the complicated claims process.
Types of Personal Injury Claims
Although most people are familiar with common personal injury claims, such as those that arise from car and slip and fall accidents, many other situations also can result in claims. Generally, whenever a person or party’s negligence results in a person’s injuries, the injured party may have a viable injury claim. Some common causes of personal injury claims include:
- Truck, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents
- Dog bites
- Defective consumer products
- Pedestrian injuries
When negligence causes accidents that results in an injury, those injury victims may be able to pursue compensation from the negligent parties. A personal injury lawyer in Lancaster County could help injured parties recover damages incurred as a result of the accident.
What If the Injured Party Is Partially At-Fault?
Negligence, or a careless disregard for the safety of others, is the foundation of an injury claim. Under state law, even if an individual is partially responsible for an accident that led to an injury, he or she still may be able to recover damages for his or her losses. If his or her level of negligence in causing the accident was less than 50 percent, he or she still could seek compensation from other negligent parties.
However, he or she may only be able to recover a limited amount of damages. A person’s percentage of negligence or fault for the accident may reduce their damages by the same percentage. This allocation of responsibility determines the amount of damages available.
Mistakes to Avoid in a Lancaster County Injury Claim
Statutes of limitations place time limits on the ability of individuals to file lawsuits. These deadlines vary for different kinds of lawsuits, but Nebraska Revised Statutes § 25-207 generally gives individuals four years from the date of their accidents to file their claims. State law does provide for some exceptions to this general rule, but most personal injury suits are subject to this statute of limitations.
If a plaintiff fails to meet this statute of limitations, he or she may miss any chance they have to hold the negligent parties accountable. Likewise, he or she may be unable to pursue compensation related to the injuries he or she suffered in the accident. Seeking legal advice promptly following an accident can be crucial to meeting the applicable statute of limitations.
All too often, injured individuals try to handle matters on their own by talking to insurance adjustors about potential claims. The problem is that these adjustors want to pay injured parties as little as possible on their claims. No matter how friendly insurance adjusters may seem, their job is to seek a resolution in the most cost-effective way for the insurance company, meaning they often attempt to settle the claim for well below its actual value. Therefore, it is crucial to seek the guidance of a well-versed attorney prior to talking to an adjuster.
A Lancaster County Personal Injury Attorney Can Be an Advocate
A Lancaster County personal injury lawyer can be the difference between a low settlement amount and one that truly compensates you for your losses. An injury attorney could help you recover financially from a catastrophic accident. Call Berry Law today for a free consultation to learn how we can help.