When you've been seriously injured, Harris & Associates knows that you may have a lot of questions regarding your legal options. Crashes, collisions, and other injuries occur from violations of safety standards and holding those accountable for their negligent actions is not only important but necessary. Personal injury cases can be complex, which is why seeking advice from an experienced Omaha personal injury attorney is important to getting the compensation and case-results that you are entitled to under the law.
Call our firm today at (402) 810-7500 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your matter, or review our answers to some common questions below.
A personal Injury is any physical or mental injury to a person as a result of someone's negligence or harmful act. Sometimes personal injury may be referred to as bodily injury. Personal injuries can occur in a wide variety of ways.
Personal injury victims are entitled to recover monetary damages for all losses and expenses they incur as a result of an injury. The damages may include payment for medical bills, lost wages, including overtime, pain and suffering, physical disability, disfigurement, emotional trauma, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment, loss of love and affection, mental disability, property damage, and other out of pocket expenses.
To have a personal injury case, you must be able to show that you have been injured. This may be a physical or an emotional injury. In addition, you must be able to show that someone else (the defendant) is at fault for your injury under a negligence, strict liability, or intentional misconduct theory. In some cases, it may be necessary for you to show that the other party is more at fault for the injury than you are.
Even if an injury was partially your fault, you still may have a claim based on the concept of comparative negligence or contributory negligence. The term "contributory negligence" is used to describe the actions of an injured person which may have contributed to causing his own injuries. For example, a person who ignores a "wet floor" sign and slips and falls in the supermarket, the market may be found to have been careless and partially at fault for any injuries suffered. "Contributory negligence" can prevent a person from collecting any money to compensate for injuries suffered, even if that person's carelessness was minor. In to get a better explanation, contact one of our Omaha personal injury attorneys today.
If you have been seriously injured or are unsure as to the outcome of your injury, then you should consult an experienced Omaha personal injury attorney at Harris & Associates before you give any statements or sign any papers of any kind. It is best to contact us as soon as possible after your injury.
Attorney Jim Harris is Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy which means that he has passed the rigorous examination necessary to be considered a legal expert in his field. Having a tested lawyer on your side ensures that you have the best chance at seeking the favorable resolution that you deserve.
We offer a free consultation, with no obligation; therefore, you have nothing to lose by consulting one of our legal team members. There is a statute of limitations that requires you to file your personal injury suit within a specific period of time, depending upon the circumstances of your case, or else you will be prohibited from obtaining any compensation for your injuries.
A contingency fee is one that is contingent upon your attorney's successful resolution of your case. We only get paid when we help you recover compensation. A contingency fee is paid as a percentage of your monetary recovery. We do not charge an up-front fee. We receive our compensation upon successfully winning or settling your case.
Most personal injury cases are settled out of court between opposing lawyers or by the insurance company. However, sometimes it is best to take a case to court in order to seek maximum compensation.
Every state has certain time limits, called "statutes of limitations" that governs the period during which you must file a personal injury lawsuit. In some states, for example, you may have as little as one year to file a lawsuit from an automobile crash. If you miss the statutory deadline for filing a case, your case will likely be thrown out of court. This is why it is best to contact one of our Omaha personal injury attorneys without delay.
When the statute of limitations expires on your case, you simply don't have a case anymore. Statutes of limitation differ not only from state to state, but also in regard to the kinds of lawsuits involved. In some states the statute of limitations for medical malpractice, suits against governmental agencies, and wrongful death actions is shorter than that for other types of personal injury cases. In general, however, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is from one to four years, and the time begins from the time of the incident. There are some exceptions and an experienced lawyer can help you with them.
The time it takes to settle a personal injury case depends on the circumstances surrounding the case. The more complex the case the longer it may take to settle. Many cases can take anywhere from three to 18 months to settle, depending on its complexity.
If you have been injured on the job, take the following steps:
You must file your claim within 2 years from the time of your accident. If you do not file a claim within this period of time, you will not longer be eligible to bring a lawsuit.
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