Car Accident Damages in Nebraska
The aftermath of a car crash can involve a lot of confusion, even days after the actual accident. If you’ve been hurt, you’re probably worried about what happens next. Your main question is what type of damages can I receive from a car accident claim?
If you’ve been hurt in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to the following types of damages:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Property Damage
- Pain and Suffering
- Rehabilitation Expenses
- Loss of Consortium
- Future Earning
How to Get Compensated for a Car Accident?
While Nebraska law says that you are entitled to paid damages, how do you get compensated for your injuries after an accident?
There are at least three possible ways for your claim to be resolved:
- You can settle with the other driver’s insurance company.
- You can settle with your own insurance company if the other driver is uninsured or underinsured.
- You can file a lawsuit in court.
After an accident, you will almost immediately be contacted by the other driver’s insurance company. This is because they are looking to settle the case as quickly as possible for as little money as possible.
While they are friendly and generally decent human beings, they are not working in your best interests, they work for the insurance company.
Regardless of how you want to settle your claim, we recommend contacting an attorney that handles car accident cases.
How are Damages Calculated for Personal Injury Cases?
Damages in a car accident or personal injury claim means money that you have either spent as a result of the accident or money that you have lost out on as a result of the accident.
While this is easy to figure out when you are talking about medical bills or lost wages which have obvious numbers, it is trickier when you are dealing with pain and suffering and loss of consortium.
These things don’t have a price tag and most people don’t really know what number to put on these things.
If the case goes to court and goes to trial, a judge or jury would be the ultimate decider of the money damages you are entitled to.
If you settle your case, damages are agreed upon during negotiations.
Should I Hire a Lawyer After a Car Accident?
Even a simple accident can get complicated when insurance and medical bills start getting involved. Every case is different, but if you are feeling a overwhelmed or confused by any of it, it’s a good idea to at least consult with an attorney.
Many car accident lawyers work on a contingency fee which means they don’t bill by the hour. They only recover if you recover, but they take a percentage of the settlement.
Either way, it is smart to have an attorney represent you who is familiar with what damages may be worth in a particular case.
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