Compassionate Guidance Through Personal Injury Claims
Accidents happen to everyone. Many times, accidents occur due to the negligence of another person and through no fault of your own, even when you are being careful and cautious behind the wheel. Injuries resulting from a motor vehicle accident, car versus pedestrian collision, slip-and-fall accident, motorcycle accident, bike accident, dog bite or accidents occurring while simply helping a neighbor build a deck or shingle a roof can significantly impact your ability to earn wages, maintain your household and engage in social activities. These injuries can strain professional, familial and social relationships. Unfortunately, the obligations of your personal and professional lives do not patiently wait for you to recover from your injuries.
For this reason, when you have been injured in an accident, it is important that you find experienced and compassionate attorneys who can navigate the complicated personal injury claims process and, if necessary, to obtain a fair and reasonable recovery, to competently represent your interests in litigation and at trial. With the successful and proven Atwood legal team on your side, you can focus on your recovery, while we focus on your future.
We Have Addressed Thousands Of Complex Claims
We have successfully settled and litigated thousands of claims involving personal injuries, including:
- Head injuries and brain injuries, including concussions and closed head trauma, resulting in cognitive impairment, psychological conditions and emotional trauma
- Orthopedic injuries, including fractures, ligament and tendon tears, nerve entrapment and radiculopathy
- Spine injuries, including those for which discectomy, laminectomy, radiofrequency neurotomy, spinal cord stimulator, disk replacement surgery, and lumbar, thoracic or cervical fusion surgeries are required
- Paralysis, in cases of both paraplegia and quadriplegia
- Burn injuries
- Toxic inhalation, including cases involving grain dust, diesel fumes, chemical exposure and other respiratory irritants
- Injuries to the senses, which include loss of sight, impaired vision, hearing loss, loss of taste, and impaired or lost sense of smell
- Soft tissue injuries: Insurance companies may attempt to minimize the effect your injuries have upon your life because an X-ray does not reveal your broken bone or an MRI does not identify soft tissue injury. Soft tissue injuries can impair your quality of life significantly, and you are entitled to fair compensation despite the lack of positive diagnostic testing
When Should You Contact An Attorney?
We offer a free consultation with an Atwood Law lawyer to have a frank discussion about your rights under Nebraska law. We generally recommend you consult an attorney after you have been injured in an accident, and particularly if:
- An attorney or insurance company wants you to sign any documents, especially if the document is referred to as or entitled release or settlement statement.
- An attorney or insurance agent wants you to provide a statement, recorded statement or deposition.
- You have missed time from work and are not being compensated for your lost wages or reduced income while suffering from your injuries.
- You are not being compensated for medical bills incurred due to your accident.
- You have suffered injuries for which your physician has recommended surgery or proposed a course of future medical care.
- Your physician advises your ailments are likely to be permanent injuries.
- Your spouse has not been offered compensation for his or her resulting loss of comfort, society, conjugal relations and support while you have been recovering from your injuries. This is called loss of consortium, and your spouse is entitled to compensation for his/her loss under Nebraska law.
Is the insurance company treating you fairly after an accident? Contact us to learn more about your rights.
No Recovery, No Fee: Contingency Fee Contracts Available
We understand that it is difficult, if not impossible, to make monthly payments to an attorney when you have been injured in a traumatic accident and you are unable to return to your regular job duties. Medical bills mount and, without income due to inability to work, injury victims are often hard-pressed to make ends meet. For this reason, we represent clients on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not pay us unless a settlement, verdict or another recovery is secured for you.
Contact Us To Discuss Your Case With A Results-Driven Team
Contact us at 402-817-2717 or toll free at 800-655-9606 to speak with our results-driven personal injury lawyers. The consultation is free and without obligation. You may also contact our Lincoln, Omaha or Des Moines offices online. We serve clients throughout Nebraska and Iowa.
Our Most Frequently Asked Personal Injury Questions
Q: Bills are piling up and it’s creating stress. Is there any help I can get now, while I’m unable to work or while I’m going to the doctor?
Likely yes. Eliminating added stress and burden is what we do. We know what questions to ask and where to look for help. We will work with you to get you the help you need now.
Q: Am I going to end up with less money in my pocket by hiring a lawyer?
Maybe. We believe in doing what’s right, no matter what and will tell you if you do not need a lawyer – free of charge. We only take cases if we believe our services will help you receive greater benefits than you would without a lawyer, and we’ll tell you if an attorney is likely not needed or recommended.
Q: The adjuster is offering me a settlement. Is it fair?
Probably not. The adjuster has financial incentives to minimize your recovery. There are many ways the adjuster tries to do this. One way is to minimize your medical bills by counting only what health insurance has paid at a reduced rate and not the full charge for the bill, which the law requires. Also, be very wary of adjusters offering to settle a case early, before you have finished recovering, especially in the case of a spine or head injury. In most cases, you have four years from the date of the accident to settle or file your claim.
Q: If my car is totaled in a collision, will I be treated fairly on the property damage claim?
Unfortunately, the answer is often ‘no’. When another driver wrecks your car beyond repair, his/her insurance company should pay you the actual cash value of your car before it was totaled. The industry standard definition of actual cash value is “replacement cost” minus “depreciation.” Insurance companies often try to cherry pick the most insurance-friendly numbers. The insurer also should pay for the sales tax on the new vehicle that you purchase with the insurance company.
Q: What are the categories of damages I can recover as part of a settlement?
- Lost wages and income, even if your time off was covered by personal time off (PTO) or sick leave
- Full charges of all medical care received
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Permanent disability, impairment, scarring
- A spouse or parent’s loss of consortium (If death has resulted, damages are calculated differently)
Contact Our Knowledgeable Attorneys For More Information
If you have additional questions for our knowledgeable personal injury lawyers, please call 402-817-2717 or 800-655-9606 toll free to schedule a free initial consultation. You may also contact Atwood Law online. With offices in Lincoln, Omaha, and Des Moines, we serve clients in Nebraska and Iowa.