FAQs – Personal Injuries

What should be my first action as a victim of personal injury?

Regardless whether your injuries are severe or seemingly insignificant, go to a doctor right away. To successfully file a personal injury claim, you’ll need to prove that your injuries are the result of the subject accident.  An early doctor visit can more easily provide the necessary verification that the injuries were as a result of the accident.  During your medical treatment it is critical to keep a diary of all problems, pain, visits to all health care providers, time off work, and miles driven for medical treatment.

How important is the evidence in a personal injury case?

Evidence is crucial to proving that you’re a victim. To improve your case, you’ll need to collect everything you can. If it’s an auto accident, take pictures at the time of the accident if possible; if not, go back to the scene as soon as possible and see if you can get the name and address of all witnesses. You’ll also want to preserve any clothing, possessions, or items involved in the accident, as these may be used to better relay the story in court. Believe it or not – but your memory will not remember everything when time passes. Today you think that YOU WILL NEVER FORGET THE DETAILS OF YOUR ACCIDENT AND RECUPERATION – BUT AS TIME PASSES – SO WILL DETAILS. That is why it is so important to keep a diary. The better you can replay all of the circumstances of the accident and recuperation for a judge and jury, the more successful your case will be.

Do I need to hire an attorney for a personal injury case?

While a personal injury case may seem cut and dried, insurance companies and the defendants are hesitant to hand out money. To build a good case, as well as protect your rights, hire a personal injury attorney or accident lawyer. They’ll advise on extra measures you should take to build a case, will develop a legal strategy, and defend you in court. The legal process can be overwhelming, and having a personal injury attorney at your side will alleviate a great deal of the stress. Remember that your primary efforts should be concentrated on your healing process.

May I talk to the insurance of the other party involved in the accident?

As a general rule, the other party’s insurance company will want to get your statement as soon as possible after the accident.  You have to understand these are experts at taking statements – and if you make an incriminating statement – you may well adversely impact the value of your case.

If you’re dealing with a personal injury, contact a personal injury attorney at Demerath Law Office. For 45 years, they’ve helped victims of personal injury cases throughout Nebraska and will work closely with you to get the compensation you deserve. Call (402) 677-5656 today to schedule a consultation. Visit their website and Facebook to learn more about Omaha Attorney Larry Demerath and his practice.