5 Personal Injury FAQ’s
October 25, 2017 • Personal Injury
If you’ve been injured due to the negligence or bad conduct of someone else, then the guidance of a personal injury attorney may prove beneficial. In the aftermath of an injury you have enough to worry about. When you hire a personal injury attorney to represent you in your claim, you will have an advocate on your side and you’ll have fewer things to worry about.
To help you better understand how a personal injury attorney can help you, we’ve put together this list of 5 Personal Injury FAQ’s.
FAQ 1: Do I need a personal injury lawyer?
While you may be able to resolve your issues without a lawyer, the truth is that you are more likely to receive fair and just compensation for your injuries if you hire a personal injury attorney to advocate for you. Especially in cases that require the calculation of damages for bodily injury, future lost wages, or future medical costs, working with a skilled personal injury attorney helps to ensure the best possible outcome for your case.
If you’ve been seriously injured in an accident, or if a loved one lost their life in an accident, we encourage you to seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney. Most reputable personal injuries attorneys offer free personal injury case consultations. It is worth a small investment of your time to ensure you know your legal rights. If you’re in the Omaha, NE area, we invite you to meet with us for a free personal injury case consultation.
FAQ 2: How much does hiring a personal injury lawyer cost?
We cover all costs and fees upfront. Case costs and attorney fees are paid after the conclusion of your case, from the settlement or jury award.
If you’ve suffered serious injuries in an accident please do not let financial worries prevent you from exploring your legal rights. To learn more, read out article How Much Will Pursuing My Personal Injury Case Cost Me?
FAQ 3: What happens if my claim doesn’t settle before trial?
In some cases we are not able to reach a favorable settlement agreement. This may be because the defendant simply will not make or accept a settlement offer, or will make only an unreasonable settlement offer.
While there is always a possibility that a personal injury claim will go to trial, it is important to understand that overall about 10 percent of civil cases filed ever go to trial. In 2016, the Nebraska Federal Court reported 230 civil case filings for the year. There were 22 cases tried that same year. At Matthew G. Miller, our practice proves that about 10 percent of cases we file go to trial, while the majority of lawsuits we file settle before trial. Moreover, at Matthew G. Miller about 65 percent of all cases we handle are resolved by settlement without ever filing a lawsuit.
Our job is to get our clients the most compensation possible under Nebraska law. If a favorable settlement cannot be reached, we are not afraid to take your case to trial. Our attorneys are seasoned jury trial attorneys. This means that we are equipped to get you the best possible outcome. Many insurance companies decide how much someone will recover based on whether or not their lawyer actually picks juries and tries cases to a verdict. Insurance companies know us as attorneys who routinely try cases to verdict.
FAQ 4: How should I deal with the insurance company after an accident?
First and foremost, know that the insurance company is not your friend. They are not looking out for your best interest. The insurance adjuster’s job is to protect their company and make the smallest payouts possible. Do not be taken advantage of by an insurance company.
Second, don’t believe everything they say and do not settle your claim too quickly. In fact, we strongly urge you to consult with a personal injury attorney before accepting any settlement offer an insurance company makes to you.
The following articles offer valuable advice on how to deal with the insurance company after an accident:
- Tips For Dealing With Insurance Companies After A Car Accident
- Don’t Let The Insurance Company Determine the Value of Your Claim
- How Insurance Companies Try to Short-Change Accident Victims
FAQ 5: Can I use my health insurance coverage to pay for my medical bills?
The short answer to this question is: yes. After an injury, even if your injury was caused by the negligence or other failure on the part of someone else, you may use you health insurance benefits. However, it is important to understand that in cases where medical treatment is paid for by the wrong insurance company, or by your own health insurance company, they may seek to be reimbursed from any compensation you receive from a settlement or jury award.
You may be interested to read our articles 5 Questions to Ask Your Personal Injury Attorney and 5 Benefits of Hiring A Personal Injury Attorney To Advocate For You.
Hire The Personal Injury Attorneys of Matthew G. Miller
We practice exclusively in personal injury law and wrongful death, which means all of our clients have had something horrible happen to them. Our clients have experienced a life-changing injury or are enduring the wrongful death of a loved one. Because of the personal nature and importance of the cases we handle, we feel it is a privilege to be entrusted with our clients’ legal matters.
You will meet with a Nebraska personal injury attorney, not a case manager or paralegal. The free personal injury case consultation is at no charge to you, no-obligation, no pressure, and no strings attached.
Fill out our simple web form or call our office at (402) 558-4900 to schedule your free personal injury case consultation. We invite you to get to know us by reading about our attorneys here, and read what our clients have said about us here.
Matthew G. Miller was voted Omaha Magazine’s Best of Omaha, as Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, and attorney Matt Miller holds a 10 Superb top attorney Avvo Rating.