Frequently Asked Questions
Nebraska Personal Injury Lawyers
After sustaining painful and expensive injuries in a negligent accident,
many victims are aware that they can seek compensation for their losses,
but are unsure what steps they need to take. The Robert Pahlke Law Group
is an experienced personal injury firm that has helped thousands of clients
recover the generous financial settlements they deserve, and we can help
you if you were harmed by another's negligence.
Our Nebraska injury attorneys are experienced in all types of cases, and
we can protect your rights and provide you with the powerful advocacy
needed to pursue rightful compensation.
To help you better understand the law, your rights, and the legal options
available in your situation, take a few moments to read the helpful frequently
asked questions section below.
Have additional questions about your specific case? Call us at 888-514-4138!
What is negligence and how does it affect my case?
Negligence occurs when someone fails to act with the proper level of care
and caution needed to prevent injury or harm to another person, which
any reasonable person would use in the same situation. Negligence can
also result from a person acting in a way in which a reasonable person
in the same situation would not.
Regardless of the circumstances, negligence is perhaps the most important
factor of any personal injury case. A victim cannot hold another person
(known as the defendant) liable for their losses unless they can prove
that the defendant's negligence directly caused their injuries. Your
attorney must show that negligence occurred in your case by proving the
- The defendant owed you a duty of care
- The defendant violated the duty of care that was owed
- You were injured
- The defendant's violation directly caused your injuries
If you are unsure whether you were harmed because of negligence, call our
offices to discuss your circumstances with one of our talented attorneys.
How can I know if I have a personal injury case?
If you were hurt because another person acted recklessly or carelessly,
it is important to learn whether you have grounds to file a claim or lawsuit
to seek fair compensation. Although every case is different, there are
four main factors that must be present in order to pursue legal action
under personal injury law. To help determine if you can hold the other
person liable for your losses, ask yourself the following questions:
Can someone be identified as the cause of my injuries? You must be able to identify and locate the responsible person before
you can pursue compensation through a lawsuit or claim.
Can I prove that this person is liable for my injuries? In order to hold the defendant liable for your losses, your attorney will
have to prove that you have grounds to seek a settlement through personal
injury case law and legislation.
Are my losses quantifiable? Your lawyer will need to prove that the defendant's negligence directly
caused you to suffer compensable losses and injuries. Quantifiable losses
include such things as medical expenses, permanent injuries or disabilities,
missed wages, emotional trauma, and property damage.
Am I within the statute of limitations? Nebraska law typically allows victims 4 years in which to seek compensation
for injuries and property damage through a claim or lawsuit.
How much is my case worth?
The amount of compensation you could receive through a claim or lawsuit
is dependent upon a number of different factors. Your attorney will need
to assess various components of your case to determine how large of a
settlement you could be entitled to receive for your injuries and losses.
Some of the factors that impact how much a case may be worth include:
- Related medical expenses, such as emergency medical care costs, doctor
visits, medical supplies, prescriptions, rehabilitation, therapy, and
the cost of traveling to medical appointments
- Future medical costs needed for the injury
- Wages lost during the recovery process
- The lasting impact upon your mental health and physical capabilities
- Psychological damages sustained
- The loss of future earning capacity or wages caused by permanent injuries
A lawyer from our firm can assess your situation to determine how much
compensation you could receive for your injuries and losses.
How are claims and lawsuits different?
Claims and lawsuits are different methods for victims of negligent accidents
to seek compensation from the liable parties, but there significant distinctions
between the two.
Personal Injury Claim: Filing a claim is an informal process that the victim takes to file a
claim for compensation with the defendant's insurance company. When
filing a claim the victim seeks to recover reasonable compensation for
their injuries and damages. If the claim cannot be resolved through this
method then the victim may decide to file a lawsuit.
Personal Injury Lawsuit: Filing a lawsuit in civil court is a formal legal action taken by the
victim against the liable person, parties, corporation, government entity,
or insurance company to seek compensation for their losses. In this method
the victim's attorney argues their case before the court and the jury
determines whether the case has merit and how much compensation the victim
is entitled to receive. It is common for the defendant to seek to settlement
with the victim to avoid going to court.
If you are considering taking legal action against the person who caused
your injuries, contact a lawyer at our firm who can help you determine
whether a claim or lawsuit is the best choice for your circumstances.
Discuss your case with a skilled personal injury lawyer in Nebraska!
Have questions about your unique situation? Our skilled legal team has
more than 80 years of combined experience in personal injury law, and
we can help you understand your rights and options to pursue justice.
Our attorneys have represented clients' rights and interests in all
kinds of negligent accident claims and lawsuits, and we can provide the
attentive legal counsel and aggressive advocacy your case needs and your
Contact a Nebraska personal injury attorney at our firm today to learn how you can fight for rightful compensation
for your family!