Many people know that innocent accident victims in the United States have a right to claim compensation for injuries. However, determining how much the victims can claim – and against whom – can be a complex matter. In some cases, a single accident may involve several defendants.
An Omaha personal-injury lawyer from Rensch & Rensch Law can evaluate your case to identify all liable parties. We can help you decide which damages to pursue in order to recover the maximum compensation.
Filing an injury lawsuit is more complicated than most people assume. Even if negligence is obvious, a successful claim may require extensive evidence and expert testimony to prove.
An attorney from Rensch & Rensch Law can guide you through this process, negotiate your settlement and litigate your case if it goes to trial. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at 1-800-471-4100.
According to Nebraska Legislature, if you sustain injuries in an accident and you suffer losses in any of the following categories, then you may be able to claim compensation from the at-fault party:
- Lost Wages
Accident injuries can be physically debilitating. Sometimes, victims cannot return to work for months or longer.
In these cases, the plaintiff may be able to sue the negligent party for lost income. This compensation can pay for losses that happened between the time of the injury and the claim, as well as future income if the injury reduces your earning capacity.
- Medical Expenses
Most accident claims include compensation for medical expenses. This could be for both past and future treatment.
Accident victims can claim back money spent on all accident-related medical bills. The amount of compensation a court will award for future treatments will depend on several factors, including the severity of the injuries. Expert testimony may be necessary to justify the amount that you claim in medical expenses.
- Pain and Suffering
In addition to the quantifiable expenses, such as property loss and health-care bills, accident victims can claim for pain and suffering. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, a claim for pain and suffering can include ongoing physical pain and suffering. A judge may award these damages if the victim can demonstrate that the accident caused serious complications that will persist into the future.
- Emotional Trauma
Many accident victims pursue compensation for emotional trauma, which may be part of pain and suffering damages. This is more common in severe accidents that cause serious emotional issues.
Much like a pain and suffering claim, emotional trauma may be difficult to quantify. There are several ways to calculate these damages, and your personal-injury lawyer can identify the best approach based on your particular circumstances.
If you were in a crash and wish to claim damages, contact Rensch & Rensch Law. An attorney from our firm can evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a lawsuit. To schedule a consultation with an Omaha personal-injury attorney from our practice, call 1-800-471-4100 today.