If you've been hurt in an accident, you may be facing mounting medical expenses and lost wages, not to mention the impact of your injuries on your quality of life. If another party contributed to your injuries, you deserve to be compensated for all of the damages so you can start moving forward with your life. However, while most accidents may qualify you for a personal injury claim, there are a few exceptions to the rule. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Vincent M. Powers & Associates are here to explain some of the finer points of Nebraska law.
One important qualifier is the time that's elapsed since your injury occurred. Each state is different, but in Nebraska, the statute of limitations is four years, after which the court will almost certainly refuse to hear your case. Remember that if you're filing against a city or state government, you're ineligible to file a claim after two years.
Another important factor is who is truly at fault for your accident. Most states, including Nebraska, use some sort of “comparative fault” calculation, which reduces the amount of your award by the extent to which your own negligence contributed to your injuries. Some states treat shared fault differently, so check with the local personal injury attorneys at Vincent M. Powers & Associates if you're thinking of filing a claim.
The extent of the situations that might result in a lawsuit are wide, covering everything from auto accidents to defective consumer products and professional negligence. Visit Vincent M. Powers & Associates online to learn more, or call (402) 474-8000 to schedule a free legal consultation today.