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If you have been involved in an accident and injured due to no fault of your own, our experienced personal injury lawyers can help you get your life back on track. At Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop, P.C., we have handled every type of personal injury litigation. Based on the circumstances of your accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages you accrue. Opposing insurance companies will likely offer you settlements that are much less than your case deserves. With the help of our personal injury lawyers in Omaha and Sarpy County, we will protect you from the insurance companies and ensure you are treated fairly.

Do You Need an Attorney?

Experienced Attorneys Fighting to Maximize Compensation for Injured Nebraskans

Personal injury is the area of law that determines your rights after suffering an injury caused by someone else’s careless behavior.

In Nebraska, those rights include the right to monetary compensation for the pain, distress, and financial losses you have suffered as a result of your injury.

The individuals or businesses that caused your accident are liable for your damages. If they have insurance — as is often the case —the insurance company may be responsible for covering your financial compensation.

Unfortunately, insurance companies don’t always offer the full and fair compensation that victims deserve. At Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop, we fight for the rights of unfairly injured people in Nebraska.

As Omaha personal injury lawyers, we understand that personal injury is just that — personal. A single accident can affect every area of your life. Your financial recovery should reflect that. You are entitled to a full and fair recovery under the law, and we are here to fight for exactly that.

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What is a Personal Injury Lawyer?

A personal injury lawyer is an experienced legal professional who looks out for you, represents your best interests, and handles every single aspect of your injury claim.

When you hire the Omaha personal injury lawyers at Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop, you get the benefit of an entire team of attorneys who work together, combining their resources and cumulative years of experience to protect your interests at every turn.

Here are some of the things we do for our clients:

  • Investigate your accident
  • Consult with accident reconstruction specialists & other experts
  • Review your medical records to fully understand the scope of your injuries
  • Negotiate with the insurance company’s adjusters and attorneys
  • Research Nebraska legal precedent to find persuasive authority that strengthens your claim
  • Deal with creditors, collectors, adjusters, and all the paperwork and phone calls associated with a personal injury claim (so that you don’t have to)
  • Give you honest, practical, real-world advice about your legal rights and the best strategies for getting the outcome you deserve
  • Represent you in court, in the event that your claim goes to trial

Our Omaha personal injury attorneys have a long track record of challenging even the biggest insurance companies and corporate defendants. We have been successful in achieving a favorable settlement in the majority of our cases, and we also have a robust record of success at trial.

How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?

At Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop, we represent personal injury clients on a contingency fee basis. Here’s what that means:

  • You hire us without paying anything upfront.
  • If we aren’t able to recover financial compensation for you, you don’t have to pay us anything. Period. We take that risk so you don’t have to.
  • If we do succeed in recovering financial compensation for you, our fee will only be a percentage of your total recovery. You never have to pay anything out of pocket.
  • We will also advance the costs of pursuing your claim (e.g. paying for consultants, expert witnesses, court costs, filing fees, etc.).

We believe that working on a contingency fee basis gives us an incentive to work really hard to get you the best possible result. Why? Our fee is based on how much you recover. And if you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid.

In this way, we work as partners in your success. It also means that there is truly nothing for you to lose. You can hire us without having to put a single penny on the table, and there is no risk to you if we don’t succeed.

When Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

While some very minor accidents may not benefit from an attorney’s involvement (more on that below), there are other situations where it is extremely important that you consult with a personal injury lawyer before making any decisions or entering into an agreement with the insurance company.

Signs that you should talk with an Omaha personal injury lawyer include:

  • You suffered a physical injury as a result of your accident.
  • Your injuries required a hospital stay or significant medical expenses.
  • Your accident required you to miss a significant amount of work.
  • The insurance company unfairly denied your claim.
  • The insurance company is creating unreasonable delay.
  • It isn’t clear who is at fault for your accident.
  • Your accident involved multiple parties.
  • The insurance company is urging you to accept a settlement offer for less money than you expected.

If any of these statements are true in your situation, or if you believe your case could benefit from hiring a personal injury lawyer for any other reason, we encourage you to contact our office and request a free consultation.

Studies have shown that people who hire a personal injury lawyer tend to recover larger sums of financial compensation than those who don’t.

Insurance companies do not always handle claims fairly, but once you have an aggressive team of attorneys on your side, the insurance company’s strategy may change. We believe that hiring the right lawyers can make a world of difference in the outcome of a claim.

How Much Can I Get for Pain and Suffering?

Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer for a Minor Accident?

Some accidents are so minor that there isn’t much an attorney can do to help with them. For example, if you were in a fender bender with minimal property damage and no physical injuries whatsoever, your claim might not benefit from an attorney’s involvement.

In more moderate accidents, however, it might make sense to talk with an experienced Omaha personal injury lawyer. You may be entitled to more than you realized.

After any accident or injury, the most important thing you can do is seek medical attention right away. Sometimes, an accident appears to be minor at first, but symptoms develop slowly, or complications set in over time. Even in those cases, it will be important to have a documented medical examination soon after the accident.

For this reason — and to make sure that you are getting the care that you need — even the most minor accident should prompt an appointment with your doctor’s office.

What Is Pain and Suffering?

“Pain and suffering” is a legal term that refers to the non-economic damages you might suffer after a personal injury accident.

Pain and suffering damages include losses that are hard to put a price on, such as:

  • Mental anguish
  • Emotional distress
  • Post-traumatic stress (PTSD)
  • The physical experience of pain
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Loss of sexual intimacy / sexual dysfunction
  • Disfigurement or disability
  • Public embarrassment or shame
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Nebraska personal injury law recognizes that pain and suffering damages are very real. They deserve to be taken seriously. Personal injury victims in Nebraska are entitled to make a claim for financial compensation for pain and suffering. However, calculating an appropriate monetary value for these damages can be challenging.

Unfortunately, insurance companies are notorious for attempting to downplay or deny pain and suffering damages. An experienced Omaha personal injury lawyer can advocate zealously for a full and fair pain and suffering award.

In many cases, these damages represent a significant part of the accident victim’s recovery, so it is important to work with lawyers who have experience in making persuasive demands for pain and suffering compensation in Nebraska.

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Personal Injury Practice Areas

Car Accidents

Car accidents are responsible for a high number of injuries and deaths each year in Nebraska. According to the Department of Transportation, in 2016, there were nearly 35,000 motor vehicle accidents and 218 fatalities in Nebraska. If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident in the greater Omaha area due to negligence, contact our experienced car accident lawyers right away so we can discuss providing legal representation.

Boating Accidents

Many people across the state of Nebraska enjoy boating with friends and family. Unfortunately, boating accidents occasionally happen due to the negligence of other people on the water. Boating accidents often involve one vessel slamming into another. These accidents can cause serious injuries to all involved. If you or a family member has been involved in a boating accident due to the negligence of another party, contact our experienced boat accident lawyers immediately so we can discuss providing you with legal representation.

Truck Accidents

Crashes involving commercial trucks traveling at high speeds on the highway can cause tremendous damage to the cars and motorcycles around them. A truck accident case in Nebraska can be complicated. Trucks have extensive insurance policies and many potentially liable parties. If you or a loved one has been injured in a commercial trucking accident in Nebraska, contact our experienced truck accident lawyers so we can help you recover compensation.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists are without question the least protected motorists on the road. No matter how state-of-the-art their equipment may be, very little will protect them against a larger vehicle, high speeds, and hard asphalt. Due to this, motorcycle accidents in Nebraska can often have catastrophic consequences for their victims. Considering that the majority of motorcycle accidents across the United States occur due to no fault of the cyclist, many of these cases require the experience of a motorcycle accident lawyer. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident near Omaha, contact us today for a free initial case evaluation.

Animal Bites

Any animal, even the ones who are most familiar, can be unpredictable. Dog bites can cause severe lacerations, infection, loss of limbs, and sometimes death. If you, a child, or someone else you know has been bitten by a dog, contact our animal bite lawyers at Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop, P.C. right away so we can provide you with aggressive legal representation.

Slip & Fall Accidents / Premises Liability

Property owners have a duty of care to keep their property safe and free of hazards. When ice and snow, or cracked and broken pavement lead to your slip and fall injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. If you or a loved one has hurt themselves in an accident caused by a property owner’s negligence, call our personal injury lawyers right away for a free first case evaluation.

Faulty Products / Product Liability

When you have prescribed medication or buy your child a toy, you should be able to trust that they are safe to use. Unfortunately, faulty products and dangerous drugs injure and kill thousands of Americans every year. At Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf, & Lathrop, P.C., we know how faulty product cases work and will do our best to make sure that you are compensated for your injuries.

Medical Malpractice

A misdiagnosed or mistreated medical condition can cause lifelong trauma and harm. If you have been the victim of a medical misdiagnosis, surgical error, wrongful prescription, etc., contact us right away. Many scenarios can bring about a medical malpractice claim, so find out if you have a case before it is too late.

Pedestrian Accidents

Have you been hit by a motor vehicle while crossing the road or walking on a sidewalk and seriously injured? As a pedestrian, you have a rights to safe passage on walkways. If your injury was caused by a negligent motorist then you deserve proper compensation. Pedestrians can be injured due to a number of causes. Contact our personal injury lawyers to get answers and legal advice.

Job-Related Injuries

Construction and road work are some of the most dangerous industries in the United States. Workers compensation is meant to help employees who have been hurt on the job site. Unfortunately, many employees who are hurt have to scratch and claw for the benefits they deserve. If you have been hurt while on the job and feel as if you are not being treated fairly, contact us right away. We will work to ensure that you get the compensation that the law provides.

Burn Injuries

Burn injuries often occur in car, truck, motorcycle, chemical and gas accidents. Healing a burn can take a tremendous amount of time, money and often, they will never fully heal. Our burn injury attorneys at Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop know how debilitating a burn injury can be and will work tirelessly to make sure you are taken care of properly.

Long-Term Disability

All too often, insurance companies will look out for themselves instead of the person they are supposed to be helping. If you’ve been injured and are left with a long-term disability, we can help you fight for your right to use the full benefits of your long-term disability protection.

Brain Injuries

Brain injuries can alter a person’s life forever. Traumatic brain injuries can cause one to permanently lose memory, the ability to think for oneself, and can require lifelong care. All of these can cause tremendous emotional and financial stress on the victim’s family. If you or loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, contact our experienced brain injury lawyers right away so we can get started on your case.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are often life-altering and tend to cause their victims to be left partially or completely paralyzed. Victims of these injuries could be entitled to significant compensation for their injuries with the help of a spinal cord injury lawyer. The costs associated with a spinal cord injury are often too much for many to bear. With the help of our spinal cord injury attorneys, you can feel comfortable knowing that these expenses could be paid.

Catastrophic Injuries

Any accident can result in life-altering, catastrophic injuries. Whether it was a car accident, a slip and fall, or a defective product, you don’t deserve to suffer financially because of another person’s negligence.

Wrongful Death

No amount of compensation can make up for the loss of a loved one, but it can help a family deal with the financial aftermath. If a loved one has died as a result of an accident, contact the wrongful death lawyers at Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop, P.C. so we can help your family obtain the compensation it needs to move forward.

Schedule a Free Case Review with Our Omaha Personal Injury Lawyers

At Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop, P.C., when we step into a case, our goal is to guide our clients toward the best possible outcome, fighting passionately to achieve the largest amount of financial compensation for your recovery.

We offer confidential, cost-free, no-obligation case reviews to people who have suffered a personal injury.

And if you hire us, we will not charge a fee unless we are able to recover compensation for you.

Consultations are available in person or over the phone. To get started, simply contact Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop, P.C today.

Personal Injury FAQ

Is It Worth Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney?

If you have been injured through no fault of your own, you should have your case reviewed by a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. This is especially important if:

Most people who are injured don’t know their legal options. What’s more, they are often unaware of the full extent of damages to which they may be entitled.

An experienced personal injury lawyer can fill in these gaps for you. The attorneys at Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop will identify all liable parties and advise you of your options for bringing a claim (or claims). We also assess the evidence and consult experts to calculate the compensation you and your family may be due.

One of the major advantages of hiring a personal injury attorney is having a professional who can advocate on your behalf. The insurance companies often take advantage of claimants who try to handle legal matters by themselves.

The personal injury lawyers at Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop can represent you in negotiations with the insurance company. Our attorneys draw upon more than 233 years of combined legal experience to determine what your case is really worth, and we will fight to get you a fair settlement.

Another important reason to have a personal injury attorney on your side is the possibility that your case will go to court. If a fair settlement cannot be reached, filing a lawsuit might be the only option to recover the compensation you deserve. Preparing for trial is a lengthy and complicated process, and it is of the utmost importance to have an experienced attorney represent you in the courtroom.

What Is a Serious Personal Injury?

Sometimes the effects of an injury are short-lived. The injured person may experience symptoms for weeks or even months before making a full recovery. In other cases, however, an injury can lead to long-term or permanent impairment, disability, or scarring and disfigurement. Broadly speaking, this is a serious injury.

Anyone can bring a claim for damages if the negligence of another party caused them to suffer injury. This right is especially important for victims of serious and catastrophic injuries, whose losses are frequently substantial and have a significant adverse effect on their lives.

Potential examples of serious injury include:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Injury to the Spinal Cord
  • Paralysis
  • Severe Burns
  • Complex Bone Fractures
  • Loss of a Limb
  • Vision Loss or Blindness
  • Hearing Loss or Deafness
  • Internal Organ Damage

All of these injuries can be difficult to treat. They heal slowly, and in some cases full recovery is not possible. Not only are treatments and therapies for a serious injury expensive, but victims and their families are likely to face major financial hardships due to loss of income.

For all of these reasons, it is essential to speak to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible if you or a loved one suffered serious injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence. At Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop, our attorneys review your medical records and work with your doctors and other experts to understand the physical, mental, emotional, and financial toll of your serious injury. Then we pursue the compensation you deserve for your current and future losses.

What Is the Average Settlement for a Personal Injury Case?

A cursory online search will turn up a wide range of monetary values for personal injury settlements. Though it is tempting to use these numbers as a kind of guideline for what to expect in your personal injury claim, it is important not to use someone else’s settlement to determine what your case is worth.

Multiple factors will affect the value of a personal injury settlement, including:

  • The seriousness of your injuries
  • The damages you have sustained
  • The available insurance coverage
  • The strength of the evidence in your claim
  • Liability issues, including any share of fault on your part

The information you find online (including so-called “settlement calculators”) cannot accurately account for all of these unique issues. It is also difficult (if not impossible) to predict how cooperative the insurance company will be.

Rather than trying to understand what a potential settlement “should be” on your own, it is important to speak to a knowledgeable personal injury attorney who can provide you with individualized guidance and support. At Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop, we determine what constitutes a fair settlement and strive to obtain a favorable resolution of your claim.

How Much Can I Get for a Personal Injury Claim?

Your compensation in a personal injury claim depends on the type and amount of losses you and your loved ones have sustained. These are known as damages, and they are categorized as follows:

  • Economic Damages:
    • Medical Bills
    • Lost Wages
    • Loss of Earning Capacity
    • The Cost of Medical-Related Travel
    • Home and Vehicle Modifications
    • Medical Supplies and Equipment
    • Household and Attendant Care
    • Other Out-of-Pocket Expenses
  • Non-Economic Damages:
    • Pain and Suffering
    • Emotional Anguish
    • Disability
    • Scarring and Disfigurement
    • Loss of Support and Services
    • Loss of Enjoyment of Life

At Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop, our priority is obtaining full and fair compensation for our clients. This runs counter to the insurance company’s goal, which is to pay you as little as possible.

Our personal injury lawyers know the tactics insurance companies employ to undervalue your claim. We diligently collect all relevant evidence to support every dollar of compensation we pursue in your case.

Ultimately, the amount we are able to recover on your behalf will depend on a host of unique factors. These include the willingness of the insurer to negotiate in good faith, liability disputes, whether or not your case proceeds to trial, and more.

Read More: What Is the Value of My Personal Injury Claim?

What Is the Time Limit for Personal Injury Claims?

All personal injury claims are subject to a legal deadline known as the statute of limitations. In Nebraska, the statute of limitations varies depending on how you were injured.

For most personal injury claims (including those stemming from auto accidents and premises liability), the statute of limitations is 4 years from the date of the injury. In the following circumstances, however, the time limit to bring a claim is shorter:

  • Workers’ compensation claims are subject to a 2-year statute of limitations
  • The statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims is 2 years from the date of the injury unless the injury is not discovered (or could not have reasonably been discovered) within 2 years; if this is the case, you have 1 year to bring a medical malpractice claim.

If the accident resulted in the death of your loved one, you and your family also have less time to bring a claim. The statute of limitations for wrongful death claims is just 2 years.

Whether you suffered a personal injury or your loved one was killed in an accident, it is crucial to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible. Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop will investigate promptly and start building your claim right away. If a lawsuit is required to get the compensation you deserve, our attorneys will handle the necessary court filings within the statute of limitations.

Read More: What Is the Time Limit to Sue for Personal Injury?

How Much Are Lawyer Fees for Personal Injury?

Most personal injury lawyers handle claims on a contingency fee basis. At Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop, we never charge clients attorney fees unless we win.

Contingent fees are calculated as a percentage of your total recovery. The percentage may vary, but it will be specified in the upfront agreement should you decide to hire our firm. You do not have to worry about surprise fees or other upfront costs; payment is only required if Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop achieves a favorable result on your behalf.

One of the major advantages of a contingency fee agreement is the ability to access legal services without having to worry about incurring any additional expenses. Personal injury victims already face financial challenges; you should not be forced to choose between the health of your bank account and justice for your injuries and damages.

Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop is the most experienced personal injury law firm in the Omaha area. Our lawyers have more than 233 years of combined experience handling cases like yours. We invite you to meet with our team for free to learn how our personal injury attorneys can help.