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What Is Subrogation?

After suffering an injury in any type of accident and pursuing an insurance claim, you might hear the term subrogation from your provider. It is a relatively simple process, but it can be confusing for you as an insurance policyholder or claimant. It will mean your insurance company has stepped in to take your place during a claim. Subrogation will not happen in every personal injury case. It is your insurance company’s legal right, however, and may apply to your case depending on the circumstances. Steps of Subrogation Subrogation is a legal right insurance…

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I Was Involved in a Car Accident Out of State… Now What?

Getting into a car accident in your own state, where you are familiar with the crash laws and insurance system, can be difficult enough. If you are traveling through another state and get into a vehicle collision, you might not know how to bring an insurance claim or recover compensation. The good news is your vehicle insurance follows you to other states. The bad news is you could end up in a legal battle in the state where your accident occurred. Follow the Same Steps as a Crash in Your State In the beginning,…

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What Are Coup and Contrecoup Brain Injuries?

Trauma to the head or skull can significantly impact the brain. The brain is a delicate organ that can suffer bruising, bleeding, swelling or cell damage in an accident. When an accident causes a traumatic brain injury, the victim could have a range of short- and long-term symptoms. Many different types of traumatic brain injuries exist, including coup and contrecoup injuries. About Coup-Contrecoup Brain Injuries A coup-contrecoup injury involves two points of impact to two different parts of the brain. The first impact, the coup injury, occurs at the site of the trauma. It…

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Am I Required to Report a Dog Bite?

Dogs are beloved pets around the country, but they are also behind thousands of serious injuries and deaths every year. When a dog attacks, injuries can be catastrophic for the victim. Even a bite from a small dog can lead to pain, suffering, infection, medical bills and permanent scars. Learn when to report a dog bite in Nebraska – as well as whether the law requires reporting – and your rights as a victim with help from an Omaha dog bite lawyer. Document the Attack Before you leave the scene where the dog attack…

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I Was Injured in My Apartment…Is My Landlord Liable?

When you rent an apartment, you take over certain responsibilities in terms of premises safety. Anything you add or modify in the apartment will become your responsibility. Your landlord or building owner, however, will retain many duties over the safety and livability of your apartment. If something goes wrong with the inherent structure of the building, heating, water, plumbing, common areas or grounds that causes an injury, your landlord could be liable. Landlord Responsibilities in Nebraska A landlord does not escape all property owner duties when he or she hands the keys of an…

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What Is a Soft-Tissue Injury?

A car accident, slip and fall, or another type of accident could cause a variety of personal injuries. Doctors classify these injuries according to the body system involved: skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, etc. An injury impacting the skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments rather than the bones is a soft-tissue injury. You may hear the phrase soft-tissue injury in comparison with bone fractures (hard-tissue injuries). Understanding the differences between the two from a physical and legal perspective could help you with your injury claim. Types of Soft-Tissue Injuries The soft tissues are those that connect,…

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What Is Considered Pain and Suffering in an Accident Claim?

A personal injury accident does not only involve medical bills, lost wages and other economic expenses. It also has personal costs, such as physical pain, emotional suffering and mental anguish. In Nebraska, the civil courts allow victims to seek compensation for non-economic damages as well as economic ones. Learning what the courts consider pain and suffering during an accident claim could help you demand full and fair compensation for your damages. Physical Pain and Emotional Suffering Pain and suffering refers to physical and emotional pain and suffering the accident has caused and will likely…

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What Are the Most Common Slip and Fall Accidents?

Slip and fall accidents are a common reason for premises liability claims in Nebraska. It is a property owner’s responsibility to prevent slip and falls by properly maintaining a premises. The owner may need to inspect the property for floor defects, remedy obvious hazards and warn visitors of known fall risks. When a property owner fails in these duties, many types of slip and fall accidents can occur. Wet Floor Accidents Slipping and falling on a premises can occur if an uncleaned and unmarked spill is on the floor. A spilled drink in a…

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Am I Liable If a Trespasser Gets Injured on My Property?

A property owner’s duties of care in Nebraska change according to the type of visitor. An invitee receives the highest standards of care, while a licensee receives slightly less. A trespasser, on the other hand, does not lawfully have the right to expect any duties of care from a landowner. If you own property in Nebraska where a trespasser suffered an injury, in most cases, the trespasser cannot hold you liable for damages. Important exceptions to the rule exist, however. To learn more about how to deal with an injured trespasser, contact our premises…

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What Are the Texting and Driving Laws in Nebraska?

Texting and driving is a major cause of injury and fatal car accidents in the U.S. It is a common source of driver distraction in Nebraska and around the country. In 2017, distracted drivers caused car accidents that took a total of 3,166 lives. The known risks of distracted driving, and especially texting and driving, has led many states to pass laws related to banning cellphone use behind the wheel. Nebraska is one of them. The Risks of Texting and Driving Texting and driving checks off all three forms of driver distraction: manual, visual and…

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