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What Are Extenuating Circumstances? 

Extenuating circumstances is a legal phrase that you may hear in a criminal case or personal injury lawsuit in Nebraska. In a personal injury case, extenuating circumstances may come into play if an insurance company attempts to blame your injuries on something other than the defendant’s actions or failure to act. Learn more about this legal subject to prepare your argument in case it comes up as a defense to your claim. What Does Extenuating Circumstances Mean? Cornell Law Schools’ definition of extenuating circumstances are facts or details that are relevant and necessary to…

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The Difference Between Negligence and Malpractice

If you suffered an injury because of the wrongful acts of another person or party, you may be eligible for financial compensation. This is true in cases involving both negligence and malpractice. These two concepts are similar but distinct on a legal level, although they are often used interchangeably. It’s important to know the difference before you file a claim, as each comes with a different burden of proof. What Is Negligence? Negligence is the failure to use ordinary care, resulting in injury or harm to others. It refers to actions or behaviors that…

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Dangers of Bounce Houses – How to Prevent Injury

Bounce houses have become popular ways to celebrate children’s birthdays and other events. While they may seem safe, with padded walls and soft surfaces, bounce houses pose a significant risk of child injuries. Children can suffer broken bones from contact with other kids in the bounce house, for example, and unsecured bounce houses can lift off of the ground in high winds. Learn more about the dangers of bounce houses to better protect your child. What Are Common Injury Risks Associated With Bounce Houses? Most parents and guardians assume that bounce houses are reasonably…

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What NOT to Do After a Car Accident

Just as there are steps that you should take after getting into a car accident – such as calling the police and going to the hospital – there are also things that you should not do. Many mistakes are important to avoid in the aftermath of a car accident. A car insurance company will be on the lookout for any reason to deny your claim or reduce your payout. Learn what not to do after a car accident so that you can protect your rights and future. Flee the Scene  Never flee the scene…

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The Three Types of Product Defects

A defect is an issue with a product that makes it inherently dangerous for consumers to use. According to the National Safety Council, 11.7 million people in 2021 were treated in emergency rooms for injuries resulting from consumer products. An injured consumer in Nebraska can file what is known as a product liability claim to pursue financial compensation for a defective product. There are three main types of product defects that lead to these claims. Design Defects The first type of product defect is a design flaw. Some consumer products are dangerous by design,…

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How Much Is a Spinal Cord Injury Settlement?

A spinal cord injury is one of the most serious injuries that can be suffered by an accident victim in Nebraska. The spinal cord is a vital body part that is in charge of relaying messages from the brain. If an accident victim suffers a devastating spinal cord injury – such as an injury that causes permanent paralysis – he or she may be entitled to a significant settlement to pay for a lifetime of related costs and losses. Call an Omaha spinal cord injury lawyer to learn more.  An Average Settlement Value Does…

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Everything to Know About a Totaled Vehicle

If you get involved in a serious car accident, your vehicle may be totaled. This refers to a vehicle that is declared a total loss by a car insurance company, meaning it would cost more than the vehicle is worth to pay for the necessary repairs. If you were recently involved in a crash that totaled your car, here’s everything that you need to know about the insurance claims process ahead. What Does a Totaled Vehicle Mean? The insurance definition of a totaled car in Nebraska is when the cost of repairs plus the…

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Do I Need to File a Police Report After a Single-Car Accident?

Most car accidents involve a collision between two or more vehicles. However, each year, Nebraska also reports hundreds of single-car accidents. A single-car accident can be caused by an environmental factor, such as a pothole that leads to a tire blowout and rollover accident, or traffic conditions that cause a driver to veer off the side of the road to avoid a collision. If you get involved in a single-car accident in Nebraska, find out if you need to file a police report. Did the Accident Cause Injuries or Property Damage? In Nebraska, you…

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Can Environmental Factors Affect My Car Accident Claim?

The weather in Omaha is not always ideal for road travel. Sudden summer storms or winter freezes can make it too dangerous for drivers to be on the road. Other environmental conditions, such as a poorly maintained roadway, potholes or faulty traffic lights, can also cause car accidents. If an environmental factor is partially or wholly to blame for your recent car accident in Nebraska, find out how this might affect your claim. Common Environmental-Related Factors Connected to Nebraska Car Accidents The majority of car accidents in Nebraska are caused by driver errors, such…

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Car Seat Laws in Nebraska

Nevada has a strong record of car seat safety, with The Safety Restraint Coalition noting that in 2016 records show that 96% of children in Nebraska were safely secured in vehicles by following the state’s car seat law and restraint safety. However, despite this strong record of safety, there were a number of injuries to children in accidents, whether due to their being too large for car seats or booster seats, or because drivers do not follow the law. Failure to Follow Child-Seat Laws Can Lead to Significant Injury When children are not adequately…

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