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Am I going to end up with less money in my pocket by hiring a lawyer to represent me for injuries from an auto collision?

Research shows that the general answer to this question is most likely yes. We make a promise to treat you like we would our own family member and will candidly tell you if you do not need a lawyer - free of charge. We only take on cases where we believe our services will allow you to pocket more money than you would have received without a lawyer -- because that's the right thing to do. A significant percentage of calls result in us telling the individual that an attorney is likely not needed.

My Own Auto Insurance Paid Some Medical Bills and Now They Are Asking For Their Money Back Out of My Settlement With the at Fault Driver's Insurance Company. Can They Do That?

Maybe. This is often referred to as subrogation. Regardless, there are almost always steps that can be taken to reduce and often convince your own insurance carrier to reduce or waive their subrogation interest. We have saved our clients hundreds of thousands of dollars that would otherwise be taken out of their settlement by negotiating down medical payments subrogation.

What is a First Report and why is it important?

In Nebraska, a "First Report of Alleged Occupational Injury or Illness" form ("First Report" for short) is used for many things. If you are hurt at work and require medical treatment other than first aid, are restricted from your normal work duties, and/or miss work, you employer will likely fill out a First Report for you or have you fill out a First Report. The First Report provides information about the Employer, Insurance Carrier, Employee, and the Accident/Injury. Once completed, the First Report is filed with the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court. Per the Court rules, the First Report shall be filed with the Court within 10 days after the employer or the insurance company have been given notice of or have knowledge of the injury. If your employer or the insurance company fail to file a First Report, the statute of limitations (timeline to file a law suit) does not begin to run until the First Report has been filed. Thus, the timeline to file your law suit may be extended if the First Report was not filed. While it is rare, if your employer fails to file a First Report despite your reporting, you can contact the Court to obtain a First Report to file on your own. If you would like to request a copy of any First Reports filed relating to you, you may do so via the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court's website. If you have questions about whether a First Report was filed or dispute the details contained in the First Report, the lawyers at Atwood, Holsten, Brown, Deaver & Spier can talk you through the nuances and impact of the same.

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