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The adjuster is offering me a settlement for my injures from an auto collision. Is it fair?

Perhaps, but probably not, unfortunately. The adjuster has financial incentives to minimize your recovery. If this were not the case, why are initial settlement offers low? There are many ways the adjuster tries to do this. One common method is to minimize your medical bills by counting only what health insurance has paid on a reduced fee schedule and not the full charge for the bill, which the law requires. Also, be very wary of adjusters offering to settle a case early, before you have finished recovering, especially in the case of a spine or head injury.

What happens if English is Not My First Language? Who Provides an Interpreter for my Legal Hearings?

In Nebraska, Rule 5 provides that "The court shall appoint an interpreter in any legal proceeding in order to assist a person who cannot readily understand or communicate the English or spoken language." Once a claimant formally requests an interpreter at a hearing, the employer/insurance company must pay the costs for the same. There are different levels of interpreters who are available to provide services at a hearing, including (from highest to lowest): Certified Court Interpreters, Provisionally Certified Court Interpreters, and Registered Court Interpreters. There are also several levels of Sign Language Court Interpreters. The Supreme Court rules indicate that "diligent efforts must be made to obtain the highest level of certification before allowing an interpreter with a lower level of certification to interpret." The Nebraska Supreme Court keeps a Court Interpreter Directory listing the language, certification level, area, and contact information of interpreters. The languages include Vietnamese, Somali, Spanish, Cantonese Mandarin, Bosnian/Serb/Croatian, ASL, French, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, and Arabic. If an alternative language is needed, the Interpreter Coordinators may be able to help. If you require a Court Reporter for your medical appointments, often the employer/insurance company will provide one at their cost as well. At Atwood, Holsten, Brown, Deaver & Spier Law, we know that you likely only get "one day" in Court and that it is important that you be able to understand the legal proceedings and communicate with the Judge and witnesses. We'll do all we can to ensure that you are afforded an interpreter at your medical appointments, deposition, and court hearings.

What Happens if an Employer Fails to Carry Workers' Compensation Coverage for its Employees?

The Nebraska Workers' Compensation Act allows for penalties, or even possible imprisonment, for employers who fail to provide workers' compensation coverage for their employees. If the employer is found to have failed to purchase workers' compensation insurance, is not self-insured, and is not a member of the risk management pool, any or all of the following penalties may be imposed:

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