Filing A Car Accident Personal Injury Claim In Nebraska
I Was Injured In A Car Wreck In Nebraska, What Steps Do I Need To Take If I Plan On Filing A Car Accident Personal Injury Claim?
In the event of a car wreck or car accident, it is advised that you follow the below steps to assist you in filing a car accident personal injury claim:
- Contact the police and obtain a police report;
- Take pictures to document the damage from various angles, inside and out;
- Take pictures of any injuries sustained to your person;
- Acquire the contact information of any witnesses;
- See a doctor to examine any potential injuries;
- Notify your insurance carrier.
If you are not incapacitated at the scene of the collision, following the above guidance can be critical in obtaining all of the information that will become helpful in filing your claim.
When you have suffered a traumatic experience, it can be difficult to remember to gather information at the scene. If it is at all possible within the boundaries of your personal safety, however, it is strongly encouraged that you do your best to acquire this information.
A witness to the collision can be anyone who has stopped at the scene to render aid and check on any parties. Collecting their names and phone numbers to pass on to the police will assist them in their investigation. They will be able to write up a more accurate report of the incident with eye-witness accounts.
When you see a doctor after a car accident, you will want to be very thorough in explaining your injuries. Give a thorough explanation of all the areas of the body that have been injured. Sometimes it is helpful to start at the top of the head and work down, identifying any injuries, no matter how insignificant they may seem at the time.
This is important because what might seem like an insignificant ache at the scene can become progressively worse over time. What’s more, it is very difficult for the doctor to link an unreported injury to the time of the trauma of the accident at a later date.
The next step will be notifying your own insurance carrier. It’s likely that if you have automobile insurance coverage, you will also have what’s called Medical Pay Coverage as a portion of your policy. The Medical Pay Coverage policy can help with medical bills or reimbursement of copays once the bills have been submitted to the health insurance carrier.
Once you are in a place where you have taken these immediate steps to ensure your health and safety, it is time to call an attorney and discuss your situation.
How Long After My Car Wreck In Nebraska Do I Have To File A Car Accident Personal Injury Claim?
In most circumstances, you have up to four years to file a personal injury claim in the state of Nebraska.
However, it isn’t uncommon for anyone located in Omaha to be driving along the Missouri River (which separates Nebraska from Iowa). So you should keep in mind that the statute of limitations for claims in Iowa is only two years.
Additionally, if a government vehicle happens to be involved, that can be a factor in determining the statute your claim will fall under.
At Salerno & Leavitt, our attorneys are licensed in both Nebraska and Iowa – so we can help to talk you through what statute your car accident will fall under. It is important to reach out to an attorney as soon as possible both to determine if you have two or four years and to ensure the witness recollections do not start to fade.
For more information on Auto Accident Cases in Nebraska, an initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (402) 704-4593 today.
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