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Car accident injuries are one of the most common types of personal injury claims. In Nebraska, there was one car accident every 17 minutes in 2013. More than 16,000 people were injured in a car accident and 211 people were killed as a result. Many of these accidents were not simply “accidents,” but were the result of negligence on behalf of at least one driver involved. A significant number were caused by drivers who were operating their motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and it is estimated that even a greater number were caused by texting or use of cell phones while driving.

Working with an Attorney

After being injured in a car accident, it is important that you are able to focus on your medical treatment. Serving as your car accident lawyer, our office will fully explain your options, as well as the insurance claims process and the possibility of litigation. We will focus on making sure your rights are protected and that you are treated fairly so that you can focus on your treatment and recovery.

We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only get paid if you are successful on your claim. There are absolutely no upfront costs, and all initial consultations are free. If you have recently been injured in an accident, contact our office today to discuss your options or submit a request for a free case evaluation

What to Do Following a Car Accident

Be Careful Who You Talk To

Do not talk to anyone about the details of your accident except for your doctors and attorneys. Always require identification so that you know who is talking with you. Be careful of insurance companies attempting to gain as much information as possible before you hire an attorney. Also be careful of telephone solicitors, as attorneys in the State of Nebraska, and most other states, are not allowed to solicit injured parties via telephone. If anyone contacts you by phone they are likely a representative of an insurance company or a chiropractic clinic.

See Your Doctors

Return to each of your doctors as is necessary, and keep them informed of all complaints. Your job after being injured in an accident is to keep your doctors informed of all problems and to get yourself healed. Your personal injury claim will take care of itself. Make sure to keep your attorney informed of any doctors or treating personnel that you see.

Keep a Record of Complaints

Keep a daily record of any problems or progress you make throughout your treatment. This record will help you both in recounting exactly what you went through on a day-to-day basis as well as help your physicians in treating your ailments. Being able to detail exactly how the injury affected you helps illustrate the hardships you dealt with to the insurance company.

Track Wages & Lost Earnings

Keep a daily record of any problems or progress you make throughout your treatment. This record will help you both in recounting exactly what you went through on a day-to-day basis as well as help your physicians in treating your ailments.

Keep Copies of Medical Bills

Obtain and keep duplicate copies of any bills relating to medical expenses, including, but not limited to: treatment, x-rays, medications, braces, etc. Try to make all medical payments by check or credit card so the payments can be easily traced and speak with your attorney about your health insurance, as well as any potential medical payment coverage that may be available.

Wait on the Auto Repair

Do not have your car fixed until you or your attorney have obtained and developed multiple photos of any resulting damage form the accident. You may have more than one option about how to deal with the repair of your vehicle. If possible, speak to your attorney before turning your property damage into your own insurance company.

Discuss Obtaining a Rental Vehicle

More often than not you are entitled to a rental vehicle for a reasonable time. Your attorney can assist you in obtaining your rental vehicle.

Track Additional Expenses

Additional expenses you receive as a result of your injuries can often be included in the insurance settlement value. Keep track of any additional expenses you incur as a result of your being injured, including receipts. Additional expenses may include cleaning expenses, lawn mowing expenses, etc.

Don’t Plead Guilty to Traffic Offenses

Never plead guilty to any traffic offenses without first consulting an attorney. Pleading guilty to a traffic offense can adversely affect your personal injury claim.

Photograph Everything

Take photographs of any and all injuries or property damage that occurred as a result of the accident. Make sure your attorney has access to these photographs, or has an opportunity to take his/her own.

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Attorney Sean Conway

A Review for Sean Conway

- From a Past Client

"Sean made the whole process extremely easy! His staff was very responsive and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend him."

Attorney Eric Chandler

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- From a Past Client

"Mr. Chandler was absolutely wonderful...He took the time to fully explain everything to us and did it in a way we could understand. He always got back to us in a timely manner and was extremely professional. I would highly recommend him to anyone that needs an attorney."

Attorney Sean Conway

A Review for Sean Conway

- From a Past Client

"I highly recommend Sean Conway. He is the best. Sean helped me out when I thought there was no way out of my situation. He will go above and beyond to help take stress off your back. I am forever grateful for his hard work."

Attorney Marcus Sladek

A Review for Marcus Sladek

- From a Past Client

"My first attorney was from a different firm and was unable to help me and could not even return my calls; that's when I hired Marcus Sladek. He was able to get all my charges dropped besides one misdemeanor, but more importantly, he kept me out of jail. Marcus kept in contact with me throughout the entire case and he did an outstanding job representing me. I can't thank him enough."

Attorney Eric Chandler

A Review for Eric Chandler

- From a Past Client

"Eric Chandler was my attorney a few months ago. I got his name through a recommendation, and he could not have been more helpful. He was able to negotiate a great deal for me that I am confident that I would not have gotten from hiring another lawyer (my friend in the same situation opted for someone else and was gravely disappointed). Eric made me feel more at ease in a crappy situation. I strongly recommend him."

Attorney Sean Conway

A Review for Sean Conway

- From a Past Client

"Sean is a stand up guy very true to his word and will work to help in anyway possible was facing 20 years and was able to dismiss the case."

Attorney Sean Conway

A Review for Sean Conway

- From a Past Client

"Sean made the whole process extremely easy! His staff was very responsive and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend his firm."

Attorney Natalie Andrews

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- From a Past Client

"Natalie Andrews was amazing to work with! I highly recommend her!"

A Review for Chandler Conway

- From a Past Client

"They are very through and get straight to the point. Very friendly and will explain any and every question that comes their way. I highly recommend!"

Attorney Eric Chandler

A Review for Eric Chandler

- From a Past Client

"I’ve gone to Eric in the past with issues I’ve faced and he was knowledgeable and confident in his practice. He makes you feel safe and comfortable in speaking with him. Some issues can be very time consuming, expensive and difficult. However- Mr. Chandler was welcoming and offered help when you feel like you are alone and afraid. Thanks Eric for your help."

Attorney Marcus Sladek

A Review for Marcus Sladek

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"Marcus Sladek of Chandler Conway provided excellent representation during my unusually complex case. He successfully argued and won the appeal that awarded a deferred judgment on my misdemeanor charge. My career is able to go on without a blemish thanks to Marcus. He has my gratitude and highest recommendation."

Attorney Eric Chandler

A Review for Eric Chandler

- From a Past Client

"Eric is the best! I had a most difficult case with a lot of moving parts and massive medical bills. He exceeded all my expectations. Most of all he cared about my situation and made me feel at ease every step of the way. By far the best lawyer I have ever worked with."

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have additional questions not included here, please contact us.

Do I need a personal injury attorney?

Whether you need an attorney after being injured in a car accident depends on a number of factors, including the severity of your injuries, the complexity of your case, whether there is dispute as to liability, and whether the insurance company is willing to offer you a fair settlement. It never hurts to at least speak with a local injury attorney to have your questions answered and find out what options you have.

Some general guidelines to help you decide whether you need to retain a personal injury attorney:

  • Your injuries are severe. If you have suffered serious injuries, such as a broken bone, spinal cord injury, any injury resulting in surgery (or the possibility of future surgical intervention), or traumatic brain injury, you should definitely hire a personal injury attorney. These types of injuries typically involve some level of permanency and can result in significant medical expenses, lost wages, and other financial damages. An experienced injury attorney can help make sure you are fully compensated.
  • Your case is complex. If your case involves multiple parties, disputed liability, multiple insurance coverages, insufficient insurance coverage, or complex legal issues, you should hire an attorney. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you navigate both the claims process and the legal system, as well as make certain you are aware of your rights and that those rights are protected.
  • The insurance company is not offering you a fair settlement. While it’s better to consult with an attorney before attempting to negotiate your claim, if you’ve already entered into discussions with the insurance company and the carrier is offering you a lowball settlement or refusing to negotiate at all, you should speak with a local injury attorney.

Even if at first you think your injuries are minor and your case seems straightforward, you may still want to consider consulting an attorney to make sure you are aware of all options, as well as any potential pitfalls. Often injuries end up being more significant than originally thought. Insurance companies are notoriously difficult to deal with, and they often try to settle claims immediately after a crash before the injured party is aware of the full nature and extent of their injuries. An attorney can help you level the playing field and get the settlement you deserve.

How much does it cost to hire a personal injury attorney?

Nearly all of our injury cases are taken on a contingency fee basis, meaning you only pay if we are successful in obtaining a recovery. You pay nothing up front, and our office fronts all of the associated costs.

How do I find a good personal injury attorney?

There are a number of ways to find a good personal injury attorney. You can ask for recommendations from friends, family, or other professionals. In fact, most of our clients come as referrals from past clients or other attorneys. You can also search online for attorneys in your area. When choosing an injury attorney, consider interviewing more than one candidate. Ask them about their experience, qualifications, and fees and make certain to retain someone you feel comfortable with representing you.

What if the driver who caused the car accident does not have auto insurance?

Fortunately, most car insurance, and every auto insurance policy issued in Nebraska, contains both uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. If you have been injured in a car crash and the person who caused the crash did not have insurance, speak with your accident injury attorney about what options you might have under your own auto insurance.