Personal Injury Lawyers in Omaha, NE
Our attorneys can fight for the compensation you deserve
Every day, people get injured in accidents through no fault of their own due to negligence. There’s no question that a bad accident can result in medical expenses and an injury that prevents you from working and enjoying your usual activities. At Ausman Law Firm, P.C., L.L.O., our highly skilled attorneys understand the impact a severe injury can have on you physically, emotionally, and financially. That’s why our dedicated legal team fights for maximum compensation and works so hard to hold negligent parties accountable.
Any accident can lead to a severe injury, such as a concussion, traumatic brain injury, broken bone, spinal cord damage, or a painful back injury. Other accidents result in the death of a loved one. No matter what type of injury or loss you’ve suffered, when another party’s negligence is to blame you shouldn’t have to pay.
A serious injury can happen anywhere at any time. For instance:
- You could be hurt in a work accident.
- You could slip and fall.
- You may have been injured after using a dangerous product.
- Or a loved one may have suffered a wrongful death due to negligence.
If you’ve been injured and someone else is to blame, you may be able to recover financial compensation for your damages, that is, your financial losses, including but not limited to:
- Past and future medical expenses related to your injury (e.g., ambulance fees, hospital bills, surgery, doctor appointments, physical therapy, prescription medication, medical devices, etc.).
- Lost income if you are unable to work.
- Loss of earning capacity.
- Replacement services (e.g., childcare, housework).
- Your pain and suffering.
- Funeral costs and other expenses involving the wrongful death of a loved one.
Keep in mind that calculating the true cost of your injury is important if you want to avoid having to pay out of pocket for your accident-related expenses down the road. You should also use caution when discussing compensation with an insurance adjuster because the insurance company has a vested interest in paying you as little as possible, and you may be entitled to more money than what they’re offering.
If you’re unsure how much your claim is worth or if you received a settlement offer from an insurance company and you want to know if it’s fair, one of the easiest ways to find out is by contacting a lawyer. An attorney will be able to review the details of your case and provide an accurate estimate on what you’re legally allowed to pursue in compensation.
A law firm that knows how to fight for brain injury victims
Suffering trauma to the head can result in a devastating brain injury that has the potential to destroy your quality of life and have an adverse effect on your loved ones. A brain injury can happen in practically any type of incident that involves a collision, such as a motor vehicle accident or a slip and fall.
When pursuing compensation for your damages, an insurance company may dispute:
- Whether you have a brain injury in the first place.
- The cause of your brain injury.
- The extent of your brain injury.
- The reasonableness, necessity, and cost of your treatment.
As such, having an experienced attorney in your corner to protect your rights and advocate for your best interests can be critical to the outcome of your claim.
How many types of brain injuries are there?
If you hit your head or your head is shaken violently back and forth, it can lead to swelling, bruising, or hemorrhaging of the brain. Some of the most common brain injuries include:
- Concussion – when the brain crashes into the inside of the skull.
- Brain contusion – when brain tissue sustains bruising.
- Diffuse axonal injury – when the brain moves around inside the skull and causes the connective brain tissue to become sheered.
- Coup-contrecoup injury – when blunt force trauma causes damage to one side of the brain and the opposite side of the brain is damaged due to colliding with the inside of the skull.
- Penetrating skull injury – when any kind of foreign object pierces through the skull and penetrates the brain.
- Anoxic brain injury – when a lack of oxygen to the brain results in damage.
Treatment for a traumatic brain injury varies greatly depending on the type and severity. In general, you may need to have a CT scan or MRI to appropriately diagnose your injury. It’s also common for a doctor to evaluate your brain function through a cognitive test or neurological exam. Treatment may include cognitive therapy, physical therapy, surgery, prescription medication, and treatment from a neurologist.
Should I be concerned if I have a concussion?
Even though they are technically classified as a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), you should always take a concussion seriously. If you’re experiencing any symptoms or you suspect you sustained a concussion in an accident, seek immediate medical attention from a licensed medical professional so you can be properly diagnosed. This is extremely critical to your health because if you suffer another concussion before the first one has had time to heal, it can be fatal. While rare, this condition is known as second impact syndrome.
Concussions are typically classified as grade 1 (mild), grade 2 (moderate), or grade 3 (severe) and generally heal on their own with proper treatment. For those with a history of repeated brain trauma, multiple concussions may lead to the development of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), which is a degenerative brain disease.
What are the warning signs of a traumatic brain injury?
Some of the symptoms associated with a brain injury aren’t always noticeable right away. Certainly, if you got hit in the head and were knocked out or otherwise lost consciousness, you should get checked out by a doctor immediately. Otherwise, look for these signs:
- Consistent headaches
- Nausea or vomiting
- Slurred speech
- Trouble focusing (e.g., having a hard time concentrating while you read)
- Sensitivity to light
- Memory loss
- Loss of smell or taste
- Feeling disorientated, confused, and/or fatigued
- Tinnitus (ears ringing)
- Depression, anxiety, and/or other changes in mood or behavior
Never wait to see a doctor if you’re experiencing symptoms of a brain injury. While documenting your injury and receiving a diagnosis is essential to your claim, nothing is more important than your health and wellbeing.
We know how to deal with insurance companies
Attorneys Jason Ausman and Michelle Epstein have a unique perspective on personal injury cases. That’s because they both used to represent insurance companies and defended against personal injury lawsuits. Now, they represent people just like you.
We know the importance of building a strong case. Our firm investigates accidents to find evidence that proves negligence led to your injury. This often involves reviewing all related documents, such as medical records and accident reports. It involves talking to witnesses who saw what happened. Sometimes, it involves bringing in specialists who can provide valuable insight and expert testimony.
Make no mistake about it: insurance companies are not on your side. They will go to great lengths to deny your claim or minimize your compensation. Sometimes, they’ll make you a quick settlement offer. These offers rarely come close to covering all the damages you suffered. That’s when having the legal expertise of an experienced lawyer in your corner can make all the difference in your claim.
Take the first step. Contact us today.
We are dedicated to helping you pursue the compensation you deserve. When insurance companies see that we have built a strong legal case, we are often able to negotiate a favorable settlement that meets your needs. On the other hand, if the insurance company doesn’t want to give you appropriate compensation for your damages, that’s not a problem. We are highly skilled trial lawyers who aren’t afraid to fight for you in court. Litigation does not intimidate us. We love to litigate and we’re proud of all our legal victories.
If you’ve suffered an injury due to negligence, contact us today for a free consultation to learn your legal rights and options. There are no obligations, and if you decide to hire us you don’t have to pay any fees unless we win your case. Our office is located in Omaha and we proudly serve clients in Nebraska and Iowa.
“We are so lucky that we were referred to Ausman Law firm. We could tell right away that they cared about what we were going through. They were honest and helpful throughout the whole process. Ausman helped us secure a settlement and made sure that we knew we weren't alone.” – 5-star review from Rachel S. on Google