Nebraska is certainly no stranger to personal injuries, car accidents and negligence cases – sometimes it can be difficult to figure out who to blame and where to pin liability. Maybe it was you who suffered a life-changing accident, or maybe it was a family member or friend. Whatever happens, if you need guidance for your personal injury case, Enjuris has the answers.
Nebraska Personal Injury Cases & Accident Info
Nebraska statutes online
This is where you’ll find Nebraska's revised statutes. The website has details about how long you have to bring a case, monetary limits on personal injury cases (which are also known as damage caps), and other important information.
In Nebraska, you have four years to bring both a personal injury and a property damage claim. That means you have four years to file your paperwork with the court, not that your case has to be completed in that time frame.
The initial meeting with a personal injury attorney is normally free. (Note that other legal specialties, such as criminal defense law or intellectual property law, are different.) After that, lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means that they will take a third of the eventual reward or settlement, plus whatever office expenses they incur along the way.
If your case ends up going to trial, the percentage could rise to 40% of the eventual reward or judgment. These numbers aren't determined by law, so don't be surprised if your lawyer suggests something else.
These are some cases of legal importance that came out of the Nebraska courts:
Meyer v. Nebraska, 262 U.S. 390 (1923): The Supreme Court of the United States held that not teaching foreign languages in Nebraska classrooms violated the Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution. A parochial school was teaching the Bible in German, which was very against the times (this was after World War I, remember). The teacher was charged with violating the Siman Act. He appealed to the Supreme Court, which held that "the liberty guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment... denotes not merely freedom from bodily restraint but also the right of the individual to contract, to engage in any of the common occupations of life, to acquire useful knowledge, to marry, establish a home and bring up children, to worship according to the dictates of his own conscience, and generally to enjoy those privileges long recognizes at common law as essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men. Certainly, education and the pursuit of knowledge should be encouraged. Mere knowledge of the German language cannot be looked upon as harmful."
Nebraska Press Association v. Stewart, 427 U.S. 539 (1976): This had to do with prior restraint on the media during criminal trials. The attorney for the defendant was concerned about the coverage being indicative of guilt (who was accused of murdering six people); the Supreme Court stated, "while the Court was sensitive to the important governmental interest in ensuring that criminal defendants receive fair trials, untainted by the threat of excessive and prejudicial publicity, the Court concluded that a trial court has other means, besides prior restraints, for ensuring the right to a fair trial."
Kansas v. Nebraska and Colorado, 574 U.S. ____ 2015: The Republican River Compact, signed in 1943, allocates 49% of the river to Nebraska, 40% to Kansas, and 11% to Kansas. Congress, meanwhile, must approve any contracts between two or more states. In 1999, Kansas accused Nebraska of diverting more water for private farm use, and the contract had no provision for dispute resolution or damages. Colorado was just involved because they were interested in the outcome of the case. A special master was appointed, who deduced that Nebraska should be fined $5.5 million and denied injunctive relief.
There are many issues you can solve without the help of an attorney, surprisingly enough. If you don't know where to begin, a law librarian can help you. They are usually legally trained, and they can help you both with texts or online research engines like LexisNexis or Westlaw.