With over 40 years of experience helping injured clients, Demerath Law Office has the skills necessary to help clients through every step of the process of settling their claims. He understands how to evaluate the available evidence, locate witnesses that can corroborate the claim and, arguably most important, discover the sources of insurance coverage for the claim.
How is the Amount of a Settlement Demand Determined?
With our experience, we understand how the insurance industry works. We are also aware of past settlements for specific types of injuries, which means we know what your case settlement should be. Of course, there are records of judgments awarded by the courts, but most attorneys know it's better for everyone if a claim can be settled outside of the courtroom. The important thing to remember is that it's difficult for private citizens to access past settlement records, which means it's virtually impossible to know if an insurance carrier is offering a fair settlement without the help of someone with vast experience in handling accident injury cases.
What Steps are Necessary to Settle a Claim?
Every case is unique, meaning they don't all follow the same path to settlement. During the process, we represent our clients and doggedly take every step necessary to obtain the best settlements possible. We keep clients involved in their cases, so you will always know the status of your case. Even though cases are all different, there are specific steps that are always followed. They include:
- Determining the Facts. That means he will discuss the case with the victim to determine their perspective. Then, he'll acquire statements from witnesses or anyone else involved in the case to more accurately understand all aspects of the accident. Once all the facts are gathered, it's far easier to determine a course of action.
- Identify the Responsible Parties. That isn't always as easy as it may seem. In many cases, there is shared liability for an accident, and it's our job to determine just who the legally responsible parties are. Since more than one party may share liability, there will also be multiple insurance companies involved at this point.
- Present Your Claim. Once it's determined who is liable, a claim can be presented. In some cases, the insurance companies or responsible parties are willing to settle the claim rather than prolonging the process, but many insurance carriers will refuse an initial claim.
Of course, there are several ways to resolve the issues involved and arrive at an acceptable settlement. Demerath Law Office is a skilled negotiator who is comfortable dealing with insurance companies and their legal staffs. In some cases, mediation may present a valuable path to an equitable resolution. However, if an agreement cannot be reached through negotiations, he is also well-versed in the skills needed to present a case in the courtroom.
Just Who is Nebraska Personal Injury Lawyer Larry R. Demerath?
Larry Demerath is a native Nebraskan and has spent his entire life here except during his military service in Vietnam with the U.S. Air Force. Larry grew up on a farm, later attending Wayne State College and the University of Nebraska. He's devoted his entire 35-year career to helping his fellow Nebraskans recover the damages they are due following accidents. He understands how difficult it is to recover physically after suffering serious injuries and knows how important it is for victims to have quality representation during their time of need.
Whether you were injured in an on-the-job accident or in a vehicle accident, we are here to help. We know how seriously an injury can disrupt your life and is ready to represent you and handle the legal aspects of the accident as you recover. Your future is at stake, so it's incredibly important to protect yourself from suffering financially in addition to the physical injuries. Your health must always be protected first, but contacting an attorney for assistance as soon as possible must be next on your list of things to do after an accident.