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HAVE YOU BEEN IN AN ACCIDENT AND IT WAS NOT YOUR FAULT?

Did you know that there is one motor vehicle crash every 16 minutes in Nebraska?  Forty-four people are injured in Nebraska each day according to the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety.  Jim Haszard, a partner in our office, is an experienced personal injury attorney.  If you are injured and need assistance, he will meet with you to discuss your case and answer your questions. You may want to consult a lawyer if: 1.         There is a dispute or question over who is at fault, 2.         If someone is seriously injured, or 3.         If the other party does not have insurance. Jim is knowledgeable about the personal injury laws.  He will investigate the accident and gather important photographs, interviews and witness statements.  Jim will negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf and will contact your physician to obtain records, discuss your medical treatment and obtain medical reports. He will help you negotiate a fair settlement of your case or provide expert representation in court. With most personal injury cases, you only pay Jim if he recovers money on your behalf.  There is no charge for the initial consultation.

IMPORTANCE OF RECEIVING MEDICAL CARE DURING THE SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY PROCESS

Your disability must be confirmed by your medical records.  If you don’t obtain medical treatment for your condition, Social Security may determine your condition is not severe because you didn’t need or seek treatment. If you are injured or have an illness that prevents you from working, it may be difficult to pay for the medical care that is necessary to treat your illness or injury.  If you have applied for Social Security disability benefits, the documentation from  your treating physician carries the most weight for the Administrative Law Judge when determining if you should receive disability benefits.  Therefore, it is very important to regularly seek medical treatment for your disability or injury.  If you are unable to pay for your medical care, there are several care providers in the area that offer medical or psychiatric care for free or on a sliding fee basis.  If you need assistance with finding those providers or with your Social Security disability case, contact our office at 402.476.2200 to schedule an appointment.

MCHENRY AWARD RECIPIENT

I am a proud recipient of the John McHenry Award.  I cannot tell you how much joy and pleasure this recognition has brought to me.  I thank Mr. McHenry for making this award possible, and I thank you all for making me a recipient.  I was given special recognition for Iras Temple here in Boise, and I traveled to Reno for a lovely celebration at the September stated session.  This, actually, must be what prompted me to decide to make a gift now, as a thank you to everyone. Sincerely – with Nile love, Julia B. Pangborn

MCHENRY AWARD

John and Nadine McHenry and the law partners of McHenry Haszard Roth Hupp Burkholder & Blomenberg provide a generous gift each year to the Daughters of the Nile Foundation to recognize those who work behind the scenes and give from the heart to support the Foundation’s mission of helping those children served by Shriners Hospitals for Children®. The support from the Daughters of the Nile Foundation helps provide for medical care; therapy; educational re-entry programs; treatment of severe burns and spinal cord injuries; plastic, reconstructive and restorative surgery; any needed physical and occupational therapy; and research and development of new treatments; that is provided to the children at any of the Shriners Hospitals for Children® at no cost to the families. The recipients are recognized at the Supreme Session in June and given a beautiful pin designed especially for the award. For more information about the Daughters of the Nile Foundation go to www.donfdn.org.

SOCIAL MEDIA AND YOUR FAMILY LAW CASE

Social media such as Facebook and Twitter have gained popularity in the recent years and is a great way to stay in touch with family and friends.  However, during a divorce or custody action, anything you post or that others post to your page, could be used by the opposing counsel against you.  You should think before you post any comments or photos.  Just remember that you should not post anything you would not want your Mother to see.  You should consider shutting down your Facebook and Twitter account during litigation or when anticipating litigation. If you are going through a divorce or have custody issues, view the family law page on this website or contact our office to schedule an appointment with one of our family law attorneys, Stephanie Hupp and Sheri Burkholder. This is not intended to be used as legal advice or to establish an attorney-client relationship, but is solely for informational purposes.