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INSERRA KELLEY SEWELL is a litigation and trial practice law firm dedicated to representing injured plaintiffs and enforcing the laws that hold wrongdoers and their insurance companies responsible for the harm inflicted upon our clients and their families.

“Focused On Healing, Then Results,” is a commitment we make to all of our clients. We help and guide our clients step-by- step through the initial injury, the pain and uncertainty of the healing process, and complications caused by medical bills, lost wages, and the insurance claims procedure. After all injuries have been properly documented and treated, we shift our focus to obtaining the maximum nancial result from the wrongdoer’s insurance company.

INSERRA KELLEY SEWELL has the experience and skill set to promptly and professionally resolve all types of serious and catastrophic injury claims. When you hire INSERRA KELLEY SEWELL you can be assured you will receive the following:

  • Full Investigation of Liability and Damages
  • Diligent Legal Analysis
  • Experienced Trial Attorneys to Answer Questions and Handle Your Case
  • Experienced Support Team to Gather Evidence
  • Prompt Communication With Every Client

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Motorcycle Accidents

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, let the experienced professionals of Inserra | Kelley | Sewell, Injury Attorneys stand with you to protect your right to fair treatment and fair compensation.

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If you injured because of someone else’s recklessness or negligence, we know the stress that it can cause you and your loved ones. Contact Us.

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When sharing the streets with vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists are particularly vulnerable. You need an experienced team on your side to protect your rights.

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Wrongful death is caused by the fault of another, including those deaths caused by drunk driving, dangerous or defective products, construction of an unsound building, or failing to diagnose a fatal disease. Let us help bring solace, dignity and justice in your time of greatest need.

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Catastrophic injuries are called catastrophic for a simple reason — they are life altering. Few victims or their families are prepared to face the prospect of a dramatically different tomorrow. We can help.

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Prescription drug adverse reactions and side effects cause the death of 200,000 Americans every year. Adverse reactions and side effects from over-the-counter medications,  cause serious injury or death to countless others. If you have questions, call us.

Client Reviews

Sarah Forbes
Sarah Forbes
14:00 14 May 21
They helped my husband and I thru my car accident. Craig was an advocate for us and very caring. Felt like he put our... interests but his. Thank you so much.read more
Thomas Hemmer
Thomas Hemmer
14:18 26 Feb 21
I was involved in a vehicle accident and Craig Kelly helped get me though the process of dealing with insurance. Making... sure all my doctor bills got paid and seeing to it that I received compensation for the injury I received from the accident. Very pleased with the whole process and would recommend him to anyone going though the difficult time following an accident.read more
Mike Boner
Mike Boner
00:44 25 Feb 21
Did everything they could for my case and did it professionally and kept me updated all the time!
Patricia Carley
Patricia Carley
22:30 19 Feb 21
Craig was always professional, easy to contact and made everything very clear to us. We appreciated the time he spent... working for us to get the problem resolved We would recommend him to anyone who needed an attorney. Thanks so much, Craig!read more
Irish Cream
Irish Cream
03:19 06 Feb 21
The team at Inserra Kelley and Sewell are a no nonsense group of professionals that handled my case with tact and care.... Every step of the way I was notified promptly and advised on a course of action. They handled the negotiation side of things and handled all the back end work for me. In my particular case, I feel that I got what I was owed and wouldn't hesitate to work with them again if the need ever arose. Craig is super friendly and down to earth and even helped me seek employment at one point.Overall, a great group of folks to deal with and they really make you feel like family. Thanks guys for the help when I needed it most.read more
Adrian Westcott
Adrian Westcott
21:02 20 Oct 20
Working with Craig Kelley was great he made it very simple and easy, he knew everything that needed to be done and... helped me through every step, he was very kind and easy to work with and talk to, and explained anything i didn't understand. The entire staff was very professional and kind as well. I hope to not ever have to have an attorney again BUT if I do I will not hesitate to have Craig as my first and only call. Thank you Craig Kelley from the bottom of mine and my family's heart you were amazing and very helpful.read more
Jerod Weston
Jerod Weston
20:49 06 Aug 20
I would highly recommend IKS to anyone! Everyone on the team is caring and professional and always willing to help out... and answer any and all questions! I never left feeling anything less than confident in the team. All emails and calls were answered in a timely manner! Great experience!read more
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Winter Weather Awareness Day: Are you prepared?

November 6 has been declared Winter Weather Awareness Day for the State of Nebraska.  This is the day to concentrate on preparing for winter weather.  In Nebraska, a major winter storm can last for several days and can include, snow, high winds, freezing rain, sleet, heavy snowfall and dangerously low temperatures.  The arrival of extremely cold temperatures, heavy snow and flooding caused by ice jams can create hazardous conditions and hidden problems.  Winter dangers include hypothermia, frostbite, loss of fingers and toes, and even death.

It is important to protect yourself from dangerous winter weather.  The first thing you can do is to stay inside as much as possible.  Close off rooms that are not needed in order to conserve heat.  Keep your thermostat at a steady temperature during the day and set it to lower your temperature at night and whenever the house is unoccupied by ten degrees.  Cover your windows at night and wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing.  Remove layers to prevent overheating, perspiration and subsequent chill.  If you are using alternate forms of heat, such as electric or space heaters, be sure to observe all safety warnings.

If you must be outside, remember to avoid overexertion, such as shoveling heavy snow, pushing a car or walking in deep snow.  The strain from the cold and hard labor could be sufficient to cause a heart attack.  If you sweat while in your winter gear, perspiration could lead to a chill and hypothermia.  If you get caught outside, try to stay dry and cover all body parts.  If you are stranded, do not attempt to walk for help.  Harsh weather conditions can cause you to become disoriented.  If your car will start, run the motor about ten minutes each hour for heat, but make sure you have a window cracked to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.  Make sure your exhaust pipe is not blocked.  Remember to occasionally move your arms, legs, fingers and toes vigorously in order to keep your blood circulating and to stay as warm as possible.

Equip your car with a winter safety kit, which should include the following items:

  • a shovel
  • windshield scraper and small broom
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • battery powered radio
  • water
  • snack food including energy bars
  • raisins and mini candy bars
  • matches and small candles
  • extra hats, socks and mittens
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Necessary medications
  • blankets or sleeping bag
  • tow chain or rope
  • road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction
  • booster cables
  • emergency flares and reflectors
  • fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention
  • Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter

Inserra & Kelley reminds you to have fun this winter, but remain safe and be aware of your surroundings to avoid weather related accidents.  If a loved one or you have been injured in a weather related accident, call Inserra & Kelley toll free at 1-800-642-1242. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to accept your case, we will work on a contingent fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary award or recovery of funds. If you have a valid claim, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, but a lawsuit must be filed before the statute of limitations expires.

Do Bicycle Lanes Help Prevent Serious Injuries?

In today’s fitness-centered world, bicycling has become a popular mode of travel and keeping fit.   More and more Americans are relying on two-wheeled transportation to get them to and from work, as well as replacing gym memberships for many avid cyclists.  Cycling brings with it risks of injury that may be different than those in standard automobiles, but certainly no less serious.  In fact, many people believe that by riding a bicycle, as opposed to operating a car, only poses risk to themselves and not others.   This is why safety in riding is so important.

In 2013, a number of bicycle lanes were added to the streets in Omaha and Bellevue.  A bicycle lane is a narrow separate lane designated with a symbol of a bicycle.  As bicycling became more popular, so did the risk of injuries to bicyclists on our metropolitan streets.  Designated bicycle lanes serve to prevent automobile-bicycle accidents and save costs and health treatment necessitated by automobile/bicycle accidents.  They provide a smooth, continuous path on which to ride safely.  Only 1 percent of the United States uses bicycles as a mode of transportation for commuting to and from work, while 25% of the Netherlands uses bicycles as a mode of commuting.  The rate of automobile-on-bicycle accidents in the Netherlands is about 26 times lower than the United States.  The Netherlands comprises a much smaller geographical area, however contains over 18,000 miles of segregated bicycle lanes.

Bicycle lanes encourage more cycling and less driving, which equates to less traffic, less pollution, more exercise, more safely and a cheaper means of transportation.  However, not everyone is a fan of bicycle lanes.  In New York, protestors argue that the lanes take away from their rights as motor vehicle operators by forcing them to share the road.  There is also an argument that curbside parking is reduced and some bicycle lanes run through loading zones originally designated for deliveries.

In Bellevue, Nebraska, the addition of bicycle lanes eliminated a lane of traffic each way from Chandler Road on the North to Capehart Road just past Offutt Air Base on Fort Crook Road, the main drag between Bellevue and Plattsmouth.  The wide bike lanes have made bicycle travel safer but cyclists still need to watch out for traffic, stop at stoplights and be aware of traffic around them at intersections.  Bicyclists always have the right of way.

Similarly, Omaha has expanded bike lanes on Leavenworth Street between 13th and 31st Street, making downtown bicycle travel safer.  The addition of bicycle lanes connects Bellevue to Omaha and offers more opportunities for cyclists to commute.  Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert believes these bicycle lanes also help businesses encouraging healthy choices of their employees by allowing a safe lane in which to travel.  Bicycling, however, still carries with it hazards when commuting.  Lack of a helmet increases your risk of serious injury and traumatic brain injuries.

When you are traveling on the main roads, it is a good idea to avoid wearing earphones and concentrate on the sounds of the road.  Being observant as a cyclist can reduce your risk of injury.  Be sure to use your hand signals when making turns or stopping and remember to wear reflective gear.  Pay attention to traffic control measures and travel at safe speeds for the conditions you are experiencing.  Know the bicycle routes that provide the most visibility and always make sure your bicycle has working equipment and can be easily seen at night.  It is also important to inform loved ones of which routes you are taking and what time you expect to be back so they know where to look if you don’t return on time.  Ultimately, bicycling has become a safe and effective mode of transportation in the metropolitan area, as well as being a great step towards physical fitness!  If you are involved in an automobile/bicycling accident, make sure you exchange information and contact an attorney who is well informed on issues of automobile negligence.

Elderly Drivers: How old is TOO old to be behind the wheel?

As we grow older, we become more aware of our own mortality and that of our parents.  As we watch them age, we start to notice the little changes, such as forgetting where they left their glasses or keys and then the bigger changes such as failing to take their medication, or falling.  At this point, we start to wonder how safe it is for them to drive.  We worry about their safety and the safety of others.  Although some people remain mentally sharp with strong vision, reflexes and physical abilities well into their 80s and 90s, others start to show deficiencies in their 50s.

Data shows that senior citizens account for 5% of people injured in traffic crashes, 13% of all traffic fatalities and 18% of all pedestrian fatalities.  The number of elderly drivers is expected to triple in the United States over the next 20 years, according to smartmotorist.com.  Some states require mandatory driving tests after a certain age or require physicians to disclose conditions that could affect driving ability.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway (IIHS), older people stand a greater chance of becoming a fatality in a traffic collision due to fragility and health issues.  Between 1997 and 2006, the death rate for older drivers declined steadily with no definitive reason.  So other than expecting your parents to self-limit their driving, how can we assure our parents are as safe as they can be on the road, as well as not endangering others?

First, watch for warning signs such as fearful and nervous driving, difficulty staying in the lane of travel, trouble paying attention or slower response to unexpected situations.  Keep informed regarding your parent’s medical conditions and medications, and talk to your parents about how they feel about their driving abilities and focus, as well as their vision.  If you have concerns regarding your parent’s driving, try to discuss the safe ability to drive with your parents’ physicians or take the keys and/or the car away and arrange for alternate transportation.  Remember that the ability to drive is closely connected to a person’s feeling of independence and dignity, so be cognizant of this when addressing the issue of elderly driving.

Spooktacular Safety Tips for Halloween

Fall brings many recreational activities such as football, trips to the pumpkin patch, hayrack rides and, of course, Halloween.  As a child growing up in a small Nebraska town in the late 70s and early 80s, Halloween was fun and fairly safe.  The worst we had to worry about was scraped knees or getting sick from eating too much candy.  As time went by and we became more aware of how dangerous the world was becoming, we had to increase our safety.  We began to realize it was no longer safe to go out alone and could not eat unwrapped or unsealed candy.  As we think of safety this Halloween season, remember not to overlook those basic rules.  Always carry a flashlight and travel in groups.  This year expand your safety to include some less obvious safety risks of Halloween.

Costumes have changed a great deal over the years.  My first costume was Jiminy Cricket, which was basically a cheap plastic mask and green smock.  The days of the mask have been overtaken by face paint and makeup.  Be sure to test the paint or makeup on a small patch of skin prior to Halloween night to avoid an unnecessary trip to the emergency room and look for face paint that has the FDA approved list of color additives, especially if your child tends to have allergies.  Ensure that all makeup has been removed with soap and water prior to going to bed to prevent a breakout or staining on your clothes or skin.  Be aware that although cosmetic contact lenses may look cool, they can lead to very serious eye infections.  Remember never to share contact lenses with friends or family members and always wash your hands when putting contacts in or taking them out.

If you or your child chooses a mask in lieu of paint, remember to check the mask for sharp edges and make sure there is enough room in the mask to breathe comfortably.  Adults should limit intake of black licorice as it can cause potassium levels to fall which can lead to abnormal heart rhythms or heart failure in adults.  Obviously certain activities can also increase your susceptibility to germs, such as bobbing for apples or sharing drinks or food at a party.  Remember that the cold and flu season has already begun and these activities can spread germs.

If you choose not to trick or treat with your children, be sure to check your state’s website for sex offenders and do not allow your children to trick or treat at these houses.  Make sure you know the route your children are taking and if possible, make sure an adult travels with the group of trick or treaters.  Ensure that your children understand there is a firm curfew on Halloween night, so you know when your children are supposed to be safely home.  Make sure your children have a cell phone available to call if they are delayed.  Warn your children about the flammable nature of clothing they may be wearing and advise them to keep their distance from lit jack-o-lanterns.

Lastly, ensure your children know the difference between a harmless trick and vandalism or criminal behavior.  Above all, remember to warn your children not to get into a car, enter a house or even talk to strangers.  If they are approached by a stranger and feel uncomfortable, they should scream and run away as fast as possible.  All children should know how to safely cross the street and to look out for smaller children.  Halloween should be a fun time for the entire family, so be careful and enjoy the holiday!

Nebraska Dog Bites Fall Under Strict Liability Statute

They are man’s best friend.  They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent.  Although the majority of time dogs are docile and friendly, they sometimes can be dangerous.  Dogs can be aggressive, sometimes lacking malicious intent, but causing serious injury or death nonetheless.  In Nebraska, dog owners are liable for any and all damages to anyone except a trespasser under a statutory strict liability.

Neb. Rev. Stat. § 54-601 sets forth dog bite liability.  As dogs are personal property for all intents and purposes, the owner of a dog is liable for any and all damages that could accrue (1) to any person other than a trespasser by reason of having been bitten by such dog or dogs and (2) to any person, firm, or corporation by reason of such dog or dogs killing, wounding, injuring, worrying or chasing any person or persons or any sheep or other domestic animals belonging to such person.  Owners become strictly liable for the actions of their dogs.

The Nebraska dog bite statute also applies to scratches, knock-downs and other attacks.  In 2009, the Supreme Court clarified the legislative intent in Underhill v. Hobelman, 279 Neb. 30, 34 (2009).  Underwood demonstrated that not only does Nebraska’s dog bite statute apply to bites, but any means of injury.  A potential exception is the dog that causes damages during playful and mischievous acts.  Donner v. Plymate, 193 Neb. 647, 649-650 (1975).  Nebraska recognizes a strict liability standard for nearly all dog bites.  Donner determined that, when read together, the terms “killing”, “wounding”, “worrying” and “chasing” implied the dog was acting aggressively.  The Nebraska statute does not require the injury to be inflicted maliciously, however.

Nebraska’s strict liability statute on dog attacks and dog bites allows for recovery for damages without a showing of negligence on the part of the owner.  If you have been bitten by a dog, make sure you file a dog bite report with the Nebraska Humane Society.  You will want to gather the following information:

1)   Information about the dog that bit you, including name, age, address, color, breed and vaccination history (if available).  You may be able to find some of this information on the bite report completed by the Nebraska Humane Society.  Do NOT attempt to approach the dog again to obtain this information on your own.  You could risk further injury.

2)   Information about the owner of the dog, including name, address and phone number.

3)   Name of the dog’s veterinarian.

4)   Photos of the dog bite and the area of the attack.  If your clothing was torn, take photographs of the damage to your clothing, as well as keeping the clothing.  You may need it at a later time.

5)   Copies of any medical bills you receive as a result of treatment for the bite or attac

It is important to hire an attorney early in order to protect your rights.  Dog bite claims have time limits in which to bring your claim, so be sure to contact an attorney with experience handling dog bite claims.

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