Posted on Friday, January 27th, 2017 at 1:30 am    


One of the first questions a personal injury client will ask is “How much is my claim worth?” This is not an easy question to answer because several variables and factors are used when determining the value of an injury claim. However, it is the job of a Sacramento personal injury attorney to evaluate your case and determine the value of the claim. It’s not one of the first things an attorney does, but it’s one of the most important elements of a personal injury claim.

If an attorney gives you a specific figure during your first consultation, we strongly urge you to seek a second opinion. An experienced Sacramento personal injury attorney knows that he must first conduct a thorough, comprehensive accident investigation to obtain all facts and circumstances, including discussing the client’s prognosis with his or her physician, before a value can be placed on a claim. Depending on the length of time between the accident and the date you meet with an attorney, the attorney may give you an approximate figure, but an experienced attorney will advise you to give him time to investigate the case, so you don’t leave any money on the table when you settle your claim.

Factors That Can Impact a Personal Injury Settlement

Analyzing a claim includes taking into consideration both objective and subjective information. It’s the second category that makes determining a claim value difficult and complicated. You can’t simply plug in numbers and come up with a value for a person’s physical pain, mental anguish, and emotional suffering.

We began to calculate a value for your personal injury settlement; we take the following factors into consideration:

Costs of medical care. Medical costs are objective and based on the bills received for treatment. However, the insurance company may try to deny parts of the claim because of pre-existing conditions or other issues. An attorney may prevent some of these issues from becoming huge problems by keeping accurate records and providing necessary information to the insurance company to corroborate the cost of medical care.

Loss of income. If an injury causes a person to miss work, that person deserves to be compensated for his or her loss of income. This is another objective expense that can be calculated based on the income lost and the period of time the person was unable to work because of his or her injuries.

Pain and suffering – This category of damages is subjective meaning there is not a bill or invoice we can point to obtain a dollar amount. While a percentage or other calculation may be used, the value assigned to pain and suffering is not a static figure. This category of expense includes the reduced quality of life the victim has experienced as well as any chronic pain and emotional issues involved. Because each person suffers to a different degree and in different manners, you want an experienced attorney working on your case who understands the complexities of calculating pain and suffering damages.

Future damages – For an injury that has resulted in a permanent disability, costs of ongoing care for the future must also be added to the settlement. In addition, if the patient cannot return to work or earn the same amount of income because of the injury, a figure must be included for future loss of income. Calculating future damages is a complex process that typically requires the skills of an expert. Our law firm works with several experts who can assist in calculating future damages for accident claims.

Call A Sacramento Personal Injury Attorney for A Free Appointment

If you have questions or you want more information about calculating an accident claim, please call our office to request a free case evaluation and free legal consultation. You can reach the Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000 or by chatting with a representative on our website.

Client Testimonials

Elizabeth Ochoa Testimonial

I chose Tiemann Law Firm to help me after a car accident I was involved in. Throughout the entire process, Moe made sure to keep me updated, he always responded quickly whenever  I had questions about anything. My case won thanks to this law firm and its dedication. My experience with Tiemann Law Firm was amazing! 10/10 recommended.

Dawniel Ewing Testimonial

I have nothing but great things to say about this firm. They have been extremely helpful and professional when dealing with my case. Anytime I needed anything or wanted to be updated they responded immediately. They made me feel like they cared. Highly recommend them!

Michael T. Testimonial

I sat down and met with Jelena Tiemann about my vehicle accident.I presented all of my documentation to her in which she gave me her assessment.Although the Tiemann Law Firm wont be representing me because my settlement offer was pretty good she was very clear,forward and professional about what she felt could and couldn't be done.I recommend this law firm to anyone who needs a helping hand at fighting a case where you don't have to worry about the outcome not going in your favor. Please don't review this business if you received a freebie for writing this review, or if you're connected in any way to the owner or employees.

Herb T. Testimonial

The Tiemanns were referred to me by a friend and I am exceptionally happy with the service I received. I had never been in an accident before. I had no idea what to do. Jelena verbally explained how everything would work to me, and she and Peter handled everything. I didn't have to lift a finger once. They went above and beyond for me and I am extremely grateful. I pray I won't ever need this type of assistance again, but I will definitely be referring them to friends and family.

Jennifer T. Testimonial

I highly recommend The Tiemann Law Firm! I had never before been in a situation where I sustained injury and had to seek legal representation. I was nervous, traumatized, and had no idea what to expect. Jelena, Peter, and their staff walked me through each step of the process. They explained everything in detail. They patiently answered all my questions, responded quickly to every email, text message, phone call, etc. I felt totally prepared for each new phase of the legal process. Furthermore, they were fearless in their defense of me. In certain situations, when I felt attacked or scared my attorney protected me like I was family. Their diligence, honesty, integrity, and compassion provided a true sense of healing and closure for my family and I. The Tiemann Law Firm accomplished more for me than I ever thought possible and I am forever grateful.

Hanna Padilla Testimonial

From the very start of my case the Tiemann Law Firm was wonderful. Perter came all the way to my home to sit down and talk to me about my options. He made me and my partner feel very comfortable and promised us he would take the very best care of my case. Peter kept me informed every step of the way and was always on top of things. everything was done in a timely manor and I always felt like I was the only case he was working on because he was so fast. In the end Peter got me back way more money than I ever expected. I would recommend this law firm to everyone. I am very happy with the outcome of my case thanks to the Tiemann Law Firm! Thank you!

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Star Fire Testimonial

It is hard to put into words the care and dedication that I received from the Tiemann’s. They have been here for me every step of the way and were always available when I had questions or concerns. My husband and I will be forever grateful for everything they have done for us and our family. Thank you so much for all of the hard work and time you have put into my case, we greatly appreciate it and your friendship. We highly recommend this firm and will always be thankful for everything they have done. Thank you so much again, Kim

Jereme S. Testimonial

No one wants to have to hire a lawyer, but if you do. I prefer Tiemann Law. They helped a family member who was injured on the job, and the company did not want to compensate him even though, the injury occurred on the job on company time. Jelena was always professional in explaining the lengthy process of fighting a large corporation. 2 years later he finally is receiving the deserved compensation.

Maye Ly Testimonial

I just saw my lawyer Jelena Tiemann on a t.v ad, which reminded me how much she helped when I was in a desperate situation. I just love her! That is why I feel a need to tell everyone. I had a situation that happened & didn’t know what to do, our where to go. I didn’t even know if she could help me or if any lawyer could. All I wanted was it to go away & was afraid most lawyers wanted to drag it out & possibly go to court. For one she was very professional but was very personable (maybe b.c she’s a lady). She didn’t make me feel embarrassed or self-conscious that I did something wrong or was the cause of the situation. She immediately said we should try our best before going to court. Let me handle some paperwork, if at the last we do go to court we have documents. She gave me all the details, pros and cons but reassured me she deals with these cases all the time. She came through and made it as painless as possible. I now have my life back.

Matt H. Testimonial

I was in a car accident a while back where I was injured and had to miss work for an extended period of time.  After nearly a year of fighting with the insurance company with no results and no progress, I met with Jelena Tiemann.  I couldn't have asked for a more responsive and supportive advocate.  We quickly reached a settlement and I finally was able to move from the stress and burden of feuding with my insurance.  I highly recommending meeting with Jelena if you're in need of a lawyer.

Jennifer Birdseye Testimonial

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Lendzey Garcia

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