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

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.

S.B. Testimonial

Here's the thing... Nobody really thinks much about lawyers until they need one.  Well, we needed one!  The Tieman Law Firm came through for us in a big way. They were professional, courteous, thorough, and had excellent staff as well.  Highly recommended...