Rear-end car accidents are often referred to as “fender benders” or “minor bump ups” by insurance claims adjusters. However, there is nothing “minor” about a rear-end crash. Rear-end car accidents can cause severe injuries for vehicle occupants and significant property damage to vehicles. A California car accident attorney with the Tiemann Law Firm can help you file and settle an insurance claim for property damage and personal injury after a rear-end accident.
When you are injured in a car accident in California caused by another driver, you might be entitled to compensation from the other driver for your injuries and damages. In most cases, filing an insurance claim is the first step in recovering money for your accident claim. However, if the insurance company denies liability for the claim, you may need to discuss your options with a Sacramento car accident attorney.
How Can I Afford to Hire a Car Accident Attorney After a Traffic Accident?
Paying an attorney to represent you in a car accident claim can seem like an impossible task, especially if you have been out of work recovering from injuries. Money can be very tight, but you need an attorney’s advice and help with your accident claim. Without an attorney, you may not receive any money for your claim or very little money for your claim. It is a stressful and frustrating situation.
The good news is that most personal injury attorneys in California represent injury victims without charging them any money up front for attorneys’ fees. The arrangement is referred to as a contingency agreement.
With a contingency fee agreement, the attorney agrees to wait to receive his or her attorneys’ fees until the client receives money for his or her claim. If the attorney is unable to settle the claim or obtain a court judgment for the claim, the attorney does not receive any money for attorneys’ fees. Therefore, the accident victims receive the experienced legal advice and representation that the victim needs without worrying about how to pay an attorney.
The fee is based on the amount of the settlement or court order. When the client hires the attorney, the parties agree to a specific percentage for the contingency fee. Therefore, the attorney has the incentive to maximize the amount of compensation paid to the client because the attorneys’ fees are based on that amount. The more money the client receives, the more money the attorney receives. The arrangement works well for both parties.
Who Pays the Costs and Expenses of the Case?
Ultimately, the client is responsible for paying the costs and expenses related to the case. Costs and expenses of a personal injury case may include:
- Expert witness fees
- Court filing fees
- Copy costs
- Travel costs
- Deposition fees
- Costs for obtaining copies of police reports, accident reports, and medical records
In most cases, the law firm pays for the costs and fees during the case. When the case is settled, the law firm is reimbursed for the costs and fees it paid on behalf of the client.
Contact a Sacramento Personal Injury Attorney for More Information
If you have been injured, we want to help. Our attorneys understand how difficult it can be to make ends meet after an accident. Please take advantage of our free consultation to discuss your case with an experienced Sacramento personal injury lawyer.
You can contact a member of our legal team by calling The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website.
Have you been injured in an accident? If so, you will probably file an insurance claim to recover compensation for your injuries. However, an insurance company is not going to pay a claim unless you can prove fault, liability, and damages. Therefore, you need to gather evidence proving your claim for damages. If you are unsure what evidence you need or if the insurance company has denied your claim, you may want to talk to a Sacramento personal injury lawyer now. We offer a free consultation, so it does not cost you anything to ask questions and get advice about your accident claim.
Evidence Used in a Personal Injury Case
The evidence used in a personal injury case depends on numerous factors, including the type of law applicable to the claim, the type of accident, and the unique circumstances of the case.
Fault and Liability
Evidence proving fault and liability is the first type of evidence you need in a personal injury case. If you cannot prove that the other party caused the accident (fault), you cannot prove the party should reimburse you for your damages (liability).
The first step is proving fault. Evidence used to prove how an accident occurred could include:
- Photographs and video of the accident (i.e. photographs of the accident scene, traffic camera video, surveillance videos, etc.)
- Copies of accident reports and police reports
- Statements from eyewitnesses
- Physical evidence from the accident scene and any property involved (i.e. vehicles, stairs, construction site, truck’s black box, etc.)
- Copies of maintenance reports and repair records
- Cell phone records (i.e. distracted driving)
- Notifications and notices of recalls
- Insurance policies and contracts
- Testimony and research from experts, such as an accident reconstructionist, builder, manufacturer, or medical expert
There could be additional evidence needed to prove fault and liability for an injury claim. An experienced attorney understands the laws related to personal injuries and what an injury victim must prove to recover money for their claim.
Damages and Losses
In addition to the above evidence, you need evidence proving your damages and losses related to the accident. In other words, you need to prove you sustained an injury and incurred financial losses.
Evidence that is used to prove damages in a personal injury case includes, but is not limited to:
- Medical records
- Employment and Income records
- Photographs of injuries
- Medical expert testimony
- Receipts, invoices, and bills
- Pain and suffering journal
To recover compensation for financial losses, you need evidence that proves you actually incurred the expenses or would have earned the income had it not been for the accident. Noneconomic damages or pain & suffering damages are a bit more difficult to prove. It can be challenging to place a monetary value on a person’s physical, emotional, and mental suffering and pain. A pain journal with details of your recovery can be very useful in demonstrating how the accident and your injuries impacted your daily life.
Our legal team works closely with our clients to document each damage, expense, and loss associated with the accident and the injuries. By keeping a detailed accounting, you increase your chance of recovering compensation for all damages when you file your insurance claim.
Contact a Sacramento Personal Injury Attorney for Help
When you file an insurance claim, the insurance company assigns an adjuster to the claim. The adjuster may also utilize other professionals while investigating the claim. The insurance adjuster’s job is to pay the lowest amount to settle your claim. If possible, the insurance company prefers to pay nothing for your claim.
It can help to have an experienced California personal injury lawyer on your side. Call Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your claim.
Seeking compensation for damages and losses after a car accident can be complicated. You may have more than one source of compensation available to you for your car accident injuries, depending on the facts and circumstances of your case. While no amount of money erases the pain, stress, anxiety, frustration, and inconvenience caused by a negligent driver, it can help alleviate some of the financial burdens caused by the auto accident.
Five Types of Compensation You May Receive for Your Car Accident Claim
Each of the following sources of compensation after a car accident claim has different requirements. You may or may not meet the requirements for each, but it is worth investigating so that you exhaust all potential sources of financial assistance after a car accident.
Liability Insurance Claim
A liability insurance claim is filed against the driver who caused the accident. The insurance provider for the at-fault driver should pay your financial and non-financial damages up to the policy limits. However, most insurance companies work diligently to limit their liability for an accident, even when it is clear that their insured caused the crash. Therefore, it could take months or even years to settle a liability insurance claim.
Health Insurance Benefits
If you have health insurance, your insurance company may pay for medical care related to the accident. Health insurance payments help victims receive the medical treatment they need as they prepare to file a liability insurance claim. Beware, your health insurance company has a claim against any money you receive from your car accident claim. In other words, you may have to pay back the health insurance provider for any payments it made related to the accident from the money you receive for your car accident claim.
Personal Injury Protection or Med Pay
If you carry personal injury protection (PIP) or Med Pay insurance, you may receive compensation from your insurance provider for medical bills, lost wages, and other financial damages. PIP and Med Pay are no-fault insurance policies. Therefore, you can receive compensation if you have this coverage even though fault for the car accident may still be in dispute.
Underinsured Motorist Coverage
You may not receive full compensation for all damages from a liability insurance claim. The at-fault driver’s insurance policy limits may not cover all your costs. If so, you may receive additional compensation from your insurance provider if you have underinsured motorist coverage. Your insurance company pays you the difference between the value of your claim and the amount paid by the liability insurance carrier.
Property Damage Claims
A claim for property damages is separate from all claims related to bodily injury. In most cases, the property damage claim is settled very soon after the accident, unless liability is disputed. The insurance company should pay to repair your vehicle. If your vehicle is totaled, the insurance company should pay an amount equal to the fair market value for your vehicle. You are responsible for the payment of any liens on the vehicle. In most cases, the insurance company writes the check to you and the loan company.
Contact a Sacramento Car Accident Attorney for Help
An experienced California car accident attorney can help you sort out the various injury and damage claims after an auto accident. Contact our Sacramento personal injury attorneys for a free consultation by calling The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website.
Burns can range from minor burns that heal within a few weeks without the need to see a doctor. However, some burns are more serious and may require medical attention. In some cases, burn injuries may require surgery and result in scars and disfigurement. Serious burns can also cause complications and infections.
There are many causes of burn injuries. If the negligence of another party causes your burn injury, you may be entitled to compensation for an injury claim. The claim may be filed as a product liability claim, personal injury claim, or premises liability claim depending on the cause of the burn.
Causes of Burn Injuries in Accidents
Burns damage the layers of the skin. Deep burns can also damage the nerves, bones, and soft tissue below the skin. Fire is a common cause of burn injuries. However, overexposure to the sun can also result in severe burn injuries. Exposure to chemicals, electricity, and hot liquids can also result in burns.
Some accidents that could result in burn injuries that may be the fault of another party include:
- Automobile accidents, including car, truck, and motorcycle accidents
- Accidents involving defective or dangerous products
- Work-related accidents
- Accidents on another party’s property
When a burn injury occurs, it is important to seek medical attention.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Burn Injuries
A first-degree burn is the mildest type of burn and typically does not result in permanent damage to the skin. A second-degree burn damages a portion of the dermis. Second-degree burns can result in blisters, pain, and swelling.
Third-degree burns destroy the first and second layers of skin and can cause damage to the subcutaneous tissue. Skin appears charred and blackened, but it may also appear white. Fourth-degree burns are the most serious degree of burns. These burns penetrate all layers of skin and can cause damage to the underlying bone and muscle.
Treating Burns After an Accident
In many cases, first-degree burns may be treated at home with creams and over-the-counter pain medications. However, a physician should evaluate serious burns. Individuals who sustain severe burns or burns covering a large portion of their body may require treatment at a specialized burn treatment center.
Depending on the severity of the burn, treatments for burns could require surgery, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other advanced treatment options.
Filing a Claim for a Burn Injury in Sacramento
If you sustain a burn in an accident, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. Burn treatment can be expensive and the long-term damage caused by burn injuries can be extensive. Consulting a Sacramento personal injury attorney soon after your accident can be very helpful. An attorney can explain your legal rights and options for filing an injury claim.
Contact The Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website to schedule a free consultation with one of our Sacramento personal injury attorneys.