Personal injury is used to define a group of legal cases involving injuries to an individual. In most cases, personal injury claims are based on negligence. However, other wrongdoing and errors can give rise to an injury claim. For example, carelessness that results in an injury to another person can result in a claim.
If you are injured, our Sacramento injury lawyers can help you pursue a claim for damages. Even though compensation does not undo the damage or ease your suffering, it can help reimburse you for your financial losses and provide some measure of justice.
What Types of Accidents Result in a Personal Injury Claim?
When a person is injured because of the negligence, errors, or wrongdoing of another party, the injured person may have a valid injury claim. Our injury lawyers handle a variety of claims involving personal injuries, including:
- Car Accidents
- DUI Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Motorcycle Crashes
- Bicycle Accidents
- Dog Bites and Animal Attacks
- Product Liability (defective products)
- Elder Abuse and Neglect, including nursing home abuse
- Premises Liability (slip and fall claims)
- Wrongful Death Claims
In some cases, the above incidents may lead to criminal charges against the at-fault party, as in the case of a DUI accident claim. However, the criminal case is separate from a civil case. Regardless of whether criminal charges are filed, you should consult an injury lawyer about your rights in a civil action. The criminal justice system represents the interest of the public, not individual injury claims.
What Types of Compensation Are Available in a Personal Injury Claim?
The amount of compensation you can receive after an injury depends on numerous factors. However, most injury claims include both economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are the financial losses associated with the accident and your injury.
Examples of economic damages include, but are not limited to:
- Property damages
- Medical expenses
- Personal care costs
- Travel expenses
- Lost wages
- Medical equipment
Noneconomic damages include the pain and suffering caused by the experience and your injuries.
Examples of pain and suffering damages include, but are not limited to:
- Physical pain and discomfort
- Emotional and mental distress, including PTSD, anxiety, and depression
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Permanent impairments and disabilities
- Loss of quality of life and enjoyment of life
It is difficult to place a price on a person’s suffering. However, an experienced Sacramento personal injury lawyer understands how to use the evidence in the case to maximize the value for pain and suffering damages.
The third type of compensation might be available in some personal injury cases. Punitive damages are a special type of compensation paid in some cases. Punitive damages are intended to “punish” a party for gross negligence and reckless disregard for the safety of others. For example, punitive damages might be available in a DUI case. However, punitive damages are rare and only applicable in specific cases.
Do You Need a Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you have been injured, you might be entitled to compensation for your financial losses, pain, and suffering. However, you must prove that another party was responsible for causing your injury and provide evidence to prove the value of your injury claim. Insurance companies are not interested in paying the true value of a claim. Insurance adjusters work hard to reduce the value of a claim if they cannot deny the claim outright. An attorney can help you protect your right to a fair and just settlement for your personal injury claim.
Call The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 to schedule a free legal consultation with an experienced Sacramento injury attorney.
How do you know if you need a personal injury attorney? Have you been injured through no fault of your own? That is a good indication that you should consult a Sacramento personal injury attorney.
Even if you decide not to hire the attorney, it can be in your best interest to talk with an attorney to learn about your legal rights and your options. The insurance company for the at-fault party is not going to explain your legal rights. Your interest and the insurance company’s interest are opposing. You need someone in your corner who has your best interest at heart.
If you are still unsure, here are three very good reasons why you need to talk to a Sacramento personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
1. You sustained permanent impairments as a result of the accident.
If you sustained permanent impairments or disabilities because of an accident or injury, you need to discuss your case with an attorney before you accept a settlement. In addition to compensation for your damages and financial losses to date, you may also be entitled to substantial compensation for future damages.
The cost of care for a disability and the loss of income from a disability can total millions of dollars over your lifetime. In many cases, economic experts and medical experts are required to correctly estimate the total value of a claim involving a permanent impairment. An attorney can help you with that.
2. The insurance company has been unresponsive.
Your time to file a personal injury lawsuit is restricted by law. If the insurance company is wasting time or being unresponsive, it may be waiting for the statute of limitations to expire in your case. Once the statute of limitations expires, you lose your right to pursue a legal action against the party who caused your injury.
Do not trust the insurance company to tell you when the statute of limitations expires in your case. Talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer who can calculate the exact date of the deadline. In some cases, certain factors could shorten or lengthen the statutory deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit.
3. The insurance adjuster is pressuring you to accept a quick settlement.
If the insurance company realizes that you have a strong claim against its insured or your claim may be worth a substantial amount, it might attempt to limit is liability by offering a small amount to settle your claim soon after your claim is filed.
Also, beware if the insurance company pushes you to settle your claim before you complete medical treatment. Once you settle your claim, you cannot receive additional compensation, even if you discover that your injuries are more severe or you discover new injuries. It is vital that you complete treatment and receive a detailed prognosis from your doctor before you settle your personal injury claim. However, if your medical treatment may take a long time to complete, you could have a problem with the statute of limitations. An attorney knows how to handle this situation too.
Contact a Sacramento Personal Injury Attorney for a Free Case Review
Don’t let an insurance company convince you that you do not need an attorney. Exercise your legal right to consult a lawyer to get the information you need to protect yourself and your family after an accident or injury.
Call (916) 999-9000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers in Sacramento.
Each personal injury case is different. However, almost every person who meets with our attorneys asks this question. We understand that you want to settle your personal injury case as quickly as possible for several reasons. An accident can create a financial strain for your family. You may also want to settle your claim as soon as possible because you are tired of dealing with the consequences of the accident and simply get on with your life.
However, settling your personal injury case too quickly can hurt your chance of receiving full compensation for all damages and losses. It can also have a significant impact on your future, especially if you require ongoing medical treatments, personal care, or loss of income.
When Do You Know It is Time to Settle My Claim?
It will take time to settle your personal injury claim. There is not a set timeline for settling a personal injury claim because each claim is unique. The length of time it takes to settle your case depends on a variety of factors.
One of the most important factors that determine the timeline for a personal injury case is the severity of your injuries. You do not want to settle an injury claim until you have reached maximum medical improvement (MMI).
Your doctor determines when you reach MMI. MMI is the point at which you have recovered fully or further medical treatment will not produce any meaningful recovery. Sadly, MMI for some individuals may include permanent impairments or disabilities.
How Does MMI Impact My Claim?
Understanding your prognosis helps your attorney calculate the value of your personal injury claim. If you sustain a permanent disability or impairment, your claim is worth more because you will incur future damages.
Examples of future damages associated with a permanent impairment or disability can include, but is not limited to:
- The cost of ongoing medical care or treatments;
- Ongoing physical and occupational therapy;
- Counseling and therapy to help adjust to new limitations and restrictions;
- Loss of income, including being unable to work at all or a diminished earning capacity;
- Costs of personal care and assistance with household chores; and,
- Loss of enjoyment of life and diminished quality of life.
In many cases, we consult a variety of experts when calculating the value of a personal injury claim involving disabilities and permanent impairments. We might retain medical, economic, and financial experts to calculate an amount for future damages accurately.
Personal Injury Cases Involve Numerous Steps
Even if you did not sustain a permanent impairment, there are still several steps that we must take to settle your personal injury case. The amount of time required for each step varies depending on the case, so it can be difficult to estimate an exact date for the settlement of your claim.
Some steps involved in a personal injury case include:
- Investigating the cause of the accident and injury
- Identifying the parties liable for your claim
- Gathering evidence to prove fault
- Obtaining and reviewing medical records
- Preparing a settlement package for the insurance company
- Waiting to hear from the insurance company
- Negotiating with the insurance company
If the insurance company and our legal team cannot reach a fair settlement, we can discuss other options, such as filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Contact a Sacramento Personal Injury Attorney for More Information
For a free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers in Sacramento, call (916) 999-9000.
Holiday accidents can quickly ruin the holiday season for you and your family. Unfortunately, the holidays can be a time when personal injury cases increase. Our legal team genuinely hopes that your holiday season is safe and enjoyable. However, if you or a family member is injured in an accident during the holidays, we are here to help.
Our Sacramento personal injury law firm handles a variety of holiday accidents, including injuries related to:
- DUI Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Dog Attacks
- Product Liability Claims
- Elder Abuse
- Slip and Falls (Premises Liability Claims)
- Bicycle Accidents
Steps to Take After Holiday Accidents
The steps you take after holiday accidents are important. Some of the things that you do after holiday accidents increase your chance of receiving full compensation for your damages and injuries. However, some of the things that you do after holiday accidents could harm your chance of recovering full compensation.
Our Sacramento personal injury lawyers recommend that you take the following steps, whenever possible, after being injured in an accident:
- Report the accident and injury immediately. Call 911 for traffic accidents and report falls or other injuries on another person’s property to the property owner. Contact animal control or law enforcement agencies to report dog attacks.
- Don’t delay seeking medical care for your injuries. Seeing a doctor as quickly as possible protects your health, but it also helps with your personal injury claim by documenting your accident injuries.
- Try to document the accident scene by taking photographs, making a video, and asking eyewitnesses for their names and contact numbers.
- Don’t talk to an insurance company before you speak with our Sacramento personal injury lawyers. The insurance company typically records all conversations, even if they do not tell you they are doing so. What you say to an insurance company could have a huge impact on the case.
- Keep detailed records of your expenses and financial losses related to holiday accidents. Also, keep notes about your physical pain, emotional distress, and other details related to how your injuries impact your life after the accident.
- As soon as possible, schedule a free case review with one of our Sacramento personal injury attorneys. Our lawyers can provide additional advice regarding your accident claim, options for recovering compensation for your claim, and steps to take to protect your legal rights.
How Much Compensation Can I Receive for My Accident Claim?
The value of your accident claim depends on several factors, including but not limited to:
- Your injuries;
- Amount of financial losses;
- Whether you sustained permanent impairments;
- Available insurance coverage;
- Your responsibility for the accident; and,
- The laws that apply to your personal injury claim.
Our legal team works diligently to investigate holiday accidents to determine liability and gather evidence proving fault. We also work with clients to gather evidence proving damages to maximize the amount they can receive for their injury claims.
We understand that money does not undo the harm caused by a negligent or careless person. However, we also understand that compensation can help pay for ongoing medical care, counseling, and other treatment. It can also compensate you for the financial losses incurred because of the accident. Therefore, we fight for maximum compensation in every case.
Contact Our Sacramento Personal Injury Law Firm for a Free Case Review
Contact The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website to schedule a free consultation with one of our California personal injury lawyers.
When a person is injured in an accident, the main focus is typically on that person’s physical injuries. California’s personal injury laws provide a legal remedy for an injured victim to obtain compensation for financial losses and physical injuries caused by another party’s negligence or wrongdoing. However, many individuals who are injured in an accident also experience a loss of quality of life. Even though it may be difficult to place a value on the loss of quality of life, state laws do allow injured victims to recover compensation for this type of damage.
What is Loss of Quality of Life?
After an accident, a person may experience physical pain and suffering because of the injuries sustained in the accident. However, those injuries may also significantly impact the person’s ability to perform daily activities or enjoy the same activities the person enjoyed before the accident. In addition, a person may experience significant emotional and mental distress caused by the accident and the injuries.
Quality of life compensation is designed to compensate an accident victim for the negative consequences he or she experiences because of the accident. Compensation for loss of quality of life is more than simply compensating an accident victim for personal physical discomfort or emotional worry. The types of damages that might be incorporated into a quality of life claim include:
- Loss of the ability to perform certain tasks
- Inability to care for one’s personal needs
- Loss of companionship and affection with other individuals
- Fear, concern, and emotional worry
- Physical pain and suffering
- Deformity, scarring, and disfigurement
- Humiliation and embarrassment
- Damaged reputation
- Permanent impairment and disability
- Loss of an organ, limb, or sensory function
- Inability to participate in activities enjoyed by the person before the accident
The above list is not a complete list of all factors that might be considered when determining a person’s loss of quality of life. Because each person is different, each claim for loss of quality of life will be unique. A person’s life before the accident must be carefully examined to determine how that person’s life has changed after the accident.
Placing a Value on Loss of Quality of Life in a Personal Injury Claim
There is not a standard formula for calculating the value of a person’s loss of quality of life. The damages in this category are intangible. There is not a price tag or an invoice that a jury can use to determine the value of these things. However, a personal injury attorney can use circumstances and facts related to the case, in combination with descriptions of the person’s life before the accident and after the accident, to demonstrate how the accident has profoundly impacted the person’s life.
There are also many factors related to the victim that can impact a quality of life claim, such as the victim’s:
- Educational background
- Work history
- Socio-economic status
- Type and severity of injuries
- Involvement in recreational activities or hobbies
- Appearance after the accident
- Presence or absence of permanent disabilities and impairments
Again, this is not a complete list of all factors that might apply in every case. Your Sacramento personal injury attorney reviews your case and your unique circumstances to determine the best way to maximize the value of a claim for loss of quality of life.
Hire an Experienced Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer to Handle Your Claim
You only have one opportunity to demonstrate how the defendant’s negligence and wrongdoing have negatively impacted your quality of life. Insurance companies and defense attorneys aggressively fight claims for loss of quality of life. They will do whatever is within their power to limit the compensation you receive related to quality of life claims.
Our legal team of highly skilled and trained personal injury attorneys has many years of experience handling these types of injury cases. We believe that accident victims deserve full compensation for all damages, including Los of quality of life. Therefore, we aggressively pursue these claims In addition to all other injury claims arising from an accident caused by another party.
Call The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 to schedule your free case review with a personal injury attorney near you.