One of the best ways to maximize compensation for a personal injury claim is to hire an experienced California personal injury lawyer. An attorney can help you take the steps you need to take to protect your legal rights. Your lawyer also helps you avoid common mistakes many people make when handling an injury claim without an attorney.
However, there are several things that you can do to help your personal injury lawyer maximize compensation.
Four Ways You Can Help Your Personal Injury Attorney Get the Most Money for Your Claim
1. Don’t delay seeing a doctor.
Delays in medical treatment can hurt your personal injury claim. Don’t give the insurance company or the other party any reason to dispute your claim. See a doctor as soon as possible to document your injuries from the accident. Follow up with your physicians and stay with your treatment plan until your doctor releases you from treatment.
2. Document your injuries and financial losses.
Throughout your recovery, document your injuries by taking photographs of the injuries and making notes about your recovery. Include notes about your pain level and how the injuries impact your daily activities and relationships with others. Carefully document your financial losses and expense, such as medical bills, lost wages, and travel expenses. Keep copies of receipts, invoices, and other evidence of financial losses.
3. Don’t work directly with the insurance company.
Don’t provide a statement or sign any documents for the insurance provider until you have an opportunity to talk with a personal injury lawyer. Anything you say could be used later in the case to undervalue or deny your claim. Signing releases and other documents could result in a much lower settlement amount, or you could give up some of your legal rights to pursue a claim.
4. Don’t accept a settlement claim without speaking with an experienced California personal injury lawyer.
Most initial settlement offers are well below the actual value of a personal injury claim. Until you have a chance to meet with a personal injury lawyer to discuss your claim, you may not want to accept a settlement offer. Once you accept the settlement offer, your claim is closed. You cannot seek additional compensation even if you discover additional injuries or damages.
Accepting a settlement amount before you complete treatment for your injuries can result in the loss of thousands of dollars. It is impossible to know the exact value of your claim until the full extent of your injuries is known. If your injuries result in permanent impairments or disabilities, you might be entitled to additional compensation for future damages.
A personal injury lawyer understands how to calculate the maximum value of your injury claim.
Contact Our California Personal Injury Lawyers for More Information
Our law firm handles a variety of personal injury claims, including claims related to motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, premises liability, dog attacks, elder abuse, and defective products.
For a free consultation with one of our California personal injury lawyers, contact The Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website. Our legal team is here to help you seek the compensation you deserve after being injured by another party.
Our California wrongful death lawyers handle a variety of cases involving the death of an accident victim. A wrongful death claim can arise from many different situations, including but not limited to:
- Car Accidents
- Premises Liability Claims (slip and fall accidents, swimming pool accidents, amusement park accidents, etc.)
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- DUI Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Dog Attacks and Animal Attacks
- Commercial Vehicle and Truck Accidents
- Defective Products
- Elder Abuse
- Bicycle Accidents
Almost any personal injury accident can result in a wrongful death. Unfortunately, there are several defenses to wrongful death claims. Our experienced Sacramento wrongful death attorneys are familiar with wrongful death defenses and how to overcome many of the ways people try to avoid taking responsibility for their negligence and wrongdoing.
Defenses to Wrongful Death Claims
There are many different ways a party may try to avoid liability for a wrongful death accident. Four common defenses used by many parties are:
If a death occurs because of a physical altercation or attack, the party causing the death may argue that he or she was only acting in self-defense.
Assumption of Risk
Another wrongful death defense that a party might claim is the assumption of risk. This defense can be used with or without a waiver or release of liability. The party claims that the person who died knew that an activity or action held certain risks of injury or death and decided to participate even though he or she understood the risk.
Comparative fault alleges that a victim had some responsibility in the cause of his or her death. For instance, a person was speeding at the time of a deathly car accident; therefore, the victim is partially at fault for the crash that took his life. According to comparative fault laws, the victim is not entitled to full compensation for damages because he contributed to the cause of the accident.
Statutes of Limitation
Wrongful death lawsuits must be filed before the expiration of the statutes of limitation for such claims. Statutes of limitation set deadlines for filing certain types of claims. In most cases, California wrongful death lawsuits must be filed within two years of the date of death.
However, some exceptions can lengthen or shorten the time to file a wrongful death claim. For instance, wrongful deaths arising from a medical malpractice claim usually must be filed within three years of the date of death.
Contact a Sacramento Wrongful Death Lawyer for Help
Losing a loved one is never easy, but it can be very traumatic when the death is unexpected and sudden. Thinking about a lawsuit is usually one of the lowest priorities after the death of a family member. However, as stated above, your time to file a claim is limited.
If you suspect that the death of your loved one was because of the error, negligence, or wrongdoing of another party, contact our office to discuss your situation with an understanding wrongful death lawyer. We can help you investigate the death of your family member to determine whether you have a claim for wrongful death.
Contact The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website to schedule a free consultation with one of our California wrongful death lawyers.
Whiplash is a common soft tissue injury that occurs as a result of motor vehicle accidents. However, whiplash is also a common injury in premises liability cases (slip and fall accidents), sporting injuries, recreational activity accidents, workplace accidents, and physical assaults. Many cases of whiplash heal within a few weeks, but some whiplash victims experience long-term or chronic whiplash symptoms and complications.
Seeking medical treatment from an experienced physician and legal advice from a trusted Sacramento whiplash attorney can help protect your health and legal rights after sustaining a whiplash injury.
Common Whiplash Injury Signs and Symptoms
Whiplash injuries occur when your head is thrown suddenly in a backward-forward motion. The sudden motion extends the neck, causing the soft tissues to extend and potentially tear. The result can vary from minor pain to severe headaches and limited range of motions.
Five of the most common symptoms of whiplash injury include:
1. Neck Pain and/or Stiffness
2. Loss of Range of Motion
5. Shoulder, arm, and/or upper back pain and tenderness
If you experienced any of the above symptoms, it is a wise choice to see a doctor so that the doctor can confirm whiplash and evaluate the extent of the injury. Minor whiplash injuries may be treated at home with rest and time. Most severe whiplash injuries might require substantial medical treatment. Chronic or traumatic cases of whiplash might require braces, physical therapy, injections, or surgery. A medical provider is trained to evaluable, diagnose, and propose the correct treatment plan for whiplash.
Brain Injuries Associated with Whiplash
When the head is thrown backward and forward, neck injuries are common. However, brain injuries may also occur. A closed head injury occurs when the brain moves around within the skull because of a sudden motion. The soft brain tissue strikes the bony portions of the skull causing brain damage. The severity of the brain damage depends on the location of the damage and the level of damage.
Some symptoms after whiplash that could indicate a closed brain injury or traumatic brain injury include, but are not limited to:
- Blurred vision
- Loss of consciousness
- Ringing in the ear
- Sleep disturbances
- Lack of concentration
- Memory problems
- Mood swings and irritability
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Slurred speech
- Lack of coordination
If a person experiences any symptoms that could also be associated with a brain injury or other injuries after a whiplash injury should see immediate medical attention. Also, victims whose symptoms persist or continue to worsen after a whiplash injury should see a doctor as soon as possible. Prompt medical attention can help prevent the development of serious complications and worsening conditions.
Whiplash Can Result in Long-Term Conditions
A whiplash injury can result in long-term impairments and disabilities. Some victims are unable to return to normal daily activities of living or return to a normal work schedule. The damages in a whiplash can be substantial. For that reason, you need an experienced Sacramento whiplash attorney to investigate your case, identify the cause of the whiplash, name the responsible parties, and seek full compensation of all damages.
Contact our Sacramento Whiplash Attorneys for Help
If you suffer from whiplash, let us help. Contact The Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website to request your free consultation to discuss your accident and injury claim with a Sacramento whiplash attorney.
A slip and fall claim can arise from a variety of accidents. When you go to the grocery store, the county tax office, restaurant, or doctor’s office, you could sustain a serious injury from a fall. An unexpected fall at an amusement park or while visiting a friend could result in medical bills and loss of income. Property owners are required to maintain safe premises for visitors. If not, they could be subject to a slip and fall claim under California’s premises liability laws. This requirement includes owners of private property, residential homes, commercial property, and government property.
A Property Owner’s Duty of Care to Protect Visitors
When a property owner fails in the duty of care to warn visitors of hazards on the property or reasonably maintain the property to avoid falls and injuries, the property owner may be held liable for damages caused by a fall and injury. Examples of instances that might give rise to a slip and fall claim include, but are not limited to:
- Failure to warn of wet floors or other hazards
- Failing to repair broken steps
- Inadequate lighting
- Broken flooring or worn carpets
- Failing to secure a swimming pool
- Failing to fill holes or place warnings of holes
Many circumstances can result in a slip and fall claim. Regardless of how the fall occurs, there are certain steps that you should take when filing a slip and fall claim.
Five Steps for Filing a Slip and Fall Claim in California
Step One: Report the fall immediately to the property owner.
If the property owner is not available, report the fall to an employee, manager, or other individual who works for the property owner.
Step Two: Collect evidence from the accident scene.
You need to document the accident scene and collect as much information as possible after the fall. Use your cell phone to take pictures of the accident scene and make notes of any statements made by the property owner, witnesses, and others. Ask witnesses for their names and contact information.
Step Three: Seek medical attention immediately.
If you were injured or you are unsure if you are injured, do not try to move. Ask someone to contact emergency medical services for assistance. If you determine you do not need emergency services, you should see a doctor as soon as possible after a fall. Falls can be shocking and frightening. You may not be aware of your injuries because of the flood of adrenaline that usually results after a startling accident. Seeking medical care is important for your injury claim. Delays in medical care can hurt your claim.
Step Four: Keep everything.
Store the clothing and shoes you were wearing at the time of the accident in a plastic bag. These items could become evidence in your case. Keep copies of all medical bills, receipts, statements, and other information related to your fall, injuries, and recovery.
Step Five: Contact a Sacramento Slip and Fall Attorney
Contact a California premises liability attorney to discuss your case as soon as possible. An attorney listens to what happened, evaluates your case, and provides legal advice and guidance. Premises liability claims can be complex. It is best to have an experienced attorney file your claim so the attorney can deal with the property owner, attorneys, and insurance providers.
Call our California Premises Liability Lawyers for a Free Case Review
If you are injured in a fall, call The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 to schedule a free legal consultation with one of our attorneys to discuss your slip and fall claim.
A car accident, fall, medical malpractice, dog bite, or defective product can cause your child to be seriously injured. In some cases, child injuries can result in permanent disabilities that significantly impact a child’s future and quality of life. If your child is injured, medical treatment is the first priority. However, you should also discuss your case with a Sacramento child injury attorney. An attorney can help you protect your child’s legal right to fair compensation for injuries caused by another party’s negligence and wrongdoing.
Steps to Take If Your Child is Injured
Child injuries need to be treated seriously, regardless of the severity of the injury. Complications and infections from a minor injury could result in lifelong health conditions. Therefore, seeing a doctor is the top priority. Make sure that the doctor understands that the injury is related to an accident or other wrongdoing. Your doctor notates in the medical record the cause of the injury, which can help when you are ready to file a personal injury claim for child injuries.
Reporting the Injury
You also need to report the injury as soon as possible to the applicable parties. In the event of a car crash, call 911 to request police and emergency services. Dog bites should be reported to the dog’s owner and local animal control authorities. Other injuries may need to be reported and a claim filed with government agencies, property owners, or government agencies. A Sacramento child injury lawyer can help you determine what parties need to be notified of the injury.
Follow Up and Legal Advice
Do not allow your child to make statements regarding the accident or injury to insurance adjusters or parties representing the at-fault party. You should also avoid discussing the incident with an insurance provider until you have met with a California personal injury attorney. Written or recorded statements can work against you.
Make sure that you follow up with your child’s doctor and follow the treatment plan. Insurance companies use delays in medical treatment or failure to treat injuries as a reason to deny valid claims for child injuries.
When your child is stable, contact our Sacramento child injury lawyers to discuss the next steps you need to take. Hiring an attorney to handle your child’s claim allows you to focus your full attention on your child’s health and wellbeing.
How Can a Sacramento Child Injury Lawyer Help My Child?
An attorney can help you in numerous ways, including but not limited to:
- Assisting you in obtaining medical care or referrals, if needed.
- Investigate the injury and accident to gather evidence proving fault and liability.
- Identify all parties who may have potential liability for your child’s injury.
- Work with your child’s physicians to gather evidence proving the severity of the injuries and your child’s prognosis.
- File an insurance claim with each insurance company that might have potential liability for a claim.
- Work with various experts, including medical experts, accident reconstructionists, economists, and others to build the strongest case possible for full compensation.
- Calculate the value of your child’s injury claim based on financial losses, physical pain, emotional suffering, and future damages.
- Negotiate with insurance companies and other parties for settlement of the claim.
- File a personal injury lawsuit, if necessary, to protect your child’s best interests.
Our personal injury lawyers in Sacramento work diligently to hold parties responsible for child injuries liable for their errors, negligence, and wrongdoing.
Contact Our Sacramento Child Injury Lawyers for a Free Case Review
If your child has been injured, we want to help. Contact The Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000 to schedule a free legal consultation with one of our child injury attorneys in Sacramento.