FOUR STEPS WE TAKE IN A PERSONAL INJURY CASE
Posted on Monday, February 5th, 2018 at 11:59 pm
Has a negligent driver or a defective product caused your injury? Did a fall or other accident cause your injury? If so, you might be entitled to receive money for your injuries. However, you must file a personal injury claim to recover compensation for your damages. Under California’s Statute of Limitations, your time to file a claim is restricted.
Therefore, we urge you to contact our office to consult with a Sacramento personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Do not delay seeking legal counsel. Protect your legal rights.
Step One: Your Free Consultation
Our law firm offers a no obligation, free consultation so that you can discuss your case with an experienced Sacramento personal injury lawyer. During your meeting, the attorney reviews how the accident occurred and the extent of the injuries you sustained because of the accident. In addition, the consultation is also a time for you to ask questions about the claim process and the laws applicable in your case.
After gaining a thorough understanding of the circumstances that led to your injury, the attorney discusses the various options for recovering compensation and potential outcomes. The attorney also explains our attorney fees, including the use of contingency fees so that you do not pay anything until we recover funds for your claim.
Step Two: Investigating Your Accident
If you retain our firm, the next step is to perform a thorough investigation of the accident. Because each case is unique, we may or may not take the same steps during the investigation. However, in most cases, we:
- Request and analyze police reports
- Identify the liable party or parties
- Investigate the accident scene
- Identify and interview potential witnesses
- Compile photographs of the accident scene
- Request and analyze medical records
- Secure and preserve evidence proving fault
- Verify time missed from work and lost wages
- Compile proof of all financial damages
Depending on the case, we might employ outside investigators or experts to assist in the investigation.
Step Three: Preparing a Demand Settlement
Once you reach maximum medical improvement (MMI), we prepare a written settlement demand to forward to the insurance company. The demand settlement includes our allegations of fault, description of injuries, and statement of losses. In addition, we also include copies of records necessary to substantiate the damages.
In most cases, a demand for settlement includes compensation for:
- Property damage;
- Loss of income;
- Medical expenses;
- Emotional suffering;
- Physical pain, and,
- Future damages.
The insurance company reviews the demand for settlement and approves or rejects the settlement proposal. In many cases, our lawyers negotiate with the insurance company to arrive at a mutually acceptable settlement amount.
Step Four: Settle or File a Lawsuit
If we can arrive at a settlement amount, we can settle out of court. However, if the other side refuses to negotiate fairly, we may need to file a lawsuit. Our attorneys are skilled trial attorneys in addition to experienced negotiators. We are prepared to file a lawsuit when necessary to protect our client’s rights and best interests.
Contact a Sacramento Personal Injury Attorney to Fight for Your Legal Rights
If you are involved in a personal injury accident in California, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. Our lawyers have the expertise and experience to handle all steps and phases of a personal injury claim.
Contact The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or visit our website to request your free consultation and no-obligation case evaluation. Our law firm serves clients in Sacramento, Folsom, Roseville, El Dorado Hills and other communities in the greater Sacramento area.