Posted on Friday, January 5th, 2018 at 2:12 am    

Have you been injured in a traffic accident or slip and fall accident? Did a defective product cause you to be injured? If you are concerned about receiving full compensation for your injuries and damages, there are a few things you need to know about filing an injury claim in California. Our personal injury attorneys want to help you file an injury claim.

You Do Need an Attorney!

While an insurance adjuster will tell you he is protecting your interest and will help you receive the money you deserve for your claim, the adjuster represents the insurance company. His job is to settle the claim for as little as possible. You need an attorney on your side who knows how insurance companies treat claims and how to use the law to ensure that you are treated fairly. Instead of allowing an insurance company to lower your settlement, hire an experienced personal injury attorney to increase your chance of recovering more money for your claim.

Document Your Losses and Expenses!

To recover money for expenses and losses related to the accident, you need proof you incurred those costs. Keep copies of all medical bills, invoices, receipts, and other documents related to the accident, your injuries, and your recovery. Keep detailed records of the amount of time you miss from work and the lost income from being out of work. Your attorney will help you document your losses, but it helps to keep copies of anything related to the case to provide to your attorney.

Seek Medical Treatment!

You need to see a doctor as soon as possible after the accident and continue to follow up with your doctor as directed. Follow your doctor’s instructions and make sure that you keep all appointments.  You do not want to give the insurance company any reason to argue against payment because you did not follow through with the recommended medical treatment for your injuries.

Keep a Pain and Suffering Journal!

In addition to financial damages, you are also entitled to recover money for your pain and suffering damages. This includes your physical pain, emotional stress, and mental anguish. To help your attorney substantiate the loss related to pain and suffering, it can help to keep a journal with details of your recovery. Include notes about your pain level each day, the treatments and procedures you must have, how the injury and pain limit your daily tasks, how the injury impacts your relationship with others, and your emotions regarding what you are going through because of the accident.  In addition, include photographs of your injuries during your recovery.

Do Not Sign Documents Without an Attorney!

The insurance company may ask you to sign a statement, release, or other document to “process” your claim. You need to have an attorney review any document before you sign it to ensure you are not waiving your rights or hurting your ability to recover full compensation for your claim. It is always best to seek the advice and counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney before you sign any documents or provide any statements to the insurance company for the other party.

Call a California Personal Injury Attorney in Sacramento for Help

For a free legal consultation with a Sacramento personal injury attorney, call The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000.

Client Testimonials

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...

Jereme S. Testimonial

No one wants to have to hire a lawyer, but if you do. I prefer Tiemann Law. They helped a family member who was injured on the job, and the company did not want to compensate him even though, the injury occurred on the job on company time. Jelena was always professional in explaining the lengthy process of fighting a large corporation. 2 years later he finally is receiving the deserved compensation.

Hanna Padilla Testimonial

From the very start of my case the Tiemann Law Firm was wonderful. Perter came all the way to my home to sit down and talk to me about my options. He made me and my partner feel very comfortable and promised us he would take the very best care of my case. Peter kept me informed every step of the way and was always on top of things. everything was done in a timely manor and I always felt like I was the only case he was working on because he was so fast. In the end Peter got me back way more money than I ever expected. I would recommend this law firm to everyone. I am very happy with the outcome of my case thanks to the Tiemann Law Firm! Thank you!

Matt H. Testimonial

I was in a car accident a while back where I was injured and had to miss work for an extended period of time.  After nearly a year of fighting with the insurance company with no results and no progress, I met with Jelena Tiemann.  I couldn't have asked for a more responsive and supportive advocate.  We quickly reached a settlement and I finally was able to move from the stress and burden of feuding with my insurance.  I highly recommending meeting with Jelena if you're in need of a lawyer.