PERSONAL INJURY FAQS
Posted on Monday, January 30th, 2017 at 11:53 pm
What Does Personal Injury Law Cover in California?
Personal injury laws provide a way for injury and accident victims to seek compensation for damages related to bodily harm caused by another party. The claim can arise from negligence, reckless, intentional, or careless actions of another person, company, or government entity. Examples of personal injury claims include:
- Motor vehicle accidents, including commercial truck accidents and motorcycle crashes
- Premises liability claims (i.e. slip and fall accidents)
- Bicycles accidents
- Dog bites and animal attacks
- Pedestrian accidents
- Drugged and drunk driving accidents
- Wrongful death
- Medical malpractice
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Product liability claims
What Types of Damages Can I Claim in A Personal Injury Case?
Damages in a personal injury claim fall into two categories — economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are your out-of-pocket financial damages including medical bills, lost wages, and property damages. Economic damages can also include compensation for future medical expenses and future lost wages.
Non-economic damages are also referred to as “pain and suffering.” Damages included in this category include physical pain, disability, scarring, psychological harm, disfigurement, emotional stress, and loss of enjoyment of life. Because non-economic damages are difficult to calculate and prove, hiring and experienced Sacramento accident attorney can help you receive full compensation for your damages.
Are There Time Limits for Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
Yes, California’s statutes of limitations provide deadlines for filing personal injury lawsuits. If you fail to file your lawsuit before the deadline expires, you are barred from seeking compensation for your injuries. If another person has injured you, contact our office as soon as possible to discuss your case with a Sacramento personal injury attorney.
What is a Contingency Fee?
We understand that you may be struggling financially after being injured in an accident. Therefore, we accept most cases on a contingency fee basis. A contingency fee means that you do not pay any attorney fees unless we win your case. Our fees are a percentage of the amount you receive for your personal injury claim. We use contingency fees because we believe that every accident victim deserves to have experienced, skilled, and competent legal representation regardless of his or her financial situation.
How Long Does a Personal Injury Claim Take to Settle?
Every case is different; therefore, your case may take longer to settle than some other cases but not quite as long as other cases. One of the most important factors in determining how long a personal injury claim takes to settle is the type and severity of your injuries. You don’t want to settle your claim until you have recovered fully or you have reached maximum medical improvement (MMI).
If you settle your case before you recover fully, you may not receive full compensation for your claim because you do not know the full extent of your injuries. For example, if you settle your case and then discover you need surgery and physical therapy, you are liable for paying for treatment because you already settled your claim. Our attorneys work diligently to settle your case as quickly as possible but not before we know the full extent of your injuries and damages.
Call for A Free Appointment with A Sacramento Personal Injury Attorney
We understand you have many questions regarding your accident claim. Our Sacramento personal injury attorneys offer free legal consultations and no-obligation case evaluations so that you can get answers to all your questions about personal injury law.
Call the Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or chat with a representative on our website to schedule your free consultation.