Posted on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 at 4:58 pm    

If you have been injured in a traffic accident, you might be wondering how much money you can receive if you file an injury claim. However, before you can receive any money for your accident claim, at least three issues must be addressed and settled.

  1. Who is at fault for the crash?

If you are involved in a traffic accident, the police might charge you or the other driver with a traffic offense. The officer might also state that you and/or the other driver contributed to the cause of the crash. The police officer’s determination can be useful in a personal injury case; however, it does not prove fault. You must have evidence proving the other driver caused the crash if you want to recover money for a claim. If you contributed in any way to the cause of the accident, your compensation might be reduced under California’s comparative negligence laws.

  1. You must settle your claim or file a lawsuit before the deadline passes.

Under California’s statute of limitations, most car accident claims have a two-year deadline for filing lawsuits.  If you do not settle your claim or file your lawsuit before two years from the date of your accident, you could lose the right to recover money from the other driver. There are very few exceptions to this rule. It is best to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to avoid missing a deadline.

  1. Did you suffer compensable damages because of the accident?

To recover money for your injury claim, you must have suffered damages that are compensable under California’s personal injury laws. In most car accident cases, the victim suffers both non-economic and financial damages. Examples of damages that might be included in a personal injury claim include:

  • Cost of medical treatment, medications, and medical equipment
  • Loss of income, including loss of earning capacity and future lost wages
  • Property damages claims
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish and emotional suffering
  • Permanent disabilities
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Other out-of-pocket expenses

The value of your claim depends upon the amount of compensable damages and whether you have any fault for the cause of the accident.

Issues in Personal Injury Claims

Each personal injury claim is different. Therefore, your claim could involve a variety of issues in addition to the issues discussed above. Our Sacramento personal injury lawyers have experience handling a variety of traffic accident claims. We can help you answer these questions and more when you come into our office for a free case evaluation. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve for your claim. You should not be forced to bear the entire financial burden caused because of another person’s negligent behavior.

Contact The Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000 to schedule a free consultation with a California traffic accident attorney. Our law firm serves clients in Sacramento, Folsom, Roseville, El Dorado Hills and other communities in the greater Sacramento area.

Client Testimonials

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.