Posted on Friday, February 12th, 2016 at 4:05 pm    

Forgive us for the pun in the title but it is important that you understand that some things you do can literally “wreck” your auto accident claim causing you to receive less money than you deserve. As personal injury attorneys, we handle hundreds of auto accident cases each year. We encourage people to contact us as soon as possible after the accident so we can help them avoid mistakes that will hurt their chances of recovery in an auto accident claim.

Unfortunately, some clients come to us after making the following mistakes. In some cases, we can undo the damage but in other cases, we must simply do the best job possible given the circumstances we are presented with by the client.

How Can I Wreck My Auto Accident Claim?

  • Failing to See a Doctor Immediately
    If you are in a motor vehicle accident, you should seek medical attention immediately. If your injuries do not require a trip to the emergency room from the accident scene, schedule an appointment with your physician with a few days after the accident. You may not feel pain or notice symptoms at the accident scene due to the shock of the accident and the adrenaline created in response to the accident. Furthermore, some symptoms could be delayed for a few days.
    If you fail to seek medical attention, the insurance company for the other driver will jump on this with both feet. It will claim that you were not injured in the accident since you did not see a doctor or that you injuries would be less severe if you had seen a doctor immediately after the accident. Insurance companies want to see documentation that you were injured in the accident — medical records dated close to the accident date are the best way to document your injuries from the accident.
  • Dealing with the Insurance Adjuster
    The insurance adjuster is NOT your friend and the adjuster is NOT working for you. Insurance adjusters employ “tricks” they are trained to use to gain information to use against you. For example, the adjuster will request a signed medical release to verify your injuries. This seems logical; however, the adjuster will not explain the release is for all of your medical records. If the insurance company can find a pre-existing condition, it will try to use this to claim your injuries are not solely caused by the accident.
    The adjuster will also request a recorded or written statement. Again, the adjuster is simply trying to get you to say something that can be used to deny your claim or lower your compensation. Do not fall for these tricks — call our office and let us handle the adjusters.
  • Failing to Document the Accident Scene
    If you are seriously injured, you obviously are not able to document the accident scene; however, you can ask a friend or relative to do this for you or contact our office immediately so that we can perform an accident investigation. Provided you are able to do so, you should:
    • Take photos of the accident scene
    • Obtain the names and contact information for witnesses
    • Get a copy of the police report
    • Request the other drivers name, address, and insurance information
    • Write down the details of the accident as you remember them while they are still fresh in your mind

Don’t Wreck Your Auto Accident Claim by Failing to Consult with an Experienced Sacramento Car Accident Attorney

Contact Tiemann Law Firm today to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who will fight for your right to receive a fair and just settlement for your auto accident claim.

You can contact us online, call our toll free number at (916) 999-9000, or chat with a representative on our website. Our top priority is to reduce the level of stress you are experiencing from dealing with your physical, emotional, and financial damages from the car wreck. Let our attorneys handle the legal aspects of your auto accident claim while you focus on your recovery.

Client Testimonials

Herb T. Testimonial

The Tiemanns were referred to me by a friend and I am exceptionally happy with the service I received. I had never been in an accident before. I had no idea what to do. Jelena verbally explained how everything would work to me, and she and Peter handled everything. I didn't have to lift a finger once. They went above and beyond for me and I am extremely grateful. I pray I won't ever need this type of assistance again, but I will definitely be referring them to friends and family.

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!