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As the experts in personal injury law, Sevey, Donahue, & Talcott can help with a wide range of cases. We cover everything from vehicle accidents to slips, trips, and falls. From dog bites and broken bones to severe burns and catastrophic injuries. Our attorneys can assist you with most any type of personal injury situation you may be facing.

We offer comprehensive legal representation in many areas:

Car Accident Cases

Injury Cases

Negligence Cases

Wrongful Death

$14,500,000 Jury Verdict: Wrongful Denial of Coverage and Benefits to Injured

DeNoon v. Farmers. This was an Insurance Bad Faith case based on the claim that Farmers wrongfully denied coverage and benefits to our client. This case was tried in El Dorado County Superior Court before a jury. The matter was handled by Matt Donahue and his partner Rich Caulfield. Farmers offered $50,000.00 to settle prior to trial.


Personal injury cases are based on the idea that harm caused by an accident or injury is due to the negligence of others. Although this may seem straight-forward, proving this type of negligence can be a complicated process and one that should not be undertaken without the help of a qualified attorney.

Do you have a claim?

Have you suffered an injury to your person or property? Was your injury the result of someone else's fault? It is not always necessary to have a physical injury to bring a personal injury lawsuit; however, suits may be based on a variety of non-physical losses and harms. You also may have an action if someone has attacked your reputation, invaded your privacy, or negligently or intentionally inflicted emotional distress upon you.

How much is your case worth?

Although most lawyers may have a sense of the value of each case at the beginning, evaluation of many factors is prudent. At some point after a thorough evaluation of the evidence and a proper work up of the case, the Lawyer handling the case will provide information as to his opinion on value. Generally this occurs later in the case. The Lawyer’s opinion of value does not mean there is a guarantee of any recovery. People often want to know what they can win after being injured in an accident. Here are a few examples:

  1. Current Medical Bills - Being involved in an accident usually means large medical bills. As a victim, you are entitled to have these expenses paid in relation to your case. 
  2. Future Medical Costs - Recovery is often a long-term process. We’ll fight to have your expenses covered now and in the future.
  3. Lost Wages - If you had to leave work due to your injuries, you are entitled to lost wages as part of your compensation.
  4. Future Income - Sometimes returning to your previous job or career is no longer an option. If this is a result of an accident, we can recover the money you may miss out on for years to come.
  5. Pain and Suffering - You are entitled to payment for your pain and suffering as a result of your experience.

The Importance of a Personal Injury Lawyer

Watching some of the movies or television shows these days can give you the wrong idea. Hollywood makes it seem like injury and accident cases are normal and that anyone can represent themselves in a court of law.

But those outside of the legal profession are rarely equipped to handle the complex issues that can arise when using our legal system. Make sure you have a trusted partner on your side to help with this process.

Frequently, you’ll find those at fault will have the backing of the insurance companies and an army of lawyers arguing on their behalf. Their main goal is to deny your claim, downplay your pain and suffering, and minimize your compensation. Without a tough personal injury lawyer on your side, winning your case - or getting everything you may be entitled to - can be almost impossible.

The attorneys at Sevey, Donahue, & Talcott know how to defend your rights, negotiate with the insurance companies, and get the results you want.

Preparing for the Initial Consultation

For the initial meeting, it will be helpful to bring in all of the documentation you have regarding your claim. If you’re not sure if the information is relevant, bring it anyway - the more the better. Don’t worry if you don’t have everything you need right away. We can always gather whatever else is required afterwards.

A few things you may want to bring:

  • Police Reports, or the card given to you by the police or CHP. If you do not have a report, bring all of the defendants' information that you do have.
  • Medical Reports from your doctors or hospitals that describe your injuries
  • Insurance Information for the other driver
  • Photographs from the accident scene, your vehicle, and your injuries
  • Your Driver's License
  • Your medical insurance identification card
  • Your automobile insurance policy
  • The name and address of your current doctor(s)
  • The name and address of the doctors you have seen in the past five years

After reviewing the information, our attorneys will determine whether or not you have a case. If so, you’ll be asked to sign a retainer agreement before we begin working together. We cannot represent you without this agreement.

$2,500,000 Settlement: Negligent Lane Change Caused Injury Accident

This case involved allegations against a trucking company for negligently changing lanes and colliding into my client’s vehicle. The vehicle overturned and my client suffered head injuries. The matter settled on the first day of trial. The defendants increased their offer from $900,000 to $2,500,000.


At the law firm of Sevey, Donahue, & Talcott, our team of experienced personal injury lawyers are ready to serve you. We specialize in providing outstanding legal representation to accident victims and their families and those who have been injured due to third party negligence.

Established in 2005, our accident law firm has successfully handled thousands of personal injury cases by protecting our clients' rights and aggressively fighting for compensation for their injuries. As a law firm, we take pride in helping individuals, families, and small businesses with their legal representation needs. We put ourselves in your shoes - always looking out for our clients' best interests and tackling the insurance companies and corporate lawyers head on at their own game.

Our lawyers understand what you and your family are going through. Our trusted team can walk you through the entire legal process and provide the support you want during difficult times. Whether you need guidance for an accident in Auburn, or injury advice in Sacramento, our experts will give your case the attention it deserves to get the results you’re looking for.



Our attorneys know the law when it comes to personal injury. Period. With over 150 years of combined legal experience, our team of experts has handled just about every personal injury situation you can imagine. Combined with previous backgrounds in the insurance industry and organized labor, we know what it takes to fight for our clients and get the results they’re looking for.


Although nothing is guaranteed, and every case is unique, the attorneys at Sevey, Donahue, & Talcott have been able to negotiate impressive results for many of our previous clients. We are proud to claim numerous high six and even seven-figure settlements based on a variety of different claims.

Although dollar amounts are what tend to get the most attention, there’s more to it than just money. What matters most is getting our clients the results they deserve and helping to put their lives back together following an accident.​

No Recovery, No Fee

Keep in mind that there's no fee to talk to us and explore the details of your accident. If you decide to work with us, you won't be charged anything until we win your case. All attorney fees are taken out of the case settlement so there are no out-of-pocket charges to you. 

With nothing to lose, you owe it to yourself and your family to see what you may be entitled to. Contact us to learn more and find out how we can help. ​


If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, you owe it to your family to find out what you may be entitled to. There’s no need to go it alone and try and take on the insurance companies by yourself. Don’t let their armies of lawyers intimidate you and make you settle for less than you deserve. And never just write off your injuries and think that “it’s no big deal.”

What happens today can have lasting effects for years to come. Don’t become a victim by not taking action soon enough or by accepting a handout when you deserve a payout. Let us protect your rights and fight on your behalf.

Contact us today and find out how we can provide the security and peace of mind you need to continue enjoying life. One of our personal injury lawyers will be happy to provide a free, no-obligation analysis of your case and determine what you may be entitled to.

We want to help. Contact us today and let’s get the process started.​