Getting injured in an auto accident is incredibly stressful. Between dealing with your injuries and damage to your vehicle, getting medical care and negotiating with insurance companies, things can get overwhelming quickly. On top of all that, you may be dealing with expenses related to medical bills, rehabilitation, and lost income if you’re unable to work.
While demanding proper compensation for our clients is our primary assignment, we know that justice involves more than just a dollar amount. Our mission is to understand and address the specific problems and needs of each client and provide them the fastest, most comprehensive recovery possible. Some of the areas we may be able to provide assistance with include:
Health Concerns – We ensure our clients are provided access to proper medical care to quickly recover from their injuries. We can assist not only with emergency treatments, but also continuing care, specialist services, and rehabilitative therapy.
Financial Issues – Our firm can help with out of pocket expenses, ongoing medical bills, and other debt accumulation due to an accident. We know that money is often in short supply when family members are out of work and thus do everything we can to assist.
Stress Reduction – The stress of an accident can become almost unbearable at times due to worrying about money, taking care of family, and constant anxiety about the unknown. You want to make the right choices, but sometimes it’s difficult to know where to begin. We can help.
Our firm has a long history of fighting to get our clients maximum compensation for their injuries. While other lawyers often just glance over the facts, our experienced professionals analyze every detail making sure nothing is missed or left to chance. Thinking about your case from multiple angles is what allows us to recover damages that other accident injury firms leave behind. From gathering accident reports and medical records to hiring expert witnesses, we leave no stone unturned.
Many attorneys overlook the fact that surgery is rarely a permanent solution. Most neck and back pain will eventually return and can reduce a victim’s ability to work in the future. We have successfully argued this point on our clients’ behalf and received compensation for what could possibly happen later on in life. This type of progressive thinking is what sets us apart from the competition.
Why not put this kind of experience to work for you if you’ve been in an accident? Isn’t it time to work with a trusted partner that puts your interests ahead of their own? You owe it to yourself and your family to get the best legal representation possible for your car accident case.
Contact us today and experience the difference for yourself.
Although specific dollar amounts are hard to estimate since each case is unique, there are some general guidelines as to what can be claimed. Below are some of the factors used to determine how much your case could be worth.
The word “compensate” is used to describe something that makes up for a loss. In car accident cases, these losses usually refer to income. However, there is more to this type of claim than just filing for a missing paycheck; it is also about the possibility of losing future earnings.
Lost wages compensation means compensation from having to take time off work The more severe your injuries, the higher this amount will be as you’ll need more time off for your recovery period.
Although healing and recovery are always the victim’s first priority, getting back to work is usually a close second. However, with extensive injuries, this goal is easier said than done. Some accident victims never fully recover from their injuries and may not be able to return to their previous career.
When this occurs, the loss of future income potential becomes a factor. Accident attorneys and other professionals can determine how crash injuries will affect a victim’s ability to work and earn a paycheck. If the injured party is unable to perform their previous job duties, a claim can be made to compensate for these future losses.
With the cost of healthcare continually rising, even a short hospital stay can lead to enormous medical bills. If your injuries are due to another driver’s negligence on the road, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
An experienced accident attorney can help recover costs for both current and future medical bills. This fact holds special importance when talking about neck, back, or spine injuries that are often difficult to treat and may linger for years beyond the initial diagnosis. Being able to cover these costs is vital for anyone facing this type of financial hardship.
While missing wages or medical bills are the first thing most accident victims think about, there are other claims that can be made as well. These losses usually focus on the physical and mental aspects of an accident rather than the financial implications. Typical claims include:
While money and lost wages remain the focus (in most cases), it’s important to remember that they’re not the only avenue of compensation. Physical, mental, and emotional quality of life issues are part of the equation as well. A well-researched claim incorporates all of these elements into a single package and provides the best option for a comprehensive recovery.
While making the decision to hire an accident attorney is a major step in the process, one question likely remains – which one do you choose? With the myriad options available it can be difficult to decide. However, there are a few areas to consider that might make your selection easier (and hopefully more rewarding).
There’s often confusion surrounding the cost of hiring a car accident lawyer. However, in reality, it’s fairly straightforward. Our firm works on what’s called a contingency agreement.
Here’s what that means for you:
While cost might be the first element you consider, it certainly shouldn’t be the last. Finding a reasonable rate is meaningless if the attorney doesn’t know what they’re doing. Asking the right questions can make the decision process easier. Topics to discuss might be:
The more case similarities and experience you can find, the better off you’ll likely be.
Remember, the larger the claim the longer it will take to resolve. You’ll want to be comfortable with the attorney that you’re working with. You’ll want to understand how they operate, communicate, and what that means to your relationship. Keep asking questions until you’re satisfied with the answers.
Once you find an attorney you’d like to work with, you’ll want to know whether you have a valid claim. Based on your initial consultation, a competent accident lawyer should be able to tell you quickly. Once the merit of the case has been determined, you’ll want to go into more specifics.
Follow up questions might include:
Gathering all the information you can will make for a better decision. However, it’s not just about what a potential attorney says…it also matters how comfortable you are with the person themselves. In addition to the previously mentioned questions, you’ll also want to ask yourself a few as well.
How does the attorney make you feel? They should inspire confidence and put you at ease, not leave you with nagging doubts or feeling restless. How about knowledge? If you’re not certain they know what they’re talking about – they probably don’t. Most importantly, do you like their personality? You should be able to picture yourself working with this person long-term.
In the end, your gut will probably tell you who to trust and the best fit for getting the job done. Just be sure you’re listening.
When it comes to selecting an attorney, you have many options to choose from. As a client with so much riding on the outcome of your case, it only makes sense to shop around and find the right fit. However, once you get down to the details, there’s usually only a select few that stand out. Although you want to feel comfortable with the attorney you’re working with, you also need to verify that they have the background and resources necessary to win your case.
At Sevey, Donahue & Talcott, our team of expert attorneys have over 150 years of combined legal experience and have managed nearly every type of personal injury claim that exists. With a strong record of accomplishment in car, truck and motorcycle accidents, our top-notch lawyers know what it takes to win in tough cases and get the results our clients deserve.
In addition to our team of highly-competent personal injury attorneys, our firm also partners with numerous experts in related disciplines and fields. Do you need help finding a doctor to evaluate your injuries? We’ve got you covered – expert medical care is available to all our clients.
Our how about determining what an accident means to your current income or future earning potential? No problem – leave it to one of our partner financial experts to pinpoint your exact number. Whether your needs involve legal, medical, or financial representation Sevey, Donahue & Talcott is here to help.
One of the biggest advantages a law firm can have is expertise in their chosen field. Sevey, Donahue & Talcott is no exception. Prior to joining our team, senior partner Matthew Donahue was a defense attorney in the insurance industry for over ten years. This experience gives our attorneys valuable insight when working on successfully negotiating settlements with the insurance companies. Matthew and the other attorneys on staff have served dozens of clients in both auto accident and personal injury litigation and can do the same for you.
We understand what you’re going through. Our firm has helped hundreds of Northern California victims reduce their stress and anxiety in accident-related cases, and we can do the same for you. Our patient, caring attorneys are here to guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have along the way.
Dealing with the aftermath of a crash is never easy, but partnering with the right lawyer can make the experience less painful and more productive. If you or someone you know has recently been injured in an auto accident, call us today at 916-788-7100 or fill out our free no-obligation consultation form to have an experienced attorney evaluate your case.
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