What is a personal injury?

A personal injury is any physical or mental injury to a person as a result of someone’s negligence or harmful act. Sometimes personal injury may be referred to as bodily injury. Personal injuries can occur in a variety of ways, ranging from auto accidents, defective product injuries, to dog bites.

What financial compensation can I get in a personal injury claim?

Personal injury victims are entitled to compensation for all losses and expenses they incur as a result of an accident. This may include medical expenses and lost wages.

How do I know if I need an attorney?

If you have been seriously injured or are unsure of the outcome of your injury, an experienced personal injury attorney should be consulted before you give any statements or sign papers of any kind.

In a serious injury case, it is advisable to hire an attorney as soon as possible. There is a statute of limitations that requires you to file suit within a specific period of time, depending upon the circumstances of your case, or you could be prohibited from obtaining any compensation for your injuries.

We offer a free consultation with no obligation. You have nothing to lose by consulting one of our attorneys before you accept an insurance company offer.

What is a contingency fee?

A contingency fee is a fee that is used by lawyers in most personal injury cases. It is contingent when the fee is conditioned upon your attorney’s successful resolution of your case.Contingency fees for personal injury cases are usually 25% – 40% of the recovery depending on the complexity of the case.

What is workers’ compensation?

If you get hurt on the job, your employer is required by law to provide workers’ compensation benefits. You could get hurt by:

One event at work. Examples: Hurting your back in a fall, getting burned by a chemical that splashes on your skin, or getting hurt in a car accident while making deliveries.

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Repeated exposures at work. Examples: hurting your wrist from doing the same motion over and over, losing your hearing because of constant loud noise.

What are the benefits I can receive?

The benefits you may receive from a workers’ compensation claim can include:

  • Medical Care: Paid for by your employer, to help you recover from an injury or illness caused by work.
  • Temporary Disability Benefits: Payments if you lose wages because you can’t do your job while recovering.
  • Permanent Disability Benefits: Payments if you can’t recover completely and will always be somewhat limited in your ability to work.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation: Job placement counseling and possibly retraining, if you are unable to return to your old job and your employer doesn’t offer alternative work.
  • Death Benefits: Payments to the spouse, children, or other dependents of a worker who dies as a result of a work injury or illness.

Can I choose the doctor who will treat me?

It depends. If you want to choose the doctor who will treat you for a work-related injury or illness, you must tell your employer the name and address of your personal physician before you are injured. You must do it in writing. This is called “predesignating your personal physician.”

What should I do if I get hurt on the job?

Get emergency treatment if needed and then report the injury to your employer. Tell your supervisor right away. If your injury or illness developed gradually, report it as soon as you learn it was caused by your job. Reporting promptly helps prevent problems and delays in receiving your benefits, including necessary medical care.

Do I need an attorney?

You have the right to be represented by an attorney for your work related injury. An attorney will assist you in seeing that your benefits are properly protected. While individuals can sometimes represent themselves in these matters, it is advised to contact a workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible after an accident or diagnosis of a disease or condition in order to protect your legal rights. Attorney fees for representing an injured worker is paid out of the settlement or award. These are a percentage of the monetary recovery awarded.

What is medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice occurs when you are injured or become ill because of negligence or misconduct on the part of a healthcare professional. Examples include errors in prescribing treatment or medications, fetal injuries caused during birth, or failure to properly diagnose conditions. If you believe you have suffered an injury at the hands of a healthcare professional, contact us to learn what compensation to which you may be entitled.

The Law Offices of Timmons, Owen, Jansen & Tichy Inc. offer effective, reliable legal counsel to Sacramento, Woodland, Davis, Yuba City, San Andreas, and surrounding area clients in need of workers’ comp or personal injury relief. To schedule your initial consultation, call (916) 444-0321 today.