The television ads are never-ending. You've all heard them. "The BEST personal injury lawyer in Sacramento" or "top personal injury lawyers in California" or perhaps even in the world.
Truth is, the television commercials are a lot of hype. They typically leave a person in confusion and wondering, "who really is the most qualified personal injury lawyer near me?". Hopefully, my website will help educate you on what to look for in a reputable lawyer who can obtain the personal injury settlement you need and deserve.
I've written an article about issues to consider when selecting a personal injury lawyer here. Hopefully, a review of this article will help you decide what characteristics you should look for in a personal injury attorney.
I hope that you choose our Sacramento personal injury law firm to represent you and your best interests. But if you decide to hire another lawyer to handle your case, you want to select an accident attorney that is well-versed in California's personal injury law to ensure you receive fair financial compensation for your injuries and losses incurred.
I'm Ed Smith, a personal injury lawyer in Sacramento since 1982. I've had the same office, located at 1900 Point West Way in Sacramento, since 1992. I've created this website because I want to help you find an injury attorney that is experienced, hard working and is a good fit for you.
My law practice is made up of unique individuals with great skill sets. They are conscientious and skilled employees who truly care about our clients. My staff and I have a long-term relationship with each other, as many of us have worked together for over 20 years. We are like a family here and we'd like to welcome you and your family to work with ours.
I've been handling ONLY personal injury cases throughout California since 1982, and since I've been in serious accidents myself, I know something about what you may be going through. I've had several near death experiences and my share of nasty injuries. I know something about pain and its effects.
If you are looking for some help, it is quite likely because you're in pain and feeling some uncertainty about if you will be treated fairly. You may already be frustrated by your discussions with the responsible party's insurance adjuster and maybe with your own insurance adjuster as well.
Whether you were driving on 2 wheels, 4 wheels or 28, my site will give you helpful information to steer through the thicket of personal injury law in California. We are the Sacramento injury attorneys who can help you right now.
I believe in a holistic approach to personal injury cases. That doesn't mean I'll anoint you with peppermint oil as you walk through the doors of my office, but it does mean that I take a very personal interest in your welfare. My firm is known as the "personal" personal injury law firm because we take the time to get to know you, your background, hopes and dreams.
As a Sacramento injury lawyer, I take satisfaction in helping you and your family find positives in what could otherwise be a medical, emotional, and financial disaster.
We thoroughly research the nature of your injuries and team with you and your doctors to get you back to a state of vibrant health. We communicate with you every step of the way. We encourage you to try different practices to reduce stress in your life. Stress and pain are inextricably related and over the years we've found many things that can help relieve stress. We'll encourage you to try them as we go forward with you on your road to recovery.
In a more perfect world, insurance companies and their adjusters would take responsibility for the wrongdoing of their insureds and try their best to both fix your vehicle and help you obtain a fair recovery. More often than not, however, they treat you as if you were the wrongdoer and give you attitude and contempt. Insurance adjusters use delay tactics during the claims process. They may also put pressure on claimants to settle personal injury cases for less. This is sadly all in a day's work for insurance companies to maximize profits while minimizing financial risks.
Sorting through and selecting injury lawyers can be difficult. Certainly, neither I or anyone in my family knew a personal injury lawyer or for that matter, any lawyer at all when I grew up.My Background
I was born in Brooklyn, NY and called NYC my home until I joined the Air Force in 1966. My parents were blue-collar working people who never attended Harvard or Yale. They didn't complete high school either. So, if you're looking for an Ivy League lawyer, I'm not your man.
I served four great years in the military including Airborne Service in Southeast Asia from 1968-1970. After leaving the military, I used the GI Bill to attend UC Davis. I married in 1978 and later graduated from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento in 1982, the same year my son, Brant was born. I opened my own office in 1983 and started working on personal injury cases exclusively in 1987. Since then, my office has handled thousands of personal injury cases including catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases.
I love what I do as a Sacramento personal injury attorney. I don't know any other career that could have given me more satisfaction in life.My Philosophy
As a Sacramento personal injury lawyer, my philosophy is that my clients are courageous people who temporarily have been removed from their normal life due to the failure of someone else to exercise due care. My job is to help you find sources of income if you are temporarily out of work and also facilitate the recovery from your accident with some measure of grace and ease. Ideally, we can work together to help you go from a breakdown to a breakthrough. Obtaining justice for my injured clients is my top priority.
At this office, clients often become friends. We keep in touch and frequently go to concerts, river trips, parties, and other events. We hope as you recover you'll join us on some of them.
I am a member of Consumer Attorney's of California, The Million Dollar Advocates, The Brain Injury Association of California as well as the Capital City Trial Lawyers Association. The verdicts and settlements my office has achieved are public information and are listed for your review here. You can find out what clients and other attorneys say about us on Avvo, Google or Yelp.
Although I handle cases in California, I maintain a network of experienced attorneys in other states and can refer you to extremely competent attorneys in those states.
I've written several books on personal injury law including The Ultimate California Auto Injury Handbook and The California Motorcycle Accident Handbook. I'm currently working on a book tentatively titled Personal Injury Picasso: How Attorney's Evaluate and Value Personal Injury Cases. These books are on Amazon (including Kindle) but you can obtain them free by emailing us at email@example.com and requesting a copy. If you have been in a crash, these books are a valuable guide on what to do.
I've been on a hosted highly rated cable TV show called "Ask a Lawyer" with JoAnne Engle for over a decade.
We maintain high traffic Facebook and Pinterest sites. We are active in community organizations and charities such as Sacramento Food Bank, WEAVE, Girl Scouts of America, Walk for Thought, Coats for Kids, and many local high schools and church youth organizations.
I know that my office will do a great job for you. I'm so sure of it that I'll make you a no-risk guarantee. If you decide after meeting me and my co-workers that you want us to handle your personal injury case and are later dissatisfied, you can walk away from your contract with me in the first 60 days and owe me nothing except any costs that I'm out of pocket. That seems only fair. If you don't think my office is doing a top-notch job, I want to make it easy to walk away. I do this because I'm confident you'll see we are a good match. You deserve a personal injury attorney that you trust and feel confident in.
You may have questions about what to do after an accident, such as:
If you have been injured after an accident in the Sacramento area and have questions about your case, call me at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. I am the Sacramento personal injury lawyer you can call anytime for free, friendly advice on how to handle your situation. You may also fill out an online form and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
I'm always available for in-hospital calls or to meet you at your home. Our initial consultations are free of charge. We handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means you don't owe us any attorneys' fees unless we win your case. Call now!
See our past verdicts and settlements page.