Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer
The television ads are never-ending. You've all heard them. "The BEST personal injury lawyer in Sacramento" or "the BEST in California" or perhaps even of the world.
Truth is, the television ads are a lot of hype, sometimes leaving a person in confusion about who really is a good personal injury lawyer. Hopefully, my website will help you decide on what to look for in finding a competent, experienced lawyer who is personally involved with your case and works hard to get you the settlement you deserve.
I hope that you choose our personal injury law firm. But if you choose to go with someone else, you want to select an accident attorney that will help you achieve a fair and just resolution of your claim.
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 1993. 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. Every one of them is 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 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.Personal Injury Cases
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 car accident lawyers who will help you right now.Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer with a Holistic Approach
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.
We take satisfaction in helping you and your family find positives in what could otherwise be a medical, emotional and economic disaster.
We thoroughly research the nature of your injuries and team with you and your doctor's 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.
Here's what some of our past clients have said about us:
"A blessing" - Sarah C.
"I was in involved in a very serious car accident and was referred to Ed's office. I had never had to hire a personal injury lawyer in the past and was somewhat nervous about it. They were thorough and compassionate and I was very happy with the settlement and the way they negotiated down my excessive hospital bills". William W.
"Warm and sincere help." - Art A.
"When everyone else was calling my fight a lost cause, this office jumped in and fought for me like a champion. Both knowledgeable and compassionate, they negotiated intensely on my behalf. I was able to receive the best available care for my injuries, and will now be able to recover from my financial losses as well. This is definitely the team you want on your side." Amanda R.
"He took charge of collecting my medical records so that I didn't have to do any of it - recommended examinations and follow-up that I needed, and paid attention to my thoughts, wishes, and needs about a settlement. I felt he was always honest and straight-forward with me. I'd recommend him to anyone." - Gary W.
"Professional, friendly, knowledgeable." - Terry D.
"I have never actually needed a lawyer before until I had my first car accident which was caused by someone else. My dad researched lawyers in our area and Ed had top-rated reviews, so naturally, we chose him. They helped me obtain medical treatment right away and always checked up on how I was doing. They were always very friendly, answered all my questions, and kept me informed. A very pleasant experience.. got a great settlement. The rest of the staff great as well, very friendly and inviting. I always felt welcomed any time I needed to stop by the office to sign paperwork. I would highly recommend this law office." - Kristina M.
"Experienced, Resourceful." -Simonova, S.
"Excellent Results" - L. Barrera
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. Delay and pressure tactics are sadly all in a days work for insurance companies.
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. I don't know any other career that could have given me more satisfaction in life.Common Mistakes When Selecting a Personal Injury Attorney
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 abide by important safety rules. 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.Associations and Accomplishments
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 how past clients feel about us by looking at our site here or by learning what clients and other attorneys say about us on Avvo 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.Our Practice Areas
For a sample of the types of injuries our office has handled, see our Traumatic Injury Page. Over the years we've handled many types of cases, including those involving a fatality. We've specialized in vehicular accidents of every variety.
We handle serious slip and fall cases if they result in fractures or surgery as well as medical malpractice claims.
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.
I'm sure you may have questions such as:
- How do I pay for an attorney?
- How will I replace my lost wages if I'm off work?
- Who will pay for my medical bills?
- I need surgery or medical care and have no medical insurance, what can I do?
- Can I recover for future medical bills if I need future medical care?
- What happens if I can't return to work because my injuries disable me?
- Can I recover for pain and suffering?
- How can I make my rent or house payment? Is there a way to get a cash advance on my case?
- Who will take care of my children?
- What can I do if I've lost my spouse or a family member?
- What damages are recoverable?
If these questions and more are keeping you up at night, call me today at 916.921.6400 or 800.404.5400 for free, friendly advice. I am the Sacramento Personal Injury Attorney that you can call anytime. If you'd rather, send me basic information online about your accident (click here if you wish to do so) and I'll get back to you promptly.
I'm always available for in-hospital calls or to meet you at your home. Our initial consultations are free of charge and we take all cases on a contingency basis. That means I don't get paid unless you win. Call now!
I'm a California member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
See our past verdicts and settlements page.