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Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer is a leading plaintiff's personal injury law firm in Sacramento. Founded in 1982 by attorney, Edward A. Smith, our legal team is dedicated to helping Californians who have been wrongfully injured or lost loved ones due to the negligence of others.

Our team of attorneys have the resources necessary to handle cases against difficult insurance companies and large corporations. If you have suffered a serious injury in a catastrophic accident, we can help you recover full and fair compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To learn more, contact our injury lawyers today to schedule a free consultation.

What is a Personal Injury Accident Claim?

A personal injury claim is a legal dispute that arises when a person has suffered harm in an accident caused by the negligence of someone else. In an injury case, the individual who was hurt in the incident is referred to as the plaintiff. The plaintiff, or the individual who was hurt in the injury incident, may file an insurance claim to seek the financial compensation they need to cover losses incurred.

The purpose of a successful personal injury case is to provide compensatory damages as a way of making the claimant whole again and hold the defendant, or at-fault party, accountable for their wrongdoing. If you have questions regarding your case, reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney today.

Types of Compensatory Damages in a Personal Injury Case

In California, compensation claims are generally comprised of economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages, or special damages, consider the expenses that have been incurred as a result of the personal injury accident. Special damages generally include the recovery of monetary losses like costs of past and future medical treatment, lost wages, loss of future earnings, and other out of pocket expenses. Non-economic damages, or general damages, represent the intangible harms that cannot be calculated easily like emotional trauma, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.

If you have been hurt in an accident caused by negligence, our Sacramento, CA personal injury lawyers can help you obtain the compensation you deserve through insurance settlement negotiations or a lawsuit in California civil court.

What is the Statute of Limitations for a Personal Injury Lawsuit in California?

Each civil case in California is subject to a time limit known as the statute of limitations. There is a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury cases, as outlined in the California Code of Civil Procedure Section 335.1. A lawsuit must be filed in civil court if a bodily injury claim is not settled with the insurance company within the statute of limitations.

Specific circumstances may affect the amount of time a claimant has to file suit in the state of California. That is why it is essential to discuss your case with the best personal injury lawyer in Sacramento. The sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner your lawyer can get to work investigating your accident and building a strong case for financial compensation on your behalf.

How Much Time Does It Take to Settle a Personal Injury Case?

The personal injury claims process can be complex, and cases can be challenging to prove without the assistance of an experienced attorney. A settlement or trial may take months or even years to complete, even in personal injury accident cases where liability and damages are clear. That is because insurance companies are focused on their bottom line and will delay, deny, or downplay the value of a bodily injury claim in hopes that the claimant will settle for less out of impatience or frustration.

Working with plaintiff personal injury attorneys serving Sacramento County, CA, means you will have a legal team handling all aspects of your accident case that will not settle for less from the insurance company. At our law firm, our team of injury lawyers are skilled litigators and negotiators, prepared to resolve your claim in your best interest. If all attempts at a fair settlement fail during insurance negotiations, we are also prepared to take your case to trial to obtain the best outcome, if necessary.

Importance of Working with an Attorney on a Personal Injury Claim

Our Sacramento, CA personal injury attorneys provide each client we represent with the attention, compassion, and guidance needed to obtain the financial compensation they deserve.We handle all aspects of a personal injury or wrongful death case from independent investigations for signs of negligence and sending demand letters to the insurance company to filing a lawsuit, handling the discovery phase, mediation, and trial.

We hope that you choose our 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 who is well-versed in California's personal injury law to ensure you receive full and fair financial compensation for your losses incurred.

When looking for a plaintiff's attorney to handle your bodily injury claim, you want to work with someone who has years of experience handling legal cases like yours. The founder of our law firm and personal injury lawyer, Ed Smith, has been handling cases like yours since 1982. His experienced legal team is comprised of employees who truly care about the needs of their clients. He has had the same law office, located at 1900 Point West Way Suite 200 in Sacramento, CA, since 1992.

If you are looking for help from a Sacramento personal injury attorney, it is quite likely because you are experiencing pain after an auto accident and may feel as though insurance companies are taking advantage of you and your situation. You may already be frustrated by your discussions with the responsible party's insurance adjuster and maybe with your own insurance carrier as well. You've come to the right place for legal assistance.

Whether you were driving a vehicle, riding a motorcycle, going on a cycling trip, or walking around Sacramento, our website can provide you information about personal injury law in California. When you would like to know your legal options for compensation, contact an injury lawyer at our law firm today for free, friendly advice.

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Our Holistic Approach to California Personal Injury Law

Attorney, Ed Smith, believes in a holistic approach to personal injury cases. This means our legal team personally cares about you and your overall recovery from your accident. Our law office is known as the "personal" personal injury law firm in Northern California because we take the time to get to know you, your background, hopes and dreams.

Our Sacramento personal injury attorneys take satisfaction in helping our clients and their families 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. Our legal team will communicate with you throughout the personal injury claims and litigation process.

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 profit margins while minimizing financial risks.

Searching for the best Sacramento personal injury attorney to handle your case can be challenging. Fortunately, you do not have to look any further. Our skilled personal injury attorneys are available anytime to discuss your accident case and potential legal strategies for financial recovery moving forward.

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, our law office has handled thousands of personal injury lawsuits including catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases.

Ed Smith loves what he does as a personal injury lawyer serving Sacramento County, CA. He does not know any other career that could have given him more satisfaction in life.

Our Philosophy

As plaintiff personal injury lawyers serving Sacramento County, CA, our philosophy is that our clients are courageous people who have been removed from their normal life due to the failure of someone else to exercise due care.

Our 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, our Northern California personal injury law firm can work together to help you go from a breakdown to a breakthrough. Obtaining justice and fair compensation for our injured clients is our top priority.

At our personal injury law firm, 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

Our firm's founder, Edward A. Smith, is an award-winning plaintiff's attorney who has been invited to join as a member of Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Brain Injury Association of California, and the Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association (CCTLA) of Sacramento.

Although our law firm handles cases in California, our injury attorneys maintain a network of experienced lawyers in other states we can refer you to if you find yourself involved in an out of state accident.

California injury attorney, Ed Smith, was featured on a TV show called "Ask a Lawyer" with JoAnne Engle for over a decade. He has also written several books on California personal injury law including The Ultimate California Auto Injury Handbook and The California Motorcycle Accident Handbook.

These books are available on Amazon (including Kindle) but you can obtain them for free by emailing us at to request a copy. If you have suffered injuries in an accident, these books can be a valuable guide on what to do after a crash.

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.

About Our Law Firm

Our attorneys at will do a great job for you and your case. We are so sure of it that we offer a no-risk guarantee. If you decide to retain us as your legal representative and are later dissatisfied, you can walk away from your contract with our law firm in the first 60 days and owe us nothing except any costs that we cover out of pocket. That seems only fair.

If you do not think our law office is doing a top-notch job, we want to make it easy to walk away. We do this because we are confident you will see we are a good match. You deserve the best personal injury attorney in Sacramento, California, that you trust and feel confident in.

Get Help from a Personal Injury Lawyer

You may have questions for an attorney about what to do after a catastrophic accident. Our attorneys can answer frequently asked questions about accidents and personal injury law in California, including:

  • How do I pay for an injury lawyer?
  • Who will pay for my lost wages if I'm missing work to recover from an accident?
  • Who will pay for my medical bills related to my accident?
  • What do I do if I have no health insurance and need medical treatment or surgery for accident injuries?
  • 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 damages 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?
  • How will I take care of my children after an accident?
  • What can I do if I lost a loved one in an accident?
  • What types of personal injury damages can I recover in a lawsuit?

Our attorneys can provide you with the answers you need during this difficult time of your life. Should you decide to hire us for legal representation, we will do everything in our power to make the bodily injury claims process as easy as possible for you. This way, you can focus on what matters most: your recovery and your family.

Contact a Sacramento Personal Injury Attorney for a Free Consultation Today is a plaintiff's personal injury law firm located in Sacramento, California. Our local injury lawyers have decades of experience representing people hurt in motor vehicle accidents. We focus on obtaining justice and seeking financial compensation for serious injuries.

When you have been injured in an accident, our personal injury lawyers in Sacramento County, CA, can discuss your case and determine your options for recovery moving forward. Call our law firm to schedule a consultation for free, friendly advice at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 today.

Our personal injury attorneys in Sacramento are always available for in-hospital calls or to meet you at your home. Our attorneys offer free case evaluations anytime. We handle many common types of personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis. This means you will not owe us any attorney's fees under that contingency fee agreement unless we win your case.

When searching for a top Sacramento personal injury lawyer, it is important to read their client reviews. Before calling us for a free consultation, see ratings of our law firm on Yelp, Google, and Avvo.

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Client Reviews
Me and my wife; had a car accident. We were amazed how easy, professional, friendly attorney Ed Smith is along with his staff. Everybody is amazing. Thank you so much, we are very impressed! Alex & Dinah M.
"Ed Smith and his office team took on a difficult personal injury case on my behalf and for the passenger in my car. Ed is a top- notch attorney. His staff couldn't have been more helpful and kind. No need to look elsewhere. I give Ed Smith my highest recommendation." Beverly
"Ed and Robert have been taking great care of my husband and I for the past 5+ years. They are always there when you have a problem and a quick resolution! Even when the issues have nothing to do with them. They are willing to help ease the pain off your shoulders. They are as good as it gets! Thank you again for everything." Annie T.
"Very professional. Great team, staff and service all around. Mr Smith was very honest, straight forward with his advice. He gives the word "attorney" an honest reputation. I will seek his council anytime, and would recommend him at the drop of a dime." Jeremy M.
"I would highly recommend Ed Smith to any friends or family in need of a personal injury attorney. Ed, and his staff, are very caring on top of being very experienced in this field. The staff always keeps you informed of the status of your case and they are always easy to reach by phone." Shannon D.
"Edward Smith law offices provide competent, thorough, and personable help for victims of personal injury. When you first meet the staff you know you contacted the right office. This law office treats clients like people. I recommend this office to anyone seeking representation regarding personal injury." David M.
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