Georgetown Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, and I’m a personal injury lawyer who helps the community of Georgetown as well as other locations in El Dorado County. Although I am originally from New York, I considered California my home after serving in Vietnam in the Airborne Unit of the United States Air Force. I’m proud to serve the people of Georgetown by providing legal representation for personal injury and wrongful death cases.Georgetown, CA
Founded in 1849 as a gold-mining town during one of the most explosive periods in California history, Georgetown is a small community that sits right at the Northern edge of the California Mother Lode in El Dorado County. As a unique and picturesque community located in one of the State’s most breathtaking natural areas, Georgetown was given the nickname “Pride of the Mountains” and serves as an ideal choice for Californians who want to live in a peaceful and beautiful community. While Georgetown is a wonderful place to visit or live in, the area does see a significant number of auto accidents, especially as motorists are winding up and around some of the more difficult sections of Highway 193.
When you have suffered an injury in an auto accident that was caused by a negligent driver, making sure that you have an experienced Georgetown car accident lawyer by your side is essential. People who are injured in crashes can often claim money from negligent parties for damages like hospital bills, lost wages, totaled vehicles, and more. Having an experienced attorney that you can trust means that you know your case is being handled properly.Personal Injury Background and Style
I started my career as an injury lawyer in 1982 after graduating Summa Cum Laude from UC Davis and receiving my law degree from McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific. I have been serving people in Northern California from day one and haven’t stopped for well over three decades. I hold a strong belief that it is essential to approach my clients’ personal injury cases holistically and I’m passionate about the needs and comfort of my clients. For this reason, I’m known to many as the “personal” personal injury lawyer. On top of being part of a cable television show called “Ask a Lawyer” for more than 10 years, I’ve also authored thousands of articles and several books about my area of practice. Two of these books are available to read for free through Amazon on Kindle, The California Motorcycle Accident Handbook and The Ultimate California Auto Accident Handbook.Types of Personal Injury Cases
Accidents that are caused by the negligence of another party or entity constitute a personal injury. Our firm exclusively handles cases that involve severe injuries. However, because people often don’t know whether their case is severe or not, it’s a good idea to call us for a free case examination. Although we focus on serious injuries, we handle many different types of accidents. You can view the complete list of our practice areas here. Below are some of the types of personal injury cases that we commonly handle:
- Auto Accidents
- Defective Medical Devices
- Dog Bites
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Products Liability
- Traumatic Injuries
- Trucking Accidents
- Wrongful Death
Many different damages can be involved in personal injury cases. Two of the most significant losses that people often face are medical expenses and wages lost from taking time off work. In just a matter of seconds, a person can be left unable to do their job either temporarily or permanently, all while facing steep medical expenses. Other losses that are commonly involved in accidents include psychological and emotional trauma, loss of use, therapy costs, and more. In some cases, punitive damages may be sought in crashes caused by criminal negligence.
Insurance companies will often make offers that don’t fully cover these damages. When this happens, your lawyer will negotiate with insurers to raise the settlement offer. However, if a settlement can’t be reached, your attorney should be ready to defend your right to fair compensation by presenting your case in front of a judge or jury. Having a Georgetown personal injury attorney who is familiar with all of the various losses that injured people suffer and is committed to focusing on their clients’ needs is essential.I Take Cases on a Contingency Fee Basis
I take serious personal injury and wrongful death cases on the basis of contingency. This means that I don’t ask my clients to pay any initial fees and only ask for lawyers’ fees if I am able to successfully resolve your case. Operating our law firm this way allows us to work with families and individuals who would not otherwise be able to afford a top-rate lawyer to help them claim the compensation they deserve.What to Look For in a Georgetown Personal Injury Lawyer
People sometimes don’t know where to begin when they start looking for a reputable personal injury attorney. Many lawyers are making flashy advertisements and promising high success rates, but how do you know that you can trust these attorneys? There are a few good ways that people can check to see if a lawyer is accomplished. First, check out their ranking on Avvo. Avvo is a website made specifically for rating attorneys among their peers. A lawyer’s rating on Avvo is an excellent indication of whether or not they are an effective advocate and how well they are respected in their community.
Experience matters. You should find an attorney that exclusively focuses on personal injury cases. This is important because personal injury law is relatively complex and cases may sometimes need to go to trial. You should know that your lawyer has plenty of experience handling serious injury cases and is comfortable going to court to argue your case. You can check a lawyer’s work history by looking at their verdicts and settlements. Most attorneys will have a page on their website where you can see what cases they have resolved and the amount of compensation their client received. Take a look at mine here. While looking at a verdict and settlement history, check for high dollar amounts. It’s essential that your lawyer will make sure that you aren’t shortchanged and that all of your damages are fully paid for.
As a lawyer who has been working successfully in the personal injury field since 1982, I’ve found that these methods are solid ways of determining whether a lawyer can be trusted to handle your case. If you would like to learn more about the process of finding a good personal injury attorney in Georgetown, watch this video:Learn More About Our Outstanding Law Firm
If you want to know more about my work as an injury attorney, you can visit my website and check out my biography page. For more information about my excellent legal team and all of their professional accomplishments, I encourage you to take a look at this link. I operate my firm as a big family, and the clients that we serve are considered members of our own.
I am listed as a member of the following groups:
- Capital City Trial Lawyers Association
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Brain Injury Association of California
I’m Ed Smith, a Georgetown car accident and personal injury lawyer and founder of this website, AutoAccident.com. Being hurt in an accident can dramatically affect your life. If you’ve been injured in a serious accident caused by a negligent party, please call me at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400 so I can provide you with free, friendly advice regarding your case.
I have been working with Georgetown and El Dorado County residents since 1982. I am proud to have helped many people receive the payments they justly deserve. You can learn more about my history of injury advocacy by looking at our past verdicts and settlements.
I am a member of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, an organization that promotes the top 1% of U.S. lawyers.
I founded the leading Northern California website with information and statistics about car accidents, personal injuries, and related topics - AutoAccident.com.Georgetown FAQs:Can you recommend a Georgetown Auto Shop?
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