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Jamestown Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer

victorian houseMy law firm represents people from Jamestown who have suffered injuries during accidents to help them recover the money they deserve for their losses.

We only take on cases that involve a major injury. However, there are many different kinds of accidents that my firm handles. 

Some of the cases we have dealt with include:

The “Personal” Personal Injury Attorney

I have often been referred to as the “personal” personal injury lawyer. I am proud of having earned this nickname through the way that I choose to run my practice. Many attorneys prefer to keep their relationship with their clients strictly professional. This can work for some people, but I prefer to treat cases holistically. Because I have suffered serious injuries myself, I understand just how emotionally stressful it can be for families to deal with the impacts of a major accident.

When I take on a case, I make it a priority to engage with my clients and their families on a personal level. I often visit with my clients at their homes and try to develop a meaningful relationship with them so that I can fully understand how their injuries have affected their lives. Having this personal understanding means that I can more effectively negotiate with insurers and argue in court to uphold your right to recover for your losses.

Watch the following video on how I apply a holistic approach to personal injury law.

Wrongful Death Cases

Accidents can sometimes be tragic. Learning that a person you love has suddenly passed away in an accident is often an overwhelming experience. It can be even more difficult to cope with your grief after learning that the accident could have been prevented if it wasn’t for the negligence of another party. Since 1982, I have been helping people recover financially and personally after they have lost a loved one in a fatal accident and I understand just how devastating these accidents can be. I always prioritize showing compassion and understanding to my clients, and I believe that they deserve to have financial security while they are dealing with such tragedies. I also believe that negligent parties should always be held responsible for the damages that they have caused.

Representing Residents of Jamestown

While Jamestown is certainly an idyllic place in many ways, accidents can happen anywhere and rural roads can be especially dangerous for drivers. Data from the University of California research shows that there have been 3,579 traumatic car accidents in Tuolumne County since 2007. While many of these accidents only involved minor injuries, all it takes is one serious crash to dramatically change your life.

Why Would I Hire a Lawyer from Sacramento?

While I love to visit Jamestown, my office is located in Sacramento. It is very possible that you are asking yourself why you would hire a lawyer who lives two hours away when you could look for an attorney in your immediate area. This is an understandable question, but there are a few things that are important to keep in mind.

First, if you have a major injury case, it is essential to have an attorney who has a specialized practice and focuses on cases like yours. Specializing means that a lawyer has lots of experience handling cases like yours and is familiar with the best ways to investigate, prepare, and argue your case persuasively. Unfortunately, it is difficult to specialize in severe injuries in areas with a low population because major injury cases are relatively rare. This means that most specialized injury lawyers have their offices in major cities where they can serve a higher number of people

Second, it is important that your Jamestown auto accident attorney has the means to do everything they can for your case. Often, investigating a case takes a lot of manpower and if your case goes to trial, it can require a lot of resources to resolve successfully. Sadly, many small-town law firms who do excellent work are financially unable to handle a serious injury or wrongful death trial. While local attorneys are often top-rate lawyers, it is essential to make sure that finances won’t stand between you and the payments you need to fully recover after a crash.

What Can I Recover?

The effects of accidents can be far-reaching, and injuries often affect not only accident survivors but other members of their household as well. While most people immediately think of medical bills, there are also the issues of taking time off work to recover, no longer being able to complete household chores, and other serious concerns. Because these damages can be so varied, personal injury claims often involve a wide range of payment types. These types are typically divided into two categories, economic and non-economic.

Economic losses come with a set dollar amount. These include things like:

  • Medical expenses
  • Vehicle damage
  • Lost wages
  • Disability modifications for your home
  • Therapy
  • In-home care

Non-economic damages are more difficult to define. These usually have to do with some sort of loss of quality of life. For instance, a person who loves hiking may no longer be able to do so after an accident. In wrongful death cases, people suffer the loss of companionship of their loved one or the guidance of a parent. Because there isn’t a set amount of money that these losses are worth, insurance companies sometimes try to make offers that are much lower than the claimant should be paid. When this happens, it is vital to have a Jamestown car accident attorney on your side to defend your right to compensation. If you want advice about your specific situation, it is always best to get in touch with a Jamestown personal injury lawyer.

Car Accident Lawyers in Jamestown, California

I’m Ed Smith, a Jamestown personal injury lawyer. If you suffered an injury after a crash in Jamestown, CA, and your life was affected as a result, call me at (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400. I can provide you free, friendly advice about what legal options you may have for recovery.

We are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

See our client reviews on Avvo, Google, and Yelp, and our past cases on our Verdicts and Settlements page.

Photo by Jessica Furtney on Unsplash

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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 6.25.20]

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.