Jamestown Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer
My 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:
- Car Collisions
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Trucking Crashes
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Pedestrian/Vehicle Collisions
- Airplane Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Fallen Tree Injuries
- Boating Accidents
- Dog Bite Injuries
- Bicycle Collisions
- Medical Malpractice
- Wrongful Death
- Products Liability Cases
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
- 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.Jamestown Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Jamestown car accident lawyer. If your life was affected by a serious injury accident, reach out to me for free, friendly advice about what options you may have. I can be called at both (800) 404-5400 and (209) 227-1931.
I’ve served the community of Jamestown for over 37 years, helping people with their personal injury and wrongful death cases. For further details about my practice, check out my previous Settlements and Verdicts as well as the reviews that I have received on these websites: Avvo, Yelp, Google.
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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 12.17.19]