Lakeport Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer

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Lakeport is the county seat of Lake County, overlooking Clear Lake. Visitors from nearby cities can take California State Highway 29 to visit one of the many establishments in town. The Lake County Fairgrounds and the Oktoberfest Lakeport festival draw thousands of people each year. More visitors mean more traffic accidents in the area.

If you or a family member was hurt in an accident in Lakeport or elsewhere in Lake County, call our experienced injury attorneys at (707) 564-1900 or (800) 404-5400 for a free consultation. 

Serving Residents of Lakeport and Lake County

We're proud lawyers who help injured people like you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Right from the start, we realized a need in California for an attorney who could take on the most challenging cases, the accidents that leave victims with serious, life-altering injuries. Our law firm has focused on those cases ever since. 

Common Types of Car Accidents in Lakeport

As a small community, Lakeport should not see many car accidents, but it isn't unusual for two or more cars to be pulled to the side of the road with damage. There are many reasons for collisions, including mere carelessness, recklessness, speeding, and other risky behavior.

In 2016, 28 people were injured in killed in Lake County. Three of those victims were injured in accidents that involved alcohol. In a population of only a few thousand, this is a tragic number of injuries.

Some common types of car accidents in Lakeport include the following:

  • T-bone collisions
  • Sideswipes
  • Head-on collisions
  • Rear-end crashes
  • Rollovers

These accidents leave victims with serious injuries that require thousands of dollars of medical care and often keep them out of work. That's why it's a good idea to meet with a Lakeport car accident lawyer who can help you get the compensation you deserve.

We Only Handle Serious Injury Cases

Over 95% of our practice is devoted to car accidents and other personal injury disputes. This focus allows us to keep up with changes in the law and refine our approach to compiling the most robust cases on behalf of our clients.

Aside from auto accidents, we also represent clients injured by:

We help clients who have suffered severe injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, amputations, and burns. We found that our experience is most useful in extreme cases. 

How to Pay for Medical Expenses after an Injury

Even if it is evident that someone else is to blame for your injuries, you still might need to pay out of pocket for your medical care, at least initially. 

Car accidents and other personal injury cases take quite a while to settle. It's never wise to demand compensation too early, so you generally need to wait until you've reached maximum medical improvement before sending a demand letter to an insurer.

A severe fracture, concussion, or back injury might take six months or longer before you reach maximum recovery. Unfortunately, doctors and hospitals will not wait that long for payment, so you need to cover the cost of your medical care before your settlement comes through. In California, you have some options for going about this:

  • Use your health insurance. You might have insurance from a job, or you might have Medi-Cal coverage. You could also have bought an insurance policy through Covered California. If you use your health insurance, you'll be responsible for your deductible and copays, but the insurance should pick up the rest.
  • Tap your medical payments coverage. This type of insurance, called med pay, will cover medical care for car accident injuries. Medical payment coverage should have no deductible but might not cover all your expenses.
  • Pay out-of-pocket with savings. You can pay out of pocket if you have enough money, but most clients don't.
  • Obtain treatment on a doctor's lien. This is a little-known option. You find a doctor who will provide medical care, and in exchange, they take a lien on your settlement, which is a right of payment.

If you use your health insurance, you need to know that most insurers have a right to be reimbursed out of your settlement for any medical care they cover, and this is called a "right of subrogation."

We can help you think through how you can make your medical payments if you call our office. It's often tricky to know which insurance or policy to use, so get help.

The video below explains how to contact a personal injury attorney following a car accident.

Call Our Personal Injury Attorneys in Lakeport, CA 

If you have suffered serious injuries in an accident, we can help you. Since 1982, our law firm has obtained favorable settlements and jury verdicts for our clients. Please contact our Lakeport personal injury lawyers today at (707) 564-1900 or (800) 404-5400 for free and friendly case advice. You can also reach us on our online contact form.

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

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Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 1.5.23]

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