Lakeport Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, an experienced personal injury lawyer serving the Lakeport community. I imagine you’ve come to this page because you have suffered an injury in a car accident or other mishap and are confused about your options. My staff and I provide legal help to those who live in Lakeport or those who are injured on a personal or business trip to the area. We offer friendly and free advice, so don’t be afraid to call.More on Lakeport
Lakeport is the county seat of Lakeport County, but it has the feel of a tiny town overlooking Clear Lake. People from nearby cities can take California State Highway 29 to stop in and visit one of our many establishments, such as Sanducci’s Cottage or Howling Dog Café.
Other draws in Lakeport include the Lake County Fairgrounds, where visitors can enjoy rides and carnie food, and the Oktoberfest Lakeport festival. Even if you aren’t of German heritage, we recommend drinking a stein during Oktoberfest. We have enjoyed many days in the city interacting with locals, who take great pride in their town.My Law Firm
I’m proud to be a lawyer who helps injured people just like you in Lakeport receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. I grew up in Brooklyn, New York, all the way across the country but moved to California after completing a stint in the Air Force during the Vietnam War.
I graduated from Law School and soon after started practicing as a lawyer in 1982. I’ve represented countless motorists injured in car accidents but also those people victimized in other ways, such as by using dangerous products, suffering dog bites, or slipping and falling in a business or other establishment.
Right from the start, I realized there was a need in California for a lawyer who could take on the toughest cases, the accidents that left victims with serious, life-altering injuries. My law firm has focused on those cases ever since, and we’re happy to refer those with less severe injuries to a different lawyer who might be a better fit.Why We Are Located in Sacramento
If you've tooled around our website, you can see that we maintain our central office in Sacramento even though we serve Lakeport. We do this for a couple of reasons. One, we need a centralized office that is easily accessible to many communities in this area. Most clients appreciate being able to get to our office quickly, and our Sacramento office is very conveniently located.
Second, we have built up many relationships in the area, which benefit our clients enormously. We understand the judges in Sacramento and know the big insurance defense firms that represent the parties our clients are suing. We also know doctors and other medical professionals in the area who can be a big help in some of our cases.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 to recklessness, including speeding and other risky behavior.
All told, Lake County saw 28 people killed or injured in 2016. 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.
Lakeport sees many of the same car accidents than other California towns see, including:
- T-bone collisions
- Head on collisions
- Rear-end crashes
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.What Cases We Handle
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 strongest cases on behalf of our clients.
Aside from car accidents, we also represent clients injured by:
- Dog bites
- Defective products, including medical devices
- Slip and falls
- Wrongful death
- Other vehicular crashes, including motorcycle and bicycle accidents
We are particularly interested in clients who have suffered traumatic injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, amputations, and burns. We have found that our experience is most useful in these types of cases, so we refer those with relatively minor injuries to different Lakeport personal injury attorneys and in nearby towns who can assist someone with a smaller case.How to Pay for Medical Care after an Injury
Even if it is obvious that someone else is to blame for your injuries, you still might need to pick up the tab on your medical care, at least initially.
Why? Well, car accident and other personal injury cases take quite a while to settle. It’s never wise to make a demand for compensation too early, so you generally need to wait until you’ve reached maximum medical improvement before you send in a demand letter to an insurer.
With a serious fracture, concussion, or back injury, it 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 on through Covered California. If you use your health insurance, you’ll be responsible for your deductible and any 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 your car accident injuries. Medical payments coverage should have no deductible but might not cover all of your expenses.
- Pay out of pocket with savings. If you have enough money, you can pay out of pocket, but most of our 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 covered. This is called a “right of subrogation.”
I can help you think through how you can make your medical payments if you call my office. It’s often tricky to know which insurance or policy to use, so get some help.
The video below explains how to contact a Lakeport auto accident attorney following a car accident.Lakeport Car Accident and Personal Injury Attorneys
I’m Ed Smith, and I’m proud to be a Lakeport personal injury lawyer. If you live in Lakeport and have been injured, or even if you live somewhere else but were injured in Lakeport, I can help you.
For over 30 years, my firm has obtained favorable settlements and jury verdicts for our clients, and we want to include you in that track record of success. For some frank and friendly legal advice, please contact us today. You can call 707.564.1900 or 800.404.5400. You can also reach us on our online contact form.
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