Lathrop Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer

Lathrop Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, and I’m a personal injury lawyer who serves Lathrop and the surrounding San Joaquin Valley. Although I am originally from New York, I settled in Northern California following my service in Vietnam in the Airborne Unit of the U.S. Air Force, and am proud to serve the good people of Lathrop.

Lathrop, California

Lathrop is located at the intersection of I-5 and SR 120, south of Stockton and not that far from San Francisco on I-205. Lathrop is a natural choice for Californians looking for a tranquil way of life and access to boating and fishing on the San Joaquin River. However, accidents, particularly along the I-5, cause serious injuries for residents. Boating accidents are also common.

When you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver, choosing an attorney is an important decision to ensure that you receive damages to cover your injury, lost time from work and any future expenses you may face. That’s why it is important to know something about that lawyer, so you know your case will be in good hands.

Personal Injury Background and Style

I began working as a trial lawyer in 1982, following my graduation from UC Davis (summa cum laude) and McGeorge School of Law at University of the Pacific and have served the people of California ever since. I strongly believe in a holistic approach to client representation in personal injury cases. That is why my firm is called the “personal” personal injury law firm. In addition to being involved in a cable TV show for over 10 years called “Ask a Lawyer,” I have also written several books. The Ultimate California Auto Accident Handbook and The California Motorcycle Accident Handbook are both available on Amazon for Kindle or to read online for free.

Types of Cases That Constitute Personal Injury

Accidents caused by negligence constitute a personal injury. I handle serious cases. However, since people involved in an accident really have no way of knowing how serious their case is, calling for a free case examination is a good idea. The types of cases my firm handles are extensive, and you can see a complete list on my practices area page. Following are some of the types of negligence cases I handle.

Things to Look for When Choosing a Personal Injury Lawyer

Knowing what to look for when choosing a Lathrop personal injury attorney is important since it can make a difference in whether you win your case and receive compensation. A few tips can help. Check out a lawyer on Avvo, a site that rates attorneys. The attorney’s standing among other attorneys in your state is a good indication of whether a lawyer is effective and chosen more frequently. In addition, looking at settlements and recommendations from previous clients can give you a good idea of whether or not to place that phone call.

Experience counts. Find a lawyer that strictly handles personal injury cases. Because personal injury law is complex and sometimes goes to trial, a Lathrop car accident lawyer who practices personal injury law exclusively and has experience in court presenting such cases is a good choice.

A Lathrop auto accident attorney who has a history of winning high settlements or verdicts for clients is important to ensure that you are not shortchanged and that all your expenses from the injury or wrongful death will be covered. As an attorney who has worked successfully in the field of personal injury for many years, I hope these recommendations help.

Watch this Youtube video I created to help you select the right personal injury lawyer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can you suggest reputable mechanics to repair my vehicle in the Lathrop area?

A: Yelp has good reviews of the following businesses:

J & A Mobile Road Service
17125 Laurel Oak Lane
Lathrop, CA 95330
Phone number: (209) 234-1298

Main Auto Repair
2325 W Yosemite Ave
Manteca, CA 95337
Phone number: (209) 239-8900

Q: Are there nearby places where I can rent a car?

A: According to Yelp reviews, one rental car agency in the area is:

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
1395 N Main St.
Manteca, CA 95336
Phone number: (209) 825-2700

Lathrop Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyers

I’m Ed Smith, a Lathrop personal injury lawyer. Accidents can change lives forever, and I believe in using a holistic approach in my cases because victims and their families are so much more than just a case. I like to get to know my clients because connecting on a personal level with others is important. My team and I work hard to build a strong case that will have positive results and will do that for you when you’ve been injured. Call me at (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400, and I will be happy to give you some free, friendly advice.

Read reviews from my clients on GoogleYelp, and Avvo.

I am a member of the California Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Membership in this group is limited to fewer than 1 percent of trial lawyers in the United States who have won verdicts and settlements of $1 million and over.

I'm also a member of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

Having information on a lawyer’s past Verdicts and Settlements is an important consideration when choosing one. I welcome potential clients to review mine.

Please feel free to visit my website at for more information and to check out my blog.

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Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy. [cha 3.21.19]


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.