Lemon Hill Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer

Lemon Hill Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer

Lemon Hill is in an unincorporated area located southwest of Sacramento and south of Fruitridge Pocket. The latest population figures show that 13,128 people call Lemon Hill Home. Its popularity isn’t surprising since it offers convenient access to both Highway 99 and U.S. 50 and is centrally located near shopping and attractions. Even though it is a comfortably sized town to provide the advantages of urban living, accidents still occur, especially along the highways. If a negligent driver caused the accident, an experienced Lemon Hill personal injury lawyer could help them recover financial compensation.

How a Lawyer Can Help

After an accident, many people face not only physical but financial problems. Mounting medical costs and losing time at work can cause a strain on the family. I’ve had to deal with several severe injuries myself and understand how worry can take hold. Because of your situation, there are those who are willing to try and take advantage. This can be an insurance company making a low offer that won’t cover your expenses, or the negligent driver refusing to take responsibility for their actions. This is where I step in as a Lemon Hill personal injury attorney. From dealing with insurers to investigating your crash or preparing for trial, my client is my focus. Knowing that someone is working on getting the compensation you need and has your best interests in mind can ease that worry.

What Is a Claim for a Personal Injury?

Personal injuries are those that occur through negligence. In other words, the individual would not have suffered an injury if that other person or entity had used a standard of care that others would have. Personal injuries must include physical harm, but mental and emotional damage may be included. Following are the different areas in which a personal injury may occur:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents: These types of accidents are often due to a negligent driver who is speeding, driving distracted, or too fatigued to be behind the wheel of a car. As a Lemon Hill car accident lawyer, I’ve handled many of these cases.
  • Bicycle Crashes: Negligent motorists are often the cause of bicycle crashes, especially when making a right turn at an intersection. Backing out of driveways without looking for bicycle riders is another cause.
  • Motorcycle Collisions: A motorist making a left turn in front of a motorcyclist is the most common cause of these accidents.
  • Truck Accidents: Poorly trained drivers, speeding, and lack of maintenance can lead to an accident with a big truck. Underride/override accidents often cause fatalities to another motorist.
  • Uber/Lyft Accidents: Accidents while using a ride-sharing service can result in a personal injury.
  • Common Carriers: Common carriers such as buses and trains are responsible for safely taking their passengers to their destinations. If someone is injured in an accident, a personal injury lawyer can determine if negligence was involved.
  • Pedestrian Accidents: Pedestrians often suffer severe injuries in an accident because of their lack of protection. Intersections are common locations for pedestrian accidents caused by negligent motorists.
  • Dog Bites: Dog owners in California are required to keep their animals on a leash or contained to avoid injuries to others. If a dog bites or injures someone, they may claim fair compensation.
  • Premises Liability: Slips and falls can cause injuries if a property owner or government entity is negligent.
  • Products Liability: Products are expected to be safe if used as directed. If a product is defective, the manufacturer and others can be held accountable.
  • Medical Device Defects: Defective medical devices can worsen a patient’s outcome and require further surgeries to repair. The company can be held responsible for the expenses and pain and suffering due to medical device defects.
  • Defective Drugs: Insufficient warning labels or placing the wrong medication or dosage in the package can cause serious harm or a fatality.
  • Wildfires: When someone is injured in a wildfire that was caused by negligence, they can claim financial compensation.
  • Wrongful Death: Wrongful death occurs when negligence on the part of another was the cause. The family may pursue a claim for compensation for that loss.
How Is a Personal Injury Claim Proven?

To be awarded compensation for a personal injury, the injured party must prove negligence. While this might sound complicated, only the four following things must be shown:

  • The person or entity who caused the injury had a duty of care. In other words, they had a legal obligation to be careful not to harm someone.
  • The person or entity breached that duty: The person or entity who caused the injury did not act in a way that prevented the harm.
  • The actions of the person or entity caused the injury: For example, the motorist who caused an accident was speeding or drunk driving, which led to the crash injury. A seasoned Lemon Hill auto accident lawyer can build a strong case for compensation.
  • The injured person sustained a financial loss: Evidence and documentation must be presented that proves the injured person suffered a financial loss. This can be shown through medical costs, lost wages, and noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering.
Recoverable Damages in a Personal Injury

Damages in a personal injury include economic and noneconomic losses. Economic refers to monetary losses such as medical bills. Noneconomic losses are for intangibles, such as the pain of the trauma that was experienced. Recoverable damages may include:

  • Medical costs: Ambulance, hospitalization, doctor bills, and anything else associated with the injury can be recovered. This includes medical tests, rehabilitation, a home health care aide, and others.
  • Out of Pocket Costs: These are expenses related to the injury. They may include medications, travel to and from the doctor and wheelchairs or other needed devices. The cost of making changes to a home to enable a disabled person to function are also covered, such as ramps or alterations to a bathroom.
  • Lost Wages: Monies lost because the injured person is unable to work are recoverable. Those who are self-employed may also claim lost wages. Proof of income has to be shown.
  • Loss of Future Income: Some people are so severely injured they can no longer work. The loss of future wages, expected bonuses, and other losses if the person cannot return to work can be recovered. A specialist in vocational rehabilitation can support their claim by testifying as an expert witness. The limitations of the injured person are assessed by this witness, which includes doing cognitive and dexterity testing and evaluating their physical and/or mental limitations.
  • Noneconomic Damages: These types of losses refer to pain and suffering the person experienced. It can also include humiliation or embarrassment from scarring or disfigurement. Loss of enjoyment of life is recoverable due to a person’s inability to perform functions they did before the accident such as gardening, skiing, or others.
  • Damage to Personal Relationships: The loss of consortium with a spouse, along with love, protection, moral support, and other intangibles can be recovered in a personal injury. Damage to the relationship with the family’s children is also recoverable.
  • Emotional Distress: Some people who are in a motor vehicle accident develop post-traumatic stress disorder afterward. According to the Mayo Clinic, PTSD presents various symptoms such as nightmares, flashbacks, depression, and severe anxiety. To collect damages for PTSD, the injured person must require the services of a medical professional to cope with and treat the symptoms.
  • Wrongful Death: When a loved one is lost because of negligence, family members who were supported by the decedent by at least 50 percent may claim fair compensation. This can pay for funeral and burial expenses, lost future income, loss of inheritance, and much more.
  • Punitive Damages: Punitive damages are not often awarded in California because malice, fraud, or oppression has to be involved. They can be awarded in intentional deaths or when drunk driving is involved.

Watch the following video presented by attorney Ed Smith on how to choose a personal injury lawyer:

Finding the Right Lawyer to Represent You

If you are looking for a Lemon Hill car accident lawyer to help you recover financial compensation, finding the right one is essential. This can be a daunting task since there are so many to choose from. Learning about a lawyer both professionally and personally, is helpful. This can let you find out what lawyer would be the best fit for your case. Following are some valuable tips on what to look for in a personal injury lawyer:

  • Look for a lawyer who practices personal injury law exclusively.
  • Find a lawyer with compassion, who is interested in you and your family, not just in your case. That way, you will know that they will work hard toward getting you the compensation you need.
  • Choose a lawyer who is professional and experienced.
  • While smaller law firms may be fine, keep in mind that a larger one has the financial wherewithal to pursue a case in court.
  • Check online client reviews on whether the lawyer is recommended and does an excellent job of communicating with their clients.
  • Look over the lawyer’s website for information that pertains to your case.
  • Check the lawyer’s education and associations they belong to.
  • Look for comprehensive knowledge of personal injury law such as published papers or books or television appearances.
A Little About my Background

I originally hail from Brooklyn, New York, where people tend to say exactly what they mean. This is something that I’ve carried over during my many years living in California, and a trait I think my clients appreciate. I entered the Air Force in 1969 and served in one of the airborne flight units in Southeast Asia and was honorably discharged. Afterward, I moved west to go to the University of California, Davis. I’m proud to have graduated Summa Cum Laude. Following graduation, I obtained my law degree in Sacramento from the McGeorge School of Law, which is affiliated with the University of the Pacific.

About Personal Injury Law

I believe that no one should have to pay for injuries that were caused by another’s negligence. This is one of the reasons I decided to practice personal injury law. My approach is holistic. I believe that an accident injury not only affects the person but can impact the entire family financially, making life difficult.

My Publications and Other Accomplishments

To assist others in understanding what their rights are if they are injured, I wrote two books to help answer their questions. The books also give them some background on personal injuries. The books are titled the Ultimate California Auto Accident Handbook and the California Motorcycle Accident Handbook. Even if you have not been in an accident or been injured, you might find them interesting to read. Both are free and available on Amazon to download to your Kindle. Also, my website contains informative articles in many areas of personal injury as well as blog posts on recent accidents and developments that affect those who live in the area. For more than 10 years, I appeared on “Ask a Lawyer,” a cable television program where questions were answered that dealt with personal injury law.

Lemon Hill Frequently Asked Questions

Over the years, clients from Lemon Hill have asked specific questions following an accident injury. These include:

Q: Can you recommend an auto mechanic around Lemon Hill?

A: Yelp reviews have recommendations for several good mechanics, including:

Affordable Automotive

8000 Clifton Rd

Sacramento, CA 95826

Phone number: (916) 452-8861

F & M Auto Repair

5350 Franklin Blvd

Sacramento, CA 95820

Phone number: (916) 456-6526

Q: Are There Good Car Rental Agencies in the Lemon Hill area?

A: Yelp has several listings in the area for good car rental agencies near Lemon Hill, including the following:

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

5941 Power Inn Rd.

Sacramento, CA 95824

Phone number: (916) 381-3300

Hertz Rent A Car

6455 Franklin Blvd.

Sacramento, CA 95823

Phone number: (916) 391-1393

Lemon Hill Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Lemon Hill car accident and personal injury lawyer. Suffering an injury due to someone’s negligence can leave you with mounting bills in addition to the pain. I would be happy to give you my free and friendly advice about obtaining fair compensation for your injuries. Please call me at (916) 921-6400 locally. My toll-free number is (800) 404-5400 for those living elsewhere in Northern California. Others prefer to use our contact form online.

You are welcome to look over comments and reviews by some of our former clients and see some of the cases my law firm has handled at:

I’m honored to be a member of several legal associations, including the following:

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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.