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Paradise, California is a small town in Butte County, situated in the Sierra Nevada foothills above the Sacramento Valley. The town population was 26,218 as of the 2010 census. In 2018, the Camp Fire destroyed most of the town and the population declined by 90%. 

If you or a family member has suffered serious injuries in an accident in Paradise and needs the guidance of a personal injury lawyer, reach out to our legal team at (530) 392-9400 for a free consultation.

How to Hire the Right Paradise Personal Injury Attorney

You have been injured in an accident and are dealing with high medical expenses. You’ve considered it carefully, and you’ve spoken to your family and friends. Now you’ve decided that you need to find a Paradise auto accident attorney to help you with your personal injury claim. The question is how do you choose one?  Below are some tips to help you find an experienced personal injury lawyer:

  • Choose a Compassionate Attorney - The attorney you choose will be working closely with you to maximize your claim volume. The first and foremost quality you should look for is a lawyer that you feel comfortable with. The attorney should be willing to listen carefully and be compassionate towards you while, at the same time, being honest with you about your case. Having a good attorney client relationship is essential.
  • Choose a Lawyer Who Handles Personal Injury Law Exclusively - It is important to scrutinize a lawyer's area of expertise and prior cases. In searching for an attorney, you should look closely at the kinds of cases that a Paradise auto accident attorney usually handles. Some attorneys choose to practice multiple areas of law unrelated to each other, such as real estate, personal injury, criminal defense, and wills and trusts. These general practice attorneys usually develop some expertise in these areas of law. Still, they will likely not assist you fully if you have a serious personal injury or wrongful death case. They simply do not have the right experience. 
  • Make Sure the Attorney is Reviewed and Rated By Their Peers on Avvo - One way of screening attorneys in your area is by doing an online search. However, there are things you should look for when browsing through attorneys’ websites. One factor is whether a lawyer has been peer-reviewed or has received a rating from a legal practice-oriented directory. One such directory is Avvo, an online nationwide database which rates attorneys based on their ability, professionalism, and ethics.
  • Be Sure the Lawyer Has Satisfied Clients - Another way to screen hits for attorney searches in your area is testimonials from previous and present clients. Some attorneys post these testimonials on their websites. Our website includes an extensive list of testimonials from clients. Our site also summarizes prior verdicts and settlements that we have recovered on behalf of clients.
  • Be Sure the Attorney Has Trial Experience and Financial Resources to Take Case To Trial. The attorney you select must have the trial experience and financial resources to take a case to trial.  One way to find out if a firm has such resources is to check for past jury verdicts. You definitely don’t want to be saddled with an attorney who cannot try your case. If an insurance company offers a low settlement offer, you want an attorney that will file a lawsuit on your behalf, not just accept a lowball offer from an insurance adjuster.

The video below provides more information on choosing the best Paradise personal injury lawyer for your case.

Providing Focused Legal Representation for Car Accidents

Limiting our clients to the most serious personal injury and wrongful death matters, we can help effectively pursue claims for compensation stemming from various personal injury cases.  These cases are primarily vehicle accident claims. These accidents are usually caused by:

  • Distracted Drivers. Distracted drivers are a prevalent problem across the country today. And the most common distraction is the use of a cell phone on the road. Distractions divert a driver’s attention from the road and the task of driving, making them more prone to crashes.
  • Fatigued or Drowsy Drivers. Driving while tired is a common cause of vehicle crashes. Many drivers continue to stay on the road even when they are falling asleep at the wheel. This practice is especially prevalent with large commercial truck drivers who spend hours on the road or drive overnight.
  • Reckless Driving. Reckless drivers often show a calloused disregard for the rules of the road. They either ignore posted speed limits, drive many miles over, or engage in tailgating or changing lanes unsafely. Reckless driving can also involve running red lights or traffic signs. Reckless driving can be one of the main causes of the most severe car accidents.
  • Driving Under the Influence. When drunk or drugged drivers choose to get behind the wheel, they put themselves and others at extreme risk. Aside from facing serious criminal charges that may come with extensive jail time, such drivers will also be subject to liability for the injuries that they cause if they get involved in vehicle crashes.
  • Design or Manufacturing Defects. Another cause of vehicle accidents is defects in the vehicle. If a manufacturer of the car or one of its parts was negligent during the design process during the manufacturing line, the manufacturer or distributor might be held strictly liable if the vehicle gets into an accident that causes catastrophic injuries to others.
Other Personal Injury Cases in Paradise, CA

In addition to vehicle accidents, our law firm also handles other personal injury cases such as:

  • Dog Bite Cases. Some dog bite injuries can be severe, particularly if they involve rabid dogs. These injuries can require extensive treatment.
  • Slip and Fall. Some slip and fall incidents can be dangerous enough to cause brain injuries that require extensive hospitalization, long-term treatment, and disability.
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents. When auto accidents involve bicyclists or pedestrians, they usually result in severe injuries and even fatalities. Often, vehicles in such accidents failed to yield to cyclists and pedestrians or engaged in other negligent behavior.
  • Wrongful Death. We pursue wrongful death cases against negligent parties on behalf of the deceased person’s spouse, children, parents, siblings, or other individuals with legitimate legal interests.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer in Paradise, CA Today

Being in a traumatic car crash can cause emotional distress for the injured person. If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a car accident or any other type of accident, please call our Paradise personal injury lawyers today at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice.

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

See a list of our past cases on our verdicts and settlements page and our client reviews on AvvoYelp, Google.

We’ve been practicing in personal injury law exclusively since 1982.

Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy. [cha 8.31.21]

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"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.
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"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
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"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.
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"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.
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"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.
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"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.