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Paradise Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer


Paradise was incorporated in 1979. Prospectors began arriving in the late 1840s when gold was discovered on the American River near the town. The area became a rapidly growing trading post and gained a post office in 1857. Prospectors looked for gold in the streams in every canyon near the city.

Additionally, lumber mills began operating as families started to arrive and settle along with the prospectors. During this time, the town became known as Paradise. Eventually, the railroad reached the area in 1904, and agrarian development took off. Pear, apple, and prune growers used the rail to take their products quickly to market. In the mid-1960s, the area residents decided it was time to incorporate, especially since the population had grown from 5,000 in the early 50s to over 20,000 in just fifteen years.

In November 2018, the entire town of Paradise was destroyed by the Camp Fire. The Camp Fire was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in modern California history. The fire was contained 17 days after it first started but not before it killed 86 people, burned through over 153,000 acres, and destroyed nearly 19,000 buildings. 

How to Hire the Right Paradise Personal Injury Attorney

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 now is this: how do you choose one?  Here’s a video I created to help you find an experienced attorney.

Choose a Compassionate Attorney

The attorney you choose will be working closely with you to maximize the volume of your claim. The first and foremost quality you should look for is an attorney 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.

Make sure the Attorney is Not A Jack-of-All-Trades and Master of None

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 lawyer usually handles. Some attorneys choose to practice multiple areas of law that are 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 be unable to assist you fully if you have a serious personal injury or wrongful death case. They simply do not have the right experience. I have practiced nothing but personal injury law in Northern California for more than thirty years.

Make Sure the Attorney is Reviewed and Rated By His or Her 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. AVVO is a vast online database of attorneys across the country and rates attorneys from one to ten based on the reported data about ability, professionalism, and ethics.

Be Sure the Attorney 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

Finally, 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 how to choose the right personal injury lawyer.

Providing Focused Legal Representation for Car Accidents

Limiting my clients to the most serious personal injury and wrongful death matters, I 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 him or her 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 injuries to others.
Other Personal Injury Matters in Paradise

In addition to vehicle accident cases, my office also handles other personal injury issues 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 are likely to fail to yield to cyclists and pedestrians or other negligent behavior.
  • Wrongful Death. I 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.
Paradise Personal Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Paradise car accident lawyer. If you or a family member has been seriously injured in an auto accident, trucking accident, or other types of accident, please call our injury lawyers at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400  for free, friendly advice.

If your case is a good one and we are a good fit to work together, I will pay for your transportation and overnight hotel expense for you to come and see me at my Sacramento office. This way, you won’t be exhausted from a long drive to and from Sacramento all on the same day.

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.

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

Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy. [cha 4.8.21]

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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.