Phoenix Lake Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Phoenix Lake car accident attorney. I help people who’ve suffered serious injuries claim the payments they deserve from negligent parties.
My law firm works exclusively with people who have suffered a major injury. However, we take cases involving a wide variety of accident types. Some of the types of accident that we cover include:
- Passenger Vehicle Accidents
- Motorcycle Crashes
- Bicycle Accidents
- Trucking Collisions
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Premises Liability Cases
- Boating Accidents
- Products Liability Cases
- Medical Malpractice
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Dog Bites
- Wrongful Death Cases
I have been representing people from the Phoenix Lake area since 1982. During this time, I’ve established a reputation as the “personal” Pheonix Lake personal injury lawyer. People call me this nickname because of the way I choose to operate my practice. Because I have suffered severe trauma myself, I know just how difficult recovering from an injury can be. I make it my priority to establish a personal connection with my clients. I often visit my clients at their home and meet their families to fully understand their lives and how they have been affected by their injuries.
Many lawyers do not take this holistic approach and want to maintain a strictly professional relationship with the people that they represent. This can work for some people. However, I have found that by showing compassion and putting an emphasis on understanding my clients as people, I can more effectively represent their interests during negotiations with insurers. If the case goes to trial, I believe that having a personal understanding of my clients is indispensable.Wrongful Death Cases
Accidents can sometimes end in tragedy. I have worked with many families who have lost a person they love because of an accident, and I have seen just how devastating a fatal accident can be. After learning about the sudden death of a loved one, people are often left feeling overwhelmed and knowing that the accident could have been prevented can make coping with these feelings even more difficult. However, it can be hard for people to heal emotionally when the sudden loss of a family member also leaves them with pressing financial concerns like loss of income or services.
I believe that families deserve the financial security it takes to recover emotionally after experiencing such a tragic event. I also think that the people responsible for fatal accidents should be held accountable for the damages their negligence caused. I work with families compassionately so that they can recover personally and financially after deadly accidents.Representing Phoenix Lake Residents
Phoenix Lake is a wonderful community located right on the western edge of the Stanislaus National Forest. The town of just under 5,000 individuals is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Sierras and boasts easy access to some of the most incredible hiking areas on the west coast. Not only that, but residents enjoy a lively, friendly community as well as a relatively short drive to the Sacramento metropolitan area.
While Phoenix Lake roads are typically calm, data from researchers working at UC Berkeley indicates that there were nearly 4,000 traumatic accidents that happened in Tuolumne county between 2007 and 2018. While a large number of these crashes only involved minor trauma, a significant portion resulted in fatal or serious injuries. Even though the chance that you will be involved in an accident on a given day might be low, it only takes one crash to dramatically affect your life.
I have thoroughly enjoyed Phoenix Lake every time I’ve had the opportunity to visit. However, my home and law office are both located in Sacramento. It’s likely that you are wondering about why hiring a lawyer from Sacramento would make sense when you live two hours away. This is an understandable question, but there are a couple of important things to consider when choosing a personal injury attorney.
First, if you suffered a major injury, it is critical to have a lawyer who has experience handling cases like yours. Personal injury law is complicated and the more severe the injury, the more money liable parties are willing to put into defending themselves. This means that a lack of proper experience can be a major setback for your attorney. Basing my firm in a large city like Sacramento has allowed me to practice serious injury law exclusively for well over three decades.
Secondly, major injury cases can require a lot of resources. Investigating and preparing a case can take a lot of hours and manpower that many small law firms simply can’t afford. While small-town attorneys can be excellent at what they do, having a larger firm means that you have access to that firm’s resources, which is often a critical factor in successfully resolving your case. Running a law practice in a small town has its benefits, but a small client base often makes it more difficult to take on a large, complicated injury case.What Can I Recover?
When people suffer injuries, they often experience negative effects in many aspects of their lives. Not only do injured people often face long, painful roads to physical recovery, but they can be left with emotional issues such as depression, anxiety, and more. On top of this, being injured also has a major financial impact. Injured people frequently have to pay for expensive medical procedures and are sometimes left unable to continue working because of their trauma.
Because the effects of injuries can be so wide-reaching, the types of damages that are recoverable in a personal injury case vary. While there are a large variety of damages that injured people can claim compensation for, the specifics are different depending on the details of each case. The best thing to do is to contact a Phoenix Lake personal injury attorney and speak with him or her personally about your situation.Finding the Right Lawyer
It’s important to make sure that you have the right lawyer for your needs. However, knowing how you can trust an attorney can be difficult. Thankfully, there are a few good ways that you can verify whether or not an attorney has the necessary skill and experience to handle your case effectively. You can learn about how to find a good lawyer by watching this helpful video produced by my firm:Phoenix Lake Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Phoenix Lake car accident attorney. If you have been in an accident and suffered injuries as a result, please call me on either my toll-free or local phone number, (800) 404-5400 or (209) 227-1931. I’m happy to offer you free, friendly advice about your case.
Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 12.26.19]
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