Pollock Pines Auto Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Pollock Pines personal injury lawyer. I also founded this website, AutoAccident.com. My law firm represents residents of Pollock Pines who have suffered severe trauma during accidents.
We work exclusively in the area of personal injury law. These include:
- Car Accidents
- Trucking Accidents
- Motorcycle Collisions
- Bicycle Accidents
- Pedestrian/Vehicle Crashes
- Boating Accidents
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Premises Liability
- Medical Malpractice
- Product Liability
- Wrongful Death
- Dog Bite Injuries
Throughout my career, I have earned the above nickname. People call me the “personal” personal injury attorney because I prioritize working with my clients holistically. This means that I try to understand who my clients are as people so that I can handle their cases with compassion and care. Most people who need help from a Pollock Pines personal injury attorney are in a difficult situation, and my job is to help families recover personally and financially after traumatic accidents.Wrongful Death Cases
It’s difficult to accept, but some accidents end in tragedy. When accidents cause fatal injuries, people are often left with overwhelming grief. Feelings of anger, sadness, anxiety, and more can be overwhelming after losing a loved one. During this time, it can be hard to focus on daily tasks and taking legal action can seem out of reach. Throughout my 37 years of helping families with injury cases, I have learned just how devastating these accidents can be. However, I believe that families deserve financial security after fatal accidents. I also believe that the people responsible for the accident should be held accountable for their negligence.Representing Pollock Pines Residents
People who are fortunate enough to live in Pollock Pines know that the area offers residents easy access to some of the most beautiful natural scenes in all of California. Situated on the western slope of the Sierra Nevadas, Pollock Pines is an ideal community with a friendly atmosphere.
However, the community is situated on Highway 50, which is one of the most accident-prone roads in Northern California. Due to twisting roads and inclement weather in the winter, the area sees a significant number of accidents every year. Because accidents can easily happen on these roads, residents of the area usually practice extra caution when driving. However, not all collisions preventable and crashes almost always take drivers by surprise.Why Does it Make Sense To Hire a Sacramento Attorney?
While I have enjoyed Pollock Pines every time I’ve visited, my home and office are located in Sacramento. It’s likely that you are wondering why it would make sense to hire a Pollock Pines auto accident attorney who lives over an hour away from you. However, there are a few good reasons why having a Sacramento lawyer is a good option for Pollock Pines residents.
First of all, the unfortunate reality is that recent economic issues have forced many good small-town lawyers to relocate to areas that have larger client bases. Because of this, it can be hard to find top-quality legal representation in an area with a low population. Secondly, if your injuries are severe, it is important to have a lawyer who has ample experience dealing with major accidents. Basing my practice in Sacramento allows me to have a large enough client base to focus exclusively on serious injury cases.Recoverable Damages
Accident injuries can affect people's lives in many different ways. Because of this, there are a wide variety of losses involved in personal injury cases. These losses can be divided into two main categories, economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are losses that have an obvious dollar amount. This includes things like ambulance fees, hospital stays, surgeries, medicine, and other medical costs. Economic damages can also cover medical expenses that you will have to pay in the future such as physical therapy, in-home care, or accessibility modifications to your house. Another important type of economic damage is the loss of income. Because injuries can leave people unable to work, claimants can pursue payment for the earnings they would have made if it weren't for the traumatic accident.
Non-economic damages are more difficult to define with a single dollar amount. These types of losses are sometimes referred to as "pain and suffering" damages and include things that affect a person's well-being. Examples of non-economic damages include loss of quality of life, emotional trauma, and more. These losses are important and try to reflect the full scope of the damage that accidents cause. However, insurance companies will sometimes attempt to undermine the importance of non-economic losses. When this happens, it is important to have a Pollock Pines car accident lawyer who will advocate for your right to claim recompense.The Importance of Choosing a Quality Attorney
Selecting the right attorney for your specific case can be critically important to the outcome of your case. Even if a lawyer has knowledge about injuries like yours and experience with injury cases, they may not be comfortable dealing with major trauma. Other lawyers will keep their clients at arm's length and insist on maintaining a strictly professional relationship. While this approach can work for certain individuals, it isn’t the type of relationship that my firm tries to foster with our clients. I have found that it is more effective to advocate for my clients in front of courtrooms if I truly understand the impact of the accident on their lives. I try to gain this understanding by developing a meaningful personal connection. In many of my cases, I make it a point to frequently visit with my clients and their families at their residences so that we can feel comfortable with each other.
You might be thinking that I’m just not the right lawyer for your needs. This is fine, but I would still like to offer you some advice about how you can find an attorney with the skill and experience necessary to handle your case. Some of the best ways to research whether or not a Pollock Pines car accident attorney is right for you include:
- Reputation - You should know that your lawyer has a good reputation in the community he or she serves. You can check this by reading reviews on sites like Google, LinkedIn, Yelp, and Avvo.
- History - While it is important that a lawyer has enough experience, it’s also essential that he or she has a history of success. Most lawyers will have a list of their past case resolutions available on their website. If this isn’t listed online, you should feel free to ask attorneys about their recent successes. Good lawyers will be happy to share details about how they’ve helped their clients
- Finances - Finally, you should know that your lawyer is ready to do everything he or she can for your case. Some law firms are simply too small to afford a full trial and finances shouldn’t stand between you and the payments that you deserve. Asking lawyers if they are ready to take your case to court can usually give you a good idea of whether or not they are comfortable with the idea.
You can get more information about choosing a good attorney by watching this video:About Me
I have served clients in the state of California as a trial lawyer since the year 1982. I studied as an undergraduate at the University of California at Davis, and I earned my law degree at the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. I’m also a veteran and served in the Airborne Unit in Vietnam during 1969-1970.
Because I love what I do, I try to help individuals make their voices heard and spread knowledge about people’s rights to recover after accidents. I’ve appeared on the T.V. program “Ask a Lawyer” which has been airing on cable networks for more than ten years. I’ve also written thousands of articles and several books about accidents and injury law. These include The Ultimate California Auto Accident Handbook and The California Motorcycle Accident Handbook.
During my free time, I like to enjoy various activities such as snorkeling, traveling, reading, appreciating art, and listening to live blues music.Pollock Pines Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyers
I’m Ed Smith, a Pollock Pines car accident and personal injury lawyer. Auto accidents have severe consequences. If you or a person you care about was hurt in a wreck, contact me at (800) 404-5400 or (530) 392-9400 and receive my free, friendly legal advice.
My firm has helped people living in Pollock Pines and other areas of El Dorado County with personal injury and wrongful death cases for well over three decades. To get more information about the awards my clients have received, see my firm’s Settlements and Verdicts page.
If you would like to learn more about the quality of my work, I encourage you to read the ratings and reviews left by my clients on:
I’m a Million Dollar Advocates Forum attorney. The lawyers of this group have won a trial or negotiated a settlement that had a value of more than one million USD. I’m also a part of Top One Percent, a group of distinguished US attorneys.
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