Personal Injury Lawyer in Yreka, California

I’m Ed Smith, a personal injury lawyer in Yreka, California. Welcome to my Yreka page and my website. I appreciate your giving me the opportunity to tell you a little about myself and my personal injury practice. As a personal injury attorney, I specialize in recovering damages to cover expenses incurred because of your accident, so you can concentrate on getting better with the peace of mind that your bills will be covered.

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Entrance to the historic district in Yreka

Yreka, California

Yreka, in the Shasta Valley, has a long, fascinating history, including being visited by Mark Twain back during its early gold mining days. There is even a flower named after the town, the Yreka phlox. A small town nestled in a valley, its proximity to the Klamath National Forest and view of Mount Shasta, easy going lifestyle and surrounding beauty makes Yreka a pleasant town to live in.

Dangerous Roads in Yreka

Route 3 takes local residents to surrounding small towns, while highway access is via Interstate 5 for shopping in Medford, Oregon, or trips down to Sacramento. As Yreka residents know, weather conditions along these roads can be treacherous, making it more likely for serious accidents to occur due to flooding, mudslides or snow. Exercising caution is important for Yreka residents, but sometimes, accidents cannot be avoided.

Yreka Phlox flower

The Yreka Phlox is a true California native and the official flower of Yreka.

About Myself

Following my service in the U.S. Air Force, where I served in Vietnam, I received my degree at UC Davis. Afterward, I went to McGeorge School of Law and began my practice as a California personal injury trial attorney in 1982. You may remember me from my appearances on a hosted tv show, “Ask a Lawyer,” which was on cable television for about 10 years.

I have also authored two books to assist people in understanding personal injury as it relates to motor vehicle and motorcycle accidents, they are:

You can either read them online at Amazon or download them to Kindle for a nominal fee. I strongly believe in using a holistic approach with my clients. People are much more than accident victims. I want to know my clients as individuals because this creates a relationship between us, and that is so important.

What Is Personal Injury?

When you’ve been injured, whether it’s been caused by a negligent driver, a misdiagnosis by a physician or other injuries due to carelessness, you may need the services of a lawyer. Accidents can result in medical bills, lost wages and other expenses. Following are areas that are covered by personal injury. You can find many more by visiting my practice areas page.

How to Find a Personal Injury Lawyer

One question that comes up when an injured person requires the services of a personal injury attorney is what to look for in a lawyer. The most important advice I can give you would be to seek out a lawyer who only works with personal injury cases. Laws regarding personal injury can be complex, and an attorney who works in other areas might not be the best choice for your accident injury. Take a look at an attorney’s office to see if the firm can cover accident reconstruction consults, expert witnesses and other expenses that might be important to present your case in court.

Since personal injury cases are billed on a contingency basis, where you don’t pay unless you win, this is vital. Ask about the attorney’s settlements and verdicts. Does the attorney generally settle with the insurance company? This can mean that the lawyer does not like to take cases to trial and is willing to settle for a smaller amount than that to which you are entitled. Does the attorney have a number of good recommendations from satisfied clients? If the attorney doesn’t, there may be a reason for that.

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Yreka Personal Injury Lawyer

You will find client reviews at the following links on Google, Yelp and Avvo.

I am a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The lawyers who belong to this group are those have won more than $1 million in verdicts and settlements for clients.

To read more about the damages that I have obtained for past clients, you can visit my past Verdicts and Settlements page.

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I’m Ed Smith, a personal injury lawyer for Yreka and Siskiyou County.  Injuries caused by the negligence of another can create serious financial hardship for the injured person and family members. Medical bills and other expenses due to the injury can pile up. This hardship can be worsened when the injured person cannot work and was a contributor to the family’s income. Using the necessary investigative tools at my disposal, I can build a strong case to prove fault and help you to recover the damages you deserve.

While I am unable to take on all cases, and tend to represent more serious ones, people are not always aware of how serious their accident injuries are. Give us a call. I am happy to recommend a nearby attorney who can serve your legal needs.

Call me anytime at (530) 392-9400. You can also contact us online, and we will get back to you quickly. Your first consultation is free and carries no obligation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where can I find reputable Mechanics in Yreka?

A. My staff searched Yelp reviews to find several for you.

  1. Finwall’s Diagnostic & Auto Repair
    1532 S. Oregon Street
    Yreka, CA 96097
    Phone: (530) 842-3435
  1. Jerry’s Auto
    112 W. Oberlin Road
    Yreka, CA 96097
    Phone: (530) 598-5891

Q. Where can I find a rental car near Yreka?

A. Searching the reviews in Yelp, we found the following:

  1. Hertz Rent A Car
    1409 S. Main St.
    Yreka, CA 96097
    Phone: (530) 841-0211
  1. Enterprise Rent-A-Car
    2045 Hwy. 99 North
    Ashland, OR 97520
    Phone: (541) 488-7477

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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.