Modesto Personal Injury Lawyer
Injuries can lead to major life setbacks, both for a victim and their families. Not only can they cause significant disabilities, but they can lead to major medical bills. At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, we are here to help if you need a Modesto personal injury attorney. If another person caused your injuries, let us work to secure the compensation you need.
Choose Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger for this case
When you are suffering after sustaining an injury, you need help from an attorney with extensive experience handling these cases. Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger is ready to help.
- Our Modesto personal injury attorneys have more than 60 years have experience helping injured clients, and we have recovered more than $1 billion in compensation for victims.
- We have been successful in more than 98% of the personal injury cases we have handled.
- We have a full-time physician on our staff who can help thoroughly assess your injuries and expenses.
Because we understand that injury victims may not have the resources to pay for an attorney upfront, we take Modesto personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that our clients pay no legal fees until after we obtain a favorable settlement or verdict on their behalf.
Why will you need a Modesto personal injury lawyer?
A skilled Modesto personal injury attorney is going to be an invaluable asset in the event you sustain an injury caused by another party. The biggest problem that personal injury victims run into in these cases is the inability to conduct a full investigation into their claim. A personal injury lawyer is going to have the legal knowledge and resources available to conduct a full investigation into the incident in order to determine liability and obtain maximum compensation. An attorney is going to:
- Obtain any available photo or video surveillance from the incident along with statements from eyewitnesses and accident reports.
- Ensure their client is seen by a trusted medical professional who will fully evaluate their injuries and help calculate total losses.
- Handle negotiations with all parties involved to secure a fair settlement for their client or prepare a case for trial if that is what it takes for a successful resolution.
Aside from the obvious traumatic injuries that can occur in these incidents, the Modesto personal injury attorneys at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger also regularly assist clients who have sustained significant emotional and psychological injuries. While not as visible as a broken bone or a spinal cord injury, emotional and psychological trauma can significantly impact an injury victim’s way of life, including their ability to work or their ability to spend time with their family.
How do personal injury cases arise?
At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, we know that Modesto personal injury claims can arise in a number of ways. We have extensive experience helping victims in this area who have been harmed at due to:
- Car accidents
- Commercial truck accidents
- Uber and Lyft accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Dog bite incidents
- Medical negligence and birth injuries
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Property owner negligence
- Wrongful death
This is certainly not an all-inclusive list of the ways people sustain injuries in Modesto, so please speak to one of our attorneys about the specifics related to your case today.
Most common injuries we help clients with
Injuries that victims sustain in these incidents are often severe and require extensive medical care. Our Modesto personal injury lawyers regularly help clients who have sustained the following:
- Paralysis due to spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Dislocated or broken bones
- Severe lacerations or puncture wounds
- Internal bleeding or organ damage
- Significant disfigurement or scarring
- Psychological and emotional trauma caused by their injuries
Can you file a lawsuit in court?
While most personal injury cases will be settled through insurance carriers, it may be necessary for a victim to file a lawsuit against an alleged negligent party. Under the California Code of Civil Procedure section 335.1, we see that there is a two-year statute of limitations for these cases. This means that injury victims in Modesto have two years from the date the accident occurs to file a claim against an alleged negligent party.
What kind of compensation is available?
If you or somebody you love has sustained an injury in Modesto that was caused by another person’s actions, you may be entitled to various types of compensation. At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, we have an extensive track record of success securing multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts for clients. This includes a $3 million settlement for a senior citizen injured by a negligent transit bus driver as well as a $4.5 million settlement for a client injured by a defective industrial metal forming machine.
Can you be held partially responsible for a Modesto personal injury claim?
In many personal injury cases, particularly those in which the victim is going up against well-funded insurance carriers or at-fault parties, partial liability may become a factor. The other side will want you to believe that you cannot recover any compensation if you are responsible in any way for your injuries. This is not the case. California operates under a “pure comparative negligence” system which allows injury victims to recover compensation even if they are up to 99% responsible for the incident.
For example, if a person is at an amusement park and slips on a stair that is loose and wobbly, and it can be shown that the amusement park operators knew of this hazard, the victim should be able to recover compensation. However, what happens if the amusement park produces video evidence that the injury victim was horseplaying at the time the injury occurred?
In this case, a jury will weigh all of the evidence presented to them. For example, the jury may determine that the amusement park operators are 80% responsible for the injury because they knew about the wobbly stair and did not take steps to fix it or warn guests of the hazard. However, the jury may find the injury victim to be 20% responsible for horse playing at the time of injury. If the jury awards $10,000 in damages for the case, the injury victim would only receive $8,000 in total compensation.
We pledge to investigate every aspect of your case so we can obtain coverage for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering damages, and more. When you need a Modesto personal injury attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling (415) 889-2919.