Napa Personal Injury Lawyer
Injuries can lead to significant life setbacks. Not only can injuries cause victims to incur tremendous medical expenses, but they can also result in temporary or permanent disability. At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, we are here to help when you need a Napa personal injury attorney. If another person has caused your injury, we will conduct a thorough investigation into your claim in order to secure the compensation you deserve.
Why choose Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger?
After sustaining a serious injury in Napa, you need to turn to an attorney you can trust both personally and professionally. Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger is ready to get to work.
- We have extensive resources at our disposal that we can use to conduct a thorough investigation into your case to obtain all evidence to prove liability.
- We understand how insurance companies operate and how to compel them to treat you fairly, and we are not afraid to take your case to trial if necessary.
- Our attorneys have recovered more than one billion dollars on behalf of wrongfully injured clients.
Because we believe that every injury victim deserves quality legal representation, we take Napa personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we collect no legal fees until we obtain a favorable settlement or verdict on our clients’ behalf.
Why do you need a Napa personal injury attorney?
The reality is that most personal injury victims in Napa will not have the resources necessary to conduct a complete investigation in order to secure maximum compensation for their claim. However, a skilled personal injury lawyer in Napa will have the legal knowledge and resources available to:
- Gather all evidence related to the incident that caused the injuries. This includes any video or photo surveillance, statements from eyewitnesses, accident reports, personnel records, company documents, and more.
- Ensure their client is evaluated by a trusted medical professional and that the client’s total expenses are properly calculated with assistance from economic experts.
- Handle negotiations with the insurance carrier or at-fault party in order to recover fair compensation for their client.
- Fully prepare a case for trial if that is what it takes to secure maximum compensation.
At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, we are firmly committed to ensuring that personal injury victims have adequate legal representation to secure the compensation they need from aggressive insurance carriers or at-fault parties.
Personal injuries arise in many ways in Napa
The Napa personal injury attorneys at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger have extensive experience helping victims who have sustained a wide range of injuries. We regularly help clients who are suffering from the following:
- Internal organ damage or bleeding
- Severe lacerations or amputations
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Open head wounds
- and more
We also work diligently to help clients who have sustained significant emotional and psychological injuries in these situations. We have extensive experience helping clients who have been injured due to:
- Car accidents
- Commercial truck accidents
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Birth injuries and cerebral palsy cases
- Dog bite incidents
- Property owner negligence
- Bicycle accidents
- Workplace in construction accidents
- and more
Is there a time limit for these cases?
Looking at the California Code of Civil Procedure section 335.1, we can see that there is generally a two-year statute of limitations (time limit) applied to these cases. This means that victims of personal injuries have a two-year window with which to file lawsuits against alleged negligent parties. However, turning to the California Code of Civil Procedure sections 340.4 and 340.5, we can see that the statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims varies. In these cases, victims must generally file their claim no later than three years after the date the injury occurs or one year after an injury is discovered, whichever comes first.
How much compensation is available?
California personal injury laws do not specify how much damage a victim will be awarded in these cases. Rather, the total amount of compensation a person receives will vary depending on the factors related to their particular case. At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, our team has a track record of success in these cases, including a nearly $3 million settlement for an SUV rollover caused by defective design and a $17 million jury verdict for a bicycle product liability case that led to a brain injury (Mason G. v. Bell Sports Inc.).
What if you were partially to blame for the incident?
Insurance carriers and at-fault parties often try to make victims believe that they cannot recover any compensation, or that they should receive a low settlement, if they are partially at fault for the incident. California operates under a “pure comparative negligence” system. This means that injury victims can still recover compensation for their injuries even if they were partially at fault for causing them. However, the total amount of compensation awarded will be reduced based on the injury victim’s percentage of responsibility for the incident.
Let us consider the following scenario. Suppose a person goes to the bank. Entering the facility, the person is unaware that a bank employee just completed mopping the floor five minutes earlier. Suppose the person entering the bank slips and falls, breaking their hip. There were no wet floor signs anywhere, so the person who fell may argue that there is no way they would have known about the hazardous conditions. However, what if the bank has footage of the injury victim text messaging on their phone screen and never looking up, therefore being unable to even notice what was obviously a wet floor.
In this case, because of the absent wet floor signs, a jury may find the bank to be 70% at fault for the incident and the injury victim 30% at fault. If a total of $10,000 in damages are awarded, the victim will likely receive only $7,000 in total compensation (the total amount less the 30% of their fault).
Our team is going to thoroughly investigate your injuries so we can secure the compensation you need for your medical bills, lost income and benefits, pain and suffering, and more. When you need a Napa personal injury attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling (415) 899-2919.