Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyers
Serious injuries can create a great deal of stress physically and emotionally, in addition to being financially draining for both you and your family. When an injury is caused by no fault of your own, but due to the negligence of another, you may have the legal right to seek compensation for your suffering. Call Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger and speak to a Sacramento personal injury lawyer who has a vast amount of experience. Our team of injury attorneys offers free case evaluations, contact us today.
Why Choose Our Sacramento Injury Lawyers to Represent You!
- Our personal injury attorneys in Sacramento have been representing injured victims for almost 60 years.
- We have successfully recovered over $1 billion for our clients.
- We will not hesitate to take your case to trial in order to secure the compensation you are entitled to.
- You will not owe a single legal fee if we do not win your case.
Practice Areas We Focus On
- Aviation Accidents
- Bike Accidents
- Birth Injuries
- Burn Injuries
- Car Accidents
- Child Injuries
- Construction Accidents
- Defective Products
- Defective Medical Devices
- Kaiser Permanente
- Medical Malpractice
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Public Transportation Accidents
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Truck Accidents
- Tourist Injuries
- Wrongful Death
Why You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer in Sacramento
Insurance companies can lend peace of mind when injuries occur, but unfortunately, they often deny responsibility and payment on injury claims or attempt to settle for a much lower amount than what the case is worth. A personal injury lawyer has experience dealing with insurance companies and can help you avoid these situations by accurately determining the compensation you are owed and negotiating fair compensation. Every exchange with the insurer will be handled for you and if necessary, you will have a legal advocate in court to fight for your rights and protect your interests.
California’s Personal Injury Laws
California, along with all other states, has a statute of limitations law that regulates the amount of time an injured victim has to file a lawsuit. While it is impossible to list the time limits for every type of injury case, in general, the state allows two years from the date of the injury to file suit (California Code of Civil Procedure sections 312-366).
When it comes to liability, California follows a “pure comparative negligence” rule. The statute outlining this rule states that, “Everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person” (CIV §1714). This means that the victim, or plaintiff, can share liability if they are partially to blame for the injury accident. If the plaintiff is proven to hold some level of liability, the total amount of compensation awarded can be reduced by the amount that is equal to the percentage of fault. For example, if a victim was speeding even slightly when hit by another driver who ran a stop light then the victim may share a small percentage of liability, such as 10 percent. The plaintiff’s total damages would then be deducted by 10 percent. If the damages amounted to $10,000 then $1,000 would be deducted under the comparative negligence rule.
While this rule must be followed in Sacramento civil courts, it may not affect a settlement with an insurance company. If negotiating a settlement, an insurance adjuster may raise the issue of California’s comparative negligence rule, but a personal injury attorney can ensure the maximum amount of compensation is recovered.
Our achievements include multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, totaling over $1 billion recovered on behalf of our clients. Some of our most notable case results include:
- $52M Jury Verdict: Propane Explosion Causing Wrongful Death & Personal Injury
- $17M Jury Verdict: Mason G. v. Bell Sports Inc. – Product Liability Causing Brain Injury
- $12.2M Jury Verdict: Pedestrian Injured by Dangerous Roadway Causing Brain Injury
- $8.8M Jury Verdict: Auto Accident Causing Brain Injury
- $38.6M Jury Verdict: Myrick v. Hansa – Failure To Diagnose Stroke
- $23.2M Jury Verdict: Rogers v. AMC Clinic – Obstetrical Negligence Leading to Cerebral Palsy
- $15M Settlement: Cyclist v. Forest Products Distributor – Big Rig Negligence
Contact Us Today
If the negligent or reckless actions of another has left you or a family member with serious injuries, contact Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger. We have a team of highly effective personal injury lawyers who will pursue compensation on your behalf. Your case will be handled on a contingency fee basis, meaning unless we win, you will not owe legal fees. We also offer free consultations, call or fill out our contact form online to schedule one today.