Stockton Personal Injury Lawyer
Injuries happen when people least expect them, and they can cause significant life setbacks for victims and their families. At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, we are here to help when you need a Stockton personal injury attorney. If the negligent actions of another person, company, or entity have caused you harm, we will work to secure the compensation you need.
Choose Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger for your case
After sustaining a serious personal injury, you need a trusted team by your side at all times. Let Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger get to work on your claim today.
- Our Stockton personal injury attorneys have been helping injured people for more than 60 years, and we are one of the most successful personal injury law firms in the nation.
- We have recovered more than $1 billion on behalf of wrongfully injured clients.
- We have a success rate of more than 98% for the cases we have handled.
We thoroughly understand that personal injury victims may lack the resources necessary to pay for an attorney upfront. That is why we take Stockton personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning victims will not pay any legal fees until after we secure the compensation they need.
Why do you need an attorney for a Stockton personal injury case?
A Stockton personal injury lawyer is going to be an invaluable resource for any victim in a personal injury case. Personal injury claims can be notoriously difficult to prove, particularly when the injured party is going up against aggressive insurance carriers. A personal injury lawyer in Stockton is going to have the legal experience and resources necessary to prove liability. An attorney will conduct a thorough investigation into the incident to obtain:
- Any video or photo surveillance of the incident
- Statements from eyewitnesses
- Any police or accident reports
- Internal company or personnel records
- and more
An attorney is also going to work with trusted medical professionals to ensure that their client is properly evaluated and to help calculate the victim’s total expenses. Finally, an attorney is going to handle every aspect of communication with the other parties involved in order to obtain a fair settlement on behalf of their client.
Types of personal injuries we help clients with
At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, we have helped clients get through just about every type of injury you can imagine. Our Stockton personal injury lawyers regularly help clients who have sustained the following types of traumatic injuries:
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or puncture wounds
- Internal bleeding or organ damage
- Amputation injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord trauma with paralysis
- Severe burns
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Occupational respiratory illnesses and cancers
- and more
Our team also regularly helps those who have sustained significant emotional and psychological trauma due to their injuries or the incident that caused the injuries.
How do these cases arise?
There are many ways that injuries occur due to the negligence of others. We regularly help clients who have been injured in:
- Car accidents
- Commercial truck accidents
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Construction, farming, or other worksite accident
- Medical negligence and birth injuries
- Nursing home neglect and abuse
- Property owner negligence
- Dog bite incidents
- and more
How long do you have to file a claim?
In general, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in this state is two years from the date the injury occurs (California Code of Civil Procedure section 335.1). If victims fail to file a claim within this two-year window, they could lose the ability to recover any compensation for their injuries.
At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, our Stockton personal injury lawyers want to point out that a claim made with an insurance carrier is different from a personal injury lawsuit. In general, insurance claims need to be made as soon as possible after an incident occurs, or the insurance carrier may deny the claim. The two-year statute of limitations applies to lawsuits, not insurance claims. In many cases, personal injury victims and their attorneys will not file a lawsuit until they know whether or not an insurance carrier will pay a fair settlement for the claim.
How much compensation is available?
The total amount of compensation that a victim receives in the aftermath of sustaining personal injury will vary depending on the facts related to their particular case. At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, we have an extensive track record of success, securing many multimillion-dollar settlements on behalf of clients. This includes a $1.5 million settlement for a fatal collision after a dump truck’s brakes failed and a $1.6 million premises liability settlement after a fall caused by a faulty railing.
What if you are partially at fault for the incident?
The Stockton personal injury attorneys at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger regularly help clients who think they cannot recover compensation because they were partially at fault for the incident that caused them harm. The reality is that injury victims can usually recover compensation even if they contributed to the incident. This is thanks to California’s “pure comparative negligence” system. Under these laws, an injury victim can receive compensation even if they are up to 99% at fault for the incident, though the compensation they receive will be reduced based on their percentage of fault.
For example, if a person is injured because a property owner failed to adequately inspect and maintain their premises, thereby allowing an unsafe condition, then the property owner could be held liable. However, if a jury is presented evidence that the injury victim was horse playing at the time they were injured, they may assign partial fault to the injury victim. If a jury awards $100,000 in damages, but determines that a person is 10% responsible for their own injuries, then the victim will receive $90,000 in total compensation.
At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, our Stockton personal injury lawyers work diligently to prove the liability of the at-fault parties in these cases and to counter any claims that the injury victim caused their own injuries.
We will thoroughly investigate your claim so we can obtain coverage for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering damages, and more. When you need a Stockton personal injury attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling (415) 889-2919.