Roseville, California Personal Injury Lawyers

Edward A. Smith
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Free Consultation! Personal Injury Attorney with Dedication and Expertise!

I am a passionate and aggressive personal injury lawyer! I strive to give each client the personal attention their case deserves! Visit my website to see testimonials and case results. Call for a free consultation. Read More »
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Frederick J. Sette
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California Personal Injury Lawyer with 24 years experience

For the past 20 years all I have done is represent people who have been harmed in a personal injury accident, whether that accident was a car accident or some other sort of incident such as a dangerous condition of a... Read More »
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John N. Demas
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California Personal Injury Lawyer with 27 years experience

John N Demas, Sacramento Personal Injury Attorney, is the founding partner of the Demas Law Group, P.C. and has been exclusively representing injured victims for twenty years. John is passionate about helping people and... Read More »
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Moseley Cary Collins III
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Free Consultation! Trusted and Skilled Personal Injury Lawyer! Call for Help!

I am dedicated to protecting the rights and interests of those who have been injured. Never a fee unless I win your case! Call for a free consultation! Visit my website for settlements, verdicts, and reviews. Read More »
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Robert Allen Piering
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California Personal Injury Lawyer with 25 years experience

Rob Piering is the principal of the Piering Law Firm. He is a native of the Sacramento area and has been representing personal injury claimants for more than 20 years. His practice includes wrongful death, product... Read More »
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D. Michael Phillips
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Roseville , CA Personal Injury Lawyer with 27 years experience
(800) 978-0186 2408 Professional Dr.
Roseville , CA 95661
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Criminal and DUI
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
"Big City Experience, Small Town Service."

At the Phillips Law Offices, we represent real people, not claim numbers. Unlike some firms that represent both insurance companies and individuals, we represent only individuals and families. That's because we are always on your side, not just when it's in our interest.

Injury Law for the 21st century: Traditionally, a call to a lawyer meant making an appointment, driving to an office to meet in person, parking and waiting just to ask a few questions or sign papers. Today’s internet-connected consumers are no longer satisfied with face-to-face meetings as the sole way of doing business....
Frederick William Penney
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Roseville, CA Personal Injury Lawyer with 26 years experience
(800) 616-4529 1490 Stone Point Drive #200
Roseville, CA 95661
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury
Brigham Young Univ J Reuben Clark LS UT
Following his admission to the bar he briefly worked for a nationwide personal injury firm. Due to numerous requests from potential clients, he opened the law firm of Penney and Associates in 1992. Mr. Penney as a young lawyer was contracted by a national law firm to take a number of their difficult cases to trial. Within six months of passing his bar he was lead trial lawyer in a large Superior Court personal injury case. Early in his career Mr. Penney has been featured in magazines, newspapers and on the local nightly news about a number of cases. The...
Christopher Lee Kreeger
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Roseville, CA Personal Injury Attorney with 28 years experience
(916) 677-4979 2251 Douglas Blvd.
Suite 120
Roseville, CA 95661
Personal Injury
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Married to a lawyer who I met in Law School, father of two children, partner at a personal injury firm, cyclist and athlete.
James Randall Lewis
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Roseville, CA Personal Injury Attorney with 14 years experience
(916) 788-1960 1544 Eureka Rd
Suite 120
Roseville, CA 95661
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury and Products Liability
University of the Pacific
James R. Lewis represents personal injury claimants and families of those who have suffered wrongful death. Mr. Lewis is a skilled trial attorney who handles cases through to verdict including investigation, discovery, ADR, expert discovery and trial. Clients consider Mr. Lewis knowledgeable, confident and firm in his approach. Admitted to practice in California and in several federal district courts, Mr. Lewis pursues justice for his clients in all venues. He is a member in good standing with the Sacramento and Placer County Bar Associations, the Capitol City Trial Lawyers Assoc. Mr. Lewis was selected again...
Ashley Rene Amerio
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Roseville, CA Personal Injury Lawyer with 15 years experience
(916) 419-1111 1640 Lead Hill Boulevard
Suite 220
Roseville, CA 95661
Personal Injury
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Ashley Amerio is the president of Amerio Law Firm, which she founded in 2007. Prior to establishing Amerio Law Firm, Mrs. Amerio worked as a prosecutor for the Amador County District Attorney’s office, where she held a nearly perfect record of convictions as a zealous trial attorney. Mrs. Amerio attended San Jose State, before relocating to Sacramento to attend McGeorge School of Law, while interning for one of the largest law firms in the Sacramento area. Today, Mrs. Amerio and her thriving Injury Law Firm focus on utilizing their experience to provide aggressive and compassionate representation for their personal injury...
Justin L. Thomas
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Roseville, CA Personal Injury Lawyer with 6 years experience
3721 Douglas Boulevard, Suite 280
Roseville, CA 95661
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Business, Construction and Employment
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
A ‘Leading Attorney’ Who Will Protect and Promote Your Rights

My practice focuses on a wide-range of civil litigation matters, including employment, construction, business, intellectual property and tort litigation.
George Frederick Vogt Jr
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Granite Bay, CA Personal Injury Attorney with 36 years experience
(916) 960-1000 4210 Douglas Boulevard
Suite 100
Granite Bay, CA 95746
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Business, Estate Planning and Probate
Loyola Law School
Herrig & Vogt, LLP is a Granite Bay law firm that consists of a team of attorneys who share over 100 years of legal experience. The firm was founded in 1994 by Attorney John R. Herrig and Attorney George F. Vogt, Jr. In 1976, Attorney Herrig earned his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law. Before beginning his law career, he held various positions in heavy construction, including Chief Operations Officer of a major steel fabrication company. Attorney Herrig limits his law practice to construction disputes for trade contractors, general contractors, sureties, and private and public owners. In addition,...
Kulvinder Singh
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Roseville, CA Personal Injury Lawyer with 23 years experience
(916) 939-5151 970 Reserve Drive
Roseville, CA 95678
Personal Injury, Business, Criminal and Estate Planning
Univ of N. Calif/Lorenzo Patino School of Law and University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Attorney Kulvinder Singh's law practice advocates for personal injury plaintiffs, business clients and people with family, criminal and immigration cases in the greater Sacramento area.
David R Casady
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Roseville , CA Personal Injury Lawyer with 8 years experience
(916) 846-9391 2390 Professional Dr
Roseville , CA 95661
Personal Injury, Animal, Insurance Defense and Products Liability
University of La Verne College of Law
Mr. Casady is a partner in the firm’s Sacramento, California office. His prior professional experience includes more than 13 years as a claims adjuster for a major property and casualty carrier, as well as more than a decade as an arbitrator resolving liability and damage disputes between insurance carriers. He attended law school while working full-time as an adjuster.

Mr. Casady’s state-wide practice consists of general liability and civil litigation with an emphasis on premises liability, automobile and trucking liability, personal injury, construction-related litigation and subrogation prosecution and defense. His extensive insurance knowledge gives him special insight into first- and third-party...
Lorraine Denice Gingery
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Roseville, CA Personal Injury Lawyer with 13 years experience
(916) 415-7070 1430 Blue Oaks Boulevard
Suite 200
Roseville, CA 95747
Personal Injury and Criminal
University of Wyoming College of Law and CAL Northern School of Law
Since 1998, Roseville personal injury attorney Lorraine Gingery has worked in the field of personal injury and criminal defense. She started her career in law working for a top criminal defense law firm in Chico, California, then went on to attend Cal Northern School of Law. While attending law school, she worked full time for a large personal injury law firm where she would learn a vast wealth of hands-on knowledge and hard-hitting negotiation skills. Attorney Lorraine Gingery worked in the insurance industry for ten years prior to starting her own law firm. This unique perspective and experience allows...
Alexander O. Lichtner
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Free Consultation! Aggressive Personal Injury Attorney! Skilled Representation!

I am dedicated to protecting the rights of injury victims. I work to provide the exceptional representation and settlement you deserve! Visit my website for testimonials and case results. Call for a free consultation. Read More »
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Michael Stephenson
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California Personal Injury Lawyer with 12 years experience

Michael Stephenson, founder and Senior Attorney at Bay Area Bicycle Law, has been selected as one of the “10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys” in California by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, and... Read More »
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Frank David Penney
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Roseville, CA Personal Injury Attorney with 24 years experience
(916) 788-1960 1544 Eureka Rd
Roseville, CA 95661
Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice
Gonzaga Univ School of Law
Steven Hazard Gurnee
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Roseville, CA Personal Injury Attorney with 44 years experience
(916) 797-3100 2240 Douglas Blvd
Roseville, CA 95661
Personal Injury, Arbitration & Mediation, Construction and Products Liability
University of California - Hastings College of the Law
Sean M. Patrick
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Roseville, CA Personal Injury Lawyer with 6 years experience
(916) 226-6062 5 Sierra Gate Plaza
Ste. 360
Roseville, CA 95678
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Business, Divorce and Family
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and University of California, Davis, School of Law
Sean M. Patrick is an attorney who represents clients in a broad range of legal matters including personal injury, family law matters, business litigation, employment and general litigation matters in counties through out California including Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado, and Yuba. Sean has a passion for helping people. Before becoming an attorney, he worked in the medical field providing care to sick and injured patients. Now, as an attorney he continues to help others by providing the highest quality legal representation for his client's various situations. In addition to his work as an attorney, Sean...
Timothy Todd Wright
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Roseville, CA Personal Injury Lawyer with 24 years experience
(916) 789-9477 3300 Douglas Blvd
Suite 355
Roseville, CA 95661
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury and Business
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Soren David Rosenthal
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Roseville, CA Personal Injury Lawyer with 27 years experience
(916) 774-7200 2251 Douglas Boulevard, # 120
Roseville, CA 95661
Personal Injury
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Jack Duran Jr
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Roseville, CA Personal Injury Attorney with 17 years experience
(916) 779-3316 4010 Foothills Blvd Ste 103
Roseville, CA 95747
Personal Injury and Business
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Olga A. Koplik
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Granite Bay, CA Personal Injury Lawyer with 4 years experience
(916) 745-4378 5905 Granite Lake Drive, Suite 110
Granite Bay, CA 95746
Personal Injury, Divorce and Family
Kevin N. Wooden
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ROSEVILLE, CA Personal Injury Lawyer with 8 years experience
(916) 846-9391 2390 PROFESSIONAL DR
ROSEVILLE, CA 95661
Personal Injury, Business, Insurance Defense and Real Estate
University of Denver
Mark Edward Arruti
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Roseville, CA Personal Injury Attorney with 38 years experience
(916) 786-3111 1891 E Roseville Pkwy, Suite 180
Roseville, CA 95661
Personal Injury, Insurance Defense and Products Liability
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Stephen Foondos
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Roseville, CA Personal Injury Lawyer
(916) 367-0630 3013 Douglas Blvd
Ste 200
Roseville, CA 95661
Personal Injury and Bankruptcy
Thomas A Kurtz
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Rocklin, CA Personal Injury Lawyer
(916) 226-3773 5800 Stanford Ranch Rd, Ste 610
Rocklin, CA 95765
Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
Peter Robert Stone
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Citrus Heights, CA Personal Injury Lawyer with 26 years experience
(916) 348-5600 6232 Birdcage Street
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury and Estate Planning
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Peter specializes in Wills and Trusts and Estate Planning, as well as Creation of Captive Insurance Companies, and pensions. Peter Stone is Admitted before the Bar of the Supreme Court of California, Colorado, The Eastern, Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California, the 9th Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. A graduate of Univ. of California Santa Barbara and Univ. Of Pacific McGeorge School of Law.
Nathaniel Dale Sterling
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Fair Oaks, CA Personal Injury Attorney with 17 years experience
(916) 801-4386 4790 Dewey Dr
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Insurance Claims
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Call attorney Nate Sterling right now for a free consult. Nate Sterling has 15+ years of experience as an attorney handling hundreds of litigations and drafting hundreds of legal documents including contracts, trusts, wills, briefs, complaints, answers, discovery, etc. Nate Sterling attained a Juris Doctor law degree from University of the Pacific McGeorge in 2001. Nate Sterling has years of experience handling mediations and has a master's degree from CSU in mediation, negotiation, and dispute resolution. Nate Sterling has a wealth of experience in both handling litigation and transactions involving contracts, business law, real estate law,...
Daniel Alan Near
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Folsom, CA Personal Injury Lawyer with 26 years experience
(916) 987-0808 6611 Folsom-Auburn Road, Suite B
Folsom, CA 95630
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Business, Divorce and Family
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Alex Gortinsky
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Fair Oaks, CA Personal Injury Lawyer with 19 years experience
(916) 961-5696 7840 Madison Avenue, Suite 150
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
Personal Injury, Business and Immigration
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Thomas D Lininger
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Citrus Heights, CA Personal Injury Attorney with 29 years experience
7803 Madison Avenue
Suite 739
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury
Lawyers helping people injured in car accidents, motorcycle accidents and other injury accidents.
Michael Ray Loewen
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Sacramento, CA Personal Injury Lawyer with 37 years experience
(916) 344-2300 4811 Chippendale Dr
Sacramento, CA 95841
Personal Injury
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Robert Leonard Meissner
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Fair Oaks, CA Personal Injury Lawyer with 33 years experience
(916) 863-2900 4777 Sunrise Blvd
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
Personal Injury
Southwestern Univ School of Law
Noah F Schwinghamer
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Sacramento, CA Personal Injury Lawyer
(916) 678-1117 4811 Chippendale Dr.
Suite 203
Sacramento, CA 95841
Personal Injury
Edward A. Smith
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(916) 921-6400 1900 Point W Way
#200
Sacramento, CA 95815
Free ConsultationSacramento, CA Personal Injury Attorney with 36 years experience
Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability and Workers' Comp
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, I came to Sacramento after 4 years in the U.S. Air Force, including combat service in Southeast Asia.

My time in the military and especially my youth in the streets of New York has taught me much about dealing with difficult situations. I am grateful for that education and I employ it to help my clients.

I wasn't born with a silver spoon and relate well to others who worked their way up.

My practice is devoted solely to Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases on behalf of injured persons. I have never nor will I ever...
John Steiner
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Sacramento, CA Personal Injury Attorney
(888) 885-8529 1600 Sacramento Inn Way Suite 214
Sacramento, CA 95815-3461
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Insurance Claims, Medical Malpractice and Products Liability
Chapman University
John Steiner is an attorney licensed to practice in California (state) and all four United States District Courts in California (federal).

John is the founder of Steiner Injury Law. Steiner Injury Law serves individuals in Sacramento and the rest of California who have been involved in an automobile accident or otherwise suffered injuries due to the actions or negligence of a third party.

"We have a no-fee guarantee for accident and personal injury clients. Accident and personal injury clients pay no money upfront and only pay a contingent fee if we recover for them."

Steiner Injury Law handles numerous types of personal injury...
Travis G. Black
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Folsom, CA Personal Injury Attorney with 27 years experience
(916) 962-2896 1839 Iron Point Rd
#160
Folsom, CA 95630
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, DUI and Estate Planning
Western State College of Law at Argosy University
As the founder of Travis G. Black & Associates, Folsom attorney Travis G. Black provides legal guidance to injury victims and those looking to create estate planning documents. Mr. Black has been licensed to practice law in California since 1992. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Capital City Trial Lawyers Association and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College. Attorney Black received his Juris Doctor from the Western State University College of Law. For a free consultation, contact his firm today.
Paul R. Scheele
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Sacramento, CA Personal Injury Attorney with 14 years experience
(800) 529-3080 601 University Avenue
Suite 181
Sacramento, CA 95825
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury
University of Miami School of Law
Stuart Talley
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Sacramento, CA Personal Injury Attorney with 24 years experience
(888) 997-5170 401 Watt Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95864
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Consumer, Nursing Home and Products Liability
Pepperdine University School of Law
Attorney Stuart C. Talley is a partner in the Sacramento law firm of Kershaw, Cook & Talley. He practices law in the areas of mass torts, consumer class actions, and other complex litigation. For the past 15 years, he has represented plaintiffs in both Federal and State Courts throughout the country. In addition, he handles many large individual personal injury claims on behalf of injured consumers. His typical cases include class action or mass torts where he represents hundreds, sometimes thousands, of individual clients nationwide who sustained injuries from a dangerous drug or medical device. Mr. Talley, and other...
John N. Demas
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Sacramento, CA Personal Injury Lawyer with 27 years experience
(888) 776-0977 701 Howe Avenue
Suite A-1
Sacramento, CA 95825
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Nursing Home and Products Liability
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and University of the Pacific
John N Demas, Sacramento Personal Injury Attorney, is the founding partner of the Demas Law Group, P.C. and has been exclusively representing injured victims for twenty years. John is passionate about helping people and has earned a stellar reputation in the community for his dedication and successful results for his clients. He has extensive trial experience with several multi-million dollar verdicts, including one of the largest verdicts ever against Sacramento County ($4,500,000) and the largest verdict in Tuolumne County ($2,500,000). Professional Accolades John has earned the respect of the legal community for his zealous representation of his...
Andrew S. Mendlin
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Sacramento, CA Personal Injury Attorney with 23 years experience
(800) 529-3080 601 University Avenue
Suite 181
Sacramento, CA 95825
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Daniel J. Hanecak
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Sacramento, CA Personal Injury Lawyer with 8 years experience
(916) 919-8821 700 E Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury and Medical Malpractice
University of California, Davis, School of Law and Florida Coastal School of Law
Daniel J. Hanecak graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in 2006 with a joint Bachelor of Science in Government & Economics. He is a graduate of the University of California at Davis, King Hall School of Law, class of 2010. Mr. Hanecak was admitted to practice in California in January 2011. He is also admitted to practice, and has appeared in cases in federal court in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Northern Districts of California as well as the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern and Northern Districts of California. Mr. Hanecak’s practice revolves primarily...
Matthew Ronald Eason
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Sacramento, CA Personal Injury Attorney with 26 years experience
(800) 391-8219 1234 H St
Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Employment and Workers' Comp
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
FREE Initial Consultation! Informed by over 100 years of experience in California, our Personal Injury, Workers Compensation and Overtime Law attorneys understand that when taking on a case or a claim, they're impacting the lives of their clients and client's families. We are committed to consistent communication with our clients and being prompt and thorough when answering the many questions that arise over the course of a case. You will leave your consultation with helpful resources and your questions answered, whether we're the right firm for you or not.

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Maria C. Jaime
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Sacramento, CA Personal Injury Attorney with 15 years experience
(800) 529-3080 601 University Avenue
Suite 181
Sacramento, CA 95825
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury
Lincoln Law School
Eric Ratinoff
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Sacramento, CA Personal Injury Lawyer with 25 years experience
(866) 527-4278 401 Watt Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95864
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Products Liability
University of California - Davis
I started my firm because I wanted to provide my clients with my own brand of excellent legal representation, consistent with my unique human qualities of compassion, strength, caring and integrity. I have represented injured people for over twenty years. While I have very successfully tried and settled many cases over the years, I take nothing for granted. For that reason, I work very hard – harder than most. I do it because I love what I do and I am constantly striving to improve, learn new ways of doing things, better ways of connecting with...
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Injured in an accident?

When a person is injured, tort law will govern whether that person may be compensated for the injury, the amount of compensation that may be recovered, as well as which parties will be liable for the injury. Tort law, also known as injury law, comes from federal and state codes, as well as judicial opinions from prior cases. The amount of damages a plaintiff to a personal injury action may receive can be determined by statute, or by a judge or jury. Typical recoveries may include compensatory damages (e.g., lost wages, medical bills, etc.) and in particularly egregious situations, punitive damages. In some cases, a plaintiff may recover certain non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, loss of consortium, or loss of enjoyment of life.

Personal injury lawyers help injured people seek compensation from those who have harmed them. Some injury attorneys focus on a specific type of case, such as truck accidents, car accidents, slip-and-fall injuries, medical malpractice or products liability cases. If a person is injured as a result of criminal behavior, it may be appropriate to pursue a personal injury lawsuit in addition to the state's criminal investigation or prosecution.

Many personal injury attorneys offer a free consultation to evaluate your claim.


Negligence: Failure to use care which a reasonable and prudent person would use under similar circumstances.

Joint and several liability: A legal doctrine that makes each of the parties who are responsible for an injury, liable for all the damages awarded in a lawsuit if the other parties responsible cannot pay.