Personal Injury Law

SACRAMENTO PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER

Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer - 1438 Del Paso Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815 - (916) 306-0636

Have you been seriously injured & need legal help?

Personal injury is a category of civil law in which a citizen files a legal claim against another person or entity. Personal injury is a way for individuals who have incurred injury to gain compensation against the responsible party. With the help of a Sacramento personal injury lawyer, injured parties may file claims against:

  • Private individuals
  • Businesses and corporations
  • Government entities

Types of Personal Injury Claims

There are many circumstances that may reasonably lead to a personal injury suit, but some are more common than others. Some of the most common types of personal injury claims are mentioned below. If you have found yourself in one of these situations, call a Sacramento personal injury lawyer immediately for legal representation.

Negligence

This is the common charge made against individuals who are responsible for car collisions and other such instances in which the liable individual behaved negligently, resulting in the plaintiff’s injuries. This relies on the fact that each of us has a general duty of ordinary care that we will act reasonably given certain circumstances. This is a very broad area of personal liability and centers around the negligent party acting unreasonably and causing injury to another individual.

Defective Products

Injuries caused by defective products are related to product liability – the responsibility of the designers, manufacturers, distributors, and other individuals involved in the process of creating a product and getting it in the hands of consumers to do so safely. In these cases, it must be shown that the plaintiff received injuries due to the product that was defective as sold. Obviously there are many individuals who could be responsible for this injury and often large companies that may make it difficult to pursue legal action. For that reason, it’s highly encouraged to speak to a Sacramento personal injury lawyer.

Premises liability

Business owners or managers have a duty of care for all individuals who enter their property. Leaving their property in a manner that may result in injury is a negligence on the part of the responsible party and the cost of any subsequent injury should be their liability. Details include:

  • The foreseeability of harm
  • Whether it is reasonable to expect an individual on the property
  • Exactly who is responsible for the state of the property

Private property owners are not out of reach, and some circumstances may give the right to personal injury claims even to trespassers.

Medical Malpractice

Doctors have a responsibility to their patients. They are required to exercise a degree of skill, knowledge, and care in their treatment of patients. This is the case not only for surgeries, but for prescriptions and even diagnoses. Because these cases are quite complicated, it’s best to seek legal advice from a highly skilled Sacramento personal injury lawyer. A medical malpractice case can include the following details:

  • That doctors are required to behave in a similar manner to other members of their profession in similar conditions and circumstances.
  • Informed consent is required and informed refusal must be made with full knowledge of the risks
  • Standard of care includes the reasonable disclosure of other therapeutic options and dangers inherent in each
  • Scope of disclosure requires physicians to inform their patients of as much relevant information as necessary to make an informed decision

Elder Abuse & Neglect

Elder abuse is defined as any intentional or negligent behavior by a caregiver or other individual that results in the harm or serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult. This abuse often occurs at nursing homes and other treatment settings. If a loved one has experienced any type of elder abuse, contact a Sacramento personal injury lawyer immediately to learn what legal actions you can take.

Elder abuse affects approximately 11% of elder persons each year in the United States, according to the Department of Justice. America is home to more than 40 million persons 65 years old or older, meaning there are at least 4 million elders abused each year in the US alone.

Much of the abuse, 90% according to the National Council on aging, is carried out by family members such as adult children or spouses. Abuse in nursing homes has been a large problem in America as these institutions often are run by inexperienced individuals and often don’t undergo as much inspection as they should.

When people think of elder abuse, they may think of impatient caregivers physically striking the elder individuals who depend on their care. However, there’s much more to it than that. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, there are seven general categories that define most forms of elder abuse, such as:

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Neglect
  • Financial exploitation
  • Abandonment
  • Self-neglect

Abuse can take a variety of forms and it’s always best to consult with an experienced Sacramento personal injury lawyer as it pertains to your situation.

Assault & Battery

To have a strong case against an individual for assault and battery, the following must be shown:

  • Proof of the instance of assault or battery – assault is essentially attempted or threatened force while battery is the execution of that force in the form of offensive contact. The contact does not need to be severe or particularly damaging to be considered battery; California state law merely requires the contact to be unwanted or offensive.
  • Intent – accidentally bumping into someone at a crowded bar does not qualify as battery. Intentionally pushing someone because they accidentally bumped into might as the action was done on purpose, though on dubious grounds.
  • Ability – the accused individual must have actually been physically able to execute the battery for a reasonable case to be brought. If an individual swung a bat at the defendant but the bat was made of foam, there wasn’t the ability to cause actual harm.

Types of Compensation

There are various types of compensation that may be sought in a personal injury claim, such as:

  • Medical bills – This can include medications, surgery costs, general hospital bills, physical therapy, etc. Future medical bills that may be reasonably anticipated may also be sought.
  • Lost wages – Lost future wages due to a continued injury may also be sought when reasonable.
  • Lost earning potential – If an injury causes a significant, permanent change to an individual’s capacity to earn a wage, the plaintiff may seek to be compensated for this.
  • Loss of quality of life – If a significant change has occurred due to the incident in question, changing the plaintiff’s ability to enjoy life as he or she once did, there is reasonable basis for compensation.
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship – In the case the was a wrongful death and the claim is being pursued by a loved one

Statute of Limitations

Generally, individuals are permitted to file personal injury claims no later than 2 years after the incident causing the injury for which the plaintiff seeks compensation. This may seem like a lot of time, but the reality of how expensive medical bills often doesn’t occur to individuals immediately. Additionally, the process of determining fault and making a case take time and effort. In some cases, injuries are not obvious at the time of the incident and only appear weeks or months later, especially in brain injury cases.

There are several exceptions to this general 2-year rule, such as for claims against government entities, claims involving minors, incidences when the plaintiff is incapacitated for example due to a coma, etc. Most cases only allow 2 years (6 months for government defendant cases) for action to be taken. For this reason, it’s very important to seek legal representation from a Sacramento personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. You may not like the first attorney you speak with. Your case may be very complicated and require a lot of research. There are many reasons for a case to be delayed, and if you’re trying to cover medical bills, those costs add up quickly! Be sure to speak to an attorney as soon as possible to discuss the potential of moving forward with your case.

Call a Sacramento personal injury lawyer If You’ve Suffered Any Type of Injury

The Choyce Law Firm consists of professional, hard working attorneys who make a personal commitment to their clients on getting the best possible outcome. Working closely with you, we’ll help you throughout the entire process to ensure you’re in good hands. Give us a call at (916) 306-0636 to speak to an experienced Sacramento personal injury lawyer.

Call Sacramento personal injury lawyer

If you have been injured in a car, truck or motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another, regardless of the nature of the underlying accident, it is important to contact experienced auto accident lawyers in Sacramento at The Choyce Law Firm to discuss your legal options. We have offices in Sacramento & Fairfield, CA for your convenience and have the resources and expertise to aggressively litigate your case in court, fighting to get you just compensation for your injury.

Call (916) 306-0636 today for a free consultation with our Sacramento personal injury lawyer regarding your injury case.

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  • JACQUELINE SWINSON
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    This is my second time hiring Mr. Choyce for my son, who was charged with a criminal act. Both times that I hired Mr. Choyce, I was very impressed with his knowledge of the law, his professionalism, and the fact that he was relatable. He is trustworthy, tells you the truth about what you are facing. He is organized, he is a very good listener, came up with strategies that were appealing.I can’t say enough good about Mr. Choyce! I knew that he was going to give my son’s case everything he had, and he did!

  • JAMES CRAFT
    DUI Defense Client
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    Hiring the Choyce Law Firm was the best decision I made while trying to decide what to do after getting charged with a 3rd DUI. I tried to use a lawyer that I had previously used when in trouble with the law, he was near retirement and wasn’t able to give my case the attention I was looking for understanding that I was facing jail time. When contacting Mr Choyce we discussed my case and he told me he could help, he even knew my previous attorney. Mr Choyce was aggressive in fighting my case with filing motions on my behalf an trying to get my case dismissed, I was very pleased that he was not just looking to get the first deal the D.A. offered but was aggressively trying to win my case. Although we were not able to get the dismissal we were looking for he was able to keep me out of jail an I was able to serve my sentence on the EHD Program, which allowed me to keep my job an that was very important to me. Mr Choyce also handled a second case for me, I was charged with driving on a suspended license and no registration. Once again Mr Choyce was aggressive with this case and took it to trail an was able to get a not guilty verdict, which saved me a great deal of money in fines that would be pending with a guilty verdict. Overall hiring Mr Choyce and his team was the best decision I made, he provided great service at a respectable rate, an explained things as they were happening and with the charges I was facing I was very happy with the outcome of my cases that he handled. I would strongly recommend Mr Choyce and his team to anyone I know that needs legal representation he knows the law and will provide you with the best service you could hope for form a lawyer that wants to win.

  • JACQUELINE R.
    Personal Injury Client
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    “This is my second time using Mr. Choyce, and I would choose no one other than him. Both times that I hired him, it was for my son, and they were very serious cases. Mr. Choyce is smart, professional, practical, and relatable. He is a serious person, who listens, speaks in laymens terms, so that you understand what is going on. Not like some that I have experience, who talk over you, and dont take the time to really answer your questions.The second case got very close to going to trial, however, I was confident that I had the best of the best representing my son. Thank God that after willing to go to trial, we got a deal that, I think was a win win.I would definitely, without a question, hire Mr. Choyce again!”

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Elder Abuse & Neglect

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Sacramento injury lawyer Handles Elder Abuse Cases

Elder abuse is defined as any intentional or negligent behavior by a caregiver or other individual that results in the harm or serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult. This abuse often occurs at nursing homes and other treatment settings. If a loved one has experienced any type of elder abuse, contact a Sacramento injury lawyer immediately to learn what legal actions you can take.

Elder abuse affects approximately 11% of elder persons each year in the United States, according to the Department of Justice. America is home to more than 40 million persons 65 years old or older, meaning there are at least 4 million elders abused each year in the US alone.

Much of the abuse, 90% according to the National Council on aging, is carried out by family members such as adult children or spouses. Abuse in nursing homes has been a large problem in America as these institutions often are run by inexperienced individuals and often don’t undergo as much inspection as they should.

Types of Elder Abuse

When people think of elder abuse, they may think of impatient caregivers physically striking the elder individuals who depend on their care. However, there’s much more to it than that. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, there are seven general categories that define most forms of elder abuse, such as:

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Neglect
  • Financial exploitation
  • Abandonment
  • Self-neglect

Abuse can take a variety of forms and it’s always best to consult with an experienced Sacramento injury lawyer as it pertains to your situation.

Warning Signs

Each type of elder abuse has its own warning signs. It’s very important for loved ones and other caregivers to watch out for any indications that elder abuse may occur. Many elders don’t wish to report the abuse or even tell their closest family members for a variety of reasons, such as embarrassment or because they don’t want to be a burden. Be sure to look out for the following signs of abuse:

  • Physical abuse – unexplained injuries, visible bruises, broken bones, burns, or frequent need for medical providers not relating to known disorders
  • Emotional abuse – fearful behavior, anxiety, severe and unexplained changes in moods or personality, fear of interacting with nursing home staff or other caregivers, behavioral changes in the presence of staff or caregivers, refusal to see family members or close friends, social withdrawal, decrease in social interactions, hesitation to talk openly, especially around staff or caregivers
  • Sexual abuse – development of sexually transmitted diseases, genital or anal pain, injury, or bleeding
  • Neglect – malnourishment, significant changes in weight or appearance, lack of basic necessities such as food, water or shelter, poor hygiene, unsanitary or unclean living arrangements, dirty bedding or clothing, bedsores or skin ulcers, unattended medical needs, unpaid bills
  • Financial exploitation – significant differences in standard of living and available funds, unexplained changes to financial standing, missing personal property items, sudden and unexpected changes in living arrangements, such as a new location or roommate

Because there are many different types of elder abuse, the symptoms vary as well. If you or a loved one has experienced any of the above, call a Sacramento injury lawyer to learn what you can do.

Legal Action Against Elder Abuse

When an individual is hurt because of the intentional or negligent behavior of another individual, there may be cause for legal action. This is especially true when there was what is called a “duty of care.” Each individual has a certain duty of care to the other that requires us all to act reasonably to prevent each other from undergoing undo harm. In situations where one individual is reliant on another for their safety or care, such as a doctor-patient relationship or a customer and the owner of a store, the duty of care is higher so that the responsible party must do more work to seek out any potential dangers and eliminate them. The relationship between a caregiver and and elder individual certainly falls into the category of higher duty of care.

Personal injury is the course of legal action a victim may take against the individual who has caused him or her harm. Personal injury allows the victim to recover financial compensation for a slew of damages, such as medical costs and pain and suffering. Unfortunately, nursing homes are often understaffed with individuals who aren’t properly trained or don’t have the appropriate experience. This can often lead to neglect or intentional abuse. This can often result in any of the following conditions:

  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Bedsores
  • Unexplained illnesses

Though these conditions may not be life-threatening to the majority of us, elderly individuals are a vulnerable group. It is often difficult for the individual to speak out regarding the abuse so it’s important for loved ones to pay attention and take action. If you believe a loved one has been abused, be sure to seek out a Sacramento injury lawyer with experience in personal injury as soon as possible.

Call a Sacramento injury lawyer For Consultation

With many years of experience handling personal injury cases in California, you can trust The Choyce Law Firm with your personal injury case! We fight hard to get the best possible outcome in your case. Give us a call at (916) 306-0636 to speak with a Sacramento injury lawyer today.

Call Sacramento injury lawyer

If you have been injured in a car, truck or motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another, regardless of the nature of the underlying accident, it is important to contact experienced Sacramento injury lawyer at The Choyce Law Firm to discuss your legal options. We have offices in Sacramento & Fairfield, CA for your convenience and have the resources and expertise to aggressively litigate your case in court, fighting to get you just compensation for your injury.
 
Call (916) 306-0636 today for a free consultation with our Sacramento injury lawyer regarding your injury case.

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  • JACQUELINE SWINSON
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    This is my second time hiring Mr. Choyce for my son, who was charged with a criminal act. Both times that I hired Mr. Choyce, I was very impressed with his knowledge of the law, his professionalism, and the fact that he was relatable. He is trustworthy, tells you the truth about what you are facing. He is organized, he is a very good listener, came up with strategies that were appealing.I can’t say enough good about Mr. Choyce! I knew that he was going to give my son’s case everything he had, and he did!

  • JAMES CRAFT
    DUI Defense Client
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    Hiring the Choyce Law Firm was the best decision I made while trying to decide what to do after getting charged with a 3rd DUI. I tried to use a lawyer that I had previously used when in trouble with the law, he was near retirement and wasn’t able to give my case the attention I was looking for understanding that I was facing jail time. When contacting Mr Choyce we discussed my case and he told me he could help, he even knew my previous attorney. Mr Choyce was aggressive in fighting my case with filing motions on my behalf an trying to get my case dismissed, I was very pleased that he was not just looking to get the first deal the D.A. offered but was aggressively trying to win my case. Although we were not able to get the dismissal we were looking for he was able to keep me out of jail an I was able to serve my sentence on the EHD Program, which allowed me to keep my job an that was very important to me. Mr Choyce also handled a second case for me, I was charged with driving on a suspended license and no registration. Once again Mr Choyce was aggressive with this case and took it to trail an was able to get a not guilty verdict, which saved me a great deal of money in fines that would be pending with a guilty verdict. Overall hiring Mr Choyce and his team was the best decision I made, he provided great service at a respectable rate, an explained things as they were happening and with the charges I was facing I was very happy with the outcome of my cases that he handled. I would strongly recommend Mr Choyce and his team to anyone I know that needs legal representation he knows the law and will provide you with the best service you could hope for form a lawyer that wants to win.

  • JACQUELINE R.
    Personal Injury Client
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    “This is my second time using Mr. Choyce, and I would choose no one other than him. Both times that I hired him, it was for my son, and they were very serious cases. Mr. Choyce is smart, professional, practical, and relatable. He is a serious person, who listens, speaks in laymens terms, so that you understand what is going on. Not like some that I have experience, who talk over you, and dont take the time to really answer your questions.The second case got very close to going to trial, however, I was confident that I had the best of the best representing my son. Thank God that after willing to go to trial, we got a deal that, I think was a win win.I would definitely, without a question, hire Mr. Choyce again!”

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SPINAL CORD INJURY ACCIDENTS

PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER IN SACRAMENTO CA

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HELPING VICTIMS OF SPINAL CORD INJURY ACCIDENTS

Spinal cord injuries can be one of the most life-threatening injuries caused by an auto accident, a fall or some other cause. The impact on the lives of the victim and families can be devastating and extremely costly. If you or a family member has been suffered spinal cord injuries, you need to contact a skilled personal injury lawyer in Sacramento CA who can file a lawsuit and get you the compensation you deserve.

Approximately 11,000 people in America experience a traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI). The spinal cord is a crucial component to our bodies. They carry vital and sensitive nerves that act as messengers to speak between our brain and the rest of our body. If the spinal cord is injured, not only could you experience life long chronic pain, but you could lose control of bodily functions.

Effects of Spinal Cord Injuries

Because the spinal cord is responsible for a range of bodily functions, victims can suffer a broad range of problems. The immediate effects of spinal cord injuries can range from minor to severe:

  • Loss of feeling
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Changes in sexual behavior
  • Muscle spasms
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Quadriplegia
  • Paraplegia
  • Death

Long term effects can vary as well. Injuries that result in a victim losing both the feeling and the ability to move his or her body below the area where the spinal trauma has occurred is called a “complete” spinal cord injury. When an individual still has some feeling and movement in the region below the impacted region is known as an “incomplete” spinal injury. It is difficult to tell the extent of the long term effects of spinal cord injuries. It’s important a medical expert gives a proper examination and analysis of your injury.

Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, the common causes of spinal cord injury are:

  • Auto accidents – 42.1% of spinal cord injuries
  • Falls – 26.7%
  • Violent acts – 15.1%
  • Sports – 7.6%

Spinal cord injuries could also be a result of risky surgical procedures and medical malpractice. Whatever the reason it may be, you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you must contact a skilled personal injury lawyer in Sacramento CA at The Choyce Law Firm for free case consultation. Spinal cord injuries are not only debilitating but also extremely expensive. A lawyer will help you get the financial compensation you deserve to restore you back to your pre-accident condition. Compensation should go above and beyond reimbursement for incurred medical expenses and “pain and suffering”. Because spinal cord injuries can have permanent and life-altering effects, a damages award should also include compensation for ongoing health care. Every case is different and it’s important you talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer in Sacramento CA.

Injured in an Accident? Contact personal injury lawyer in Sacramento CA for Help.

If you have been injured in a truck, motorcycle, plane or car accident, or charged with a DUI or other criminal or traffic offense, call the lawyers at The Choyce Law Firm right now! Our experienced Sacramento accident attorney is available to give you the answers you need to know immediately and can fight for justice and compensation with integrity and relentless enthusiasm.
 
It’s important to understand that there are many legal deadlines if you are injured or charged with a DUI. We are a local law firm with offices in Fairfield, CA & Sacramento, CA. We limit our practice to four areas of expertise: criminal defense, DUI defense, traffic ticket defense and personal injury. Don’t hesitate, to call our office at (707) 422-1202 or (916) 306-0636 for your free consultation!

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  • JACQUELINE SWINSON
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    This is my second time hiring Mr. Choyce for my son, who was charged with a criminal act. Both times that I hired Mr. Choyce, I was very impressed with his knowledge of the law, his professionalism, and the fact that he was relatable. He is trustworthy, tells you the truth about what you are facing. He is organized, he is a very good listener, came up with strategies that were appealing.I can’t say enough good about Mr. Choyce! I knew that he was going to give my son’s case everything he had, and he did!

  • JAMES CRAFT
    DUI Defense Client
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    Hiring the Choyce Law Firm was the best decision I made while trying to decide what to do after getting charged with a 3rd DUI. I tried to use a lawyer that I had previously used when in trouble with the law, he was near retirement and wasn’t able to give my case the attention I was looking for understanding that I was facing jail time. When contacting Mr Choyce we discussed my case and he told me he could help, he even knew my previous attorney. Mr Choyce was aggressive in fighting my case with filing motions on my behalf an trying to get my case dismissed, I was very pleased that he was not just looking to get the first deal the D.A. offered but was aggressively trying to win my case. Although we were not able to get the dismissal we were looking for he was able to keep me out of jail an I was able to serve my sentence on the EHD Program, which allowed me to keep my job an that was very important to me. Mr Choyce also handled a second case for me, I was charged with driving on a suspended license and no registration. Once again Mr Choyce was aggressive with this case and took it to trail an was able to get a not guilty verdict, which saved me a great deal of money in fines that would be pending with a guilty verdict. Overall hiring Mr Choyce and his team was the best decision I made, he provided great service at a respectable rate, an explained things as they were happening and with the charges I was facing I was very happy with the outcome of my cases that he handled. I would strongly recommend Mr Choyce and his team to anyone I know that needs legal representation he knows the law and will provide you with the best service you could hope for form a lawyer that wants to win.

  • JACQUELINE R.
    Personal Injury Client
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    “This is my second time using Mr. Choyce, and I would choose no one other than him. Both times that I hired him, it was for my son, and they were very serious cases. Mr. Choyce is smart, professional, practical, and relatable. He is a serious person, who listens, speaks in laymens terms, so that you understand what is going on. Not like some that I have experience, who talk over you, and dont take the time to really answer your questions.The second case got very close to going to trial, however, I was confident that I had the best of the best representing my son. Thank God that after willing to go to trial, we got a deal that, I think was a win win.I would definitely, without a question, hire Mr. Choyce again!”

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13 KILLER QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE HIRING A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER

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Not all California lawyers are created equal.

The truth is that many attorneys lack the passion, experience and ability to fully represent the interests of their clients in a personal injury matter. That is, in order to receive the full value for your injuries and damages, it is imperative that you find a personal injury attorney who has your best interests in mind. If you do, chances are that you will have a long and beneficial relationship.

When and if you are injured through the negligence of another, these are some of the qualities you should look for in an accident attorney:

  1. SUCCESS – How much experience does this attorney actually have? Does he or she try cases before a jury, or does he or she settle cases for less than full value? Is the attorney willing to try my case? Will the attorney that I am meeting with, the attorney that will actually handle my case or will I be passed off onto a young associate?
  2. COMMAND OF THE COURT – Trial attorneys are only as good as their ability to actually try a case. Before you hire an accident attorney, ask about their successes and failures. Find out how they try cases and what their philosophy is. Determine if the attorney is familiar with the court system. Some “trial attorneys” don’t really know where the courthouse is, let alone how to try a case.
  3. COMMON SENSE – The attorney you hire needs to have some basic common sense. Can the attorney grasp the peculiarities of your particular case? Can he or she understand what the accident has caused to your life? Most important, can you relate to the attorney? If the attorney is someone that you have nothing in common with and uses words you don’t understand, then a jury will not relate to him or her and you won’t get the best result.
  4. PEOPLE SKILLS – A lot of cases are settled with an insurance adjuster. If this can be done for full value then this works to the benefit of everyone concerned. To do this, an attorney must be able to relate to the insurance company and be able to honestly, fairly, and successfully explain how the accident has caused you harm. This needs to be done in a non-threatening manner. As I have been told, “No one has ever been bitched at relentlessly and then concluded that the other side was right.”
  5. TIME MANAGEMENT SKILLS – The old standard rings true in law, time is money. A good personal injury lawyer in Sacramento understands how to manage his time, the time of the client and most importantly, how to get the best result. Part of this is communication skills and part is the ability to get to the heart of the matter. In personal injury cases, attorneys are paid by the result and not the hour. Therefore, if an attorney is in love with his or her voice and drones on endlessly, your time is being wasted.

So, now that you know the qualities to look for, how do you get this type of information. First, remember to have a healthy bit of skepticism. Personal Injury attorneys are trying to sell themselves. Yes they are professionals, and yes they are for the most part hard working, but they are in business and there is a tremendous amount of competition. Trust what the attorney tells you, but try to verify.

Here are the 13 killer questions to ask of every personal injury attorney.

1. How long have you been practicing law as a licensed attorney?

There is something to be said for youth and enthusiasm, but there is also a lot to be said for experience. After years of practice, I can honestly say that I am not the same attorney I was when I started and like a fine wine I have improved with age. This is not the be all and end all. Some attorneys who have been practicing for years are simply bored with what they do and have lost their passion. This is just an indicator of what depth of experience the attorney has.

2. Has your license ever been suspended or revoked?

This is a red flag. There may be a very good reason why an attorney has had their license suspended or revoked. If so, ask about the situation. What caused it and how has the situation been fixed? Trust your gut and it the explanation doesn’t ring true, then it’s time to find someone else.

3. How long have you been practicing as a personal injury plaintiff attorney?

Just because you have been practicing patent law for 20 years doesn’t mean you know a lot about personal injury. And it is not enough that you have been representing insurance companies for 15 years. There is a world of difference between defending a personal injury case and representing the injured victim. You may get some insight into how a case should be handled, but the only true way to become a great trial attorney is to actually be in the trenches and fight for justice.

4. What percentage of your practice is related to personal injury and wrongful death cases?

My mother once told me it is better to be an expert in one area than a jack of all trades. If an attorney is dedicated to the representation of injured victims he or she will have very little time for anything else. The quest for justice for injured people is time consuming. Dealing with other areas of the law and being knowledgeable about each individual area is exhausting. I would rather be great at one thing then good at many. When it comes to my attorney, I want him to be great at my case and care less about anything else.

5. How many court and jury trials have you handled? What are your results?

There is a reason that personal injury attorneys are called trial attorneys. It’s because they are willing to go to court and find justice. If a personal injury attorney simply tries to negotiate every deal, then the insurance carriers will shortly figure this out and will low-ball every offer. That means that as the client you will not get full value for your damages. On the other hand, if your attorney has a successful track record, the insurance company will know and will not want to be the next victim in court. However, be wary of an attorney that says he has never lost. This means that he isn’t willing to go out on a limb and fight for every case. An attorney who has never lost has never experienced the anguish that comes with it and is unwilling to go to the ends of the earth to win for you. Having tried and lost cases, I can tell you it is an experience I do my very best not to relive. I will work myself to the bone to provide the very best representation so I never have to taste defeat again.

6. Who will I be dealing with? Can I speak with you, or will my case be handled by someone else?

You want your attorney to be accessible and knowledgeable about your case. It is fine to have a paralegal or associate work on the case, but you are hiring the attorney for his experience, not his staff or underlings. If you are simply meeting with a suit and the case will be handed off to someone else, maybe you are talking to the wrong person. Why did you just spend twenty minutes going through the first five questions when the person answering the questions will not be handling your case?

7. How are you rated by your peers? Can you provide me with anything to support this?

There are lots of services that rate attorneys. Some are good, some not so good. A good attorney will be able to show you how he or she has been rated. However, be careful that the rating is independent of any payment. Anyone can pay to be in the “Top 10 Attorneys” list. It is another matter to not be able to buy your way to the top. In addition, you should be careful that the attorney is not just under the umbrella of a firm and given the rating by proxy. A law firm can have great attorneys and poor attorneys. You want your attorney to be great.

8. Are you an active member (not just paying dues) to any trial lawyer associations?

There must be hundreds of trial lawyer associations. Attorneys, like all professionals can simply pay dues to be a member of an organization. Such things are in reality meaningless. On the other hand, active participation in an organization shows a degree of concern and interest. Does the attorney actively participate on the Boards or Associations or committees of trial lawyer groups? Does she work for organizations that support areas of interest in the community? For example does the attorney work for Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, or similar community based organizations. Hopefully, the attorney does not finish her day at work and then just go home. Hopefully, the attorney gives back to the community.

9. Can you provide me with the names of references that I can contact?

If an attorney is good, then his former clients should speak well of him. After years of practice, I have many former clients who have returned, and more importantly have sent me their friends and relatives to represent. These former clients are obviously pleased with the representation provided and will be happy to speak to potential clients. If an attorney cannot provide positive references, then there may be a real problem.

10. Do you have any testimonials about your services?

Just like references, testimonials from both peers and clients will give you an indication of how the attorney has done in the past. Some attorneys are great, but are not well liked by their peers. This is an area that should be evaluated. It may be jealousy, or it may be that the attorney is simply not a nice person. The absence of peer reviews is an indicator. In addition, former clients who have written reviews and testimonials are ready and willing to permanently say how they feel . This shows a level of trust and confidence that should be considered.

11. Have you been recognized by anyone or any association for your representation?

An attorney who has been practicing for many years has probably handled some difficult cases. These type of cases can be recognized for the effort that it takes to bring them from the beginning to trial or ultimate result. These types of cases are important because they let you know that this is an attorney that is willing to fight for you. Any decent attorney can handle your basic auto rear end case, but does this attorney have the ability to truly fight for the full value of your case? An attorney that has been recognized for his or her representation in the past is evidence of the extent to which this attorney will go to represent you. It is also an indication that the attorney will go out there and fight as opposed to just settling for the last offer.

12. Will you be able to fully account for all settlement funds?

It is not enough to simply give a client a check and say here you go. A good attorney will account for every last penny and will show you specifically where the funds came from and where they were spent. An attorney acts as a “fiduciary” that is one of trust. If the attorney will not fully account for the funds spent and received on your case then you may have an issue.

13. What do you need me to do during the case?

I view the attorney client relationship as a partnership. You and your attorney are working towards a common goal. This means that you will need to communicate and consult on numerous issues during the case. For me it means that in order to explain how you have been affected by the accident, I need to get to know you. I need to learn your story. Anyone can relate the facts of an accident and the medical history. It is quite another thing to be able to tell your client’s story and the consequences. This requires a real relationship and an attorney that doesn’t want anything from you won’t know your story. This attorney will not be able to fully understand the impact he accident has had on your life and therefore can truly negotiate a resolution for the full value of your damages.

Call a personal injury lawyer in Sacramento at The Choyce Law Firm For Help

If you have been injured in a truck, motorcycle, plane or car accident, or charged with a DUI or other criminal or traffic offense, call the lawyers at The Choyce Law Firm right now! Our experienced staff and attorneys are available to give you the answers you need to know immediately and can fight for justice and compensation with integrity and relentless enthusiasm.

It’s important to understand that there are many legal deadlines if you are injured or charged with a DUI. We are a local law firm with offices in Fairfield, CA & Sacramento, CA. We limit our practice to four areas of expertise: criminal defense, DUI defense, traffic ticket defense and personal injury. Don’t hesitate, to call our office at (707) 422-1202 or (916) 306-0636 for your free consultation!

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  • JACQUELINE SWINSON
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    This is my second time hiring Mr. Choyce for my son, who was charged with a criminal act. Both times that I hired Mr. Choyce, I was very impressed with his knowledge of the law, his professionalism, and the fact that he was relatable. He is trustworthy, tells you the truth about what you are facing. He is organized, he is a very good listener, came up with strategies that were appealing.I can’t say enough good about Mr. Choyce! I knew that he was going to give my son’s case everything he had, and he did!

  • JAMES CRAFT
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    Hiring the Choyce Law Firm was the best decision I made while trying to decide what to do after getting charged with a 3rd DUI. I tried to use a lawyer that I had previously used when in trouble with the law, he was near retirement and wasn’t able to give my case the attention I was looking for understanding that I was facing jail time. When contacting Mr Choyce we discussed my case and he told me he could help, he even knew my previous attorney. Mr Choyce was aggressive in fighting my case with filing motions on my behalf an trying to get my case dismissed, I was very pleased that he was not just looking to get the first deal the D.A. offered but was aggressively trying to win my case. Although we were not able to get the dismissal we were looking for he was able to keep me out of jail an I was able to serve my sentence on the EHD Program, which allowed me to keep my job an that was very important to me. Mr Choyce also handled a second case for me, I was charged with driving on a suspended license and no registration. Once again Mr Choyce was aggressive with this case and took it to trail an was able to get a not guilty verdict, which saved me a great deal of money in fines that would be pending with a guilty verdict. Overall hiring Mr Choyce and his team was the best decision I made, he provided great service at a respectable rate, an explained things as they were happening and with the charges I was facing I was very happy with the outcome of my cases that he handled. I would strongly recommend Mr Choyce and his team to anyone I know that needs legal representation he knows the law and will provide you with the best service you could hope for form a lawyer that wants to win.

  • JACQUELINE R.
    Personal Injury Client
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    “This is my second time using Mr. Choyce, and I would choose no one other than him. Both times that I hired him, it was for my son, and they were very serious cases. Mr. Choyce is smart, professional, practical, and relatable. He is a serious person, who listens, speaks in laymens terms, so that you understand what is going on. Not like some that I have experience, who talk over you, and dont take the time to really answer your questions.The second case got very close to going to trial, however, I was confident that I had the best of the best representing my son. Thank God that after willing to go to trial, we got a deal that, I think was a win win.I would definitely, without a question, hire Mr. Choyce again!”

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Waking up on a normal day, no one expects to need a Sacramento personal injury lawyer by the end of the day.

People don’t usually notice the multitude of dangers they encounter on a daily basis. Between dangerous drivers on the road, slick floors in the grocery store, a broken step on the way into work, a neighbor’s unleashed dog, and a faulty product you ordered online, there are many hazards with the potential to cause harm. This may be part of the reason 32 million people were treated for injuries in an emergency room in the US in 2012, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. The nuances that go into personal injury cases are difficult to fully grasp and contacting a Folsom personal injury attorney is the best way to maximize your chances of receiving compensation.

It’s important to understand the laws that protect individuals and how to protect yourself after an incident that causes you personal harm. In order to have a strong personal injury claim in California, there must be physical, emotional, and/or financial injury to the victim inflicted by the defendant.

When an incident occurs, especially a car accident, there is often a police report describing the events. It is very important to get a copy of this to support your claim. In cases where there is no police report or the police report does not assign blame for an incident, it is common for one party to accept the fault at the scene and later changes their story. Insurance companies representing individuals who once admitted fault often have a difficult time accepting responsibility for the damages even though the individual now claims to be innocent.

California is a comparative fault state. This means that each individual involved in an incident may be found partially at fault. The degree to which each individual is at fault affects the degree to which they are compensated and the amount they are required to pay. For example, if two cars collide on the highway and one is found guilty of not yielding when merging but the other driver was texting during the collision, each individual may be a certain percent at fault. Determining the actual amount each party pays could get complicated so speak to a Folsom personal injury attorney regarding your case specifically.

There are many different types of accidents such as:

There are also a number of different types of injuries victims can suffer. Depending on the situation, many different injuries can be covered under personal injury claims. The following is a list of some of the more common injuries an individual may have when filing a personal injury claim:

There may also be non-physical injuries that are incurred and for which an individual may be reimbursed:

  • Emotional distress
  • Lost wages
  • Medical costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lowered earning capacity
  • Loss of companionship and support from a loved one
  • Punitive damages

If you have suffered any of these types of injuries, it’s imperative you speak with a Folsom personal injury attorney immediately before time runs out in what’s known as statute of limitations.

Statute of Limitations

In California, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years from the date the injury was incurred. This means an individual with the intention to sue another person or group for an injury must file a lawsuit and bring the case to court within two years from the time of the incident. If this is not accomplished, it is very likely that the case will be thrown out and no compensation may be retrieved.

When an individual means to bring a case against any form of government, such as a city or county of California state government, the statute of limitations is actually 6 months in these cases. This is not very much time to deal with all the entities involved and to make a strong case without professional help.

Limits to Damages

There are limitations to compensation under certain circumstances and it’s highly advisable to speak to a Sacramento personal injury attorney for specific limitations regarding your case.

  • Uninsured drivers – California law prevents most uninsured drivers from receiving compensation not related to material costs (e.g. pain and suffering or emotional distress) even if the other driver was found to be completely at fault. There is a significant exception in the case that an uninsured driver is involved in a collision with an individual convicted of a DUI related to the incident.
  • Medical malpractice cap – the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act limits non-material damages to $250,000.
    It is vital to seek out a knowledgeable and motivated Sacramento personal injury lawyer to take on your case and represent you with all the power of the law behind them.

Call a Folsom Personal Injury Attorney For Your Legal Needs

Whenever anyone is involved in an accident, the emotional and physical pain and suffering could be too difficult to deal with alone. The Choyce Law Firm has over 20 years of experience handling personal injury claims of all sort. Give us a call at (916) 306-0636 to speak to a Folsom personal injury attorney.

Call a Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer For Help

One of the best things you can do to protect yourself from being taken advantage of is to get legal representation. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer in Sacramento at The Choyce Law Firm has years of legal experience handling personal injury claims with insurance companies. We understand the complex laws and procedures will fight on your behalf and can considerably help you get the compensation you deserve.

Give us a call at (916) 306-0636 to speak to a car accident lawyer in Sacramento who can handle your case and take the burden off your hands.

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  • JACQUELINE SWINSON
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    This is my second time hiring Mr. Choyce for my son, who was charged with a criminal act. Both times that I hired Mr. Choyce, I was very impressed with his knowledge of the law, his professionalism, and the fact that he was relatable. He is trustworthy, tells you the truth about what you are facing. He is organized, he is a very good listener, came up with strategies that were appealing.I can’t say enough good about Mr. Choyce! I knew that he was going to give my son’s case everything he had, and he did!

  • JAMES CRAFT
    DUI Defense Client
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    Hiring the Choyce Law Firm was the best decision I made while trying to decide what to do after getting charged with a 3rd DUI. I tried to use a lawyer that I had previously used when in trouble with the law, he was near retirement and wasn’t able to give my case the attention I was looking for understanding that I was facing jail time. When contacting Mr Choyce we discussed my case and he told me he could help, he even knew my previous attorney. Mr Choyce was aggressive in fighting my case with filing motions on my behalf an trying to get my case dismissed, I was very pleased that he was not just looking to get the first deal the D.A. offered but was aggressively trying to win my case. Although we were not able to get the dismissal we were looking for he was able to keep me out of jail an I was able to serve my sentence on the EHD Program, which allowed me to keep my job an that was very important to me. Mr Choyce also handled a second case for me, I was charged with driving on a suspended license and no registration. Once again Mr Choyce was aggressive with this case and took it to trail an was able to get a not guilty verdict, which saved me a great deal of money in fines that would be pending with a guilty verdict. Overall hiring Mr Choyce and his team was the best decision I made, he provided great service at a respectable rate, an explained things as they were happening and with the charges I was facing I was very happy with the outcome of my cases that he handled. I would strongly recommend Mr Choyce and his team to anyone I know that needs legal representation he knows the law and will provide you with the best service you could hope for form a lawyer that wants to win.

  • JACQUELINE R.
    Personal Injury Client
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    “This is my second time using Mr. Choyce, and I would choose no one other than him. Both times that I hired him, it was for my son, and they were very serious cases. Mr. Choyce is smart, professional, practical, and relatable. He is a serious person, who listens, speaks in laymens terms, so that you understand what is going on. Not like some that I have experience, who talk over you, and dont take the time to really answer your questions.The second case got very close to going to trial, however, I was confident that I had the best of the best representing my son. Thank God that after willing to go to trial, we got a deal that, I think was a win win.I would definitely, without a question, hire Mr. Choyce again!”

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