San Francisco Personal Injury Lawyers: Count on Our Reputation
Our reputation as plaintiff’s personal injury attorneys precedes us. Insurance companies in particular know that we are great lawyers who work hard for our clients, skillfully negotiating settlements when possible, but willing to take matters to trial to ensure our clients receive a fair outcome. Judges know that we only take cases with clients who have real, significant injuries. Therefore, when possible, defendants represented by insurance defense attorneys are willing to settle cases with us.
Recent Personal Injury Settlements We’ve Won For Our Clients:
- $735,000 settlement for a pedestrian who had a broken knee and a fractured vertebrae when she was struck by a car. The settlement offer on this case was less than $500,000 until shortly before the trial date.
- $450,000 settlement for a woman who had a badly broken leg when she was knocked down by a door suddenly opened by one of our landlord’s employees.
- $500,000 settlement for a man who had a badly broken leg when he was hit by a car.
Personal Injury Lawsuits
Personal injury litigation encompasses any type of civil lawsuit involving “torts” in which the plaintiff suffered injuries and damages as a result of the wrongful conduct of another. Torts are social wrongs, rather than criminal wrongs or contractual breaches. They are often covered by common law, rather than codified in statutes. Injuries in these lawsuits can be as simple as a broken leg or as significant as a traumatic brain injury, birth defects, or even death. The wrongful conduct in a personal injury case may be negligent, reckless, or intentional.
Types of Personal Injuries We Handle
Some common personal injury cases in which negligence may be involved are car or motorcycle accidents, construction site injuries, trip and falls, animal attacks, product defects, medical malpractice, and industrial workplace diseases. “Negligence” means that a defendant failed to act as a reasonable person would have under the same circumstances. The defendant’s actions are a product of carelessness. Personal injury cases that may contain an element of intentional conduct include assault, battery, fraud, and defamation. These encompass actions so wrongful that punitive damages against the defendant may be warranted. Often plaintiffs allege both negligent and intentional causes of action in their pleadings in those cases where the state of the defendant’s mind is not known.
Personal Injury Trials in San Francisco
Although individual judges may vary, San Francisco is generally known as a liberal jurisdiction for civil litigation, including personal injury litigation. That means most personal injury plaintiffs with cases in San Francisco are given a full opportunity to present their case and seek redress for harms resulting from the wrongful conduct of others. Juries in San Francisco also tend to be liberal, favoring redress for real harms if attorneys can show they were caused by wrongful acts of others who should have known better. A Bureau of Justice survey taken in 2001 found that there were 76 tort trials in San Francisco, with plaintiffs prevailing in 43 cases. The median award was $80,000.
Injury Attorneys Who Know How To Handle Insurance Companies
San Francisco lawyers who deal with personal injury claims on behalf of plaintiffs, insurance companies, private defendants, or big businesses comprise a relatively small community. Many lawyers for insurance companies and big businesses use strategies and techniques to make sure that injured parties do not receive large or even adequate recoveries for their injuries. This includes strong-arming plaintiffs represented by attorneys they believe to be weak with expensive and sometimes needless discovery and motions. Most personal injury cases in San Francisco are heard in San Francisco Superior Court before a group of judges who are familiar with the attorneys and their reputations.
We Take a Personal Approach to Personal Injury Cases
As a small firm, we take pride in being attorneys who deal directly with our clients not passing them off to associates or paralegals, as happens in larger firms. When you are injured or dealing with the untimely death of a loved one, you need time to heal, not the hassle of paperwork or the stress of appearing in court to sue the person or business responsible for the injuries. It is important to select experienced attorneys with a strong reputation for knowledge and skill, as well as persistence to advocate on your behalf. We are AV-rated attorneys with more than twenty years of experience in personal injury in San Francisco, and we do our best to keep our clients informed throughout the difficult process of litigation.
Contact An Experienced Injury Attorney in San Francisco
If you or someone you love has been injured through the wrongdoing of another, contact the San Francisco personal injury attorneys of Callaway & Wolf by phone at 415-541-0300, or click here to use our convenient online form.
Personal Injury FAQs
Here are some of the questions we’re asked by clients most frequently. Please contact us immediately by calling (415) 541-0400 if you have a question or wish to speak with one of our personal injury attorneys in San Francisco.
Is it important to hire a lawyer right away?
Injury lawyers work on a contingent fee, so you won’t save any money by hiring one later in the process. The sooner you hire an attorney, the more they can do to help you as you go along, and take the steps to ensure that your case is on properly worked up and documented.
What are some of the things a reputable attorney can be counted on to do?
A good lawyer will contact the witnesses and get statements right away, stay in touch with you regularly to be sure that you are getting the evaluations and specialist referrals you need, among other things. At Callaway & Wolf, we prefer to get involved as early in the case as possible, and take a hands-on approach to helping clients through the process.
How much will I get with an injury case?
In almost all injury cases, the largest component of the recovery is “general damages,” money for pain, suffering, mental distress, etc. Despite what you might hear, there is no real formula or rule of thumb for injury case values. It’s basically a market economy, and lawyers rely on reports of past settlements and jury verdicts for guidance.
What happens if the insurance company won’t settle?
We’ve had many cases where we filed suit because the settlement offer was too low. Some insurance carriers will only pay fair value when the trial date is near. Your lawyer’s ability to recognize the true value of your case is as important as anything else he or she can do for you.