San Francisco Personal Injury Lawyers
For over 20 years, our attorneys have successfully represented individuals who have suffered a serious injury requiring a hospital stay, severe long-term health problems, or wrongful death as the result of negligent actions of others. This includes motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents, or and many other types of injury.
Medical Attention for Injuries
If you are injured, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible, regardless of whether or not you intend on pursuing a claim. Injuries often do not immediately appear. With the type of injuries suffered in an accident, pain might not appear for 12 to 48 hours following the accident. Seeking medical treatment is important for your medical well-being and for your potential claim. If you don’t seek medical attention in a timely fashion, the other party may argue that your injuries were minor or were not related to the accident.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
If you have suffered from a serious injury as a result of a vehicle accident, you need to reach out to an experienced personal injury lawyer to advise you and aggressively represent you against the insurance companies or negligent driver. The insurance company’s goal is to either deny your claim or to pay you the least amount possible. Injured victims need experienced legal representation to obtain the highest possible recovery for their injuries.
McCormack & Erlich handles car accident and other vehicle accident cases involving auto, truck, motorcycle or bicycle collisions; intersection accidents; hit and run; passenger injuries or pedestrian accidents.
In all cases, accident victims should take prompt measures to preserve evidence, investigate the accident in question, and have physicians or other expert witnesses thoroughly evaluate any injuries.
What to do in case of an accident
If you have been involved in an accident as a driver, passenger, or pedestrian, the following steps will help you protect your interests.
Gather as much information as possible about the accident, including: 1) How the accident happened; 2) The make and/or model of the other car and its license plate number; 3) The names, phone numbers and addresses of any witnesses. It is always a good idea to call the police and wait at the scene until they arrive. It is imperative that the police report is accurate and that it reflects your recollection of the events. Photograph the scene before moving the vehicles (but only if safe to do so). Remember, no matter how good you think your memory is, information written down close o, the time of the accident is always more accurate than information recalled later. Anything you say to anyone following the accident will be admissible in court.
Fault issues can be complicated, and an experienced attorney will look to a number of sources, such as police reports, state traffic laws, and witnesses, to help determine who was at fault for your accident. Courts look to a number of factors in determining whether a driver was negligent. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Disobeying traffic signs or signals;
- Disregarding weather or traffic conditions;
- Failing to signal while turning;
- Driving above or below the posted speed limit;
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Failing to drive on the right side of the road; and
- Driving recklessly or unsafely.
McCormack and Erlich provides every client with the one-on-one counseling and personal attention you should expect. We work hard to provide personalized service and promptly respond to phone calls and inquiries.
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If you or a loved one has suffered from a personal injury, you need to reach out for help. The attorneys at McCormack and Erlich will guide you through each step in the process to get you the compensation you deserve. Call us today.
Wrongful death is the result of the negligence, carelessness, or reckless act of another person or corporation. Some common causes of wrongful death are: defective products, vehicle accidents, plane crashes, or construction accidents. When someone dies as result of the negligence of another, even if the deceased was partially at fault, the law provides that the victim’s next of kin and their estate may act as plaintiffs to bring a civil action to recover damages, including.
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of income from the descendent
- Medical expenses prior to death
- Loss of household support
- Loss of child rearing support
- Loss of medical and retirement benefits
- Other economic losses sustained by the death of a loved one
- Non-economic damages such as mental anguish and suffering
You must act promptly after someone dies because of another's negligence. There are time limits for you to act, called statutes of limitations, which require you to bring a lawsuit within a limited period or risk losing the right to seek a recovery. Statutes of limitations in cases of accidental death can be as short as six months (if a governmental agency caused the harm). If you have lost a loved one who was the victim of a wrongful death, McCormack & Erlich can help you. The vast majority of our cases are settled without going to trial.
You must act promptly after someone dies because of another's negligence. There are time limits for you to act, called statutes of limitations, which require you to bring a lawsuit within a limited period or risk losing the right to seek a recovery. Statutes of limitations in cases of accidental death can be as short as six months
Every day in America, a construction worker is killed or maimed due to the negligent conduct of another. Construction accident injuries are commonly due to falls, crane accidents, electrocutions, lack of catch nets, back injuries, falling objects, or defective equipment. The legal issues involved with a personal injury or death occurring on an accident site can be complicated due to location and ownership of the site itself and the many parties in question. While the companies involved have access to the accident worksite, the injured employee usually cannot investigate the accident without hiring an attorney.
Once hired, a construction accident attorney should hire a private investigator to interview witnesses, and research the owners and all other parties involved. The lawyer should demand access to the facility, obtaining a court order if necessary, to ensure the evidence or accident site in question are preserved until it has been inspected by the injured party’s attorneys and engineers. Time can sometimes be our worst enemy in accident cases, so contact an attorney immediately.