California Personal Injury Attorneys
Law Offices of Edward A. Smith1900 Point West Way, Suite 200
Sacramento, California 95815
(916) 921-6400 or(800) 404-5400
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Law Firm Overview FREE CONSULTATIONThe Law Offices of Edward Smith's primary area of practice is California personal injury law, which makes up just over 95% of our practice.
We also help Sacramento area residents with medical malpractice lawsuits and Federal Employers Liability Act cases for railroad workers injured on the job.
The remaining portion of the practice includes general consumer law.
Our past clients would tell you that we are not a stodgy, impersonal law firm.
We treat every client with respect, help you find support groups to help with healing and understanding if you need those types of services, and we will be by your side all the way.
We accept Sacramento, California personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis. That means we only collect a fee if we are successful in collecting on your behalf.
The actual fee is a percentage of the whatever money we recover for you.
Unlike a lot of Sacramento injury attorneys, when we take a case, we do not normally charge a fee on any of the property damage monies recovered. And we never net more in fees than our clients net after their medical bills and costs.
At our law firm, our clients' needs come first, not our fee.
We'll be straightforward about the positives and possible challenges in your case and our past clients are always available to let you know their positive experiences with us. All you have to do is ask.
Languages: Spanish & English
Areas of Law
- Admiralty & Maritime
- Animal Bites
- Asbestos Mesothelioma
- Aviation Accidents
- Back & Neck Injury
- Bicycle Accident
- Birth Injury
- Boating Accident
- Brain Injury
- Burn Injuries
- Bus Accidents
- Car Accident
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Civil Litigation
- Class Actions
- Commercial Litigation
- Commercial Ship Accident
- Construction Accidents
- Construction Injuries
- Consumer Law
- Criminal Law
- Cruise Ship Accidents
- Defamation, Libel & Slander
- Defective Drugs
- Defective Products
- Failure to Diagnose
- FELA Railroad Injuries
- Food Poisoning
- Industrial Injuries
- Informed Consent
- Mass Tort
- Medical Malpractice
- Medication Errors
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Motor Vehicles
- Motorcycle Accident
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Pedestrian Accident
- Personal Injury
- Pharmaceutical Litigation
- Premises Liability
- Product Liability
- Product Liability Litigation
- Railroad Accidents
- Rollover Accident
- Slip & Fall
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Surgical Errors
- Toxic Mold
- Toxic Torts
- Traffic Ticket
- Truck Accident
- Workers Compensation
- Workplace Injuries
- Wrongful Death
Additional Areas of Law: Accutane; Avandia; Bausch and Lomb Fungal Eye Infections; Bone Fractures; DePuy Orthopedic Hip Replacement Recalls; Drunk Driving Accidents; Fireplace Burns; Fosamax Product Liability; Gadolinium; Kugel Hernia Patch; MRSA - Staph Infection; Paxil; Provera, Prempro and Premarin; Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD); Requip or Ropinirole Product Liability; Swimming Pool Injuries; Toyota Recall; Vioxx; Yamaha Rhino Rollover Accidents; Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella Birth Control Product Liability.
Areas of Law Description
We provide professional legal representation and personalized service in the following areas of personal injury & accident law:
Accutane side effects can be severe and you should seek legal help if you or a loved one have suffered do to taking this medication. I'm sure if you or a family member has suffered from taking this drug, you have questions. My name is Ed Smith - and as a Sacramento Accutane Drug Defect Attorney, I'd like to answer them.
- Bausch and Lomb Fungal Eye Infections
Our law office is committed to representing victims who have suffered severe eye infections from the ReNu contact lens cleaning solution and Moisture Loc cleaning solution. If you or a loved one have developed an eye infection or have suffered any other serious eye injury or coroneal transplant after using the ReNu products, you may have the grounds for a product liability lawsuit against Bausch & Lomb.
- Bone Fractures
My name is Ed Smith, and over the years, I've represented countless individuals that have suffered these types of injuries. I specialize in representing clients that have suffered all types of bone injuries including fractures and dislocations. This field of injury law requires experienced personal injury litigation attorneys. If you've suffered this unfortunate injury as a result of someone else's fault, let my law firms expertise help you.
- DePuy Orthopedic Hip Replacement Recalls
Every year, thousands of successful hip replacements are performed, bringing a better life to men and women around the world. Unfortunately, this was not the case for patients who received a defective design following hip replacement surgery using either DePuy’s ASR Hip Resurfacing System™ or the ASR XL Acetabular Cups System™. If you or a family member believe you are a victim of defective artificial hip and would like to discuss your legal options with a Sacramento defective product attorney, contact our firm.
- Fireplace Burns
The treatment of burn injuries, particularly hand burn injuries to children is painful and time intensive. Burns to children’s bodies and hands are obviously very difficult and traumatic injuries to endure. If your child has suffered a severe burn from contacting a fireplace, I'm sure you have many unanswered questions. I'd like to help answer them. My name is Ed Smith and I'm a Sacramento fireplace burn injury attorney.
- Fosamax Product Liability
Possible side effects of this drug which have possible grounds for a Fosamax drug defect lawsuit in Sacramento, include:
• Heartburn, indigestion, nausea
• Difficult or painful swallowing
• Chest pains
• Severe bone, joint, muscle pain
• Jawbone problems such as infection, delayed healing after teeth are pulled
• Stomach pain
Gadolinium was created for use in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in 1988. Soon after it became the preferred contrast agents in MRI’s administered to patients with kidney problems. This was because the agents in Gadolinium were thought to be safer than other iodine based contrast agents. Gadolinium has several possible side effects, some less severe than others. The most concerning side effect of Gadolinium is nephrogenic systemic fibrosis. Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) is a progressive disorder which is associated with the development of excessive scar tissue as well as thick, hardened and tight areas of skin which often cover the joints, resulting in severe limitations on movement.
- Kugel Hernia Patch
The Kugel Hernia Patch was designed for use in open ventral hernia repair. The patch was used to help eliminate the tension and strain on surrounding muscles and ligaments which reduced discomfort after surgery. The Kugel hernia patch side effects can be severe and you should seek legal help if you or a loved one have suffered due to taking this medication.
- MRSA - Staph Infection
You would think that the hospital would be the last place you would become infected with a dangerous bacteria. But that's not the case. Across the country, thousands of hospital patients are becoming infected with a drug resistant bacteria known as MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) - many times resulting in death. And it should not happen - hospitals should be one of the most cleanest and sterile environments around, but the fact is that most MRSA infections are caused by a visit to a hospital. My name is Ed Smith and I'm a Sacramento MRSA infection lawyer that has helped numerous families deal with this horrible situation.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer, in which malignant or cancerous cells are found in the Mesothelium. The Mesothelium is a protective sac that covers most of the body’s internal organs. That is what the cancer attacks - and it is always fatal. My name is Ed Smith. I am a Sacramento mesothelioma attorney that has helped numerous families deal with this horrific disease.
- Wrongful Death
Wrongful death as a legal term is a death that has been caused by the fault of another person. For example, deaths caused by drunk driving, the manufacture of a defective or dangerous product, the construction of an unsound structure or building, or failing to diagnose a fatal disease may be considered under the law as "wrongful deaths". Wrongful death lawsuits or claims are generally filed by family members or beneficiaries of the decedent. In some instances, these claims are filed in order to obtain monetary damages to cover the earnings the deceased person would have provided. Other damages that may be recovered include:
• Expense associated with the death, e.g., medical and funeral.
• Lost benefits, such as insurance, from the death
• Loss of inheritance from an untimely death
• Pain, suffering or mental anguish suffered by the survivor of the decedent
• Loss of companionship, care or protection
• Punitive damages, intended to punish wrongdoers and prevent them from harming others
- Swimming Pool Injuries
If you or your child has been seriously injured in a swimming pool accident, you may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit or lawsuit for damages against the pool owner. In California, it is the responsibility of the pool accident victim to prove that the owner was negligent and that this negligence was the cause of serious injuries and damages.
- Drunk Driving Accidents
"Driving under the influence", or "Driving while intoxicated", is the term for alcohol-related driving behavior. It is responsible for nearly 1/3 of all traffic deaths in this country. Many of these impaired drivers are repeat offenders. Drunk drivers cause a heavy burden of death and/or injury to themselves and to innocent drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.
- Car Accidents
Our firm represents clients who have suffered personal injuries or property damage in automobile, motorcycle, truck, or bus accidents. Such motor vehicle accidents include those involving drunk or hit and run drivers, uninsured or underinsured drivers, as well as accidents occurring from motor vehicle, SUV and semi-tractor trailer collisions and rollovers. We also represent those injured in car accidents, collisions or crashes resulting from defective products or design in automobiles and trucks, such as defective seatbelts, tires or gas tanks.
- Motorcycle Accidents
Our firm represents clients in the Sacramento area who have suffered personal injuries or property damage from a motorcycle accident. Such accidents include those involving drunk or hit and run drivers, uninsured or underinsured drivers. We also represent those injured in motor vehicle accidents, collisions or crashes resulting from defective products or designs in motorcycles.
- Toyota Recall
Toyota has recalled several of its newer model cars due to specific dangerous problems. Most of the models made prior to 2004 are believed to be safe and in no danger of having the problems of the new models. Not all newer model Toyota cars have the same problems, and they are trying to fix the issues free and quickly at specific locations. The recall was due mostly to sticking accelerator pedal problems that are found with several models of the car manufacturer. While repairs are still under way there are new potential problems due to possible faulty repairs and other malfunctioning parts.
- Trucking Accidents
Our firm is committed to making highways safer by forcing the negligent truckers and their employers to take responsibility for their actions. With the number of semis on the highways exploding, so too are the number of cases involving injuries and damages caused by negligent truck drivers. We devote every resource necessary to bring about a fair recovery for the victims of trucker's negligence. The Law Offices of Edward A. Smith approaches these cases aggressively and relentlessly. We have a comprehensive understanding of the complicated issues and the Department of Transportation regulations that govern them. We work with the victims to make the industry aware of the problem and thus bring about increased road safety for all.
On September 30, 2004, the manufacturer of the arthritis drug Vioxx, announced the voluntary worldwide recall of the medication. Merck & Co., the manufacturer of Vioxx, recalled the medication after a clinical trial that confirmed studies linking Vioxx to serious cardiovascular problems, including heart attack and stroke.
- Workers Compensation
Even as you read these words, you probably know someone dealing with a work injury. The effects can be devastating both financially and emotionally as an injured workers’ livelihood is placed on hold while he or she struggles to find his or her way through an extremely complicated system of benefits. While the California Workers’ Compensation System was originally developed so that employees could not initiate lawsuits against their employers for negligence when injured, there are a number of areas today within the system itself that often require the assistance of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.
- Yamaha Rhino Rollover Accidents
If you, your child or a loved one has been seriously injured due to a ATV/UTV (utility-terrain / all-terrain vehicle) - accident of any kind, it is important that you consult an experienced Sacramento ATV accident attorney as soon as possible. My name is Ed Smith and I have significant experience in ATV rollover accidents, particularly Yamaha Rhino accidents. This particular UTV may exhibit a propensity to roll over even when used safely and properly.
- Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella Birth Control Product Liability
To date there have been more than 50 deaths directly related to Yaz and Yasmin birth control. The number of product liability and wrongful death lawsuits being filed against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals has grown increasingly since the FDA ordered the company to spend over 20 million dollars on a corrective advertising campaign. My name is Ed Smith, and I'm a Yaz and Yasmin drug defect attorney in Sacramento.
- Products Liability
Products liability is an area of personal injury law that focuses on dangerous and defective products. Our firm represents plaintiffs in matters against corporations or manufacturers who have sold or manufactured unsafe products to consumers. "Products" in this instance cover a wide range of categories, including:
• Machinery and tools
• Medicine and Drugs, e.g., Rezulin, Fen-Phen, Baycol, PPA, Vioxx, Celebrex, Bextra, Aleve, Bendectin, DES, Thalidomide, Accutane, Phentermine, Parlodel, Phenylpropanolamine, Oxycontin, Pyridostigmine Bromide and other prescription and non-prescription drugs
• Medical devices
• Food and tobacco
• Toxic chemicals and substances, such as pesticides, asbestos, and mold
• Autos and other motor vehicles, including trucks and motorcycles
• Automobile accessories such as tires, seat belts, airbags and child car seats
• Household products and appliances
• Toys and recreational equipment
• Clothing and apparel
- Provera, Prempro and Premarin
Provera, Prempro and Premarin side effects can be severe and you should seek legal help if you or a loved one have suffered do to taking these medications. If you would like to get your questions answered and discuss your legal options, contact our firm.
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) usually affects extremities such as the hands and/or feet with pain and wasting of tissues as its main symptoms. The illness is much more common than generally realized, and it may be a component of many other diseases. RSD can be triggered by an injury such as a cut, sprain or fracture. Pain, even after the most severe injury, usually disappears within six weeks as part of the healing process. However, the symptoms of RSD can develop days, weeks, or months after an injury. The prolonged (chronic) pain caused by RSD may be related to the inability of the sympathetic nervous system to shut down after an injury.
- Requip or Ropinirole Product Liability
If you or a family member has suffered severe side-effects after taking Requip or Ropinirole, you might have legal rights against the manufacturer, including a product liability lawsuit. Requip, or Ropinirole, is a dopamine manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. It is used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, and is also the only medication in the United States with an FDA-approved indication for the treatment of restless legs syndrome.
- Animal & Dog Bites
Owners of dogs, not the breed or the individual dogs, are responsible when bites or attacks occur. If you live in the Sacramento area and have suffered injuries after being bitten or attacked by a dog or other animal, it is important to know your legal rights. Your ability to recover compensation depends on where you were bitten or attacked, as laws concerning animal and dog bites vary between states, counties and cities. Lawyers in our firm can assist you in determining your rights under these various laws, as well as help with insurance claims and requests for compensation.
Avandia is a medication for Type 2 diabetes that is sometimes used along with other medications to treat the disease. It is an oral diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels by making the cells of the body more sensitive to the action of insulin. If you or a family member has suffered severe side effects from using Avandia and would like to discuss your legal options, contact our firm.
My name is Ed Smith. I am a personal injury attorney in Sacramento that has pursued several drug defect lawsuits related to the use of Paxil. If you, or a family member has suffered severe side-effects from using Paxil, I'm sure you have a lot of questions. I'd like to answer them for you.
- Boating and Water Accidents
An injury that occurs on or with a boat is considered a boating accident. A boating accident can occur on someone's privately owned boat, a cruise ship, a personal watercraft (Jet Ski), or a ferry. It is a general rule of the law that the operator of a boat and its owner have a duty to exercise the highest degree of care in order to prevent injuries to others. The most common boating accidents are collisions with other boats, slip and falls on the boat, sinking and boat disappearance. Boating injuries usually occur because of a reckless or careless operator, boat malfunctions or an inexperienced operator. The Law Offices of Edward A. Smith have handled numerous lawsuits against the owners and operators of private boats and personal watercrafts.
- Medical Malpractice
When you, or a family member, is in the hospital you expect the care you receive to be top-notch, because the staff treating you is highly trained and paid very well. But even with all the expertise surrounding you, mistakes can happen....sometimes with devastating consequences. My name is Ed Smith and I'm a Sacramento medical malpractice lawyer. I've been successfully helping Sacramento area families work through medical malpractice issues for decades.
- Nursing Home Negligence
The Law Offices of Edward A. Smith is a personal injury firm, member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and handles select California nursing home abuse and elder abuse cases. The Law Offices of Edward A. Smith are committed to protecting the rights of the elderly and enforcing elder law. The Law Offices of Edward A. Smith represents nursing home abuse and elder abuse victims, and their families, throughout California.
- Pedestrian Injuries
Among the most serious traffic incidents that can occur are those which involve pedestrians. Lacking any protection whatsoever, a pedestrian is completely vulnerable to serious injuries when struck by a moving vehicle. Even a relatively slow-moving vehicle can cause fractures and other major injuries to a pedestrian due to the significant momentum of the vehicle's mass and the hardness of the vehicle's outside surfaces in comparison to human flesh. Leg fractures are particularly common due to the position of car bumpers at the moment of impact. If you would like to discuss your legal options, we can set up a free consultation with you.
- Slip & Fall Accidents
At the Law Offices of Edward A. Smith, we have experience handling slip-and-fall incidents of all types, including slips on food and foreign substances in restaurants and supermarkets, trips over badly aligned sidewalk edges and other dangerous surfaces, and falls down stairs that are in poor condition and/or not built to code. Any attorney whom you may select to handle a slip-and-fall case for you should have extensive experience handling these different types of incidents, because each will have unique aspects that must be adequately proven in order to resolve your case.
- Neck, Back & Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can be severe and life altering. Our firm understands that your immediate goals after going through such trauma are to get your medical bills paid and covered, make sure you do not suffer financially through any lost wages, and make sure your insurance company will pay for future treatment relating to your injuries. Our experienced attorneys will discuss your situation and go over the options available to you, as well as work with insurance companies and other parties involved in your case to make sure all your needs are handled quickly and appropriately.
- Head and Brain Injury
Edward A. Smith is a member of the Brain Injury Association of America. He has handled many TBI cases and is well experienced in the legal steps of proving and evaluating brain injury cases. If you believe that you or a family member may have suffered a traumatic brain injury as the result of another person's negligence, you should seek immediate medical care for the injury and you should seek the advice of an attorney experienced in these cases.
- Premises Liability
When an accident or injury occurs to a visitor or tenant living on another person's property, the owner of the property may be liable (legally responsible) if it can be proved that their negligence led to the injury. If you've suffered an injury of this type which you believe may be a result the negligence of another person, you may be able to file a lawsuit to recover the costs involved to pay for your medical bills, any lost earnings or other pain, disfigurement, emotional distress or permanent physical disability you have suffered. Injuries on properties can include those from:
• Slip and fall accidents
• Dog bites or mauling
• Exposure to toxic or hazardous substances such as lead or mold
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