Law Offices of Edward A. Smith

Sacramento, California Personal Injury Lawyers

Law Offices of Edward A. Smith

1900 Point West Way
Suite 200

Sacramento, California 95815

Phone(916) 921-6400 or(800) 404-5400
Fax (916) 921-5276

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Law Firm Overview

The 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 have a prominent website dealing with vehicular accidents. We specialize in brain injury, spinal surgery, and RSD cases.
Over the years, we have handled all types of serious injuries.

We handle trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, livestock accidents as well as auto accidents and uninsured motorist claims. We treat every client with respect, help you find support groups to help with healing and understanding and we will be by your side every step of the way.

We accept Sacramento and Northern 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 whatever money we recover for you. At the Law Offices of Edward Smith, our clients' needs come first, not our fee.

The Law Offices of Edward Smith will 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.

Year this Office was Established: 1982

Languages: Spanish, English, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Greek, Serbian, and Portuguese

Areas of Law

Additional Areas of Law: Vehicular Accidents; Auto Accidents; Drunk Driving Accidents; Livestock and Animals Collisions; Uninsured/Under-insured Motorist Arbitration; Dog Bites; Defective Medical Devices; Drug Products Liability; Swimming Pool Negligence; Hearing Loss; Impaction Fractures of Lower Tibia; Jaw Fracture; Meniscal Tears of the Knee; Pelvic Fractures; Renal Trauma; Throat Injuries; Vertebral Fractures.

Areas of Law Description

We provide professional legal representation and personalized service in the following areas of personal injury & accident law:

- Mesothelioma

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.

- 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".

- 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.

- 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.

- 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, many are the number of cases involving injuries and damages caused by negligent truck drivers.

- 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.

- 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.

- 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.

- Boating and Water Accidents

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.

- 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.

- 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 vehicles outside surfaces in comparison to human flesh.

- 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.

- 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.

- 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.


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 Brain Injury Protein Plays Role in Concussion Recovery Time

Concussions have received a significant amount of attention from the media and the medical community alike for their potential to harm academic, athletic, and social aspirations. Predicting their recovery time is one of the most challenging aspects of managing this epidemic and new research may make this process easier.

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 Femur Fracture Complications Can Be Serious for Patients

While repairing a broken bone is often the first priority after an accident, there are also a number of complications that patients and medical providers must watch out for. This is especially important when someone has broken their femur, as this is one of the largest bones in the body and can lead to life-threatening complications.

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 Femur Fracture Recovery Process

When a bone fracture has been diagnosed, the job is far from over. Not only does the fracture need to be set but the recovery process could be extensive depending on the type, location, and severity of the bone or femur fracture.

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 What Is a Finger Fracture?

A finger fracture is one of the most ubiquitous bone fractures that medical professionals will see. Finger fractures can occur in any number of the small bones that extend from the palm of the hand. The thumb has two different small bones while the other fingers have three. A break in any of these small bones is termed a finger fracture and these traumatic injuries can develop in any number of ways.

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 Texting and Driving: Illegal and Dangerous

As a personal injury lawyer, I’ve seen many accidents caused by distracted driving, and one of the most common causes is texting. While having constant communication with work and family may seem like a good thing, doing it on the road can be a surefire way to suffer life-threatening injuries in many cases.

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 What is Bennett’s Fracture?

This hand fracture is a break at the base of the first metacarpal. The fracture can reach all the way to the carpometacarpal joint. Among thumb fractures, this is the most common and is typically accompanied by some subluxation of the joint itself. When auto accidents occur, there are small bones in the hand and wrist that have the potential to be injured. One of these is called Bennett’s fracture.

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 Danger and Liability of Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents can happen at any time and are a leading cause of visits to the emergency room. According to the National Floor and Safety Institute, more than one million people have to pay a visit to the emergency room each year due to a slip and fall.

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 Cervical Spine Fracture

Fractures of the cervical spine are located very high up on a neck and have the potential to be serious.

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 Femur Fracture Pipkin Classification Method

There are many ways to classify a fracture; however, some bones have multiple locations where fractures can occur, making classification rather difficult. This is the case with femoral head fractures, which are classified using the Pipkin classification.

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 Central Hip Dislocation

A central hip dislocation, also known as a central femoral head dislocation, is a devastating and unusual injury.

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 Liability for Dog Bites in California

With over 4.5 million dog bites a year and 800,000 medical visits annually in the United States, the potential for liability is particularly worrisome to dog owners, especially with certain breeds. It is also problematic for those of us that share the walking paths, parks or city sidewalks with these pets. Learn more about what to do if you’ve been bitten by a dog in California.

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 How to Become a Better Defensive Motorcycle Rider

Defensive driving is a skill every motorist must have when operating a vehicle in order for them to remain safe. Mastering this skill is even more important for motorcycle riders in California. Here are some defensive driving tactics for motorcycle riders of all skill levels so they can become a better defensive motorcycle rider.

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How To Really Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer

When I grew up in Brooklyn, no-one in my family had ever spoken to a lawyer. Neither of my grandparents had ever had contact with a lawyer, either. Lawyers seemed to be from another planet.

Now, in what seems like an instant, I find myself a personal injury lawyer in Sacramento and would like to offer some guidance if you’re ever in a situation where you’ve had an accident and need to find someone to work with.

First, look them up in Social Directories. Yelp and Google Plus are good places to start. See if the lawyer is well liked on Facebook. These sites may not be the be all and end all, but they’re places people just like you express their real opinions.

Then, take a look at AVVO. is a site where other lawyers in the community, as well as past clients, rate lawyers they know and have dealt with.

Now you have a good starting point. Maybe you found 3 or 4 lawyers that look like good possibilities.

What next?

Go to their website. Read the biographies of the lawyers. Do you feel some connection to them?

Look for the Verdicts and Settlements Section. If they haven’t had a good record of verdicts and settlements, maybe you’re looking at a rookie’s site, or maybe the site of an attorney who is really not so good. While at their website look to see if they have a testimonials section from past clients. What do those clients say?

Now you’re narrowing the choice down further.

Call and make an appointment with the lawyer you feel is best attuned to you. Make an appointment, it’s always free, and talk to the lawyer over a cup of coffee.

Is he or she concerned with you? Do you feel this lawyer is someone you can communicate well with? If not, don’t hesitate ..go to the next name on your short list.

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer and I hope you give me a chance to talk to you about your case.

Call me anytime at 916-921-6400 in Sacramento or 800-404-5400 (Elsewhere) for Free, friendly advice.

The Initial Interview with a Personal Injury Lawyer

When a attorney first meets an injured client, both attorney and client are evaluating each other. The client wants to find someone knowledgeable, experienced and compassionate.

The attorney is evaluating how this client’s personality will appeal to a jury if the case gets that far.

Is the client honest and forthcoming? Are they getting the quality medical care they need?

The existence of insurance is the next thing, the personal injury attorney explores.

Even in a clear responsibility accident, without insurance coverage, it’s difficult to obtain a recovery.

The attorney will explore if there's auto insurance, any medical insurance and if the other side has adequate insurance limits or if the client has an adequate uninsured motorist insurance policy.

The attorney will look carefully at who is responsible for the accident and why.

Finally, the nature and extent of the clients injuries will be explored and a plan of action drawn up on the case.

I'm Ed Smith a Sacramento Personal Injury attorney. See our Reviews on Yelp and AVVO and call me anytime at 916-921-6400 in Sacramento or 800-404-5400 elsewhere.

What can be recovered in a wrongful death claim?

A wrongful death claim has a variety of issues for which you can recover. Most states have a wrongful death statute which allows for specific recovery. This may include companionship, social, friendship, marital relations, sexual relations, anything encompassed in that relationship; in addition to the economic loss, medical bills incurred, and lost wages that would have been support for the family or beneficiary. All these factors are components that may be able to be recovered in a wrongful death or survival claim.

What To Do After Being Bitten By A Dog - Edward A Smith Law Offices

I have been bitten by a dog. What do I do next? The first thing you should do after a dog bit is get appropriate medical care. The risk of infection from a dog bite is common. It is important to find out who owns the dog or where the dog lives and if the dog’s shots are up to date. Obtain the name and address of the dog owner and get the dog license information. Next, file a bite report with your local city or county animal control or Sheriff’s department even if your injury is minor. It is a good idea to photograph your injuries, wounds and bruises.

Help for Victims of Car Crashes by - Law Offices of Edward Smith

Actual clients involved in collisions explain why they chose Law Offices of Edward A. Smith (or to represent them.

I needed to repair the ligaments in my left wrist and after that I needed a lot of treatment. At least going to the doctor three times a week for the last couple of years. I ended up having to have spine surgery due to upper back and low back injuries. I had two disk replacements in my neck and I am still looking at possible treatment for my low back. I was sick and hurt the next day. It was pretty bad. Yes, I had surgeries. I had knee surgery, shoulder surgery and I had a disk replacement in my neck. My lawyers were right by my side the whole time even helping me put aside money for future medical bills and treatment that I will need. I am thankful that the firm helped me. I was really scared after the accident. They were super easy to connect to and the people make you feel like friends and family.

RSD Attorney Ed Smith - What is RSD?

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy, or "RSD," is a form of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. It goes by many names, including chronic reflex sympathetic dystrophy, reflex neurovascular dystrophy, causalgia, sympathetically maintained pain, Sudek's syndrome, and clenched fist syndrome.
About 5 to 6 million Americans suffer from RSD. It is a disease that is poorly understood by doctors and patients alike. It often goes unrecognized because its symptoms can mimic other diseases.
The processes in the body that produce RSD symptoms is not well understood, however the actual cause of the disease is usually a traumatic event, sometimes even a very minor injury.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with RSD, even if after only a very minor injury, it is important to consult with a law firm specializing in helping victims of this condition.

How soon should I get in touch with a truck accident lawyer?

You should call a lawyer immediately. The sooner you get help from an attorney, the better you can preserve evidence that can help you prove your case. Trucking companies have 'swat teams' that immediately visit an accident scene and attempt to preserve the evidence that would help the trucking company. It's crucial that the experts your attorneys hire get there early as well. Additionally, there are subject time limits.

How do I find a qualified attorney to handle my wrongful death claim?

Wrongful death claims require a certain level of expertise, knowledge, and experience. Generally it is advisable to select a lawyer who specializes in these types of cases. For example at our office, we focus primarily on personal injury and wrongful death claims. What that means is we have handled hundreds of wrongful death claims. The reality is that you certainly want to get an attorney who understands the specific nuances and complications that may arise in not only developing and establishing liability of a wrongful death claim, but probably more or equally important, establishing what the damages are as they relate to the beneficiaries.

Motorcycle Accidents & Insurance Companies—Deciding Fault

Insurance companies use police reports, your own statements, statements from the other motorist and other evidence to decide who was at fault. But motorcycle accidents can be expensive, which means insurance companies may blame you for your own injuries rather than pay up. Ultimately, a jury decides who was at fault and what must be paid for an accident. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer will hire an accident reconstructionist and take depositions of the other driver to form his own view of who was at fault. Do not despair just because the police report is against you. Police reports are often wrong

What You Should Know About Motorcycle Accidents

Because the physics of riding are different, motorcycle accidents can be caused by things that would not cause a car accident. Motorcycle accidents are also more likely to be fatal or cause severe injuries. Different laws apply to motorcyclists. And motorcyclists face prejudice from some drivers. All these things make it important to hire a lawyer with experience in motorcycle claims.

Can I trust the insurance company to give me a fair settlement?

Keep in mind that the insurance company is not on your side. Insurance companies want to save money, and motorcycle claims are expensive. Insurance adjustors are trained to find excuses to reduce your settlement, such as claiming that you contributed to your injuries by not wearing full gear or that you were partially responsible for the accident. They will always dispute the severity of your injuries and the necessity of your taking time off work. You can even the playing field by hiring a motorcycle accident lawyer right away.

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