Anyone who has driven in or around San Francisco knows that streets and traffic can be dangerous. Drivers often violate the law or fail to pay attention, which leads to a regular occurrence of car accidents. A sudden accident can happen in an instant, though it can leave you facing a long road to recovery – both from your injuries and your financial losses.
After a crash, injured victims might have the right to seek financial compensation for medical bills, lost earnings, and other types of losses. While a monetary settlement cannot turn back time and prevent your injuries, it can help ensure that you are not responsible for the costs of someone else’s mistake. You should not hesitate to contact a San Francisco car accident attorney at Bogaards Law to discuss your rights. We help clients throughout the Bay Area and the State of California.
In order to know whether you are entitled to compensation, you must determine whether another person or party was responsible for causing the crash due to negligence or misconduct. Some common causes of accidents that can warrant a legal case include:
Liable parties might include other drivers, companies, or both. For instance, another driver might be negligent by speeding and cannot stop in time to prevent a crash, so their insurance policy should cover your losses. If your brakes were defective and suddenly failed, causing you to crash, the brake manufacturer should be liable. If another driver caused an accident while they were on the job, both the driver and their employer could be liable. Liability is a complex issue, and our legal team knows how to identify liable parties in each case.
Once you decide who was responsible for your injuries, you will need to file the proper insurance claims. Many people assume that auto accident claims are straightforward and that they can handle the process themselves. However, insurance companies regularly take advantage of unrepresented parties, which can result in delays and settlements that are far below what you deserve.
The insurance claims process can go much more smoothly if you are represented by an experienced car accident lawyer. We know how to deal with insurance companies and negotiate for the settlement amount you deserve. If necessary, we can file a lawsuit against the liable party and the insurer to seek compensation in court.
After a car crash, your priority should be getting the medical treatment you need for your injuries. Once you are on the road to recovery from your injuries, you should always learn about your legal options from a San Francisco car accident attorney. Bogaards Law is ready to help, so please contact us today.
Female student was sexually abused by a male student at a local private middle school. The male student had abused other students in the past.
Disputed sexual molestation of high school male student by female teacher at private school.
Plaintiff was the executive assistant for the CEO of a Silicon Valley tech company for only a few years. She was fired for absenteeism and poor work performance; however, plaintiff had a personal relationship with the CEO’s family and claimed that the personal relationship both interfered with her ability to do her office work and lead to her termination.
Court trial in Marin County for breach of plaintiff’s employment contract as an office manager. Plaintiff had both a personal and work relationship with employer, a medical doctor.
Elder abuse case involving the death of a client’s father at a skilled nursing facility due to neglect, dehydration, and open wounds. Case settled at early mediation.
Elder abuse case involving the death of a fellow attorney’s mother within a month of moving into an upscale care facility in Marin County, because she was not given medications. Expedited settlement within three months of claim.
Wrongful death of the 20-year-old daughter of Renee and Israel Morales in the San Bruno PG&E gas pipeline explosion, with co-counsel John Feder. We were the second case to go to mediation resulting in one of the highest settlements in history. We also accompanied Renee Morales to the PG&E criminal trial over 5 years later.
Wrongful death of 94 year old petite grandmother who ran out into traffic in the middle of the block between parked cars against a red light. Our accident reconstruction expert found no liability- zero-against the driver who hit her.
Partial finger amputation of 8-year-old boy with comparative fault.
Plaintiff was an 85-year-old man attending a weekly Rotary meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel in Livermore. He slipped on wet tiles and broke his femur in four places.
Plaintiff slipped and fell on nacho cheese on the floor at a U.S.F. basketball game, injuring his knee and resulting in arthroscopic surgery.
Wrist fracture arising out of pedestrian/auto accident, no surgery.
Carbon monoxide poisoning case where clients, living in a ranch home in west Marin County, had only one day of exposure and no residual symptoms.
Bicyclist suffered broken wrist injury requiring multiple surgeries in no liability case.
Race car professional suffered neuropathic leg pain when race car driver backed up into him, while standing at metal table in hangar.
Homeowner slips on unsecured tarp in her foyer after coming downstairs and sues her general contractor doing her kitchen remodel. Homeowner suffers a severe elbow injury with surgery.
Cyclist gets doored by rideshare car. Bruising and scarring near eye and hand.
Over 35 years of professional excellence
My mediation appointment with Ms. Bogaards was more than interesting as it was conducted exclusively by phone due to the health crisis. Despite this, it went smoothly and productively. The case settled within the allotted time frame due largely in part to Ms. Bogaards persistence but also her vast experience in personal injury work. It was obvious her defense and plaintiff’s background gave her credibility with both parties. All in all, it was all a very positive experience for a first-time use. She was prepared and knew the flash points needed to get this settled. It took time but it was due to the parties obstinance, which she dealt with professionally and civilly. I’ve known Ms. Bogaards over the years from having litigated with her in her role as a defense attorney. I thought this case was perfect for a Mediator with a defense background that also does plaintiff’s work, as she does. I was very impressed with her grasp of value as regards a plaintiff’s case. She was spot on regarding the values and issues. I would not hesitate to use her again and recommend her as a Mediator to all plaintiff’s attorneys who view her strictly as a former defense attorney. She is way more than that; very efficient, there was no wasted time.
Debra Bogaards is one of the most thorough, skilled and aggressive litigators in the Bay Area. She protects her clients and their interests like a mama bear to her cubs. I speak both as a client for whom Ms. Bogaards achieved an incredible result, and as a colleague who has worked beside Ms. Bogaards and has seen her diligence and thought process. Here skillset and tremendous presence and command, regardless of the forum, makes for a most fierce litigator. Ms. Bogaards is always my first recommendation to clients and friends seeking to protect their legal rights relating to personal injuries.
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