When individuals suffer a serious personal injury in an accident that was not their fault, they are often forced to miss time from work, receive extensive medical treatment, and endure long hours of pain and suffering. Fortunately, all of these damages are legally compensable in California personal injury cases.
If you are injured in a motor vehicle collision, slip and fall, or another incident that resulted from another person’s negligence, you may be eligible to pursue monetary compensation from the at-fault person and/or that individual’s insurance company. The San Francisco personal injury lawyers at Bogaards Law could assist you with filing your personal injury claim and recovering the compensation that you need. Please contact us to find out more about how we could assist you with pursuing monetary damages for your injuries.
If you have been injured in an accident that someone else caused, you may be able to file a personal injury claim. To be successful in a California personal injury case, you must be able to demonstrate that the at-fault individual violated a certain duty of care owed to you (e.g., to drive in a responsible manner or to keep the premises safe), and that this neglect resulted in your physical injuries and other damages.
Many accidents can lead to injury claims, including:
A San Francisco personal injury attorney could assist you in negotiating a settlement of your claim. Once you have finished seeking medical treatment for your injuries, your attorney will likely prepare a demand package consisting of all of your medical records, bills, and any lost wage documentation. The attorney will then submit that information to the at-fault individual’s insurance company and attempt to negotiate a settlement.
In many instances, initial settlement offers from insurance companies are extremely low and need to be negotiated further. You and your lawyer can mutually decide whether a pending settlement offer is worth accepting – or whether you would be better off filing a lawsuit and litigating your case in the court system.
Litigating a case can be costly, but in some instances, it can yield a better result than what you may be able to obtain via settlement. An experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer can lend his or her expertise when helping you decide whether to litigate your case and when explaining the likelihood of your obtaining a favorable result in court.
If you have been seriously injured in an accident that would not have occurred, but for another party’s negligence, the attorneys at Bogaards Law could assist you throughout the process. For a free case evaluation and consultation with a San Francisco personal injury attorney, please contact us directly to learn more about how we could help.
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.
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We hired Debra Bogaards to represent us after our beloved mother passed away as the result of negligent administration of medications at a reputable, upscale assisted living. Day by day we watched her decline, took her to medical appointments and were told by her doctors that they did not understand why. After her admission to the hospital, we discovered that nursing staff failed to administer prescribed medication; the unused pills were sitting unopened in our mother’s pill basket at the nurse’s station.
This was a painful, unnecessary and premature loss. We did not want other families to experience such an awful decline and death; we felt the assisted living facility had to remediate their practices and be held accountable.
Debra was an outstanding representative for us. We were exhausted, upset and bereft. Debra’s strength, confidence and knowledge comforted us. She helped us let go of the heavy responsibility of addressing the elder abuse because she carried it in her capable hands. Debra is uplifting to work with; she brings positive energy to all of her interactions, including with the opposing side and the mediator. Her strength and optimism reduces stress in naturally stressful situations. She has deep knowledge and experience and expertly researches case specific information. She is well prepared, a strong advocate, and is patient and respectful with her clients throughout the decision-making process.
Our result was very satisfying. The assisted living changed their protocol and instituted ongoing nursing supervision for the administration of medications. In addition, we received financial compensation. The results Debra achieved for us were excellent and helped us gain closure.
We highly recommend Debra as an advocate. She has high integrity, tremendous energy and gets results.
I recently had to mediate a complex and difficult case, where opposing counsel and I agreed to use Debra as the mediator. I found her to be extraordinarily competent, empathetic and efficient in getting my case resolved.
Debra was very thorough, read through and understood all the materials, and was very well prepared. She privately met with the parties and impressed upon them the risks each of them faced by going to trial. As a result, the parties reached a compromise which was fair, and only accomplished because Debra was able to see the case from a good perspective from both the plaintiff and the defendant’s point of view.
A month before trial, Ms. Bogaards successfully mediated a challenging personal injury case and was able to effectively bridge a vast cultural and legal divide, to broker a settlement acceptable to all.
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