Accidents happen. That is part of life. However, when we cause accidents, we must accept the consequences of those acts. These consequences often involve negligence or another legal claim for damages. While the actor may not have intended to harm the victim, they can still be held financially responsible for that harm.
At Bogaards Law, we use this same simple and straightforward approach in every claim we handle. We start by making sure that the victim obtains needed medical help. Nothing is more important than your well-being. Next, we gather evidence that supports your claim for damages. There is normally a direct relationship between the amount and quality of evidence the victim/plaintiff presents and the amount of compensation the jury awards. Finally, we stand up for your legal rights, both in court and at the negotiating table.
Personal injuries come in many forms. A few of them are one-off accidents, but for the most part, negligence, or a lack of care, causes these injuries. At Bogaards Law, we handle a diverse array of personal injury claims, including:
At Bogaards Law, we also help swimming pool drowning victims, medical malpractice victims, and other types of negligence claims.
In a nutshell, negligence victims are usually entitled to compensation for both their economic and noneconomic losses.
A serious injury, like a head injury, is incredibly expensive. The hospital bills alone might easily exceed $100,000. That figure does not include things like lost wages and property damage.
Personal injuries also result in significant intangible damages, such as pain and suffering, loss of consortium (companionship and contribution to household affairs), emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment in life. Money alone cannot possibly compensate for losses like these, but the damages awarded often help victims move on with their lives.
In some cases, particularly defective product and medical malpractice matters, substantial punitive damages may be available, as well. These damages are warranted if there is clear and convincing evidence that the tortfeasor (negligent actor) was extremely reckless or ignored a known risk. Companies and doctors who place profits before people fall squarely into that category. The same can be said of tortfeasors like drunk drivers with very high BAC levels.
Personal injuries often cause devastating personal losses. For a confidential consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in San Francisco, contact Bogaards Law. We do not charge upfront legal fees in these matters.
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
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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