Personal Injury Lawyers Serving Oakland, CA

One second can change your life. Whatever the circumstances are in your personal injury case, Siegal & Richardson are here to help you get back on track and to see better days ahead. With more than 35 years of experience, we have won millions of dollars for our clients and have been instrumental in changing institutions that need to be changed. We have the resources, the power, the desire, and the chutzpah to fight and pursue justice for you.

Many situations can result in catastrophic personal injury, which are those injuries that result in long-term consequences. Victims of catastrophic injury may require medical care for the rest of their lives. Life expectancy may also be shortened as a result of their injuries. These types of cases are complicated because current and future financial needs (which can be overwhelming) are addressed and included in any compensation. Victims of catastrophic injury also suffer such intangibles as pain, emotional distress and loss of enjoyment. We can help ensure that you are compensated fully and fairly for your financial losses and the intangibles. If you’ve suffered a catastrophic injury, please call and give us the opportunity to fight for justice on your behalf.


Let’s face it. A lot of things can go wrong on the road. Sorting out the cause of an accident can be tricky. There are many variables to consider, including road conditions, the condition of the vehicles involved and negligence on the part of other drivers. If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident, the last thing you want to do is fight through all the red tape. That’s where I come in. I can help you get the medical assistance you need, investigate the accident to determine who’s at fault, and handle the communication between you and the insurance companies involved. Once we determine the cause of your accident, I will work tirelessly to ensure you are compensated for everything you’ve been through. The sooner we can get started, the better. If you’ve recently been involved in an accident, please call me for a free consultation.

Car and Truck Accidents

Evaluating the factors that contributed to an accident involving a truck can be challenging and complex. Simply because of its size, a truck can cause a lot more damage than a car. To mitigate accident risks, the trucking industry must comply with stringent — and complicated — safety regulations and laws. If those standards or laws have been violated, and depending on the type of violation, both the truck driver and the trucking company could be held responsible. Issues that must be considered in a trucking accident include subcontracting of drivers, driving records, driver training, driver logbook, maintenance records, GPS records, permits, route approvals and weight limits. When an accident occurs, it’s in your best interest to hire a lawyer who can sort through the red tape on your behalf. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a trucking accident, please call me as soon as possible for your free consultation.

Of all the catastrophic injuries that occur, burn injuries can take a significant toll on individuals emotionally and financially. Burn injuries can be the result of a number of situations. Whether the injury is from a defective product, unsafe property conditions or a fiery car accident, the severity of burn injuries range from first degree burns to third degree burns. No matter the level and intensity of your injury, it’s vital that you have a burn injuries attorney on your side.

No matter the degree of the burn, burns have lasting impacts on an individual’s appearance and victims may suffer from long-lasting psychological consequences in addition to financial consequences. Devastating burns may require years of medical treatment and leave the victim unable to work and earn a living on their own. In addition to the lost wages, they will acquire medical expenses that can pile up quickly as they head down the road to recovery. This is where a personal injury attorney comes in.

As a burn injuries attorney, I have extensive experience in assisting victims and investigating burn cases. I will thoroughly investigate your case and work hard to ensure that whoever caused the circumstances leading to your burn injury is held responsible. If you’ve suffered from a burn injury, please call me today. As a personal injury lawyer, I serve the San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego areas.

Brain injuries are often the consequence of sudden impact and physical accidents. In many cases, the damage that has been done is not instantly recognized. Even a mild concussion can result in changes to a person’s mood, memory, ability to concentrate and to even sleep over a period of time.

Brain injuries can occur if something is to fall or strike your head or can occur during a car accident. For any injury involving the head, it’s vital that medical attention is sought immediately. The next step is to hire a brain injuries attorney to put the pieces of the case together and assemble any witnesses or medical information required for a strong case. As a victim with this type of injury, it is vital that you hire an attorney who is skilled in these cases and understands the magnitude of your injury.

Construction sites are obviously dangerous. But the general contractor, the subcontractors and site supervisors are all responsible for minimizing the inherent dangers. If any of these parties fail in their pursuit to make the construction site as safe as possible, or if they have been negligent in the maintenance of any of the machinery on the site, they are responsible for any injuries that occur as a result of that negligence.

If you’ve been injured on a construction site, you may be eligible to be compensated for lost wages, pain and suffering, and the cost of any medical treatment. If the accident you were involved in can be categorized as “catastrophic” (that is, it results in long-term consequences), it’s even more important that you hire an attorney today. Please call me so I can start investigating your claim and help you get the compensation you deserve.

Think for a minute about all the different products you come into contact with at home on a daily basis: food, medicines, kitchen appliances, cleaning products, furniture, electronics — and don’t forget your car! Basically, any product has the potential to cause injury. Sometimes a product just isn’t designed in a way that makes it safe. In other cases, the product is designed well but some corners were cut during the manufacturing process and the product didn’t turn out exactly the way it was supposed to.

And if a company knows a risk of injury exists if its product is used incorrectly and doesn’t warn consumers about that risk, the company’s liability may be increased when injury occurs. If you’ve been injured as a result of a defective product, save the product (or however much of it remains) and if at all possible, keep the packaging the product came in. Then call me. There is only a certain amount of time during which you have the right to claim damages as a result of a defective product, so the sooner you get in touch with me, the better!

An experienced personal injury attorney specialized in injuries to children must keep in mind some unusually sensitive factors that influence how a case is handled. In general, children are more susceptible to injury. For one thing, they haven’t developed the common sense necessary to detect and avoid dangerous situations. For another, their bodies are small and not yet fully developed, making it likely that consequences of an injury to a child will be more devastating than a similar injury would be for an adult.

If your child has been the victim of a motor vehicle accident, medical malpractice, a defective product, or any type of abuse, you have a lot to worry about. You must be sure your child gets the care they need. Please call me as soon as possible so we can work together to bring the responsible party to justice and limit the possibility of the same thing happening to another child.

Perhaps one of the most difficult decisions that we will ever be confronted with, is how do we help care for an aging or sick parent or relative. In our society, sometimes our elders including parents become residents of elder care living facilities. Some of these facilities, sometimes known as “Nursing Homes”; “Boarding Homes”; “Long Term Care homes” and other names, are really fine places.

Some of the facilities however, due to budget cutting, and other financial considerations, cut corners and adversely affect the level of care for our seniors. Sometimes there may even be issues of physical abuse as well as neglect. If you suspect that there is ongoing physical abuse at a facility, you may want to immediately contact the police. If your loved one has been hurt, injured, or died as a result of neglect at a facility, please call me to discuss the matter. Another issue that sadly sometimes affects our elders is financial rip-offs. Brokers, Stock Brokers; Financial Advisors; Accountants or other fiduciaries have a legal obligation to protect elders. If they violate that obligation, I can help obtain compensation. I look forward to your call.

Thousands of people are killed, injured or disfigured each year as a result of medical malpractice. Medical malpractice can stem from something as trivial as a medical professional misrepresenting his or her credentials; yet it can have far-reaching and serious consequences. We've all heard stories of doctors operating on the wrong part of patients' bodies. Thankfully, these kinds of cases are extremely rare. But what about prescribing a drug a patient is allergic to? Or failing to diagnose a condition that could be treated and make a huge difference in a patient's quality of life if caught early? Doctors these days are under a tremendous amount of pressure, which can result in less time being spent on each patient. Frankly, some doctors today just can't work effectively under this kind of pressure.

Unfortunately, therapist abuse is also a problem these days. Therapists practice under clear ethical guidelines and are bound by California law, which provides — in no uncertain terms — that therapists may not have sexual contact with their patients. 

The statute of limitations on medical malpractice cases is relatively short. If you've been a victim of medical malpractice or therapist abuse, please call me today so we can get started working toward a just solution to your situation.

Losing a loved one is a traumatic experience. If the loved one's death was caused by another's conduct or negligence — whether in a motor vehicle accident, or as a result of a defective product, medical malpractice, or any other reason — surviving family members are entitled to be compensated for the "wrongful death." Obviously, money isn't going to bring your loved one back, but the financial consequences of a family member's death can be devastating and you really do need a lawyer to ensure that you're compensated fairly. Wrongful death damages typically include compensation for funeral expenses, medical expenses, future lost wages and benefits, and emotional losses, which, believe it or not, a lawyer can help you put a dollar value on. If you've recently lost a loved one and you believe it was a wrongful death, don't — under any circumstances — sign a settlement agreement before you talk to me.

Business and property owners are obligated to keep their premises safe or to warn visitors or guests if an unsafe situation exists. If they have failed to do so and that failure results in an injury, they can be held liable for the costs associated with the injury. Not just limited to a slip-and-fall, injuries in this category include swimming pool accidents and dog bites. Other property hazards that can result in personal injury include broken glass, falling objects, lack of security, or even exposure to toxic chemicals. If you suffered an injury while on someone else’s property, please call me. I will investigate the circumstances and ensure that your medical expenses and other damages are paid by the party responsible for your injury.

Walking is healthy, green, and fun. But sadly, it's sometimes dangerous. Each year, thousands of Californian pedestrians are killed or injured in accidents involving motor vehicles. Many of these accidents are caused by driver negligence. Drivers must at all times exercise “reasonable care under the circumstances.” If they don’t — say, they’re distracted, disobey a traffic signal or disregard the weather conditions — their actions are considered negligent and they can be held liable for any resulting injury. It’s also important to note that a driver must exercise even greater care when children are present.

Pedestrians might also be injured as a result of substandard property maintenance. In these cases, the owner of the property where the injury took place may be responsible. If you have been a victim of a pedestrian accident, I can help you find your way through the obstacle course that no doubt will be set up by the insurance company of the driver or property owner involved. Call me as soon as possible so we can begin working toward a full and fair compensation.

Vehicular Accidents, Burn Injuries, Brain and Spine Injuries, Construction Site Accidents, Defective Products, Injuries to Children, Elder and Nursing Home Abuse, Medical Malpractice, Therapist Abuse, Wrongful Death, Premises Liability, Pedestrian Accidents