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.


Compensation For Catastrophic Injuries And Seeking Justice

Our Oakland, CA serious personal injury lawyer understands that life can change in an instant. Catastrophic injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, or severe burns, can be devastating, not just for the victim but for their loved ones as well. These life-altering events often result from accidents or incidents that were not the victim’s fault, and seeking compensation becomes imperative to ease the financial burden and ensure a better quality of life.

The Devastating Impact Of Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries can lead to profound physical, emotional, and financial hardships. Victims may face long-term or permanent disability, requiring extensive medical care, rehabilitation, and adaptive equipment. These injuries can also lead to loss of income, the inability to return to work, and the need for ongoing support services. Coping with these challenges can be overwhelming, and it’s crucial to seek legal representation to secure the compensation you deserve.

Navigating The Legal Landscape

Navigating the complex legal landscape surrounding catastrophic injuries can be daunting. Insurance companies often employ tactics to minimize payouts, making it essential to have experienced legal professionals in your corner. We have a dedicated team of personal injury attorneys who specialize in catastrophic injury cases. We are committed to advocating for our clients’ rights and helping them secure the compensation they need to move forward with their lives.

Determining Liability

One of the key aspects of seeking compensation for catastrophic injuries is determining liability. Our attorneys will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your injury to identify responsible parties. This may involve examining evidence, speaking with witnesses, and consulting with experts to build a strong case on your behalf. Whether your injury resulted from a car accident, workplace incident, medical malpractice, or any other situation, we will work diligently to establish liability and hold the responsible parties accountable.

Calculating Damages

Calculating damages in catastrophic injury cases can be complex. It’s not just about covering medical bills and lost wages but also accounting for future medical expenses, ongoing rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life. Our experienced Oakland serious personal injury lawyer will work closely with medical professionals, economists, and other experts to ensure that all relevant damages are accurately assessed and factored into your compensation claim.

Your Path To Justice Starts Here

If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, you don’t have to face the legal battles alone. We are here to provide you with compassionate and professional legal representation. We have a proven track record of successfully securing compensation for catastrophic injury victims, allowing them to rebuild their lives and regain their independence.

Oakland Personal Injury FAQs

When faced with a personal injury case, understanding the complexities of proving negligence is crucial. At Siegal & Richardson, LLP, we’re committed to guiding you through this challenging process. Our team of dedicated Oakland personal injury lawyers brings experience and compassion to every case, ensuring your rights are protected. Let’s explore some common inquiries we encounter in our practice.

What Is The Process For Navigating The Intricacies Of Negligence?

It’s important for victims to demonstrate that the responsible party failed to exercise reasonable care when proving negligence in a personal injury case. This involves proving four key elements: duty, breach, causation, and damages. Duty refers to the responsibility one has to avoid causing harm to others. Breach is the violation of this duty. Causation connects the breach directly to the injury, and damages refer to the losses you’ve suffered. Our team of lawyers meticulously gather evidence, such as eyewitness testimony and expert opinions, to build a robust case demonstrating these elements.

How Does Comparative Negligence Play A Role?

Comparative negligence can significantly impact your case. In scenarios where both parties share fault, compensation is often adjusted according to each party’s level of responsibility. For instance, if you’re found to be 30% responsible for the accident, your compensation might be reduced by that percentage. Our team adeptly navigates these complexities, aiming to maximize your rightful compensation while fairly addressing any shared fault.

What Are The Time Limits For Filing A Claim?

Timeliness is crucial in personal injury cases. When filing a personal injury claim, victims of such accidents have a limited period of time to take legal action. This timeframe, known as the statute of limitations, varies depending on the specifics of the case. Delaying can jeopardize your right to seek justice and compensation. Our Oakland personal injury lawyers are vigilant in adhering to these deadlines, ensuring your case is filed promptly and efficiently.

Why Is It Important To Document Injuries And Losses?

Detailed documentation of your injuries and associated losses is vital. This includes medical records, proof of lost wages, and evidence of pain and suffering. Accurate records strengthen your case, offering clear evidence of the impact of the injury on your life. We work closely with medical professionals and financial experts to ensure all aspects of your damages are comprehensively documented and presented.

How Can A Legal Professional Assist?

Our commitment to our clients extends beyond legal representation. We provide personalized guidance, helping you understand each step of the legal process. Our team has deep knowledge of local laws, and our varied experience in representing complex cases of this nature positions us to advocate for your best interests.

Final Thoughts

Proving negligence in a personal injury case requires a strategic and knowledgeable approach. At Siegal & Richardson, LLP, our team of seasoned Oakland personal injury lawyers is ready to support you through every phase of your case. We pride ourselves on our client-centered approach, ensuring your story is heard and your rights are upheld. If you’re navigating the aftermath of a personal injury, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for a consultation. Together, we can seek the justice and compensation you deserve.

Contact Us Today

Your journey to justice begins by reaching out to our team. Let us fight for your rights and help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Don’t let the financial burdens of a catastrophic injury hold you back. Contact our dedicated team of attorneys at Siegal & Richardson, LLP today to schedule a consultation. We are committed to working tirelessly on your behalf, ensuring that you receive the compensation you need to move forward with confidence. Together, we can seek justice and pave the way for a brighter future. Call our Oakland serious personal injury lawyer now.

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