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Edward A. Smith

Edward A. Smith

AutoAccident.com (Personal Injury and Car Accident Lawyer)
  • Personal Injury, Products Liability, Workers' Compensation...
  • California
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Legal Analysis
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Communication Skills
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Ethics and Professionalism
5.0/5.0
Rating: 10 Justia Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
I rated Ed as high as possible because he has earned my trust and confidence as a personal injury lawyer. He is not about, "the money" but truly desires to serve his community with honesty and integrity.
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Summary

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, I came to Sacramento after 4 years in the U.S. Air Force, including combat service in Southeast Asia.

My time in the military and especially my youth in the streets of New York has taught me much about dealing with difficult situations. I am grateful for that education and I employ it to help my clients.

I wasn't born with a silver spoon and relate well to others who worked their way up.

My practice is devoted solely to Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases on behalf of injured persons. I have never nor will I ever represent insurance companies.

I've experienced several near death experiences myself and believes an injury or an illness can enable someone to focus on the deeper meaning in their lives.

My passion is to help my client's achieve the maximum fair settlement from the at fault party and to explore
the physical, emotional and psychological effects of their injuries. Those injuries rarely affect just the injured person.

Their spouses, significant others and children are also adversely impacted.

For years I appeared on the Award Winning TV show, ASK A LAWYER.

I'm the author of several legal articles, including "Top 20 Internet Sites for Attorneys" as well as the Amazon Kindle Books below.

-The Ultimate California Auto Accident Handbook.

-The California Motorcycle accident handbook.


I'm a frequent lecturer at legal seminars on the impact of the Internet and On-Line Services on the practice of Personal Injury Law

When I'm not in court, I enjoy reading, traveling, scuba diving, art, music and gardening.

I like to spend time with my son and daughter in law, Brant and Sheila Smith as well as with my grandson, Mason.

I am active in the Aspire Foundation in Sacramento, an organization devoted to helping people live their lives with passion.

I am also a sponsor for the Sacramento Blues Society. I love the blues and put on 4 concerts a year. All clients and friends are invited.

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Animal & Dog Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Car Accidents
  • Auto Accidents
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    See us in our office, or, if you cannot travel, we'll either come to you or Uber you here. Never a charge for initial consultation.
  • Contingent Fees
    29% Attorney fees for cases settled without litigation.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    If you have have very high medical bills and the other insurance has a relatively minimal policy, we will work with you.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
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Languages
  • Chinese: Spoken
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Greek: Spoken, Written
  • Hmong: Spoken
  • Russian: Spoken
  • Serbian: Spoken, Written
  • Serbo-Croatian: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
  • Ukrainian: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Founder
- Current
Education
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
J.D. (1982) | Law
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University of California - Davis
B.A. | Political Science
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
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Awards
10.0 Rating
Avvo
Member
Million Dollar Forum
Lawyers in the US who have Multiple Million Dollar Awards or Settlements
National Association of Distinguished Counsel
Top 1%
Attorney's in the top 1% of personal injury lawyers nationally in terms of verdicts, settlements and reputation.
Sacramento Top Lawyers
Sacramento Magazine
Litigator Award
Trial Lawyers Board of Regents
Professional Associations
California State Bar # 105263
Member
Current
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Sacramento County Bar Association
Member
Current
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Consumer Attorney's of California
Member
Current
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Capital City Trial Lawyers Association
Member
Current
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American Trial Lawyers Association
Member
Current
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San Francisco Trial Lawyer's Association
Member
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Los Angeles Trial Lawyer's Association
Member
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Publications
Articles & Publications
20 Web Sites All Injury Attorney's Should Know
Law Office Computing
A Consumers Guide to California Accident Law
California AutoAccident Guide
California Motorcycle Accident Handbook
How to Determine Whether You Need to Pay a Medical Lien or Reimbursement on Your Accident
Self
The Ultimate California Auto Accident Handbook
Speaking Engagements
Hiring and Training Paralegals, Sacramento, ca
St. Mary's College
Workshop training personal injury paralegals in the intricacies of day to day practice.
Certifications
Best practices in Managing Chronic Disease and Trauma
INstitute for Brain Potential
The Brain injury case: What the trial lawyer needs to know
Brain Injury Association
Certificate of Accomplishment 2016
Capital City Trial Lawyers
Websites & Blogs
Website
Edward A. Smith's Website Profile
Website
Edward A Smith Law Offices Website
Website
RSD - Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Attorney
Website
Machine Accident Lawyer
Website
Livestock Accident Lawyer
Blog
Sacramento Injury Attorneys Blog
Legal Answers
3 Questions Answered

Q. Under what conditions can a person withdraw their agreement to a settlment if the defendant has not paid in a year?
A: Reach out to your attorney who represented you for your original settlement to discuss this matter. I do not know the particulars of your case. Since I did not represent you for the initial case, I cannot state if you have money set aside from your settlement for future treatment. However, generally speaking, if you have settled your claim then it cannot be re-opened.
Q. I was at-fault in a car accident last year. I am a California resident.
A: If you file Bankruptcy, your IRA is protected up to 1 Million Dollars. They will likely go away. Ed Smith
Q. What rights does an uninsured driver have if they were severely injured in a car accident at no fault of their own?
A: Your mom should hire an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately. The most important question if responsibility is clear and if your mom has permanent injuries is the amount of insurance of the other driver as well as the owner (And the employer if the other driver was working at the time). A further source for money is your moms under-insured motorist insurance, if she had that in a sufficient amount. Another consideration is to hire an attorney who has extensive experience in negotiation down liens. There will undoubtedly be very large liens due for the medical expenses incurred and to be incurred on her case. Finally, make sure to hire an attorney who will reduce his or her fee if the other insurance is not sufficient to make your mom whole. Good Luck, Ed Smith www.AutoAccident.com
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Contact & Map
Edward A Smith Law Offices
1900 Point W Way
#200
Sacramento, CA 95815
USA
Toll-Free: (916) 921-6400
Telephone: (800) 404-5400
Fax: (916) 921-5276