What Makes GJEL The Best Personal Injury Law Firm?

GJEL Accident Attorneys is one of the best-rated law firms in the country for personal injury cases. We know that while looking for a law firm to handle your personal injury case you have a choice. So what sets us apart? As one of the highest rated law firms in northern California, we pride ourselves on offering high-quality legal representation with a personal touch.

In addition, we believe our results speak for themselves. For more than 40 years, we’ve maintained a 99% success rate and recovered nearly $1 billion for our injured clients. US News and World Report continues to rank us as one of the top law firms in the United States, and because we only handle personal injury cases we are highly effective in the field.

Finally, as a large firm we have the resources to take on any case, including many that a smaller firm may have to turn away. We have the resources to negotiate with insurance companies and take your case to trial if necessary. And because we work on a contingency fee basis, you pay nothing unless we win your case.




Attorneys serving our Hayward California law offices.

  • Andy Gillin

    Andy Gillin

    is the managing partner of GJEL Accident Attorneys. He is an award-winning personal injury attorney with a 99% success rate.
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  • Ralph Jacobson

    Ralph Jacobson

    For the past 40+ years, attorney Ralph Jacobson has been helping personal injury victims. Ralph is an award winner of the prestigious Superlawyers award.
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  • Luke Ellis

    Luke Ellis

    Attorney Luke Ellis is consistently recognized as one of the top personal injury lawyers in the country. Luke received the Best Lawyers award from US News & World Report and is also a highly rated Superlawyer.
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  • Jim Larsen

    Jim Larsen

    Jim Larsen has been helping accident victims in Northern California since 1986. He specializes in serious injury cases and maintains a 99% success rate with his cases.
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  • Kristin Lucey

    Kristin Lucey

    Kristin Lucey has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as a top 100 personal injury attorney in the United States. She received her law degree from UC Davis Law School in 1996.
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  • Personal Injury

    A personal injury attorney is an attorney who specializes in helping you seek damages for an accident in which you were injured.

  • Car Accidents

    Motor Vehicle accidents account for a significant portion of California’s personal injury and wrongful death claims.

  • Motorcycle Accidents

    After a motorcycle accident, you have two options for securing compensation for your injuries and other losses:

  • Wrongful Death

    The unexpected death of a loved one is a devastating event that no one prepares for. The emotional toll of such a tragedy can be difficult to bear.

  • Truck Accidents

    Motor Vehicle accidents account for a significant portion of California’s personal injury and wrongful death claims.

  • Bicycle Accidents

    Most cyclists are aware of the dangers of bike travel and take precautions to prevent accidents.

  • Brain Injuries

    Most traumatic brain injuries are the result of a vehicle accident, gunshot wound, sports trauma, or child abuse.

  • Bus Accidents

    Accidents involving public and private bus services and school buses are often extremely serious.

  • Scooter Accidents

    If you were injured in a scooter accident or on a scooter due to someone else’s negligence you should speak to an attorney right away.

  • Defective Products

    Each year there are many recalls and safety warnings issued as the result of defective or dangerous auto parts, including seatback failures.

Show Insurance Companies You Mean Business

One of the most important parts of personal injury cases is negotiating with an insurance company. Claims adjusters can and will try to get you to accept a low-ball offer; remember, they are acting in the best interest of the insurance company, not you.

We will show the insurance company that you’re serious about your claim.

Having an experienced attorney to negotiate with an insurance company on your behalf is the only way to get a fair settlement. As a nationally recognized law firm, insurance companies see us as a tough opponent. Let us handle the hard part while you take the time you need to recover.

Get the Damages You Deserve with a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Injuries can be severe and lead to lifelong medical conditions and even death. In California, there are several types of damages the other party might be responsible for. We can help you build a strong case to maximize the damages you can recover.

Get Compensation to Cover Your Medical Bills

Courts award compensatory damages to compensate plaintiffs for their injuries. For example, if you were injured due to the negligence of someone else, you may be entitled to compensatory damages for any costs related to your injuries. Damages may include both present medical expenses as well as future or expected medical costs, in addition to other types of damages. Accidents often cause injuries severe enough to permanently affect the lifetime earning potential of a victim. Don’t bear that burden alone; contact GJEL to see how we can help you.

Recover Damages for Loss of Enjoyment of Life

One important category of damages California recognizes is damages for “loss of enjoyment of life.” A court may award these damages if the victim’s injuries prevent them from engaging in activities that used to form a part of their daily life. For example, an avid outdoorsman unable to go on hikes or bike rides may be able to recover damages for that loss.

Get Compensation for Losing the Companionship of a Loved One

Another special category of damages, called loss of consortium, may also be available. When someone is killed or severely injured in an accident, the victim’s permanent or long-term disabilities can be life-changing for the entire family. Loss of companionship damages compensate surviving spouses for the loss of the love, affection, sexual intimacy, and comfort provided by their marital partner.

Don’t Hesitate; Contact our Hayward Personal Injury Lawyers Today to Avoid Losing Your Rights

We understand that after a serious accident, your first priority should be recovering from the trauma you’ve experienced. Unfortunately, the law is not always as compassionate. California imposes a two-year statute of limitations on all personal injury cases. This means that you must file your personal injury lawsuit within two years or your legal claim will become invalid.

Even if you’re not sure whether your statute of limitations has run out, contacting an attorney is a good idea. We may still be able to help, especially if you only discovered the true extent of your injuries well after the accident. Don’t miss your opportunity to get compensation just because you believe you no longer can.

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Hayward Car Accident Lawyers

Car accidents are responsible for over 250,000 injuries in California every year. Car accidents happen every day in Hayward, and unfortunately many of those result in serious injuries. In fact, there were 9 fatal accidents within the city limits in 2019.

No matter how safely you drive, there is no guarantee that other drivers will drive as safely. If the worst happens, having an experienced car accident lawyer in your corner can make a big difference. GJEL has handled hundreds of cases in Hayward and has recovered over $10 million dollars for residents who have been injured or killed in a car accident.

GJEL specializes in all types of serious injury cases including truck accident cases. Vehicle accidents that involve semi-trucks or tractor trailers typically cause more damage and injuries due to the size of the vehicles. In the past few years, we’ve seen

  • One killed and three hurt in a fatal truck crash off I-880 (August 9, 2016);
  • An acid truck started leaking on I-880, halting traffic (August 24, 2018); and
  • A fatal truck accident occurred on highway 92 (August 25, 2018).

Accident cases also differ from accidents involving cars with respect to who may be liable. Commercial freight companies own many large semi trucks you see. In some circumstances, you may be able to obtain compensation from these companies as well.

GJEL has successfully helped hundreds of victims who have been injured in truck accidents throughout Hayward and Alameda County and has recovered over ten million dollars for our clients injured in truck accident cases. Hiring a truck accident lawyer with a strong understanding of the complexity of these cases can help maximize your results.

Hayward Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Like truck accidents, motorcycle accidents typically result in more serious injuries. This is because motorcycles afford their riders far less protection than a standard vehicle. These accidents often result in severe spinal cord or brain injuries. Medical treatment and long-term care is expensive for these kinds of injuries, which are usually permanent and life-altering. Hiring a brain injury lawyer is crucial to getting the compensation you deserve.

Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are all too common in the state. California is the only state where lane splitting is legal. This creates a more dangerous road when you consider the presence of distracted drivers and semi-trucks, which may have limited visibility. 

Interstate 880 is a common place where these accidents occur, but motorcycle accidents aren’t limited to freeways. In August a man was killed when his motorcycle hit a parked car in Hayward. GJEL’s motorcycle accident lawyers have recovered over ten million dollars helping injured victims from motorcycle crashes.

Cases Our Hayward Personal Injury Lawyers Handle

Negligence causing injuries can occur in many different situations, from car accidents to premises accidents. GJEL Accident Attorneys handles all of these case types. We have over 40 years of experience representing clients no matter how they were injured. Some of the accidents we handle include:

  • Car accident cases;
  • Truck accident cases;
  • Bicycle and pedestrian accident cases;
  • Motorcycle injury cases;
  • Scooter accident cases;
  • Injuries involving Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare services;
  • Slip and fall injuries in Hayward; and
  • Wrongful deaths.

Personal injury law is very broad. While most personal injury cases are based around car accidents, many others result because of someone’s negligence. No matter how careful you are—on the road or at the store—the negligence of store owners or other drivers can create dangerous situations. When that happens, having a personal injury lawyer on your side will ensure that you are properly compensated for the cost of recovery and the impact your injuries have on your life.

Even better, working in personal injury allows us to take all cases on contingency—you won’t pay a dime unless we win or settle your case. If you or a loved one is injured in Hayward, contact GJEL Accident Attorneys today. We will be happy to answer any questions you have and work to help you during a difficult time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Sue for Dog Bite Injuries in Hayward?

California recognizes strict liability for dog bites and other animal injuries. This means that someone injured by a dog bite can sue the owner for damages, even if the owner was unaware of the dog’s aggression or if the dog had never bitten anyone before. Some dog bite injuries are small and may not require medical attention, but unfortunately there have also been dog attack cases that have resulted in the loss of human life.

What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

California law permits a victim’s surviving family to sue for damages when someone dies as a result of a wrongful act. Car accidents, slip and fall accidents, and even animal maulings can all form the basis of a wrongful death lawsuit. When clients come to us with questions about a wrongful death lawsuit, we approach them with compassion and dedication because we know they are going through one of the most difficult times in their lives. If you’ve lost a loved one because of someone’s wrongful conduct, contact a Hayward wrongful death lawyer right away.

How Much Money Will I Get in a Settlement?

While we can tell you what kinds of damages you may recover, calculating an amount is much more difficult. Your age, severity of the injuries, and necessary treatment are just some of the many factors that go into a damage award. No matter what your situation is, however, we will do our best to get you the most money possible. So far, we’ve recovered nearly $1 billion total for our clients.

Is My Case Really Free Unless I Win?

Yes, you really will not pay anything unless we pay a settlement. Personal injury lawyers have the ability to operate on a contingency. This means that rather than require a retainer or other upfront fee, we simply take a percentage of the total settlement. This model allows us to help any victim, no matter how much they can afford.

Can I Still Recover Damages If I Was Partially Responsible?

The short answer is yes. Every state handles contributory negligence differently. California is a pure comparative negligence jurisdiction, which means that an injured plaintiff can still recover damages, but their total reward will be reduced by their level of fault. As a result, California plaintiffs can actually recover damages for their injuries even if they were 99% responsible.

When Should I Hire a Hayward Personal Injury Attorney?

As soon as possible. In the aftermath of an accident it may be difficult to think about anything other than recovering. However, by waiting important evidence may get destroyed or lost. Additionally, you have limited time to file your claim, and the sooner you contact us the sooner we can start building your case.

Hiring an Attorney? Here Are Some Important Questions to Ask

If you or a loved one was injured in Hayward, after a fall, or otherwise, GJEL may be able to help. Contact us today online or by phone at 510-794-9441 for a free case review and to speak immediately with one of our Hayward personal injury lawyers.

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Hayward, California Wrongful Death Attorneys: Get the Justice You Deserve

At GJEL Accident Attorneys, we take pride in serving the vibrant and diverse community of Hayward, California. Nestled in the heart of Alameda County, Hayward is home to a myriad of neighborhoods, each with its own unique character, and we are committed to advocating for residents across the city.

We understand that accidents and injuries can occur anywhere, which is why we extend our services to every corner of Hayward. Whether you’re living in the bustling downtown district or in the serene environs of the Hayward Hills, our dedicated team is ready to come to your aid.

Our services reach out to every neighborhood in Hayward, including the top 10:

  1. Hayward Hills: Known for its panoramic views and upscale homes, we’re here to serve you.
  2. Fairview: With its rural charm, we understand the unique needs of Fairview residents.
  3. Downtown Hayward: As the cultural and business center, we’re ready to help those who work and live here.
  4. South Hayward: A vibrant residential area where we’re committed to safeguarding community well-being.
  5. North Hayward: We provide diligent legal assistance to this historic and diverse neighborhood.
  6. Glen Eden: Home to many families, we’re committed to ensuring their safety and rights.
  7. Longwood-Winton Grove: We extend our expert legal services to this community-oriented neighborhood.
  8. Mt. Eden: With its rich history and industrial roots, we’re here to help protect your rights.
  9. Burbank: A cozy community where we’re dedicated to upholding justice and fairness.
  10. Jackson Triangle: Known for its diversity and unity, we’re here to help in times of need.

Our commitment to you is unwavering, irrespective of where you reside in Hayward. At GJEL Accident Attorneys, we believe that everyone has the right to justice, and we strive to provide the highest standard of legal representation to every client. Our local understanding, coupled with our legal expertise, makes us the go-to choice for accident and injury claims in Hayward, CA.