California Car Accident Attorneys

GJEL’s auto accident attorneys have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients, and we’ve represented injured plaintiffs in claims against automobile insurance companies for over 30 years.

  • GJEL was featured on the cover of the 2009 issue of San Francisco’s Best Lawyers magazine.
  • We’ve recovered over $850 million for our injured clients and their families.
  • We’ve won thousands of car and auto accident cases–a success a rate of over 99%.
  • We have obtained top honors from Best Lawyers in America, Northern California Super Lawyers, and Martindale-Hubbell.
  • We regularly get better and faster results than other car accident lawyers without our reputation.
  • We’ll see to it that your car is repaired or replaced promptly and fairly, and that you receive a rental car.
  • We’ll help you obtain proper medical treatment and have your bills paid from Day One.
  • We’ll help you with your expenses.
  • You’ll speak to a lawyer immediately and receive answers to all your accident questions.
  • All cases are personally handled by a partner, not a junior or inexperienced lawyer.
  • Our lawyers are friendly and knowledgeable and give each client’s case individual attention.
  • Our lawyers will meet with you at your home, at our offices, or in the hospital, including nights or weekends.
  • We’re known throughout the state of California for our expertiseother firms routinely refer their large and complex cases to us.
  • We only win if our clients win. No matter how complex the case, clients pay nothing until we recover money for them.
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Comprehensive Legal Representation for Auto Accident Victims

While car accidents make up a significant portion of California personal injury and wrongful death claims, they cannot be considered routine. Each accident must be investigated individually to establish case specifics.

We can’t imagine how difficult this would have been for our family without GJEL in our corner.
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Our experience in California auto accident litigation is extensive. The California car accident lawyers of GJEL are adept at assessing the physical principles of the accident, the medical evidence used to evaluate injuries, and the economic and accounting principles required to evaluate losses. We provide the strongest possible representation.

Victims of car accidents are entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and for permanent injury or disfigurement. Please be aware that adjusters and insurers may try to take advantage of victims who are not represented by an attorney experienced in California accident law.

We Protect Your Best Interests

Do not count on the insurance company to look out for your best interests. It’s rare that an accident victim will “come out ahead” in an injury settlement without consulting a lawyer.

If we handle your case, there will be no advance fees or other advance payments required. If you recover nothing, you owe us nothing.

The law firm of Gillin, Jacobson, Ellis, Larsen &Lucey has over 30 years’ experience in litigating car accident cases. We invite you to call us today at 1-866-218-3776 for a free consultation if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident.

Medical bills from auto accident cases

After a serious auto accident, many people end up with medical bills that they cannot afford to pay. Emergency room visits, extended hospital stays, surgeries, and therapy sessions all place a significant financial strain on injured victims.

As we pursue your case, the auto accident lawyers at GJEL will help with coordination of medical benefits offered by your health insurance company, your own auto insurance medical payments coverage, and the liability insurance of the person responsible for your injuries. Our lawyers have over 30 years of experience helping clients successfully manage their medical bills; we consider it an important component of providing our clients with complete representation following an accident.

GJEL’s responsiveness was excellent. I was ecstatic about the result.
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The timing and selection of which medical bills to submit to which insurance companies can be crucial to the financial outcome of any serious auto accident case. The net result of your settlement may be greatly increased simply by managing these submissions properly.

Improper handling of these matters can also have a dramatic effect on a person’s credit rating. Medical providers will threaten to turn these bills over to collection, and collection agencies will, after a certain period of time, report delinquent medical bills to the three major credit reporting agencies. There are, however, techniques to defer payment of the medical bills, have them paid by insurance, or, in certain cases, have the medical bills waived or significantly reduced. Our accident lawyers have refined these techniques over 30 years of handling accident cases, and we routinely use them to our clients’ advantage.

Another common issue that crops up in most auto accident cases (and, for that matter, most personal injury cases of any kind) has to do with a medical lien. Most healthcare providers take the position that they are entitled to a portion of the injured person’s recovery in order to reimburse them for the amount that they (the healthcare provider) have paid for medical care. Not all of these claims are valid, and it is important to have an experienced attorney analyze them. In many situations there is no justification for a lien at all, and in other situations it can be significantly reduced. This is a rather complex area of the law, and it requires the attention of a skilled attorney. The attorneys at Gillin Jacobson Ellis, Larsen & Lucey deal with medical liens on an everyday basis, and we have the experience necessary to stand up for your rights against large healthcare providers.

Seat Belt / Air Bag Injuries and Defects

In addition to accident cases, our attorneys have a great deal of experience in litigating cases involving seat belt malfunctions and air bag defects. It often requires biomechanical engineer to determine whether or not a defect in the seatbelts or airbag resulted in far greater injuries than would have otherwise taken place. Our lawyers have demonstrated their technical expertise for over 30 years.

Uninsured / Underinsured Motorist Coverage

If the driver who hit you has no insurance or is underinsured, you may be able to pursue a claim with your own insurance company. Although the insurance company may have an obligation to pay benefits, the process is often difficult, and claims are frequently underpaid, delayed, or wrongfully denied.

Get an advocate to stand up for your rights: call us today at 1-866-218-3776 for a free consultation.