Compass Law Group, LLP, a nationally recognized personal injury law firm, serves clients throughout Southern California; one of its offices is conveniently located in Oakland. Unfortunately, in spite of Oakland’s reputation as a trade center and busy port, and its bragging rights to the beauty of Lake Merritt and Tilden Regional Park, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety, Oakland is among the 20 most dangerous cities for traffic accidents in the state.
If you have suffered serious injury due to another driver’s negligence in or around Oakland, Compass Law Group has the strong legal representation to help you win the compensation you deserve. Our practice is rated 10.0 (“superb”) by Avvo, and our lead attorneys, Simon Esfandi and Joseph Shirazi, are both listed among Top 40 Under 40 by National Trial Lawyers. Both attorneys are known for their inclusivity and compassion as well as for their superior legal skills. Our offices are multilingual, providing services in Spanish and Farsi. This is a major asset in a city as diversely populated as Oakland.
When you have your initial free consultation, we will listen carefully to understand the specifics of your accident and assess whether we think you have a winnable case. If we do, we will commit to doing everything possible to make certain you receive the compensation you need and deserve. At Compass Law Group in Oakland, we are proud of having won millions of dollars for clients who have suffered any of the following due to another’s negligence:
- Spinal cord injuries (e.g. paralysis)
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Severe burn injuries
- Loss of vision or hearing
- Organ damage or loss
Whether you have been injured in a traffic accident involving a car, motorcycle, truck, or rideshare vehicle as a driver, passenger, or pedestrian, our sharp attorneys are here to fight strenuously to recover damages for all you have lost.
Compass Law Group attorneys are well-aware of how life-altering serious or catastrophic injuries are. Beyond economic compensatory damages for expenditures you have made and will no doubt continue to make, the law entitles you to non-economic damages for the intangible, but very real, losses you are now forced to bear. Depending on your individual circumstances, we will work hard to see that you receive damages for:
- Medical and rehabilitation costs
- At-home or inpatient nursing care
- Lost income, present and future
- Lost property
- Alterations to make your home accessible
- Psychological counseling
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Permanent disability
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If you have lost a loved one to wrongful death as the result of the accident, we know we cannot undo the tragedy. We will, however, fight, both in and out of the courtroom, to win you final medical expenses, funeral costs, and a settlement for your loss of financial and emotional support.
If the court finds the conduct of the person who harmed you particularly egregious, for example if that conduct includes extreme disregard for human life, intentional malice, or illegal actions, you may also be awarded punitive damages. Punitive damages serve two purposes: to punish especially atrocious behavior and to discourage others from engaging in it.
We know all too well that terrible injuries have terrible consequences. Clearly, in your present state you may be unable to do much more than worry. That’s why we are dedicated to lifting the burden of logistical chores from you and doing what we do best: taking the steps toward legal justice for you and your family. To accomplish this we will:
- Interact directly with opposing attorneys and insurance companies
- File all necessary forms promptly
- Investigate the site of your accident and photograph relevant details
- Examine police records and medical reports
- Investigate to find out whether the defendant has any prior history of similar misconduct
- Interview witnesses
- Consult with experts in relevant fields who may testify on your behalf
- Keep you posted about any important developments in your case
Even though we will be careful to keep you in the loop, we will respect your privacy. We know that your primary job now is to heal from your deep physical and emotional wounds and adjust to the changes in your lifestyle. For this reason, we will only contact you when necessary and, of course, in response to any of your questions or concerns.
Many accidents are the result of mistakes made by more than one person, although typically one individual is more at fault than the other. Although laws regarding shared responsibility vary rather widely from state to state, in California we follow the rule of “pure comparative negligence.” Comparative negligence (also known as comparative fault) allows the court to assign each person involved in the accident a percentage of liability.
What this means is if you are found to be 10 percent responsible for your own injury, that 10 percent will be deducted from the compensation you receive. So, if your portion of blame is deemed to be 10 percent and you are awarded $200,000 in damages, you will actually receive $180,000. The word “pure” in the phrase “pure comparative negligence” means that in Oakland and throughout California even if you are found to be more than 50 percent at fault for the accident, you are still entitled to the portion of damages assigned to the other party.
Our experienced, savvy attorneys are ready to help you now, when you need our help most. As soon as you contact Compass Law Group, we will begin working tirelessly to obtain the compensation you need. Our primary goal is to provide you and your family with a secure and comfortable future.