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San Jose law firm experienced with toxic exposure cases

The air you breathe, the water you drink, the home you live in and the office where you work can expose you to toxic chemicals. Exposure to toxic substances can cause permanent injuries and illnesses, such as cancer, infections, burns and birth defects. The attorneys at Needham Kepner & Fish LLP help victims of toxic exposure, whether from asbestos, mold, contaminated groundwater or soil, landfill contamination or defective construction products.

At Needham Kepner & Fish LLP in San Jose, our attorneys have handled numerous toxic tort cases, including a recent suit in which we represented nearly 200 Salinas County courthouse employees who had suffered serious harm from asbestos exposure. These cases are highly technical, so they require extensive research, preparation, and consultation with scientists.

Construction materials can be toxic

Many toxic torts are related to materials used in the construction industry, including paint, adhesives, insulation and drywall. Asbestos and other dangerous substances used at construction sites often do not have visible effects until decades after the exposure. Drawing on our experience handling toxic torts, products liability, and construction defect cases, we diligently investigate every case that we take on. We work hard to get you the compensation you deserve.

Help for toxic exposure victims in San Jose, San Francisco and Sacramento

If you have been diagnosed with an injury or illness that your doctor believes was caused by toxic exposure, we can help. To speak with an attorney about your potential claim, call us today at 408-956-6949 or use our online form. Our lawyers are available for weekend and evening meetings. We handle injury cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that you pay us nothing unless you recover compensation.

remises liability” is just a highfalutin way of talking about who’s responsible for injuries caused by a dangerous condition on somebody’s property. At Needham Kepner & Fish LLP, we help people in San Jose and throughout the Bay Area who have suffered broken bones, hip replacements, spinal cord injuries or traumatic brain injuries after slipping and falling because of an unsafe condition in a store, office, home or other property.

Property owners have a legal duty to keep their property reasonably safe. This includes inspecting the property from time to time, performing regular maintenance, repairing hazards, and posting warnings about any hazards that can’t be fixed. You have a valid premises liability claim if you were injured because of a dangerous condition on someone’s property, so long as the property owner knew or should have known of the condition and failed to fix it or provide an adequate warning.

Hazards that can give rise to a premises liability lawsuit include:

  • Spills
  • Obstructions on stairs
  • Poorly maintained sidewalks or walkways
  • Malfunctioning elevators or escalators
  • Collapsing decks
  • Exposed wiring
  • Failure to maintain common areas in mobile home developments

Time is of the essence if you fall on someone else’s property

After you suffer a slip and fall injury, gathering evidence as quickly as possible can be critical to the success of a premises liability case. Unless you move swiftly, it can be difficult to establish how long some hazards, such as spills, were present. After an accident, property owners also have been known to quickly repair or dispose of the hazard in an effort to scuttle your case. At Needham Kepner & Fish LLP, our personal injury attorneys are committed to moving fast to investigate your claim. We interview witnesses, gather evidence, consult with experts and examine the accident site, whether it’s in San Jose, Sacramento or San Francisco.

San Jose legal team fights for you

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from slipping and falling on someone else’s property, call Needham Kepner & Fish LLP as soon as possible. Our lawyers are available for weekend and evening meetings. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 408-956-6949 or use our online form. We handle injury cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that you pay us nothing unless you recover compensation.

Put our decades of experience to work for you
Construction sites are dangerous. Heavy machinery, toxic substances, falling objects and exposed wiring pose risks to workers and passersby. The experienced attorneys at Needham Kepner & Fish LLP help people throughout the Bay Area who have suffered serious injuries in construction accidents. Our attorneys have decades of experience handling a wide range of personal injury and wrongful death cases. We have the background and the resources to fight for compensation for you after a construction accident.

Helping construction accident victims in San Jose, San Francisco and Sacramento
Workers compensation benefits are often the only available remedy for a construction site injury. But when parties other than the employer are at least partially responsible for the accident, our personal injury attorneys pursue a lawsuit against those negligent parties. Such a claim might arise, for example, when a supplier’s delivery vehicle causes injuries on the construction site. A premises liability suit might also be an option, if there was a hazard at the site and the property owner failed to fix it or provide a warning.

Defective products are another common cause of construction site injuries. These include faulty tools, machinery that fails to shut off, and slippery materials that cause slip and falls. Additionally, toxic chemicals that lack adequate warnings can cause illness and injuries. If our investigation reveals that a defective product contributed to your injury, you can pursue recovery from the manufacturer or distributor. Workers comp would not bar these lawsuits.

Retain experienced counsel after a construction injury
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, consult our experienced attorneys as soon as possible so we can begin investigating. To schedule a free consultation, contact Needham Kepner & Fish LLP today. Our lawyers are available for weekend and evening meetings. We handle injury cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that you pay us nothing unless you recover compensation.

The attorneys at Needham Kepner & Fish LLP have a record of success in helping car accident victims and their families throughout California’s Bay Area. We are particularly experienced in handling serious accidents that cause catastrophic injuries or death.

By performing a meticulous investigation, our experienced San Jose automobile accident attorneys identify the causes of the accident, which can include motorist error, defective parts and dangerous road conditions. We apply our extensive trial experience and negotiation skills to deal with the insurance companies and fight for the compensation you deserve.

We help you find funding for your immediate costs

After an injury, one of your immediate concerns is how you will stay afloat financially while you are unable to work but are being inundated with medical bills. In addition to helping you seek recovery through settlement negotiations or a lawsuit, our San Jose auto accident attorneys can help you get financial assistance from other sources. If you have health insurance through your employer, it may cover at least some of your medical treatment. You also might be able to collect from the personal injury/medical payments coverage in your own car insurance policy. When you need to know what to do after a car accident, our lawyers can guide you.

Our attorneys deal with the insurance companies

In most auto accident cases, your attorney negotiates with an insurance company, whether it’s your own or that of the other driver. Insurance companies are for-profit corporations with a simple goal: to collect as much as possible in premiums and pay out as little as possible on claims. Car accident attorneys with a track record of favorable trial verdicts can dramatically increase your chances of obtaining a fair settlement with the insurance companies. Most auto accident cases are resolved through settlement, and the insurer is more likely to offer fair compensation if it is clear that your lawyers have the ability to win if the case goes to trial.

We serve the San Jose, Sacramento and San Francisco areas

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in an auto accident, consult our San Jose personal injury attorneys as soon as possible. We also handle motorcycle, bicycle and scooter accident cases throughout the Bay Area. To schedule a free consultation, contact Needham Kepner & Fish LLP today online or at 408-956-6949. We handle injury cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that you pay us nothing unless you recover compensation.

Compassionate Attorneys help you get justice and compensation

A wrongful death case arises when a person dies because of somebody else’s negligence. The San Jose law firm of Needham Kepner & Fish LLP helps families who have lost loved ones collect compensation from those responsible for the death.

The damages available after a wrongful death in California

Under California’s wrongful death statute, a deceased person’s spouse, domestic partner, children, parents, siblings or their children, grandparents, or next of kin can file a wrongful death claim. The possible damages include medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, loss of financial support, loss of household services and loss of companionship. A minor child of the deceased can also make a claim for loss of training and guidance.

Our attorneys have broad experience representing families in wrongful deaths that resulted from auto accidents, bicycle crashes, elder abuse and other accidents. Our personal injury lawyers understand the devastating financial and emotional impact of the loss of a loved one. We are dedicated to helping you recover financially and begin moving forward.

The attorneys at Needham Kepner & Fish LLP also have decades of experience pursuing damages for those who have suffered such serious impairments as traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injuries.

Traumatic brain injury can be hard to diagnose

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a sudden impact causes brain damage. Causes of TBIs include bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, car, trucking and slip and fall accidents. TBIs also occur in construction accidents or as a result of elder abuse. TBIs vary in severity, from a mild concussion to a permanent coma. TBIs result in lost wages and long-term treatment and rehabilitation costs.

Many TBI symptoms are difficult to detect, especially in children, so it is important to seek medical attention right away. Common symptoms include:

  • Persistent headache or neck pain
  • Feeling tired, lost or confused
  • Acting, speaking, reading or thinking slowly
  • Mood changes
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision

Spinal cord injuries are expensive to treat

Spinal cord injuries (SCIs), like TBIs, often result in high long-term treatment and rehabilitation costs. The severity of an SCI depends largely on what part of the spinal cord was injured. Moderate SCIs cause the loss of feeling in a hand or foot, while serious SCIs can cause paraplegia or quadriplegia.

Serious spinal cord injuries often lead to a lifetime of medical care. If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury because of someone else’s negligence, our San Jose attorneys can help you collect compensation to cover these long-term treatment costs.

Wrongful death lawyers serve San Jose, Sacramento and San Francisco

If your loved one died or suffered a traumatic injury because of someone else’s negligence, consult our experienced attorneys as soon as possible. Our lawyers are available for weekend and evening meetings. To schedule a free initial consultation, call us today at 408-956-6949 or use our online form. We handle injury cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that you pay us nothing unless you recover compensation.

Bay Area Lawyers Help you Understand Personal Injury Law

At Needham Kepner & Fish LLP, we realize that legal jargon can be intimidating. Below are some common personal injury terms you should know:

  • Damages: Damages are financial compensation for the expenses and suffering an injury victim incurred because of someone else’s mistake or wrongdoing. Damages can include medical costs, the cost of future medical care, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, as well as pain and suffering.
  • Negligence: Proving negligence is the key to winning the typical personal injury claim. A person is negligent when he or she fails to exercise the level of care that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in similar circumstances. In short, negligence is carelessness. To prevail in a personal injury case, you must prove that the defendant’s negligence caused your injuries.
  • Discovery: Discovery is the process of gathering evidence to be used at trial. Discovery typically includes interrogatories (written questions), depositions (oral questions), requests for documents, and requests for admissions.
  • Settlement: Many personal injury lawsuits end in a settlement. This means that the defendant agreed to pay the injury victim an acceptable amount of compensation. If the defendant refuses to settle, the lawsuit will proceed toward trial. Most settlements are paid by defendants’ insurance companies.
  • Wrongful death: When someone’s negligence causes the death of another person, the victim’s family may file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages.
  • Catastrophic injury: These are injuries that are so serious that they result in long-term or permanent disability. Examples of catastrophic injuries are paralysis, traumatic brain injury and dismemberment.
  • Statute of limitations: This is the time within which you must file a lawsuit. If you don’t file suit within the time limit, your suit will be barred. Generally, the statute of limitations for a personal injury lawsuit in California is two years, although it can be much shorter in cases involving public entities such as cities or counties.

Injury attorneys serve San Jose, Sacramento and San Francisco

At Needham Kepner & Fish LLP, we work hard to help you get compensation if you have been injured because of someone’s negligence. To schedule a free consultation, contact us today at 408-956-6949 or online. We handle injury cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that you pay us nothing unless you recover compensation.

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