Santa Monica Personal Injury Attorney
Looking for the Best Personal Injury Lawyer in Santa Monica, CA?
McGee, Lerer & Associates consists of husband and wife attorney team Daniel McGee and Catherine Lerer. We have 40 years of combined legal experience representing accident victims, including victims of car accidents,
bicycle accidents, and
dog bite incidents. We specialize in
serious injury and
wrongful death cases, and we have a track record of obtaining multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Our Santa Monica accident attorneys use our personal injury expertise, financial resources, and trial experience to get full compensation for our clients.
Clients hire McGee, Lerer & Associates because they want an attorney they can trust. They want a lawyer who will really listen to their concerns and prioritize what's important to the client. They want a law firm that will be honest with them about the strengths and weaknesses of their case. We don't tell you what we think you want to hear so that you will hire us. What
is important to us: providing you with a realistic appraisal of your case and answering all of your questions so that you fully understand the process before you hire us.
A Santa Monica personal injury lawyer from McGee, Lerer & Associates is available 24/7 for a free consultation. Our firm serves both English and
Spanish speaking clients who reside in Santa Monica and surrounding neighborhoods, including Malibu, Topanga, Pacific Palisades, Venice, Brentwood, Culver City, Palms, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Westchester, Westwood, West Los Angeles, Century City and Beverly Hills.
Why We're Different from Accident Attorneys in Santa Monica
- You speak directly to an attorney the first time you call.
Your questions and concerns are most important to us. When attorney Catherine Lerer or Dan McGee conducts an initial consultation, we start out with "What are your concerns?" "What questions can I answer for you?" Sure, we need to obtain a lot of information from you in order to determine if we can take your case, but beginning by addressing your questions and concerns is our first priority. Once we have answered your questions, we will begin by asking ours. For an overview of the questions we will ask you, click
- We move quickly to resolve your case. When you call, you won't have to leave a message and wait for days before a lawyer gets back to you. We answer the phone and you speak directly with a lawyer immediately, or soon after you call. Once you decide to hire us and we agree to take your case, we jump in right away to move forward with your claim. If you need a doctor referral, we get you in to a medical provider the same or next day, if possible. We know you want your case resolved as quickly as possible, for the maximum amount of money. So do we.
- We are honest and straightforward. We want you to understand the process and we want to be on the same page. So we will be straight with you from start to finish. If we don't think you need a lawyer and that you can get just as much money for your case without one, we'll tell you so. If we think that our firm can't add any value to your case, we'll say so. If we think your claim is not worth pursuing, or is a long shot, we'll tell you that too.
- We will reduce our fee when it's the right thing to do. In the event that our client has suffered catastrophic injuries or a family member has died as the result of an accident, and we find out that the at-fault party has an insufficient policy limit, we routinely reduce our fee. Getting the maximum dollar amount in our client's pocket is our highest priority and our firm's guiding philosophy, even when it means less money to our firm. This sets us apart from other law firms.
No Up-Front Fee. No Fee Unless You Win
It costs absolutely nothing up front to hire our law firm. All work is done on a contingency fee basis, which means that the legal fees are paid out of the settlement or jury award in your case. If you recover nothing – you owe us nothing.
Lawyer Available 24-7
Accidents don't always happen during business hours. When you've been injured, you may want an accident attorney's advice right away. That's why it's important to us to make ourselves available when our clients need us, whether that's after hours or on the weekend. We want to make it convenient for you. If your injuries make it difficult to come to our Santa Monica office, we can come to you, whether that's at your home or at the hospital. We can also arrange to meet you at the scene of the accident to get a better idea of what happened.
Ten Mistakes which can Reduce the Value of your Personal Injury Claim
- Providing the at-fault party's insurance company with a recorded statement
- Not seeing a medical provider soon after the accident
- Not telling your doctor about every ache & pain resulting from the accident
- Signing a medical authorization for the at-fault party's insurance carrier
- Missed doctor's appointments or gaps in treatment
Click here to see the remaining five mistakes, and learn how the insurance adjuster will use these ten mistakes against you in order to justify a low ball settlement offer.
Need a Car Accident Lawyer in Santa Monica, CA?
A large percentage of our clients are Santa Monica car accident victims. Santa Monica roadways can be dangerous, as borne out by the city's auto accident statistics. Santa Monica ranks 4th for injury and fatal car accidents out of 102 California cities of similar size, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. We rank first (worst) for accidents involving pedestrians being hit by cars. We rank second for motorcycle accidents. And we rank second for accidents involving a bicyclist being hit by a car. We also have a higher ratio of car crashes caused by elderly drivers, and we rank third for hit and run accidents.
Personal Injury is All We Do
Our Santa Monica personal injury attorneys handle exclusively personal injury cases. If you call us about a wrongful termination matter, a family law case, or a criminal matter - we will thank you for calling, but we cannot take your case. Based on our years of experience, we know the best attorneys in the local legal community, and we will be happy to refer you. Unless it's a personal injury case and you have suffered physical injuries as the result of someone else's negligence, we cannot represent you.
You benefit from our singular focus and our years of expertise.
Personalized Service Sets Us Apart
Unlike many injury lawyers who market their firms aggressively on the Internet, in TV ads, or on the backs of buses, we are not a "personal injury mill" – a business model that calls for a volume caseload handled mostly by a team of non-attorney staff. At other firms, you may only speak to the actual attorney when your case is signed up, and after that initial call, you speak only to secretaries, legal assistants, case managers, "team members" or voicemail. When you hire McGee, Lerer & Associates, however, you get Daniel McGee and Catherine Lerer as your attorneys. When you call our office, you speak to us. In order to provide that level of personalized service, we are selective in the cases we take. If we decide we cannot take your case after speaking with you about your accident, we will make every effort to refer you to another lawyer who is best suited to your particular legal matter.
Our Santa Monica personal injury lawyers can represent individuals who have experienced severe injuries, such as brain injuries,
vision loss, and
burn injuries in an accident caused by someone else's carelessness. Regardless of how old or young a person may be, we do everything in our power to ensure that our clients' cases are successfully resolved. From
child injury cases to
injuries to elderly accident victims, a Santa Monica injury attorney from our firm can help. We are also experienced in helping elderly individuals with
nursing home negligence claims.
The most common car crashes we see are those involving a
hit and run driver,
unlicensed driver, or
uninsured motorist. We have helped many clients who suffered injuries due to another person
drinking, as well as those who have experienced
motorcycle accidents, and
bike accidents due to driver negligence.
Individuals who have suffered a dog attack,
spinal cord injuries, or
swimming pool accidents should contact a Santa Monica personal injury attorney from McGee, Lerer & Associates. We also handle
premises liability cases, i.e., when a person is injured on someone else's property due to negligenceo on the part of the property owner. Those who have lost a loved one due to someone else's carelessness may require monetary compensation for lost wages, funeral arrangements, and various other expenses. Our team of personal injury lawyers can do everything in our power to ensure that families of
wrongful death victims receive the highest monetary compensation amount possible. People who are victims of
pedestrian accidents also deserve to have the best Santa Monica personal injury lawyer on their side to ensure they receive the highest monetary compensation possible.
Many of our clients have suffered aggravation of a pre-existing medical condition, or have been diagnosed with annular tears or
complex regional pain syndrome. Individuals who suffer from said medical issues can experience a high level of pain and serious discomfort for long periods of time. Many injury victims are rightfully frustrated because their suffering could have been prevented if the party at fault would have maintained reasonable care of their surroundings. Complex regional pain syndrome can often result from a car accident or motorcycle accident, and it causes extreme pain, severe and isolated swelling of body parts and other painful symptoms. Treatments and rehabilitation for injuries may take years and can overwhelm the victim with medical expenses that they are unable to pay. A Santa Monica personal injury lawyer can work with clients to fully understand their unique situation and we are always available to answer questions along the way.
Help Us Help You
There is certain information we need at the outset of a personal injury case. The sooner we have that information, the sooner we can jump in and get started helping you. One of the qualities which we believe sets our firm apart from other firms is the speed which with we move forward. If you've been injured in an accident, you shouldn't have to wait to get things handled. Whether it's an auto accident and you need money right away to replace your totaled car, or a bicycle accident and you need an immediate referral to a doctor, or a dog attack and you want to know right away if the dog owner has insurance, we're on it. The more information you have for us in your initial telephone consultation or in-person meeting, the better.
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At McGee, Lerer & Associates, we know that no amount of money can give you back your pre-accident health, but we also know that money can make your pain easier to bear.
If you've been seriously injured and the stakes are high, you need an experienced, aggressive attorney that you can trust. Contact a Santa Monica personal injury lawyer at our firm today.