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Santa Monica Personal Injury Attorney

Serious Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer in Santa Monica

If you have been injured in an accident, whether a car accident, motorcycle accident, bicycle accident, or dog bite, you want the best Santa Monica personal injury lawyer on your side. McGee, Lerer & Associates consists of husband and wife attorney team Daniel McGee and Catherine Lerer. Combined, we have 40 years of legal experience representing accident victims. We specialize in representing serious injury and wrongful death victims and their families, and we have a track record of obtaining multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Our Santa Monica personal injury attorneys will use our personal injury expertise, financial resources, and trial experience to ensure that our clients receive the top compensation they deserve.

We provide high-quality representation while aggressively fighting to help clients receive justified compensation. The firm's courtoom success has gained us lifetime admission into the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, of which fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. Our admission into this organization recognizes our firm as top personal injury lawyers.

Clients hire our firm because they want an attorney then 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'll hire us. What is important to us: providing you with an honest 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, Pacific Palisades, Venice, Marina Del Rey and Beverly Hills.

Why We're Different from Other Firms

At McGee, Lerer & Associates, we have had numerous first-time callers tell us that we're different from other firms that they have spoken with. Some of the reasons they give us include:

  • You speak directly to an attorney the first time you call.
  • Your lawyer wants to answer your questions before asking their own. When one of our attorneys conducts an initial consultation, he or she will start with "What questions can I answer for you?" Of course we have a long list of questions that we need to ask you in order to find out if we can help, but answering your initial questions is our first priority. We'll focus on answering your questions and giving you advice before we seek answers for ourselves. For a sample of the questions we ask our clients during their first call, click here.
  • Your attorney moves quickly from day one. 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 into a medical provider by the next day, if possible.
  • Your lawyer is honest and straightforward. 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. We will be straight with you from start to finish.

No Up-Front Fee. No Fee Unless You Win

It costs an individual 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 a client's case. If a client recovers nothing – the client does not have to pay McGee, Lerer & Associates a dime.

Lawyer Available 24-7

We know that accidents don't always happen during business hours. When you've been injured, you may want to speak to an attorney 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 an accident to get a better idea of what happened.

Santa Monica Personal Injury Lawyers Representing Accident Victims

Since the attorneys at McGee, Lerer & Associates have resided in Santa Monica for more than 30 years, we are acutely aware of the particular dangers faced by Santa Monica residents and visitors. Not only do we have a higher ratio of accidents caused by elderly drivers, but Santa Monica has the distinction of ranking #1 (worst) for motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian accidents out of 104 California cities of similar size, according to the most recent statistics from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

The statistics also show that we rank #1 for hit and run accidents and for nighttime accidents (9 p.m. to 2:59 a.m.). Since Santa Monica is known as one of the most car accident-prone cities in California, residents are more likely to encounter some form of vehicle-related accident while they reside in Santa Monica. If you live in or around Santa Monica and suffer from an injury due to someone else's negligence, we encourage you to contact a Santa Monica personal injury lawyer from our firm immediately.

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 first signed up. After that initial call, you will speak to secretaries, legal assistants, case managers or voicemail. When you want to hire McGee, Lerer & Associates, however, you get Daniel McGee and Catherine Lerer as your Santa Monica injury 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, amputations, 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.

If a person was injured in a car crash that was a result of a distracted driver, elderly driver, unlicensed driver, or uninsured motorist, it may be beneficial for them to contact our firm. We have helped many clients who suffered injuries due to another person speeding or drinking, as well as those who have experienced rear-end collisions, bus accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and bike accidents due to driver negligence.

Individuals who have suffered a dog attack, spinal cord injuries, or swimming pool accidents may also wish to contact a Santa Monica personal injury attorney from McGee, Lerer & Associates. If a person suffered from a product malfunction or slipped and fell on someone else's property, which, if applicable, aggravation of a prior medical condition, our team can represent them in a product liability or premises liability case. 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 or hit and run accidents also deserve to have the best Santa Monica personal injury lawyer on their side to ensure they receive the best monetary compensation possible.

In the last few years, we have developed a level of expertise representing accident victims who 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.

Let Our Santa Monica Personal Injury Attorneys Help You

You can 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 compensation for your totaled car right away, 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 the money our Santa Monica personal injury attorneys can recover for you may make your pain slightly easier to bear.

Contact a Santa Monica personal injury lawyer from our firm for the high quality, top-notch legal representation you need in a serious injury or wrongful death case.