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You will be kept informed about the progress of your case and involved in the decision-making process, count on us to answer phone calls and return emails quickly. We have a long and successful track record of recovering millions of dollars for our clients, including those suffering the most catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, paralysis, severe burns, amputations, neck and back injuries, and much more.
We have the resources to investigate your accident and build a persuasive case for the other party’s liability, along with the commitment to work tirelessly on your behalf, fighting aggressively to ensure that you are fully compensated for your injuries and losses. When it is necessary to go to trial to get you the amount of money you deserve, you can be assured that we are ready and willing to take your case to a jury.
A common misconception of lawsuits is the expectation that the process itself will require a great deal of your time and energy. In reality, with the right attorney, this shouldn’t be the case.
At O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm we value the opportunity to practice personal injury law because it allows us to help people when they are most in need. We make it our duty to ensure our clients can focus on healing and not the steps in-between. For example, if a client is incapacitated and cannot come to us; we go to them. From the beginning we keep our clients informed as to what their recovery process entails and, if needed, we offer help in securing the best medical care possible. To the relief of many of our clients, after becoming their advocate we immediately inform the insurance companies to direct all their inquiries to our office, thus relieving our clients of the anxiety attached to dealing with the insurance adjusters on their own.
As a firm, we pride ourselves in giving each of our clients the care and guidance needed to help them through such a traumatizing experience in their life.
If you have been injured in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, likely the negligent party will have an insurance policy to compensate you for your damages. This means, however, that you will need to communicate with a representative from the insurance company, known as an insurance adjuster, in order to recover your losses.
If you have been seriously injured then we strongly recommend that you have an attorney be your advocate. Why?
Here are three ways that we, at O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm, can help you fight the insurance company to achieve the best possible outcome in your case:
1) We Protect You from the Insurance Company’s Tactics
Despite insurance existing as a means of protection, insurance adjusters will always look after the interest of their company first and foremost. Some of the tactics they use include:
Consulting with an experienced attorney from the start, equips you to better understand what you legal rights are and what can be done to protect these.
2) We Help Prove Liability
We are prepared to, if needed, defend you against an adjuster who tries to blame you for the incident. We do this by making use of police reports, witness testimony, photographs, videos, and accident reconstruction specialists. In addition, we have the resources to send our own investigators to the scene of the accident in order to seek clarity of the incident and help prove our client’s innocence. Without an attorney, you may not have access to the resources needed to prove liability in your case.
3) We Fight to Prove the Value of Your Claim
Paying any claim is a financial loss to an insurance company, thus an adjuster will use every excuse in the book to drop the value of a claim. This may include arguing that the proposed compensation needed for anticipated future medical expenses. An adjuster could attempt to challenge the length of treatment received or surmise that the damages an injured party suffered is linked to another incident unrelated to the accident. An experienced personal injury attorney has the legal knowledge to effectively combat these types of challenges that arise.
O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm was formed with one thought in mind: justice for injured victims. Our record over the past eighteen years proves how successful we have been in achieving that goal. It remains our singular mission even today.
We handle a wide variety of Sacramento and Elk Grove personal injury cases, ranging from automobile and construction site accidents to product liability and wrongful death actions. We have the experience, expertise, and resources to take on any defendant, large or small, to ensure justice for our clients.
According to the Webster Dictionary, an “accident” can be described as an unfortunate incident that happens unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury. This explains why accidents tend to occur when people least expect it and when they feel entirely unprepared.
If significantly injured, most people cannot afford to pay thousands of dollars in unexpected medical expenses. An injury can cause a person to miss several days of work or they may never recover to the point that allows them to return to their former employment. When faced with such obstacles a person could feel overwhelmed with obtaining a personal injury lawyer. Yet, failing to hire an attorney could result in a low-ball settlement offer from the at-fault party’s insurance company; an offer that may fail to justly compensate you for your damages.
At O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm you won't be expected to pay us any legal fees unless we are able to secure a favorable verdict or settlement on your behalf. In our 25 years' experience, the focus has always been and will remain, on satisfying our clients' needs and goals.
Finding the right personal injury lawyer for you can feel like a difficult journey. Perhaps you’ve noticed that there are many accident lawyers advertising in your area and almost all charge the same fees. Is there really a difference?
Differences can be seen if you take time to review their credentials. Few personal injury lawyers have the proven record and finances necessary to obtain top results consistently. Prosecuting a significant personal injury case often requires tens of thousands of dollars to hire experts and pay for litigation and trial costs. Our law firm has the financial means to prosecute cases without cutting corners. When we make a commitment to represent you we also commit to investing the financial resources that are necessary to optimize getting you the best results.
Aside from experienced trial counsel, our staff is also highly qualified. Our paralegals and legal assistants have over 50 years of combined experience between them in the Sacramento legal community. They are always willing and eager to assist our Sacramento & Elk Grove-based firm's clients with their questions or concerns.
You can count on one thing in Life: It is full of changes. Although some changes are in our control and welcomed, others are not and are irreversible. For example, regardless of how careful you may be on the road, at work, at home, or elsewhere you can’t always account for what other people may do—or fail to do—that might cause you, or a member of your family, to be injured or even killed.
Yes, a serious injury alters your life in ways that are unimaginable to others. It may cause you to miss work for an extended time, perhaps permanently. Without an income, how will you pay the bills for the medical treatment you need? How will you pay for your mortgage or rent? How will you and your family eat? What if you discover that you will need lifelong personal care? How will you pay for it? Will you ever be able to play with your child, hit a ball, ride a bike, or simply take a walk? Life may look very bleak, and when the damage to your life, health, and wellbeing was not your fault, but caused by another’s mistake, negligence, or deliberate wrongdoing, the deep sense of injustice you feel only adds to the suffering.
When you or someone close to you has suffered the effects of a serious or catastrophic accident that was caused by someone else’s negligent act or omission, whether in a motor vehicle accident, premises accident, animal attack, workplace accident, as the result of using a defective product, or in any other situation that was not entirely your fault, you may have recourse. With the help of a highly experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorney, it is often possible to recover a substantial amount of monetary compensation, which can go a long way toward ensuring that you and your family will be able to pull through this difficult time.
If you or a member of your family was injured or killed in an accident of any kind in California, you have come to the right place. The help you are looking for is only a phone call away. At the Sacramento area law offices of O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm, our knowledgeable, compassionate, and top-rated personal injury attorneys are here to advise you and guide you through the process of making a legal claim for the compensation that will allow you to pick up the pieces of your life and move on when an accidental injury or wrongful death has taken so much from you.
Call our firm today for a free consultation. It costs you nothing to have your questions answered and to learn about the legal options available to you. We accept injury and wrongful death cases on a contingency agreement, so you only pay us if and when you receive a settlement check from the defendant. You will incur no risk, no out-of-pocket expenses, and you will never write us a personal check.
Time limits under California law prevent you from filing your claim if you wait too long, so don’t delay. Let us protect your legal right to justice. Pick up the phone and call O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm today, for a more secure tomorrow.
$200K settlement for a client who suffered a broken right heel after an auto accident where she was hit by a driver under the influence of drugs.
$1 million settlement for a college student who suffered a severe hand injury when an ATV in which he was a passenger rolled over.
Settlement for a 26-year-old woman traveling abroad who suffered significant injuries in bus roll-over accident in Nairobi, Kenya.
$130K settlement at mediation for a client who suffered some loss of visual acuity after being injured at a shooting range.
$430K jury verdict in Sacramento Superior Court on behalf of a 46-year-old woman injured in an auto accident, suffering a herniated disc.
Settlement in a cyclist versus automobile case for a female tri-athlete injured on the American River bike trail in Sacramento.
$1.3 million settlement for the claims of three injured passengers aboard a Greyhound bus that crashed near Fresno.
$550K settlement for a car accident case against a general contractor who installed a cement median without the warning signs.
$225K settlement against a big box store on behalf of a man who suffered an injury when a falling barbecue grill struck him.
Verdict in excess of $180K for a case tried in Butte County on behalf of a 26-year-old man injured in a broad side car accident.
$2.5 million settlement with a trucking company for each of the victims injured or killed in an accident caused by a semi-truck driver.
$750K settlement obtained by John M. O'Brien in May 2015 for a man injured in a rear-end auto accident who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury.