Personal Injury

If you are injured by the unlawful conduct of another the law allows you to receive compensation for you the cost of your medical treatment, lost wages and pain and suffering. You need an attorney with the legal knowledge and experience necessary to go against the insurance company. The Law Offices of Richard L. Sheppard III has that knowledge and experience. Call for a free consultation.

Auto Accidents

According to Fortune Magazine 2016 was the deadliest year on American roads in nearly a decade. Forty thousand people died from motor vehicle accidents and an estimated 4.6 million people were seriously injured. Fortunately, in California drivers are required to carry a minimum amount of auto insurance to protect them and other motorists from the financial consequences of an auto accident.


However, that does not mean insurance companies are willing to pay fair compensation for one's injuries. That is why you need an experienced attorney who knows his way around the minefields of accident claims and litigation. We are experienced in valuing claims, negotiating settlements and preparing cases for trial. 


We will help you find a doctor or chiropractor if necessary, gather medical records, deal with the insurance company, and negotiate your settlement. If necessary we will prepare and file a lawsuit and prepare your case for trial.

Dog Bites

A dog attack can be a terrifying and painful experience. Victims' injuries vary from a superficial wound to punctures, serious infection and even fractured bones. Often victims suffer post traumatic stress disorder and require counseling to alleviate their anxieties. 


If you've been  bitten by a dog you are entitled to recover compensation for the cost of your medical treatment, pain and suffering, wage loss and emotional distress. 


Again, those pesky  insurance companies will undervalue your claim, deny certain damages and mislead you. But an experienced attorney will know exactly what  needs to be done to bring your claim to a resolution. 

Slip and Fall

"Slip and fall" and "trip and fall" cases are parts of a broader area of law commonly known as premises liability. Such cases are born out of injuries caused by the negligent management of one's real property, or failure to remedy a known dangerous condition existing on the real property. 


However, it's not quite as simple as that. Again, more complexities! For example, if you allege the defective condition relates to, or was caused by a public entity, you are required to submit a claim to that public entity to allow them to evaluate your claim before you are permitted to file a lawsuit. Who do you submit your claim to? The city, the county or the state? If you are injured on a sidewalk in your neighborhood who do you submit your claim to? The city or the adjacent property owner? Anyone else?


These cases are tricky and a competent attorney will know how to handle these and other important issues. 


The Law Offices of Richard L. Sheppard III has represented many individuals injured due to the defective condition of real property. Call today to have your case evaluated by an attorney.


Bicycle v. Auto Accident


"Bicyclists face a higher risk of crash related injury and deaths than occupants in motor vehicles. . . . In 2015 in the United States, over 1,000 bicyclists died and there were almost 467,000 bicycle-related injuries" There are many ways in which one can be injured on a bike.


Most cases handled by the Law Offices of Richard L. Sheppard III involve clients hit by a car while on their bikes. However, some are injured due to poor road conditions, dangerous and outdated drainage grates or bikes with manufacturing or design defects. 


A bicycle accident can be quite serious resulting in serious injuries such as traumatic brain injury, spine injuries and fractured bones. 


If you have been injured in a bicycle related accident call the Law Offices of Richard L. Sheppard III to determine what your rights are. If your case is accepted, we will work hard to achieve the best recovery possible. Even if you were partially at fault you may still be able to recover compensation for your injuries. 

Wrongful Death

Wrongful death occurs when the negligence or wrongful conduct of another results in someone’s death. Experiencing the loss of a family member is a difficult process. Not only does one mourn the loss of the loved one, but he or she may face financial difficulties if that family member provided support. A wrongful death claim provides the vehicle for compensation for these losses. Recovery includes financial support the family member would have provided during his or her lifetime, funeral and burial expenses, the reasonable value of household services provided by the family member, and loss of love, companionship, comfort, care, assistance, protection, affection and society. In some instances punitive damages may be available.

 

If your family member was killed by the negligence or wrongful conduct of another, you should call The Law Offices of Richard L. Sheppard III for a case evaluation. You will speak with an attorney who will carefully consider all issues related to your case with compassion and understanding.