The San Francisco Personal Injury Lawyers at Bisnar Chase have helped clients find justice for over 45 years. Our law firm has a proven track record of winning 99% of our personal injury claims and has won over $800 million dollars in compensation for accident victims.
Whether you’ve been injured in a car accident, dog bite, or dangerous product case, we have decades of experience in and out of the courtroom and are familiar with all California courts.
If you or a loved one has experienced injuries due to negligence, please call for a free consultation. Our team of attorneys, paralegals, and legal experts are always available to answer your questions and concerns.
Explore your legal options by calling 415-358-0723.
San Francisco Personal Injury
Personal Injury Cases We Fight For
San Francisco, CA, is one of the most populated cities in America. With so many people residing in this city, there are bound to be accidents. Personal injury cases involving traffic fatalities, animal attacks, and bus incidents are a normality in this metropolitan.
At the San Francisco Personal Injury Law Firm of Bisnar Chase, we have won compensation for the most unique cases for injury clients.
The types of personal injury cases that we have handled and continue to handle include the following:
Car accident cases:
According to Vision Zero, a collaboration with the public health department, transportation agency, and the San Francisco police department, there were 27 traffic-related deaths in 2021, a 10% increase over the previous year.
One of the leading causes of motor vehicle collisions is cellphone usage. Young people use cell phones frequently while driving. Research studies state that although 94% of teens understand that texting and driving are dangerous, 35% of that amount admitted to still taking part in this type of distracted driving. California’s law restricts cellphone usage while driving. If caught, it can result in fines and offenses.
Our law firm has decades of experience handling car accident cases for personal injury plaintiffs. Our lead trial counsel Brian Chase is a nationwide expert in car accidents resulting from dangerous or defective cars. Our accident attorneys have been named the top 1% of lawyers in America. Whether it’s a wrongful death case or serious spinal cord injuries, we have the experts to maximize compensation for motor vehicle accident victims.
Employers must make sure that their workers are safe. Research indicates, though, that many injuries occur in a work setting. The highest number of workers who lost their lives in a year was 6,632. If employees have been hurt, they can file for compensation. A worker should seek legal counsel when an employer does not have insurance. Employers should take steps to prevent their employees from experiencing injuries, involve proper training, wearing protective gear, and maintain upkeep on machines.
According to Pets.MD, every year dogs in the United States bite 4.7 million people. Some reasons a dog may bite a person may be touching a sensitive area, the dog has not been socialized properly, or the dog is territorial. Children are the largest demographic that experiences dog bites. The Human Society “estimates 51% of dog bite victims are children.”
A dog owner can prevent their animal from attacking others through constant supervision. Making sure your dog is healthy, socializing at a young age, and not entrusting your dog with a stranger are some measures a dog owner can take to prevent injuries.
A large majority of cases we handle are serious dog bite injuries. Our attorneys are trial lawyers with experience in serious injury cases and have represented those in the Bay area for over four decades. We use every tool at our disposal to get you the maximum amount of compensation, including accident reconstruction experts.
Pedestrians are consistently among the most vulnerable road users in San Francisco, accounting for 48% of all
Fatalities in 2021. California law states that pedestrians always have the right away. This means if you do not give pedestrians, including cyclists, the right away (the opportunity to pass safely), a motorist can be left with a hefty fine or, worse, killing someone.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that “pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States in one year. That’s about one death every 88 minutes.” One of the leading causes of pedestrian collisions involves inpatient driving.
Drivers are strongly encouraged to plan to get to a destination with plenty of time to spare so they do not potentially run over a pedestrian at a light.
Within a 10-year period, 4,136 people lost their lives in large truck collisions. Of those incidents, 67% of those victims were passenger vehicles. Semi-trucks weigh thousands of pounds compared to passenger motor vehicles and have the potential to cause a large amount of property damage.
Preventative measures that can be taken to avoid a large truck incident can include adequate training for truckers, making sure that a truck is working up to par and is safe to operate, and refraining from distracted driving.
In California, 339 people died in commercial truck collisions. That is the second state with the most significant truck incident fatalities, with Texas being the first and Florida being the last.
We have handled very complex commercial truck accidents, especially head-on collision accidents involving favorable jury verdicts and recovering hundreds of millions for our clients.
Slip and falls:
Slip, trip, and fall accidents may seem harmless to experience injuries, but depending on the situation and the victim’s age, they can be fatal. The largest demographic that dies in slip and fall cases are older adults 65+.
The establishment could be liable for injury or death if a property, such as a nursing home, is not maintained correctly. Research has indicated that over 8 million people are rushed to the emergency room due to slip, trip, and fall incidents.
Many people suffer from bone fractures and traumatic head injuries or lose their lives in these types of personal injuries. Property owners must be aware of and rectify hazardous zones such as slippery floors or damaged staircases.
Unfortunately, school bus collisions are one of the primary types of bus accidents. Within a nine-year period, there were 1,172 school transportation incidents. Of those accidents, 301 students died. Different types of school incidents may be caused due to driver errors. A bus driver could potentially cause a wreck by texting and driving. Bus drivers are required to have a bus driver’s license and a sufficient amount of training before carrying children. Crashes are also more likely to occur in more populated cities, such as Los Angeles, due to a large amount of traffic.
A wrongful death in personal injury law is described as the loss of life due to someone else’s negligence. Examples of wrongful death can be a person dying at the hands of a reckless driver, an employee losing their life due to an unsafe working environment, or a customer dying from a harsh slip-and-fall incident in a grocery store.
Surviving family members, surviving spouses, or a domestic partner can file a wrongful death claim. The statute of limitations states that an individual has two years to file a wrongful death claim. If you feel you have lost a loved one at the hands of carelessness and are seeking legal representation, contact the San Francisco personal injury attorneys at Bisnar Chase to learn more about the compensation you may be entitled to.
Traumatic brain injuries:
Traumatic brain injuries, whether minor or major, can cause irreparable damage to a victim. If left immobile, the costs of completing daily tasks (brushing teeth or grocery shopping) or having round-the-clock care can be expensive. How is the severity of a TBI measured?
Medical experts use what is known as the Glasgow Coma Scale to determine the damage. Once the extent of the damage has been confirmed, treatment will follow. Treatment for a brain injury may include occupational therapy, physical therapy, hiring a social worker to help with daily care decisions, or planning and speech and language therapy.
Medical malpractice lawyers in California represent clients who have been harmed due to medical negligence. This can include mistakes made by doctors, nurses, hospitals, and other healthcare providers. To bring a medical malpractice claim in California, the plaintiff (the person bringing the claim) must be able to prove that the healthcare provider owed them a duty of care, that the duty of care was breached, and that the breach caused the plaintiff’s injuries.
In addition, the plaintiff must also prove that the injuries resulted in specific damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims in California is generally three years from the date of injury or one year from the date that the plaintiff discovers (or should have discovered) the injury.
However, in cases involving foreign objects left in the body after surgery, the statute of limitations may be extended to three years from the date of discovery.
A medical malpractice lawyer in California is experienced in handling these complex cases and have the knowledge and resources to navigate the legal system and fight for their client’s rights. They also have access to medical experts who can testify on the plaintiff’s behalf and help to establish the healthcare provider’s negligence. The attorney will also help to negotiate a settlement or fight for the client in court.
Employment & class action:
California employers are legally obligated to follow certain state-level laws that guarantee the rights of their employees. This includes providing fair wages and hours, protecting employees from discrimination and harassment, ensuring the workplace’s safety, and compensating employees in the event of injuries or illness.
California also has stringent laws that protect employees’ rights to take leave of their job without facing retribution, such as the California Family Rights Act and the California Pregnancy Disability Leave Law.
Additionally, California has a variety of laws protecting the rights of disabled and elderly employees. All employers in California must comply with these laws and provide the necessary benefits to their employees. Failure to do so can result in severe penalties and possible legal action from the state.
Our experienced California employment law attorneys fight for our clients who have had their work rights violated with a 99% success rate.
Our San Francisco personal injury lawyers also handle employee class action cases representing a group of individuals seeking justice for lost wages, punitive damages, and other worker’s rights violations with aggressive representation.
Increase in Injuries Among the Homeless in San Francisco
The homeless population in San Francisco may be at greater risk of suffering injuries from cars, pedestrian accidents, and premises injuries for a few reasons.
Homeless people live on the streets, which means they are often in areas with high traffic and may be more likely to be hit by a car or involved in a pedestrian accident.
Additionally, homeless individuals do not have access to safe and stable housing, making them more likely to suffer injuries on someone else’s property.
Most homeless people have underlying health conditions and have difficulty navigating the city and avoiding dangerous situations. They also have difficulty accessing medical care when injured, and many won’t even seek care. Homeless people are also more likely to be victims of violent crimes, typically assault and battery.
The drug epidemic in San Francisco also contributes to the number of injuries the homeless suffer because they are often high and can stumble into traffic, fall down a flight of stairs, and put themselves in dangerous situations.
Compensation in a Personal Injury Case
As an injury victim, you should not rely on insurance companies to understand what you are entitled to after an accident. Remember, at the end of the day, the insurance company aims to offer you as little compensation as possible for the damages you have experienced.
When you seek the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer in San Francisco, you can gain more insight into what damages you can be compensated for.
Damages or costs that you can be compensated for after an incident could be:
- Medical bills
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
Steps to Take After Experiencing a Personal Injury
Many are at a loss of who to turn to for help after an accident. You can take steps to ease the process of receiving compensation for the damages and injuries you or your loved one have experienced.
Measures you should take after experiencing personal injuries
Seek medical attention immediately:
It is essential that after an accident, you call an ambulance or are admitted to an emergency room immediately. If an incident involves multiple people, wait for the police to arrive to assess the situation. If an injury victim(s) waits an extended time without seeking medical aid, the injury may worsen.
File a claim:
As soon as you are conscious or know your family member is safe, file a claim through the insurance company. This will then begin the claims process, which will lead you on the path to receiving compensation. Legal experts say to always be in constant communication with your insurance company to inquire about the status of your claim.
Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer:
At times, insurance companies may purposely delay your claim process. This can lead to you accumulating more costs and being potentially left out of work for longer, losing out on wages. The San Francisco personal injury lawyers of Bisnar Chase have been helping victims who have been severely injured or killed by negligence for over four decades. Call today for a free consultation with a legal team member at 415-358-0723.
Reasons To Hire a San Fransico Accident Attorney
Many injury victims believe their cases can be handled at a lower level through insurance companies. Still, victims must understand that the insurance company is not on their side. When you hire our personal injury lawyers in San Francisco, we will protect your rights and walk you through every step of the claims process.
The experienced personal injury attorneys of Bisnar Chase will also:
Inspect every detail of your personal injury case: Minor details may have been missed when you file a claim through your insurance company. Some details that may not have been considered would be pain and suffering, property damage such as a cellphone or laptop in the car at the time of the accident, or loss of consortium.
Have experience in taking personal injury cases to trial:
The difference between a trial attorney and a litigator is that a trial lawyer has experience fighting for clients in the courtroom. Trial attorneys, unlike litigators, understand how to select individuals for a jury, give a closing argument and have experience interacting with a judge. Our attorneys are well versed in personal injury litigation.
Why You Shouldn't Rely On the Insurance Companies
Insurance policy holders believe that because they pay for a specific policy, that if an accident were to occur, they would be protected. Your insurance company can usually handle minor incidents, but at times if your adjuster does not vigorously fight for you, the other party’s insurance companies could:
Delay the process:
An insurance adjuster usually has many personal injury claims to deal with and is not compensated well for their position. They sometimes look to delay the process of your claim to catch up on prior insurance claims. The delay could lead to you accumulating more expenses. Insurance adjusters could also do the opposite and make you an offer quickly that does not cover any of the damages for your accident so they can move on to the next personal injury case.
Not compensate you for the entirety of your accident:
Do not take the first offer the insurance company hands you. When you accept the first offer that comes your way, and if you find out after that the amount won’t cover all your losses, you cannot pursue compensation in the future. Instead, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to evaluate how much you should be compensated for your incident.
Coerce you to say something that is not true:
Victims are usually physically and emotionally vulnerable after an injury. Insurance adjusters can use this to their advantage. They can take a gentle approach and steer accident victims to say certain words so the statement can imply that the victim was at fault for the incident. Just state the facts of what happened.
Top-Rated San Francisco Personal Injury Attorneys
If you are in need of a San Francisco Personal Injury Attorney, please call us at 415-358-0723. Upon your call, you will receive a free consultation with a top-notch legal expert. For over 45 years, we have taken on the biggest insurance companies and have won millions for those who have been injured in a disastrous incident.
Begin the process of healing today and contact office to learn more about your rights as an accident victim and how we process personal injury claims to maximize your compensation.
Most Dangerous Intersection in San Francisco**
Last 5 Years:
City of San Francisco
Avg Annual Auto Injuries per 1,000: 6
San Diego Crime Index* 489.5
Nearby Cities Crime Indices*:
La Mesa: 185.1
Lemon Grove: 127.9
National City: 686
* Crime index data taken from city-data.com. The national average is 315.5. The crime index is calculated using the population and severity of crimes vs the frequency of crimes committed.
More Unsafe Intersections in San Francisco**
** All intersection data is taken from the California Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System and is measured over the last 5 years of local and arterial street car accidents (non-highway). The data is not updated in real time.