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Long Beach Personal Injury Lawyer

Need a Personal Injury Attorney in Long Beach, CA?

Long Beach personal injury lawyers Daniel McGee and Catherine Lerer are a husband and wife team with over 40 years of combined experience. We specialize in serious injury and wrongful death cases. We have a track record of multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements.

Our accident attorneys serve clients, including Spanish speaking clients, in Long Beach, Carson, Lakewood, Bellflower, Los Alamitos, Paramount, Artesia, Cerritos, Gardena, Norwalk, Downey, Lynwood, Compton, Torrance, Hawthorne, Seal Beach, Rossmoor, Signal Hill, Bixby Knolls, the South Bay and neighboring communities.

Looking for the Best Personal Injury Lawyer in Long Beach?

Clients hire McGee, Lerer & Associates because of our experience, our reputation, and the personalized service we give. Clients hire us because we provide what other firms don't:

  • Speak to a lawyer on your first call. You will speak to a lawyer in your first call to our firm, or very shortly thereafter. While at other firms, you will usually only speak to a receptionist, secretary, or voicemail, at our firm you will speak to attorneys Daniel McGee or Catherine Lerer. In order to provide that level of personalized service, we must be selective in the cases we take. If we can't take your case, we will make every effort to refer you to the best law firm suitable for your case, and we will take the time to answer your questions and provide advice at no charge.
  • Your questions and concerns are our first priority. One of the first things our attorneys will ask you is: "What questions can I answer for you?" Sure, we have a laundry list of questions that we need answers to in order to determine if we can take your case. But we give priority to answering your questions, and giving you advice, even if we don't take your case. So before we start in on our list of questions, we want to begin by answering yours. After all of your questions and concerns have been addressed, we can move to our information-gathering process. If you want to be prepared for some of the questions we'll have for you, click here.
  • We move quickly from the get-go. You're not going to leave a message, only to hear back from the attorney a few days later. You will speak to the lawyer in that initial call, or very shortly thereafter. If you decide you want to hire us, and we determine we can take your case, we immediately jump in and move forward with your claim. If you need a doctor referral, we get you in to a medical provider that day, or the next day – depending upon your schedule. And we'll do our best to find a medical provider who is near you. If you were in an auto accident and your car is not drivable, we work to immediately resolve your property damage claim.
  • Straight talk. If we think you don't really need a lawyer, we will tell you that. If we believe that we cannot add value to the case and you can get just as much money on your own, without legal representation, we'll be straight with you.
  • Fee reduction when it's called for. If our client has suffered catastrophic injuries or the loss of a family member, and it turns out that the at-fault party did not have sufficient insurance coverage, we routinely reduce our fee because it's the right thing to do. We also routinely reduce our fee if our client is ending up with less in his or her pocket than we are receiving in fees.

What Does our Firm Charge?

You pay nothing up front to hire our law firm. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that the legal fees are paid for at the end of the case, out of the settlement or jury award. Our fee is a percentage of the money we collect for you. You never cut us a check. There is no fee whatsoever unless we recover money for you. And we guarantee that our lawyers fight for the best financial recovery we can obtain for our personal injury clients. Learn more about our No Fee Pledge here.

Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

You've recently been injured in a car crash, bike accident, dog bite incident, pedestrian accident, slip and fall, or as the result of any other injuring-producing event. Someone else was at fault. You're wondering if you should hire a lawyer. We strongly recommend that you get a personal injury lawyer's opinion on whether you should have legal representation. Personal injury attorneys provide free consultations so there is no reason not to call.

The more serious your injuries, the more likely you should have a lawyer representing you. If your injuries are serious, the value of your claim is higher. The higher the stakes, the harder the insurance company will fight you. That's because insurance companies don't care about you or your injuries. Their goal is to pay you as little as possible. If an insurance company is looking at potentially having to pay you a significant amount of money, they would rather spend their money fighting your claim then paying you fair compensation. If your injuries may affect you for years to come, or potentially for the rest of your life, then you absolutely should have a lawyer on your side fighting for full compensation for your losses.

Who Pays for my Medical Treatment?

Do not expect that the at-fault party's insurance carrier will refer you to a doctor or pay for your medical bills as you incur them. They don't do that. The negligent party's insurance company will only pay at the end of the case, after you sign a settlement release. If you are waiting for the insurance adjuster to line you up with a doctor's appointment, you are wasting precious time.

So how do you pay for your medical treatment? You can treat through your health insurance or we can refer you to a medical provider who will treat you on a lien basis, which means that the doctor agrees to wait to be paid until the case resolves. Even if you have health insurance, you may not want to use your health insurance for medical treatment that is only necessary because of someone else's negligence. If you want to treat on a lien, once we have discussed your injuries, we can refer you to the appropriate medical provider near you. That could mean an orthopedist, a neurologist, a pain management specialist, a chiropractor, a physical therapist, a plastic surgeon, or a psychologist. Based on our years of experience, our lawyers know the top medical providers in and around Long Beach. We can often arrange for same or next day visits. We can even arrange for transportation to and from the medical appointments.

How Do We Get Started?

If you choose to hire our firm, we can meet with you at our Long Beach office or your home, or, if it's more convenient for you, we can email you the retainer agreement to sign electronically so that we can get started right away. We immediately notify the insurance company that we are representing you, at which point they must go through us. If you were in an auto accident, we see to it that you are immediately compensated for your total loss, or that your vehicle is repaired, and we assist with arranging for car rental. We get you in to see a doctor right away.

What Compensation Am I Entitled To If I've Been Injured In An Accident?

If you've been injured in an accident, you are entitled to make a claim for all harms you have suffered, which may include:

  • Medical bills
  • Compensation for medical treatment you will need in the future as a result of the accident
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earning capacity if your injuries prevent you from returning to your prior job
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage
  • Diminution in value of your car, truck or motorcycle
  • Rental car or loss of use while your vehicle is being repaired
  • Loss of consortium (injury victim's spouse can make a claim for the harm suffered to the marital relationship as a result of the accident)

At McGee, Lerer & Associates, we demand that insurance companies pay our clients full compensation for the losses they have suffered.

What Types Of Cases Do We Handle?

We represent people who were injured as the result of someone else's negligence. Our clients include victims of the following types of accidents:

While auto accidents may be the most common context for personal injury claims, a large and rapidly increasing percentage of our clients are Long Beach bicycle accident victims who have been car-doored, or struck by a car that was passing from behind or struck by a hit-and-run driver. We also represent clients who have been injured after being attacked by a dog, or as the result of a premises liability accident or swimming pool accident.

In the area of auto accidents specifically, we have extensive experience prosecuting claims for compensation following accidents caused by anything from distracted drivers that were texting while driving to the collateral damage caused by illegal street racing. We represent injury victims of rear-end collisions, hit and run accidents, drunk driving accidents and many more. We represent drivers who have been injured in freeway accidents and drivers who have been injured the freeway or in the Long Beach traffic circle.

Personal Injury is All We Do

Unlike some high-volume law firms that practice multiple areas of law, Long Beach personal injury lawyers Daniel McGee and Catherine Lerer have focused their entire legal careers on representing only accident injury victims and their families. McGee, Lerer & Associates has a level of expertise that is difficult to find at other firms. We know what needs to be done to position a client's claim for top value, and we know what to expect from the other side. We have the expertise to defeat an insurance company's attempt to get a discount on what is owed to our clients.

Millions in Settlements and Verdicts

We know that no amount of money will bring back your pre-accident health, but we also know that compensation for the harm caused to you will make your pain easier to bear. We fight to receive the maximum compensation for each of our clients. Based on our success in achieving high-dollar verdicts, lawyers Daniel McGee and Catherine Lerer have each been awarded lifetime membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Less than 1% of all U.S. lawyers are admitted as members to this organization, demonstrating our level of expertise and commitment to our clients.

Specializing in Serious Injury Accidents & Wrongful Death Claims

While all injury accidents are unfortunate occurrences, there are some that stand apart in terms of seriousness and extent. Serious injuries are those that have the potential to dramatically transform a person's life, whether temporarily or permanently. Examples of such catastrophic injuries include burns, amputations, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, vision loss, complex regional pain syndrome, annular tears, and degloving injuries. At McGee, Lerer & Associates, we apply the same amount of dedication and zealous advocacy to each case we take on, whether large or small. However, our accident attorneys specialize in the prosecution of serious injury accident claims. Knowing that the stakes are substantially higher in such serious cases, we approach these cases with a special determination in order to see that our clients and their families are provided with the best resolution and the maximum compensation they need and deserve in order to move forward.

The greatest injury that can result from negligence or wrongdoing is the total loss of life. In the field of personal injury law, negligence claims that involve the death of a victim are separated from others and known as wrongful death claims. Elements of proof, the pain caused by loss of a family member and the rebuttal of the defense are all escalated in wrongful death claims. As the most serious injury claims of all, we approach wrongful death claims with a sense of reverence of the pain of our clients and seeing their grief fuels our determination to hold the negligent parties responsible.

Importance of Medical Documentation of your Injuries Soon after an Accident

Unless there is medical documentation of treatment and injuries, an accident victim will never obtain the compensation to which they are entitled. Part of what our lawyers do to maximize the value of our clients' personal injury cases involves overseeing the medical treatment and making sure we have the best medical evidence to document all injuries suffered. It is of critical importance that an accident victim receives medical treatment as soon as possible after an accident. This protection is not only for their health, but also to strengthen their personal injury case. Any delays or gaps in getting treatment will be used against you by the insurance adjuster, who will contend that if you were really injured, you would have treated right away.

We can Come to You

Accident attorneys Daniel McGee and Catherine Lerer are available 24/7 to provide a free consultation. We know that in the aftermath of an accident, the best time for you to talk with or meet with a lawyer may not be during regular business hours. So we make ourselves available afterhours and on weekends. We can meet with you at our Long Beach office, located in Bixby Knolls, or at your home or hospital room, or even the scene of the accident.

5 Actions which can Reduce the Value of your Personal Injury Claim

  • Not seeking medical treatment soon after an accident
  • Allowing the other side's insurance adjuster to take your recorded statement
  • Providing the insurance adjuster with a signed medical authorization
  • Not telling your doctor about every accident-related injury
  • Inconsistent treatment, i.e., gaps between doctor visits

Preparing for your Initial Consultation with our Firm

In your initial telephone conversation or meeting with one of our attorneys, expect a lot of questions. Before you call us, you may find it helpful to know the questions we will ask you so that you can have the information at hand. It is not necessary that you have all of the information at the time of our initial conversation, but the sooner you provide this information to our firm, the sooner that we can begin moving towards resolution of your claim. Click on the link below to find out the information we need:

Our clients come to us feeling overwhelmed and vulnerable. They don't know whether they should trust the insurance adjuster. They don't know if they need an attorney, or which law firm to hire. They don't know what type of doctor to go to, and who will pay for the treatment. They are concerned about the extent of their injuries and whether the injuries will be chronic. If the pain will be with them the rest of their lives, they want to know if they will be compensated for that.

Clients hire McGee, Lerer & Associates because we give straight answers to their questions and we give priority to making sure our clients understand the process. Clients hire us because they want a firm that will step in and handle the situation, so that they can focus on the recovery process and get back to their lives. Clients put their trust in our firm to protect them and guide them through this vulnerable time. We truly care about our clients and their families and feel lucky to do what we do.

Contact a Long Beach personal injury lawyer at McGee, Lerer & Associates for a free consultation. Let our family help yours.