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Long Beach Personal Injury Lawyer

Injury and Accident Claims in Long Beach, CA

Long Beach personal injury attorneys Daniel McGee and Catherine Lerer are a husband and wife team with over 40 years of combined experience. We have a reputation in the legal community for providing aggressive and high quality representation in personal injury and wrongful death cases, and a track record of multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Our injury lawyers 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.

Why We're Different From Other Law Firms

First-time callers to our office who are trying to choose a law firm often tell us that we're different from other firms they have called. They tell us we're different because:

  • They actually speak to a lawyer in their first call to our firm.
  • One of the first things our attorneys will ask you is: "What questions can I answer for you?" Sure, when you call us, we've got 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 your questions. After all of your questions and concerns have been addressed, we can move to our information-gathering process. For a sneak peak 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 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.

Members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Our clients come to us feeling overwhelmed and vulnerable. They don't know whether they should trust the insurance adjuster. They don't know how to choose a medical provider. They are concerned about the extent of their injuries and whether they will be able to afford thorough treatment in order to achieve a complete recovery. Clients hire McGee, Lerer & Associates because they want the best personal injury lawyer in Long Beach. 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. We demand that insurance companies pay our clients full compensation for the losses they have suffered, including compensation for:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • 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

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, which further demonstrates our level of expertise and commitment to our clients.

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.

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 them. We also represent clients who have been injured after being attacked by a dog, or as the result of a slip and fall accident or swimming pool accident.

In the area of car 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 offer the same legal support to victims who have suffered in motorcycle accidents and truck accidents, whether they occur on the freeway or in the Long Beach traffic circle.

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, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and degloving injuries. At McGee, Lerer & Associates, we apply the same amount of dedication and aggression 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.

Medical Documentation of Your Injuries

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. Injuries from accidents can include amputations, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burn injuries, vision loss, complex regional pain syndrome, annular tears, and on-the-job injuries. 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.

After an accident, you can treat with your own doctor, or, if you do not have health insurance and cannot afford to see a doctor, 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. Once we have discussed your injuries, we can refer you to the appropriate medical provider in your area . 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.

No Up-Front Fee & No Fee Unless You Win

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. We charge no fee 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.

When you hire McGee, Lerer & Associates, you will receive a level of personalized service that you are unlikely to find elsewhere. While at other firms, you will usually only speak to a receptionist, secretary, or a lawyer's 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.

Preparing for Your Initial Consultation

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.

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:

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