What Are The Rights Of Injured Tourists In The Bay Area?

San Francisco is "everybody's favorite city" and Northern California is a mecca for international and domestic tourists. Unfortunately, U.S. citizens and foreign visitors often suffer serious injuries while visiting and need to be aware of what they can do to be compensated under the law.

Foreign visitors to Northern California can suffer injuries in accidents while driving rental cars; while using public transportation such as taxis, tour buses, San Francisco cable cars and buses; and while participating in a variety of recreational activities, including biking, skiing, boating and hot air ballooning. From Napa Valley to the Monterey/Carmel area to Yosemite National Park or the Lake Tahoe and Reno area, these accidents can wreck a vacation.

The legal system in California allows you to retain a lawyer on contingency. In other words, the attorney advances the costs of filing a lawsuit or making a claim and waits for his or her fee until the case is successfully resolved by settlement, arbitration or jury trial. The system is unique in the world because it allows you to seek justice without having to hire a lawyer by paying a large retainer or paying by the hour. A fee is paid only if the case is successful.

Assisting Injured Tourists From Abroad

Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP is well-qualified to represent your interests as an international client. We have represented clients from around the world, including Europe and Asia. In fact, we have even appeared in court in Great Britain to pursue a client's rights, and it is very unusual for an American lawyer to do so. Click here to read Bill Smith's article "How to Compel a Deposition in the United Kingdom."

We speak Spanish and French and obtaining translators for other languages is not a problem.

We have many international legal contacts and our firm is active in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, which has worldwide members. Our partner, Albert Abramson, is a recent past president of that prominent peer-selected organization. The firm is also active in the International Society of Barristers.

In addition to all of our contacts and experience, partner William B. Smith attended the University of Nottingham in England and was the first president of the University of Nottingham Alumni Association for the U.S. for the period 1993 to about 2000. He remains on the board of the alumni association called Friends of the University of Nottingham. He has a residence in France and multiple contacts in Great Britain.

Leaders In Trial Technology

Our attorneys have developed ways of reducing the costs of building cases and maximizing their value. For example, we recently used a German television crew to film portions of a day in the life of a German citizen who was seriously injured in California. Depositions of foreign doctors and witnesses can be taken by videotape to save costs while presenting the best evidence.

If you or a loved one was involved in an accident while visiting the San Francisco area, the attorney you hire can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. It is crucial that you call us at 415-421-7995 or toll free 888-745-2988 or send an email so a proper investigation can be done and evidence preserved. We will be happy to explain how we can help you preserve your rights and seek fair compensation for your injuries.