Our track record of favorable results earned for clients is one reason to turn to Choulos & Wyle, but it cannot tell the whole story. The caring, focused personal attention our senior attorneys, George V.Choulos and Claude Wyle, provide clients through every phase of their cases is equally important.
Serious personal injury and wrongful death cases have been the focus of our law firm since its founding in 1983. Every working day, we stand up for the rights of the injured against negligent individuals, insurance companies, manufacturers and government entities. When our attorneys take on a case, we are in it to win and to help make our clients whole.
As avid riders, cyclists and supporters of the motorcycle and bicycle communities, we sponsor and volunteer with many local organizations and causes. We take satisfaction in the positive impact our work often has on public safety, and we are assertive advocates for sharing the road and working toward safer streets and roadways for all.
The nature of our personal injury practice enables us to not only maintain for our clients the exceptional degree of privacy required by their circumstances, but also to provide tailored service for every client's specific situation. Our attorneys and staff speak Spanish, Russian, Korean, and French, and we have ready access to interpreters for nearly every language.
When we pursue a case, the only acceptable outcome is a just settlement or verdict that helps you move forward. We also know there is tremendous value in work that exposes dangerous actions, products and property - often leading to awareness and positive changes that may save someone else in the future.
Personal injury cases have been the focus of our practice since 1983. We are among the most experienced attorneys in San Francisco when it comes to representing your interests in all types of personal injury cases.
We have found that motor vehicle accidents are by far the most common cause of injuries, but personal injury cases can spring up from any type of situation.
Because San Francisco is such a pedestrian and bicycle friendly city, many times, accidents will happen that involve people who are on foot or, in other instances, people who are riding bicycles. Unfortunately, a careless and reckless driver of a car, truck or commercial vehicle who is in a hurry or inattentive can make one bad decision that can impact another person for the rest of his or her life.
But personal injury cases can result from any number of situations. People can be injured while using defective products, slipping and falling on a poorly tended sidewalk or driveway, or while they are working on a construction site. Personal injury claims can also arise from dog bites, dangerous roadways, violence or any number of places where people do not act reasonably.
While the vast majority of personal injury cases result from negligence on someone’s part, a claim can also be brought against someone who causes intentional harm. This is generally seen in assault and battery cases, which are often viewed only as criminal cases. But a civil case seeking damages for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering is also an appropriate course of action if a person is harmed from an assault and battery.
Thanks to a great climate and countless places to enjoy the open road, the San Francisco Bay Area is home to thousands of motorcycle riders. That love of the open road is tough to beat, but in exchange for the sense of freedom that riding a motorcycle can bring, the risk of riding and being exposed to injury is a trade-off that many riders must accept.
Although it is necessary for cars and trucks to proactively watch out for bikers on streets and highways, that isn’t always the case. Unfortunately, accidents involving motorcycles happen with a high degree of frequency due to the negligence of other drivers. In addition, motorcycle riders also face other hazards on the road from poor road and weather conditions, as well as from defective products and many other safety issues.
Motorcycle riders often are viewed as risk takers or rule breakers, even though most motorcycle riders are law abiding and ride safely. Because of the sometimes negative view of motorcyclists, motorcycle cases can be more challenging. Therefore, an experienced motorcycle attorney has their work cut out for them when trying to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, disability and pain and suffering.
The key to winning a motorcycle accident case and getting the maximum settlement amount is in retaining the services of an experienced attorney as early in the process as possible. Having a veteran motorcycle attorney on your side early on will keep you from making costly mistakes as you move forward with your case.
As lifelong riders, our attorneys not only protect the rights of motorcyclists, we also support motorcycle clubs and sponsor a motorcycle race team. Additionally, we sponsor motorcycle events, particularly through the Bay Area Riders Forum, or BARF.
There is no denying that San Francisco is one of the great walking cities of the world despite its traffic issues. Because of the City’s and the region’s natural beauty, many people know the best way to get the most out of the Bay Area is on their feet. For many others, walking is the preferred way to go from place to place while doing business or commuting to school.
But having to compete with cable cars, autos, trucks, buses and bike riders, as well as some of the urban hazards found not only in San Francisco but in most all major cities, can create dangerous situations for pedestrians. Most of the time people can successfully dodge vehicles, but walkers must also contend with other hazards. Slippery conditions on streets and sidewalks, common areas that are poorly maintained, trip and fall hazards on sidewalks and alleyways, poorly lit areas that hide hazards, and construction zones can be especially dangerous.
The bottom line is that you shouldn’t be discouraged from walking in the city, but you need to remain alert and responsible with so much activity taking place all around. Despite your best efforts, if you are the victim of a pedestrian accident while you’re walking, you could sustain anything from a few cuts and scrapes to major injuries like broken bones or significant damage to your arms, legs, head or torso.
From our experience, we know that trying to recoup damages after you are involved in a pedestrian accident can be a long and drawn out affair. After all, it is in an insurance company’s best interests to protect their bottom line. But through our considerable resources and experience, we know what to expect and how long the process may take. Retaining us means you can free yourself from a major legal burden and focus on regaining your health.
We actively support alternative forms of transportation and are strong advocates of bicycle riders throughout the Bay Area. As avid cyclists ourselves, we are proud to sponsor the Marin County Bicycle Coalition, Safe Routes to School, and the Santa Clara San Mateo Bicycle Coalition.
Because we get out and ride the roads on a regular basis, we know and understand the unique perils associated with bike riding in Northern California. We’re able to take that first-hand knowledge and put it to work for our clients who are the victims of bicycle accidents.
While bicycle riding is an exhilarating experience, it can also result in serious injuries including broken bones, head trauma, spinal cord damage, internal organ injuries and other serious and life-threatening trauma.
Many times, despite taking all appropriate safety precautions, bicycle riders become victims of accidents through no fault of their own. Careless car, bus, and truck drivers, road hazards and debris, slippery conditions and other similar challenges all can have a big impact on the safety of riders.
When an accident occurs, we’re able to represent cycling clients and give them an added advantage using our first-hand knowledge and decades of experience representing bicycle riders. We can recover the maximum amount of damages for our clients either by negotiating a settlement or, if needed, going to trial and securing payments for lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering.
Choulos, Choulos & Wyle proudly represents clients in San Francisco and surrounding Bay Area communities.
September 25, 2017
By Claude Wyle