Bakersfield is the 9th most populous city in California. It has become a major economic hub in its own right with the agriculture, energy and manufacturing sectors leading the way. The city also has one of the fastest growing workforces in the country. This kind of economic growth and lower cost of living has attracted millions of new residents. In short, Bakersfield has experienced explosive growth in the last 15 years.
However, it’s not all good news. This economic growth means residents share the road with more and more big rigs and tanker trucks every day. Even worse, Bakersfield’s aging and insufficient infrastructure puts everyone at even greater risk of serious accident injuries.
If you or a loved one were injured in an accident in Bakersfield, call The Dominguez Firm at 800-818-1818 today for a FREE consultation. Below you’ll find out more about our award-winning personal injury attorneys and how we can help you.
Premier Personal Injury and Employment Law Firm
Our highly experienced team of personal injury attorneys has assisted thousands of clients across three decades in legal cases relating to:
- Car accidents
- Catastrophic injuries
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Wrongful death
- Workplace injuries
- Construction accidents
- Uber and Lyft accidents
- Animal bites
- Slip & Fall accidents
- Pool accidents
- E-Scooter accidents
- Product liability
- Nursing home abuse
- And many more!
We also help Bakersfield clients with workplace injuries, workers’ compensation, and other employment and labor-related legal issues. Our employment attorneys have assisted hundreds of clients with the following types of workplace problems:
- Sexual harassment
- Workplace discrimination
- Wrongful termination
- Workplace harassment
- Wage and hour issues
- Whistleblower protection
- And any other workplace grievances.
Over $750 Million* Recovered
Our firm maintains a 96%* case success rate, which means that clients of The Dominguez Firm have won 96% of cases that reached the litigation stage. Our litigation success record is rivaled by few, and the numbers speak for themselves—we have recovered over $750 million* for our injured clients, with many clients granted awards in the millions or tens of millions of dollars. Having assisted thousands of victims over the years, we are intimately familiar with the emotional and financial devastation that a serious injury can wreak on a victim and their family. The Dominguez Firm is committed to ensuring our Bakersfield clients receive the strongest legal representation so that they have the best chance for a brighter future—one not burdened by massive medical bills or other financial burdens.
Over Thirty Years of Experience
Our attorneys have decades of experience handling complex Bakersfield personal injury cases. Firm Founder, Managing Partner, and CEO Juan Dominguez began his legal practice in 1987. His previous work in emergency rooms at major trauma centers inspired his desire to help injury victims exercise their legal rights. With that in mind, Attorney Dominguez received his law degree from the University of California Hastings College of Law. He then founded his namesake firm which has been tirelessly helping person injury victims throughout Southern California ever since. The firm has grown to over 120 attorneys and support staff. It continues to meet the legal needs of thousands of clients and has recovered millions of dollars in injury compensation for them. Despite this tremendous growth, The Dominguez Firm maintains its commitment to exceptional client service. At The Dominguez Firm, we treat you like family.
The Insurance Company Told Me I Don’t Need an Attorney for My Bakersfield Accident. Is That True?
Absolutely not. Insurance company adjusters are trained to settle cases quickly and for the least amount possible. No matter how serious your injuries, that is their main objective for every claim in Bakersfield and beyond. This may surprise you, given their commercials.
If you suffered a serious injuries in a major accident with a big rig in Bakersfield for example, your medical bills alone could be in the tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars. That initial $50,000 settlement offer from the insurance adjuster will be woefully inadequate in the coming months and years. And remember, once you accept their offer, there’s no going back and asking for more.
Instead, you want an experienced Bakersfield car accident law firm by your side. The Dominguez Firm has over 30 years of experience handling serious and even catastrophic truck accident claims in Bakersfield and all of Southern California. We’ll make sure you receive the full legal compensation you’re entitled to for your injuries. After all, the last thing you and your family need at such a trying time is to be worried about your finances.
I Lost a Loved One in a Bakersfield Car Accident. Is There Anything I Can Do?
Yes. If you are the legal next of kin, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit against those responsible for your untimely loss. There are several types of damages (the legal term for compensation) you can recover in a Bakersfield wrongful death lawsuit. Each wrongful death claim has its own set of particular circumstances, so there is no set amount that can be awarded. However, these are some of the possible damages that are awarded:
- Funeral costs
- Burial costs
- Medical bills directly related to the death
- Ambulance fees
- Loss of anticipated financial support
- Loss of consortium, including love, community, affection, moral support, sexual relations, training and guidance, or other emotional losses related to the family member’s death
- Lost income related to the death, including lost income during hospitalization or possible income the decedent may have reasonably been expected to have earned in the future had they lived
Keep in mind, according to the NFDA (National Funeral Directors Association), the average cost of funeral and burial expenses in 2017 was between $6,000 and $8,700.
Note that if the person responsible for your loved one’s death is acquitted in a criminal court, you can still sue them in for wrongful death in a civil court.
Finally, a wrongful death claim doesn’t involve just car accidents. A loved one can be lost in a pedestrian, slip and fall and workplace accident too. No matter how it happened, if you lost a loved one in an accident in Bakersfield because of someone else’s recklessness or negligence, call us.
How Long Will My Bakersfield Car Accident Case Take?
This is one of the most common questions we receive. And our answer may sound frustrating, but it’s very true: it will take as long as needed to get you the maximum legal compensation possible.
No two Bakersfield accident cases are the same. Each one presents its own particular set of circumstances. What our attorneys can do is compare your accident to similar ones we’ve handled in the past to get a general idea of what your case is worth. Much will depend on:
- The extent of your injuries
- The number of parties involved
- The amount of time that has passed since the accident
Obviously, the more serious the injuries, the more time it will take for you to recover or reach the point of maximum possible recuperation. That may take time, but it has to happen to know the final extent of your injuries. Also, the more vehicles or people involved, the longer the case will take. It’s simply a case of having to deal with multiple parties and their attorneys. And finally, waiting will probably hurt your case. If you wait weeks or months to contract an attorney, vital evidence may be lost, witness contact information can change and defense counsel will most likely question why you waited to file your claim.
Many factors determine the timeline of your case. But keep in mind, this isn’t a race, it’s a fight to get you the legal compensation you’re entitled to for your injuries. If that means going to trial, we have the resources to do so. Not all Bakersfield personal injury law firms can say the same. That gives you, our client the sort of leverage other firms can’t offer.
I May Have Been Partially At Fault for My Bakersfield Car Accident. Can I Still File a Lawsuit?
Yes. California is a comparative fault state. That means you can sue the other person or entity involved even if you share some of the blame for your accident. The court will determine your final percentage of responsibility and subtract that percentage from your final settlement or verdict. So, if you were found to be 50% at fault for your accident and awarded $750,000 in damages, half would be subtracted from that amount: $750,000 – 50% = $375,000.
Before you decide you’re partially or somewhat to blame for your accident, consult with our personal injury attorneys. Accidents usually happen quickly. In the moment, you may not be aware of everything that happened and in what order. Instead, let our investigators, experts and attorneys review the circumstances of your case. The sooner you call us, the faster we can get to work piecing together the facts of your Bakersfield accident.
I was Seriously Injured in a Truck Accident in Bakersfield. Should I Settle With the Trucking Company Directly?
No. Truck accidents are complex. The trucking company and their attorneys will do everything they can to pay you the least amount possible or nothing at all. There may also be multiple defendants, including:
- The truck driver
- Their trucking company
- If loose cargo caused the accident, anyone involved with loading the truck
- A leasing company if the driver was an independent contractor, and;
- The truck manufacturer if a mechanical defect in the truck caused the accident
Truck accident injuries to anyone in a passenger car can be catastrophic. These can include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations and broken bones. In some cases, anyone in a passenger vehicle can be killed. If this is the case, it’s important to have an experienced Bakersfield truck accident attorney by your side. Not doing so can end up costing you dearly. And if you’ve been seriously injured in a Bakersfield truck accident, you’ll need all the money you’re legal entitled to help in your recovery.
Full-Service Law Firm
The Dominguez Firm is a full-service law firm with our own in-house legal team. We are not a referral service, nor will we settle your case for less in order to avoid going to trial. Not all law firms can say this. We have the resources to see your Bakersfield personal injury case through to the end. Our aim is always to get you the maximum compensation you are legally entitled to.
In addition to world-class legal representation by an experienced attorney, your case will be supported by our team of highly qualified paralegals, legal secretaries, and legal assistants. Another vital part of our in-house team are our in-house investigators, who are available 24/7. They work closely with our attorneys and are tasked with gathering evidence and looking into the circumstances of your case. Together, their work is crucial in helping us present the strongest case possible on your behalf.
The success of many cases that reach the litigation stage rely on the testimony of various experts—medical, transportation, scientific, or otherwise. The Dominguez Firm has cultivated a network of eminent and reliable experts that we work with regularly and trust to provide airtight testimony on behalf of our Bakersfield clients. Rest assured, your case is backed by the comprehensive expertise of professionals in all areas—spearheaded by the legal representation of your Dominguez Firm personal injury lawyer.
Through our decades of experience in helping injury victims in Bakersfield and the surrounding area, we have made contacts with many medical professionals that specialize in rare and difficult complications arising from serious or catastrophic injuries. We will work with you to help you to identify a trusted provider among our network so you can receive the finest medical care possible to aid you in your recovery.
Award-Winning Legal Representation
The excellence of our attorneys and firm have garnered us the recognition of many regional, statewide, and national professional organizations. We have received many prestigious awards, including:
- Attorney of the Year (HNBA)
- Attorney of the Year nomination (CAALA)
- Attorney of the Year nomination (CAOC)
- Top 1%, National Assoc. of Distinguished Counsel
- Super Lawyers (Top Rated and Rising Stars)
- Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Million Dollar Advocates
- National Trial Lawyers Top 100
- Lawyer of Distinction – Personal Injury
- The Order of Distinguished Attorneys (Beverly Hills Bar Assoc.)
- Recognitions from the CA Assembly, US Congress, L.A. Mayor
- Elite Lawyers of America
- Los Angeles Business Journal, Business of the Year Award
- 10 Best Attorney, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorney
In choosing The Dominguez Firm, you are guaranteed the highest quality legal representation, backed by the seal of approval from these premier professional organizations.
Impeccable Record of Client Satisfaction
Our firm consistently receives glowing testimonials from former clients, and much of our new client base is directed to us through personal referrals from family members and close friends of our previous clients. In other words, those who choose The Dominguez Firm for their legal representation are so satisfied with our performance, they recommend us to their closest and most trusted intimates for their legal needs.
Some representative testimonials from satisfied clients:
The attorneys were always available and answered my questions. I would recommend them to anyone.— Janet Salazar
I was involved in an automobile accident and attorney Juan Dominguez got me over half a million dollars. He is the best. I highly recommend his law offices.—Hugo
I suffered severe injuries on my right foot. The Dominguez Firm helped me obtain the medical attention and treatments that I needed and resolved my case for $3 million dollars. I am grateful to The Dominguez Firm for their excellent service and support throughout my entire case.—Donald Nielsen
No Recovery, No Fee!
The Dominguez Firm takes cases on a contingency fee basis. That means when you sign with our firm, you pay nothing up front, and we only get paid once we win your case. We know that the financial burden of a serious or catastrophic injury can be devastating for a victim and their family. At The Dominguez Firm, we want to alleviate as much of this burden for you as possible. By working on a contingency basis, you take no financial risk in hiring our services, and can pursue your Bakersfield personal injury claim without the added stress of worrying about how to pay for a lawyer.
Note that in the unlikely event we can’t secure any compensation for you, which rarely happens, you owe us nothing. In other words, you win, or you don’t pay. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain from choosing The Dominguez Firm.
Why Choose The Dominguez Firm?
Hundreds of attorneys advertise themselves as the “best,” “most aggressive,” or “premier” personal injury lawyer in Bakersfield. So what sets The Dominguez Firm apart from the pack?
By choosing The Dominguez Firm, you can be sure our performance is backed by dozens of professional awards, hundreds of satisfied client testimonials, and an unbeatable 96%* record of success. We have over three decades of experience helping thousands of injury victims around Bakersfield and the greater Southern California area to win more than $750 million* in compensation for their injuries.
Our team of over 120 attorneys and support staff always place our clients first. We’ll work closely with you to ensure the highest-quality legal representation possible. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident of any sort, call us at 800-818-1818 for a FREE consultation regarding your case. Waiting can hurt your case, so call us today.
My experience was good. They made sure to kept me in the loop and made sure to let me know what was going on the whole time. My mom has used other attorneys and this experience was beyond better. I would definitely recommend them!
— Ashley Magana
The attorneys were always available and answered my questions. I would recommend them to anyone. Zoe is the best!
— Janet Salazar
My experience with The Dominguez Firm and the attorneys was really good. They were very informative and always returned my calls.
— Jocelyn Gonzalez