Attorney Joel H. Siegal Lead Counsel Rated

Law Office of Joel H. Siegal and Associates

Personal Injury Lawyer | Serving San Francisco, CA

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235 Montgomery Street, Suite 1060
San Francisco, CA 94104

Have You Been Injured At No Fault Of Your Own?
You Need An Attorney With Over 25 Years of Experience
Helping the Injured Recover Their Losses

"Every journey begins with a single step," according to an old Chinese proverb.

If you have been involved in an accident at no fault of your own, chances are you need a litigation attorney to help you recover your losses.Insurance companies are more likely to settle your issue equitably when they know you have a litigator, ready to go to trial, in your corner.

Perhaps you’ve been seriously injured in an accident or truck accident, fell, been injured at work or due to neglect of another. No matter what circumstances have you seeking a litigation lawyer on the Internet, you undoubtedly are looking for someone who is smart, aggressive, compassionate and fully committed to obtaining justice on your behalf. When you hire me, that is what you get.

Contact me today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Auto/Truck Accidents
  • Animal & Dog Bite
  • Birth Injury
  • Boating Accident
  • Brain Injury
  • Burn Injuries
  • Catastrophic/Serious Injury
  • Children's Injuries
  • Construction/Worksite Accidents
  • Defective Products
  • Products Liability
  • Elder Abuse
  • Food Poisoning
  • Insurance
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Molestation/Clergy Abuse
  • Motorcycle Accident
  • Motor Vehicle Accident
  • Nursing Home Neglect
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Premises Liability
  • Rail Road Injuries/ FELA
  • Slip & Fall/Trip & Fall
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death

For more than 30 years, I have represented people who don't always have the resources to take on litigation against the big powerful institutions of our society: big corporations, insurance companies and governments. I have the experience, the brains, the chutzpa, the resource and the desire to fight for you.

Over the years, I have represented people in many of California's counties. I have spent my life in public service because I believe in it. I am passionate about it. When I take a case, you can be assured that I will leave no stone unturned and that I and my team will investigate and pursue every possible cause of your injury.

I have a good sense of the kind of case in which a jury would tend to grant a favorable outcome. I can also recognize the weaker parts of a Plaintiff's case. My strategy is to work efficiently and economically on your case. I also will honestly apprise you throughout the process about your case. Over thirty years of practice, I have recovered for my clients tens of millions of dollars. In 2009, I represented the largest non-fatality settlement of the year in California.

The first step is to contact me at Law Office of Joel H. Siegal and Associates. Dial 866-686-6164 or 415-523-7714 to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney Profile

Attorney Joel H. Siegal

Jurisdictions Attorney is Licensed in:

  • California State – all counties; all districts courts in Northern and Southern California


  • Awarded the prestigious New York State Regents Scholarship, 1973
  • B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany, 1976
  • School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University New York City, 1977
  • Juris Doctor California Western School of Law, San Diego, 1982

Admitted To The Bar:

  • 1982

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • State Bar of California
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • California Trial Lawyers Association
  • California Consumer Attorney
  • American Bar Association
  • Better Business Bureau
  • ProVisors
  • Legal advisor to The Lewis Brandeis Center for Civil Rights

Practice Areas

Motor vehicle accidents:

Sorting out the cause of an accident can be difficult. There are many variables to consider, including road conditions, the condition of the vehicles involved and negligence on the part of other drivers. If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident, the last thing you want to do is fight through all the confusion. That’s where I come in. I can help you get the medical assistance you need, investigate the accident to determine who’s at fault, and handle the communication between you and the insurance companies involved. Once we determine the cause of your accident, I will work tirelessly to ensure you are compensated for everything you’ve been through. The sooner we can get started, the better. If you’ve recently been involved in an accident, please call me for a free consultation.

Truck accidents:

Evaluating the factors that contributed to an accident involving a truck can be challenging and complex. Simply because of its size, a truck can cause a lot more damage than a car. To mitigate accident risks, the trucking industry must comply with stringent and complicated safety regulations and laws. If those standards or laws have been violated, and depending on the type of violation, both the truck driver and the trucking company could be held responsible. Issues that must be considered in a trucking accident include subcontracting of drivers, driving records, driver training, driver logbook, maintenance records, GPS records, permits, route approvals and weight limits. When an accident occurs, it’s in your best interest to hire a lawyer who can sort through the red tape on your behalf. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a trucking accident, please call me as soon as possible for your free consultation.

Pedestrian accidents:

Walking is healthy, green, and fun. But sadly, it's sometimes dangerous. Each year, thousands of Californian pedestrians are killed or injured in accidents involving motor vehicles. Many of these accidents are caused by driver negligence. Drivers must at all times exercise “reasonable care under the circumstances.” It’s also important to note that a driver must exercise even greater care when children are present.

Pedestrians might also be injured as a result of substandard property maintenance. In these cases, the owner of the property where the injury took place may be responsible. If you have been a victim of a pedestrian accident, I can help you find your way through the obstacle course that no doubt will be set up by the insurance company of the driver or property owner involved. Call me as soon as possible so we can begin working toward a full and fair compensation.


San Francisco is a great place to ride a bike. Being out on the road with drivers who don't pay attention to you is a huge risk. Without having the benefit of seatbelts or airbags, bicycling is in reality a dangerous mode of transportation. A minor unsafe road condition that wouldn't even be noticed by someone driving a car could be extremely dangerous for a bicyclist. Injuries sustained by a bicyclist in a collision with a motorized vehicle are often severe. The plight of motorcycle riders is similar to that of bicycle riders — and other drivers often show remarkable prejudice against both groups. If you've been involved in a bicycle or motorcycle accident, you need a lawyer. Even if the police report states that you were at fault, the incident needs to be investigated by someone who's on your side. Please call me and give me the opportunity to help you achieve the result you deserve.

Defective products:

Any product has the potential to cause injury. Sometimes a product just isn't designed in a way that makes it safe. In other cases, the product is designed well but some corners were cut during the manufacturing process and the product didn't turn out exactly the way it was supposed to. If a company knows a risk of injury exists if its product is used incorrectly and doesn't warn consumers about that risk, the company's liability may be increased when injury occurs. If you've been injured as a result of a defective product, save the product (or however much of it remains) and if at all possible, keep the packaging the product came in. There is only a certain amount of time during which you have the right to claim damages as a result of a defective product, so the sooner you get in touch with a lawyer, the better.

Catastrophic injuries:

Catastrophic injuries are those injuries that result in long-term consequences. Victims of catastrophic injury may require medical care for the rest of their lives. Life expectancy may also be shortened as a result of their injuries. These types of cases are complicated because current and future financial needs are addressed and included in any compensation. Victims of catastrophic injury also suffer such intangibles as pain, emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life. I can help ensure that your medical expenses are covered and that you are compensated fully and fairly for your financial losses. If you've suffered a catastrophic injury, please call me. I hope you'll give me the opportunity to fight for justice on your behalf.

Wrongful death:

Losing a loved one is a traumatic experience. If the loved one's death was caused by another's conduct or negligence, surviving family members are entitled to be compensated for the "wrongful death." Obviously, money isn't going to bring your loved one back, but the financial consequences of a family member's death can be devastating and you really do need a lawyer to ensure that you're compensated fairly. Wrongful death damages typically include compensation for funeral expenses, medical expenses, future lost wages and benefits, and emotional losses, which, believe it or not, a lawyer can help you put a dollar value on.

Brain injuries:

The consequences of a brain injury due to sudden impact or physical force to the head can be tragic. Even a mild concussion can cause changes in a person's mood, memory, ability to sleep and capacity to concentrate. Sometimes these changes are extremely disconcerting to the person experiencing them, though indiscernible to an outside observer. It's important to hire a lawyer to put together the witnesses and medical information required to build a strong case that will result in fair compensation for what you've gone through. If you have been the victim of this type of injury, you need a skilled attorney who understands the potential magnitude of your injury and can convey that information when it counts. I hope you'll call me as soon as possible.

Paralysis/spinal injury:

When a person suffers a spinal cord injury, that person's life is changed forever. In addition to the emotional and psychological difficulties a spinal cord injury causes, the financial burden can be overwhelming. Medical bills, future medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, necessary home modifications. The expenses keep growing and many costs will be lifelong. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, it's important for you to hire a skilled attorney who can thoroughly investigate your case and help you obtain the compensation you will need going forward. I look forward to helping you get the compensation you deserve.

Burn injuries:

Burn injuries can result from a number of situations. The severity of the injury may ranges from a first-degree burn, which may take only a few days to heal on its own, to a devastating third-degree burn that will require years of medical treatment and leave the burn victim unable to earn a living. In addition to medical expenses and lost wages, burn victims can suffer extreme psychological and emotional consequences. For many burn victims, the path to healing is, very expensive. That's where I can help. I will thoroughly investigate your case and work hard to ensure that whoever caused the circumstances leading to your burn injury is held responsible. If you've suffered a burn injury, please call me.

Injuries to children:

In general, children are more susceptible to injury. One reason is that they haven't developed the common sense necessary to detect and avoid dangerous situations. Another reason is that their bodies are small and not yet fully developed, making it more likely that consequences of an injury to a child will be more devastating than a similar injury would be for an adult. If your child has been the victim of a motor vehicle accident, medical malpractice, a defective product, or any type of abuse, you have a lot to worry about right now. You shouldn't have to worry about where the money is going to come from to make sure your child gets the care they need. Please call me as soon as possible so we can work together not only to bring the responsible party to justice, but also to limit the possibility of the same thing happening to another child.

Molestation/clergy abuse:

The psychological consequences of sexual abuse can last for years. Victims of sexual abuse often keep their experiences to themselves, which only increases their torment. Of course, trust is likely in short supply after going through something so frightening and, perhaps, confusing. A lawyer might not be the first person you think to call, but at some point in the process, it could really help. Nothing can change what happened, but financial compensation can help you pay for the counseling you need and there's a lot to be said for bringing the abuser — whether a family member, a stranger, or a member of the clergy — to justice. When you're ready, I hope you'll call me and give me the opportunity to help you heal.

Medical malpractice/therapist abuse:

Each year thousands of people are killed, injured or disfigured as a result of medical malpractice. Medical malpractice can stem from something as trivial as a medical professional misrepresenting his or her credentials; yet it can have far-reaching and serious consequences. We've all heard stories of doctors operating on the wrong part of patients' bodies. Thankfully, these kinds of cases are extremely rare. But what about prescribing a drug a patient is allergic to? Or failing to diagnose a condition that could be treated and make a huge difference in a patient's quality of life if caught early? Doctors these days are under a tremendous amount of pressure, which can result in less time being spent on each patient. Frankly, some doctors today just can't work effectively under this kind of pressure.

Unfortunately, therapist abuse is also a problem these days. Therapists practice under clear ethical guidelines and are bound by California law, which provides — in no uncertain terms — that therapists may not have sexual contact with their patients.

The statute of limitations on medical malpractice cases is relatively short. If you've been a victim of medical malpractice or therapist abuse, please call me today so we can get started working toward a just solution to your situation.

Construction site injuries:

Construction sites are obviously dangerous. But the general contractor, the subcontractors and site supervisors are all responsible for minimizing the inherent dangers. If any of these parties fail in their pursuit to make the construction site as safe as possible, or if they have been negligent in the maintenance of any of the machinery on the site, they are responsible for any injuries that occur as a result of that negligence. If you've been injured on a construction site, you may be eligible to be compensated for lost wages, pain and suffering, and the cost of any medical treatment. Please call me so I can start investigating your claim and help you get the compensation you deserve.

Premises liability:

Business and property owners are obligated to keep their premises safe or to warn visitors or guests if an unsafe situation exists. If they have failed to do so and that failure results in an injury, they can be held liable for the costs associated with the injury. Not just limited to a slip-and-fall, injuries in this category include swimming pool accidents and dog bites. Other property hazards that can result in personal injury include broken glass, falling objects, lack of security, or even exposure to toxic chemicals. I will investigate the circumstances and ensure that your medical expenses and other damages are paid by the party responsible for your injury.

Elder/ Nursing Home abuse:

Perhaps one of the most difficult decisions that we will ever be confronted with, is how do we help care for an aging or sick parent or relative. In our society, sometimes our elders including parents become residents of elder care living facilities. Some of these facilities, sometimes known as "Nursing Homes"; "Boarding Homes"; “Long Term Care homes" and other various names. Due to budget cutting, and other financial considerations, certain facilities cut corners and adversely affect the level of care for our seniors. Sometimes there may even be issues of physical abuse as well as neglect. If your loved one has been hurt, injured, or died as a result of neglect at a facility, please call me to discuss the matter.

En Espanol

Lo más probable es que no haya encontrado este perfil de sitio web por que está teniendo un día particularmente bueno. Tal vez usted o un miembro de su familia ha sido gravemente herido en un accidente. Tal vez usted ha sido injustamente despedido de su trabajo. Tal vez usted ha sido víctima de abuso o acoso. Si está buscando un abogado en la web por cualquier problema, me alegro que haya llegado hasta aquí.

Seamos realistas. El abogado que usted elija va a ser parte de su vida durante un año o dos. Espero que se tome el tiempo necesario para conocer a esa persona, sus valores, su familia y su compromiso con vuestros valores, vuestra familia y obtener justicia para usted.

Tal vez como usted o su amigo cercano o familiar, soy hijo de padres inmigrantes. Mi padre vino a los EE.UU. pero no es capaz de hablar una palabra del Inglés. Él no tuvo educación o experiencia laboral. Sólo tenía una cosa: el deseo de tener éxito en este país. Ha trabajado en restaurantes y hoteles como ayudante de camarero, portero, cocinero y mozo. Recientemente, se convirtió en uno de los organizadores y ayudó a formar el sindicato de trabajadores de hoteles y restaurantes. Tuve la suerte de crecer en un ambiente donde los trabajadores celebraban. Cuando era niño, César Chávez visitó nuestra casa en un viaje a Nueva York para discutir el apoyo a los boicots de la uva y lechuga de los Trabajadores Agrícolas Unidos de los Estados Unidos (UFW) de la década de los 60. Yo sé que la ley puede y debe ser un instrumento para hacer que la vida de las personas sea mejor.

Áreas de Práctica

  • Ley de Empleo
  • El impago de salarios, el pago por el almuerzo o descanso
  • Sobretiempo o compensación no remunerada
  • Discriminación por edad, raza, y país de origen
  • Lesiones en el lugar de trabajo
  • Acoso sexual
  • Lesiones personales graves
  • Accidente automovilístico
  • Productos defectuosos
  • Exposición a productos químicos o drogas
  • Fraude, abuso

Seamos realistas. Hay muchos abogados excelentes en California. Aunque no soy hispano, tengo un gran respeto por la cultura latina y una gran admiración por las familias y personas hispanas. Tengo una hija que hemos adoptado en Guatemala en el 2008 y estamos comprometidos a enseñarle el español y acerca de su cultura.

Como abogado, el entender la cultura me ayuda a ser capaz de transmitir al otro lado cómo el accidente o incidente que lo ha traído aquí ha afectado no sólo a usted sino también a su familia.

Puedo usar mi posición única para ayudarlo a hacer el caso por usted.

Yo sé que usted tiene muchas opciones para escoger a un abogado. Estoy gustoso que usted me considere y espero que tengamos la oportunidad de conocernos bien.

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