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Bakersfield Personal Injury Attorneys

Few things are as frustrating as getting hurt—perhaps seriously injured or permanently disabled—because of someone else’s carelessness. As you try to get your life back together, all you want is a fair deal—including the responsible party stepping up and doing the right thing.

Too often, people come to us with stories of justice being delayed or disregarded. We hear about insurance companies making lowball offers or flat-out denying injury claims. We hear about corporations and government agencies throwing up aggressive defenses or mountains of red tape. All the while, your bills are piling up, and you’re left to negotiate with people who negotiate for a living.

Chain | Cohn | Clark’s personal injury lawyers level the playing field.

Local insurers, lawyers, and judges not only know who we are—they respect us and take us seriously. We’ve earned their respect through our law firm’s 90-year history of helping ordinary people receive fair compensation for personal injury claims in Bakersfield, Kern County, and throughout the Central Valley.

You are not alone in your quest for fair treatment. We can help you, too.

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The attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Clark believe in justice for all.

That’s why we offer new clients a free consultation—and why we don’t charge any fees up front. In fact, you don’t pay anything unless we reach a settlement or win a verdict on your behalf.

Contact us today for a free, no-obligation review of your personal injury case.

Client Stories

When we meet clients, they’re hurting: Recovering from injuries. Grieving the loss of a loved one. Watching medical bills mount. Missing time from work. Wondering how they’ll get through it all.

At Chain | Cohn | Clark, we see you. Your story matters.

It’s our mission to put the personal back into the practice of personal injury law, guiding you through the process of negotiating an insurance claim or filing a lawsuit. It’s your case, and you’re in control—but we’ll be with you to lighten the load, lead the way, and fight for your interests.

Perhaps the best way to learn what it’s like to have our Bakersfield personal injury lawyers on your side is to hear our clients’ stories.

  • “I finally felt like I had somebody on my side, somebody that could take on a system that I was very unfamiliar with.” —John H., who sought our help with a wrongful death claim after his father died in a nursing home.
  • “They took care of everything. Every time I had to meet with anybody from the other side, I always had somebody with me. They took all the pressure away from me.” —Raquel L., who was injured in a car accident.
  • “It feels like you’re protected, like someone’s fighting for you . . . like you’re not alone.” —Joshua T., who was severely injured in a motorcycle accident caused by improper signage at a construction site.

Case Results

At Chain | Cohn | Clark, we do more than talk a good game—we produce results. We’ve garnered more multimillion-dollar outcomes for our clients than any other Kern County law firm. Overall, we’ve won nearly a billion dollars in compensation for our clients in personal injury cases.

  • Pedestrian accident: $22.1 million
  • Oilfield accident: $10 million
  • Motorcycle accident: $10 million
  • Police misconduct: $8.8 million
  • Truck accident: $6 million

Every case is unique, so we can’t predict or guarantee what your case may be worth. But we can and do fight for every client to get the compensation they deserve.

Local Personal Injury Lawyers

There are plenty of personal injury law offices in Bakersfield, but not all of them are local lawyers. Big-city firms often masquerade as local—we’re the real deal:

  • Our law offices are at 1731 Chester Avenue in the heart of Bakersfield.
  • Founded in 1934, our firm is a Kern County institution.
  • Six of the nine attorneys on our team are Bakersfield natives, and a seventh is from nearby Arvin.

When we say that you’re a neighbor to us, we mean it. We’ve lived in this community for most or all our lives, and what happens here matters to us.

With a big-city firm, you may never meet your lawyer. With Chain | Cohn | Clark, you’ll meet your lawyer at your first meeting. Throughout your case, they’ll be available by phone, text, or email—or face to face.

Practice Areas

Personal injury is a broad area of legal practice, covering many types of incidents. No matter what type of accident caused your injuries, it’s likely that our experienced personal injury attorneys can help.

Chain | Cohn | Clark handles the following types of personal injury cases:

  • Motor vehicle accidents: Unfortunately, Kern County is the scene of far too many car accidents. We handle all types of crashes—car, truck, bus, and motorcycle accidents.
  • Pedestrian accidents: When a car accident involves a pedestrian, the results are nearly always tragic. We’ve successfully settled or litigated many pedestrian accident cases.
  • Premises liability: When a business or government entity’s neglect creates dangerous conditions, people end up injured. We know how to hold the responsible party accountable.
  • Product liability: You expect the products you buy to be safe. But if manufacturing or design defects, poor instructions, or inadequate warnings lead to injury, you may have a product liability claim.
  • Dog bites: California law holds owners responsible for dog bites, but it’s not always a simple matter to settle a dog bite lawsuit. Our attorneys know how to successfully pursue a dog bite claim.
  • Wrongful death: It’s never easy to lose a loved one. But the pain is intensified when a loved one is gone because of someone else’s negligence. We can help hold the responsible party accountable.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Personal injury law deals with harm caused by another party’s negligence. Harm may include property damage, physical or emotional injuries, or death. Typically, the key issue in a personal injury claim is to show that the other party was negligent—meaning they failed to use a reasonable amount of care, and their carelessness led to your injuries. A negligent party can be an individual, an insurance company, a business, or a government entity.

In California, you can collect damages even if you are partly to blame for the accident that caused your injuries. For example, suppose a car accident is 80% caused by another driver, but you are 20% at fault. You can collect 80% of any damages awarded to you in an insurance settlement or lawsuit.

The best way to determine if you have a personal injury case worth pursuing is to contact us for a free consultation. After your case review, you aren’t under any obligation to us. And even if you hire us to represent you, you don’t pay anything up front—our fee is a percentage of your settlement or jury award.

In most personal injury cases, there are three types of damages in play:

  1. Economic damages compensate you for things that are easily assigned a dollar amount—like medical bills and lost wages.
  2. Noneconomic damages compensate you for intangible things that aren’t easily calculated—like pain, suffering, or the loss of a loved one’s companionship.
  3. Punitive damages are determined by a jury to punish defendants who are exceptionally negligent—like a drunk driver.

No two personal injury cases are exactly alike, and there’s no set formula for calculating the dollar amount your case might bring. For example, it’s hard to put a dollar value on the loss of a loved one, a permanent disability, or the emotional trauma an accident caused. Ultimately, compensation is decided in back-and-forth settlement negotiations with the defendant’s attorney or by a jury’s deliberations.

Several factors—including the severity of your injuries, whether businesses or government entities are involved, and the defendant’s degree of negligence—all influence personal injury compensation. The best way to ensure you get the full compensation you deserve is to hire a good personal injury lawyer.

Why Hire Chain | Cohn | Clark?

It’s no accident that Chain | Cohn | Clark was voted “Best Personal Injury Lawyer” in the 2023 Best of Kern County Readers’ Choice Poll conducted by The Bakersfield Californian.

But perhaps you’re wondering what that means for you in the aftermath of an accident. Here’s what you can expect from our experienced personal injury lawyers:

  • You’ll meet with your lawyer, face to face, at your first appointment. Other staff may be present and help with your case, but you’ll know and have access to your attorney.
  • We’ll keep you up to date on what’s happening with your case. We’ll handle the paperwork and negotiations for you, but you’re still in control. We want you to be informed so you can decide what’s best for you and your family.
  • We can’t erase the trauma you’ve experienced. But we will welcome you, guide you, and do everything in our power to get you back on your feet. We won’t back down from hardball settlement negotiations or litigation if that’s what it takes to get you fair compensation.

If you’ve been injured, don’t wait to speak to an experienced attorney. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

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