Bone Fractures and Breaks

Fractures, hairline fractures, bone chips, complete fractures, and compound fractures can be extremely painful and disruptive to a client’s daily personal and professional life. Whether by automobile accident, a dangerous condition, an intentional attack, or any accident, bone fractures and bone chips can lead to permanent problems lasting for the rest of a client’s life. Our personal injury lawyers understand both the medical and the personal impact fractures and breaks impose on a person’s quality of life.

Brain Injury

Brain and cerebral injuries are considered some of the most severe and traumatic injuries resulting in complete life-changes affecting all aspects of the client. Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries result when the impact to the head, skull, and brain is relatively mild (compared to usually traumatic impacts), but damage and injury to the brain cells and tissue causes traumatic deficits in motor skills, behavior, speech, senses, and other functions controlled by the brain. Wertz McDade has successfully represented several coma and permanent brain damage clients.

Burn Injury

All burns are painful and severe burns can impose lasting health problems on any client experiencing these burns. Wertz McDade recently represented a client who was in a medically induced coma due in part to 3rd degree burns over significant portions of the client’s body, and we understand the significant impact burn injuries have on someone’s life. Permanent scars, disfigurement, disability, and the impact on the client’s life and the lives of those around the client must all be understood for proper representation.

Nerve and Joint Injury

Automobile accidents and dangerous conditions on business properties often cause very severe and permanent nerve and joint injuries. Often clients are frustrated because they suffer severe pain but feel they don’t have a broken bone “to show for it.” Nerve damage can be a complicated and difficult issue to diagnose, and our personal injury lawyers understand vigorous representation is required. Joint damage often continues to cause pain for years, if not for the life of the client.


Paralysis is the medical condition that causes complete loss of use of muscle and control of part or all of a person’s body, caused by damage to the nervous system, including the brain and the spinal cord. Paralysis can be permanent or temporary and can affect a person’s life beyond the loss of use of a part of their body. Where paralysis is permanent, a person’s life is dramatically altered for the rest of their life, and their ability to perform the simplest of tasks is diminished. Quadriplegia and paraplegia each have their own set of challenges and life plan solutions, and our personal injury lawyers have experience and knowledge in paralysis cases.

Spinal Injury

Spinal cord injuries are some of the most devastating injuries that a person will encounter. Paralysis, paraplegia, quadriplegia, and other debilitating injuries can permanently impair any accident victim. Our personal injury lawyers have extensive experience and knowledge with all spinal cord injuries including the cervical spine, thoracic spine, and lumbar spine, and sacral spine regions. Acute spinal cord injury is often associated with severe vertebral injuries and our personal injury lawyers understand the medical and bodily connection between the spine and vertebrae.

Vertebrae Injury

Because the vertebrae and the spine are so intimately related to each other and a person’s entire back, our personal injury lawyers understand the severity of a person’s vertebrae injury and medical treatment. Several vertebrae injury patients will endure a long and complicated treatment process to repair the vertebrae bones. Our personal injury lawyers have successfully litigated complex vertebrae cases and understand the future treatment a patient must plan for when making decision about their legal case.



Asbestos exposure can cause chronic and serious disease such as malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. Asbestos is toxic and has been used in materials to withstand heat and chemicals. When someone has been exposed to asbestos, they can also suffer from other asbestos related diseases such as asbestos warts.

Auto Accidents

Automobile accidents are among the most common and most deadly types of accidents causing severe lifetime injuries. Our personal injury lawyers have recovered some of the largest monetary awards in certain areas of California for injured car accident victims. Our personal injury lawyers use the best forensic experts and medical experts to help prove cases. And, our personal injury attorneys are experts in automobile insurance law, covering areas such as uninsured motorists, underinsured motorists, insurance policies, and bad faith insurance.

Aviation Accidents

Although relatively rare, aviation accidents can be extremely complex, difficult cases involving several responsible defendants. If there is an error with the equipment, then products liability may exist. If there is an error with inspection or maintenance, then negligence may exist. If there is pilot error, then expert aviation evidence may be required. Representation from lawyers at Wertz McDade will include extensive understanding of all the complexities of an aviation accident.

Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle accidents are very common and very deadly. Our personal injury attorneys have successfully recovered for injured victims and, unfortunately, for the families of those wrongfully killed due to a bicycle accident. Our personal injury attorneys’ knowledge of the California Vehicular Code and of forensic accident reconstruction is excellent and thorough. Bicycle riders have rights, just as pedestrians, and car drivers’ negligence can create truly tragic results.

Boating Accidents

Boating in California is a common past time favorite for all ages. However, boating can also be extremely dangerous and lead to tragic results when boat operators are negligent. Similar to drunk driving on California Highways, operating boats under the influence of drugs or alcohol leads to horrific results. Our personal injuries lawyers have successful experience enforcing justice when a negligent or wrongful boat operator injures our clients, ending or changing their lives forever.

Construction Site Injury & Death

The complexity of the negligence, product liability, user error, and standards of care in construction site injuries is extensive. Our personal injury attorneys have the extensive knowledge of both personal injury law and construction law. Our firm has several construction lawyers and our personal injury lawyers draw upon the firm’s extensive resources to prove the best possible case for our clients. When deaths occur on construction sites, our personal injury lawyers engage the best experts to help prove their clients’ cases.

Dog Bites

Dog bites are sometimes mischaracterized as relatively minor injuries. In reality, dog bites and dog attacks can be utterly devastating, causing permanent disfigurement, scarring, ligament injury, broken bones, and serve emotional distress related to a developed fear of dogs and animals. Our personal injuries attorneys handle dog bite cases with incredible seriousness and vigor. Dogs are the responsibility of their owners, who should be held responsible when owners’ negligence causes injury.

Highway Design Defects

Highway design defect cases can be very long, complex cases requiring involvement of many defendants, including government agencies. When a government agency is sued, special considerations must be considered due to immunities. Having experienced personal injury lawyers who understand those immunities (and who have successfully recovered despite those immunities) may be the most important aspect to your suit. Our personal injury lawyers will walk you through this process step by step.

Insurance Bad Faith

Fighting your own insurance company can be one of the most frustrating and upsetting events a client can go through. The insurance industry is heavily regulated in California, and our personal injury lawyers have experience helping clients understand their own rights and their own insurance coverage. Our personal injury lawyers are well versed in understanding policy language and helping clients interpret and understand recourse when necessary. Contact a Wertz McDade personal injury lawyer if you have a question about your insurance company.

Intentional Torts and Misconduct

Our personal injury lawyers have successfully recovered for intentional torts against victims and clients. We work well with the local District Attorney’s office, and we know when and how to successfully recover punitive damages for intentional and wrongful conduct. Our experience ranges from victims of attacks, to wrongful transmission of sexual diseases, to egregious and reckless conduct. Our lawyers consider intentional tort cases on an hourly basis as well as on a contingency basis.  You can potentially recover punitive damages if you are injured by a drunk driver.

Motorcycle Accidents

Every motorcycle enthusiast knows and understands the dangers and risks of riding. Our lawyers have successfully tried large damage lawsuits to recover for victims of motorcycle accidents. Most recently, a client was severely injured, negatively affecting his entire life- from personal relations to work performance. Some of the worst injuries ever are caused by autos crashing into motorcycles, and our personal injury lawyers know how to recover for motorcycle accident victims.


Negligence can incorporate a wide range of improper or substandard activity by a business, individual, government entity, or other person. Complex negligence lawsuits require a deep and wide understanding of issues such as comparative fault, negligence per se (when a statute is violated), contributory negligence, joint and several liability, and many other complex legal doctrines. Our personal injury lawyers are award-winning students and expert practitioners of these complex negligence doctrines.

Pedestrian Accidents

Often fatal and tragic, pedestrian accidents cause serious injuries and death. Wrongful death suits require a careful evaluation of the case and a sensitivity to those who’ve lost their loved one. Our personal injury lawyers ensure the goals and wishes of the families are paramount. Pedestrian accidents can also include complex situations involving comparative negligence claims from the defense. Our personal injury lawyers know how to anticipate and respond to those claims in order to best serve the goals of the injured client or the grieving family.

Playground Accidents and School Liability

Playground standards are extremely detailed and require a familiarity with the national measurement standards. Our personal injury attorneys litigate using these standards and work with excellent experts to build and prove the negligence of the school. Also, school liability usually means a claim against a government agency, namely a school district. Our personal injury attorneys have extensive experience litigating against school districts and know what it takes procedurally and legally to overcome governmental hurdles.

Pharmaceutical Litigation

Pharmaceutical companies generate new products on a continual basis. When those products ultimately injure or kill the consumer, serious questions must be asked. Pharmaceutical litigation is often very complex and requires experienced litigators to understand which path is the right one for an injured victim. Wertz McDade lawyers will help you understand the details and nuances of your pharmaceutical claim.

Premises Liability

Businesses, land owners, and property managers are responsible for maintaining safe properties. Our personal injuries lawyers have successfully litigated many premises liability cases and have recovered millions of dollars for their clients. Slip and fall cases can be very difficult to prove and large corporations will present aggressive defenses. Our personal injuries attorneys have successful litigated through those aggressive defenses and have achieved an excellent reputation for their representation of clients who are injured due to the negligence of a land owner or property manager.

Product Liability

Product liability can include anything from household cleaners, to automobiles, to cola bottles, to construction equipment and beyond. Our personal injury lawyers understand the evidence and experts needed to prove your product liability case. Our trial lawyers can successfully build your case, whether it’s a design defect, manufacturer’s defect, or warning defect. Our lawyers also understand the very important nuances between strict liability and negligence in these cases and will use their experience and wealth of knowledge to successfully represent you.

Train Injury & Death

Injuries and deaths resulting from train accidents can often include multiple plaintiffs and very large defendants. Negligence of train operators can be deadly and tragic. If you or a loved one was injured due to a train accident or if your loved one was killed by a train, our personal injury lawyers can help you understand your rights and can represent you. Our personal injury lawyers have extensive personal injury success and our team of lawyers will guide you through the litigation process.

Trucking Accidents

Trucking standards and laws in the United States are extensive. Our personal injury attorneys have experience with those standards and have litigated trucking accidents using those standards to prove our client’s case. We have a successful team of personal injury lawyers who will represent you and be sensitive to your personal goals throughout the litigation.

Wrongful Death

Wrongful deaths suits require experienced trial lawyers willing to litigate cases aggressively. Nothing can or will replace the loss of a beloved family member. Ensuring your family is protected and seeking justice when another person has caused a wrongful death to your loved one can be a very confusing process. Our attorneys work in teams to guide you through the entire process to ensure your goals are the most important aspect of your case. Our attorneys are both aggressive for your case and sensitive to your needs as client.


Lavelle Law Group, APC
1350 Columbia Street, Suite 500
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 515-1498

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