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Jacob J. Rivas

Accident & Injury, Car Accident, Medical Products & Devices, Pharmaceutical Product, Nursing Home, Brain Damage, Paralysis, Amputation

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Having the right attorney represent you in your Personal Injury lawsuit can make all the difference in how your claim is handled and resolved. Personal Injury claims encompass a wide variety of matters, including auto accidents, industrial accidents, retail store accidents, animal attacks, and construction accidents. The injuries which arise from these types of cases range from very serious - wrongful death, brain damage, paralysis, amputation, and broken bones to less serious - soft tissue injuries like whiplash and minor property damage. These cases can oftentimes be difficult and emotional for everyone involved, making attorney selection for your case even more important. Fresno attorney Jacob J. Rivas offers these suggestions for finding the right attorney to represent you in a Personal Injury case in Fresno, CA. and the greater Central San Joaquin Valley.. Dedicated wrongful death attorney — Wrongful death claims are unique in both the legal issues they involve as well as the emotional toll they take on the people involved. An attorney who has a practice dedicated to representing the family and loved ones of wrongful death victims will understand clients’ emotional needs and will be able to provide the compassionate and caring representation a wrongful death lawsuit requires. When searching for a lawyer, be sure to look for attorneys who have experience handling wrongful death claims and understand the unique challenges they present. An attorney who listens and understands — An important factor in determining whether an attorney is right for you and your claim is whether or not your lawyer takes the time to listen and understand your concerns and needs. No matter how complex your case may be, the right attorney for you will take the time to listen and be able to address your concerns and needs to help your case be handled in the way you want it to be. Comfort and respect — In any legal claim or lawsuit, you should feel comfortable and respected by your attorney and the people who work in the law firm at all times. When looking for an attorney to litigate your claim, you should make sure that you feel comfortable and respected at all times and that you feel confident in the way your attorney will handle your case. By taking the time to research and find the right attorney to handle your wrongful death claim, you can ensure that you receive the best representation and treatment possible. The right attorney will treat you with respect, understand your needs and concerns, and make you feel confident and comfortable in the way your claim is handled.

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Please describe a case in the last year or two where you made a big difference.

Client was injured at a job site when the lid to a dumpster bin he was opening dislodged from the bin and fell on top of the client. He suffered injuries to his lower back requiring multiple surgeries. We filed suit against the owner of the bins, as well as the manufacturer of the lids and the bin. Initially, Defendants denied liability, but with extensive discovery, including depositions and expert retentions, we were able to posture the case into a position where it settled for $2,250,000.00 at mediation less than 30 days before trial. The workers' compensation carrier continues to pay for the client's ongoing medical care.

How did you build a successful practice?

Building any successful business requires three things. First, it starts with hard work. This is the foundation for any successful business. Second, you must be creative and imaginative in the work that you're doing. In other words, challenge conventional practice and always look for ways to do things better. And third, do not be afraid to take risks. Sometimes you win big, and sometimes you lose big, but never be afraid to bet on yourself. As the old saying goes, "fortune favors the bold." This is the approach I have adopted throughout my years in practice and it has worked.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?

Clients should look for honesty, hard work, and true expertise/skill. The skills possessed by a true civil litigation trial lawyer are unique and uncommon, and if a client happens to hire such an attorney, it can make a world of difference.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?

Local knowledge is important because like anything else, the more familiar you are with something, such as other attorneys, experts, and judges, the more comfortable you are dealing with it. You notice habits and tendencies, and this insight is helpful in preparing and presenting your case, ultimately resulting in a more successful presentation of evidence and a better result.

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?

In a word, "anything." We talk about procedural issues, such as jurisdiction and statutes of limitations. In addition, we discuss the facts and law applicable to the case, potential case value, property damage (if it is a motor vehicle case), insurance coverage, injuries, medical care, and attorney fees, as well as any additional questions the client may have.

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?

The most important information is the facts and the identity of all witnesses so that you can determine the law applicable to the case, and then use those witnesses to develop facts which will prove the case. If it is a motor vehicle accident, then we also need insurance information and nature/extent of property damage to the respective vehicles.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?

Litigation skills, including trial practice, and tenacity. Most civil litigation attorneys look for an ""out"" at some point in the case for two reasons: (1) they do not want to risk spending money on a case in which they may lose, and thus, never recover their costs. In other words, they are afraid of risk; and (2) they are not trial lawyers and are afraid of losing at trial. I am an experienced trial lawyer that is not afraid to go to trial.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

Simply put, helping clients navigate a problematic time in their lives. It takes a lot of time, effort, and expense litigating complex civil matters, and in order to make this sacrifice, you must be motivated by something more than a contingency fee. That motivation is ""helping clients.""

What are your other interests in addition to law?

Traveling to new places and learning about other cultures. I also enjoy attending sporting events and watersports.

Are you involved in your community?

I have volunteered coaching local high school students in the Mock Trial program which teaches students the nuances and mechanics of jury trial practice. I have also served as a judge in the Mock Trial, as well. In addition, I have acted as an advisor to local high schools through the Fresno County Office of Education working with students on public policy projects

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AttorneyLaw Office of Jacob J. RivasFresno, CAPresent
School Degree Major Graduation
San Joaquin College of LawJ.D. Law School1999  
San Joaquin College of LawJuris DoctorLaw degree1999
California State UniversityBachelorsEnglish Literature1996
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Califonria2000
  • Member | Fresno County Bar Association
    Member | Litigation Section of State Bar of California
    Member | Fresno County La Raza Lawyer's Association
    Member | Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)
    Member | Central Valley Trial Lawyer's Association
  • Super Lawyer | Super Lawyers | 2020
    Rising Star | Super Lawyers | 2010 - 2014
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(2000) Licensed as Attorney in California. Verified with California Bar Association.July 27, 2020

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7473 N Ingram Ave
Suite 105
Fresno, CA 93711
36.8453464,-119.8025377

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