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Who we are.

For almost 30 years, Lininger Injury Lawyers have represented people throughout Northern California who have been injured due to the negligence or wrongful conduct of another and deserve compensation for their injuries.

With state of the art equipment the lawyers and paralegals at Lininger Injury Lawyers handle cases quickly, efficiently, and effectively. Although we have 30 years of experience as injury attorneys, one thing our experience has taught us is that every case is unique. We take on each case aggressively and are not afraid to think outside the box to find a creative solution to your particular situation.

You’re Not Alone

No one should have to go through the stress and anguish of an accident and dealing with the insurance companies alone-that is our job. Our clients are the reason we’re here, day in and day out. Our firm looks forward to being able to lend all our legal ability and knowledge of California law toward getting the greatest possible recovery for you and your family.

You have medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. You deserve to know your rights, your choices, and your options. Our firm will take care of the legal details so you can concentrate on getting better-just one call and we handle the rest. Best of all, the advice does not cost you anything unless we can recover money for you. That’s our No Fee Guarantee

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Lininger Injury Lawyers was founded in 1992 in Sacramento, California. The firm’s mission is to represent people injured or killed in motor vehicle accidents and in other accidents caused by the negligence of others. Since that time the firm has expanded with offices throughout Northern California.

Firm founder, Thomas D. Lininger, started his legal career as an insurance defense attorney representing insurance companies interests against injured people. The experience he gained representing insurance companies allowed him to “switch sides” and begin representing injured parties in 1990. Since then his practice has been solely focused on representing those who have been injured or killed in auto accidents, by dangerous products and in other accident injury matters.

Thomas D. Lininger is a graduate of Kent State University with a BA in Political Science. He graduated from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. He is a member in good standing with the State Bar of California, the Sacramento Trial Lawyers Association, the Sacramento County Bar Association, the San Francisco Bar Association, and the Consumer Attorneys of California.

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What we do.

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Car Accidents

At Lininger Injury Lawyers we use our experience in handling accident cases to investigate every possible contributing cause of an accident to ensure that you will receive full compensation for your injuries. Evaluating all of the facts involved in the cause of a motor vehicle accident requires skill and experience. Our office will take over the investigation of your case so that you can concentrate on recovering from your injuries. We can assist you in finding an appropriate medical specialist to treat you, and we can make arrangements with your medical care providers to wait for payment until your case is resolved through settlement or trial.

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Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles are becoming an ever-more popular mode of transportation in the United States. However, the increase in the popularity of motorcycles inevitably leads to an increase in motorcycle accidents.  .Per vehicle mile traveled in 2020, motorcyclists were about 35 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle traffic crash and 8 times more likely to be injured. While motorcycles made up no more than 3% of all registered vehicles in the U.S., motorcyclists account for 13% of total traffic deaths. Unfortunately, when motorcyclists are involved in accidents with passenger vehicles, motorcycle riders and their passengers are also more likely to suffer serious injury and death as a result. Lininger Injury Lawyers offers aggressive, professional representation to motorcycle accident victims.

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Truck Accidents

Accidents involving large trucks are among the most serious and most deadly in the United States. At Lininger Injury Lawyers, we recognize that handling these cases requires a thorough understanding of commercial vehicle regulations on both the federal and state level. Trucking companies are required to follow Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations concerning their equipment and their drivers’ hours of service. Driver fatigue is a common problem, as hours of service regulations are routinely violated. Careful examination of records after an accident often shows serious and even fraudulent violations of those safety regulations. However, trucking companies are only required to maintain many of those records for six months. Without obtaining those records before they are destroyed, the injured person or survivors of a person killed in a truck wreck has a much more difficult time proving the trucking company’s negligence.

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Bicycle Accidents

Each year, 580,000 cyclists are treated in American emergency rooms, 20,000 cyclists are admitted into hospitals, and more than 700 are killed. Cycling fatalities account for 2 percent of all traffic fatalities and 2 percent of all traffic injuries reported in the United States. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Lininger Injury Lawyers can investigate your accident, preserve evidence in your case, and help you get full compensation for your injuries.

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Boat Accidents

Boating accidents usually occur because of people underestimating the dangers that are associated with boating. The Department of Homeland Security, via a recent press release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, notes there are well over thirteen million boats on American waterways.  The lawyers at Lininger Injury Lawyers are experienced in handling boating accidents.  Call now for a free consultation.

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Uninsured Motorist

Although California law requires that all motorists carry insurance, not all motorists do. Also, some insurance policies have very small coverage amounts, severely limiting the potential compensation to a person injured by the underinsured motorist.

What would happen to you if you were injured by an uninsured motorist? What would happen if an injured motorist’s coverage was inadequate to compensate you for your injuries?

All automobile insurance policies issued in California have the option of available uninsured motorist coverage. If you elect to purchase this coverage, your insurance company provides coverage to you for your claims for injuries and damages resulting from a motor vehicle accident in which the party at fault is either uninured or does not have enough insurance to provide full compensation for your injuries.

Unfortunately, sometimes an insurance company will dispute the uninsured motorist claim—requiring the insured party to participate in an arbitration in which an arbitrator will decide how much the insurance company must pay on the claim.

Lininger Injury Lawyers represents clients in these matters from the beginning of the claim all the way through the arbitration. If you have an uninsured motorist claim, please feel free to call us at 800-441-7997.

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Accidents Resulting in Death

There is nothing more devastating than losing someone you love in an accident, especially when caused by another party’s reckless or negligent actions. At Lininger Injury Lawyers, we have worked on some of the most difficult and emotional wrongful death cases you could ever imagine. Spouses who lost their life partners.  People who lost  family members. Each time we take on a case like this, it’s serious to us. The emotion is high. The stakes are higher. We have the experience to help you through these types of cases, and we’ll fight as hard as we can for you.

When you look at our track record, you’ll see that there isn’t a firm in California that has accomplished what we have in the last 250 years. That’s because we’re all in for our clients. No matter what.

The best advice we can give you during this painful time is that if you lost someone you love, it is incredibly important that you call us right away. When you meet with an experienced wrongful death attorney, you’ll start the process of getting answers.   We understand what you are going through, and our Texas wrongful death lawyers consider it our responsibility to ensure that you and your family are justly compensated for your loss.

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Premises Liability

Premises liability and products liability in California can be confusing. Unlike car accidents, police typically do not appear on the scene and there is rarely a defendant on hand to admit error and provide a phone number and insurance information at the time of injury.

Premises liability lawyers Lininger Injury Lawyers  can quickly answer your questions and explain your rights. We are fully experienced in resolving personal injury disputes arising from premises liability and unsafe conditions, slip and fall or trip and fall accidents, defective surfaces, negligence, and construction defects.

The firm has resolved hundreds of  California premises liability legal claims, including dog bites, defective sidewalks, defective stairs, slip and fall injuries, and building code violations.

Regardless of whether you were injured in a store, hospital, apartment complex, government building or other locale we can help you. Call us today!

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Product Liability 

Product liability is the area of law that deals with the liability of the manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer of a product for injuries resulting from use of that product. This includes the manufacturer of component parts of the product, an assembling manufacturer, the wholesaler, the retail store or other ultimate seller of the product, and any other party in the distribution chain, regardless of whether you actually purchased the item yourself.

Example: You borrow an electrical cord with a design defect from a friend. The cord’s wires cannot carry the electrical load it indicates that it can. The result is an electrical fire that burns down your house. You can file a product liability lawsuit against the maker of the electrical cord, its distributor, its wholesaler, and the retail store where it was originally purchased by your friend.

Research from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission indicates that defective or unsafe products cause 29.4 million injuries and 21,400 deaths each year. You or your child may be injured by something seemingly harmless or something you use everyday, such as a hair dryer, toaster, baby chair, toy, iron, coffee maker, air conditioner, car, hand tool, or even clothing. Product liability law gives consumers the ability to sue for and recover damages from manufacturers, distributors, and vendors for injuries resulting from accidents caused by products. Virtually all products are subject to products liability law, not just items on the store shelves — products subject to the law run the spectrum from food, drugs, appliances, automobiles, medical devices, medical implants, blood, tobacco, gases, real estate, writings, maps, and even commercial jets.

Products liability claims are tort-based claims that can arise from negligence, strict liability, or breach of warranty, though products liability is often focused on strict liability claims.

Strict Liability

Strict liability is the term used to describe situations in which a person can be held liable for damages caused to another person even without negligence or other fault. Strict liability means “liability without fault,” therefore a person is liable whether or not they were negligent and whether or not they intended to do any harm. The law imposes strict liability on inherently or abnormally dangerous activities, or activities that are likely to cause particular kinds of harm. A typical example of this type of activity is the use of explosives — if injury results from the use of explosives, regardless of the purpose for which they are used and the care exercised, the operator of the explosives is liable to those damaged by their use.

Strict liability is also often imposed on manufactured products, under the law of product liability. Strict liability claims do not involve proof of whether or not someone acted reasonably or used appropriate care in manufacturing a certain product. Translated to products liability terms, a defendant in a product liability case will be found liable for damages to a plaintiff if it is found that the product is defective, regardless of whether the manufacturer or supplier exercised great care when designing and manufacturing it. As such, a plaintiff does not have to demonstrate that the manufacturer or vendor was negligent or careless, only that:

A defect in the product caused the accident;

He or she was using the product in a manner consistent with the way it was meant to be used; and

The product was not substantially changed between the time it left the seller or manufacturer’s hands and the time it reached the plaintiff.

Even if you are not the original owner of the merchandise you can sue for product liability. For example, if a friend lends you a power saw that turns out to be defective and injures you, you can file a product liability claim against the manufacturer, distributor, wholesaler, and/or vendor of the item. Even a company doesn’t actually make a product, but merely puts its label on it, is liable for any injuries the item causes.

Example: A supermarket contracts with a manufacturer to make a line of soft drinks for the store. The manufacturer uses a bottle that does not properly release pressure upon opening. If a child is injured by an exploding bottlecap, then the supermarket is liable as well as the manufacturer. This holds true even if the supermarket was unaware that the bottles were defective.

In a negligence claim, a plaintiff must show that a manufacturer, seller, wholesaler, or other party involved in the distributive chain had a duty to exercise reasonable care in the process of manufacturing or selling a product and failed to fulfill that duty, resulting in injury to the plaintiff. Negligence consists of doing something that a person of ordinary prudence would not do under the same or similar circumstances; or failing to do something that a person of ordinary prudence would do under the same or similar circumstances. This can take the form of negligence in drawing up or reviewing plans for a product, negligence in maintaining the machines that make the component parts of the product, negligence in failing to anticipate probable uses of the product, negligence in failing to inspect or test the product adequately, negligence in issuing inadequate warnings or instructions regarding the use of the product, or any other aspect of the manufacturing or distribution process where due care is not used.

A breach of warranty claim arises under the law of contracts, where the law imposes certain “implied warranties” on the sale of goods. Such warranties include the warranty of merchantability (that the goods are in proper condition for use and free of defects), and the warranty of fitness for a particular purpose (e.g., the refrigerator must be able to keep food cold and fresh; the chair must be capable of supporting a person’s weight). These warranties are called implied warranties because the law assumes that they apply even if they are not expressly stated. If a product does not meet these standards, the purchaser may have the right to return it and get back the purchase price or sometimes to receive monetary damages. The law of contracts covers economic loss caused by the breach of warranties in the sale of goods. The Uniform Commercial Code, Article 2, also deals with the sales of goods and the implied and express warranties of merchantibility in the sales of goods in §§ 2-314 and 2-315.

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Dog Bites

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the U.S. Almost one in five of those who are bitten (a total of 885,000) require medical attention for dog bite-related injuries. Dog attacks represent some of the most gruesome personal injuries that are suffered, particularly because children or the elderly are often involved. In all dog bite injury cases, it is imperative to identify the attacking dog and ascertain the name of the dog’s owner, collect names, addresses, and telephone numbers of any witnesses to the incident, and take photos of the scene of the attack and your injuries. Lininger Injury Lawyers can send an investigator to the scene of the attack, as well as ensure your doctor preserves all evidence of your injuries.

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Drunk Driving Auto Accidents

Injury or death caused by a drunk driver is perhaps the most upsetting, anger-provoking of all kinds of personal injury cases. The thought of an innocent victim suffering serious or fatal injury at the hands of an irresponsible individual can evoke outrage among members of the community. In addition to seeking compensation from the drunk driver, many states allow victims to pursue recovery against the person or business that provided the alcoholic beverage to the drunk driver. At Lininger Injury Lawyers, we aggressively pursue claims against irresponsible drinkers and the bars, nightclubs, and restaurants that improperly serve them. Although the law can never replace a loved one, it does provide means of recovery for victims.

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Insurance Bad Faith

When an insurance company fails to honor the obligations in your insurance contract, or fails to perform some other responsibility it has to you pursuant to the insurance you purchased, you may have a case against the insurance company for “bad faith.”

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Brain & Head Injuries

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the term used to describe the damage to the brain suffered as a result of a sudden physical force. The human brain consists of billions of microscopic fibers, suspended in cerebrospinal fluid. While the exterior skull is smooth, the inner surface contains ribbing and pronounced bony structures. Impact with these inner surfaces of the skull causes tearing and bruising that results in brain damage. Some symptoms of TBI may include concussion, seizure, headache, dizziness, inability to concentrate, loss of memory, and even anxiety and depression. An attorney must have a thorough understanding of the symptoms of TBI in order to adequately present a case for damages to the jury. An experienced accident lawyer at Lininger Injury Lawyer can ensure that you undergo a CT or MRI scan in order to reveal any undetected brain injuries that may have occurred as a result of the auto accident.

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Malfunctioning Equipment

Any equipment used on a jobsite, particularly industrial or construction where equipment is used daily and for heavy duty needs, can fail to operate properly and in this process cause accidental injury. The injury may be to the operator or to other workers in the vicinity of the malfunction.

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Work Related Accidents

An on-the-job injury can be:

An accident where you’re obviously hurt and need medical care

A disease which develops later because of your work environment (e.g. cancer from working near asbestos)

A condition that gradually develops from continuous trauma or repetitive stress or strain

Depending on the particular circumstances, on-the-job injuries can be covered by Workers’ Compensation laws, by tort law or by both. An experienced personal injury attorney can decide on the most productive way to approach your case.

Workers’ Compensation in California

Under the California Workers’ Compensation laws, your only option is to file a workers’ compensation claim for benefits before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.

These cases are heard and decided upon by an administrative judge

No jury is involved

Workers’ Compensation laws provide benefits to you and your dependents if you’ve suffered injury or death because of your work environment.

The compensation may include:

Vocational retraining

Permanent disability compensation

Death benefits

If you’ve incurred a serious injury, these benefits can easily be much lower than what you’d be entitled to under tort law. But in California, you can’t usually sue your employer for on-the-job injuries. Therefore it’s a good idea to buy some disability income insurance from a private insurance company.

Tort Law

If your work injury was caused by somebody other than your employer, you can sue this other person (third party) under tort law. Examples of third party situations are:

Traffic accidents

Defective products

Defective equipment

Exposure to toxic substances

Contact Lininger Injury Lawyers to learn whether your case has the possibility of a third party claim.

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What our clients are saying.

Steve J.
"Thank you for all your hard work and efforts on my case. I appreciate the high level of communication and your wisdom. I could not have found a more qualified, knowledgeable lawyer to handle my case. "
Bill N.
Tom represented me after a terrible car accident caused by an individual with state minimum insurance coverage. I was air-lifted to the hospital where I was rushed into surgery to repair several life-threatening internal injuries. I spent over two weeks in the hospital and another week in a nursing/rehabilitation facility…
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"I hope your client is happy with the settlement. You did a magnificent job for him in maximizing his recovery. Working with you on this case was a pleasure. I wish everyone in our profession represented their clients as effectively and as professionally as you."
Jan and Bob T
"Tom represented us following a car accident where an individual ran a red light, making our Toyota Celica a total loss, and resulting in multiple injuries to Jan.  One would think that the process would be straightforward given the clear fault of the other driver who was cited for running…


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