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About Founder & Managing Attorney Michael G. Wales
Founder and Managing Attorney Michael Wales is a former judge and experienced injury trial lawyer located in San Diego, California. Michael has been practicing law in State and Federal Courts for over 30 years. In addition to his significant litigation experience, Michael also has extreme compassion and empathy for those injured or aggrieved, and enjoys fighting for the compensation they deserve. Michael’s successes in complex litigation have landed him a membership in the very exclusive Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum® and a recognition of excellence from Lawyers of Distinction®. There is no question Michael knows his way around a courtroom as, in addition to his extensive civil trial experience, he was also a criminal prosecutor and judge.
Personal Injury Cases
Every day, individuals suffer serious personal injuries in San Diego auto accidents caused by a careless or reckless driver. When an accident is caused by another driver’s negligence, we can help you through the process and make sure that you obtain all of the benefits and money you are entitled to receive.
Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Commercial vehicle accidents can cause injury or death. Commercial vehicles include buses, delivery trucks, and 18 wheeler tractor-trailers
Investigating commercial vehicle accidents requires a knowledgeable and experienced Truck Accident Attorney.
Motorcycle accident injuries can be catastrophic, or even fatal. You need an experienced motorcycle crash investigator. Michael Wales has ridden his motorcycle throughout the western states for many years and is an experienced rider himself.
Serious Dog Bite Cases
Dog bites can cause serious harm in an instant. If you or a loved one have been injured by a dog bite an experienced dog bite attorney can help assess the legal liability and pursue compensation for the damages you suffered.
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are tens of thousands of serious injuries to pedestrian and thousans more fatalities every year.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a pedestrian accident with a truck or automobile call San Diego Personal Injury Attorney Michael Wales for a free consultation.
Bicycle Injury Accidents
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 857 bicyclist fatalities in 2018, representing a 6.3 percent increase from the previous year. In addition to fatalities, there were approximately 47,000 non-fatal bicycle injuries in 2018f you or someone you love has been involved in a bicycle accident call San Diego Personal Injury Attorney Michael Wales for a free consultation.
Ebike and Scooter Accidents
Electric bikes, or e-bikes, have become increasingly popular in recent years, offering an eco-friendlier and more affordable alternative to traditional modes of transportation, especially in San Diego. However, with this rise in popularity, there has also been an increase in e-bike accidents in the United States. One of the most common types of e-bike accidents is a collision with a motor vehicle.
Boating and Jet Ski Accidents
Recreational boating accidents can result in serious injuries and fatalities, and they can occur for a variety of reasons, including operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, excessive speed, and alcohol use.
The most common types of commercial vessel accidents were collisions, allisions, groundings, and machinery failures. Commercial vessel accidents can occur in a variety of industries, including shipping, fishing, and tourism.
Wrongful Death Cases
California’s wrongful death law is set forth in California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) Section 377.60. The law allows surviving family members or the estate to sue for damages when a person dies as the result of someone else’s wrongful act – whether the act was negligent, reckless, or intentional.
Premises Liability Matters
Premises liability is a legal theory that holds property owners responsible for injuries that occur on their property. Common types of premises liability claims include slip and fall accidents, swimming pool accidents, and inadequate security measures. These incidents can result in a range of serious injuries such as broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.
Defective Products Litigation
There are two primary legal theories that support defective product litigation:
Strict Liability: Under the theory of strict liability, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers can be held liable for injuries caused by defective products, even if they were not negligent.
Negligence: The theory of negligence requires the plaintiff prove that the defendant was careless or acted with intent and that this behavior led to the plaintiff’s injuries.