San Bernardino Personal Injury Office

Girardi | Keese
155 West Hospitality Lane, Suite 260
San Bernardino, CA 92408
Tel.: 909-381-1551

San Bernardino Personal Injury Attorneys And Law Firm

In addition to our long-time home in downtown Los Angeles, the Girardi | Keese law firm has a satellite office in San Bernardino, which covers nearly 62 square miles and has a population of roughly 216,000 (counting just the city proper). San Bernardino is one of the largest cities in California. The population of the County of San Bernardino is more than 2 million, one of the most populous counties in the United States (and, at more than 20,000 square miles, the County of San Bernardino is one of the largest by area in the nation).

About an hour or so east of Los Angeles by car (often longer, though perhaps the California High Speed Rail project will improve travel time), San Bernardino was apparently the site of the largest migration in the U.S. in the years 2007-2011, based on U.S. Census data reported by Curbed. This migration consisted of more than 40,000 people moving from Los Angeles County to San Bernardino County, apparently because "it's cheaper to buy a house." Other possible reasons for this migration are jobs and space, but the strongest probably is the relative cost of living.

Located within the "Inland Empire," San Bernardino serves as one of four major California cities to host consultates for other countries. (Fun fact: San Bernardino also happens to be home to the world's first McDonald's restaurant.)

Our San Bernardino Office Means Convenience For Our Clients

We're proud to have a second office here in San Bernardino. This location gives us the ability to represent clients who live in the Inland Empire and would rather visit with their lawyers much closer to where they live, rather than feel as if they had to drive to our downtown L.A. office. Even in the many instances where email and phone is enough to keep in contact on your case, our San Bernardino location offers the convenience of being able to meet with your lawyer in person when needed.

Who Are The Personal Injury Lawyers Of Girardi | Keese?

We say that we've been a voice for the injured since 1965. And we've followed through on that promise in the decades since.

Though we began representing injured people in high-visibility cases since the beginning, we made our name in part with the case that inspired the film Erin Brockovich , the infamous toxic tort case involving the seriously sickened residents of Hinkley, California. (Hinkley is located roughly an hour north-northeast of the city of San Bernardino, and is located within the County of San Bernardino.) In that case, we worked with acclaimed consumer rights activist Erin Brockovich in the fight against Pacific Gas & Electric Company, alleging that the company polluted Hinkley groundwater with cancer-causing chromium-6. PG&E settled that case for hundreds of millions of dollars.

In other "David v. Goliath" cases, the personal injury attorneys of Girardi | Keese went after:

  • Ford Motor Company for defective seat belts ($45 million verdict)
  • Merck pharmaceutical company for its dangerous drug Vioxx ($4.85 billion verdict)
  • Aerospace and defense company Lockheed-Martin for workers sickened while building fighter jets ($90 million settlement)

And, in San Bernardino County, we won a $3.55 million verdict for a young woman killed in a head-on crash on Highway 62, among many other car accident cases.

What Is Negligence?

Since 1965, Girardi | Keese has helped injured people and the families of loved ones who lost their lives in accidents because of negligence. In the decades since this firm got its start, we have recovered more than $10 billion in verdicts and settlements for clients in a variety of personal injury cases, as well as other types of civil litigation:

  • Individual plaintiffs in motor vehicle accidents
  • Dozens or hundreds of plaintiffs in mass tort cases (such as aviation disasters)
  • People defrauded by public utilities and financial services firms

At bottom, what we do is hold people and companies accountable for negligence and wrongdoing. In this area of law, people are held accountable for behavior and actions that fall below the "reasonableness" standard. Negligence is a legal term that means failing to use reasonable care in a situation that calls for it, and this failure injures or kills another person.

Car Accidents In San Bernardino

Drunk or impaired driving is an example of negligence.

The Transportation Injury Mapping System, or TIMS, maps traffic-related collisions under a number of factors, such as whether alcohol was involved, whether it was an injury or death, and the mode of transportation (car, bicycle, pedestrian).

For the County of San Bernardino, TIMS reports 31,459 collisions in the years 2013-2016. Of those, 3,677 collisions involved alcohol, and of those alcohol-related crashes, 265 of them involved a fatality. Most of these fatal alcohol-related wrecks are clustered in the southwest portion of San Bernardino County, as you move toward L.A. and areas of higher population densities. Many of these wrecks also happened along Highway 15.

For the city of San Bernardino itself, TIMS reports 4,011 collisions in the years 2013-2016, and of those, 510 collisions involved alcohol. Of those, 40 collisions involved a fatality (though the Transportation Injury Mapping System does hedge its bets by saying that this data is "provisional and subject to change," so these numbers appear to be estimates).

Estimates or not, the data is clear: Those living and traveling in San Bernardino need legal representation to hold impaired drivers (and other drivers who fail to exercise reasonable care) accountable for negligence.

San Bernardino Hospitals And Emergency Rooms

U.S. News & World Report ranks Eisenhower Medical Center as No. 1 in the Riverside-San Bernardino metropolitan area.

  • Eisenhower Medical Center
    39000 Bob Hope Dr
    Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
    Tel.: 760-340-3911

Other hospitals in the Inland Empire include:

  • Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center
    9961 Sierra Ave
    Fontana, CA 92335
    Tel.: 909-427-5000
  • Loma Linda University Medical Center
    11234 Anderson St
    Loma Linda, CA 92354
    Tel.: 909-558-4000
  • Community Hospital of San Bernardino
    1805 Medical Center Dr
    San Bernardino, CA 92411
    Tel.: 909-887-6333