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Sacramento Personal Injury Attorneys


At Kershaw, Cook & Talley, we live by the motto that our clients’ needs come first. We help people who are usually facing the darkest times of their lives, providing guidance and support – along with experienced legal representation – to help them begin the process of rebuilding and moving on. If you have been injured, we can help. By truly listening to and understanding your concerns, we can protect your interests. Our Sacramento personal injury lawyers have the experience, resources, and commitment to accomplish this, no matter the odds.


Through our years in practice, we have recovered over $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for the injured. This figure represents far more than money to our firm – it represents changed lives and improved futures for those in need. When you come to our firm, you will have the backing of a team of injury lawyers with more than 100 years of combined legal experience to apply to your case. You will also have our heartfelt promise to deliver the best possible result in your unique case.

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Real Experiences From Real Clients

Improving the lives of our clients is by far the most fulfilling part of the work we do at Kershaw, Cook & Talley. Our Sacramento personal injury attorneys have helped individuals and families from all backgrounds and in all walks of life who have found their lives entirely changed due to serious injuries caused by another’s negligence or wrongdoing. But don’t take our word for it: hear it in our clients’ own words. Find out how we have helped others just like you face brighter and more stable futures.

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  • William A. Kershaw

    Widely recognized as one of California’s top personal injury attorneys, William A. Kershaw is the managing partner at our firm. He has been practicing law since 1973 and has devoted his practice to helping the injured for the past 34 years. Bill is truly a force to behold, with his passionate representation of his clients’ needs and concerns.

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  • Stuart C. Talley

    Focusing primarily on complex litigation, Stuart C. Talley is a partner at Kershaw, Cook & Talley. He believes in holding at-fault corporations accountable when the innocent suffer harm as a result of their negligence. Stuart has been practicing law for 22 years and has earned a reputation for his zealous advocacy of his clients’ rights.

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  • Lyle W. Cook

    For 27 years, Lyle W. Cook has fought for his clients’ interests inside and outside the courtroom. He is a talented litigator and a partner at Kershaw, Cook & Talley. He focuses primarily on mass torts and class actions for individuals and businesses in California and across the U.S., using his skill to fight for the injured in the face of negligence.

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  • Ian J. Barlow

    Selected for inclusion in the California Rising Stars list from 2015-2017, Ian J. Barlow is regarded as a top attorney in the region. He is a partner at Kershaw, Cook & Talley and is an invaluable asset in our fight for justice on behalf of the injured and wronged.

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    Sam E. Guthrie is a newer member of the team at Kershaw, Cook & Talley. Detail-oriented and passionate about upholding the law to protect the injured, Sam brings many valuable talents to our firm

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  • Jeffrey M. Schaff

    Jeffrey M. Schaff is a trial attorney with Kershaw, Cook, and Talley, with a focus on the firm’s personal injury practice. With over 20 civil and criminal jury trials to verdict as lead counsel, extensive law and motion work in Sacramento Superior Court and in-depth experience with insurance company practices, Jeff’s comfort in the courtroom makes him particularly well suited for protecting your interests.

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  • Kershaw, Cook & Talley My case was handled with expertise. The case was settled out of court and I was awarded a settlement.

    - Anonymous

  • Kershaw, Cook & Talley The entire process was seamless and stress-free for us. I highly recommend them!

    - Dave

  • Kershaw, Cook & Talley I would recommend this firm to anyone seeking help with a hip replacement.

    - Susan

  • Kershaw, Cook & Talley Stuart Talley and his team have been outstanding! I have and will continue to recommend Kershaw Cook and Talley.

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  • Kershaw, Cook & Talley I highly recommend to other people seeking an honest lawyer who cares.

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  • Kershaw, Cook & Talley These guys are amazingly nice and knowledgeable about the law. Anyone that is looking for a lawyer in Sacramento for Personal Injury should reach out to them!

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Why You Want Kershaw, Cook & Talley On Your Side

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  • We have over a century of combined experience
  • We are a nationally recognized personal injury law firm
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What Damages Are Available in Personal Injury Cases?

If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, there are two types of damages you may be able to recover: Compensatory and Punitive. Compensatory damages are the most common type of damages and their purpose is to make the injured party “like whole again.” Compensatory damages can include: medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, physical disfigurement, and other economic or non-economic losses sustained because of the injury.

Punitive damages, on the other hand, are less common. Their purpose is to punish the negligent party and deter them from engaging in similar conduct in the future. Since punitive damages are not intended to compensate for any loss, they are awarded sparingly—only when the circumstances call for it. Generally, a court will consider whether the wrongdoer acted with malice, fraud, or a willful disregard for human life. However, it can be relatively difficult to prove malice in negligence cases. Similarly, courts are more willing to award punitive damages if the tort was committed intentionally (like battery).

Additionally, punitive damages are not always awarded to the injured party, since they aren’t intended to compensate the victim for any actual harm. Some jurisdictions require punitive damages to be paid directly to the court or to a charitable victims’ fund—although this too isn’t all that common.

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