The Law Office of Michael E. Ripley

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Personal Injury Litigation

San Diego County Personal Injury Attorney

Carlsbad & North County San Diego Law Office

The Attorneys at the Law Office of Michael E. Ripley, understand that the law affects people in many different ways. This is why we are happy to count amongst our ranks some of the best Carlsbad attorneys specializing in various areas of the law. Each and every one of our skilled Carlsbad attorneys have experience in both counsel and representation, and many of them are certified in more than one area including Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Contract Disputes. Here are only a few of the services that you can rely on Law Office of Michael E. Ripley to perform to your entire satisfaction.

The Law Office of Michael Ripley

Legal Expertise

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If you require Carlsbad legal advice or representation, do not hesitate to call Law Office of Michael E. Ripley today. Someone is standing by to help you take your first step towards putting matters of the law behind you. While our specialties include: Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Contract Disputes, we offer many other legal services:


  • Bicycle Accidents Involving Motor Vehicles
  • Construction Site Accidents
  • Dog Bites
  • Intersection Bicycle Accidents
  • Product Defects
  • Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall Accidents; Premises Liability
  • Truck Accidents

Personal Injury

Auto Accident Cases
Ripley Law Deftly Handles Auto Accidents

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Data from the NHTSA indicates more than 22,000 people are killed, and approximately 2,000,000 are injured, in passenger automobile accidents every year in the United States.  Of those accident victims, 10% become disabled.

Quite often, accidents are caused by someone’s negligence in rear ending another car, running a red light or a stop sign, failing to look in all directions before making a turn or entering a street, making an unsafe lane change, using a cell phone or texting while driving, or worst of all, using drugs or alcohol while operating an automobile.

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Personal Injury

Bike Accident Cases
Experience Handling Bike Accident Cases


Motor vehicles and bicycles are bound by the same laws. Bicyclists have the right to be on the same road as motorists. In many cases, these laws governing the road are simply rooted in common sense.  Yet, despite these common sense laws and rules, drivers still ignorebicyclists’ right to the road, injuring or even killing the bicyclist.

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Bicycle Accidents

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Del Mar Lawyer assists Motorist involved Bicycle accident Victims

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Cars, however, are not the only motor vehicles that injure bike riders in California. Trucks, SUVs, 18-wheelers, buses and other commercial vehicles — all of them can cause a bike injury.

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Construction Site Accidents

La Jolla, CA Personal Injury Lawyer
Ripley Law handles Building Site Injuries


Construction sites usually involve many different kinds of trade working at the same time on a project. This can make a personal injury case resulting from a construction site accident more complex. It is important to investigate as soon as possible after an accident to determine if the general contractor, one or more subcontractors or the property owner should be held responsible for injuries.

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Personal Injury

Dog Bites
Ripley Prosecutes/Defends Dog Bite Cases


There are, according to USA Today (May, 2012), more than 78,000,000 dogs in the United States, one for every four persons. Although the vast majority of those dogs are good, safe pets, there are some that are dangerous. Unfortunately, there is unpredictability to whether a dog is safe or not. Children are particularly at risk of being attacked or bitten by a dog, in part because children do not appreciate warning signs and may not know when to back away. Also, dogs can be unsure as to how to interact with children, and can be provoked to attack or defend their space or toys. Collectively these factors account for more than 60% of dog bite cases as involving children as victims. Another contributing factor is that children are smaller than adults, and have a lesser ability to defend themselves.

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Personal Injury

Intersection Bike Accidents
Encinitas area Lawyer represents Victims


If you or a loved one has been injured in a bike accident, you can rely on The Law Office of Michael E. Ripley. Located in San Diego, California, the firm focuses on bike injury cases in The Coast Cities of San Diego, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Del Mar, La Jolla, Oceanside, Carmel Valley, Leucadia, Carlsbad, Pacific Beach and Ocean Beach. The firm dedicates itself to ensuring that bicyclists’ rights on the road are protected. The firm accepts cases in which bicyclists’ rights are ignored by motorists — cars or trucks — or by any other roadway users, such as pedestrians and runners.

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Personal Injury

Product Defects
Carmel Valley Lawyer litigates Dangerous products

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Many products used on a daily basis can potentially be defective and cause injury to adults or children who use them. If you or a loved one is injured by a defective product, the Law Office of Michael E. Ripley can file a claim on your behalf, and file a lawsuit thereafter, to protect your rights and seek compensation for you.

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Personal Injury

Slip/Trip & Fall Accidents

Legal Representation for Premises Liability cases

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Property Owners, Landlords and Leasing Agents in California are responsible to make sure that their property is clean, habitable and without unsafe or hazardous conditions. When a property owner or property manager does not keep their property safe or free of hazardous conditions, or if they fail to warn people on their property of unsafe or dangerous conditions, they can be held liable for falls or other accidents that occur on their property.

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Personal Injury (PI) Cases

Truck Accident Litigation

Legal Expertise with Large vehicle cases

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Of all motor vehicle accidents, truck accidents are the most lethal. When smaller cars or motorcycles are involved in a collision with a large truck, the results can be deadly.  The weight of most trucks is substantial, and is often the reason that people involved in truck accidents sustain significant, and sometimes fatal, injuries.

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Personal Injury FAQs

If I call your office, will I be able to talk to an experienced personal injury attorney?

Answer = Yes you will.  Michael E. Ripley gives individual attention to each client, and to each prospective client.

What if I cannot make it to your office to speak with you?

Answer = In some instances, we can work together by way of telephone or email.  In other instances, such as if a client is disabled or in the hospital, the attorney will come to the client.

Should I call if I am not sure whether I need a lawyer, or if I may be able to handle the matter on my own?

Answer = You can call for a free consultation.  If you attempt to handle your personal injury matter on your own, you will be dealing with an insurance adjuster that handles these sorts of claims for a living, and that has experience handling the claims, and who has a goal of settling claims for as little as possible.

Can I get medical treatment if I do not have medical insurance?

Answer = Yes you can.  The law office may be able to refer you to doctors who will provide treatment without insurance, who will then be paid from the recovery from your claim or lawsuit.

How long will it take to settle my personal injury case?

Answer = There is no one answer for this.  Every case is different.  Many cases can be settled by way of negotiating them, without filing a lawsuit.  If a lawsuit is filed, it generally will get a trial date one year after it is filed.  However, over 95% of all civil cases settle without going to trial, or somewhere along the line.

Will my personal injury case take up very much of my time?

Answer = No, it will not.  If the matter can be resolved without filing a lawsuit, you will not have to attend any meetings or court hearings.  If a lawsuit is filed, it may happen that your deposition will be taken, which is a 2-4 hour process.  Otherwise, you may have to attend one or two hearings or meetings, unless the matter goes to trial.  As indicated above, over 95% of all cases settle without going to trial.

Will I have to pay for such things as court filing fees, court costs, or expert witnesses, if there is a lawsuit?

Answer = No.  The Law Office of Michael E. Ripley will advance payment for costs, so that you do not have to pay for them out of pocket.

Is there anything I can do if the other driver was uninsured?

Answer = Yes you can.  So long as you have automobile insurance, your insurance will include coverage for uninsured motorists.  That way, a claim can be made against your own insurance if the other driver did not have any insurance.

How will the lawyer be paid for his work?

Answer = Lawyers handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis.  This means that the lawyer only is paid if there is a recovery.  The lawyer’s fees are a percentage of the recovery, so that the majority of the recovery goes to the injured party.

How soon after an accident should I call an attorney?

Answer = As quickly as possible.  There is investigation to do, and evidence to be preserved, and witnesses to be contacted.  It is also important to take photographs of the accident scene and the vehicles involved, as quickly as possible.  This sort of evidence may be lost if you do not act quickly.

Why should I hire the Law Office of Michael E. Ripley?

Answer = Mr. Ripley is an experienced personal injury lawyer.  He has been handling personal injury cases for over 30 years.  He has been to trial, mediation, and arbitration in a wide variety of personal injury cases.  He knows what he is doing, and he knows how to get the job done.

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Michael E. Ripley

Main Office - General Law

12520 High Bluff Drive

Suite 110 (First Floor)

San Diego, CA  92130

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