AV(R) Preeminent(TM) Peer Review Rating Martindale-Hubbell American Board of Trial Advocates

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Kaiser Medical Malpractice
  • Birth Injury / Cerebral Palsy
  • Wrongful Death
  • Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Medication Errors
  • Anesthesia Errors
  • Pharmacy Malpractice
  • Serious Personal Injury
  • Nursing Home Negligence & Elder Abuse
  • Truck, Automobile, Motorcycle and Bicycle Accidents
  • Dangerous Drugs
  • Defective Medical Devices
  • Premises Liability and Falls
  • Burns and Propane Explosions
  • Medicare Lien Resolution

“Small Firm Commitment”

The Smith Zitano Law Firm is committed to giving clients personal service. Each case is handled by attorneys David Smith and Elisa Zitano, who are genuinely interested in their clients as people. They understand the critical importance of each case in the lives of each client.

“Big Firm Results”

The attorneys of Smith Zitano Law Firm have achieved exceptional trial verdicts, arbitration awards, and settlements in serious injury and wrongful death cases in federal and state courts.


Anesthesiology negligence in delayed recognition of adverse reaction to anesthetic medications during rotator cuff repair in 39-year-old male who sustained profound hypoxic brain injury.


Traumatic Brain Injury with permanent neurological deficit and serious orthopedic injuries sustained by 26-year-old male operating his motorcycle in a cautious manner, who was broadsided by a pizza delivery person who ran a red light.


Birth injury/cerebral palsy, arrested labor during delivery of twins, negligent failure to perform Caesarean section for 2nd twin


Anesthesiology negligence /failure to diagnose succinocholine deficiency in 19-year-old male, resulting profound hypoxic brain injury


Mesothelioma/Death of 63-year-old male exposed to asbestos in grinding wheels used to sharpen carbide tipped cutting tools while working as a machinist 30 years prior to death


Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) due to negligent delay in diagnosis and treatment of diabetes resulting in diabetic coma of 78-year-old male


Intracranial Blood Clot, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) cause by negligent failure to monitor INR blood test results and modify Coumadin levels following mechanical heart valve placement for 54-year-old female, resulting in total permanent disability


Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) sustained by 60-year-old female pedestrian struck by vehicle in a cross walk, resulting in severe skull fracture


Spinal cord injury, partial paralysis of 46-year-old male injured in fork lift accident caused by negligent inspection and maintenance by equipment rental company


Hypoxic Brain Injury due to negligent intubation of auto accident victim by EMTs during helicopter transport to hospital, resulting in profound brain injury to 55-year-old male


Negligent delay in diagnosis and treatment of testicular cancer in 36-year-old male


Wrongful Death due to negligent delay in diagnosis and treatment of bladder cancer in 50-year-old male commercial real estate broker


Wrong level spine surgery upon 37-year-old male by neurosurgeon who negligently failed to check x-rays intra-operatively to confirm proper incision level, resulting in significant neurological injury and total disability for life


Wrongful death of 49-year-old male due to negligent delay in diagnosis of metastatic colon cancer


Failure to Diagnose Pulmonary Embolus/ Wrongful Death of 55-year-old male long haul truck driver


Failure to diagnose and treat compartment syndrome in 52-year-old male following arthroscopic knee surgery, resulting in profound neurological impairment


Delay in Diagnosis of Melanoma, 59-year-old male, 6-month delay in diagnosis due to negligent interpretation of biopsy specimen by pathologist

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There is no substitute for experience – especially in the practice of law

Attorneys David Smith and Elisa Zitano offer clients over sixty years of combined experience having successfully litigated serious personal injury and wrongful death cases in the Sacramento community, throughout California, and across the country. Past cases include catastrophic motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, medication errors, and spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. In every case, their goal is to help injured people and families achieve justice, and receive fair compensation through the legal system.

David Smith and Elisa Zitano offer a wealth of experience which results in direct benefits to their clients:

  • Willingness and determination to take cases to trial, when necessary, to obtain maximum compensation for their clients and to hold negligent defendants accountable for their wrongdoing.
  • Decades of experience handling complex cases with catastrophic injuries – the kinds of cases in which advanced and in-depth medical knowledge is essential.
  • A history of successfully concluding thousands of cases through trial, settlement, mediation, and arbitration.
  • Extensive knowledge of the law, procedures, courts, and the tactics used by insurance companies to delay or deny legitimate claims.
  • Unmatched commitment to preparation, and the long hours of hard work required to obtain fair results for clients.