What Is Fair Compensation?

by Cary Graham | May 25th, 2017

One question you should ask yourself after a serious car accident is, “What is fair compensation for my injuries?” The answer may seem obvious, but in actuality, it’s quite complicated. There are a number of factors to consider that you may not be aware of, such as the current costs of follow-up medical testing or the number of days you’re going to be out of work during your recovery. Even our personal injury attorneys, who have been handling similar cases for years, spend a significant amount of time working to find an answer to that question.

That’s why the worst words an accident victim can say to the insurance company is “that seems fair.” Insurance companies love it when an accident victim utters those words, because it means they will take much less than they truly deserve. It is vitally important that you not sign anything from the insurance company until you’ve spoken with an experienced San Francisco car accident attorney. It could be the difference between winning big and leaving a lot of money on the table.

If you’ve been injured, call our San Francisco car accident lawyers today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We’ll review your case at no charge. And if you become a client, you’ll get our No Fee Guarantee, which means you won’t pay us anything unless we get money for you. Contact us today.

Get Answers After a Wrongful Death

by Cary Graham | May 15th, 2017

An untimely death to your loved one is one of the most jarring events you can go through, especially if that death could have been avoided or was caused by someone else’s negligence. The surviving family is left with more questions than answers, such as why did this happened and who is to blame? Those questions deserve answers, and at Berg Injury Lawyers, we want to help you get them.

Beyond bringing who is to blame to light are the questions that could impact the rest of your life, such as how will you and your family make it financially now that your loved one’s contributions are lost forever? The financial implications are often easy to overlook in your time of grief, which is why you need an experienced wrongful death attorney looking out for your best interests and your family’s future. Our attorneys will investigate the cause of your loved one’s death so you can begin to heal. We’ll also fight for the compensation you deserve so you can find peace of mind knowing you’ll be taken care of.

If you’ve lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, contact our San Francisco wrongful death attorneys today for a free consultation. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have at no cost. If we feel we can help, you won’t pay us anything unless we get money for you. Contact us today for your free consultation.

Have Your Life Insurance Premiums Gone Up?

by Cary Graham | May 8th, 2017

If you’ve read our blog over the years, you know that we talk a lot about insurance companies, and it’s usually not in a good light. Don’t get us wrong, we’re not against insurance, we’re just against insurance companies who put profits over people. We’ve seen that firsthand in our practice, but it’s not only restricted to personal injury cases.

Over the past couple years, we’ve become aware of an increase in life insurance company fraud. That’s when a life insurance policyholder in California gets a notice from the insurance company that his or her premiums are going way up, even though the policyholder never missed a payment or asked for any policy changes. That leaves two options: pay the inflated premiums for the exact same policy or cancel the policy altogether. Considering the time and money the individual has invested, neither of those sounds like a good option.

If that’s happened to you, you might be the victim of life insurance company fraud, and we might be able to help. Our experienced life insurance company fraud attorneys have handled numerous cases like yours and are ready to fight for your rights as a policyholder. Don’t let the insurance company take advantage of you. Contact us today for your free, no-obligation consultation.

The Power of Spin in Personal Injury Cases

by Cary Graham | May 1st, 2017

If we learned anything from the recent presidential election, it is that truth is subjective and facts hold less weight than we thought. All it takes is a kernel of doubt for people to believe almost anything. In its more benign forms, it’s called spin. Every political candidate knows the power and necessity of spin, and so do insurance companies.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident and aren’t taking the insurance company’s first offer, chances are you have a lawyer on your side. That might seem like a reasonable decision considering your injuries, but to the insurance company, it’s an act of war. They’ll pull out their full arsenal of legal resources to try and minimize your claim. One way they can do that is to try and prove you’re not as injured as you claim. For that, they often turn to social media.

Let’s say after months of physical therapy, you finally get out of the house to spend the day with friends. Although you’re still in a great amount of pain and distress, you post to social media that you had a great day at the park, the fair, or the mall. The insurance company may use that innocent post against you if your case goes to trial. That’s why it’s important that you refrain from social media until after your personal injury case is complete. It could make all the difference.

To learn more about what you should and shouldn’t do after your car accident, call our experienced San Francisco car accident attorneys today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Do You Have a Premises Liability Case?

by Cary Graham | April 24th, 2017

When you walk into a store in San Francisco, you have certain rights that must be upheld. First of all, you have every right to be in that store regardless of race, gender, religious affiliation, or sexual preference. In addition, you have the right to your safety. That is to say, you have the right to exit that store in the same physical condition (if not better) as you entered. When that right is taken away by someone else’s negligence, you could have a premises liability case, also known as a slip-and-fall case.

In San Francisco, you can bring a premises liability lawsuit against an individual, business, or government entity if you sustained injuries on their property due to their carelessness or negligence. For example, if poor construction at a public building leads to you becoming injured, that business or organization is responsible for those injuries. However, proving fault in a premises liability case can be difficult on your own. It can require a detailed investigation into the circumstances that led up to your accident and a thorough understanding of liability laws.

If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property, call our experienced premises liability attorneys today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We’ll fully investigate the cause of your accident and fight to hold the responsible party accountable. Don’t try to take on your injury claim alone. Contact Berg Injury Lawyers today.

Win the Battle for Securing SSD Benefits

by Cary Graham | April 17th, 2017

Disabled folks in San Francisco face an uphill battle to get Social Security Disability benefits. We wish it were different, but the sad reality is more than two-thirds of all initial applications are denied, leaving thousands of people every year wondering how they’re going to make ends meet. If they could, they would work for a regular paycheck, but unfortunately, their disability keeps them from doing even the most basic of jobs. SSD benefits are their last and only hope.

If that sounds like your situation, we understand just how scary a situation you find yourself in. Social Security was supposed to be your lifeline, but now it has turned into a bureaucratic nightmare that you can’t seem to find your way out of. The problem is two-fold: the complexity of the application process and the burden of proof placed on you. The first you already know well if you’ve been denied. The second you may not be familiar with, and it could be why you’re not getting benefits right now.

To qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you must prove that you can’t do any type of work, not just the work you’ve done your entire career. That can be extremely difficult on your own. That’s why you should call the Social Security Disability lawyers at Berg Injury Lawyers right now. We know the system and how to prove your disability qualifies for benefits.

Give us a call today for a free consultation. We’ll evaluate your application at no cost and work to get you the benefits you deserve. Contact us right now to get started.

Justice Doesn’t Just Happen

by Cary Graham | April 10th, 2017

Justice is an interesting word. Webster defines it as, “The maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments.” That’s an eloquent way of saying what is right wins out in the end, despite conflicting claims. In a personal injury case, this often means the victim is compensated for the acts of the negligent person or organization that caused them harm. Unfortunately, justice doesn’t just happen.

In our opinion, the most convincing argument anyone can make for why you should call an attorney after your car accident is that obtaining experienced legal counsel gives you the best chance of getting justice for what you’ve been through. On your own, the odds are stacked against you from the start. First, you must determine what your accident is truly worth (an uphill battle on your own) and then figure out how to convince the insurance company to pay you that amount. And you have to do both quickly and without error while trying to recover from your injuries.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, make the right move and give us a call. Our experienced San Francisco car accident attorneys can determine what your case is truly worth, and we’re ready to fight to get you every dollar. Don’t compromise justice in your injury claim. Call us today.

Inexperienced Boaters Put Others at Risk

by Cary Graham | April 3rd, 2017

Now that spring has officially sprung, it won’t be long until it’s prime boating season in the Bay Area. For boating enthusiasts, there’s nothing better than spending a day out on your favorite California lake or waterway. Unfortunately for some San Franciscans, fun afternoon outings on the water have turned into nightmares when other boaters failed to adhere to boating safety.

Unlike operating a motor vehicle of any kind, you do not need a license to operate a boat in California. That means there are a lot of inexperienced boaters out on our waterways, many of which don’t know (or don’t care to know) important safety procedures every boater should learn. That puts everyone else on the waterway at risk, and the results can be deadly.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know how difficult it can be to establish fault in a boating accident. It takes years of experience and a strong knowledge of the boating world to determine what happened and whether it could have been avoided. That’s why if you’ve been involved in a boating accident, you need to call an experienced San Francisco boating accident attorney today for a free consultation. We’ll fully investigate your case and fight to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions. Contact us today.

Fatigued Truck Driving in San Francisco

by Cary Graham | March 27th, 2017

Take a look around the room. We’d wager that 90% of everything you see was at one time transported on a tractor-trailer, and that might be a conservative estimate. The reality is without the trucking industry, our society would look much different. The products, materials, and equipment that keep us all rolling along without a hiccup are most often made available by the daily contributions of U.S. truck drivers.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we respect and appreciate the efforts of truck drivers. What we don’t respect are trucking companies that put fatigued or overworked drivers on the road in the name of profits. Tractor-trailers can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. (20 times the weight of the average car). Controlling that amount of weight safely requires focus and precision—two attributes that can be impaired from driving fatigued. Over the years, we’ve seen the devastation a distracted truck driver can cause, which is why we continue to fight for victims and their families.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, call our San Francisco truck accident attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ll investigate your accident and fight to get you the compensation you deserve for medical bills, lost wages, and more. Contact us today.

Car Accident Claims: You Get One Chance to Get it Right

by Cary Graham | March 20th, 2017

When starting something new, you may hear the advice to “fake it until you make it.” From a career standpoint, that’s pretty good advice, as demonstrating confidence in the workplace can be just as important as demonstrating competence. After all, most careers allow for trial and error. In other words, you can make mistakes, learn from them, and apply them to future opportunities. However, that definitely does not apply to personal injury claims.

If you’ve been injured in an accident, you get one chance, and one chance only, to get your injury claim right. The insurance company representing the person who caused your injuries should be responsible for all expenses related to your accident. Their main motivation is minimizing your claim by paying out as little as possible for your injuries, and they’ve become really good at doing just that. All they have to do is convince you that their settlement offer is as good as it gets, and once you sign, they’re off the hook for any future expenses.

More medical bills? Not their problem.
Lost wages? You’re on your own.
Compensation for pain and suffering? Forget about it.

So how do you maximize your injury claim the first time? Call an experienced San Francisco car accident attorney for starters. At Berg Injury Lawyers, we’ve been helping injured folks in the Bay Area for more than 30 years. We know how to determine what your case is truly worth and we’ll fight to get you every dollar you deserve. Don’t take a chance with your family’s future by going it alone. Contact us today.