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Negligent Companies Can Be Held Liable for Their Defective Products

by Staff Blogger | October 15th, 2018

When companies release new products to the consumer, industrial, or medical markets, they’re supposed to make sure they’re safe and don’t pose any significant dangers. But in an effort to rush products to market and to maximize profits, some companies skip important testing phases or even lie about potential risks their products can pose to the people who use them.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California defective product attorneys hold negligent and careless companies responsible for the damages their products cause to innocent people. If you or someone you love were hurt by a product, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

We handle a wide variety of defective product claims, ranging from dangerous vehicles and cribs to exploding e-cigarettes and potentially life-threatening medical devices. No matter what type of product caused you or your loved one to suffer a serious injury or health-related complication, we’re ready to collect evidence that proves the manufacturer failed to do its due diligence.

In addition, we know how to calculate exactly how much your defective product injury will cost you—both now and in the future. Getting a settlement for your current medical bills and lost wages isn’t enough when you may need additional treatments and have no idea when you’ll be able to return to work.

Get in touch with our law firm today to find out how we may be able to put our experience to work for your family. Call now for a free consultation.


What Should You Do If You Suspect a Drug Injury?

by Staff Blogger | October 8th, 2018

Over-the-counter and prescription medications are supposed to make you feel better. But when drug manufacturers fail to conduct thorough testing on their products—or when they intentionally hide side effects and complications from regulatory agencies, doctors, and patients—serious injuries and illnesses can and often do occur.

Being harmed by a medication that you thought would help you is a devastating experience. It’s difficult enough to decide to take many medications due to their known side effects, but it’s even worse to find out you were a victim of a complication that should have been publicized by the drug manufacturer.

Taking the following steps after suffering a drug injury can protect your health and your rights to pursue maximum compensation:

  • Call your doctor or go to the hospital—Depending on the severity of the drug injury, you may need to go to a hospital right away. Otherwise, get in touch with your doctor as soon as possible. Describe your symptoms, but don’t stop taking your medication without getting approval from your doctor.
  • Call an experienced California drug injury lawyer—Drug manufacturers should be held liable for any injuries and illnesses that their products cause to innocent victims like you. We know how to calculate how much your drug injury will cost you to demand a fair settlement.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our legal team is here to help anyone who was harmed by an over-the-counter or prescription medication. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation.


3 Reasons to Call a Lawyer After a Truck Accident

by Staff Blogger | October 1st, 2018

Even the largest passenger vehicles are no match for commercial semi trucks during accidents. That’s because big pickup trucks and SUVs weigh around 6,000 pounds, while fully loaded tractor trailers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds.

The massive difference in size and weight between big trucks and passenger vehicles means that occupants of the latter are significantly more likely to suffer disabling and even life-threatening injuries during accidents involving the two types of vehicles.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California truck accident attorneys are dedicated to helping innocent victims get compensation after being hurt in big truck crashes. Truck accident claims are complicated, and pursuing damages on your own can be difficult. Choosing us to fight for you after a truck accident can improve your chances of getting a favorable outcome for three reasons:

  1. We can prove you weren’t at fault—The stakes are higher in big truck accident claims, and that means insurance companies are often more aggressive in protecting their clients and their profits. We’ll collect evidence that leaves no doubt about who was at fault.
  2. We can prove who was at fault—It’s not enough to prove you didn’t cause the crash. We’ll also determine which parties are liable, including the truck driver, truck company, and truck owner.
  3. We can negotiate to get you full compensation—Even if the insurance company agrees to pay a settlement, it will try to pay you as little as possible. We’ll negotiate to make sure you’re fairly compensated.

Call us today for a free consultation. We’re here to help.


3 Steps to Take After an Auto Accident

by Staff Blogger | September 24th, 2018

Car crashes are ranked as one of the most traumatic experiences that a person can endure. Unfortunately, almost everyone will be involved in at least one or two car accidents in their lives—including drivers who always follow traffic laws.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California car accident attorneys are here to help anyone who was hurt in a crash that was caused by someone else’s negligence. But we can only help victims after they contact us. That’s why we believe it’s important for drivers throughout the Golden State to know what steps to take after crashes to best protect their health and their rights to compensation.

The three essential steps that all crash victims should take include:

  1. Calling 911—Getting in touch with emergency responders immediately after a crash accomplishes two things: it makes it easier for you and other victims to get medical treatment, and it creates an official police record of the crash.
  2. Getting medical attention—Whether you travel to the hospital right away via ambulance or you visit a doctor soon after the accident, getting treated by medical professionals helps address any injuries right away and creates a medical record of your injuries and their severity.
  3. Contacting a lawyer—The police have created a report of the crash and your injuries have been treated. Now it’s time to get legal representation on your side. The insurance company is already building its case against you, but a lawyer may be able to help you level the playing the field.

We’re ready to take your call and start fighting for your rights. Call today for a free consultation.


How Does Nursing Home Negligence Lead to Abuse and Neglect?

by Staff Blogger | September 17th, 2018

The owners and administrators of nursing homes in California and throughout the country have a big responsibility. They’re in charge of making sure millions of residents get the medical care and day-to-day living assistance they need around the clock. Nursing homes are big business, and it can cost tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars per year for residents to live in them.

The profits that nursing home owners and administrators make off of residents and their families isn’t always enough, however. To maximize profits, some nursing homes take the following shortcuts:

  • Negligent hiring practices—People who work with residents who are elderly and suffering from serious illnesses should be thoroughly vetted and have spotless backgrounds. But some nursing homes hire people with records of criminal activities, violence, theft, and more in an effort to save time and money. Those hiring practices put residents at risk.
  • Understaffing—There should be plenty of staff members available to handle all manner of needs and requests from residents at nursing homes. However, payroll costs can be significant to nursing home owners and administrators, and that can lead to some intentional understaffing, making it more difficult for residents to get the attention they need.
  • Inadequate training—Caring for nursing home residents requires patience and plenty of hands-on training. But training programs can be expensive. Some nursing homes have little to no formal training for employees, which means residents’ well-being and lives may be in the hands of unqualified staff members.

If you suspect that your loved one was harmed in a nursing home, call the California nursing home abuse attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.


Traumatic Brain Injuries Deserve Aggressive Legal Representation

by Staff Blogger | September 10th, 2018

If you or someone you love recently suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), you may be facing a difficult battle over the coming months, years, and even decades. That’s because TBIs have the potential to affect every aspect of victims’ lives, including their ability to work and even live independently.

Because the brain is far less capable of healing and regeneration than other organs and tissues in the body, all TBIs have the potential to cause profound and lifelong consequences for victims. The medical bills and rehabilitation costs associated with TBIs can be overwhelming for many families, especially when victims are primary income earners and can no longer earn the paychecks their loved ones depend on.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California brain injury lawyers know how serious TBIs can be and their potential for affecting families for years to come. That’s why we do everything in our power to help victims get maximum compensation for all of their TBI-related expenses, including current and future medical bills, current and future lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Whether the TBI was caused by a car accident, a defective product, a work-related accident, or another type of accident that was the result of someone else’s negligence, you can count on our legal team to provide the experienced and dedicated representation you deserve.

Call us today for a free consultation. We’re here to help you move forward with your life.


Boating Season Isn’t Over, and We’re Still Here to Help

by Staff Blogger | September 5th, 2018

Labor Day has come and gone, and for many people, that spells the unofficial end of summer. But warm weather and pleasant boating days will remain in the Bay Area for many more weeks. If you’re planning on taking your boat out, it’s important to be cautious and prepared for emergencies.

A few things you can do to reduce your risks on the water include:

  • Never operating your boat after drinking alcohol—Driving a boat while intoxicated is just as serious and dangerous as driving a vehicle while impaired. If you plan on drinking, appoint a designated driver for your boat or leave it at the dock.
  • Not heading out when visibility will be reduced—One component of safe boating is being able to see where you’re going. When visibility is reduced due to rain or fog, you’re more likely to be involved in a serious boating accident.
  • Stocking your boat with necessary safety equipment—By law, you’re required to have life jackets for every person onboard your boat. You should also have a throwable floatation device that can be used in the event of an emergency. A fire extinguisher, a distress flag, and a radio or cell phone are also essential to call for help if necessary.

Unfortunately, you can still be involved in a boating accident even when you take all the right precautions. If you or someone you love were hurt on the water due to someone else’s negligence, the California boat accident attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers are here to help. Call us today for a free consultation.


2 Common Mistakes That Can Jeopardize Personal Injury Claims

by Staff Blogger | August 27th, 2018

Whether you’ve been hurt in a car accident, injured by a defective product, or harmed by a prescription medication, you’re likely facing expensive medical bills that you may be unable to afford.

Filing a compensation claim can help you recoup some or all of the accident-related expenses you’ve incurred, including medical costs and lost wages. However, insurance companies are often reluctant to pay settlements to victims, especially when victims make mistakes after their accidents.

Two of the most common mistakes that can harm victims’ chances of getting the money they deserve include:

  1. Not getting immediate medical attention—If you suffer an injury or develop an illness, it’s vital that you see a doctor or visit a hospital right away. Your health should always be your biggest priority. In addition to protecting your well-being, seeing a healthcare professional right away also creates a medical record of your injury or illness, and that can be used as proof that you were harmed by another person’s or party’s negligence.
  2. Waiting too long to call a lawyer—After you’ve been treated for your injury or illness, get in touch with a law firm as soon as possible. Evidence can quickly disappear and statutes of limitations can expire, making it impossible to file a claim. In addition, insurance companies often view late claims with more skepticism, and that can create additional challenges for victims like you.

Don’t wait another day to get the legal representation you deserve. Call the California personal injury attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.


You Shouldn’t Have to Pay out of Pocket for a Dog Bite Injury

by Staff Blogger | August 20th, 2018

Dogs are becoming accepted and allowed in more and more public places. It’s not uncommon to see dogs in stores, restaurants, and even at workplaces.

While most dogs are friendly, any dog can bite without warning—even if they’ve never acted out in an aggressive manner in the past. That’s why local ordinances throughout California require that dog owners keep their pets on leashes or in enclosures when other people are around.

Unfortunately, some dog owners either fail to abide by those requirements or they allow their dogs to get too close to others. When that happens, the risk of an attack increases, especially when dogs are frightened or stressed.

If you or someone you love were bitten by a dog, you know how painful the injury can be. Dogs have long, sharp teeth that can severely damage skin and nerves and cause severe blood loss. The puncture wounds their teeth inflict can also result in severe infection.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California dog bite lawyers believe that innocent victims like you shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket for their own dog bite-related expenses. That’s why we do everything we can to help our clients get full compensation for medical bills and lost wages after dog bite injuries.

You didn’t provoke the attack, and you shouldn’t have to suffer the financial consequences of it. Call us today for a free consultation to find out how we may be able to help you.


What Compensation Is Available for Truck Accident Victims?

by Staff Blogger | August 13th, 2018

All auto accidents have the potential to cause disabling and even life-threatening injuries, but truck accidents are often in a league of their own. That’s because fully-loaded big trucks can weigh 10 times the amount that even the biggest SUVs and pickup trucks weigh. The weight and sheer size difference mean that collisions between tractor-trailers and ordinary passenger vehicles frequently result in serious injuries and even fatalities.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California truck accident lawyers have spent many years fighting for the rights of people who were hurt in truck crashes that weren’t their fault. Although the trucking industry is tightly regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the drivers, companies, and owners in the industry want to maximize their profits. That means regulations are sometimes violated at the expense of safety.

When people are hurt in truck accidents, they face long roads to recovery and many expenses that they might not be able to afford. It’s our legal team’s job to help victims get the money they deserve for things like:

  • Medical bills—Truck accident victims often require immediate medical attention. Some need surgery just to survive, while others may need prolonged physical rehabilitation to regain coordination and fine motor skills.
  • Lost wages—The injuries associated with truck accidents are often disabling, and that means victims may be unable to work for long periods of time. And when they’re not working, they’re not earning the wages they and their loved ones depend on.

If you or someone you love were hurt in a truck accident, we want to help. Call today for a free consultation.