What Types of Compensation Are Available for Nursing Home Abuse Victims?

by Staff Blogger | June 18th, 2018

When residents of nursing homes are abused or neglected, their rights, their dignity, and their trust are violated. In addition, they may face serious physical and mental complications, including abuse-related injuries, worsening of health conditions, and psychological problems like depression and anxiety.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California nursing home abuse attorneys have seen the devastation that occurs when nursing home providers, healthcare professionals, and staff members are negligent or intentionally abusive. It’s our goal to not only bring the issue to light, but to also help victims and their families get maximum compensation for what they’ve experienced.

The types of compensation that nursing home victims and their families often receive at the conclusion of their claims include:

  • Medical expenses—Many nursing home residents have health conditions that require medication, rehabilitation, or frequent monitoring and intervention to treat and stabilize. When residents are abused or neglected, their conditions may rapidly worsen, and they may require more intensive care, which can be expensive. We fight to help residents and their families get money to cover additional medical bills related to improper care.
  • Pain and suffering—It’s hard to put a price tag on the suffering that’s caused when nursing home employees abuse or neglect patients, but it’s also an act that needs to be considered and compensated when claims are filed. If your loved one experienced pain, anguish, and reduced quality of life, we’ll make sure their experience is considered if we file a claim on their behalf.

Nursing homes are often well protected from legal action, and it takes an experienced and dedicated legal team to tip the scales in the favor of victims and their families. Call today for a free consultation to find out how we may be able to help.

2 Steps to Take After a Defective Product Injury

by Staff Blogger | June 11th, 2018

With the number of governmental agencies regulating products and safety standards that product manufacturers must follow before releasing goods to the general public, most people assume that the items they buy are safe to use.

While that’s true for most products, a large number of potentially dangerous products slip through the cracks each year and pose serious risks to the people who buy them and anyone who uses them.

In addition to several medical devices, including joint replacements, birth control implants, and heart-related devices, ordinary consumer products can also be dangerous. A few examples include e-cigarettes and their potential to cause explosions and burns and weed killers and their potential to cause illnesses and even cancer.

If you or someone you love get hurt by a defective product, you can help protect your rights by taking the following steps:

  1. Get medical attention. Many defective product injuries can cause serious complications, while others can be potentially life-threatening. Getting evaluated by a healthcare professional can help stabilize your health, rule out dangerous complications, and get you on the path to recovery. It will also create valuable evidence for your claim that links your health problems to your use of the product in question.
  2. Get a California defective product lawyer. Without a lawyer on your side, you may be on your own when it comes to paying for expensive medical bills and incurring significant income losses that often occur after defective product injuries. It’s our goal to help you get the compensation you deserve for what you’ve been through.

Get in touch with Berg Injury Lawyers today. Just fill out a free consultation form to find out how we may be able to help.

Summer Road Trip Safety Tips

by Staff Blogger | June 4th, 2018

The unofficial start of summer is here, and the official beginning is only a few weeks away. For many families, that means it’s time to prepare for the annual summer vacation—and that often involves a road trip.

California is a great place for road trips, as there are countless sights to see and things to experience both in the state and in nearby areas. But it’s important to remember that road trips pose new and unique risks for drivers, especially when they’re not used to driving long distances with multiple passengers on board.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California auto accident lawyers know that one of the the best ways to prevent serious accidents is to be aware of their most common causes and the most effective safe driving tips and techniques.

You can reduce your family’s risks this summer by following these suggestions:

  • Stop if you feel sleepy, drowsy, or fatigued. Driving while drowsy is a serious problem that is linked to serious accidents. Drivers on road trips often feel the need to push themselves to drive for long stretches of time, but doing so can be dangerous. If you feel tired, pull over and rest or switch drivers.
  • Reduce or eliminate distractions as much as possible. Road trips can be far more distracting than ordinary trips, especially when children are passengers in your vehicle. You can reduce the potential for distractions by keeping kids occupied with games, activities, and devices.

Unfortunately, not all drivers will follow these tips over the summer. If you or someone you love get hurt in a crash that wasn’t your fault, we’re here to help. Call today for a free consultation.

Who Can Be Held Responsible for Truck Accidents?

by Staff Blogger | May 28th, 2018

The injuries that victims suffer during truck accidents have the potential to be more severe than those caused during crashes involving cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs. That’s because big trucks weigh significantly more than passenger vehicles—up to 80,000 pounds—and because they can reach lengths of nearly 70 feet.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know how devastating truck accidents are for victims and their families. A single accident can change multiple lives forever, especially when it causes lifelong disability. Our California truck accident attorneys are dedicated to fighting for the rights of innocent victims and their abilities to pursue compensation for medical bills and lost wages.

To accomplish that, we must first identify who was at fault for crashes. Unlike passenger vehicle accidents, truck accidents can have multiple liable parties, including:

  • Truck drivers—Truck drivers must follow not only the “standard” rules of the road, such as not speeding and not driving while intoxicated, but they also must follow rules concerning rest and time off periods.
  • Truck companies—Companies that use trucks to transport goods must abide by strict regulations concerning weight limits and loading practices, including making sure loads are evenly distributed.
  • Truck owners—Sometimes trucks aren’t owned by either drivers or the companies that use them. Truck owners must maintain their vehicles as required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

In addition, drivers of other passenger vehicles can also be considered responsible if they initiated a sequence of events that caused a big truck to be involved in a crash.

Get the help you and your loved ones deserve after your truck accident. Call us today for a free consultation.

Stay Safe on Your Boat This Memorial Day Weekend

by Staff Blogger | May 21st, 2018

Memorial Day is Monday, May 28, and that means this upcoming weekend is one of the biggest boating weekends of the year. If you’re a boat owner, you may already have plans to spend the day on the water. But with so many other vessels around, it’s important to keep a few important safety tips in mind throughout the day, including:

  • Don’t operate your boat after consuming alcohol. Safe boating requires a sober mind and body. As with driving a vehicle, safely operating a boat and consuming alcohol just don’t mix. California’s legal limit for alcohol intoxication while operating a boat is 0.08 percent—the same as it is for driving a car, truck, or SUV.
  • Avoid distractions while your boat is in motion. Boating is a social activity, and it’s common for boat owners to have multiple passengers on their boats when they take them out into the water. But the more passengers you have, the greater your risk of being distracted. When you’re operating your boat, stay focused on where you’re going and getting there as safely as possible.
  • Stay home if the weather or water aren’t cooperating. Boating can be dangerous during inclement weather or in choppy and rough water. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and tide conditions before you head out on your boat, and if conditions look too rough, stay home—it could save your life.

If you or someone you love were injured in a boating accident, the California boat accident lawyers at Berg Injury Lawyers are here to help. Call today for a free consultation.

Avoid These Common Post-Auto Accident Mistakes

by Staff Blogger | May 14th, 2018

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California car accident attorneys are always ready to begin building injury claims on behalf of victims like you. And while we strive to take over every aspect of claims so that our clients can focus on their recoveries and spending time with their families, we also know that the things victims do in the minutes, hours, and days after their crashes can affect their chances of getting compensation.

Avoiding a few common mistakes after your crash can make a big difference in the strength of your claim. Those mistakes include:

  • Admitting fault for the crash—Whether you’re speaking to a police officer at the accident scene, the other driver, an insurance adjuster, or even posting on social media, admitting fault for your crash at any time can jeopardize your ability to pursue compensation. Even if evidence later proves you weren’t at fault, you still may be unable to get the money you deserve.
  • Waiting too long to see a doctor—Ideally, you should see a doctor or go to the hospital right away after an auto accident. In addition to receiving medical attention to treat your injuries and rule out serious complications, your visit will also create a medical record that can serve as valuable evidence for your claim.

You should also never exaggerate or downplay your injuries or wait too long to contact an experienced law firm, as the statute of limitations for filing a claim may run out.

Get the help you deserve today. Call our office for a free consultation to find out how we can help.

Motorcyclists, Watch Out for These Road Hazards

by Staff Blogger | May 7th, 2018

Damaged roadways or accumulated debris on pavement often represent nothing more than minor annoyances for drivers in most vehicles. But for motorcyclists, even minor asphalt damage or obstacles in their path can significantly increase their risks of being involved in accidents.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California motorcycle accident lawyers know that one of the biggest threats that motorcyclists face is other drivers, and that’s we why fight hard to get riders compensation when they’re hurt by negligent motorists. But we also know that serious and even life-threatening accidents can occur when motorcyclists lose control of their bikes due to environmental factors.

The next time you head out on your motorcycle, be sure to watch out for these common hazards:

  • Potholes—Small potholes may go unnoticed by drivers in cars, trucks, and SUVs, but they can be extremely hazardous to motorcyclists. Unlike large potholes, which may be visible from a long distance away, small potholes are difficult to see until you’re directly in front of them. You can reduce your risks by slowing down and always keeping your eyes focused on the road ahead.
  • Gravel—Roads that have fallen into disrepair may become gravel-filled, while other roads may be partially or fully gravel by default. Gravel is dangerous for motorcyclists, as it doesn’t generate as much traction for tires as asphalt or concrete. Be cautious when turning on gravel surfaces, as it’s easy to lose control.

If you or someone you love were hurt in a motorcycle accident that was caused by another party’s negligence, we want to help. Call today for a free consultation.

Why do you need a lawyer after a dog bite?

by Staff Blogger | April 30th, 2018

Getting injured by a dog is a shocking and traumatizing experience. Most people expect dogs to be friendly and docile, but even the most well-trained dogs can attack without provocation and without a history of biting.

People who are bitten by dogs often experience severe pain, and they may be at risk of serious health problems due to common complications associated with dog bites. Bleeding, nerve damage, and infection are all possibilities after dog bites, and in severe cases, victims may even experience life-threatening complications.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California dog bite lawyers are here to help people who were hurt by dogs. Bite-related injuries can be expensive and disabling, and victims may require weeks or months of medical care and rehabilitation—all while being unable to work.

If you or someone you love was hurt by a dog, it’s our goal to help you:

  • Prove the dog’s owner didn’t follow local ordinances—Whether the owner neglected to leash or enclose his or her dog, we’ll collect evidence that proves negligence was a key factor in your injury.
  • Calculate your bite-related expenses—Surgery, prescription medications, and physical rehabilitation can be expensive, especially when you’re disabled and not earning the paycheck you depend on. We’ll make sure the insurance company knows how much the bite has cost you and your loved ones.

Get in touch with us right now to find out how we can put our years of personal injury claim experience to work for you. Call today for a free consultation.

3 Common Accidents That can Cause Brain Injuries

by Staff Blogger | April 23rd, 2018

The potential for serious accidents is all around us. And when people are involved in serious accidents, they face the risk of suffering injuries that can lead to prolonged pain, disability, and even life-threatening complications.

Injuries to all parts of the body have the potential to be debilitating, but there’s one type of injury that can have the most lasting and profound impacts on victims: brain injuries. Despite being protected by the skull, the human brain is extremely vulnerable during accidents, and even relatively minor impacts can cause significant damage.

Although virtually any type of accident can cause a brain injury, that specific trauma is commonly found in victims of the following accidents:

  1. Car accidents—Brain injuries can occur during auto accidents in two ways: victims’ heads impacting objects inside their vehicles, or victims’ brains moving inside their skulls due to sudden deceleration.
  2. Motorcycle accidents—People who ride motorcycles face high risks of brain injuries. In fact, a study of motorcycle crashes between 2007 and 2010 found that 36 percent of helmet-wearing passengers suffered brain injuries, while 31 percent of drivers suffered brain injuries.
  3. Work-related accidents—Industrial and construction jobs are the livelihood of many families in California, but they also come with many risks, including brain injuries. Improper use or maintenance of heavy machinery, dropped tools, and falls can all cause workers to suffer serious head injuries.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California brain injury attorneys have helped victims and their families get compensation for many years, and we know what it takes to win. Call today for a free consultation.

How can a lawyer help if your loved one suffered nursing home abuse or neglect?

by Staff Blogger | April 16th, 2018

Making the decision to move your loved one into a nursing home isn’t easy. But millions of Americans have to make that difficult decision every year based on their loved ones’ health and the best interests of their well-being in the years to come.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know that nursing homes can be positive places where people enjoy a strong sense of community and excellent care—but they can also be places where abuse and neglect occur frequently—even daily.

If you suspect that your loved one was abused or neglected at their nursing home facility, having a California nursing home abuse lawyer on your side can help to:

  • Verify that abuse or neglect occurred—It’s important to have an experienced team on your side that knows abuse and neglect and can pursue it when the facts and evidence show it occurred.
  • Link your loved one’s physical or psychological damage to the abuse or neglect—To have a strong case, it’s not enough to just prove that abuse or neglect happened. Our legal team can also prove that mistreatment at the nursing home led to serious physical and mental health problems.

It’s important to act right away if you suspect abuse or neglect. In addition to protecting your loved one’s rights, acting fast also means reducing their risks of suffering serious abuse and neglect-related complications and illnesses.

Call us today for a free consultation to find out how we may be able to help.