March 9th, 2020|
If you visit a car lot this year, you’ll notice that vehicles at all price points are loaded with safety features that were either reserved for high-end luxury vehicles or simply not possible just a decade or two ago. Bells and whistles such as lane departure warnings, blind spot indicators, stability control, collision avoidance systems, and backup cameras are commonplace or even mandatory on new models, making vehicles safer than ever. However, when it comes to protecting occupants during crashes, nothing is more effective than the tried and true seat belt and airbag.
But what happens when one of those safety devices is defective and potentially dangerous? That’s exactly what happened to millions of vehicles manufactured since 2003. In November 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) demanded that Takata Corporation recall its defective airbags that were equipped in millions of cars, trucks, and SUVs made by manufacturers ranging from Ford and Toyota to GM and Honda. The recall continued to expand for years after it was announced, making it the largest consumer product recall in history.
In December 2019, Takata was forced to recall yet another airbag component. Like the first recalled airbag, this one is capable of exploding during collisions, but it can also under-inflate, rendering it less effective at protecting occupants. All told, between 65 and 70 million vehicles are part of the recall, putting countless Americans at risk of serious injuries and even death.
Use These Websites to Find Out if Your Vehicle Is Affected
Everyone who owns an affected vehicle was supposed to receive a notification from its manufacturer informing them of the recall and instructing them on what to do next. However, some people didn’t receive the notifications, misplaced them, or simply forgot about them. If you’re unsure whether your vehicle is equipped with defective and recalled airbags, visit the following websites and enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to quickly find out:
Please note that not all vehicles included in the December 2019 recall have been added to the recall database as of right now. More information will be released over the coming months, so continue to check back to find out if your vehicle is included. You can also subscribe to the NHTSA’s Recall Alerts system to get up-to-date information when it’s released.
What Should You Do if Your Vehicle’s Airbags Are Recalled?
The overall risk of your vehicle’s airbags exploding or under-inflating during an accident are low. However, any level of risk above zero is unacceptable, and that’s why the airbags are being recalled. If your vehicle is affected by the recall, schedule a replacement as soon as possible at your local dealership. Because of the dangers posed to drivers and passengers in these vehicles, dealerships are offering free replacements.
If you own a 2006 Ford Ranger or 2006 Mazda B-series pickup truck, the manufacturers recommend that you don’t drive them unless absolutely necessary or if you’re taking them to have their airbags replaced. These vehicles are known for posing higher airbag explosion or malfunction risks than other vehicles and should be kept off the road until they’ve been serviced.
Let Us Help You Get Paid After a Defective Airbag Injury
Defective, exploding, and under-inflating airbags have already injured or killed dozens of Americans. If you or someone you love was hurt by a recalled airbag, you deserve compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The California defective product attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers have protected the rights of people who were hurt by a variety of dangerous products, including medical devices, household items, and vehicular components.
We know what it takes to win, and we don’t settle for less than what our clients deserve. It’s our goal to help you get maximum compensation so you can move forward with your life. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’re ready to put our experience to work for you.
February 10th, 2020|
When you read an article about self-driving cars or interactive dashboards, what do you feel? Do automated vehicles fill you with dread, or are you excitedly anticipating the day when you can get in your car and have it drive itself?
As a law firm that pays close attention to road and vehicle safety, we know that these advances will present both good and bad consequences for all of us.
In other words, there are pros and cons of new vehicle technology, which we should all consider as we cruise into this brave new world. Before we dive into the potential downsides of emerging technologies, let’s focus on the perks.
Pro – A Safer Commute
More than 35,000 people die in vehicle crashes every year in the United States. For each of those deaths, even more motorists are involved in nonfatal crashes that often result in injuries. The biggest upside of improved vehicle technology is the potential to reduce the number of overall crashes.
This is exactly what the U.S. Department of Transportation and countless road safety advocates are hoping automated systems will accomplish. Officials also hope that automation will bring less traffic and improved fuel efficiency in vehicles.
Pro – A Better Experience for Motorists
From smart displays on windshields to brain wave technology that helps drivers avoid crashes, new vehicles could offer features we can’t even imagine. Many of these innovations might dramatically improve our experience behind the wheel and, in some cases, improve our health.
For example, vehicle technology could not only get better in diagnosing problems with vehicles, but also diagnosing the health of drivers. Ford is currently developing technology that monitors a driver’s heart health through sensors placed in the seats of its vehicles.
Con – The Growing Pains of New Technologies
Over the years, manufacturers have made safety features available that were anything but safe. For example, seatbelts and airbags are some of the most basic but useful features in vehicles. However, several incarnations of the technologies have posed a threat to vehicle occupants. The latest examples of potential dangers include Takata airbags that could cause shrapnel injuries when deployed and allegations of Honda seatbelt defects.
Automation is likely to become integrated into our vehicles slowly as cars edge toward being fully autonomous. During this transition, we will need to learn how to operate new semi-autonomous systems. That could present an entirely new learning curve for drivers. So far, manufacturers and safety officials don’t seem to know who will be responsible for educating buyers on how to operate semi-autonomous vehicles safely.
Con – Smart Cars are Vulnerable to Hackers
An increasingly digital world has made our lives easier in many ways. But we are also more vulnerable to fraud and hackers. As our vehicles become more reliant on technology, they too are susceptible to hackers.
Cybersecurity concerns prompted a 2015 recall involving 1.4 million vehicles after researchers discovered that it was possible to disable vehicles’ brakes and steering capabilities while they were on the highway. Hackers have already found ways to access the information of drivers and even shut down some engines remotely.
Understanding Your Rights as a Consumer
You likely have your own list of pros and cons of new vehicle technology. If you’re skeptical of automakers’ capacity to address some of our biggest road safety challenges, we understand your reservations. Manufacturers often make mistakes that have serious consequences for all of us.
Consider some of the fatal defects in vehicles over the past few decades. From GM’s faulty ignition switches to Takata’s defective airbags to the top-heavy design of Ford’s Bronco II, manufacturers haven’t always inspired hope in car buyers.
When a defective product harms a consumer, the consumer have the right to hold the manufacturer accountable through product liability claims. These claims don’t just offer consumers a pathway to compensation; they also make the market safer for others who might purchase potentially dangerous products.
Schedule a Free Case Assessment with Berg Injury Lawyers
The good news is that you have the right to hold a manufacturer accountable if they sell you a product that causes you harm. If you have been sold a defective vehicle or vehicle part, we encourage you to contact the team at Berg Injury Lawyers.
Our California defective product lawyers have years of experience handling these claims. We believe that unless consumers take a stand against negligent manufacturers, companies will continue to sell dangerous products to buyers. Don’t pay the price for a manufacturer’s mistakes.
We know you might have questions you want answered about your legal options, which is why we offer free consultations. Fill out our online contact form today to get started with a case evaluation.
January 27th, 2020|
Whether it’s a product you purchased at a store, an item you use at work, or even a medical device that’s implanted into your body, you expect the products you come into contact with to be well-tested and safe. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. In fact, there are a nearly endless number of products that are potentially dangerous.
How does this happen? In an effort to save money and ensure their products get released, manufacturers sometimes skip important testing phases, putting consumers at risk. Manufacturers might poorly design a product, use inferior parts, or improperly label a commonly used good.
3 Types of Products That Might Harm Consumers
Safety advocates have linked many types of products to serious injuries, illnesses, and complications, such as:
- Medical devices—Because medical devices are often surgically implanted, their risk level is high. Devices in this category include birth control implants, joint replacements, pacemakers, hernia and transvaginal mesh, and many more.
- Military earplugs—3M provided the U.S. military with a double-sided earplug for many years. The evidence now shows that these earplugs are defective and don’t provide enough protection. As a result, thousands of servicemembers have developed hearing loss and tinnitus.
- Dangerous chemicals and substances—Builders used asbestos in construction for decades, and it’s still used in some applications. There’s a strong link between asbestos and mesothelioma, a deadly lung cancer. Other dangerous chemicals sold to consumers include glysophate and certain types of flame retardants.
This is only the beginning of the dangers that consumers face. There are many other types of products that are potentially dangerous, too. From defective automobile parts to improperly labeled children’s toys, we all encounter dangers when manufacturers don’t get it right.
What To Do If You’ve Suffered a Product-Related Injury
To avoid buying dangerous products in the first place, you can find a helpful resource in the Consumer Product Safety Commission website. However, you might have already purchased a dangerous product. If that’s the case, you should speak to a product liability attorney immediately.
At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California defective product attorneys are waiting for your call, and we’re ready to fight for your rights to compensation. If you suffered an injury due products that are potentially dangerous, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team now. Contact us today for a free consultation.
November 4th, 2019|
Whether it’s a medical device that was surgically implanted into your body, or a consumer product you purchased at the supermarket, you expect items manufactured by big corporations to be safe and thoroughly tested before going on sale for use by the public. However, that’s not always the case. To protect their profits and their sales, some product manufacturers have lax testing procedures, or they hide known flaws to get or keep their products on the market.
At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California defective product attorneys know that some products can be dangerous to the people who use them—especially when they aren’t properly tested. Defective products can range from toys contaminated with lead to exploding e-cigarettes to improperly designed medical implants and joint replacements that break down inside the body.
If you or someone you love suffered serious injuries because of a defective product, it’s important to get an experienced law firm on your side as soon as possible. Product manufacturers are reluctant to admit fault when their products cause harm to innocent people, and they often have big legal teams to intimidate victims into silence. But our lawyers know their tricks, and we know how to beat them at their own game.
You shouldn’t have to suffer because a multi-billion-dollar corporation valued profits over safety. Instead, you should get paid for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering—and it’s our goal to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.
August 14th, 2019|
Roundup is the world’s most popular weed killer, and it’s used not only on farms and commercial properties, but it can also be found in the garages and sheds of many ordinary people. That’s what makes recent revelations that Roundup may cause cancer so alarming.
If you are looking for ways to reduce your health risks as you care for your lawn or garden, you will likely want to look for safer, chemical-free alternatives. We’ve compiled seven Roundup-free methods of keeping your yard, driveway, and garden free of weeds and looking beautiful this summer which you can access by clicking the image below. And if you think your cancer diagnosis may be related to Roundup, don’t hesitate to talk to the team at Berg Injury Lawyers to see if you may be eligible for compensation.
May 29th, 2019|
In March 2019, a California federal jury ruled that exposure to Roundup® weed killer caused a Sonoma County man’s diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. This is the first of three bellwether trials that could set the standard for future Roundup cancer cases and open the door for other victims to get compensation. In San Francisco alone, there are already more than 750 Roundup cases underway.
This is the second ruling in the U.S. within the last year linking glyphosate, Roundup’s active ingredient, to non-Hodgkin lymphoma. In August 2018, a former school groundskeeper was awarded $289 million—later reduced to $78.5 million—in a lawsuit against Roundup’s manufacturer, Monsanto Company.
How Are People Exposed to Roundup®?
Exposure to glyphosate can happen in the following ways:
- Breathing in airborne particles after spraying the product
- Absorbing the product through the skin after touching treated plants and weeds
- Drinking contaminated water that was exposed to the product
- Eating food grown in contaminated soil
If you or someone you love developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma or another type of cancer after exposure to Roundup or a similar product, the California Roundup cancer attorneys want to speak with you. We don’t think you should have to pay for an illness caused by someone else’s negligence, and we’re ready to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
March 7th, 2019|
Before releasing new products or medical devices to the marketplace, manufacturers should conduct proper testing to ensure their products are safe and warn the public about any potential risks their products might pose. However, some big manufacturing companies put their own profits above safety. That means they often skip out on important testing phases or withhold their products’ potential safety risks in an effort to increase production times and put money in their pockets sooner.
At Berg Injury Lawyers, we’re not afraid to go up against big manufacturing companies when their negligence causes harm to innocent people. When victims come to us after a defective product injury, our California defective product attorneys do everything in their power to help victims get maximum compensation for their injuries.
Three factors we investigate during a product liability lawsuit include:
- Design defects—Even if a product is used as the manufacturer intended, poor design can lead to injury.
- Manufacturing defects—Product injuries may result from cheap materials, missing components, poor craftsmanship, and inadequate testing.
- Failure to warn or provide instructions—Companies that fail to provide adequate warning labels and instructions for use can be held liable when their products cause injuries.
California Product Liability Attorneys
If you or your loved one suffered injuries because of a defective product in California, the attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers want to help. It’s our goal to hold manufacturing companies accountable when their carelessness puts innocent people at risk, and we’re ready to fight for your rights. Contact us today for a free case review.
March 4th, 2019|
If you served in a combat role in the U.S. military between 2003 and 2015 and experienced hearing loss or hearing problems, it may be due to defective earplugs you were issued during your service.
In 2018, the U.S. government alleged that 3M Company failed to disclose that its dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2, were defective and incapable of properly protecting users from combat-related sounds. 3M agreed to pay the U.S. government $9.1 million to resolve those allegations. However, the company is now facing hundreds of lawsuits from veterans who suffered hearing loss or hearing problems.
The dual-ended earplugs featured a yellow-colored end and an olive-colored end. The yellow-colored end was designed to significantly reduce combat-related sounds, while still allowing users to hear commands spoken by friendly soldiers and the advancement of enemy troops. The olive-colored end was supposed to block all sounds like traditional earplugs.
However, the earplugs were too short to be properly inserted into some user’s ears, causing them to loosen or fail to form a proper seal. 3M was aware of this defect as far back as 2000, but the company continued to supply them to the U.S. military, putting millions of veterans in danger of suffering severe ear and hearing-related damage.
If you or someone you love suffered hearing loss, tinnitus, or other ear-related problems after serving in the U.S. military between 2003 and 2015, the California defective product attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers want to speak with you. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.