Environmental Injury

VW Emissions Scandal May Soon Expand

by Staff Blogger | November 9th, 2015

German automaker, Volkswagen (VW), announced in September it had installed mechanisms in certain makes and models of diesel engine vehicles that were capable of cheating emissions tests. Now it seems as though the list of vehicles that are involved in the VW emissions scandal may soon expand. The California defective product lawyers at Berg Injury Lawyers disclose that “defeat devices” had been installed in millions of VW vehicles, which led to plummeting values of the affected cars and trucks. The discovery unearthed evidence that shows the devices may result in excessive amounts of carbon dioxide and other harmful chemicals being released into our environment. Some individuals who purchased an affected vehicle have filed lawsuits against VW, claiming their actions left motorists driving vehicles that did not perform as advertised and resulted in financial loss. It seems as though the number of alleged victims may soon increase. Reports from Fortune announce that some six-cylinder engines may be equipped with “defeat devices,”  meaning some makes and models of Porsche and Audi vehicles may soon be involved in the VW emissions scandal. The impact of cheating emissions testing can be costly—both financially and environmentally. That’s why the California personal injury lawyers encourage anyone who owns a vehicle that has been affected by the VW emissions scandal to consider discussing your legal rights with an attorney. Doing so may be able to help protect you and your pocketbook.

California Environmental Injury Lawyers Discuss Hazards Residents Face After Wildfires

by Staff Blogger | September 22nd, 2015

In recent weeks, wildfires have ravaged Northern California, destroying homes, businesses, and land along the way. As many residents make their way back to the area after being evacuated, our California environmental injury lawyers would like to warn you of certain risks you may be facing. Inhalation of smoke is one of the greatest potential hazards in wildfire areas. Breathing in smoke that can be thick in the air can cause lung irritation and other respiratory problems. Even if there’s no smoke, what you’re breathing could be extremely harmful to your health. According to an article from NBC Bay Area News, the California Department of Health is warning residents who were evacuated from wildfire areas and are now returning to be aware of the risks breathing in ashes could have to your health. Officials say the ashes of burned structures, buildings, and products could contain harmful chemicals that could include asbestos—a substance often used in construction that can lead to the development of a deadly form of cancer known as mesothelioma if inhaled. These risks have led officials to advise the public to wash ash from children, pets, toys, and homegrown foods as soon as possible. Officials are also advising against the use of leaf blowers or vacuums to remove ash, as these methods can agitate ash particles into the air where they can then be inhaled. We hope this information helps to keep you and your loved ones safe from the dangers wildfire ash and smoke can pose.

California Environmental Injury Lawyers Examine Risks of Contaminated Water

by Staff Blogger | July 27th, 2015

Water is one of our most precious resources. So when our water supply becomes contaminated with harmful bacteria or other toxins, it can cause serious harm. That’s why our California environmental injury lawyers at Berg Injury Lawyers would like to help raise awareness about water contamination that was discovered in Los Altos. Reports indicate the bacteria, E. Coli, is currently present in the area’s water supply and that more than 853 residents may have been affected by its presence. E. Coli is most dangerous when it infects young children or the elderly. Some of the most common symptoms of an E. Coli infection include vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, and fever. According to NBC Bay Area News, Cal Water made announced the discovery yesterday and ordered anyone in the affected area to immediately halt the consumption of tap water. Officials ordered a boil advisory and suggested residents throw out any ice that was made from tap water. Furthermore, the agency announced it would reimburse any affected customer who is consuming bottled water and can supply a receipt for their purchases. Officials added that while the boil advisory is in effect for drinking water, the order is not necessary for laundry or cleaning. They also stated they would inform local residents when the water supply is safe to consume once again. At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know the risks of consuming contaminated water. That’s why our California personal injury lawyers encourage local citizens to heed all precautions that have been issued. Even when all warnings are followed, infection from contaminated water can still occur. That’s why its vital that you discuss your case with a California personal injury lawyer as soon as possible if you suffer injury or illness from drinking contaminated water.

Potential Imbalance in Pool Chemistry Sickens Dozens in California

by Staff Blogger | June 22nd, 2015

Whether it’s through the products we use or our environment, we are exposed to chemicals on a daily basis. Our California environmental injury lawyers at Berg Injury Lawyers are quick to point out that it’s important to know that exposure to certain chemicals can be extremely hazardous to your health. Take the case of a potential chemical imbalance at a public swimming pool in Antioch that left dozens of people ill over the course of a week. An article from NBC Bay Area News reports the incident occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, at the Antioch Water Park. Officials say emergency crews responded to the scene after receiving calls of a young child in respiratory distress. By the end of the day, a total of 34 people who swam in the facility’s sports pool reported feeling ill. Roughly half of those individuals were later sent to the hospital for further examination. The facility was reopened several days later after testing confirmed the park’s water was safe. At Berg Injury Lawyers, we are aware of the serious risks exposure to dangerous chemicals poses. That’s why our California personal injury lawyers would like to wish the victims of the recent accident a full and speedy recovery from their injuries. Our legal staff is also standing by to discuss your legal rights if you’ve been harmed by a toxic exposure accident. We can be reached by calling (800) 400-2374 anytime—day or night.

California Environmental Injury Lawyers Discuss Concrete Spill in Oakland Watershed

by Staff Blogger | April 13th, 2015

Considering California is currently listed as being under draught conditions, our water is one of the most precious commodities we have and it’s important that we protect it; however, some companies fail to take the precautions that are necessary to guard this natural resource, which can result in contamination, pollutants seeping into our food and water supplies, and loss of habitat for wildlife. The California environmental injury attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers point out that one of the most recent cases of companies failing to protect our resources is that of concrete being dumped into Glen Echo Creek in Oakland. Reports indicate that as much as 12 truckloads of cement was poured into the creek late last week. Crews from the East Bay Municipal Utilities District were working to repair and replace a pipeline in the area surrounding the creek when a worker accidentally turned a valve controlling the concrete flow the wrong way, allowing the grey muck to flow into the creek. According to reports from NBC News, crews discovered a second contaminated area while working to clean up the initial spill. Officials say it could take the creek’s ecosystem as long as three years to fully recover from the spill. Our California personal injury attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers are aware of the long-term effects chemicals can have on our environment. That’s why we encourage anyone whose health or property have been affected by a careless or negligent pollution to discuss their rights with a qualified legal representative as soon as possible.

California Environmental Injury Attorneys Discuss Dangers of Fracking

by Staff Blogger | March 9th, 2015

Fracking—or hydraulic fracturing— is a method of drilling for natural gas and oil buried deep under the Earth’s surface that utilizes pumping a slurry of water and chemicals into the ground in order to break up the soil and free small pockets of fossil fuels; however, the California environmental injury attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers point out the practice can be extremely costly—both financially and environmentally. A report from NBC Bay Area News discusses these risks in detail. Environmental disasters such as earthquakes and sinkholes, along with water and air pollution, have all been linked to the process of hydraulic fracturing. The state of California has attempted to regulate the practice by requiring wastewater from fracking operations to be tested for safety. Unfortunately, by the time these tests are conducted, the damage to the Earth and residents living near the operation has already been done. In fact, many tests have showed elevated Benzene levels in fracking wastewater samples, which can lead to cancer and other health problems. If you believe your health or land has been affected by a fracking operation, it’s important to know you have legal rights that need to be protected. At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California personal injury lawyers are here to help clarify these rights to you and answer any questions you may have. Feel free to reach out to us anytime at (800) 400-2374.

Fracking Raises Concerns Over California Environmental Injury Risks

by Staff Blogger | February 9th, 2015

The mining of oil and natural gas plays a major role in California’s economy considering our state is the third largest oil producer in our nation; however, some of the practices that are used to gain access to these fossil fuels have stirred quite a controversy. Fracking is a drilling method that requires a slurry of water, sand, and chemicals be injected deep into the Earth. This allows for easier extrication of oil or natural gas. While effective, fracking also raises serious environmental and safety concerns. Some studies have shown fracking can contaminate water and soil. Exposure to these contaminants has also been linked to cases of citizens suffering a California environmental injury. Some Californiaians are working to bring an end to fracking in our state. An article from NBC Bay Area News says thousands of protestors recently gathered in the streets of Oakland in an effort to bring awareness to the risks fracking poses to the environment and California’s citizens. Despite these protests, the governor’s office contends there is no solid evidence that shows fracking is dangerous to the environment. At Berg Injury Lawyers, we applaud those who are standing up against fracking in California. Our California personal injury lawyers would also encourage anyone who has been harmed as the result of this practice to speak with an attorney regarding your legal rights as soon as possible.

Substance Discovered in San Francisco Bay Raises of California Environmental Injury Concerns

by Staff Blogger | January 19th, 2015

When toxins are introduced into the areas where we live, breathe, eat, and drink, serious injuries can occur. That’s why the California environmental injury attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers have become so concerned with reports that a “viscous substance” has been found in the San Francisco Bay. According to an article from NBC Bay Area news, the thick, pale gray residue was discovered on several birds along the bay’s eastern shores this past Friday evening, January 16. So far, 20 birds have died as a result of the exposure and dozens of others were exposed to the substance. While exposure to the substance has resulted in the deaths of a number of birds, it doesn’t appear to be toxic. Researchers have also concluded it is not petroleum or oil-based. Further testing will be conducted later this week. While the substance has harmed no humans, history shows that when this type of pollution occurs, it can quickly work its way up the food chain to humans through the foods they eat and other methods of exposure. An example of this is the devastating results the BP oil spill had on the fishing and shrimping industries along the Gulf Coast. That’s why the San Francisco personal injury lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers suggest speaking with an attorney regarding your legal rights if you’ve been harmed as the result of toxic exposure. Our team of attorneys can be reached by calling (800) 400-2374 today.

U.S. Navy Working to Clean Up Alameda Contaminated Water

by Staff Blogger | June 2nd, 2014

Anything that is living here on Earth depends on water for survival. If our sources for water here become polluted, it can often have an extremely negative impact on the area’s entire ecosystem. Such concerns have risen here in Alameda after it was discovered that the U.S. Navy had allowed toxic trichloroethene to enter groundwater supplies near Town Center and Seaplane Lagoon, potentially exposing locals to a risk of environmental injury. Experts explain the chemical is a solvent that was used in engine repair centers and is believed to have originated from a railcar leak. The U.S. Navy was about to scrap cleanup plans for the Alameda contaminated water until information came to light that showed vapors from the chemical could seep into nearby buildings, potentially causing serious harm to those who were exposed to the fumes. The Alameda Sun explains that in order to address the problem, the U.S. Navy will begin using a concoction of whey and vegetable oil to eliminate the pollution over a six-year period. While it’s good to see efforts being made to clean the toxic spill, the damage may already be done to some who have been exposed to the pollution. The time frame of a six-year cleanup also leaves a window of potential exposure to the harsh chemicals. At Berg Injury Lawyers, our team of California personal injury attorneys recognizes the risks associated with exposure to toxins in the environment. That’s why we encourage anyone who believes they or a loved one have been harmed as the result of such exposure to discuss their legal rights with a qualified attorney immediately.

Public Meeting in Alameda Will Address Groundwater Contamination Concerns

by Staff Blogger | May 12th, 2014

Industrial byproducts can sometimes find their way into our environment, presenting a serious health risk of environmental injury to people who are exposed to these toxins. Too often, the organizations who produce these wastes fail to take responsibility for their actions by cleaning up the messes they cause, and such a situation may be arising right here in Alameda, California. An article from the San Francisco Gate says the U.S. Navy is considering abandoning plans to clean up contaminated groundwater just east of Alameda Point. Reports indicate that while the contamination sits just underneath a housing development, the government believes the contamination presents no hazards to the area’s residents. The claims sound similar to those made in other situations where it was later determined that the pollution presented a serious health hazard to those who were exposed. The California personal injury attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers encourage citizens to attend a public meeting at 5 p.m. May 20 at the Main Library located on Oak Street and voice their concerns about the contamination and the lack of efforts to clean it up. Doing so will not only help to create a more livable and green community, but it could also prevent you or others from being seriously harmed because of potentially negligent actions.