Personal Injury


The Top 7 Myths About Personal Injury Lawsuits

by Staff Blogger | September 25th, 2019

Personal injury lawsuits often get a bad rap, but the truth is that they are often the only recourse for people who have been injured in accidents to pay their medical bills. Here at Berg Injury Lawyers, we think that no one should have to pay out of pocket when their injuries are someone else’s fault, which is why we want you to know all the facts so you can be prepared if you or someone you love ever find yourself in need of a lawyer. 

After an Injury, Call Berg Injury Lawyers  

If you are injured through no fault of your own, don’t believe the myths you’ve heard about personal injury lawsuits. You deserve compensation for your pain and suffering, and we want to help you get it. Contact our team today for a free consultation. 


Who Are You Actually Suing?

by Staff Blogger | September 23rd, 2019

If you were injured because of someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation by making a personal injury claim. However, you may be hesitant to take legal action, as you may be worried about the ramifications on the person who caused the accident.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know that choosing to pursue damages after an injury can be a difficult decision for you and your loved ones—especially if the at-fault party is someone you know, such as a friend, family member, or coworker.

When we take on your claim, we’ll handle it with the sensitivity and confidentiality it deserves while working to maximize your compensation. Contact our California accident lawyers today for a free consultation.

The 2 Sources of Compensation for Victims After Injuries

Personal injury claims are often complex, and it’s not uncommon for victims to pursue multiple avenues of compensation. When we build injury claims for victims like you, we seek compensation from the following:

  1. The at-fault parties’ insurance providers—In the vast majority of personal injury claims, victims collect compensation from insurance companies—not the people or parties who caused their accidents. That’s why auto accident coverage is required in all 50 states.
  2. The at-fault parties themselves—In a small number of cases, at-fault parties may have to pay out of pocket for victims’ expenses. For example, drivers who don’t carry auto insurance may have to personally pay victims compensation for causing accidents.

No two personal injury claims are alike, and factors like insurance coverage, who’s at fault, the amount of compensation needed, and the type of injury can all impact damages and how victims get paid.

We Know How to Build Strong Claims That Get Results

Insurance companies want to protect their profits, and companies and individuals may deny responsibility altogether after accidents. That means compiling convincing evidence can be difficult, let alone getting the money you deserve, when you try to pursue compensation on your own.

When you contact our firm, we’ll investigate your injury, determine who was responsible, and plan the most effective way to get you every penny you deserve. Contact us today.

 


School Transportation Safety

by Staff Blogger | August 28th, 2019

A new school year is upon us in California, and that means stocking up on school supplies, buying new clothes, and establishing a new daily routine for your child. As important as homework and extracurricular activities are, you should always prioritize your child’s safety, especially on their way to school. Check out these tips to help your child stay safe during the 2019-2020 school year.


What to Expect: Truck Accident Claims

by Staff Blogger | August 21st, 2019

Fully loaded semi-trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and be 65 feet in length or longer. In comparison, even the largest SUVs and pickup trucks max out at around 6,500 pounds and 20 feet in length. Simple physics dictate that big trucks are likely to do massive damage to smaller vehicles when they’re involved in crashes, putting drivers and their passengers at high risk of suffering serious injuries.

If you or someone you love was recently hurt in an accident involving a tractor trailer or other commercial vehicle, your injuries may require extensive medical treatments, and you may be unable to work for the foreseeable future. Keeping up with your day-to-day living expenses can be difficult enough when you’re not working, and paying for expensive medical bills may be out of the question.

You know you need to file a compensation claim for your truck accident, but you may be hesitant to do so, especially if you’ve never needed a lawyer before. At Berg Injury Lawyers, it’s our goal to make the process as easy as possible for you. We have years of experience assisting injured truck accident victims like you, and we’re ready to put our track record of success to work for you and your loved ones. Contact us today for a free consultation.

How We’ll Help You with Your Truck Accident Claim

Truck accident claims can be legally complex. That’s because multiple parties may be considered at fault. Our California truck accident lawyers know both state and federal laws concerning the trucking industry, and we’ll put that knowledge to use when we build your claim.

When you contact us, you can count on us to take the following steps on your behalf:

  • We’ll determine who was responsible for the crash—Whether the liable party was the truck driver, truck owner, truck company, another driver, or any combination of parties, we’ll collect evidence that proves their responsibility.
  • We’ll calculate your accident-related expenses—Your medical bills may keep piling up, and you may be unable to return to work for weeks or months because of the crash. We’ll tally up your total expenses and make sure the insurance company knows how much you’re owed.
  • We’ll negotiate to get you maximum compensation—Trucking companies are required to carry much larger insurance policies, and this makes insurance companies even more combative after truck accidents than after car accidents. We’re not afraid to stand up to them regardless of the stakes, especially when it comes to getting you the money you need.

You’ve gone through a difficult experience, and the last thing you need to deal with is the insurance company and its schemes. Let us protect your rights to the compensation you deserve. Contact us today.


7 Safe Alternatives to Roundup

by Staff Blogger | 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.


How Music May Affect Your Driving Behavior

by Staff Blogger | August 7th, 2019

Car accidents occur every day when drivers get distracted by the radio dial or while flipping through a playlist, but is music itself a cause of traffic accidents? Music and driving have been an inseparable pair since radios were first added to vehicles, but now researchers are becoming interested in whether that relationship is helpful or harmful.

The Case for Music while Driving

In driving situations when you are locked in traffic, listening to music can boost your mood and reduce your stress levels. In turn, this can reduce aggressive driving and road rage.

In highway driving, listening to music has been connected with improved concentration, decreased lane drifting, and more accuracy in matching speed to flow of traffic. It also increases heartrate, making it easier for drivers to stay awake and aware.

The Case Against Music while Driving

Loud music, or any music played over 85 decibels (dB), has been shown to reduce reaction time. Likewise, fast music, or any music with more than 120 beats per minute (BPM), may cause overexcitement, and cause a driver to subconsciously speed.

When you really love a song, that may be another reason to take it off your road trip playlist. It becomes too easy to become distracted and begin making errors such as forgetting to signal or check blind spots. In studies comparing driving performance when listening to personal music vs music provided by researchers, tailgating also increased when drivers listened to their own music.

How to Build Your Playlist

In general, music with a tempo of 60-80 BPM is the safest to drive to, because it mimics the average human heart rate. Most music among today’s hits falls around 100 BPM, but anything over 120 BPM may encourage dangerous driving habits. Based on what we know about the safest and most dangerous tempos, we’ve found five of the most dangerous songs to listen to while driving and five safe alternatives, all pulled from the Billboard Hot 100.

Today’s Hits – Top 5 Most Dangerous Songs to Drive To

  1. bad guy by Billie Eilish – 135 BPM
  2. Talk by Khalid – 136 BPM
  3. Sucker by Jonas Brothers – 138 BPM
  4. If I Can’t Have You by Shawn Mendes – 124 BPM
  5. Sweet But Psycho by Ava Max – 133 BPM

Today’s Hits – Top 5 Safest Songs to Drive To

  1. Old Town Road by Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – 67 BPM
  2. Suge by DaBaby – 75 BPM
  3. Beer Never Broke My Heart by Luke Combs – 77 BPM
  4. Earfquake by Tyler, The Creator – 80 BPM
  5. 7 Rings by Ariana Grande – 70 BPM

You can also enjoy our all-Safe Driving Playlist for your next commute.

When You’ve Been Injured in a Car Accident, Call Berg Injury Lawyers

If you’ve missed work and incurred huge medical bills after a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you don’t deserve to have to pay out of pocket. We have experience helping car accident victims get compensation for their injuries, and we want to help you, too. Call our firm today for a free consultation.


In a Post-Scooter World, Here’s What Road-Sharing Means

by Staff Blogger | July 24th, 2019

Dockless e-scooters are a fun, affordable, and convenient way to get around town, but most city streets and sidewalks weren’t built with these zippy little vehicles in mind. This has led to collisions between riders, drivers, and pedestrians, making it vital for drivers to be alert and cautious in areas where scooters are frequently used. Play it smart the next time you get behind the wheel with these road-sharing tips.

Do you have questions about whether your accident qualifies you for compensation? Contact our legal team today.

 


What is Dry Drowning, and What You Can Do to Prevent It

by Staff Blogger | July 17th, 2019

Dry drowning and secondary drowning first hit the news cycle in summer 2017 after a 4-year-old boy in Texas died due to a buildup of fluid in his lungs nearly one week after a swimming trip to the coast. Dry drowning and secondary drowning refer to a delayed physical reaction to a near-drowning event, causing someone to suffer submersion injuries long after leaving the water. However, these conditions are much more difficult to spot than in-the-moment drowning.

Although delayed drowning is extremely rare, it’s most likely to occur in small children. That’s why it’s important for parents and guardians to be aware of the signs and symptoms of dry and secondary drowning as families head to pools, lakes, and beaches this summer.

Select the image below to open your free guide to delayed drowning.

Preventable accidents can be devastating for parents and their children. If you or a loved one are injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, we want to help. Contact Berg Injury Law today for a no-obligation consultation.


What Should You Do if You Get Injured on Vacation?

by Staff Blogger | July 10th, 2019

You look forward to your vacation all year, and the last thing you want to happen is an accident that disrupts your chance to relax and enjoy time away from work and other responsibilities. Unfortunately, injuries can happen anytime and anywhere—including when you’re far from home.

It’s important to be prepared for the unexpected when you’re traveling, and that includes being ready for injuries. Typical vacation activities can put you at risk for a variety of dangers, including car accidents, slip and fall injuries, recreational accidents, and more. Any injury-causing accident can put a damper on your vacation, but you can minimize its impact on your life by taking the right steps immediately after it happens.

Follow These Steps to Protect Your Health and Your Rights

Getting hurt on vacation can be painful and distressing. However, taking these steps can put you on a path to recovery and compensation:

  • Report your injury—If you fell or were injured in a public or private space, notify the manager on duty or the property owner. If you were hurt in a car accident, call 911 or notify local authorities.
  • Document the accident scene—If you’re able to do so, take pictures of the accident scene, your injuries, and any factors that may have contributed to your injuries.
  • Acquire contact information—Get the names, titles, and contact information of employees, managers, and the owner of the property where you were injured, as well as those of any witnesses.
  • Get medical attention—Go to the hospital or visit a healthcare clinic as soon as possible after your injury, even if you don’t think you need urgent care. Injuries aren’t always obvious after accidents, and getting prompt medical attention can prevent yours from worsening.
  • Report the accident to your insurance company—If you purchased travel insurance, report your injuries as soon as possible. If you were injured in an auto accident, you’re required to report the accident to them—usually within a matter of days.
  • Call a law firm—Many people assume they can’t recover compensation for injuries that occur away from home. However, you still have rights, especially when someone else’s negligence caused the accident, regardless of where your injuries occurred.

Got a trip planned soon? Protect yourself by downloading a free wallet card containing all the important steps you’ll need to take after a vacation injury.

Hurt on Vacation? We’re Here to Help.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know all about vacation accidents and injuries.

With offices located throughout Northern California and the Bay Area—two of the most popular tourist destinations in the world—we’ve seen many types of tourism-related injuries, and we know how to help victims who often feel helpless when they’re away from home. Get in touch with our California personal injury lawyers to find out how we can put our experience to work for you. Call or contact us today.


5 Safety Tips for Independence Day

by Staff Blogger | June 26th, 2019

What are your plans this Fourth of July? Many Americans will spend the holiday out on the water, at the beach, or in the backyard with friends and family. No matter how you choose to celebrate, it’s important to remember that many July Fourth activities have the potential to pose serious risks when people aren’t careful. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe this year by following our Independence Day safety checklist.