Personal Injury

3 Reasons to Get a Personal Injury Lawyer After an Accident

by Staff Blogger | February 18th, 2019

Accidents happen every day, but when they occur due to a person’s or party’s negligence, victims deserve to get compensation for their medical bills and lost wages. At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California personal injury attorneys have fought for the rights of injury victims for many years, and we know what it takes to win claims after all types of accidents.

Insurance companies rarely pay victims the compensation they deserve for what they’ve gone through. Every year, insurers report big profits, while innocent victims find their claims being reduced or denied. Our legal team is dedicated to helping people who were hurt through no fault of their own get the money they need for their medical bills and lost wages.

If you or someone you love was injured because of someone else’s negligence, a lawyer is ready to help in the following three ways:

  1. A lawyer can handle all communication with the insurance company—You’re hurt and need time to rest and recover. You shouldn’t have to deal with the insurance company’s phone calls and letters—leave that up to your attorney.
  2. A lawyer can collect evidence to prove the cause of your injury—Insurance companies often attempt to deny victims compensation by claiming they were at fault for their own injuries. We know how to collect evidence that takes that option away from the insurance company.
  3. A lawyer can increase your chance of getting maximum compensation—When insurance companies agree to pay settlements, they’re often lowball offers. We know how to calculate how much money you’re owed and fight to help you get it.

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.

Don’t Accept a Lowball Settlement.

by Staff Blogger | August 7th, 2017

When you get hurt because of another person’s negligence, you may need extensive medical treatment. But this can keep you out of work for weeks, months, or even years. Losing the paycheck you rely on can make keeping up with day-to-day living expenses difficult, and it only gets harder once your medical bills begin to add up.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know that many victims are most concerned about how they’re going to pay for their initial medical bills and their families’ cost of living in the aftermath of their injuries.

Unfortunately, we also know that insurance companies take advantage of the “sticker shock” many victims experience when they get their first medical bills. That’s why they’re able to offer lowball settlement offers, which many victims accept.

Having an experienced California personal injury lawyer on your side can help protect you from accepting unfair deals from the insurance company. We’ll work hard to help you get maximum compensation by:

  • Gathering evidence that proves you weren’t at fault – Insurance companies are reluctant to pay full settlements if they can’t prove that a victim wasn’t at fault for his or her injuries.
  • Calculating your current and future accident-related expenses – The expenses you’re facing right now can seem overwhelming, but they may just be the tip of the iceberg. We’ll determine the potential costs of your time away from work, rehabilitation, and follow-up surgeries and treatments and do our best to help you get these expenses covered by insurance.

Don’t let the insurance company take advantage of you when you’re still in shock after your accident. Contact our legal team for a free consultation, and let us level the playing field for you and your loved ones.

2 Common Mistakes that Can Jeopardize an Injury Claim

by Staff Blogger | July 31st, 2017

Injuries caused by car, truck, boat, and motorcycle accidents can leave victims facing expensive medical bills and months without the paychecks they depend on. Unfortunately, many victims are stuck paying out of pocket after accidents that weren’t their fault—especially when they’re not aware of the tactics insurance adjusters use to reject their claims or reduce their settlements.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California personal injury attorneys work hard to protect victims like you from insurance adjusters who want to deny your right to compensation. But we also know that it can be difficult for victims to get money they deserve if they make common mistakes like these:

  1. Waiting too long to see a doctor after the injury occurs – Insurance companies are skeptical of most claims—especially when victims wait days, weeks, or even months to get their injuries examined. We tell clients to go to the doctor right away to protect their health and rights to compensation.
  1. Admitting fault to police, the other driver, or on social media – Injury accidents can be confusing and leave you in shock, confused, and disoriented. It is common for victims to have hazy or even inaccurate memories of the moments leading up to accidents. Admitting fault can disqualify accident victims from receiving compensation—even if evidence later proves you didn’t cause the accident.

Our legal team is dedicated to protecting the rights of injured victims throughout the Bay Area. From the moment you call us, we’ll work hard to make sure your claim gets the attention and respect it deserves. Get in touch with us today—just fill out an online consultation form.

Do You Have a Premises Liability Case?

by Staff Blogger | April 24th, 2017

When you walk into a store in San Francisco, you have certain rights that must be upheld. First of all, you have every right to be in that store regardless of race, gender, religious affiliation, or sexual preference. In addition, you have the right to your safety. That is to say, you have the right to exit that store in the same physical condition (if not better) as you entered. When that right is taken away by someone else’s negligence, you could have a premises liability case, also known as a slip-and-fall case.

In San Francisco, you can bring a premises liability lawsuit against an individual, business, or government entity if you sustained injuries on their property due to their carelessness or negligence. For example, if poor construction at a public building leads to you becoming injured, that business or organization is responsible for those injuries. However, proving fault in a premises liability case can be difficult on your own. It can require a detailed investigation into the circumstances that led up to your accident and a thorough understanding of liability laws.

If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property, call our experienced premises liability attorneys today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We’ll fully investigate the cause of your accident and fight to hold the responsible party accountable. Don’t try to take on your injury claim alone. Contact Berg Injury Lawyers today.

San Francisco’s New Bait and Switch Scam

by Staff Blogger | February 20th, 2017

Ever ordered something online and when it arrived, it turned out to be completely different than advertised? I think we all have. That can be pretty frustrating, as well as costly. When it happens, it’s completely within your rights to demand a full refund. After all, the vendor failed to live up to their end of the bargain. But what if instead of issuing a refund, the vendor demanded more money? Sounds ridiculous, but that’s exactly what many California life insurance policyholders are facing right now.

It’s called life insurance company fraud. You purchase a life insurance policy for an agreed-upon premium payment every month. You pay those premiums without fail like the ideal policyholder. Then one day you receive a notice in the mail that your premiums are going up for the exact same policy. What’s worse, if you don’t pay the inflated premiums, you could lose the key benefits of the policy. Sound like a bait and switch? That’s because it is.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we’ve been following this type of fraud for more than a year and are ready to stand up for victims in San Francisco. If you’ve received notice that your life insurance premiums are skyrocketing, give us a call today for a free consultation. We’ll review your case at no cost or obligation, and advise you on how to proceed. Don’t let the insurance company take advantage of you and your family. Call us today.

San Francisco Businesses Responsible for Your Safety

by Staff Blogger | January 30th, 2017

As you can probably tell by the product liability cases we’ve won in the past, we take consumer’s rights very seriously at Berg Injury Lawyers. We believe if you spend your hard-earned money on a product, you shouldn’t have to fear that your life is in danger when using it. But your rights as a consumer go far beyond the products you buy. Every business you visit in the Bay Area has a responsibility to your safety. When that responsibility isn’t upheld, the result can be tragic.

Premises liability cases, or slip and fall cases, involve injuries sustained on someone else’s property due to hazardous conditions or a negligent act. For example, if you are in a business in San Francisco and a poorly constructed structure collapses, causing you physical harm, you may have a premises liability claim against the business. However, proving such a claim can be difficult. As your San Francisco premises liability attorneys, we must prove:

  • The condition of the property was dangerous.
  • The owner knew, or should have known, about the property’s condition.
  • The owner had a reasonable amount of time to fix the condition of the property.

If you or someone you love suffered physical injuries on someone else’s property, getting the compensation you deserve on your own can be tough, which is why you should seek experienced legal help immediately. Call our premises liability attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ll do everything within our power to get you maximum compensation for your injuries.

Life Insurance Company Fraud Victims in San Francisco

by Staff Blogger | October 31st, 2016

California is the most beautiful place in the country to live. No other state has a wider range of climates, landscapes, and cultures to enjoy, which is why more than 38 million people call the Golden State home. However, one thing California isn’t is cheap.

Whether you live in the city or suburbs, the cost of living here continues to rise, making it hard for some families to make ends meet. Californians know better than most that where we invest our money is important for right now, as well as for our families’ futures. It used to be that a life insurance policy was a safe way to make sure your family will be taken care of after your death, but unfortunately, that’s no longer the case for some.

Over the past year, we’ve become increasingly aware of life insurance company fraud in our San Francisco community. Here’s how it works. You buy a life insurance policy, pay the premiums on time, and keep the policy in good standing. Then one day you get a notice that your premiums are skyrocketing, leaving you with a couple options: cancel the policy or pay the inflated premiums for the exact same policy.

If this has happened to you, give our San Francisco life insurance company fraud lawyers a call today for a free consultation. What your insurance company is trying to do may be fraudulent, and we won’t let them get away with it. Don’t be a victim. Contact us today, and we’ll start investigating your case right away.

We’re Not Afraid to Take Them to Court

by Staff Blogger | October 24th, 2016

There are a number of factors that contribute to the success of an injury claim after a serious accident, such as the circumstances that led up to the accident, the extent of your injuries, and the willingness of the insurance company to pay what is fair. However, there’s another key factor that every personal injury lawyer must have that supersedes the specifics of the case or even the injuries sustained, and that’s a reputation for going to trial.

You see, the insurance company has no motivation or incentive to pay you tens of thousands of dollars for your claim when they know that there’s little you can do to force them to. Consider this scenario. You’ve been injured in a car accident, and based on your estimations, that accident is going to cost you roughly $20,000 in medical expenses, lost wages, and other accident-related costs. The insurance company says they are only going to pay you $7,000. What can you do? The sad reality is you have little power over them and they are aware of it.

That’s why it’s so important to call an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer instead. At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know how to make the insurance company pay you what you deserve for your injuries, and if they refuse, we’ll take them to court. Call today for a free consultation and we’ll get started on your case right away.

What Are Slip and Fall Accidents?

by Staff Blogger | October 17th, 2016

At every business, whether a restaurant, construction site, or corporate office, a quiet workday can quickly turn into a full-on sprint when things get busy. It’s at those times that safety is most important. Unfortunately safety is often the first thing to go when things get hectic, putting both employees and the public at risk.

Premises liability lawsuits are cases that involve someone who was injured due to a business or other entity’s negligence. For example, if a grocery store or restaurant fails to clean up a spill or other hazardous area in their business and someone falls, they may be liable for that person’s injuries. Most often, these are referred to as slip and fall accidents. We’ve helped a number of people in the San Francisco area get compensation after being involved in such accidents. In each of those cases, we had to prove the following:

  • The condition of the property was dangerous.
  • The owner knew, or should have known, about the property’s condition.
  • The owner had a reasonable amount of time to fix the condition of the property.

If you’ve been involved in a slip and fall accident, you need the help of an experienced premises liability attorney on your side to get maximum compensation for your injuries. Don’t try to go it alone. Give us a call today for a free consultation. You’ve been injured and deserve compensation, so contact us today.