Personal Injury


How to Safely Deep-Fry Your Thanksgiving Turkey

by Staff Blogger | November 25th, 2019

In recent years, deep frying the Thanksgiving turkey has become the most talked about cooking method, and for plenty of good reasons. Deep frying a turkey keeps the meat succulent and juicy while ensuring a perfectly crispy skin. It also cooks significantly faster than in the oven. However, deep frying a turkey can be extremely dangerous, and anyone who attempts it should always use extreme caution.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), more than twice as many fires are started from cooking accidents on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year. Additionally, frying poses the highest risk of fire of any method of cooking.

Based on data gathered between 2014-2016, roughly 2,400 cooking fires occur on residential property every Thanksgiving, causing an average of 5 deaths, 25 injuries, and $19 million in property damage. But if you decide the taste is worth the danger, make sure to keep all potential sources of accident and injury in mind.

Dangers Associated with Deep Fryers

  • Deep fryers can tip over and spill dangerously hot oil.
  • Overfilling the cooking pot can cause the oil to overflow when the turkey is added.
  • Any amount, even a drop, of cooking oil coming in contact with the burner can result in a fire.
  • The pot, handle, and lid can become hot enough to cause severe burns.
  • Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat the oil and combust.
  • Any water that hits the hot oil, even condensation, can cause a spray of flaming oil outward.

If you are interested in learning how to safely deep fry a turkey this year, we want to help. Follow our guide by clicking the image below for tips on how to avoid fires and burn injuries this Thanksgiving when frying a turkey.

Injured on Thanksgiving?

Sometimes accidents are unavoidable, but other times this isn’t true. If you’ve been injured in an accident because someone was behaving negligently and ignored safety measures, you may be eligible to get compensation for your medical expenses.

Even if you were injured at the home of a friend or family member during Thanksgiving dinner, don’t put aside the idea of contacting a lawyer––you still need to pay your bills, and in many cases, your loved one won’t be responsible for paying out of pocket. At Berg Injury Lawyers, our team of California personal injury attorneys work with the at-fault party’s insurance company to help injury victims get the compensation they deserve.

If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, we want to help you. And when you reach out to us for assistance, your initial consultation is always free.


Tailgating Safety

by Staff Blogger | November 4th, 2019

Football season is in full swing, and that means the renewal of friendly sports rivalries, and plenty of tailgating. And while tailgating before a game is a great way to spend time with friends, family, and fellow fans, it can turn dangerous if you’re not prepared for potential emergencies.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we’re all too familiar with unforeseen accidents and injuries. And while we’re dedicated to helping victims of accidents get the legal representation they deserve, we’re firm believers that preventing accidents in the first place whenever possible is the best way to go.

Check out the infographic below to find out how you can protect yourself, your tailgate guests, and others around you this football season.

Injured at a Tailgate? You May Be Eligible for Compensation.

Unfortunately, not everyone is always safety conscious when tailgating outside the stadium. When other tailgaters are negligent, they can put you and your guests in danger. Injury-causing accidents include everything from pedestrian accidents and vehicle crashes to grill fires and even explosions.

The injuries associated with tailgate accidents can be devastating, and victims often need expensive medical care, including emergency surgery, prolonged stays in the hospital, and long periods of physical rehabilitation. To make matters worse, they may be unable to work while they’re recovering from their injuries.

Getting compensation after a tailgate accident isn’t easy. It can be difficult to prove who was at fault and determining that a specific person or multiple parties were negligent often requires significant proof. Having a lawyer on your side can help you build a claim that maximizes your chances of getting compensation.

Our Legal Team Is on Your Side

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California personal injury attorneys help people who have been hurt through no fault of their own—including at tailgate parties. Your injuries are serious, and the last thing you want to deal with is an uncooperative fellow tailgater and their insurance company denying responsibility. You need time to recover and focus on your family—not dealing with an endless back and forth with a claims adjuster.

That’s where we come in. We have decades of experience fighting for the rights of injured Californians, and we know what it takes to win all types of injury cases. Contact us today for a free consultation of your claim. There’s no obligation, and we’re available to take your call 24/7. Best of all, our No Fee Guarantee® means you don’t owe us anything unless we get money for you!


Premises Liability and Halloween

by Staff Blogger | October 28th, 2019

Halloween is around the corner, and residents of California, like those elsewhere, love to celebrate the holiday with thrills, chills, haunted houses, and of course, trick-or-treating. But as they say, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. That’s the kind of scary no one wants on Halloween. So what happens if you are injured while participating in a Halloween activity?

Assumption of Risk

When you enter a haunted house, you take on an assumption of risk. For example, anyone going to a haunted house can reasonably assume it’s going to be scary. In fact, you pay to be scared! So if you suffer a panic attack or heart attack from fear, or twist your ankle running away from a haunted house actor, you likely don’t have legal grounds to sue. However, frights are not the only way to get injured at a haunted house.

Most haunted houses will require visitors to sign a waiver before entering or may include an implicit waiver on the back of the ticket. However, this doesn’t mean you have no recourse after an injury. If you were injured due to grossly negligent actions on the part of the haunted house operator, you can sue even if you signed a waiver.

Haunted House Injuries

Haunted houses are dark, oftentimes hastily constructed, and full of props and equipment that can cause injury. Visitors may trip over extension cords, injure themselves on exposed nails or broken guardrails, be hit by falling props, receive injuries from overaggressive cast members, risk being trampled by frightened groups of people, or even suffer carbon monoxide poisoning from artificial fog and insufficient ventilation.

Haunted house operators who fail to adhere to safety codes, are non-ADA compliant, or fail to warn about potential risks such as strobe lights or uneven surfaces may be liable for injuries suffered as a result.

Injured at a Haunted House?

Most haunted houses carry liability insurance in case a guest is injured at the attraction. If you are injured at a haunted house or other Halloween attraction, there are several important steps to take that can improve your chances of getting compensation for your injuries.

  1. Take pictures of the accident scene. These can be used to show how your injury occurred, i.e. poor lighting conditions or tripping hazards.
  2. Speak with a manager, and request to file an incident report.
  3. Get the names and contact information of any witnesses.
  4. Seek medical attention and inform the medical staff how you received the injury.
  5. Contact a personal injury lawyer. Consulting an attorney is always free at Berg Injury Lawyers.

Making Your Home Safe for Trick-or-Treaters

Premises liability goes two ways. It doesn’t only apply to a commercial property owner’s responsibility to keep paying customers safe, but also to homeowners’ responsibility to keep guests safe; that includes trick-or-treaters. To prevent injuries at your home this Halloween, follow these tips:

  • Ensure your homeowner or renters insurance is up to date. Most homeowner and renters insurance policies protect not only your belongings, but also provide personal liability protection if someone is injured in your home or on your property.
  • Clear your sidewalk, yard, and porch of leaves and any tripping hazards that may not be visible in the dark, such as hoses, extension cords, potted plants, or lawn decorations.
  • Ensure the outside of your home is well-lit.
  • Firmly secure decorations to ensure they can’t fall over and avoid decorations that pop up or jump out and risk startling visitors into tripping and injuring themselves.
  • Restrain any pets that may leap on, scratch, or accidentally bite a trick-or-treater.
  • Avoid fire hazards by replacing the typical tea candle in your jack-o-lantern with a flameless LED version.

Halloween Activity Safety Tips

Whether your plan to spend October 31st trick-or-treating with your kids or enjoying fun scares as you make your way through a haunted house, there are several important safety tips you should keep in mind that are useful in either situation.

  • Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes with good traction.
  • Choose costumes made of non-flammable material.
  • Avoid masks that limit your vision or ability to breathe.
  • Consider including reflective material in your costume or adding reflective tape to your candy bucket to make yourself more visible in the dark.
  • Inspect candy before eating and throw away any candy if the wrapper appears tampered with.
  • Closely monitor any children in your group.
  • Arrive to any activity sober and free of drugs and alcohol.
  • Follow all posted safety rules at any attraction you visit.
  • Stay in a group, follow clearly marked paths, and cross streets only at crosswalks.
  • Be conscious of your own limits and avoid activities that may aggravate a pre-existing medical condition.

From all of us at Berg Injury Lawyers, we wish you a safe and happy Halloween! If you or a loved one suffered injuries while visiting a Halloween attraction, don’t hesitate to call our team.


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.