Wrongful Death

3 Reasons to Call a Lawyer After a Wrongful Death

by Staff Blogger | December 18th, 2017

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we handle a variety of accident and injury claims. And while many cases we take involve victims and their families dealing with difficult situations, wrongful death claims are some of the most painful and traumatic scenarios we see.

Losing a loved one is devastating. Not only is it emotionally painful, but it can also put your entire family in a financial bind, especially if your loved one was the primary income earner for your household. It can be even more difficult to cope with an unexpected loss when a loved one’s death was due to another person’s or party’s negligence.

Our California wrongful death lawyers are dedicated to helping surviving family members get the compensation they deserve after someone else’s carelessness led to fatal complications, accidents, or injuries to someone they love.

If we handle your wrongful death claim, you can count on us to:

  1. Determine who can be held responsible. Whether it was due to a medical mistake, an accident, or general misconduct, we’ll gather evidence that proves the other party’s liability.
  2. Calculate the damages. Medical bills, lost income, and funeral expenses are financial issues that many families face after they lose their loved ones. We’ll make sure the insurance company knows how the wrongful death has and will continue to affect you.
  3. Negotiate a fair settlement. We’ll review any and all settlement offers with you. It’s our goal to help you get maximum compensation.

If your loved one’s death was caused by someone else’s negligence, don’t wait to get our experienced legal team on your side. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’re here to help.

Get Answers After a Wrongful Death

by Staff Blogger | May 15th, 2017

An untimely death to your loved one is one of the most jarring events you can go through, especially if that death could have been avoided or was caused by someone else’s negligence. The surviving family is left with more questions than answers, such as why did this happened and who is to blame? Those questions deserve answers, and at Berg Injury Lawyers, we want to help you get them.

Beyond bringing who is to blame to light are the questions that could impact the rest of your life, such as how will you and your family make it financially now that your loved one’s contributions are lost forever? The financial implications are often easy to overlook in your time of grief, which is why you need an experienced wrongful death attorney looking out for your best interests and your family’s future. Our attorneys will investigate the cause of your loved one’s death so you can begin to heal. We’ll also fight for the compensation you deserve so you can find peace of mind knowing you’ll be taken care of.

If you’ve lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, contact our San Francisco wrongful death attorneys today for a free consultation. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have at no cost. If we feel we can help, you won’t pay us anything unless we get money for you. Contact us today for your free consultation.

Get Justice For Your Lost Loved One

by Staff Blogger | January 16th, 2017

There’s an old adage that goes something like this: “Treat loved ones as if it were the last time you will ever speak to them.” It’s good advice that’s hard to follow. In reality, there’s far too much left unsaid between us when one of us goes, especially when that someone’s life is cut tragically short. Often, unexpected deaths are the result of a negligent or deliberate act by someone else, compounding the grief felt by the surviving family while leaving them with a number of questions.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we help grieving families find the answers they so rightfully deserve. Our team of investigators will work tirelessly to uncover the true cause of your loved one’s death and bring that cause into the light. Then our experienced San Francisco wrongful death attorneys will fight to get you the justice you and your loved one deserve. You’ve lost more than a family member; you’ve lost a partner and contributor to your family’s future. For that, your family deserves to be compensated, and as your attorney, we’ll do everything within our power to make sure you are.

If you’ve lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, call our San Francisco wrongful death attorneys today for a free consultation. Your initial call is without cost or obligation, so you and your family can get the answers you deserve with absolutely no risk. You don’t have to go through this alone. Contact us today.

Providing Answers to the Families of Wrongful Death Victims

by Staff Blogger | October 10th, 2016

Unfortunately, thousands of California lives are tragically cut short every year. What makes it even more tragic is when one of those deaths could have been avoided.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we help the families of wrongful death victims get the answers they so desperately seek after a tragedy. Questions like: Why did this happen? Who is to blame? How will their family make ends meet without their loved one? Our compassionate legal team knows all too well what this loss will mean to your family both emotionally and financially, and we’ll do everything within our power to get you justice for that loss.

If you’ve lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, call our San Francisco wrongful death attorneys today. We know what you’re going through, and you don’t have to go through it alone. Contact us for a free consultation and let us start working to get you the answers you deserve.

California Wrongful Death Lawsuit Questions Americans With Disabilities Act

by Staff Blogger | March 30th, 2015

The California personal injury attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers explain there are laws that protect the rights of the disabled in the United States. One of those laws is the Americans With Disabilities Act, which prohibits an individual with a disability from being discriminated against in areas of employment, transportation, communication, government activities, and public accommodation.

One of these accommodations has come into question through a California wrongful death lawsuit. The suit was filed after a mentally ill and disabled San Francisco woman was killed while being arrested by police officers. The lawsuit, which was filed by the woman’s family, claims officers failed to provide “reasonable accommodations” for the woman when arresting her—as required by the law—and instead used unreasonable force.

An article from the Associated Press explains the ill woman suffered from schizophrenia and had threatened her social worker, prompting officers to arrive and attempt to take her into custody to be taken to a mental health facility; however, the woman threatened officers with a knife and was shot.

The family of the victim claims officers should have taken the Americans With Disabilities Act into consideration by acting in a less aggressive manner, including waiting for backup to arrive before approaching and speaking in a less threatening manner. The District Attorney stated officers acted accordingly, considering the victim was armed.

The case went before a federal district court and it was ruled the officers acted accordingly, but the decision was overturned on appeal by the circuit court, who stated the decision should be made by a jury.

Having clear-cut definitions to the laws that protect the disabled is crucial and the California wrongful death lawyers at Berg Injury Lawyers are anxiously awaiting the decision in this particular case. We hope the decision will bring peace and closure to the family of the victim.

Family Plans to File California Wrongful Death Lawsuit

by Staff Blogger | September 8th, 2014

When a person is killed as the result of another person’s negligence or error, the family of the victim may have a right to seek compensation from the party who is responsible for their loss. Proving such a case can be difficult though and can require the plaintiffs to show violations of the law on the part of the defendant.

A family from Half Moon Bay is planning to file such a California wrongful death lawsuit after an 18-year-old woman was shot and killed by a San Mateo County Sheriff’s Deputy during an altercation. Furthermore, they feel there is sufficient evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the deputy they believe is liable for their loss.

A story from NBC Bay Area News explains the victim was mentally ill and was refusing to take her medication, which prompted her family to call a medical dispatch through 911. Instead of an ambulance being called though, dispatchers alerted deputies after learning the woman was in possession of a knife.

When the deputy arrived at the scene, the victim allegedly lunged in the deputy’s’ direction and he opened fire, killing the teen.

While officials maintain the deputy was within his rights to defend himself, the family claims the officer took unnecessary actions and violated the victim’s Fourth Amendment rights, which limits law enforcement’s authority to use force.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California personal injury attorneys are aware of the difficulties that can accompany the loss of a loved one, which is why we are hopeful a decision in this case will bring a sense of closure to the family of the victim.

California Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed In Connection To Fatal Car Accident Involving Uber Driver

by Staff Blogger | February 3rd, 2014

While ride sharing programs, such as Uber and Lyft, have created their own new niche in the passenger transportation industry, the lack of regulation in the field seems to have created some questions regarding liability in the event of an accident. The California Wrongful Death Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers say one case that was filed in regards to an accident involving an Uber vehicle that killed a 6-year-old San Francisco pedestrian may be a first of its kind.

An article from CNET News states that on New Year’s Eve, the victim, along with her mother and sibling, were struck by an Uber vehicle that was attempting to pick up a passenger. The impact of the collision claimed the six-year-old’s life and left her mother and brother seriously injured.

The family of the victim’s later filed suit against Uber, saying the company was negligent in the way it designed the application that both drivers and passengers use to set up rides because it was not created to be used hands-free, as California law requires. Uber has contended the drivers do not necessarily work for the company, and therefore, the company cannot be held liable for the child’s death or the injuries the others sustained.

The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers are aware of how difficult it can be to lose a loved one to an accident. That’s why the firm is hopeful a decision in the case brings a sense of closure to the incident for the family of the victim.

Judge Awards $3 Million Award In California Wrongful Death Lawsuit

by Staff Blogger | September 16th, 2013

September 16, 2013

The California Wrongful Death Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers state that when a person is killed as the result of an accident caused by the negligence of another, the responsible party may be found liable for damages. One such case was recently heard in federal court and awarded the family of an 18-year-old man who was killed by federal agents a sum of $3 million.

An article from Time magazine explains that in June 2010, the victim had pulled his vehicle into a parking lot. The lot was the same location where Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents had just served a warrant against an individual suspected of selling drugs. When undercover law enforcement approached the unknowing victim’s vehicle with guns drawn, he attempted to flee the scene and almost struck a sheriff’s deputy. Agents then opened fire on the vehicle and shot the victim.

The family later filed suit against the DEA and the agents responsible for the death of their son, claiming the victim had no idea the men approaching him with guns drawn were law enforcement officials. Furthermore, the agents were negligent and reckless in opening fire on the vehicle.

Berg Injury Lawyer’s team of California Personal Injury Attorneys understand how devastating the loss of a loved one to an accident caused by negligence can be. That’s why the firm is hopeful the decision that was reached in the case brings some closure to the family of the victim.

Alameda Family Files Lawsuit For Death Of Bicyclist

by Staff Blogger | August 6th, 2012

August 6, 2012

The widow and two daughters of an Alameda, California, bicyclist who died after being involved in a collision on Grizzly Peak Boulevard in Oakland name the city as a defendant in their California Wrongful Death lawsuit. Bay City News says the claim alleges the city was negligent in its care of the roads, which ultimately led to the man’s death.

The accident happened this past September when a group of about 15 cyclists headed down a hill in the eastbound lanes. The lawsuit goes on to say that this is where the victim hit a pothole in the road that threw him from his bike and into the oncoming lanes of traffic, where a westbound car also struck him. He died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

City records show that the Oakland Public Works Department had recently received several complaints in regards to the inconsistencies in the road’s surface, but were negligent in the road’s care as they had done little, if anything, to fix the problem.

The family is asking for compensation related to loss of companionship and financial support, as well as funeral and court expenses.

The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers understand just how difficult it can be to lose a loved one to an accident and hope that this lawsuit will help bring some closure to the family of the victim who tragically lost his life.

California Highway Patrol Ordered To Pay $2 Million For Wrongful Death

by Staff Blogger | June 11th, 2012

The state of California and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) have been ordered by a federal judge to pay more than $2 million to the family of a man who was wrongfully killed by CHP officers. According to The Sacramento Bee, the incident occurred on August 24th, 2008, in eastern San Joaquin County.

Police reports indicate that officers received a call of illegal street racing occurring on the evening of the incident. When they arrived, the victim, who had been drinking that day, was parked at the location of the alleged racing. When officers approached the victim’s vehicle, he accelerated and fled the scene. A short chase ensued and ended when the victim’s vehicle became disabled in a ditch.

Officers state that the victim then began shifting and rolling the truck back and forth between drive and reverse in an effort to free the truck from the ditch. That is when they said they became fearful for their lives and shot the man six times.

The family of the victim filed a California wrongful death lawsuit against the state and it’s departments on the grounds of expert testimony based on bullet trajectory that revealed the officers were never in any danger when they opened fire on the unarmed 21-year-old victim.

The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers hope that the decision will help bring closure to the loss for the family of the victim.