Wrongful Death

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.

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.

Several Tips To Keep Motorists Safe During High Speed Pursuits

by Staff Blogger | January 16th, 2012

January 16, 2012

High-speed vehicle pursuits down the highway gets our adrenaline pumping in the movies. But what if you found yourself to be the helpless bystander of a real car chase during your daily commute? This happens almost on a daily basis across California, and observations have shown that most motorists don’t know what to do.

An article in The Sacramento Bee described a chase that occurred several weeks ago along California’s Highway 99. News footage shows that as the chase progresses, the cars around the chase acted as if nothing was happening. They stayed at the same speed and made no efforts to get out of the way.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) says that one reason this occurs is that drivers don’t scan their mirrors often enough. They suggest that motorists check all of their mirrors every 15-20 seconds.

If you find yourself in the middle of a high-speed pursuit, CHP Trooper Mike Bradley stated that you should not slow down, but turn on your right blinker and work your way over to the shoulder of the highway. If you see a crime scene ahead, pull over and stop well behind officer vehicles.

The California auto accident attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers fight for victims who have been injured in accidents and support community safety campaigns throughout the year in order to prevent accidents. If you are the victim of a car accident, contact an experienced attorney today.

Alameda Law Firm Offers Free Cab Rides Home on New Years Eve

by Staff Blogger | December 27th, 2011

December 26, 2011

In recent years, the holidays have become an increasingly dangerous time of year for driving in California. According to The Los Angeles Times, six people died on California highways over this past holiday weekend, and the California Highway Patrol made 889 suspected drunken driving arrests.

The California drunk driving victim attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers are sponsoring a campaign in order to help combat the growing number of drunk drivers during the holidays. The firm will be offering free cab rides home to those who have been drinking on New Years Eve.

This will be the seventh year that the law firm has sponsored the Safe And Sober Cab Ride program, which offers a maximum $35 cab fair home to anyone needing a ride. The rides are provided only to a person’s residence, not to another drinking location. The cabs will be running from 10:00 PM Saturday, December 31 to 4:00 AM Sunday, January 1.

Call one of the following cab companies and tell them your ride home is on Berg Injury Lawyers:

  • Sacramento — Call Yellow Cab Company of Sacramento at (916) 444-2222. Patrons must be picked up at a restaurant, hotel, or bar within downtown Sacramento to qualify for a free ride.
  • Alameda, Oakland & Berkeley — Call Veterans Cab at (800) 281‐4488. Any fare exceeding $35 must be paid in cash.
  • San Francisco — Call Luxor Cab at (415) 282‐4141.

$73 Million Awarded In California Lawsuit Against Ford

by Staff Blogger | November 14th, 2011

November 14, 2011

A Sacramento, California, jury awarded $73 million dollars in damages to plaintiffs in a case against Ford Motor Company Thursday. According to The Sacramento Bee, the judgment came after seven years of litigation surrounding a passenger van accident caused by separation of tread from a tire on the van.

The accident happened on April 9, 2004, as a group of church members headed home from a concert. During the drive, the van began to shake violently as the tread of a Goodyear tire began to peel off. The driver of the van attempted to pull over, but lost control and the van rolled several times before coming to rest. The 48-year-old driver of the van and the front passenger were killed in the accident, while several other suffered injuries.

In court Thursday, the attorney for the plaintiffs told jurors that Ford and Goodyear failed to alert the customers about a $2 billion recall on the tires. The jury agreed, and with a vote of 10-2, the award was given. The jury also gave a small award after they found that the van’s design was partially at fault for the crash. Ford stated they plan to appeal the decision.

The California Car Accident Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers often handle cases where victims were injured because of faulty auto parts. If you have been injured because of a manufacturer’s negligence contact us immediately.