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Why You Need a Lawyer After a Traumatic Brain Injury

by Staff Blogger | August 12th, 2019

Whether you or someone you love recently suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it’s important to have experienced legal representation on your side when seeking compensation. TBIs are associated with enormous expenses, including surgeries, physical rehabilitation, and even around-the-clock professional care. Many TBI victims experience impaired fine motor skills or cognitive function, making it difficult or impossible for them to remain in their careers or work in any capacity.

When you’re facing expensive medical bills and have lost your family’s source of income, you need to file a compensation claim against the party who was responsible for the TBI. But in most cases, that means filing a claim against their insurance provider—and insurance companies are notoriously strict when it comes to paying settlements. Even if you have plenty of proof that the accident wasn’t your fault and can show how the TBI negatively impacted your life, your claim may still be reduced or denied.

Insurance companies want to protect their profits, and they know that ordinary people often have few resources after serious accidents. That’s why they deploy many different tactics to get victims to accept small settlements or to even give up entirely. At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California brain injury attorneys know how insurance companies operate, and we stay one step ahead of them throughout the claims process.

Don’t be denied the money you deserve. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation, and let us put our experience to work for you.


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.


What Are the Signs That a Medical Device Is Defective?

by Staff Blogger | August 5th, 2019

Medical devices range from joint replacements and surgical meshes to birth control implants and blood clot filters. These products are designed to improve patients’ quality of life and alleviate their symptoms, but many of them pose risks when they’re implanted inside patients’ bodies.

Like all products, medical devices can be defective for many different reasons. Some medical devices may be inherently dangerous due to flawed designs, while others may be dangerous due to the usage of inferior components during the manufacturing process. It’s up to medical device manufacturers to ensure their products are safe for patients, but they don’t always do that.

If you or someone you love received a medical device, it’s important to be on the lookout for signs that it may be defective or dangerous. Common symptoms may include:

  • Bleeding—When medical devices break apart inside the body or move and press into tissue or organs, they can cause bleeding.
  • Pain—Medical devices may be painful at first, but they should be almost unnoticeable after patients heal. However, defective medical devices may cause extreme pain even long after patients have healed.
  • Reduced mobility—Joint replacements are supposed to make it easier for patients to get around, but when they’re defective, patients may struggle to use their affected joints.

If you believe that your medical device is failing or is defective, call your doctor right away. Then, get in touch with an experienced California defective product attorney at Berg Injury Lawyers. We’re here to take your call 24 hours a day—contact us now.


What to Expect: Motorcycle Accident Claims

by Staff Blogger | July 31st, 2019

Because motorcycles lack safety features, riders’ only preemptive option for protecting themselves is riding gear like helmets, jackets, gloves, and boots. But even the most well-equipped riders still face serious risks when they’re involved in accidents.

If you were recently hurt in a motorcycle accident, you may have suffered severe injuries that require extensive medical treatments. Those medical treatments can be hard on your finances, especially when your injuries make it difficult or impossible for you to go back to work. If that’s the case for you, you may need to file a personal injury claim to get the compensation you deserve. That’s where we come in.

How We’ll Help You Navigate Your Compensation Claim

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know how painful and traumatic motorcycle accidents can be. When you’re recovering from serious injuries, the last thing you want to do is deal with the insurance company and going back and forth on getting a fair settlement. Our California motorcycle accident lawyers can handle every aspect of your claim while you focus on getting better.

When we take on your claim, we’ll collect evidence to prove you weren’t at fault for the crash. Then, we’ll determine how much money you’re owed for your current and future accident-related expenses, including your medical bills and lost wages. Finally, we’ll negotiate with the insurance company to maximize your chances of getting the money you deserve.

Get an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Law Firm on Your Side

Insurance companies are often biased against motorcyclists. They wrongly assume that most motorcyclists are at fault for their own crashes, and that can make it difficult for injured riders to get fair compensation on their own. Hiring a law firm with experience dealing with insurance companies can help you get proper compensation.

Our attorneys understand what you’re going through, and we know how insurance companies often treat motorcyclists. We can protect you, your loved ones, and your rights to full compensation starting the day you call us. Contact us today for a free consultation.


Why Do You Need a Lawyer If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse?

by Staff Blogger | July 29th, 2019

There are many signs and symptoms of nursing home abuse and neglect. They can range from unexplained bruises and social withdrawal, to weight loss and a sudden worsening of health. If you notice potential signs of abuse or neglect in your loved one, it’s important to contact an experienced California nursing home abuse lawyer right away.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, it’s our goal to help abused and neglected victims and their loved ones get the compensation they deserve when nursing homes violate their rights. However, nursing homes are well protected when it comes to compensation claims, and it’s often their word against the people who were harmed. That can make it difficult for residents and their families to defend their rights.

Having an experienced lawyer on your side can help level the playing field. Our law firm knows California’s nursing home laws and the rights that all patients have when they live in care facilities. When you contact us, we’ll investigate the facts concerning your loved one’s potential abuse or neglect, and we’ll collect evidence that proves it happened.

When a nursing home can’t deny that your loved one was harmed in their care, we’ll negotiate to get your family maximum compensation for what you’ve gone through. Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how we can help you and your loved one.


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.

 


Who Can Be Held Responsible for a Boat Accident?

by Staff Blogger | July 22nd, 2019

Although the Bay Area typically avoids the extreme heat that summer brings to other parts of California and the U.S., spending the day on the water is still a great way to cool off when temperatures rise. However, boating often involves alcohol and distractions—both of which can lead to serious accidents.

If you or someone you love was recently hurt in a boating accident, you may have suffered serious, disabling injuries that require medical attention. That means big emergency room bills that you might not be able to afford. As with most types of accidents, you may be eligible to file a compensation claim against the person or party who caused the boat accident, but determining who is liable can be difficult.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California boat accident attorneys know which parties are often responsible for boat accidents, including:

  • Boat operators—Boat operators can cause accidents when they’re impaired, distracted, or reckless.
  • Boat passengers—Passengers can contribute to or cause accidents when they distract boat drivers or prevent them from safely operating their vessels.
  • Boat owners—Boat owners are responsible for keeping their vessels maintained and sea-worthy. When they fail to do so, serious accidents can occur.
  • Other boaters—If you were injured in a collision with another boat, the other boat operator may be held responsible for your injuries if their negligence caused the accident.

Getting compensation after a boat accident requires experience and knowledge of boating laws, and we have both. Call today for a free consultation.


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.


Service-Related Illness or Injury? You May Be Eligible for Benefits.

by Staff Blogger | July 15th, 2019

Serving in the U.S. military involves hard work, long hours, and the risk of injuries and even death. If you suffered health problems as a result of your military duties, whether you were active duty or a reservist, it’s important to get in touch with an experienced California veterans disability lawyer.

All military servicemembers are supposed to be eligible to receive disability benefits if they suffer injuries or illnesses in the line of duty that prevent them from working or that require expensive medical treatments. However, the Veterans Administration (VA) is notoriously slow, backed up, and even dismissive of some claims. Filing a claim without a law firm on your side can make it difficult to get the money you deserve.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know the VA’s criteria for reviewing claims, and we know what it takes to file claims that are both expedited and built for approval. When you contact us, we’ll collect evidence that proves your health problems are service-related, and we’ll make sure every aspect of your claim is accurate, complete, and submitted on time.

You served your country and now you need help. Don’t leave your claim up to chance, and don’t risk a rejection that could take months or years to resolve. Get experienced legal representation on your side today by contacting our team of veterans disability benefits lawyers.


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.