Your Family Deserves Compensation After a Traumatic Brain Injury

by Staff Blogger | March 18th, 2019

At Berg Injury Lawyers, it’s our goal to help people who were hurt through no fault of their own get the compensation they need for their medical bills and lost wages. The expenses that injury victims incur can differ from case to case, but one type of injury that almost always results in a huge financial burden is a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

When people suffer TBIs, they often experience a wide range of debilitating and disabling complications. Their personalities may change, they may lose fine motor skills, and they may even suffer from cognitive impairments. In severe cases, victims even lose the ability to live independently. When victims can’t work and require frequent, even around-the-clock medical care, it can be financially devastating for them and their loved ones.

Our California brain injury lawyers have helped many families in that situation, and we want to help you, too. Whether your or your loved one’s TBI occurred in an auto accident, because of medical malpractice, or due to poor workplace safety, our legal team is ready to give you the care and attention you deserve. We can calculate how much money you’re owed because of the person’s or party’s negligence, and we’ll do everything we can to help you get every penny you deserve.

Trust our experience and track record of success. We know how serious TBIs are, and we know how to build claims that get results. Contact us today for a free consultation.

3 Types of Distracted Driving

by Staff Blogger | March 14th, 2019

Car Accidents Aren’t Always a Driver’s Fault

by Staff Blogger | March 13th, 2019

Although most auto accidents are caused by driver error, some have other causes. Auto accident victims may feel helpless and out of luck if they were injured in crashes that weren’t caused by other drivers, but anytime another person’s or party’s negligence plays a role in a crash, the responsible party should be held liable for the victims’ accident-related expenses.

Who Else Can Be Held Responsible for Crashes?

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California auto accident attorneys have pursued compensation claims on behalf of victims like you against a variety of parties, including:

  • State and local governments—Roadways are supposed to be safe and free from major defects that can potentially contribute to crashes. That means the governmental bodies that oversee roadways, whether they’re local streets or state highways, are supposed to fix issues like potholes and remove potentially dangerous debris in a timely fashion.
  • Vehicle manufacturers—Auto manufacturers and the manufacturers of individual parts used in vehicles can also be held liable for crashes and injuries. When tires, brakes, airbags, seat belts, gas and brake pedals, or other components fail, drivers may lose control of their vehicles or suffer severe injuries during accidents.

Why Call Berg Injury Lawyers After Your Crash?

Negligence is negligence, whether it’s on the part of a single driver, a governmental body, or a billion-dollar automotive corporation. Our legal team isn’t afraid to stand up for the rights of Californians who were injured in auto accidents, regardless of who is liable for their crashes.

When you choose Berg Injury Lawyers, you’ll get a legal team that will do everything in its power to maximize your chances of getting full compensation. You shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket for medical bills and lost wages after a crash that wasn’t your fault. Let us help you get the money you deserve—call today for a free consultation.

St. Patrick’s Day Safety

by Staff Blogger | March 12th, 2019

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the busiest times of year for bars, pubs, and restaurants in California. If you’re planning on celebrating the day with friends and family, it’s important to be safety-conscious and aware of the potential dangers that you might face whether you’re out and about or heading home.

To reduce your risks this year, do your best to follow these tips:

  • Appoint a designated driver—Having a sober driver with you can make your evening safer and more relaxed. If you don’t have a designated driver, use a ridesharing app or call a taxi to get home instead. Never get behind the wheel of your vehicle when you’re intoxicated.
  • Enter and exit vehicles near the sidewalk—Whether you’re being dropped off by your designated driver, a rideshare vehicle, or a taxi, use caution when exiting the vehicle. Getting out on the side closest to the sidewalk or curb is the best way to stay safe when exiting a vehicle near a bar or restaurant.
  • Be careful while walking near traffic—If you decide to pub crawl, be cautious while walking from venue to venue. Stick to sidewalks when they’re available, and never cross the street outside of crosswalks. In addition, always look both ways before crossing, even when you have a walk signal.
  • Eat and stay hydrated—The effects of alcohol are felt more intensely on an empty stomach. In addition, alcohol is dehydrating. Having a meal or snacks with your drinks and ordering water between drinks can help you stay alert and hydrated throughout the evening.

Injured? Berg Injury Lawyers Is Here to Help.

Holidays are supposed to be fun times with friends and family, but the risks of accidents often increase on those days—especially when alcohol is involved.

If you or someone you love was hurt in an accident on St. Patrick’s Day or any other day, our California personal injury lawyers want to speak with you. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Boat Safety Checklist for Spring

by Staff Blogger | March 11th, 2019

Spring is here, and that means the return of boating season in Northern California. If you’re like most boaters, you’ve been itching to get back out on the water. But before you do, it’s important to make sure that you’re prepared for potential accidents and emergencies.

Here are a few steps you should take to reduce your boating risks this spring:

  • Check your supply of life jackets—You should always have at least one life jacket for every person onboard your boat. Inspect life jackets already on your boat for signs of damage. Replace any that are frayed or damaged, as they may be less effective in the water.
  • Check your lights—If you take your boat out during times of limited visibility, such as at night, in the rain, or when it’s foggy, your lights may be the only way for other boaters to see you. Check your battery and your lights to ensure everything is in proper working condition.
  • Check your registration and boating license—Are you legally allowed to take your boat out on the water? If your boating license or your boat registration have expired, the answer may be no. Make sure those documents are up to date to avoid troubles when you launch your boat this spring.

The California boat accident attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers are here to help if you or someone you love gets injured in a boating accident this spring and throughout the year. Call us today for a free consultation.

Post-Auto Accident Checklist

by Staff Blogger | March 11th, 2019

3 Types of Product Liability

by Staff Blogger | March 7th, 2019

Before releasing new products or medical devices to the marketplace, manufacturers should conduct proper testing to ensure their products are safe and warn the public about any potential risks their products might pose. However, some big manufacturing companies put their own profits above safety. That means they often skip out on important testing phases or withhold their products’ potential safety risks in an effort to increase production times and put money in their pockets sooner.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we’re not afraid to go up against big manufacturing companies when their negligence causes harm to innocent people. When victims come to us after a defective product injury, our California defective product attorneys do everything in their power to help victims get maximum compensation for their injuries.

Three factors we investigate during a product liability lawsuit include:

  • Design defects—Even if a product is used as the manufacturer intended, poor design can lead to injury.
  • Manufacturing defectsProduct injuries may result from cheap materials, missing components, poor craftsmanship, and inadequate testing.
  • Failure to warn or provide instructionsCompanies that fail to provide adequate warning labels and instructions for use can be held liable when their products cause injuries.

California Product Liability Attorneys

If you or your loved one suffered injuries because of a defective product in California, the attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers want to help. It’s our goal to hold manufacturing companies accountable when their carelessness puts innocent people at risk, and we’re ready to fight for your rights. Contact us today for a free case review.

Motorcyclists Face Higher Injury Risks

by Staff Blogger | March 6th, 2019

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know that most motorcyclists throughout California are committed to safe riding practices and wearing full gear all the time. Unfortunately, those safety precautions are no match for other motorists’ negligence. Whether they drift into motorcyclists’ lanes or simply fail to look out for motorcyclists, a driver’s careless mistake can result in life-or-death situations for motorcyclists.

Because riders don’t have the outer protection of a vehicle, they face a greater risk of suffering severe injuries if involved in a crash. In fact, recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to be killed and 6 times more likely to suffer injuries than those traveling in passenger vehicles.

How You Can Reduce Your Risks

The California motorcycle accident attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers have seen the devastating effects of motorcycle accidents, and it’s our goal to help injured motorcyclists get maximum compensation after crashes that weren’t their fault. We also want to educate them on how they can protect themselves and reduce their risks of injury.

Whether you’re cruising around town or riding a longer distance, it’s important to wear all the proper safety gear, including:

  • A DOT-approved or Snell-certified helmet
  • Padded riding pants and jackets
  • Over-the-ankle riding boots
  • Gloves

Motorcyclists can also reduce their risks by following all traffic laws, riding at a safe speed, and riding defensively.

We Serve Injured Motorcyclists in California

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know that even the safest, most experienced motorcyclists are vulnerable when other drivers are negligent. If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident in California through no fault of your own, the motorcycle accident attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers want to help. Contact us now for a free case review.

Hearing Loss After Military Service? Defective 3M Earplugs May Be to Blame.

by Staff Blogger | March 4th, 2019

If you served in a combat role in the U.S. military between 2003 and 2015 and experienced hearing loss or hearing problems, it may be due to defective earplugs you were issued during your service.

In 2018, the U.S. government alleged that 3M Company failed to disclose that its dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2, were defective and incapable of properly protecting users from combat-related sounds. 3M agreed to pay the U.S. government $9.1 million to resolve those allegations. However, the company is now facing hundreds of lawsuits from veterans who suffered hearing loss or hearing problems.

The dual-ended earplugs featured a yellow-colored end and an olive-colored end. The yellow-colored end was designed to significantly reduce combat-related sounds, while still allowing users to hear commands spoken by friendly soldiers and the advancement of enemy troops. The olive-colored end was supposed to block all sounds like traditional earplugs.

However, the earplugs were too short to be properly inserted into some user’s ears, causing them to loosen or fail to form a proper seal. 3M was aware of this defect as far back as 2000, but the company continued to supply them to the U.S. military, putting millions of veterans in danger of suffering severe ear and hearing-related damage.

If you or someone you love suffered hearing loss, tinnitus, or other ear-related problems after serving in the U.S. military between 2003 and 2015, the California defective product attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers want to speak with you. Contact us today for a free consultation.

We Don’t Let the Insurance Company Take Advantage of You

by Staff Blogger | February 28th, 2019

If you recently suffered an injury that wasn’t your fault and you’re seeking compensation, you may be unfamiliar with the legal process as it pertains to personal injury claims. Unfortunately, insurance companies may be aware of your inexperience with the legal process, and they might try to use it against you.

Insurance companies report record profits year after year, but the people who count on them to pay out fair settlements are often left with lowball offers or denied claims. Big insurers get away with it because they’re multi-billion-dollar corporations, and they count on victims like you accepting small settlements or giving up when their claims are denied.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we’re familiar with the tactics insurance companies sometimes use to reduce or deny claims, including:

  • Offering victims lowball settlements—Insurance companies may offer you money before you know the true value of your claim. But when that money doesn’t cover your remaining injury-related expenses, you’re left to pay the rest out of pocket.
  • Downplaying the severity of your injuries—Insurance companies may claim that your injuries aren’t as severe as they seem, or even that they’re the result of a pre-existing condition.
  • Monitoring your social media activity—Insurance adjusters often look at victims’ social media accounts after their accidents. Any posts or photos related to the accident or injury might be taken out of context and used against victims.

Our California personal injury lawyers know all of the tricks of the trade that insurance companies use to reduce or deny claims. When you choose us to take on your claim, we’ll stay one step ahead of the insurance company at every turn, protecting you and your rights to the money you deserve.

Get a California Personal Injury Lawyer on Your Side

You don’t have to go it alone after an accident or injury, and you don’t have to settle for less than what you deserve. Contact Berg Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation, and let us get to work for you.