What Compensation Is Available for Motorcycle Accident Victims?

by Staff Blogger | July 16th, 2018

When people are involved in car, truck, and SUV accidents, they’re susceptible to suffering serious injuries, but they also have the benefit of protective safety features. Seat belts and airbags—not to mention the frames of their vehicles—help keep them safe and reduce the severity of their injuries.

Motorcycles, on the other hand, have no protective features whatsoever. It’s up to riders to protect themselves by wearing full safety gear. But even the most well-equipped riders are still vulnerable to suffering disabling and even life-threatening injuries when they’re involved in crashes with other vehicles.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California motorcycle accident attorneys have helped many riders who were injured through no fault of their own get compensation for their accident-related expenses, which often include:

  • Medical bills—Motorcyclists often suffer different injuries than drivers and passengers in four-wheeled vehicles. Their injuries often include head trauma/traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and road rash. Those injuries frequently require extensive rehabilitation and even surgery to treat, and victims may need to be hospitalized for long periods of time.
  • Lost wages—Because of the severity of motorcycle accident-related injuries, many victims are unable to return to work for weeks, months, or even years. Being out of work can be financially devastating for victims and their families, especially when medical bills start piling up.

If you or someone you love was hurt in a motorcycle accident, it’s important to get in touch with an experienced legal team right away. The longer you wait to file a compensation claim, the more difficult it may be to get the money you deserve.

Call us today for a free consultation.

How Can a Lawyer Help After a Brain Injury?

by Staff Blogger | July 9th, 2018

Brain injuries are unique. They’re the only type of injuries that can permanently change victims’ cognitive abilities and personalities. Even minor brain injuries can cause enough damage to result in profound effects on victims’ abilities to work and live independently.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know that many traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are caused by accidents—and those accidents are often due to other people’s or parties’ negligence. When victims and their families come to us for help after they’ve suffered from TBIs, it’s our goal to do two things for them:

  • Investigate the cause of the TBI—To file an injury claim, we must prove that the injury occurred due to another party’s negligence or carelessness. That involves collecting and presenting compelling evidence to the insurance company.
  • Calculate how much the TBI will cost over a lifetime—When victims suffer serious damage to brain cells and neurons, they may never recover what was lost—and that can mean permanent disability. We’ll find out how much the TBI will cost you and your loved ones, and we’ll make sure the insurance company knows how much it owes you.

We’re personal injury lawyers, and we know that all injuries have the potential to be devastating and life-changing. But brain injuries can be particularly devastating, especially when they change the core being of who people are.

Don’t go it alone—get the experienced legal representation you deserve. Call our California brain injury lawyers today for a free consultation.

Don’t Make These Common Veterans Disability Benefits Mistakes

by Staff Blogger | July 2nd, 2018

As a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, you’re entitled to many benefits because of your years of service for your country. Among these benefits is a form of income replacement if you get hurt in the line of duty and are unable to work and earn a living for yourself and your loved ones.

Unfortunately, veterans disability benefits can be difficult to acquire. Countless applications are denied every year, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has strict criteria for determining when claims are valid and eligible for approval.

In many cases, applications are jeopardized because applicants make mistakes. Two of the most common mistakes that can harm claims include:

  • Lying about any aspect of an illness or injury—If the VA suspects that applicants aren’t being completely truthful about their service-related conditions, it will deny their claims. That’s why it’s important to never exaggerate or downplay any aspect of an illness or injury.
  • Putting off the application process—The VA views claims that aren’t filed soon after injuries and illnesses occur with suspicion. When applicants wait too long, the VA may believe that their health conditions aren’t related to their service.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our team of California veterans disability benefits attorneys believes that no veteran should be denied the benefits he or she has earned.

If you or someone you love is struggling with the VA and the benefits application or appeals process, we’re here to help. Call today for a free consultation.

Multiple Diabetes Drugs Linked to Serious Health Complications

by Staff Blogger | June 25th, 2018

Type 2 diabetes can be a debilitating health condition that can cause a wide variety of complications, including stroke, kidney disease, and high blood pressure.

There are many drugs designed to help people with Type 2 diabetes manage their blood sugar levels, but several are linked to serious health problems of their own.

Those drugs include:

  • Onglyza®
  • Byetta®
  • Januvia®
  • Janumet®
  • Tradjenta®
  • Victoza®
  • Invokana®
  • Invokamet®

Some of the dangerous conditions linked to those drugs include an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer, heart failure, and ketoacidosis—a condition that causes high levels of acid to buildup in the body.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know that Type 2 diabetes medications can be lifechanging and even life-saving for many patients, but we also know that there have been many reports and studies linking them to severe health complications.

It’s important to never stop taking a medication without first speaking to your doctor, but if you suspect that you’ve been injured by a drug, including any of the Type 2 diabetes medications listed above, getting in touch with a California drug injury lawyer can help you protect your rights to compensation.

Contact us today for a free consultation, and let us put our years of experience to work for you.

What Types of Compensation Are Available for Nursing Home Abuse Victims?

by Staff Blogger | June 18th, 2018

When residents of nursing homes are abused or neglected, their rights, their dignity, and their trust are violated. In addition, they may face serious physical and mental complications, including abuse-related injuries, worsening of health conditions, and psychological problems like depression and anxiety.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California nursing home abuse attorneys have seen the devastation that occurs when nursing home providers, healthcare professionals, and staff members are negligent or intentionally abusive. It’s our goal to not only bring the issue to light, but to also help victims and their families get maximum compensation for what they’ve experienced.

The types of compensation that nursing home victims and their families often receive at the conclusion of their claims include:

  • Medical expenses—Many nursing home residents have health conditions that require medication, rehabilitation, or frequent monitoring and intervention to treat and stabilize. When residents are abused or neglected, their conditions may rapidly worsen, and they may require more intensive care, which can be expensive. We fight to help residents and their families get money to cover additional medical bills related to improper care.
  • Pain and suffering—It’s hard to put a price tag on the suffering that’s caused when nursing home employees abuse or neglect patients, but it’s also an act that needs to be considered and compensated when claims are filed. If your loved one experienced pain, anguish, and reduced quality of life, we’ll make sure their experience is considered if we file a claim on their behalf.

Nursing homes are often well protected from legal action, and it takes an experienced and dedicated legal team to tip the scales in the favor of victims and their families. Call today for a free consultation to find out how we may be able to help.

2 Steps to Take After a Defective Product Injury

by Staff Blogger | June 11th, 2018

With the number of governmental agencies regulating products and safety standards that product manufacturers must follow before releasing goods to the general public, most people assume that the items they buy are safe to use.

While that’s true for most products, a large number of potentially dangerous products slip through the cracks each year and pose serious risks to the people who buy them and anyone who uses them.

In addition to several medical devices, including joint replacements, birth control implants, and heart-related devices, ordinary consumer products can also be dangerous. A few examples include e-cigarettes and their potential to cause explosions and burns and weed killers and their potential to cause illnesses and even cancer.

If you or someone you love get hurt by a defective product, you can help protect your rights by taking the following steps:

  1. Get medical attention. Many defective product injuries can cause serious complications, while others can be potentially life-threatening. Getting evaluated by a healthcare professional can help stabilize your health, rule out dangerous complications, and get you on the path to recovery. It will also create valuable evidence for your claim that links your health problems to your use of the product in question.
  2. Get a California defective product lawyer. Without a lawyer on your side, you may be on your own when it comes to paying for expensive medical bills and incurring significant income losses that often occur after defective product injuries. It’s our goal to help you get the compensation you deserve for what you’ve been through.

Get in touch with Berg Injury Lawyers today. Just fill out a free consultation form to find out how we may be able to help.

Summer Road Trip Safety Tips

by Staff Blogger | June 4th, 2018

The unofficial start of summer is here, and the official beginning is only a few weeks away. For many families, that means it’s time to prepare for the annual summer vacation—and that often involves a road trip.

California is a great place for road trips, as there are countless sights to see and things to experience both in the state and in nearby areas. But it’s important to remember that road trips pose new and unique risks for drivers, especially when they’re not used to driving long distances with multiple passengers on board.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California auto accident lawyers know that one of the the best ways to prevent serious accidents is to be aware of their most common causes and the most effective safe driving tips and techniques.

You can reduce your family’s risks this summer by following these suggestions:

  • Stop if you feel sleepy, drowsy, or fatigued. Driving while drowsy is a serious problem that is linked to serious accidents. Drivers on road trips often feel the need to push themselves to drive for long stretches of time, but doing so can be dangerous. If you feel tired, pull over and rest or switch drivers.
  • Reduce or eliminate distractions as much as possible. Road trips can be far more distracting than ordinary trips, especially when children are passengers in your vehicle. You can reduce the potential for distractions by keeping kids occupied with games, activities, and devices.

Unfortunately, not all drivers will follow these tips over the summer. If you or someone you love get hurt in a crash that wasn’t your fault, we’re here to help. Call today for a free consultation.

Who Can Be Held Responsible for Truck Accidents?

by Staff Blogger | May 28th, 2018

The injuries that victims suffer during truck accidents have the potential to be more severe than those caused during crashes involving cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs. That’s because big trucks weigh significantly more than passenger vehicles—up to 80,000 pounds—and because they can reach lengths of nearly 70 feet.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know how devastating truck accidents are for victims and their families. A single accident can change multiple lives forever, especially when it causes lifelong disability. Our California truck accident attorneys are dedicated to fighting for the rights of innocent victims and their abilities to pursue compensation for medical bills and lost wages.

To accomplish that, we must first identify who was at fault for crashes. Unlike passenger vehicle accidents, truck accidents can have multiple liable parties, including:

  • Truck drivers—Truck drivers must follow not only the “standard” rules of the road, such as not speeding and not driving while intoxicated, but they also must follow rules concerning rest and time off periods.
  • Truck companies—Companies that use trucks to transport goods must abide by strict regulations concerning weight limits and loading practices, including making sure loads are evenly distributed.
  • Truck owners—Sometimes trucks aren’t owned by either drivers or the companies that use them. Truck owners must maintain their vehicles as required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

In addition, drivers of other passenger vehicles can also be considered responsible if they initiated a sequence of events that caused a big truck to be involved in a crash.

Get the help you and your loved ones deserve after your truck accident. Call us today for a free consultation.

Stay Safe on Your Boat This Memorial Day Weekend

by Staff Blogger | May 21st, 2018

Memorial Day is Monday, May 28, and that means this upcoming weekend is one of the biggest boating weekends of the year. If you’re a boat owner, you may already have plans to spend the day on the water. But with so many other vessels around, it’s important to keep a few important safety tips in mind throughout the day, including:

  • Don’t operate your boat after consuming alcohol. Safe boating requires a sober mind and body. As with driving a vehicle, safely operating a boat and consuming alcohol just don’t mix. California’s legal limit for alcohol intoxication while operating a boat is 0.08 percent—the same as it is for driving a car, truck, or SUV.
  • Avoid distractions while your boat is in motion. Boating is a social activity, and it’s common for boat owners to have multiple passengers on their boats when they take them out into the water. But the more passengers you have, the greater your risk of being distracted. When you’re operating your boat, stay focused on where you’re going and getting there as safely as possible.
  • Stay home if the weather or water aren’t cooperating. Boating can be dangerous during inclement weather or in choppy and rough water. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and tide conditions before you head out on your boat, and if conditions look too rough, stay home—it could save your life.

If you or someone you love were injured in a boating accident, the California boat accident lawyers at Berg Injury Lawyers are here to help. Call today for a free consultation.

Avoid These Common Post-Auto Accident Mistakes

by Staff Blogger | May 14th, 2018

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California car accident attorneys are always ready to begin building injury claims on behalf of victims like you. And while we strive to take over every aspect of claims so that our clients can focus on their recoveries and spending time with their families, we also know that the things victims do in the minutes, hours, and days after their crashes can affect their chances of getting compensation.

Avoiding a few common mistakes after your crash can make a big difference in the strength of your claim. Those mistakes include:

  • Admitting fault for the crash—Whether you’re speaking to a police officer at the accident scene, the other driver, an insurance adjuster, or even posting on social media, admitting fault for your crash at any time can jeopardize your ability to pursue compensation. Even if evidence later proves you weren’t at fault, you still may be unable to get the money you deserve.
  • Waiting too long to see a doctor—Ideally, you should see a doctor or go to the hospital right away after an auto accident. In addition to receiving medical attention to treat your injuries and rule out serious complications, your visit will also create a medical record that can serve as valuable evidence for your claim.

You should also never exaggerate or downplay your injuries or wait too long to contact an experienced law firm, as the statute of limitations for filing a claim may run out.

Get the help you deserve today. Call our office for a free consultation to find out how we can help.