Be Safe on Your Boat This Summer

by Staff Blogger | May 6th, 2019

We’re only a few weeks away from Memorial Day weekend, which marks the unofficial start of summer. And with plenty of warm weather and sunshine on the way, boating season will be in full swing.

If you’re planning on taking your boat out on the water in the coming weeks and months, it’s important to stay cautious to protect yourself, your passengers, and other people enjoying California’s oceans, rivers, and lakes.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind before your first summer boat outing:

  • Make sure your boat is equipped with required safety gear—You should have one life jacket per passenger for every trip. You should also have multiple flotation devices that can be thrown into the water to retrieve passengers who fall overboard.
  • Don’t drink and boat—Many people who would never get behind the wheels of their vehicles after drinking will combine alcohol with boating. Driving a boat while impaired is just as dangerous as driving a car, truck, or SUV. If you’re going to consume alcohol, stay on land or appoint a designated driver for your boat.
  • Turn on your lights—The Bay Area is notorious for fog, and it can roll in and out at a moment’s notice. Visibility is key for boating safety, and that means making sure your lights are on when you’re out on the water.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we’re here to help anyone who gets injured this summer in a boating accident that wasn’t their fault. Call our California boat accident attorneys today for a free consultation.

3 Reasons to Get a Lawyer After a Motorcycle Accident

by Staff Blogger | April 29th, 2019

If you were recently injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be too hurt to go back to work. And when you’re not working, you’re not earning the paychecks your family depends on. That can make it difficult to pay for your day-to-day living expenses, let alone your expensive medical bills.

To make matters worse, the injuries associated with motorcycle accidents are often painful and debilitating. Your priority right now is trying to get better—but you know you need help with your injury-related expenses. That’s where we come in.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California motorcycle accident attorneys are here to help you in three important ways:

  1. We’ll collect evidence to determine who was at fault—Insurance companies are often biased against motorcycle accident victims. But even the most biased adjusters can’t argue with cold, hard evidence—and that’s what we’ll collect when we build your claim.
  2. We’ll calculate how much money you’re owed—Because motorcycle accident injuries can be life-threatening, the medical treatments you need may be expensive. In addition, you may be out of work for weeks, months, or even years. Let us calculate exactly how much money you deserve.
  3. We’ll negotiate to get you fair compensation—After we’ve established the accident wasn’t your fault and how much money your claim is worth, we’ll negotiate with the insurance company to get you paid. And if the insurance company won’t cooperate, we won’t hesitate to take your case to trial.

Contact us today for a free consultation, and let us get to work for you.

Settlement Offer After a Crash? Don’t Accept It Without Talking to a Lawyer.

by Staff Blogger | April 24th, 2019

If you were recently injured in an auto accident, there’s a good chance the other driver’s insurance company knows about it. Insurance companies are always looking for ways to increase their profits, and that means paying victims like you as little as possible after crashes.  

Because auto accident victims often face expensive medical bills and a prolonged time away from work, they know that getting money fast is one of their top priorities. Unfortunately, insurance companies take advantage of that fact by offering victims settlements that aren’t nearly enough to cover all of their injury-related expenses.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California auto accident attorneys are here to protect you from the insurance company’s tricks and tactics. We can calculate how much your claim is worth, and it’s our goal to help you get every dollar that you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation.

3 Reasons to Not Immediately Accept the Insurance Company’s Initial Offer

If the insurance company offers you a settlement soon after your crash, you shouldn’t accept it without consulting a lawyer first for the following reasons:

  1. It may not cover your expenses—The insurance company knows you need money now, but it may not factor in your future injury-related expenses.
  2. You may be unable to pursue additional compensation—If you accept the insurance company’s offer, you may be locked out from filing a claim for more money down the road.
  3. It’s important to get a second opinion—Even if the amount the insurance company is offering seems fair, it’s essential to have an experienced attorney look over it to make sure that accepting it is in your best interests.

Our California car accident attorneys know that insurance companies are out to protect their own profits—not give victims the money they deserve. Don’t be a victim for a second time after your crash. Contact Berg Injury Lawyers today to find out how we may be able to help.

What Should You Do if You Were Hurt in a Crash Caused by Someone You Know?

by Staff Blogger | April 23rd, 2019

Filing injury claims against negligent drivers is common for people who are hurt in crashes that weren’t their fault. But when those negligent drivers are their friends or family members, they’re often much less likely to pursue compensation.

If you were recently hurt in a crash that was caused by a friend or loved one, it’s important to speak to a California auto accident lawyer about your options. You’re likely facing significant accident-related expenses, including medical bills and lost wages, but you may be hesitant to move forward.  

Our lawyers want to help you make the right decisions during this difficult time. It’s our goal to  help you review your options and decide on the best course of action to make sure you’re fairly compensated. Contact Berg Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.  

3 Steps to Take After a Crash

It’s important to act fast after a crash, even if it was caused by a friend or family member. Three vital steps to your recovery and your rights to compensation include:

  1. Call 911—Calling 911 dispatches police officers and emergency responders to your location. The responding officers will create an official report of the crash, while the paramedics will provide aid to anyone who is injured.
  2. Get medical attention—Regardless of whether you get treated at the scene or you don’t think you are seriously injured, it’s still important to see a doctor soon after the crash. In addition to creating a medical report, it will also help rule out internal injuries.
  3. Call a lawyer—Evidence quickly disappears after crashes, making it more difficult for victims to get the compensation they need. The sooner you contact us after your accident, the better.

We know that filing a compensation claim against a friend or loved one can be an uncomfortable and stressful experience. Our legal team is ready to handle your case with the sensitivity it deserves, and we’ll make sure you know all your options when it comes to getting the money you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation.

Bitten by an Unrestrained Dog? You May Be Eligible for Compensation.

by Staff Blogger | April 22nd, 2019

Dog owners in California are supposed to keep their pets leashed and restrained in public and on their properties. When they fail to do so, they can injure innocent victims—even if they have no previous history of aggression.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California dog bite lawyers know how serious dog attacks can be for victims. Dogs can have sharp teeth that can damage skin, blood vessels, muscles, tendons, and nerves. Victims often experience debilitating effects after bites, including reduced mobility, disability, and even life-threatening infections and blood loss.

If you or someone you love was bitten by an unrestrained dog, you deserve maximum compensation. You may be facing expensive medical bills for everything from overnight hospital stays and surgeries to prescription medications and physical rehabilitation. We believe that innocent victims like you shouldn’t have to pay for dog bite-related expenses out of pocket when owners are negligent and allow their pets to roam freely.

In addition to serious health complications, dog bites can also result in permanent disability. Victims may have nerve damage and lose the use of affected digits and limbs, making it difficult or impossible for them to do their jobs. That means they miss out on wages both while they’re in the hospital and long after they get released.

Get in touch with us to find out how we may be able to help you get the money you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.

3 Reasons Auto Accident Claims Get Denied

by Staff Blogger | April 17th, 2019

Car crashes result in serious injuries and big medical bills. Many victims are unable to go back to work for long periods of time, and when they’re not working, they’re not earning the paychecks they need for their day-to-day living expenses.  

Auto insurance providers are supposed to step in and provide compensation for victims after accidents that weren’t their fault, but that doesn’t always happen. In fact, insurance companies are often more concerned with their own profits than giving fair settlements to innocent victims. That means valid claims frequently get reduced or even denied.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we believe that victims should get the money they deserve when they get injured by negligent drivers. If you were hurt in a crash that wasn’t your fault, don’t leave your financial recovery up to the insurance company’s whims. Contact our California auto accident attorneys today for a free consultation.  

Insurance Companies Often Look for These Mistakes and Oversights

Insurance companies and the adjusters who work for them are always on the lookout for reasons to deny claims, including:

  1. Discrepancies or changes in injury reports—Victims should always be honest about their injuries. Exaggerating the severity of their injuries or changing their stories later can result in their claims being denied by insurance companies.
  2. Waiting too long to get medical treatment—Insurance companies assume that injured victims will seek immediate medical attention. When victims wait too long to get treated, adjusters may believe that their injuries aren’t serious or are pre-existing.
  3. Lack of evidence—Evidence can help prove that victims are innocent and that other drivers were negligent in the moments leading up to crashes. When evidence is lacking or non-existent, insurance companies are less likely to give victims compensation.

Having an experienced law firm on your side can help you avoid those missteps. Don’t risk your claim getting reduced or denied. Contact Berg Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation, and let us fight for your rights to maximum compensation.

Don’t Let the VA Deny You the Disability Benefits You Deserve

by Staff Blogger | April 15th, 2019

If you served in the U.S. Armed Forces, you’re supposed to be eligible to receive a variety of benefits, including compensation if you get sick or injured in the line of duty. But as many veterans already know, getting approved for those benefits by the Veterans Administration (VA) isn’t easy.

The VA has strict criteria for approving disability benefits claims, and many valid claims slip through the cracks and get denied every year. Whether it’s due to small oversights, missing paperwork, or even processing errors, a significant number of veterans lose out on their chance to get the money they deserve.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we believe that all veterans are entitled to the benefits they were promised when they pledged to serve our country. If you or someone you love is seeking disability benefits after suffering an injury or illness while in the U.S. military, our California veterans disability lawyers want to speak with you.

When you choose us to help you with your claim, we can collect evidence that proves your disability is linked to your military service, and then we’ll build a claim that maximizes your chances of approval. Our legal team knows the ins and outs of the VA’s approval process, and that means we know what it takes to make sure your claim is properly reviewed.

Contact us today for a free consultation, and let us put our experience and resources to work for your family.

Get the Facts on Distracted Driving

by Staff Blogger | April 10th, 2019

What Should You Do If a Medication You Take Is Recalled?

by Staff Blogger | April 8th, 2019

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) frequently reviews safety data concerning all types of medication. When it finds results that indicate certain medications may pose dangers to patients, it may recommend that the manufacturers of those medications recall their products from pharmacy and hospital shelves. However, recalls don’t always happen, and even when they do, recalled medications may still be distributed to patients or remain in patients’ medicine cabinets.

You can stay up to date on medication recalls by checking the FDA’s safety alert page. The page includes a search function, allowing you to find out if a medication you’re currently taking or were just prescribed is subject to a recall. If so, it’s important to take the following steps:

  • Determine if your medication is part of the recall—Make sure the brand name and manufacturer of the recalled medication match the brand name and manufacturer of the medication you’re taking. In some cases, even that doesn’t mean your medication has been recalled, as certain batches of medications may be subject to recalls, while other batches aren’t.
  • Don’t stop taking your medication without talking to your doctor—Although some recalls are due to serious defects that can pose threats to patients, many are due to minor errors such as improper labeling. In addition, it may be more dangerous for you to stop taking your medication than to continue taking it, even if it’s linked to health problems.

If you or someone you love was hurt by a defective medication, the California drug injury attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers are here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Wrongful Death Claims Require Experienced Legal Representation

by Staff Blogger | April 1st, 2019

If you recently lost a loved one because of another person’s or party’s negligence, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for your family’s expenses, including medical bills and lost wages. However, wrongful death claims are often difficult to prove, and they require plenty of evidence and persistence. Getting a successful outcome is hard for many families, especially when they’re still grieving the loss of a loved one.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California wrongful death lawyers know what you’re going through. We have many years of experience building successful claims for families like yours, and it’s our goal to take some of the stress of this difficult time off your shoulders while you focus on moving forward with your life. When you choose us to handle your claim, we’ll take the following steps on your behalf:

  • We’ll collect evidence that proves your loved one’s death was negligence-related—Whether your loved one suffered fatal injuries in an accident or suffered health problems due to medical malpractice or a defective product, we’ll collect evidence that definitively proves his or her cause of death was preventable.
  • We’ll determine how much money you’re owed and fight to help you get it—You may be facing expensive medical bills and funeral costs that you can’t afford, especially if your loved one was the primary income earner in your household. We’ll calculate how much money you deserve, and then we’ll negotiate with the insurance company to get you every penny you’re owed.

Call us today for a free consultation. We’re ready to put our experience to work for your family.