3 Steps to Take After an Auto Accident

by Staff Blogger | September 24th, 2018

Car crashes are ranked as one of the most traumatic experiences that a person can endure. Unfortunately, almost everyone will be involved in at least one or two car accidents in their lives—including drivers who always follow traffic laws.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California car accident attorneys are here to help anyone who was hurt in a crash that was caused by someone else’s negligence. But we can only help victims after they contact us. That’s why we believe it’s important for drivers throughout the Golden State to know what steps to take after crashes to best protect their health and their rights to compensation.

The three essential steps that all crash victims should take include:

  1. Calling 911—Getting in touch with emergency responders immediately after a crash accomplishes two things: it makes it easier for you and other victims to get medical treatment, and it creates an official police record of the crash.
  2. Getting medical attention—Whether you travel to the hospital right away via ambulance or you visit a doctor soon after the accident, getting treated by medical professionals helps address any injuries right away and creates a medical record of your injuries and their severity.
  3. Contacting a lawyer—The police have created a report of the crash and your injuries have been treated. Now it’s time to get legal representation on your side. The insurance company is already building its case against you, but a lawyer may be able to help you level the playing the field.

We’re ready to take your call and start fighting for your rights. Call today for a free consultation.

How Does Nursing Home Negligence Lead to Abuse and Neglect?

by Staff Blogger | September 17th, 2018

The owners and administrators of nursing homes in California and throughout the country have a big responsibility. They’re in charge of making sure millions of residents get the medical care and day-to-day living assistance they need around the clock. Nursing homes are big business, and it can cost tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars per year for residents to live in them.

The profits that nursing home owners and administrators make off of residents and their families isn’t always enough, however. To maximize profits, some nursing homes take the following shortcuts:

  • Negligent hiring practices—People who work with residents who are elderly and suffering from serious illnesses should be thoroughly vetted and have spotless backgrounds. But some nursing homes hire people with records of criminal activities, violence, theft, and more in an effort to save time and money. Those hiring practices put residents at risk.
  • Understaffing—There should be plenty of staff members available to handle all manner of needs and requests from residents at nursing homes. However, payroll costs can be significant to nursing home owners and administrators, and that can lead to some intentional understaffing, making it more difficult for residents to get the attention they need.
  • Inadequate training—Caring for nursing home residents requires patience and plenty of hands-on training. But training programs can be expensive. Some nursing homes have little to no formal training for employees, which means residents’ well-being and lives may be in the hands of unqualified staff members.

If you suspect that your loved one was harmed in a nursing home, call the California nursing home abuse attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.

Traumatic Brain Injuries Deserve Aggressive Legal Representation

by Staff Blogger | September 10th, 2018

If you or someone you love recently suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), you may be facing a difficult battle over the coming months, years, and even decades. That’s because TBIs have the potential to affect every aspect of victims’ lives, including their ability to work and even live independently.

Because the brain is far less capable of healing and regeneration than other organs and tissues in the body, all TBIs have the potential to cause profound and lifelong consequences for victims. The medical bills and rehabilitation costs associated with TBIs can be overwhelming for many families, especially when victims are primary income earners and can no longer earn the paychecks their loved ones depend on.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California brain injury lawyers know how serious TBIs can be and their potential for affecting families for years to come. That’s why we do everything in our power to help victims get maximum compensation for all of their TBI-related expenses, including current and future medical bills, current and future lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Whether the TBI was caused by a car accident, a defective product, a work-related accident, or another type of accident that was the result of someone else’s negligence, you can count on our legal team to provide the experienced and dedicated representation you deserve.

Call us today for a free consultation. We’re here to help you move forward with your life.

Boating Season Isn’t Over, and We’re Still Here to Help

by Staff Blogger | September 5th, 2018

Labor Day has come and gone, and for many people, that spells the unofficial end of summer. But warm weather and pleasant boating days will remain in the Bay Area for many more weeks. If you’re planning on taking your boat out, it’s important to be cautious and prepared for emergencies.

A few things you can do to reduce your risks on the water include:

  • Never operating your boat after drinking alcohol—Driving a boat while intoxicated is just as serious and dangerous as driving a vehicle while impaired. If you plan on drinking, appoint a designated driver for your boat or leave it at the dock.
  • Not heading out when visibility will be reduced—One component of safe boating is being able to see where you’re going. When visibility is reduced due to rain or fog, you’re more likely to be involved in a serious boating accident.
  • Stocking your boat with necessary safety equipment—By law, you’re required to have life jackets for every person onboard your boat. You should also have a throwable floatation device that can be used in the event of an emergency. A fire extinguisher, a distress flag, and a radio or cell phone are also essential to call for help if necessary.

Unfortunately, you can still be involved in a boating accident even when you take all the right precautions. If you or someone you love were hurt on the water due to someone else’s negligence, the California boat accident attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers are here to help. Call us today for a free consultation.

2 Common Mistakes That Can Jeopardize Personal Injury Claims

by Staff Blogger | August 27th, 2018

Whether you’ve been hurt in a car accident, injured by a defective product, or harmed by a prescription medication, you’re likely facing expensive medical bills that you may be unable to afford.

Filing a compensation claim can help you recoup some or all of the accident-related expenses you’ve incurred, including medical costs and lost wages. However, insurance companies are often reluctant to pay settlements to victims, especially when victims make mistakes after their accidents.

Two of the most common mistakes that can harm victims’ chances of getting the money they deserve include:

  1. Not getting immediate medical attention—If you suffer an injury or develop an illness, it’s vital that you see a doctor or visit a hospital right away. Your health should always be your biggest priority. In addition to protecting your well-being, seeing a healthcare professional right away also creates a medical record of your injury or illness, and that can be used as proof that you were harmed by another person’s or party’s negligence.
  2. Waiting too long to call a lawyer—After you’ve been treated for your injury or illness, get in touch with a law firm as soon as possible. Evidence can quickly disappear and statutes of limitations can expire, making it impossible to file a claim. In addition, insurance companies often view late claims with more skepticism, and that can create additional challenges for victims like you.

Don’t wait another day to get the legal representation you deserve. Call the California personal injury attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.

You Shouldn’t Have to Pay out of Pocket for a Dog Bite Injury

by Staff Blogger | August 20th, 2018

Dogs are becoming accepted and allowed in more and more public places. It’s not uncommon to see dogs in stores, restaurants, and even at workplaces.

While most dogs are friendly, any dog can bite without warning—even if they’ve never acted out in an aggressive manner in the past. That’s why local ordinances throughout California require that dog owners keep their pets on leashes or in enclosures when other people are around.

Unfortunately, some dog owners either fail to abide by those requirements or they allow their dogs to get too close to others. When that happens, the risk of an attack increases, especially when dogs are frightened or stressed.

If you or someone you love were bitten by a dog, you know how painful the injury can be. Dogs have long, sharp teeth that can severely damage skin and nerves and cause severe blood loss. The puncture wounds their teeth inflict can also result in severe infection.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California dog bite lawyers believe that innocent victims like you shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket for their own dog bite-related expenses. That’s why we do everything we can to help our clients get full compensation for medical bills and lost wages after dog bite injuries.

You didn’t provoke the attack, and you shouldn’t have to suffer the financial consequences of it. Call us today for a free consultation to find out how we may be able to help you.

What Compensation Is Available for Truck Accident Victims?

by Staff Blogger | August 13th, 2018

All auto accidents have the potential to cause disabling and even life-threatening injuries, but truck accidents are often in a league of their own. That’s because fully-loaded big trucks can weigh 10 times the amount that even the biggest SUVs and pickup trucks weigh. The weight and sheer size difference mean that collisions between tractor-trailers and ordinary passenger vehicles frequently result in serious injuries and even fatalities.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California truck accident lawyers have spent many years fighting for the rights of people who were hurt in truck crashes that weren’t their fault. Although the trucking industry is tightly regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the drivers, companies, and owners in the industry want to maximize their profits. That means regulations are sometimes violated at the expense of safety.

When people are hurt in truck accidents, they face long roads to recovery and many expenses that they might not be able to afford. It’s our legal team’s job to help victims get the money they deserve for things like:

  • Medical bills—Truck accident victims often require immediate medical attention. Some need surgery just to survive, while others may need prolonged physical rehabilitation to regain coordination and fine motor skills.
  • Lost wages—The injuries associated with truck accidents are often disabling, and that means victims may be unable to work for long periods of time. And when they’re not working, they’re not earning the wages they and their loved ones depend on.

If you or someone you love were hurt in a truck accident, we want to help. Call today for a free consultation.

What Should You Do if You Suspect Your Medical Device Is Defective?

by Staff Blogger | August 6th, 2018

Medical devices are designed to help people by treating their health conditions and improving their mobility and range of motion.

But like all products, they’re subject to quality control issues—and that means some units can be defective and even dangerous.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California defective product lawyers know that thousands of patients undergo procedures to have medical devices implanted or installed in their bodies every year. And while many of those patients experience only minor side effects, others may experience devastating complications that can be life-threatening.

If you or someone you love received a medical device and you believe that it may be defective, it’s important to take the following two steps right away:

  • Call your doctor. Getting in touch with your doctor on the phone or in person and explaining your symptoms and any complications you’re experiencing is a vital step. Your doctor can examine you and determine whether your medical device is defective and what steps you might need to take to correct the issue.
  • Call a lawyer. If it’s determined that your medical device is defective, you may need revision surgery and other invasive treatments that are expensive and could put you out of work. Getting compensated for what you’ve been through requires evidence and a proactive mindset, and that’s why calling a lawyer right away can be beneficial.

Defective medical device injuries are serious and can even be fatal. Don’t wait to get the legal help you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation.

Why Do You Need a Lawyer to Help with Your SSD Benefits Claim?

by Staff Blogger | July 30th, 2018

When you’re unable to go back to work, you’re supposed to be eligible to get compensation via the Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits program. But the Social Security Administration (SSA) makes it difficult for injured workers to get the money they deserve—and if you’re unfamiliar with the filing process, having a lawyer on your side can be extremely beneficial.

The burden of proof for injured workers is heavy when they’re applying for SSD benefits. And in some cases, proving you were hurt at work and can’t return to your job isn’t enough. Even minor mistakes are known to jeopardize otherwise strong claims, leaving injured workers and their families scrambling to keep their heads above water.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California Social Security Disability lawyers want to maximize your chances of getting the money you deserve by taking the following steps:

  • We’ll present evidence that supports your claim. The SSA is skeptical of most claims by default. Saying that you were hurt at work—even if your employer agrees—isn’t enough to get your claim approved. We’ll collect evidence that proves the on-the-job accident occurred and that the injuries you suffered are severe enough to keep you out of work for the foreseeable future.
  • We’ll make sure your claim is error-free and submitted on time. The SSA wants benefits claims to be complete, accurate, and submitted on time. But when you’re injured, it can be difficult to comply with those strict requirements. Let us handle the paperwork on your behalf. We know the SSA’s system, and we know what it takes to file a successful claim.

Don’t risk not getting the benefits you earned during your career. Call us today for a free consultation.

2 Reasons to Call a Lawyer Right Away After an Auto Accident

by Staff Blogger | July 23rd, 2018

If you were recently hurt in a car crash, you’re probably under a lot of stress and trying to juggle several different things at once, including getting medical treatment and planning when you can return to work.

But one of the most important things you can do after an accident that wasn’t your fault is contact an experienced California car accident lawyer—and the sooner you do it, the better.

While personal injury claims in California are still valid up to two years after the date of the accidents, you should never wait that long to get a law firm on your side. In fact, you should consider calling a lawyer within days—if not hours—of the crash to maximize your chances of getting compensation.

Here’s why:

  1. Evidence can quickly disappear. To get the money you deserve, you or your lawyer must prove to the insurance company that you weren’t at fault for the crash. Evidence, including crash scene debris, traffic camera footage, or witness statements, can help support your case. But the longer you wait to call a lawyer, the more difficult it will be to obtain that evidence.
  2. The insurance company will have more time to build a case against you. Insurance companies don’t want to pay out big settlements, even to innocent victims. That’s why they have teams of adjusters who work hard to reduce or deny claims. The longer you wait to get a lawyer, the more of a head start you give the insurance company.

Berg Injury Lawyers is ready to take your call to find out how we may be able to fight for your rights. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation.