Who Are You Actually Suing?

by Staff Blogger | September 23rd, 2019

If you were injured because of someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation by making a personal injury claim. However, you may be hesitant to take legal action, as you may be worried about the ramifications on the person who caused the accident.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know that choosing to pursue damages after an injury can be a difficult decision for you and your loved ones—especially if the at-fault party is someone you know, such as a friend, family member, or coworker.

When we take on your claim, we’ll handle it with the sensitivity and confidentiality it deserves while working to maximize your compensation. Contact our California accident lawyers today for a free consultation.

The 2 Sources of Compensation for Victims After Injuries

Personal injury claims are often complex, and it’s not uncommon for victims to pursue multiple avenues of compensation. When we build injury claims for victims like you, we seek compensation from the following:

  1. The at-fault parties’ insurance providers—In the vast majority of personal injury claims, victims collect compensation from insurance companies—not the people or parties who caused their accidents. That’s why auto accident coverage is required in all 50 states.
  2. The at-fault parties themselves—In a small number of cases, at-fault parties may have to pay out of pocket for victims’ expenses. For example, drivers who don’t carry auto insurance may have to personally pay victims compensation for causing accidents.

No two personal injury claims are alike, and factors like insurance coverage, who’s at fault, the amount of compensation needed, and the type of injury can all impact damages and how victims get paid.

We Know How to Build Strong Claims That Get Results

Insurance companies want to protect their profits, and companies and individuals may deny responsibility altogether after accidents. That means compiling convincing evidence can be difficult, let alone getting the money you deserve, when you try to pursue compensation on your own.

When you contact our firm, we’ll investigate your injury, determine who was responsible, and plan the most effective way to get you every penny you deserve. Contact us today.


What to Tell Your College Student About Drunk Driving

by Staff Blogger | September 18th, 2019

Driving under the influence of alcohol is one of the biggest causes of fatal accidents in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 10,500 people died in alcohol-related crashes in 2016 alone, accounting for almost 30% of all traffic-related fatalities that year.

Young people, including college students, are the most at risk for drunk driving-related accidents and deaths at all levels of intoxication. To combat the problem, all 50 states have made it illegal for drivers under the age of 21 to get behind the wheel after consuming any amount of alcohol. While stricter alcohol laws have helped curb intoxication-related accidents and deaths among young people, they haven’t eliminated the problem.

How You Can Get Involved as a Parent

As a parent, it can be difficult for you to monitor your child’s behavior, especially if they’re living across the state or even across the country while attending college. However, there are still a few important steps you can take to reduce your child’s risks of being involved in an alcohol-related accident:

  1. Talk about the consequences of intoxicated driving—Not everyone who drives while impaired will be involved in a crash, but they may get pulled over and arrested. Make sure your child understands the consequences of a DUI charge, including fines, mandatory jail time, loss of license, loss of scholarship, and more.
  2. Discuss alternate methods of transportation—There’s no excuse for anyone, including college students, to drive drunk in 2019. Talk to your child about how to get home safely after drinking, including rideshare apps, appointing a designated driver, using public transportation, or even calling you or another family member to pick them up.
  3. Set a good example—In addition to never drinking and driving yourself, it’s also important to be firm when it comes to alcohol. Never serve alcohol to your child or their friends if they’re underage or planning on driving.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, it’s our goal to fight for the rights of people who were hurt in crashes. If you or your child were involved in an auto accident, contact our California car accident lawyers today for a free consultation.

We Help Disabled Veterans Get the Benefits They Earned

by Staff Blogger | September 16th, 2019

As a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, you pledged to serve your country, even if it meant putting your life in danger. In return, you were supposed to receive benefits and privileges, including access to disability payments if you became sick or injured during your service. Unfortunately, the Veterans Administration (VA) has strict criteria for approving veterans disability claims, and that means many otherwise valid claims fall through the cracks every year.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California veterans disability attorneys know that far too many dedicated and hardworking veterans are denied by the VA when they apply for benefits after suffering service-related injuries and illnesses. The VA is a huge organization with a massive backlog of applications, and once you’re denied, it can seem hopeless that you’ll ever get a second chance.

Our team is here to help veterans like you maximize their chances of success by building strong claims the first time around. We also know how to navigate the VA’s system to ensure your appeal will be heard and reviewed if you’ve already been rejected.

Filing your initial claim or appeal on your own can be like rolling the dice. Some applicants get lucky and are quickly approved, while others wait for months or even years to hear a decision, only to be turned down. Don’t risk the benefits you’ve earned—let us investigate your service-related health problems and build a strong claim for you and your loved ones. Call today for a free consultation.

It’s Child Passenger Safety Week

by Staff Blogger | September 16th, 2019

Car accidents can be scary and stressful, but when a child is the car, they have even more potential to be devastating. The best way to protect your child in an accident is by making sure they are securely buckled into their car seat every time you get in a car, but when kids are growing and seat designs are changing, it can be difficult to know which to use or how to use it.  

Join us September 15-21 for National Child Passenger Safety Week 2019 by accessing the guide below for key information you need to know to keep your children safe in your vehicle.   

Why Do You Need a Lawyer After Suffering a Drug Injury?

by Staff Blogger | September 9th, 2019

Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are supposed to make you feel better. But for some people, taking a new medication—or even a medication they’ve taken for years—can suddenly result in them suffering serious and even life-threatening complications. When that happens, it’s called a drug injury, and it’s often the result of negligence.

Drug companies are required to thoroughly test their medications and to alert the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to all possible side effects and complications. But when adverse effects are particularly dangerous, the FDA may deny those companies approval to put their medications on the market. Because drug companies spend billions of dollars researching and developing new drugs, they’re often desperate to get them on the market—and that sometimes results in hiding serious side effects from the FDA.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we fight for the rights of people who were harmed because of others’ negligence. Whether it’s a driver on the road or a huge pharmaceutical company, we hold negligent parties accountable when their actions or inactions cause others to suffer harm. If you or someone you love took a prescription or over-the-counter medication and suffered serious health problems or injuries, you deserve compensation, and our California drug injury lawyers want to help you get it.

Drug companies are well protected when it comes to litigation and compensation claims, but we know how to build cases that get results. Don’t let the money you deserve slip away. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Do You Need a Lawyer for a Wrongful Death Claim?

by Staff Blogger | September 2nd, 2019

If you recently lost a loved one because of another person’s or party’s negligence, you’re not just grieving your family’s loss—you’re probably also worried about how you’ll keep your heads above water. The death of a loved one isn’t just a traumatic experience, but also one that can make it difficult for families financially due to lost income. And when they’re already facing medical bills and funeral costs, the expenses may simply be too much for surviving family members to bear.

You can file a wrongful death claim if your loved one’s death was preventable, but getting compensation isn’t easy. The responsible party’s insurance company will work hard to reduce or deny your claim, and if you don’t have experience in these types of lawsuits, you may be unable to fight back effectively. In addition, insurance companies are adept at finding ways to get claimants to jeopardize their own claims via lengthy and confusing paperwork, leading questions, and arbitrary time limits.

Having an experienced California wrongful death lawyer on your side can help you avoid these potential pitfalls. At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know the tactics insurance companies use to get out of paying surviving family members the money they deserve, and we’ll work hard to protect your claim and your rights to compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how we can help your family.

School Transportation Safety

by Staff Blogger | August 28th, 2019

A new school year is upon us in California, and that means stocking up on school supplies, buying new clothes, and establishing a new daily routine for your child. As important as homework and extracurricular activities are, you should always prioritize your child’s safety, especially on their way to school. Check out these tips to help your child stay safe during the 2019-2020 school year.

We Fight for the Rights of Injured Dog Bite Victims

by Staff Blogger | August 26th, 2019

Dogs don’t pose a threat to most people and in most situations. But even the most well-trained and friendly dogs can bite under certain circumstances—and sometimes, those bites occur without warning or a history of aggressive behavior.

If you were bitten by a dog, whether it was a dog owned by a stranger or someone you know, you may be hesitant to escalate the issue. However, dog bites aren’t just extremely painful, they can be disabling and even life-threatening. Dogs have long, sharp teeth that are capable of causing deep wounds that can result in profuse bleeding. They can also damage nerves and tendons, making it difficult for victims to move their arms, hands, fingers, and other affected body parts.

The costs associated with dog bite injuries can be enormous. Victims may require hospitalization to monitor their bites for infection and other complications, and they may even need surgery to clean wounds and remove bacteria or to repair nerve damage. In addition, dog bites can make it difficult or impossible to work, leaving victims without the paychecks they and their loved ones depend on every week.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California dog bite attorneys know the effects that a single bite can have. Regardless of who owns the dog that bit you, it’s important to protect yourself and your rights to compensation by getting in touch with an experienced law firm. Contact us today—we’re ready to help you get the money you deserve.

What to Expect: Truck Accident Claims

by Staff Blogger | August 21st, 2019

Fully loaded semi-trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and be 65 feet in length or longer. In comparison, even the largest SUVs and pickup trucks max out at around 6,500 pounds and 20 feet in length. Simple physics dictate that big trucks are likely to do massive damage to smaller vehicles when they’re involved in crashes, putting drivers and their passengers at high risk of suffering serious injuries.

If you or someone you love was recently hurt in an accident involving a tractor trailer or other commercial vehicle, your injuries may require extensive medical treatments, and you may be unable to work for the foreseeable future. Keeping up with your day-to-day living expenses can be difficult enough when you’re not working, and paying for expensive medical bills may be out of the question.

You know you need to file a compensation claim for your truck accident, but you may be hesitant to do so, especially if you’ve never needed a lawyer before. At Berg Injury Lawyers, it’s our goal to make the process as easy as possible for you. We have years of experience assisting injured truck accident victims like you, and we’re ready to put our track record of success to work for you and your loved ones. Contact us today for a free consultation.

How We’ll Help You with Your Truck Accident Claim

Truck accident claims can be legally complex. That’s because multiple parties may be considered at fault. Our California truck accident lawyers know both state and federal laws concerning the trucking industry, and we’ll put that knowledge to use when we build your claim.

When you contact us, you can count on us to take the following steps on your behalf:

  • We’ll determine who was responsible for the crash—Whether the liable party was the truck driver, truck owner, truck company, another driver, or any combination of parties, we’ll collect evidence that proves their responsibility.
  • We’ll calculate your accident-related expenses—Your medical bills may keep piling up, and you may be unable to return to work for weeks or months because of the crash. We’ll tally up your total expenses and make sure the insurance company knows how much you’re owed.
  • We’ll negotiate to get you maximum compensation—Trucking companies are required to carry much larger insurance policies, and this makes insurance companies even more combative after truck accidents than after car accidents. We’re not afraid to stand up to them regardless of the stakes, especially when it comes to getting you the money you need.

You’ve gone through a difficult experience, and the last thing you need to deal with is the insurance company and its schemes. Let us protect your rights to the compensation you deserve. Contact us today.

Don’t Make These Common SSD Mistakes

by Staff Blogger | August 19th, 2019

From the day you started your first job, you’ve paid into Social Security via deductions taken out of every paycheck you’ve earned. For most people, that money is paid back to them when they retire. But some people aren’t able to work until retirement age. Instead, they suffer injuries or illnesses that prevent them from returning to work and earning a living to support themselves and their loved ones.

If that happened to you, you may be eligible to get Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. SSD benefits are similar to those for retirees, but you may receive them before retirement age if a doctor rules you are unable to return to work. However, getting approved for benefits can be difficult. That’s because the Social Security Administration (SSA) has strict requirements for the claims it processes and approves.

Making any of the following mistakes can put your claim in jeopardy:

  • Waiting too long to apply—The sooner you apply for benefits, the sooner you can start receiving money to replace your lost paychecks. In addition, waiting too long can make the SSA suspicious of your claim, and it may view your injury or illness as being pre-existing.
  • Not taking medical care seriously—Whether you exaggerate or downplay your symptoms, fail to make your doctors’ appointments, or don’t participate in recommended rehabilitation programs, not taking your medical care seriously can be harmful to your claim.

Got questions or concerns about your SSD claim? The California Social Security Disability attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.