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Serious Boat Accident Occurs In The San Francisco Bay

by Staff Blogger | January 14th, 2013

January 14, 2013 An investigation has been launched into the Northern California Boating Accident that occurred in the San Francisco Bay this past week, in which an oil tanker collided with the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. According to NBC-Bay Area News, the accident happened at around 11:20 a.m. Monday when the 752-foot ship was being piloted underneath the bridge and hit a 30 to 40-foot section surrounding one of the bridge’s towers. Experts say that a vital piece of equipment used by tanker pilots to navigate beneath the bridge may not have been functioning properly at the time of the accident though. Three Racon Transponders are placed at key locations on the bridge and are responsible for sending radar signals between the units and navigation equipment on board the ships; however, officials believe one of the units may have malfunctioned in the moments leading up to the crash. Despite the possibility of an equipment malfunction, investigators are also considering human error. Records show the pilot was found responsible for two similar accidents. The first incident occurred in August 2009 on the Sacramento River when the pilot steered the ship into a bank. He was found at fault for an accident again in 2010 after running a ship aground in the Richmond Inner Harbor. The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers acknowledge the dangers boat accidents can present and may be able to help you if you have been injured while boating at no fault of your own.

CPSC Issues Recall on Heating/Cooling Units

by Staff Blogger | January 7th, 2013

Jan. 7, 2013 The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has partnered with Goodman Company L.P., a Houston-based company, to recall approximately 155 of the Amana Packaged Gas/Electric Heating and Cooling units. A CPSC press release states the recall was issued after the company was notified of faulty information on the unit that poses significant harm to users. The affected units are designed to heat and cool homes and commercial spaces. They stand at around 40 inches high by 51 inches wide by 47 inches deep and are grey in color. The units have a model number of APG154911541BA, which is printed on a plate located on the front panel of the unit, and also carry a serial number beginning with 1206,1207,1208,1209, and 1210. The units were sold through retailers from June 2012 to Oct. 2012, and cost around $5,600. The problem comes from faulty information on the serial plates that could lead to an installer or servicers using undersized wiring on the units. A wiring mistake poses a hazard for fires that are capable of causing a serious California Fire and Burn Injury. Anyone in possession of an affected unit has been instructed to contact the manufacturer immediately for free repair or replacement. The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers recognize the dangers defective products can pose and encourage anyone who has been harmed by a defective product to contact an attorney to discuss your legal rights.

California Law Enforcement Works To Eliminate Distracted Driving

by Staff Blogger | December 31st, 2012

December 31, 2012 Distracted driving is a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents across the United States, and in California, more than 200 Car Accidents were attributed to the behavior. According to the Daily Democrat, the state is battling the problem with the “Phone In One Hand. Ticket In The Other” campaign. Experts say that using a cellphone while driving, even if it’s a hands-free device, can still take a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of five seconds, or long enough to travel the length of a football field at 55 MPH. This can delay a motorist’s reaction times by as much as having a blood-alcohol limit of .08 percent. The campaign is being funded by a $600,000 federal grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and has allowed law enforcement statewide to participate in saturation patrols targeting drivers who are texting or talking while behind the wheel. The campaign is part of a pilot program that was launched in two other states in recent years and has already seen great success as well. Over the most recent ten-day enforcement period, more than 3,000 citations were issued to distracted drivers. The program was successful in other states in reducing the number of drunk drivers by as much as 72 percent. The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers would encourage all motorists to stay safe by eliminating distractions like cellphones before hitting the road.

Slip and Fall Accidents Common In the Workplace

by Staff Blogger | December 17th, 2012

December 17, 2012 Slip and fall accidents are said to be responsible for causing thousands of injuries in hospitals each year. In fact, research conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics found as many as 2,600 medical staff members reported missing at least one day of work last year due to injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents. A recent article in American Medical News discussed these dangers, what causes them, and how they can be prevented. Research shows the reason these accidents are so common in medical facilities is because of the fast-paced environment that often leads to mistakes occurring. Experts like Robert L. Goldberg, MD, a professor of medicine in the Division of Occupational Medicine at the University of California-San Francisco, say these accidents can often easily be prevented if vigilance is practiced. He suggested discussing the risks of slip and fall accidents with staff members, while listening to feedback about what they see as risks. The next step is walking through the facility and identifying dangers. Some of these may include cords in walkways or water collecting at doorways in front of sinks. Problems can then be corrected after being identified. The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers understand just how serious a slip and fall accident can be and hope these tips can help prevent them; however, the firm is here to help if you have been hurt in a slip and fall accident.

Drugged Driving Becoming A Major Concern In California

by Staff Blogger | December 10th, 2012

December 10, 2012 With the number of marijuana-related drugged driving accidents on the rise, many citizens are concerned about marijuana use and highway safety. CBS News discusses the problem and what law enforcement is doing to solve it. Santa Cruz County seems to be at the center of the debate, with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) reporting five of the eight fatal motor vehicle accidents in the area over the past year caused by drivers who tested positive for the drug. Statistics show that drivers who smoke marijuana are twice as likely to be involved in accidents as sober drivers, and numbers from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence show that around 20 percent of drivers involved in accidents tested positive for marijuana consumption. Officers say driving under the influence of marijuana can be extremely dangerous because of the drug’s effect on perceptions of both time and space. To combat the growing problem, the CHP has begun an awareness campaign with the public to educate citizens about the dangers of drugged driving. The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers say drivers are responsible for making the decision to not get behind the wheel after ingesting a mind-altering substance and failure to do so can be considered negligent in the event of a California Car Accident.

Head Injuries and Toxin Exposure May Lead To Onset Of Parkinson’s Disease

by Staff Blogger | December 3rd, 2012

December 3, 2012 Researchers at UCLA discovered that the combination of exposure to dangerous pesticides and sustaining a California Brain Injury can lead to having a three times higher chance of developing Parkinson’s disease. An article published in Neurology stated the study was conducted by surveying more than 1,000 individuals over the age of 35 who live in central California. Of those surveyed, 357 participants had been diagnosed with the disease. Those who were surveyed and had Parkinson’s disease were two times as likely to have sustained brain injuries that left them unconscious for extended periods of time prior to their diagnosis. Also, the study discovered participants suffering from the disease were 36 percent more likely to live within 500 meters of an area that was treated with the herbicide Paraquat. Researchers explained more than half of the participants with Parkinson’s were exposed to the chemical, compared to the 36 percent who were exposed but didn’t develop the disease. More disturbing though, is when the two factors were combined, as they seem to act as a catalyst for one another in the onset of the disease. The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers understand the dangers of both head injuries and toxic exposure. That is why the firm is here to answer any questions you may have regarding your legal rights if you have been armed by either condition.

Firefighters Warn Of Dangers When Using Firepot Fuel Gels

by Staff Blogger | November 26th, 2012

November 26, 2012 Despite the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issuing a voluntary recall for the fuel gel used in a decorative flaming ceramic pot more than a year ago due to Fire and Burn Injury risks, firefighters in California are reminding residents these products are dangerous. ABC 7 News reports the flame inside the lit fuel canister can burn so low that it may not be visible to the human eye. So, when a person goes to change the canister out, it may still be burning, causing hot and burning liquid fuel to spill. These spills have a potential to cause the canister to explode as well. A woman from Anaheim, California, was one of the most recent victims of the defective product. She sustained second-degree burns on her face as the result of a fuel canister explosion, while her dog sustained second and third-degree burns over 25 percent of its body. Safety advocates are pushing for companies to utilize modern means of communication, such as social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter, for warning customers about potentially hazardous products. Officials are also working on policies that will better regulate the gel fuel market. The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers believe manufacturers of products like fuel gel and fire pots have an obligation to ensure the safety of their products for consumers and failure to do so could be considered negligence in the event of an accident.

California Ranked Among States With High Numbers Of Cooking Fires On Thanksgiving

by Staff Blogger | November 19th, 2012

November 19, 2012 Millions of Americans fry turkeys each Thanksgiving. What many people don’t realize though is just how dangerous deep-frying a turkey can be. According to a press release published by CNBC.com, approximately 1,000 cooking fires are reported in the United States each Thanksgiving. Many of these accidents have resulted in people suffering serious fire and burn injuries and have been estimated to cost roughly $15 million in property damage. Even more disturbing is that California is one of the states where these accidents are most common. The report went on to say that California ranked fourth highest in the nation for cooking fire accidents over the five year period from 2007 to 2011, accounting for a total of 12 incidents. How can these accidents be prevented? Experts say cooking location when frying a turkey is crucial. Make sure cooking will take place a minimum of 20 feet from any structure. Also, be sure to turn off the flame when adding a turkey to hot oil in order to prevent a fire from occurring if oil spills over. Most importantly, never leave hot oil or a frying turkey unattended. The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers understand how serious a fire or burn injury from hot oil can be and are hopeful these tips will help to prevent any injuries from occurring this Thanksgiving!

New Campaign Aims to Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents Among Elderly

by Staff Blogger | November 12th, 2012

November 12, 2012 Slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of injuries in the United States’ elderly population. In fact, 95 percent of elderly patients suffering from hip fractures sustained the injury in a fall, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says one in three senior citizens will fall each year. Also, slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of injury death for the elderly. Knowing how dangerous these accidents can be, it is important that senior citizens do what they can to prevent fall injuries from happening. The Sacramento Bee reports the UC Davis Health System, in conjunction with the Department of Health, is promoting this cause by sponsoring a weekly program called Stepping On. The free seven week program helps elderly citizens prevent California slip and fall accident injuries by teaching exercises that will improve both balance and strength. The campaign will also evaluate home modifications that could potentially improve mobility for residents. The two-hour program occurs every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. at the Kiwanis Family House, located on 50th Street in Sacramento, California, until December 19. Then, a second seven-week session will begin on January 2. The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers understand the dangers California slip and fall accidents can pose to the elderly. That is why the firm would suggest anyone who is or has an elderly loved one to consider attending this event.

Oakland Crane Mechanic Killed In Work-Related Accident

by Staff Blogger | November 5th, 2012

November 5, 2012 A 51-year-old Oakland, California, man was killed recently in a work-related accident at the Port of Oakland. The Silicon Valley Mercury News reports the incident occurred at around 9:30 a.m. on October 24 at berth 37, part of the Ben E. Nutter Terminal. A port spokesperson, Marilyn Sandifur, stated the crane mechanic, who was working with the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers, was with another employee inspecting a crane at the location when a moving piece of the machine suddenly shifted and crushed the victim. An inspector from the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (CalOSHA), Peter Melton, explained the victim died as a result of blunt force trauma to the chest and a California Brain Injury he sustained in the accident. CalOSHA and local law enforcement agencies are still conducting investigations to determine the cause of the accident and also if it could have been prevented. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says that employees who worked in the machinery service industry made up a total of 177 of the total workplace fatalities last year. Contact with objects and equipment made up 15 percent of all work-related fatalities that year as well. The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers understand how devastating a work-related accident can be. That’s why the firm is here to answer any questions you may have regarding an on-the-job accident you were hurt in at no fault of your own.