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Thousands File Claims In Response To Chevron Refinery Fire

by Staff Blogger | August 13th, 2012

August 13, 2012 A fire at a Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, California, just south of San Francisco, has led to thousands of residents filing California environmental injury claims against the company. According to the Associated Press, as many as 3,800 individuals have filed injury claims since the fire erupted following an explosion at the facility this past Monday. In November, an inspection by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board found a corroded pipe that was attached to the line that failed Monday. The failure allowed a gas pocket to build and then ignite, causing the explosion that burned for several hours sending plumes of black smoke into the atmosphere. The smoke sent hundreds of residents rushing into local medical facilities with complaints of breathing problems. The number of residents who were affected prompted Chevron to open a claims center in Richmond where residents can seek damages for the medical bills and other expenses they incurred as a result of the fire. While claims for past fires at the facility may have brought victims thousands of dollars in compensation, experts are saying that the victims in this situation can expect to receive much less. This is why the California personal injury lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers would like to encourage anyone who has suffered because of toxins in their environment to explore what legal options you may have by discussing your case with a knowledgeable and experienced attorney.

California’s Medical Malpractice Laws Under Heavy Scrutiny

by Staff Blogger | July 30th, 2012

July 30, 2012 California’s laws and regulations regarding the caps on damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits are being challenged by claims that the laws may be unconstitutional. According to The Sacramento Bee, current laws place unfair limits on the amount that can be given to a victim at $250,000, leaving the majority of damages to be received through economic and punitive damages, such as lost wages. Many California medical malpractice lawsuits involve children or the elderly who are not wage earners, leaving them unable to collect more than the cap even in the event that a procedure done by a negligent doctor left them permanently disabled. The case of an attorney who died as the result of respiratory failure caused by a California Drug Injury following a procedure has claimed that these laws do not allow victims and their families “…the full right to a jury trial and are in violation of equal protection laws since the caps only apply to medical malpractice claims but not other types of injury lawsuits. Those in favor of the laws say that caps are the only way that many practices can afford to cover expenses related to liability coverage. The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers understand the frustrations that can come from an injury caused by the negligence of another and are here to help you explore your legal options if you have been harmed by another person’s mistake.

Findings Show Roche Failed To Analyze 80,000 Reports Of Side Effects

by Staff Blogger | June 25th, 2012

June 25, 2012 It has recently come to light that numerous drug injuries may have been overlooked in reports about the possible side effects of medications manufactured by Roche. According to The Sacramento Bee, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) discovered the discrepancies last month during a routine audit. The agency found that roughly 80,000 reports of adverse events, including 15,000 deaths which could be connected to Roche medications, have never been analyzed. These reports were collected after the drugs went on the market as the company’s way to ensure that adverse events that may otherwise be missed during clinical trials are caught and corrected. Roche acknowledged the problem by saying that the company’ reporting system failed to receive the information about the adverse events, therefore the information was never passed on to health officials. The company stated that the oversight was not intentional and that they were working vigorously to remedy the problem. EMA spokeswoman Monika Benstetter added, “Based on the information we have, there is no need for patients to change their treatment, but we need more evidence that these deficiencies are being addressed.” Roche has until Wednesday of this week to offer a proposal on how the company plans to evaluate all of the reports. The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers would advise anyone who has suffered a California Drug Injury after taking a medication to contact an experienced attorney immediately.

New Technology Being Tested To Prevent California Car Accidents

by Staff Blogger | June 19th, 2012

June 18, 2012 Last year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 32,000 people were killed as a result of motor vehicle traffic safety collisions. In an effort to curb this number, technology is being researched by the auto industry that would prevent accidents before they occur. One such piece of technology that was recently demonstrated at a safety seminar was Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication (V2V). According to The San Francisco Chronicle, this allows cars to talk to other surrounding vehicles equipped with the same technology within 1,000-feet to help avoid a California Car Accident. In the demonstration, a Ford Taurus narrowly avoids being T-boned at an intersection thanks to alarms and lights set off by V2V, warning the driver to stop, after a light turns red and the view of a vehicle passing through the intersection along the perpendicular road is blocked by a parked truck. Furthermore, advanced versions of the technology do not depend on the driver to hit the pedals. It can actually stop the vehicle itself if it detects imminent danger. An administrator for the NHTSA, David Strickland, claims V2V, “ is our next evolutionary step … to make sure the crash never happens in the first place, which is, frankly, the best safety scenario we can all hope for.” The California Personal Injury Lawyers at Berg Injury Lawyers are hopeful to see more technology that saves lives being implemented by the auto industry.

California Highway Patrol Ordered To Pay $2 Million For Wrongful Death

by Staff Blogger | June 11th, 2012

The state of California and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) have been ordered by a federal judge to pay more than $2 million to the family of a man who was wrongfully killed by CHP officers. According to The Sacramento Bee, the incident occurred on August 24th, 2008, in eastern San Joaquin County. Police reports indicate that officers received a call of illegal street racing occurring on the evening of the incident. When they arrived, the victim, who had been drinking that day, was parked at the location of the alleged racing. When officers approached the victim’s vehicle, he accelerated and fled the scene. A short chase ensued and ended when the victim’s vehicle became disabled in a ditch. Officers state that the victim then began shifting and rolling the truck back and forth between drive and reverse in an effort to free the truck from the ditch. That is when they said they became fearful for their lives and shot the man six times. The family of the victim filed a California wrongful death lawsuit against the state and it’s departments on the grounds of expert testimony based on bullet trajectory that revealed the officers were never in any danger when they opened fire on the unarmed 21-year-old victim. The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers hope that the decision will help bring closure to the loss for the family of the victim.

New Programs Aim To Decrease Number Of Drunk Drivers in Northern California

by Staff Blogger | June 5th, 2012

June 4, 2012 Shasta County, California, has seen an alarming amount of drunk drivers so far this year, especially among minors. According to KRCRTV 7 News, 19 individuals were arrested over Memorial Day weekend, which is nearly a 20 percent increase from 2011. The issue continued to affect locals following the holiday weekend. This past Friday, two people were seriously injured as the result of a crash caused by an underage drunk driver. Reports indicate that the accident occurred at around 6:45 p.m. at the intersection of Neal and West Sutter Roads. Police believe that an intoxicated 16-year-old driver lost control of a 1992 Nissan Pathfinder, causing it to roll several times. All four passengers of the vehicle were taken to local hospitals for treatment. Two remain hospitalized in serious condition. In an effort to combat underage drinking and driving, students at Willows High School were able to witness the real-life sentencing of DUI offenders in the school’s gymnasium last week. Officials state that allowing the students to view the real-life consequences of driving under the influence impacts students much more than student reenactments. Following the hearings, students stated that they would definitely think twice before drinking and driving. The California Accident Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers hope that programs such as these, along with law enforcement’s utilization of saturation patrols, will help reduce the number of California Car Accidents and deaths caused by drinking and driving.

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Can Strike At Any Time

by admin | May 21st, 2012

May 21, 2012 Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a devastating disease that affects around 300 individuals per year. The cause of the disease is considered idiopathic, but often times, there is a strong link between the disease and medications. The disease results in the separation of skin layers, leading to:
  • blindness,
  • blisters or Rashes on the skin and mucous membranes,
  • fever, headache, sore throat, and nausea,
  • and even death
Patients suffering from the disease can often be compensated if the condition can be linked with a medication. Take for instance the case of Bartlett v. Mutual Pharmaceutical, which the First Circuit US Court of Appeals ruled on several weeks ago. According to court documents, Mutual was ordered to pay a New Hampshire woman $21 million in damages after she developed SJS while taking one of the company’s medications. The suit claimed that after taking Sulindac for shoulder pain, she developed the disorder within a year. During that time, more than 30% of her body became blistered or turned to open wounds. Now she cannot eat normally due to esophageal burns and is nearly blind. The California Drug Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers would suggest the best way to avoid developing this condition is to discuss all warnings on a medication with your doctor before beginning a regimen of new drugs. If you experience any adverse events after beginning a new medication, stop taking it immediately and call your doctor or pharmacist.

Target Home Bunny Sippy Cups Recalled Amid Safety Concerns

by admin | May 15th, 2012

May 16, 2012 Target Corporation has issued a voluntary recall of 264,000 Target Home Bunny Sippy Cups, sold at Target stores nationwide during the recent Easter season, after concerns were raised that the sippy cup presented safety issues. Shaped like a rabbit with one ear bent and another extended, the cup has been found to poke a child in the eye, presenting the potential for injury. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Target has received six reports of incidents during which children were poked in the eye. In three cases, cuts and bruises were reported. Consumers are instructed to stop use of these cups immediately and to return them to any Target store for a full refund of the $3 purchase price. Two of these cups are being recalled–one pink and one blue–and both are equipped with handles on the sides and a white lid. The pink cup has “TARGET 200020683” imprinted on the bottom while the blue cup has “TARGET 200020884” imprinted. These cups were sold at Target locations from February 2012 through April 5, 2012. The California Defective Product Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers believe the companies that negligently design, manufacture, and sell defective products need to be held accountable for their actions. We believe in helping the victims of faulty products with the support of a large, established law firm that’s been helping people just like you since 1981.

A Growing Number of California Patients Are Refusing Medical Treatment

by Staff Blogger | May 3rd, 2012

April 30, 2012 A newborn child in Folsom, California, is at the center of a debate over patient rights. According to the Sacramento Bee, the child’s parents claim their rights to refuse medical treatment were violated the day the child was born. The controversy began on April 11 at Mercy Hospital, where the child’s father was the former chief of staff. The parents had decided on a natural childbirth and followed through with the decision as the father, who is also a medical doctor, delivered the child without the use of any medications. Less than 12 hours later, medical staff protested as the parents decided to leave the hospital after refusing medical treatment for both the mother and child. Medical staff then contacted child protective services to investigate. The couple has since filed a complaint against the hospital saying their rights were violated. The father added, “If this could happen to me, a doctor with privileges at the hospital, how is an 18-year-old who may not know her rights treated?” Statistics from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Research show that 77 out of every 10,000 patients at Sacramento-area hospitals were discharged against doctor’s advice in 201. That is a 45 percent increase in the number from 2002. The California Accident Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers encourage anyone who disagrees with their doctor’s diagnosis of their condition to seek a second opinion from another qualified medical professional.  

Don’t Wind Up in the Clink-o this Cinco!

by admin | April 30th, 2012

Cinco de Mayo is on a Saturday this year and we expect a lot of people will be out celebrating, which is why we’re hosting our ongoing Safe and Sober Cab Ride Home program to ensure everyone on the road stays safe and sound. Don’t Let the Fiesta Become a Permanent Siesta Our Safe and Sober Cab Ride Home program will be offered from 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, through 3 a.m. on Sunday, May 6. Due to the program’s popularity, a cap of $35 will be placed on each ride. Call one of the following cab companies and tell them your ride home is on Berg Injury Lawyers:
  • Alameda, Oakland, Emeryville & Berkeley Call Veterans Cab at (800) 281-4488. Any fare exceeding $35 must be paid in cash.
  • San Francisco Call Luxor Cab at (415) 282-4141.
  • Sacramento Call Yellow Cab Company of Sacramento at (916) 444-2222. Patrons must be picked up at a participating restaurant, hotel, or bar within Downtown Sacramento to qualify for a free ride.
Remember, rides are for adults who have been drinking or who need a safe way home. Rides will be provided from a bar or restaurant to your home—not to other drinking locations. Due to the high number of requests on Cinco de Mayo, rides can’t be guaranteed for everyone who calls; however, every attempt will be made to accommodate all requests. We hope everyone has a great time, but remember your cab ride home is on us. Please don’t take any chances driving home after the festivities! Did You Know… Since its inception, the Safe and Sober program has provided 7,426 safe rides home.