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What Are the Common Causes of a Traumatic Brain Injury?

by Staff Blogger | November 24th, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1.7 million Americans will suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) this year. Of those individuals, 1.3 million will seek medical attention, while 275,000 will be hospitalized and another 52,000 will lose their lives. So what are the most common causes of brain injuries today? A new study shows the answer to that question changes with age. According to an article from NPR News, the most common causes of brain injuries are different depending on how old you are. For children younger than age 12, falls from elevation are listed as the cause of a majority of brain-related injuries. As children grow and become teenagers though, assault becomes the leading cause for a TBI. Such injuries accounted for almost one-quarter of all TBIs sustained by teens between the ages of 13 and 17. Sports related injuries and car accidents were also listed as a common cause of brain injuries. So what should you do if you or a loved one has sustained a head injury? The California personal injury attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers say the first step that should be taken is to seek the medical attention you need. Only then should you attempt to document the case by getting information from witnesses and taking pictures. Finally, discuss your legal options with a qualified legal representative. Our attorneys are available to speak with you about your case, so feel free to reach out to us anytime by calling (800) 400-2374.

Ways You Can Prevent California Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

by Staff Blogger | November 17th, 2014

When our loved ones are no longer able to care for themselves, we often turn to nursing homes or long-term care facilities as an option to ensure they receive the attention they need on a daily basis. Too often though, California nursing home abuse and neglect are reported at these facilities. Statistics from the National Center for Elder Abuse show as many as one-third of all elderly Americans will become victims of abuse this year. The problem is especially evident in our state, considering an article from the Fresno Bee exposed several of California’s largest nursing homes as having major compliance issues. Even more disturbing is the lack of industry transparency that would make the public aware of such issues. One of the major reasons these issues exist is because there is no agency enforcing the rules and regulations that are placed on nursing home facilities. This becomes even more complicated when companies create different entities and organizations to create a mask of red tape over their identity. So what can you do to ensure the health and safety of your loved one in a nursing home? The California personal injury attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers suggest:
  • Be Present Often- Visiting your loved one on a routine basis will reduce the chances of them becoming a victim of abuse or neglect.
  • Ask Plenty of Questions- Getting information about your loved one’s care from nurses, doctors, and management will help you assess if your loved one’s well-being is being protected.
  • Be Aware of Injuries- Bruises, lacerations, or pressure ulcers—otherwise known as bedsores—are often clear indicators of problems in a patient’s care.
  • Report Any Issues- If you find problems in your loved one’s care, never hesitate to contact the proper authorities to report the issue. This helps to ensure others don’t have to go through a similar situation.

California Personal Injury Lawyers Support the 2014 Bay Area CureSearch Walk

by Staff Blogger | November 10th, 2014

Giving back to the community we serve is important to each and every employee at Berg Injury Lawyers and one of the issues that is affecting our neighbors is pediatric cancer. Estimates show as many as 175,000 children per year are diagnosed with cancer, making the disease one of the leading causes of death in children here in the United States. Our team of California personal injury lawyers is helping to find a cure for childhood cancer by sponsoring a team in a recent fundraising event. The event took place this past Saturday, November 8, at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Team Super Audrey was just one of the groups to participate in Saturday’s 2014 Bay Area CureSearch Walk. Each team was responsible for collecting donations that will be used to fund research for a cure for childhood cancers. We are proud to announce that Team Super Audrey—named for a very special little girl who is sick—successfully raised $2,840 for the cause. Even though the event is over, there’s still a way for you to get involved with finding a cure for childhood cancers. You can donate now by visiting Team Super Audrey’s page on the CureSearch Walk website. You can volunteer for the group at an upcoming event as well if you wish to be a little more hands on with your support. At Berg Injury Lawyers, we would like to thank everyone who supported and continues to support the mission of finding a cure for cancer. You can also stay up to date on other ways we are giving back to the community by taking a look at our website.

Who Is Liable for a California Dog Bite Injury?

by Staff Blogger | November 3rd, 2014

Dogs are sometimes referred to as “man’s best friend,” but sometimes canines can turn on people with devastating results. Take the case of a 54-year-old Modesto man who was killed as the result of a dog bite injuries that were inflicted by four of his neighbor’s animals. According to KCRA News, the man’s mother was also seriously injured in the incident. Reports indicate the animals made their way into the victims’ yard through a hole in the fence. The dogs then attacked the man, where he suffered a deadly dog bite injury. The dogs then turned on the first victim’s mother, leaving her seriously injured. The incident leaves many citizens wondering who is liable in the event of a dog attack. The California personal injury attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers explain the owner of the animal is often held responsible for a dog bite injury under California’s strict dog bite laws. The state’s policies explain that a dog owner can be held liable for damages if their animal bites someone, even if it’s the first time the canine has displayed aggressive behavior. Furthermore, some cities may required dog owners to have insurance coverage through their homeowner’s policy. If the dog attacks while being watched by a pet sitter, that individual may be held liable for damages if negligence can be shown. At Berg Injury Lawyers, we understand how devastating dog bites and attacks can be. We want to send our condolences to the family of the man who was killed in the recent attack. We would also like to wish the mother a speedy and full recovery from her injuries.

Free Cab Rides Home in Sacramento and San Francisco This Halloween

by Staff Blogger | October 27th, 2014

Halloween and California Drunk Driving Accidents

This Friday is Halloween, which means many in Northern California will be celebrating with the ghouls and goblins. What’s even scarier than this year’s costumes though, is the number of California drunk driving accidents that are reported on Halloween each year. In fact, reports indicate the holiday is notoriously one of the deadliest days of the year for motorists, and alcohol plays a significant role in many of those accidents.

What We’re Doing to Help

In an effort to reduce the number of drunk driving accidents that occur in the Bay Area this Halloween, the attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers are once again sponsoring their “Safe and Sober” program. The campaign provides free cab rides home on Halloween night to those living in San Francisco and the surrounding area that have had too much to drink. There is also a version of the program for the Sacramento area.

How to Get a Free Cab Ride

Participating in the program is easy! Free rides home are available from 10 p.m. Friday, October 31 to 4 a.m. Saturday, November 1. If you live in San Francisco, just call Luxor Cabs at (415) 282-4141. If you live in Sacramento, call Yellow Cab Company of Sacramento at (916) 444-2222. Tell them Berg Injury Lawyers is covering your ride. The program covers cab rides up to $35! But don’t forget to tip your driver. Cabs will only take individuals to a residence, not another bar, restaurant, or other locations where alcohol is being served. Cab drivers reserve the right to request that you remove masks before getting in the vehicle as well. Let’s all look out for each other’s safety! We hope “Safe and Sober” helps you to have a fun and safe Halloween! If you have any questions about our program, please call us at (510) 523-3200, send us a message on Facebook, or send us an email.

San Francisco Boat Accident Leaves 10 Seriously Injured

by Staff Blogger | October 20th, 2014

California is a state with hundreds of miles of coastline and several major cities nestled near bays and beaches. Boating is an important means of transportation for both people and goods. There are laws in place to ensure the safety of travel along the water, but accidents can happen. San Francisco Ferry Accident Injures Ten Take the San Francisco boat accident that occurred last week that left a total of ten people seriously injured. Reports indicate the incident occurred on Sunday, October 12, at around 6 p.m. near Pier 41. According to an article from ABC 7 News, the Ferry that was involved was on its way to Oakland carrying 230 passengers when it struck a piling jutting out from the water near the pier. The collision caused around a dozen people to be knocked from their feet, where around 10 passengers sustained minor neck and back injuries. An investigation into the incident has been launched and officials are considering whether impairment or operator error is to blame for the crash. What to Do Before and After a California Boat Accident Incidents like this leave many wondering what they can do to stay safe from harm when on a boat. That’s why the California personal injury attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers are offering a few tips to remember next time you are on the water.
  • Stay Seated- Remember to sit anytime a watercraft is in motion. Doing so can prevent loss of balance in the event a sudden turn is made or contact is made with an object.
  • Wear a Life Preserver- Officials have stated many of those who die each year in boat accidents might have been saved if they were wearing life jackets.
  • Get a Lawyer- If you’ve been injured in a California boat accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. Speaking with a California boat accident attorney will help clarify your legal rights.
We hope these suggestions help keep you and your loved ones safe next time you’re out on the water.

Avoiding California Drunk Driving This Halloween

by Staff Blogger | October 13th, 2014

October has arrived and for many, that means Halloween and all the associated festivities that come with it are fast approaching. Alcohol is likely to be served at many of the events surrounding the holiday, which is why it’s so important to remember the dangers of drunk driving and what you can do to prevent this behavior. Halloween Drunk Driving Statistics Estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that drunk drivers caused 38 percent of motor vehicle collisions that occurred on Halloween in 2011. That same year, 48 percent of all car accident fatalities that occurred on Halloween weekend were the result of impaired driving. Preventing Driving While Intoxicated on Halloween Luckily, drunk driving is one of the easiest accident causes to prevent by simply refraining from getting behind the wheel if you’ve consumed alcohol. That’s why the California personal injury lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers suggest you participate in our Safe and Sober Halloween program if you plan on drinking this All Hallows’ Eve. On Halloween night, citizens of San Francisco and Sacramento can get a free taxi ride home from 10 p.m. – 4 a.m. San Francisco residents can call (415) 282-4141 and Sacramento citizens should dial (916) 444-2222 to schedule your pick up. Rides will only be given to residences—not other drinking locations—and have a maximum value of $35. Just tell them the ride is on Berg Injury Lawyers, and please remember to tip your drivers! Were You Involved in a Drunk Driving Accident? Even if you plan ahead and don’t drive drunk, others may not do the same, and you may still be at risk of becoming a California drunk driving accident victim. If that’s the case, it’s important to remember help is available from our team at Berg Injury Lawyers. We have helped many drunk driving accident victims get the compensation they need to get back on their feet and we want to do the same for you. Just call (800) 400-2374 to speak with our legal staff.

What You Need to Know to Prevent a Xarelto Drug Injury

by Staff Blogger | October 6th, 2014

Taking anticoagulants that thin your blood can be an effective way to help those who are prone to heart attacks or stroke prevent such a health event from occurring. But it’s important to know that consuming certain versions of these drugs—like Xarelto— can also prevent your body from stopping a bleeding event if one occurs. A study published by the National Institutes of Health showed patients who take Xarelto and either undergo hip surgery, suffer from Acute Coronary Syndrome, or are acutely ill are at an increased risk of being unable to stop bleeding. This particular Xarelto side effect has proven deadly to patients in the past. If you’re taking Xarelto, it’s important to not only be aware of the risks involved with taking the drug, but also your legal rights. If you’ve suffered an injury associated with taking this particular medicine, you may be able to file a Xarelto drug injury lawsuit. But proving such a case can often be a difficult process. That’s why it’s important to have a California personal injury lawyer by your side through each step of the civil litigation process. At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know how difficult it can be to overcome a drug injury, and we’re here to help. To find out more about what we can do for you, give us a call today at (800) 400-2374.

California Personal Injury Attorney Participates in “Lawyers in the Library” Program

by Staff Blogger | September 29th, 2014

For every team member at Berg Injury Lawyers, being a California personal injury attorney means giving back to the community we serve. That’s why many of our staff members participate in organizations and events that benefit those living in the areas we serve. Take the “Lawyers in the Library” program that occurs on a weekly basis at the Oakland Public Library. Lawyers are on hand at the event to help with the legal needs of those who are struggling or can’t afford a lawyer. The program is co-sponsored through the Alameda County Bar Association and can provide participants with information regarding all law practices. The program’s website offers a list of days, times, and places where the event will take place. It’s important for those wishing to participate to remember that slots to speak with an attorney fill up fast, so getting to the Library as early as possible is beneficial. Also, remember to bring any paperwork or documentation of your case so that the attorneys who are on-hand can evaluate your case effectively. At Berg Injury Lawyers, we pride ourselves in helping those who are in need in our community. That’s why we encourage you to take a look at our community involvement and to consider getting involved yourself.

Californians Focus on Bicycle Safety as Fall Approaches

by Staff Blogger | September 22nd, 2014

Fall is quickly approaching and for many of California’s youth, this means returning to school. Large portions of today’s students choose bicycles as their source of transportation to and from campus, but this can present some serious safety hazards on the road. These risks were highlighted by a California car accident involving a bicycle that happened in Berkeley over the weekend. Reports indicate the crash happened on Sunday, September 21, at the corner of Eunice and Spruce Streets. News sources state the cyclist suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. To help prevent similar accidents from occurring in the future, many citizens and organizations are focusing on educating the public on the importance of bicycle safety. In fact, GearUp Cycle For Youth held a bike ride in Sacramento that aims to raise funds for educational programs in Northern California—including those that teach children how to safely navigate traffic on a bicycle. At Berg Injury Lawyers, we understand the serious risks riding a bike can pose, which is why we would like to offer a few safety tips to those in the Bay area who pedal. You can avoid serious injuries—such as a brain injury—by wearing a helmet each time you ride. Doing so decreases the chance of death or bodily harm by as much as 60 percent. It’s also important to obey all traffic signals and make motorists aware of stops and turns by using hand signals.