December 16th, 2013December 16, 2013 Each year, hundreds of Californians are injured or killed as the result of accidents involving motorcycles. Too often though, a motorist in another vehicle who fails to recognize or yield the right-of-way to an oncoming motorcycle causes these crashes. The | California Motorcycle Accident Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers explain that a new study may shed some light as to why these accidents are so common. According to an article published in a recent issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science, a team of researchers from Texas Tech University found that humans tend to judge smaller objects as being further away than larger objects at the same distance. Due to the fact motorcycles are much smaller than cars, the error in perception may cause motorists to inaccurately judge the distance of a bike, especially when turning left. Despite the cause of a crash, California law states that a driver may be held liable for damages that are the result of an accident they cause. These damages may include compensation for lost income, medical bills, and other expenses related to the crash. Berg Injury Lawyers and their team of California Personal Injury Lawyers recognize the serious hazards riding a motorcycle can pose and encourage anyone who is injured while riding because of the negligence of another motorist to discuss their legal rights with a qualified attorney immediately.
December 9th, 2013December 9, 2013 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that in 2008, motorcycle accidents accounted for roughly 14 percent of all highway fatalities. The | California Motorcycle Accident Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers point out that such a collision recently resulted in the death of the host of a popular television program. NBC-Bay Area News reports that Bill Beckwith, the 38-year-old host of the HGTV show “Curb Appeal”, was riding a motorcycle near the intersection of Oak and Steiner streets in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of the city at approximately 8:30 p.m. when he was struck by another vehicle. The 30-year-old driver who was responsible for causing the crash immediately stopped the vehicle and rendered aid to the victim, but the impact of the collision resulted in the victim sustaining serious injuries. Rescue crews were called to the scene to transport him to a local hospital for further treatment. The victim died shortly after arrival though. Investigators are continuing to examine what contributing factors may have played a part in the crash. Berg Injury Lawyers and their team of California Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of how difficult it can be to overcome the loss of a loved one due to an accident caused by another person’s negligence. That is why the firm would like to send their deepest condolences to the family of the man who was killed in this tragic accident.
December 2nd, 2013December 2, 2013 While testing of the heart can be vital to determining the health and strength of the organ, the use of certain drugs during the testing can prove to be extremely dangerous. The | California Drug Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers explain researchers have discovered a risk of heart attack and death when using the medications Lexiscan (regadenoson) and Adenoscan (adenosine). A press release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states the drugs are used in cardiac nuclear stress tests for patients who are unable to exercise. The medications can help doctors and medical staff to identify symptoms of coronary artery disease in these individuals. The drugs work by increasing blood flow to identify blockages and the blood typically flows to healthier areas of the body. However, researchers have stated the increased blood flow can also lead to a risk of the patient suffering a heart attack, and potentially, death. In response to the problems, the FDA is planning to update the warning labels on the products. Furthermore, the agency is stating that resuscitation equipment and trained staff be on hand when and if the drugs are administered to a patient. Berg Injury Lawyers and their team of California Personal Injury Lawyers recognize the dangers certain medications can pose to users. That is why the firm urges patients to read all warning labels on a medication and discuss any questions with your physician prior to beginning a regimen of medication.
November 25th, 2013November 25, 2013 One of the most common types of injuries reported by employees today are burns resulting from fires or explosions in the workplace. In fact, the Bureau of labor Statistics estimates that a total of 132 workers lost their lives as a result of such accidents last year. Three workers at the Tesla Motors factory in Fremont, California, were left seriously injured as a result of burns they suffered while on the job earlier this month. The | California Fire and Burn Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers explain the incident happened just before noon on Wednesday, November 13. Reports from MY FOX-Austin indicate the workers were performing their normal duties at the facility when an aluminum casting press suddenly malfunctioned, causing molten metal to spew from the equipment. Each of the workers suffered serious burns as a result of being scalded by the spilling liquid metal. They were transported to a local trauma center for further treatment to the injuries they sustained in the incident. Doctors later determined one of the workers had sustained serious burns to his chest and upper body, while the other two victims sustained second-degree burns. Berg Injury Lawyers and their team of California Personal Injury Attorneys are aware of how difficult recovering from serious burn injuries can be. That is why the firm is here to help anyone who has suffered such an injury because of someone else’s negligence.
November 18th, 2013November 18, 2013 With cooler weather arriving in the northern California region, many parents are now scrambling to bundle children up before heading to the family’s car to travel. The | California Car Accident Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers point out that most parents may fail to realize they may be putting their child’s life in jeopardy by buckling them into their car seat with jackets on. An article from Today News explained how a child’s bulky coat could cause the straps of a car seat to not properly restrain the child in the event of an accident. These findings are even more disturbing considering motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of accidental death in children and most child safety seats are already improperly installed in vehicles by parents and caregivers. To help avoid this danger, experts are telling parents to never buckle a child into a car safety or booster seat in more than what the child would wear indoors, such as a sweatshirt. Also, check to make sure all straps are tight enough on the child by checking to see if fabric from the straps of the device can be pinched together using the thumb and index finger. If the child needs to stay warm, drape their jacket or a blanket over them. Berg Injury Lawyers and their team of California Personal Injury Lawyers are hopeful these tips are successful in preventing children from being injured or killed as the result of a motor vehicle accident.
November 11th, 2013November 11, 2013 Distracted driving is a major problem on the highways of the United States today, especially in California. In fact, the California Office of Traffic Safety reports that as many as 80 percent of collisions list a driver’s distraction as a contributing factor. The | California Car Accident Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers explain that the state has taken strides to reduce the number of these collisions by enacting several laws against the behavior of distracted driving. Unfortunately though, a new study is showing that the results of these efforts may not be paying off. According to The Sacramento Bee, researchers studied the behaviors of drivers at several different intersections in the Sacramento area. The team concluded that distracted driving is a common behavior in the city that has seen little reduction in rates of occurrence over recent years. The study showed an average of around 80 distracted drivers at each intersection, with some of the most common distracting behaviors being listed as eating or drinking and listening to music too loudly. The numbers leave many citizens wondering what can be done to keep distracted drivers off the road. Berg Injury Lawyers and their team of California Personal Injury Lawyers explain that most experts contend raising public awareness of the dangers of distracted driving as the best way to curtail the behavior. This means being a good example by never driving while distracted and encouraging others to do the same.
November 4th, 2013November 4, 2013 Automotive manufacturers in the United States have a responsibility to ensure the safety of the cars and trucks they release to the market. The | California Defective Product Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers point out that any failure to do so can result in costly civil litigation being filed against the responsible parties. Controversy is continuing to swirl around defective product claims being made against the Toyota Motor Corp. According to an article from Automotive News, owners are alleging the vehicles suddenly accelerate out of control and cannot be stopped. They go one to claim the malfunction has resulted in serious accidents. While a jury in southern California dismissed the claims earlier this month, a victim was awarded a settlement from Toyota in a case filed in Oklahoma. In that case, an expert witness testified there could be a problem in the computer systems installed on certain Toyota vehicles that can result in the fatal failures. More cases are scheduled to be heard in the class action cases and both sides contend the evidence from the expert’s testimony can be used in their favor; however, a judge has already placed limits on what the expert can testify about in future cases. Berg Injury Lawyers and their team of California Personal Injury Lawyers recognize how difficult reaching a decision in a faulty product case can be. That is why the firm suggests speaking with an attorney if you are considering filing such a claim.
October 29th, 2013October 28, 2013 Data from the National Center on Elder Abuse shows an estimated 30 percent of nursing home residents are the victims of abuse or neglect each year. However, the number could be significantly higher due to the number of cases that go unreported. The | California Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers explain one Castro Valley, California, facility was recently shutdown due to allegations of abuse being committed at the facility. An article published by U-T San Diego explains an investigation into the facility was launched after inspectors discovered a patient had escaped the facility twice. Also, medical staff had failed to keep proper patient records, which led to medications not being properly dispensed to patients. The facility’s doors were closed; however, a total of 14 patients were left to fend for themselves at the site after the doors were shuttered. Paramedics were called to the scene last week after being contacted by a handful of staff members who had stayed to care for the patients despite not being paid. Investigators say the acts of neglect could lead to charges being filed against the owners and operators of the facility. Berg Injury Lawyer’s team of California Personal Injury Lawyers recognizes how difficult recovering from injuries caused by abuse and neglect can be and are here to help anyone who is the victim of nursing home abuse.
October 22nd, 2013October 21, 2013 The conditions produced by nature around the San Francisco Bay can prove to be extremely hazardous to boaters at times. The | California Boat Accident Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers point out this was made apparent by the death of a sailor this past May as he trained to participate in the America’s Cup. According to an article from Inside The Games, the 36-year-old victim was wearing a helmet, wetsuit, and floatation device when the front-end of the 72-foot catamaran he was on plunged into the water, causing the vessel to capsize. The victim’s body was found floating in the water a short time later. An investigation into the accident determined the man had died as a result of a combination of blunt force trauma and drowning. In an effort to reduce liability in the event of a similar accident in the future, race organizers have implemented several changes to safety policies. These include establishing limits on safe wind speeds to operate in and requiring more safety equipment to be used by participants. Each crew member is also now required to wear a locating device when on the water. Berg Injury Lawyer’s team of California Personal Injury Lawyers applaud the efforts being made to improve the safety of boaters on the water and are hopeful the new requirements will be effective in preventing accident injuries and fatalities.
October 15th, 2013October 14, 2013 Data from the American Veterinary Medical Association shows that each year, an estimated 4.5 million Americans will suffer dog bite injuries during an attack. Furthermore, the | California Dog Bite Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers point out children are more likely than teens or adults to be the victims who suffer such injuries. One such case was recently reported in Discovery Bay, California, when a family member’s dog bit a 6-year-old boy. According to an article from KTVU News, the incident occurred at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 11, at a home located on Amesbury Court. Reports indicate the child was in the home with the dog when it suddenly lunged and bit the child in the face while the animal’s owner was away. The child was rushed to a local hospital in Oakland, California, and underwent immediate corrective surgery. Meanwhile, the animal was taken into custody and is currently being held for observation. The incident leaves many parents and dog owners wondering what they can do to prevent incidents of biting in the future. Berg Injury Lawyers’ team of California Personal Injury Lawyers explains teaching children to never play with or pet a strange animal without the owner’s permission is vital. They should also be instructed to never run from or yell at canines, as it can increase an animal’s energy and anxiety. The firm also urges pet owners to properly socialize their animals by exposing them to numerous forms of stimulation from an early age.