California Slip and Fall Accident Claims One Man’s Life

by Staff Blogger | September 9th, 2013

September 9, 2013 The California Slip and Fall Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers explain that dangerous falls can happen anywhere. In fact, data shows that roughly eight million hospital emergency room visits are attributed to such accidents each year. To put into perspective just how common such accidents are and the serious ramifications they can have, a man was killed this past Sunday at an NFL football game being held at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. Reports indicate the incident occurred at roughly 1:30 p.m., when the man slipped and fell on a sidewalk surrounding the field. According to an article from The Washington Post, emergency crews attempted to aid and revive the victim until an ambulance could arrive, but the man died a short time later. Such an incident can leave many wondering who is responsible. Berg Injury Lawyers’ team of California Personal Injury Attorneys explains determining liability for such an accident can often be a complex process. They add that property owners have a responsibility to ensure the safety of visitors on the land. Failure to do so may result in claims of negligence being filed against a property owner. The firm can sympathize with the difficulties that can be associated with processing the death of a loved one and would like to send their deepest condolences to the family of the victim.

Controversy Surrounds Solutions To Solving California’s Dog Bite Injury Risks

by Staff Blogger | August 26th, 2013

August 26, 2013 Numbers show each year, hundreds of people are the victims of dog bite injuries in California. This high number of incidents leaves many citizens looking for ways to improve the laws protecting citizens from the dangers of being bitten by a dog. The California Dog Bite Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers explain how some are calling for breed specific bans to be enacted as a way to reduce attack numbers. However, experts believe such laws may actually do very little to curb canine bites. Breed specific bans prohibit citizens from owning animals that are considered a threat or dangerous. These laws are being called for due to an unfounded belief that specific breeds, particularly pit bulls, are responsible for a disproportionate number of attacks. Data tends to point to the contrary though, with many studies finding difficulty determining some animal’s specific breed and lack of cost effectiveness in enforcing the ban. In an effort to help prevent breed specific bans from being enacted, an article from Ohmidog! stated that roughly 31,000 signatures have been collected on a petition to eradicate breed specific dog bans. Opponents of the laws say they are an infringement on personal rights and that there are laws already in place to handle unruly animals. Berg’s team of California Personal Injury Lawyers recognizes how devastating the injuries sustained in a dog attack can be. The firm is here to help anyone who has been bitten by a dog at no fault of their own.

Police Believe Alcohol Involved In Northern California Boat Accident

by Staff Blogger | August 22nd, 2013

August 19, 2013 While most people are aware of the numerous motor vehicle collisions that are associated with drinking and driving on the highway, many do not realize the same deadly results can occur when drinking and boating. Take the case of a Northern California Boat Accident that occurred recently on Collins Lake in Yuba City, which resulted in three people being injured. Reports indicate police believe alcohol played a part in causing the crash. According to a story published by The Appeal-Democrat, a 28-year-old man was operating a vessel carrying four other people in a reckless manner when he struck another boat carrying three passengers that was stopped in the water. The impact of the collision caused bother watercrafts to overturn, ejecting everyone form both crafts. The seven victims were brought to shore, where the 55-year-old operator of the boat that was hit was airlifted to a local trauma center, while two passengers from the other vessel were transported to the hospital by ambulance. All three were treated and then released. Meanwhile, investigators questioned the man believed to be responsible for causing the accident and believe alcohol consumption may have been a factor. However, they released him at the scene, pending the results of a full investigation into the incident. The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers are aware of the devastating effects injuries caused by intoxicated boaters can have on the lives of the victims and ask citizens to refrain from drinking and operating a boat.

Study Finds Distracted Driving Is Continuing to Increase in California

by Staff Blogger | August 12th, 2013

August 12, 2013 Despite California taking a stand against distracted driving five years ago by legally banning texting and driving, a new study has shown instances of distracted driving are increasing. An article from KPCC News explains that the Automobile Club of Southern California began surveying motorists on their behaviors behind the wheel of a vehicle in 2008. Researchers found that since the beginning of the study, the number of drivers reporting that they text using a cellphone while driving has increased 126 percent. The number is interesting considering the study began before the ban was enacted, yet the behavior increased after the ban took effect. These numbers leave many citizens wondering what is being done to solve the problem of California Car Accidents caused by distracted driving. Several organizations have partnered to produce a public service announcement explaining the risks of distracted driving and asking motorists to be aware of the dangers of cellphone use behind the wheel. Citizens can also hold  motorists accountable for their actions by reporting incidences of texting and driving using the 1-800-TELL-CHP hotline. The caller must report the location and license tag of the vehicle in order for a warning letter to be sent to the distracted driver. The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers are aware of the dangers distracted driving can pose and hope these efforts are successful in reducing the number of accidents caused by the behavior.  

Lawmakers Aim to Reduce California Boat Accidents with Safety Training

by Staff Blogger | August 5th, 2013

August 5, 2013 When taking to the water in California, the chances of suffering a mishap can be high. In fact, experts say that the rate at which California Boat Accidents occur is higher than any other state in the nation. A contributing factor to the large number of incidents on the water in California is the state’s many inexperienced and under-trained boaters. In fact, NBC-Bay Area News says more than 270 boat accidents of the 473 crashes last year were attributed to operator distraction or lack of experience. California is one of only five states in the country that allows individuals to drive watercraft with no training. Now, lawmakers are working to reduce the number of boat accidents by introducing a new bill that would require all new boaters to take a boating safety course in order to qualify to hit the waterways across the state. Currently, the law only requires that an individual be at least 16 years old or as young as 12 years old if an adult accompanies them. The law was introduced after a 12-year-old girl was killed in a boating accident caused by a distracted operator. The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers applaud the efforts being made to improve the safety along the state’s waterways and hope the new law is effective in reducing the number of accidents.

San Leandro Car Accident Leaves One Dead And Two Others Seriously Injured

by Staff Blogger | July 29th, 2013

July 29, 2013 A 57-year-old woman was killed and two others were seriously injured as the result of a San Leandro Car Accident that happened over the weekend. Reports indicate the crash occurred at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 21, along Washington Boulevard in Alameda County, California. An article from the San Leandro Patch explained that an officer had reported a vehicle traveling at more than 100 mph in the southbound lanes of Washington. Before the vehicle could be stopped though, the driver had veered into the oncoming lanes of traffic and collided head-on with another vehicle. The female passenger of the vehicle that was struck died at the scene. Luckily though, officers were able to pull the drivers of both vehicles to safety before the vehicle was engulfed in flames. The men were then transported to a local hospital for further treatment. They were last listed in serious condition. The incident underscores the dangers that speeding can present. Experts say the behavior is involved in roughly one-third of all fatal accidents that occur in the United States today. The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers recognize the risks speeding in a vehicle presents to not only the driver engaged in the behavior, but to all others who are sharing the road with them. That is why the firm asks that each motorist do their part to keep California’s highways and roads safe by always obeying the posted speed limit of the road you are traveling on.

San Francisco Firefighter May Lose Job For Causing Motorcycle Accident

by Staff Blogger | July 22nd, 2013

July 22, 2013 A 43-year-old San Francisco Fire Department veteran may lose his job after causing an accident that left a motorcyclist injured. Investigators believe the firefighter may have been under the influence of alcohol when he struck the motorcyclist with a ladder truck while responding to an emergency call. Reports indicate the San Francisco Motorcycle Accident happened on the night of June 29 at the corner of 5th and Howard Streets. The firefighter was driving the truck through the intersection when he struck the motorcycle, leaving the biker with broken ribs and a punctured lung. According to an article from the San Francisco Gate, the firefighter was instructed to stay in the truck until police arrived because he would have to undergo testing for drug or alcohol consumption. Instead, the firefighter walked away from the scene and went to a local bar. While there, he consumed two pitchers of water. Two hours later, he returned to the firehouse, where testing showed he had a blood alcohol level of .13. The department is moving to have the employee fired. However, attorneys for the man say an investigation should be completed before such moves are made. The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers are aware of how devastating injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident can be. That’s why the firm is here to help any motorcyclist who has been hurt in a crash that was no fault of their own.

California Drunk Driving Victim In Critical Condition Following Accident

by Staff Blogger | July 15th, 2013

July 15, 2013 While most motorists are aware of the risks involved with driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, many people fail to recognize the same dangers of injuring one’s self or another person are present when riding a bicycle after drinking. For instance, a 24-year-old cyclist is facing charges of riding under the influence of alcohol after seriously injuring a pedestrian in a California Bicycle Accident that occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. in the town of Truckee over the 4th of July holiday. The accused was riding her bicycle along a road following the banks of Donner Lake when she accidently struck a pedestrian. Investigators were able to determine the cyclist was legally drunk at the time of the collision and she was charged with Driving Under the Influence of alcohol. Meanwhile, the California Drunk Driving Victim was rushed to a local trauma center, where he was last listed in critical condition. According to an article from the Silicon Valley Mercury News, more charges could be filed pending the outcome of a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident. The California Personal Injury Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers would like to remind all travelers of the importance of never operating any type of machinery after consuming any amount of alcohol. Instead, utilize a designated driver or a taxi to get you home safely.

FDA Announces Recall of Benztropine Mesylate Injections Due To Contamination

by Staff Blogger | July 8th, 2013

July 8, 2013 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has partnered with Fresenius Kabi USA in initiating the voluntary recall of four lots of the company’s single-dose injections of Benztropine Mesylate. Reports indicate the recall is being conducted due to contamination that could potentially cause patients using the medication to suffer a Drug Injury. According to an FDA press release, the drug is used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and tardive dyskinesia. However, officials announced the recall after glass particles were found inside a vial of the drug. Further testing discovered glass particulates in numerous doses of the drug from different lots. Experts say that using the medication containing the glass particulates in the vial could result in numerous adverse health events, including:
  • Thromboembolism
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Phlebitis
  • Activation of Platelets
  • Mechanical Block of the Capillaries or Arterioles
  • Development of Granulomas
While no significant injuries have been associated with the recall, anyone in possession of the affected drugs has been instructed to halt their use immediately. Affected medications should be disposed of immediately. The manufacturer should then be contacted to receive replacement products. The California Personal Injury Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers are aware of how dangerous using a recalled medication can be. That is why the firm suggests discussing your legal options with an attorney if you have been harmed as the result of taking a medication that was later recalled.

San Francisco Motorcycle Accident Leaves One Person Seriously Injured

by Staff Blogger | July 1st, 2013

July 1, 2013 A San Francisco Motorcycle Accident was responsible for leaving one person seriously injured. The crash happened just before 6 a.m. on Tuesday, June 16, on U.S. Highway 101, near the Silver Avenue exit. According to CBS-San Francisco, the motorcyclist and a commercial bus were both traveling south along the highway when they collided. A spokesperson with the California Highway Patrol, CHP Officer Mike Ferguson, explained that the impact of the crash forced the motorcyclist to be ejected from the machine and left him with serious injuries. The victim was rushed to a local hospital in order to receive further treatment, while the driver of the bus was uninjured in the incident. The accident highlights the need for motorists and motorcyclists alike to be more aware of the importance of sharing the road with one another. This means motorists should always look twice before moving into or out of traffic. Furthermore, motorcyclists should make every effort to be more visible on the road by wearing reflective clothing and always utilizing a headlight. The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers acknowledge the dangers motorcyclists face each time the go for a ride. The firm is here to help anyone who has been injured in a motorcycle accident that occurs at no fault of their own.