Summer is Over for Kids, But Bike Accident Season is Still Here

While for many kids, ‘summer’ has come to an end, it is still sunny and ‘light till late’ in the San Fernando Valley! This means many of are children are coming home from school and spending time outdoors, riding their bikes and enjoying the sunshine. As a parent, it is important to note that August is the most dangerous time of year for children, with nearly 3
million medical emergencies and 2,550 deaths because of accidental injuries. Thanks to texting and driving and other forms of distracted driving, bicycle accidents involving children make up a large number of these injuries; with some of them fatal. If your child has been injured in a bike accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney.

A recent report shows that the states that reported the largest number of bike-related fatalities were California, Florida, Texas, New York, Illinois and Michigan. This means that many innocent children are killed by the negligent driving of another. The report goes on to say that almost 2/3 of the bike accident deaths involved cyclists not wearing helmets. Wearing a helmet while riding a bike is a wise safety precaution.

California Supreme Court More Liberally Defines a “Dangerous Condition” of Public Property

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg id careful about lawsuits and claims involving alleged dangerous conditions of public property.  Proving a “dangerous condition” is not always easy even if the condition actually caused or contributed to the plaintiff’s injuries.  In order to sue a public entity, the plaintiff has the burden to establish…

What to Do After a Dog Bite

If you or your loved one has been bitten by a dog, you are probably experiencing a range of emotions; including fear, uncertainty, anger. You may be so overwhelmed you are unsure of what the next step is. We can help.

What to do after a dog bite in Woodland Hills

Immediately after a dog bite:

Signs a Dog May Bite

Dog bites can be traumatic, life-threatening experiences, especially to the young ones who are most often the victims of these vicious attacks (a recent study show that 81% of dog bite attacks involve children). They can leave a victim scarred for life, both physically and emotionally, and require hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills and other expenses.

While it can often be challenging to prevent a dog from biting, there are a few tips individuals can take into consideration in order to avoid potentially dangerous situations involving dogs and that can help reduce the risk of a dog bite injury. Remember, while pit bulls tend to be involved in the most dog bite attacks, any dog has the potential to bite and cause serious injury to an innocent victim. When near a dog, especially one you do not know well, it is crucial to pay attention to the dog’s cues that they are upset. This can include barking, growling, or showing their teeth.

6 warning signs that a dog may be prone to attack

Pit Bulls and Dog Bite Attacks

California is a very dog-friendly state and in the San Fernando Valley, it is not uncommon to see individuals, couples, and families dining ‘al fresco’ with their furry best friend or visiting the local park for a doggie play date. Dogs can certainly be wonderful companions and while many of them are friendly, some dogs are not, putting you and/or your loved ones at risk for a serious dog bite injury.

Pit Bulls and Dog Bite Attacks

Barry P. Goldberg Donates to Moorpark College Music Scholarship Fund

As a personal injury attorney, I see more than my fair share of tragic car accidents. When I represent accident victims (or their families), my team and I work tirelessly to ensure that they receive the maximum financial compensation possible. A born and raised San Fernando Valley resident, I also feel it is important to give back to my community in other ways.

Recently, the Moorpark College Music Department lost one of its extremely talented pianists, Rohith Gopal, in a car accident.  In memoriam of Rohith, who was accepted to Berklee College of Music one week after his death, Moorpark College created an annual instrumental music scholarship in Rohith’s name. I played with Rohith for two years and knew him to be an exceptional young man and a great musician.

Bike Accidents: What to Do If You Have Been Injured

In the San Fernando Valley, more and more residents are “going green” and using their bikes to cruise around town. Whether riding to a new spot on Ventura Blvd for dinner or meeting friends for brunch on Calabasas Road, riding a bike can be a perfect opportunity to enjoy nice weather and help the environment, all while getting a great workout.

Many adults feel invincible on bikes, but bike accidents are not just for kids. In fact, the most recent statistics show that over 700 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles and that 84% of these bicyclists were 20 years old or older. This means that if you or your loved one are riding your bike on the same roads that drivers travel, it is important to be extra cautious.

Bike accidents most commonly take place at intersections. With 45% of bike and motorist accidents taking place at intersections, it is crucial that cyclists take certain precautions, including:

Can I Recover for My Injuries If I Was Partially At Fault for the Accident?

Since the mid-1970s, California has adhered to the rules of “comparative negligence” when determining who is at fault for auto accidents and multi-car accidents in Woodland Hills when more than one party may be to blame.

What is “Comparative Negligence”?

When a driver’s negligence (texting and driving, falling asleep at the wheel, speeding) causes a car accident, California law assigns blame to the at-fault driver (the defendant) and the victim (the plaintiff) is allowed to recover financial damages associated with the accident from the defendant.

What happens, however, when the plaintiff is partially responsible for causing the accident? The situation gets a bit more complex and speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney in Woodland Hills may be necessary.

Is the Employer of the Person Who Caused My Car Accident Liable?

Were you recently injured in an auto accident in Woodland Hills? Sometimes, the parties who may be ‘at fault’ are not always apparent at first glance. This means that you may be able to file a claim against more than one individual or entity.

Many employees are on the road for work-related reasons and/or are driving work vehicles. If an employee was acting within the “scope” of his or her employment when he or she caused the car accident that injured you, the employer may also be liable for the employee’s actions. The scope of employment is defined by those actions that either have a reasonable relation to the employee’s job performance or are reasonably foreseeable by the employer and an experienced auto accident attorney can discuss this legal concept with you in further detail.

What is Scope of Employment?

While it is not always clear if an employee is driving for a reason within the scope of his or her employment, some scenarios have long been considered within the scope of employment rule, including: