What Costs are Recoverable if I win my Case?

Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg is both careful about incurring costs and spends a significant amount of time explaining how costs work to clients.  Clients need to understand what costs they will recover by going to trial and which ones they will not.  This analysis should be part of the decision-making process…

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Tax Time Question—- Is My Personal Injury Settlement Taxable?

Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg starts receiving phone calls around this “tax time” of year from clients asking whether their personal injury settlements must be declared and are taxable.  I always answer the question the same way, I am not qualified to provide tax advice.  In fact, I “glazed over” in law…

2016 Amendment to C.C.P § 998 Equalizes Costs for Plaintiffs and Defendants

Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg frequently comments on proper uses and tactics of C.C.P § 998 Offers to Compromise.  In fact, it is one of the few very useful tools left for a personal injury attorney to prompt or force a settlement with a third party in litigation.  Moreover, C.C.P § 998…

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Never Sign a Release in an Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist Case!

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg is an expert on all things “Uninsured” and “Underinsured.”  The problem with Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist claims is that there is no integrated statute and procedural guidelines for properly handling these claims.  It is a patchwork of statutes, rules and contractual provisions.  Many, if not most, personal…

A Landowner has a Duty to Warn of Certain Dangerous Conditions

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg must look for viable liability theories against all possible defendants, particularly in catastrophic injury cases.  One theory of liability that can create liability is when a dangerous condition of property exists and the landowner fails to warn of the known dangers.  The lure of this theory is…

Why Can’t I Get My Traffic Collision Report?

Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg gets this question all the time.  In fact, sometimes the failure to obtain a police traffic collision report is the motivating reason why accident victims decide to contact a personal injury lawyer in the first place.  Because the traffic collision reports are more than just information, this…

Motorcycle Accidents and a “Contract for Safety”

Motorcycle accidents are all too common in the San Fernando Valley. Whether its riders coming to or from the windy canyon roads or those using their bikes as an opportunity to avoid some of the 101’s notoriously heavy traffic, more and more motorcyclists are on the roads. And more and more of these riders are getting seriously injured, through no fault of their own, in serious motorcycle crashes. If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle crash in Woodland Hills or the surrounding area, know that there are experienced motorcycle accident attorneys on your side.

In an attempt to reduce some of these accident-related injuries (many of them fatal), the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) has introduced a “Contract for Safety” tool for riders. The goal is to foster “communication between prospective motorcyclists and their friends and family members about a safe way forward to motorcycling.” The contract is available for free download on the organization’s website, msf-usa.org.

Expert Testimony is Necessary to Establish Some Types of Damage, But Not Others.

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg is often faced with decisions whether to hire experts on medical causation, or allow the plaintiff and the jury to apply common sense.  Essentially, the question of whether an expert is required comes down to whether the medical [or economic] condition is “beyond common experience” such that…

Furnishing an insured vehicle for the “regular use” of a non-insured young driver is excluded from coverage!

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg is often confronted with attempts by families to side-step paying insurance premiums by allowing a family member to “borrow” a vehicle. Later they contend that the use was occasional or intermittent in order to access liability coverage as a permissive user.  The families are able to own…

Medical Payments Coverage Can be Excluded if Your Car is neither “Owned” nor “Non-Owned” Under the Policy!

Woodland Hills Personal Injury Lawyer has an in insurance coverage expertise and sometimes has to explain the seemingly “unexplainable” to accident victims and insurance policyholders. Medical Payments coverage is a great asset which essentially provides “no fault” medical insurance for anyone injured in an insured vehicle up to a stated limit.  The cost is minimal…