The Release of Liability—Should You Sign It?

Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer, Barry P. Goldberg, is consulted on all types of injury circumstances ranging from the standard car accident case to the more unusual—health club injuries, race track injuries and sports injuries.  Common among the more unusual circumstances is that the promoter or owner of the activity secures a “Release of Liability”…

Persuasive Visuals Make a Difference at Any Stage of a Claim

Woodland Hills Accident Attorney, Barry P. Goldberg, has long been a proponent of persuasive visuals even at the earliest stages of a claim.  Not only do insurers react to what they can actually see, visuals create a more memorable presentation than argumentative words from an attorney or dry descriptions from a doctor.  Without visuals, it is simply case 1,000,001 and is not individual or memorable.  Our law firm looks for persuasive visuals in every case.

Sometimes ordinary photographs provide enough of a visual impact to compel a favorable recovery.  One of the first things that is acquired in almost any accident case is photographs from all sources.  Cell phone photographs now provide easy access to injury photos, property damage photos and scene photos.  Our Woodland Hills law office has obtained amazing photos from police photographers that are often overlooked by experience counsel and insurers.  Normally, photos are not provided from a simple request for the police report.  However, in an obscure corner of the report there is an indication by a check mark whether photos were taken.  If so, we recommend ordering those photos immediately.  The photos are usually of a very high quality and show intense circumstances and very relevant physical evidence.

Preventing Against Bike Accidents

California’s temperate climate and large network of roads and highways make a great combination for riding your bicycle almost any day of the week — but being careful pays off.  Not all drivers or even other riders provide as much courtesy as they should to others on the road.

In the San Fernando Valley, drivers are required to share the road with cyclists, whether they like it or not. To keep the roads safe, here are a few common scenarios cyclists and drivers should be alert to:

Cycling Accidents in the San Fernando Valley

The CDC reports that while only 1% of trips taken in the United States are by bicycle, cyclists face a higher risk of crash-related injury and deaths than occupants of motor vehicles do.  Each year, more than half a million emergency room visits are attributed to bicycle-related injuries.  Major risk factors of bike and cycling accidents in the San Fernando Valley include:

(1) age – adolescents age 15 to 24 and adults over age 45 have the highest bicycle death rates,

(2) gender – men are much more likely to be killed or injured than women, and

(3) location – most deaths occur in urban areas and at non-intersection locations.

If you are injured in a bicycle accident, consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney about your injuries and your legal options can bring peace of mind as you begin your recovery.

Types of Bike Accident Injuries

Arbitrators May Award Some Amounts Above the Policy Limits in Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Cases.

Los Angeles Uninsured Motorist Attorney, Barry P. Goldberg, fields questions from lawyers and insureds alike regarding Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist arbitrations.  One of the more frequent topics concerns whether an arbitrator can “award” an amount above the stated policy limits and how “award” procedure actually works. Technically, an arbitrator is limited in assessing damages to…

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Clever Use of the Rules Can Make the Most of Your Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Arbitration

Los Angeles personal injury attorney, Barry P. Goldberg, is recognized as the “go to” expert on all things Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist.  In fact, other lawyers frequently contact him on questions about securing the arbitration in the first place.  However, very little thought is paid to actually maximizing the opportunities of the arbitration itself.  This…

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Double Check Your Uninsured Motorist Coverage This Holiday Season

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney, Barry P. Goldberg, urges his friends, family and clients to double check their Uninsured Motorist coverage this Holiday season.  It is definitely a “lump of coal” in your stocking when you discover that the driver that caused a serious accident which nearly destroyed your Holiday season was uninsured.  What’s worse—-is…

Why Won’t My Lawyer Call Me Back?

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg is asked this question all the time.  Usually, it is in the context of a perfectly good client wanting to switch lawyers to one that is reasonably responsive.  I say “reasonably” because most of these clients are not expecting very much in the way of communication from…