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…Details
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…Details
Recently, a young girl suffered major injuries in a hit-and-run car accident after an SUV struck her and then fled the scene of the accident. According to police, the girl was walking with her mother when she suddenly darted out into the street — a terrifying scene that all parents can relate to. The child…Details
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…Details
It’s a big secret that many lawyers don’t want you to know, but YES, you CAN represent yourself in a car accident claim. While there are certain situations where the experience and knowledge of a successful car accident attorney in the San Fernando Valley is a must, a car accident victim can definitely represent him or herself in some car accident claims. Read on to learn when it is a DIY project or when it is time to hire a lawyer.
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Even though thousands of people are injured in slip and fall accidents and it might seem obvious to you, if this happened to you or a loved one, that the person responsible for taking care of the premises was at fault, sometimes proving liability is not that clear cut. Each year, countless individuals are injured,…Details
Being hit by a car while walking down the street or across a crosswalk is a terrifying experience, and unfortunately, one that is not all that uncommon in the San Fernando Valley. Indeed, the Center for Disease Control shares that over 4,700 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States in 2012, and another 76,000 pedestrians were injured. According to the CDC, “this averages to one crash-related pedestrian death every 2 hours, and a pedestrian injury every 7 minutes. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip.”
Pedestrian Accident Risk Factors
While pedestrian accidents injure men and women of all ages, certain demographics are more at risk for being hit by a car while walking. These include:Details
Many people are familiar with the catastrophic trucking accident that left comedian Tracy Morgan severely injured and in a coma. Five months later, Tracy is still fighting to recover. According to a recent Associated Press news report, the former “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” star suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the June 7 crash, along with a broken leg, nose and ribs. Several other passengers in the car were injured, and one was killed. Truck accidents are a serious and life threatening reality of our roadways, no matter where you live.
Brain trauma can occur as a result of an impact to the head or sudden acceleration/deceleration within the cranium. In addition to the damage caused at the moment of injury, brain trauma causes secondary injuries. Indeed, TBI can cause a host of physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral effects, and a person’s recovery can range from complete recovery to permanent disability or death. In Tracy Morgan’s case, his attorney shared that it is not certain if the comedian would ever be his former self again because of his severe brain injury.Details
It’s that time of year again, when holiday parties abound and the number of buzzed drivers or intoxicated drivers on the roads increase, putting many innocent pedestrians, drivers, bicyclists, and motorists at risk. We may know that a person who gets behind a wheel after drinking and causes an auto accident can be held liable for the damages they cause, but what about the person or business who supplied the driver with the alcohol?
According to the California Supreme Court, social hosts who charge a cover to attend their parties can potentially be held liable for injuries caused by their drunken underage guests. Social host liability imposes liability on social hosts as a result of their serving alcohol to adults or minors. Persons subject to social-host liability in civil lawsuits are generally those that provided alcohol to the obviously intoxicated or to minors who subsequently are involved in vehicle crashes or other activities causing death or injury to third parties. A social host is most often a private individual who serves alcohol in a non-commercial setting.Details
Los Angeles personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg is a frequent author on Uninsured/Underinsured (“UM/UIM”) motorist topics. As such, regular advice is given out on many UM/UIM circumstances. Surprisingly, most questions from other lawyers do not involve substantive UM/UIM issues. Rather, the questions inevitably involve UM/UIM “procedure.” There is a good reason—- the UM/UIM statutes…Details