Dog Bite Injuries and Your Financial Recovery

The United States is home to close to 80 million dogs, which means the chances are high that each of us will encounter “man’s best friend” at some point in our lifetime, if not on a regular basis.  While most dogs are harmless, some are not. These vicious dogs can cause long-lasting physical, emotional, and mental injuries to the innocent victims whom they attack.

If you or your child has been attacked or bitten by a dog, know the dog’s owner may be subject to criminal penalties and/or civil fines and litigation. On the civil side, each state addresses “dog bite liability” differently, with some states requiring that the dog have bitten another person at least once before the current victim is allowed to sue.  This is not the law in California.


Colder Weather Brings Certain Auto Accident-Related Risks

Winter can bring challenging travel conditions for pedestrians and drivers alike.  Darker days, colder weather, and frazzled and fatigued travelers may all contributed to a greater number of accidents on the road. This is true even in Southern California, where are winters only seem to last a few short months! During colder months, pedestrians are more likely to find themselves injured by walking outside on a slippery sidewalk or being hit by a careless driver. Indeed, one leading cause of accidents in the San Fernando Valley involves drivers who strike a pedestrian who is crossing the street.  Other reasons for pedestrian accidents include jaywalking and texting or using phones while crossing the street.

When walking on a sidewalk or crossing a wet street, pedestrians need to be especially careful to walk slowly and put away their electronic devices.  Pedestrians can also protect themselves by following the old adage, “look left, right, and left again,” before crossing the street.  Crossing wide streets in sections, by use of a center divider or median, is also wise.  If you find yourself walking in a parking lot, such as near a shopping mall or event center, pay attention to your surroundings, as parking lots accidents happen more often than you might think.  It is recommended that you stick to marked sidewalks and paths that are visible to drivers.  Remember, just because you can see a car or a driver does not mean they can or will see you.


Don’t Ask my Client to Explain my Legal Contentions!

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg regularly sees young or inexperienced lawyers attempt to cross examine plaintiffs essentially about the attorney’s legal contentions in the lawsuit.  It gets confusing when the cross examiner asks for “facts” which support a particular contention, affirmative defense or denial of a request for admission.  Any version of…


Motorcycle Helmet Laws in California

Do California motorcyclists have to wear helmets? The answer is a resounding yes. California Motorcycle Helmet Law In fact, California law (California Vehicle Code, Division 12, Chapter 5, Article 7, Section 27803) clearly states that: “A driver and any passenger shall wear a safety helmet meeting requirements established pursuant to Section 27802 when riding on…


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…


Special School-Related Needs of Children with Brain Injuries

Often, when we think of car accidents, we think of broken bones and cuts and bruises. We do not consider what might be happening on the inside, especially to our children who are injured in an auto accident. A combination of factors can make them more susceptible to a traumatic brain injury.  A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when an external mechanical force causes brain dysfunction and is generally the result of a violent blow or jolt to the head or body.

Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury

If you have been involved in a car accident and your children were in the car with you, it is important to pay attention to certain symptoms and signs of a TBI, which can include:


Later Injuries Resulting from Car Accidents

Many times, car accident victims do not initially realize the extent of their injuries. Perhaps they were able to leave the scene of an auto accident on their own, without the assistance of medical help. It is important to accident victims to realize that many injuries (such as whiplash and other neck injuries) do not immediately show up. It is best to keep an eye out for later-symptoms and to seek medical attention as soon as these symptoms arise.

In other cases, apparent injuries can lead to more serious damages. For example, an individual who initially has only a physical injury (i.e. injury to a wrist, leg, neck, back, etc…) can later on develop more serious problems, resulting from the initial injury. If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms like this after being involved in a car accident in Woodland Hills, reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney. You may be able to recover financial compensation for the injuries resulting from the accident.

Were you or a loved one injured in a car accident only to experience later symptoms that further aggravated your injury? If yes, you are not alone. Examples of more serious injuries resulting from an initial injury in a car accident include:


Seat Belt Defects and Car Accidents

As we know, automobile accidents in the San Fernando Valley can lead to serious injuries and sometimes death. When we combine a several thousand pound vehicle with defective products, the injuries can be even more catastrophic. If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident and you believe the accident was caused by a defective product or the injuries were more severe due to the defective product, contact an experienced auto accident lawyer immediately.

Automotive recalls are quite common these days. It is important to pay attention to these recalls in case the car you are driving has been recalled for some reason; including seat belt issues, defective airbags, or defective brakes. Recently, Mitsubishi Motors North America recalled over 40,000 Outlander SUVs to fix a problem with the front passenger seat belt lap fastener.