Why You Need an Attorney for an Uninsured Motorist Claim.

Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg is considered the “go to” resource for all things “Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist.”  In fact, Mr. Goldberg receives regular calls from lawyers throughout California regarding tricky and nuanced issues involving Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist claims.  The reason that there is so much confusion is that the applicable…

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What Does California Law Say About Dog Bites?

Dog bites are far more common – and dangerous — than you might realize. In fact, each year insurance companies nationwide pay out over $1 billion in claims related to animal bites and one-third of the money paid out through homeowners’ liability claims are related to dog attacks. It may or may not surprise you that California ranks top in the nation in fatal dog attacks and tragically, children are most often the victims of serious dog attacks. Dog bite victims of all ages often suffer a lifetime of painful and life-altering injuries; including deep skin wounds, loss of fingers, infections and scarring.

California is tough on the owners of dangerous dogs. In California, there is no such thing as a “one bite rule” or disputed liability.  In other words, a dog owner is “strictly liable” for the injuries caused by their dog and is automatically responsible to pay for your damages. An experienced dog bite lawyer can help you actually recover that money.

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Respondeat Superior: An Employer’s Liability for Torts of Its Employees and “The Required Vehicle Exception.”

Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg is always looking for alternative sources of recovery, particularly in substantial injury and wrongful death cases.  When the applicable bodily injury limits for the at fault driver are insufficient, it is imperative to look whether the driver was somehow in the “course and scope” of his employment. …

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Was Your Accident Within the Scope of the Driver’s Employment?

Should you ever be involved in a personal injury accident, the parties that may be liable aren’t always apparent at first blush. For example, a common issue that presents itself in personal injury cases is an employer’s liability for an accident caused by an employee.

Generally, employers can be found liable for the actions caused by their employees if the employee was acting within the “scope of employment”. 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. Of course, an employer will try to argue that the scope is much narrower than, in reality, it was, in order to avoid being held financially responsible for your injuries. An experienced injury lawyer will know how to handle these types of unfair situations.

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Attorney Barry P. Goldberg Discusses Mandatory One Day Jury Trials in Valley Lawyer Magazine

Attorney Barry P. Goldberg’s article on the significant changes that came to California courts earlier this summer was featured in Valley Lawyer Magazine. Barry writes that “effective July 1, 2016 mandatory one day jury trials have come to limited jurisdiction courts in California, with few lawyers considering the ramifications and even fewer preparing for the…

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Determining the Value of a Trip and Fall Case

In a trip and fall lawsuit, just like with almost any lawsuit, there is no guarantee of a certain monetary award. While a skilled personal injury attorney can examine the facts of your case to determine a potential estimate for damages, this does not mean the insurance company will agree. Your attorney needs to be experienced in fighting insurance companies in order to get what your injuries deserve.

If you were injured in a trip and fall accident, your attorney will likely ask you a few pertinent questions in order to help determine if you have a case. These questions include:

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Look Out! Teen Drivers are Back on the Road in Force!

Woodland Hills car accident attorney Barry P. Goldberg has discovered what we already really know — Teen drivers are back on the road in force!  Look out! As many families return from vacation and the school year gears up for most local schools, another yearly ritual returns as well— teen drivers and teen driver accidents.

This is not a scientific study (although I bet the statistics would bear this out!).  In talking to local friends, neighbors and clients in and around Woodland Hills, I have discovered a chilling pattern.  I casually bring up that the traffic is increasing this time of year.  I mention that people are off vacation.  I mention that harried parents are trying to get their kid to school on time, but are unfamiliar with the traffic patterns.  I mention that kids are riding bikes and walking to school now.  Surprisingly, the response I get is nearly universal—-“Yes, but look out for the teen drivers near the high school!”

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