Hit and Run Bike Accidents on the Rise

Hit and run accidents are frightening auto accidents that require the assistance of an experienced accident attorney in order for a victim to recover maximum financial damages. While hit-and-run car accidents involving automobiles in Los Angeles County have dropped in recent years, those involving bicycles have jumped 42% over the same time period. With the number of cyclists on the road in Woodland Hills, this is not good news.

In an effort to ‘go green’ and increase activity level among its residents, Los Angeles County has spent the last few years encouraging men, women, and children to get on their bikes, adding more than 120 miles of bike lanes to make bike riding safer. The effort has worked. For example, the number of people throughout the County who commute to work by bike is increasing and residents can find Hulu bikes and other bike rentals on corners throughout the Valley.

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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…

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When Serious Accidents and Dog Bites Result in Amputations

Amputations resulting from a car accident or pedestrian accident injury or a dog bite are not uncommon. If your doctor has informed you that you, or your loved one, will need to undergo an amputation, know that you are not alone. In fact, about 1.8 million Americans are living with amputations, many of those individuals being Woodland Hills residents. Amputation of the leg — either above or below the knee — is the most common amputation surgery.

Losing a hand, foot, arm or leg can be a devastating event for an individual, mentally, physically, and financially. The lost body part has been a part of us our entire lives and we have become dependent on it. For children, it can feel embarrassing to have to struggle with a lost limb. Not only that, but the financial costs relating to amputations can be quite high with long hospital stays, on-going physical therapy, prosthetic limbs, and more. For these reasons, it is important to seek the guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney to help you ensure you receive the full monetary compensation you deserve.

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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…

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Merry Christmas! Insurers are increasingly using the “Drop Check” to settle your case for less.

Woodland Hills Personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg has seen insurer trends over the past three decades of representing injury victims.  Early in his days of practice, insurers often utilized the “Drop Check” to attempt to side track negotiation and to settle cases cheaply and quickly.  The “Drop Check” is a tactic whereby the insurer…

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Were You Injured in a Serious Car Accident? Don’t Rule Out Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

From pedestrians hit while crossing the street to catastrophic truck accidents, collisions with motor vehicles often leave innocent victims struggling with injuries. More often than not, these injuries require medical attention that typically result in expensive medical bills. Sometimes, these injuries are fatal. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2014, 32,675 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes on U.S. roadways. An additional 2.3 million people were injured in crashes in 2014.

As we have discussed, some injuries (such as whiplash, a serious condition resulting often resulting from car accidents) and other health conditions are not initially obvious because they may take a while to develop. As a result, some accident victims do not believe that they should file a claim to recover compensation for these injuries or, if they do file a claim, are not sure whether to include them in their request for compensation. Without the guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney in Woodland Hills, many injury victims do not consider the long-term health care needs their injuries may require, and this on-going cost should obviously affect how much compensation a victim seeks.

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A Plaintiff without Medical Insurance Can Still Establish the Reasonable Value of Medical Services Rendered—- the Medical Bills are Admissible for That Purpose.

Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg is frequently challenged to establish the reasonable value of his client’s medical bills even though they are not paid by health insurance.  The “challenge” is presenting a trial without incurring large and arguably unnecessary expert fees merely to have someone testify that medical bills in a particular…

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Shoulder Injuries Caused by Personal Injury Accidents

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the majority of us will suffer a shoulder injury during our lifetimes. Many times, these injuries are caused by auto accidents or slip and fall accidents. And while some of these will be relatively minor strains or separations, others will be more serious and result in long-term pain and suffering and medical care. If you or a loved one have suffered a shoulder injury in an accident in Woodland Hills that was not your fault and are struggling to work, or are entirely unable to work, talk to an experienced personal injury attorney about your legal rights.

Common shoulder injuries

The three most common types of shoulder injuries are:

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Car Accidents on the Rise: Defensive Driving Tips to Consider

With all of the increases in technology (cars can park — and drive! — themselves!), one might think that our roads have become a safer place for us to travel on. Unfortunately, the opposite is true. Auto accidents are on the rise and if you or a loved one was injured in a car accident in Woodland Hills that was not your fault, know that California law is on your side.

This isn’t just a local problem. Roadway deaths have been spiking sharply upward across the country. In fact, the National Safety Council recently shared that U.S. traffic fatalities have “increased every month for six straight months.” National traffic-related deaths through the first quarter of 2015 are up by a whopping 11% over the same four-month period in 2014. Scary, especially if you have teens or new drivers on the road. Teen drivers are particularly at risk for being involved in auto accidents for a variety of reasons, including their lack of experience and tendency to be more distracted while driving.

Why the increase in auto accidents?

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