Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg meets with hundreds of prospective clients who have questions whether it makes sense to hire a lawyer or “do it on your own.” Most often, the decision focuses on the amount in controversy. If the amount in dispute is $10,000, or less, a prospective client can usually…Details
If you’ve been involved in a car accident in Woodland Hills, you may have suffered a head injury and not even known about it because not all head injuries involve an obvious open wound. If you think you’ve been injured after an auto accident, it is important to seek medical attention. Additionally, you may want to consider contacting a personal injury attorney, as you may be entitled to compensation. Consider doing so promptly, as statutes of limitations for personal injury claims apply. Generally speaking, in California, you have two years from when your auto accident occurred to sue the responsible parties, although there are exceptions that shorten the timeline.
Head injuries are generally grouped into three categories. Symptoms can include headaches, nausea, confusion, restlessness, and memory loss.
Examples of Head Injuries
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Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg handles several significant dog attack cases every year. Most people know that in California, the dog owner is strictly liable for dog bite injuries. However, most people do not know that a property owner or manager has a duty to warn of a dangerous condition on the…Details
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.Details
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.Details
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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
While they sometimes feel like a pain in the braking foot, stop signs do serve a purpose on San Fernando Valley roadways. Without stop signs, Southern California would likely see an even greater number of pedestrian accidents, car accident, and bicycle accidents each year. This does not mean that all stop signs are properly located…Details
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:Details