Rarely does thinking about the sport of golf conjure up the dangerous implications that being alone on a fairway produce. It is, after all, considered by many to be a sport of elegance and relaxation. It probably doesn’t hurt that golf is often practiced outdoors with little to no interference by external entities.

However, this same solo venture could invite a golf accident and hinder outside help, all at the same time. If you sustain a personal injury while on the green, you may have an accident claim.

Golf, an Introduction

Golf is a sport where players hit balls into a series of 18 holes, using clubs of various sizes. The goal is to put the ball into a hole in as few strokes as possible.

The problem you may face is whether or not the site you are playing on has adequate safety measures. The club venue should ensure they aren’t the ones putting you in danger in the first place. This can make it difficult to pursue a personal injury claim.

Common Safe-tee Risks of Golfing

So as not to put yourself at risk, it’s important to always exercise caution. Suffering a golf accident due to the negligence of another party on the green can involve:

• Dangerous landscaping• Errant balls and clubs
• Slip & falls• Defective equipment

 

An insurance adjuster’s job is to minimize your claim by pointing to inevitabilities: such injuries are par for the course. Blaming you for simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time is inexcusable.

The best thing for your well-being, and that includes your personal injury claim, is to have an experienced injury attorney determine what kind of injury you are dealing with. You shouldn’t pay the price physically and financially because of someone else.

Safety Precautions

No one wants to suffer a golf accident. Some ways you can prevent personal injury from occurring on the fairway include:

• Avoid wet course conditions• Check weather report for the day
• Stay hydrated• Know nearest emergency station

We Can Help

An adjuster will always try to put the blame on you, but at Bergener Mirejovsky we practice a more novel concept: getting you the compensation you deserve. Our team of reputable personal injury accident attorneys work tirelessly to ensure that your needs are met, above and beyond the call of duty. Call 1-800-881-2021 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a free consultation.

When you travel with a common carrier airline, you put your safety into the hands of strangers trained to care for you during transit. These attendants are present to ensure your trip is as fluid as possible. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for mistakes to happen in-flight, leading to unforeseen injuries. If you suffer an accident while under the care of an airline, whether pre- or in-flight, you may have a personal injury claim.

Facets of Airline Culpability

Responsibility for any pre- or in-flight injuries you sustain begins the moment you begin boarding the plane. At that point, you are under the care of the flight attendants who have been appointed by the airline to enforce the company safety guidelines and protocols.

Areas in which an airline may be held liable should you become injured include:

• Forceful ejection• Physical altercations
• Unsecured food carts• Hard landing
• Inadequately trained attendants• Loose bins
• Runway fender-benders• Scattered luggage

In some cases, an airline cannot be held accountable for situations regarded as “acts of god.” This can include sudden weather changes, bird strikes, or even turbulence. Furthermore, an airline is not responsible if its crew was able to predict any of the aforementioned, and took steps to mitigate an injury.

However, if the pilot or the flight crew were aware of an incoming turbulence and failed to notify you to fasten your seatbelt, and implement adequate safeguards to protect you from an injury, you may have an accident claim.

How Do I Open a Personal Injury Claim?

Pursuing a personal injury claim for an in-flight injury can be difficult. Common injuries, as a result of turbulence and hard landings, are often chalked up by the airline as coming with the territory. An insurance adjuster may even take your claim and point to past injuries as the real cause.

In order to strengthen your claim, make sure you:

Let Us Help

When an airline neglects to put your safety first, you pay the price. At Bergener Mirejovsky, you are our primary concern. Our reputable personal injury attorneys know how insurance adjusters think—we’ve held the actual playbooks they use to break down your case and put the blame on you for your own suffering. Call 1-800-881-2021 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to see if you have a claim. Don’t regret, get your needs met.

Widespread distribution and the use of drones has opened the doors to a whole new way of viewing the world—an army of “eyes in the sky”, so to speak. Unfortunately, when in the hands of an inexperienced or negligent pilot, what should be a fun and innovative pastime can quickly turn into a personal injury claim.

What is a Drone?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) defines a drone, or unmanned aircraft, as an aircraft that is operated without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft.

All drones are subject to registration via the FAA website, and must abide by such regulations as includes:

• Flying at or below 400 feet• Never flying over groups of people
• Keeping drone within line of sight• Never flying under while      

   drunk/intoxicated

What are the Risks of Drone Misuse?

Although the FAA’s regulations serve as a preemptive measure to deter drone injuries, accidents still happen. Incidents like these can land an innocent person in the hospital, and the negligent party can be held liable for a personal injury claim even though the drone is an unmanned aircraft. It’s important to know you have a voice in all of this.

A few of the dominant injuries that can be caused by unsafe drone piloting includes: 

• Eye injuries• Penetration injuries
• Scratches• Lacerations
• Hand injuries• Blunt force trauma

To offset the potential for personal injury, some drone models are outfitted with protective blades and rotor guards. Sense and Avoid sensors are equipped to detect surroundings and decrease the likelihood of a drone colliding with a person, or any obstacles that might lead to a free-fall on individuals below.

However, these safeguards apply disproportionately, especially among high-end expensive models. Troubling, when considering that more severe drone accidents, such as blunt force trauma, can lead to serious neck injuries. It can even prove fatal.

Drone-Pedestrian Collisions

When a drone wanders too far and loses connection with the piloting controller, it is common for a drone to simply descend and land wherever it might be. This can be problematic if the drone happens to land in a populated area and onto a person.

In any situation where you are struck by a drone, whether in-flight or during a free-fall, you may have a claim.

Your fight, our fight

If you’re injured because of drone misuse or malfunction, you shouldn’t have to pay physically and financially because of another’s negligence. Let Bergener Mirejovsky do all the heavy lifting. Our dedicated team of personal injury attorneys will work tirelessly to ensure you get the compensation you deserve for an injury you didn’t cause. Call 1-800-881-2026 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a free case evaluation.

From transit to quality of life, society comes to rely more on technology. However, there still is an expectation that safety is the first and last word. In the case of Virtual and Augmented Reality, this should be of the utmost importance.

Virtual and Augmented Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) is an audial-visual experience, accomplished by using a headset enhanced with earphones and a goggle display.

Augmented Reality (AR) is a visual enhancement of your surroundings, with the help of eyewear (i.e. reading glasses), or your mobile device’s camera lens.

The Imagined vs. Real-World Consequences

Side effects attributed to Virtual and Augmented Reality product use can include:

• Seizures• Dizziness
• Loss of awareness• Falling
• Eye strain• Altered, blurred, or double vision
• Involuntary movements• Head trauma
• Tripping• Hearing damage

Taking Precautions Means Safety First

Some companies have disclaimers on their products warning users of these side effects. However, the technology should already be completely safe without the risk of personal injury if companies are releasing it for public use.

Imagine you are trying out a Virtual Reality headset at the store. After a couple of minutes, the device prompts you to start walking forward. You take a step and run straight into an unseen wall and bump your head hard. A trip to the hospital later that day confirms you have suffered a minor concussion.

A device that puts you in harm’s way can make the producing company liable for damages. The store that allowed you to try on the headset can also be held liable if there was a lack of safety measures taken.

We Can Help

If you or your loved one begins exhibiting any of the listed symptoms following the use of Virtual or Augmented Reality devices, seek medical attention immediately. An unforeseen personal injury with new technology can be a scary experience. Don’t doubt, reach out to Bergener Mirejovsky. Our skilled accident attorneys have the resources and know-how to give you confidence in your recovery. Call us today at 1-800-881-2021 for a free consultation any hour of the day.

Whether you are a road cyclists or a mountain biker, your bicycle will inevitable come into contact with mud, grime and other abrasive materials that will speed up the deterioration of your ride.

Bicycle maintenance can seem intimidating, but by incorporating a few simple steps in your riding routine you will greatly improve the performance and safety of your bike.

At Bergener Mirejovsky, we are committed to bike safety awareness. Several members of our team are seasoned cyclists and mountain bikers who advocate accident prevention. They have helped put together this list.

  1. Clean: Dirt and grime gums up your bike and will make bike maintenance difficult. Knocking off caked on dirt and debris should be the first step in your bike care routine. You should remove the rest of the muck with a rag and warm water. Resist the urge to hose down your bike, it may damage sensitive bearings.
  2. Examine: Now that your bike is clean, you can catch small problems before they become serious. Noticing a wobbly wheel, fraying cables, and deep kinks in hydraulic brake hoses early may prevent an accident or more extensive repair. Make sure your lights are in working order.
  3. Lubricate: Check to see if your bike chain is dry. If it is, lubricate it with oil or grease recommended by your local bike shop. Keeping your bike properly lubricated will protect moving parts of your bike from excessive wear and corrosion.
  4. Tire Pressure: Give your tires a quick squeeze. Low tire pressure will not only hurt the performance of your bike, but can lead to rim, tube, and tire damage.
  5. Store Properly: The way you store your bike will have a big impact on the potential wear and tear. Ideally, keep your bike somewhere that is dry and away from direct sunlight such as your garage.

This list may be obvious, but each step should be a regular part of your bicycle riding routine. We want your bike to be in pristine condition every time you go out and ride. This will enable you to respond to road hazards quickly and effectively.

For more information, visit the bicycle accident page on our website. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, call us today for a completely free consultation at 1-800-881-2021.

A 60-year-old San Diego man was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Route 94 late Friday night. The driver of the Volvo 850 sedan was incarcerated following the crash on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving.

The driver struck a curb and two trees along the highway, after making an unsafe maneuver to the right while traveling at a high rate of speed, reported a CHP dispatcher.

CHP and San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed that the car’s restrained passenger died at the scene due to fatal injuries sustained in the crash.

Although authorities have not confirmed the cause of the crash, a CHP dispatcher said the driver was arrested after the crash on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence.

Drunk drivers pose a danger to the passengers in their car as well as everyone in proximity to the road. Whether intoxicated or driving distracted, there is never an excuse for endangering the lives of other people. It is important for victims of negligent drivers to understand their rights in order to start their road to recovery.

At Bergener Mirejovsky, our personal injury attorneys understand the financial and emotional toll the loss of a loved one has on a family. We have dedicated ourselves to helping the victims of negligent drivers understand their rights and options moving forward.

If you or a loved one have been injured or experienced a loss as a result of a negligent driver, call 1-800-881-2021 to speak with an attorney. Consultations are always free and we are happy to inform you of your options after an injury 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Distracted driving has been getting a lot of media attention recently. And with good reason. In many respects, driving distracted can be even more of a problem than driving drunk. In 2011 twice as many accidents were caused by distracted drivers than by alcohol.

Normally, when we talk about distracted driving, the conversation tends to focus on text messages, talking on the phone, and dealing with other new and complex technologies.

This is appropriate and the division of a driver’s attention caused by phones and electronics is a dangerous trend that must be taken seriously.

Considerably less time, however, is spent discussing the role children can play in diverting the attention of a driver from the road.

This is unfortunate because it means that parents, by paying attention to their kids, are actually putting those children in serious danger.

Particularly disturbing is an Australian study which determined that kids are 12 times more distracting to drivers than talking on the phone. Fussing with a child’s toys, or picking a bag of snacks off the floor is not worth risking a traffic accident and potentially serious injuries.

Other findings of the study are of equal cause for concern. In a 16 minute trip, the average parent spends three minutes and 22 seconds not watching the road. Men are distracted by their children even more than women, taking their eyes off the road more frequently and for longer periods of time than women.

New mothers are especially distracted. This distraction is coupled with the fatigue new mothers experience (sleeping an average of less than five-and-a-half hours per night). In light of this, it’s not surprising that ten percent of new moms have had an accident while driving their baby. This is almost three times the normal accident rate.

Feeling the desire to safeguard your children is easy. But knowing how to do it is sometimes a little trickier. At Bergener & Associates we have compiled a few tips and tricks to help you keep your loved ones out of harms way and combat distracted driving:

As accident lawyers, we regularly see the sobering effects that distracted driving can cause to you and your loved ones. If you have been injured due to a distracted or otherwise negligent driver you deserve to be taken care of.

Our personal injury attorneys can do the heavy lifting and make certain you get fair compensation so that you can focus on what’s most important, your recovery. Call us at 1-800-881-2021 for a free consultation. Our accident lawyers can help you determine if you have a case and assist you in understanding your rights.

On July 11, 2011, Eric Weers drove into opposing traffic on Highway 17 in Santa Cruz. He caused the crash that killed Ana Barajas, a medical technician with four children. Weers is also currently facing murder charges for deliberately driving the wrong way on the highway.

The suit filed by Barajas’ children names Weers, his father, and the Santa Cruz Community Counseling Center. At the time, Weers was living at the counseling center and undergoing treatment for schizoaffective disorder. He was driving his father’s vehicle. Weers was also under the influence of illegal drugs when the accident occurred.

The children’s attorney claims in the suit that the SCCCC was negligent in failing to provide basic standards of care for a patient with Weer’s disorder. They are experienced with helping adults who have mental health problems, as well as dealing with people struggling with addiction issues. It is not known exactly in what capacity the center was assisting Weers, but he was off of his prescription medication for a few days prior to the incident.

There are few experiences as devastating as a wrongful death of a family member. No settlement amount can bring back a lost loved one. Although it is impossible to set a price on the emotional toll of a person’s passing, there is also a financial toll on the survivors. This is especially true in a case like this one, where children have lost a parents on whom they are financially dependent. It is important to bring negligent parties to justice, and pursue their insurance companies for a fair settlement that can help provide financial security for the surviving family.

At Bergener Mirejovsky, we understand that each and every case is unique, and must be handled with aggressive advocacy and personal care. We’ve worked with many families throughout California to successfully settle their wrongful death claims.

 

Vehicle accident rates increase dramatically when it starts to rain. Southern California roads are especially susceptible to dangerous conditions when rain first hits. Because it doesn’t rain often, oil, gasoline, rubber and dirt collect on our highways. When all those sediments get wet it makes for very slippery road conditions – particularly after a long dry spell like this summer.

According to the California Highway Patrol, auto accidents increase by over 203% in the rain. This is because many people don’t change their driving habits on wet roads. It’s dangerous not to take into account the effect weather can have on your commute. Not only are the driving dynamics of your vehicle changed significantly by wet roads, but your braking power is reduced. A small puddle may seem harmless, but at 50 miles per hour it could send your car into a spin putting you and oncoming traffic at risk for a collision. Also, road visibility is worse; many drivers don’t turn on their headlights, rendering their cars nearly invisible.

Bergener Mirejovsky recommends using extreme caution when driving in the rain:
  • Allow extra time for your travels so you aren’t in a hurry
  • Keep your distance from other cars – more than you would under ideal road conditions
  • Turn on your headlights and use your turn signals
  • Brake sooner and more gradually than you would when it’s dry
  • Don’t cross running water and avoid driving through large puddles when possible
  • If you start hydroplaning, release the gas and steer straight until you regain traction, tap brake if necessary
These tips should help keep you and your family safe. It’s always better to be prepared and take as many precautions as you can. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, contact Bergener Mirejovsky for a free consultation with a personal injury attorney. Call us at 1.800.881.2021 or visit www.bergenerlaw.com.

 

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