CHP Officer injured in crash on I-80 in Berkeley on 7/1/14

On Tuesday afternoon, July 1, 2014, a CHP officer driving his patrol cruiser was injured in a collision with a car on I-80 near the University Avenue exit in Berkeley, California. Both drivers suffered injuries from the crash and were taken to hospitals for treatment.

The injured parties have a right to seek compensation from the responsible car driver. Our firm has successfully handled numerous cases involving vehicle accidents.

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm are well-experienced in vehicle accidents, including those involving wrongful death, as well as motorcycle, bicycle, bus, pedestrian and truck accident cases, and will work hard and competently to obtain complete compensation for your injuries and losses.

If you or someone you know needs to know their rights regarding a wrongful death from a pedestrian, auto, bicycle, motorcycle, bus accident or other type of personal injury, call the attorneys at the Weber and Nierenberg law firm. Personal injury attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg will work hard to make sure your rights are vindicated. For a free consultation or to make an appointment, call 1-866-288-6010.

Burn Injuries in the Bay Area and Throughout Northern California

Information Regarding Your Rights and Options Following Injuries and Accidents

Burn Injuries

When you are injured by severe burns, you need special legal assistance. Legal assistance from an attorney who understands the psychological trauma of pain, scarring and disfiguration. Legal assistance from an attorney who can help you obtain the medical care you need. And Legal assistance from a lawyer who is experienced in investigating burn-related accidents and who has a track record of obtaining high-value compensation following serious accidents.

Attorney Joseph S. Nierenberg of the Bay Area law firm of Weber & Nierenberg have decades of experience handling burn injury and severe-injury cases, including injuries resulting from:

Have burns resulted in facial or bodily disfigurement? The need for skin grafting? The need for long-term and/or expensive treatment from a specialist or burn unit? Inhalation injuries?

We can help following first-, second- and third-degree burns. Legal challenges will likely involving determining the cause of the accident and injuries, identifying responsible insurers, determining the value of your claim and pursuing the full compensation you are owed.

Insurers will likely attempt to minimize the value of your claim, regardless of the facts and regardless of the extent of your injuries. They may even try to settle quickly with you for a minimal sum to avoid future exposure to financial responsibilities. Don’t settle less than the full compensation you need and are owed. Instead, contact Weber & Nierenberg to discuss your case at no charge. Call 1-866-288-6010.

Safety Tips While Using Public Transportation

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Public transportation has improved and certainly expanded over the last several years. However, there is still great potential for accidents and injuries on public transportation. If you have been injured in a public transportation accident, an experienced San Francisco personal injury attorney can help you determine if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries.

To help prevent an accident or injury while using public transportation the following safety tips may be helpful:

  1. Do not rush to board a bus or subway, this way you can avoid falling or slipping and becoming injured.
  2. As the bus or train approaches stand back from the edge of the platform or curb and stay a bit to the side to avoid being accidentally pushed or shoved off balance.
  3. Do not try to enter a subway car when the doors are closing and ensure packages, pocketbooks and backpacks are clear of closing doors after you have entered the train.
  4. Only use the emergency cord to prevent an accident or injury.
  5. Do not run or walk on escalators—stand, hold the rail and face forward. Improper use of escalators can cause serious injuries.
  6. Do not run for the bus—you can slip, trip or fall and sustain serious injuries.
  7. Do not stand in stairwells or lean against doors while traveling on a bus—sudden stops could cause you to fall and become injured.
  8. When boarding or leaving a bus watch for slippery surfaces, icy sidewalks or other hazards, which may cause you to fall.

A San Francisco personal injury law firm can help

Unfortunately, no matter how many advances have been made in transportation, accidents still happen and individuals can become seriously injured. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a public transportation accident contact us online or call 866-288-6010 to discuss your injury case.

Safety Tips to Prevent Gas Explosions

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Gas explosions frequently occur on construction or other industrial sites due to the proximity of chemicals and other combustible materials. However, gas explosions can also happen at home. Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) is commonly used for home barbecues, RV appliances, and heating and cooking appliances. And while LPG has proven to be exceedingly useful for domestic purposes, it is also a frequent cause of gas explosions at home.

Depending on the nature and location of the explosion, the consequences can be devastating including:

  • Property damages—to vehicles, appliances and homes
  • Burn injuries—from minor to severe
  • Traumatic/emotional distress—such as PTSD or other psychological reactions
  • Death—from smoke inhalation and severe burns

To help avoid the risk of a gas explosion you should:

  • Keep LPG tanks or any other type of combustible away from flammable materials such as matches, lighters, lit candles, campfires, etc.
  • Turn off gas tanks when not in use.
  • Check tanks or other combustible material containers regularly for cracks, leaks or other potential hazards.
  • Do not leave cooking food unattended, including barbecue grills.
  • If you detect the smell of gas, do not turn on any type of electrical appliance because any kind of spark can ignite an explosion.

Gas explosions whether domestic or industrial can cause severe damage and injuries and give way to numerous San Francisco personal injury claims. By practicing preventative safety measures, the life you protect may be your own.

Contact a San Francisco personal injury law firm

All too often negligence and/or product malfunction cause gas explosions resulting in serious injuries and even death. If you or a loved one has been injured in a gas explosion, contact us online or call 866-288-6010 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

Light Rail Safety Tips

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Muni Metro is San Francisco’s light rail system and serves over 150,000 passengers daily. In fact, it is the third busiest light rail system in the United States. The line consists of over 70 miles of track, seven lines and transports passengers throughout San Francisco and surrounding areas. With so much activity, it is not surprising that serious accidents can sometimes happen. If you become involved in a light rail accident, an experienced San Francisco personal injury attorney can help you determine if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Observing the following safety tips can help you avoid the risk of a light rail accident:

  • Stand behind the caution strip as your train approaches. Refrain from touching the sides of the train while it is moving and wait until the train has stopped completely before pushing the button to open the doors.
  • After leaving the train, always wait until your train has pulled out to cross the tracks—watch for approaching trains coming from the opposite direction.
  • Never walk along the light trails or trespass on the bridges or underpasses.
  • When boarding or exiting with children, always hold their hand so that you are not separated.
  • Always obey blank-out signs because they signal an approaching train.
  • Refrain from listening to personal music players and texting or talking on a cell phone when near the tracks.
  • Motorists and trains share the road and trains always have the right of way, remain alert and look for approaching trains.
  • Never drive around lowered crossing gates.

When accidents happen contact a San Francisco personal injury law firm

Even the most conscientious person can have a light rail accident and often through no fault of their own. If you or a loved one has been injured in a light rail accident, contact us online or call 866-288-6010 to discuss your light rail accident case.

Public Transportation Safety Tips for Seniors

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Unfortunately, as we age we begin to notice a loss of balance, agility and strength making us more vulnerable to injuries. Seniors may also take advantage of public transportation more than younger individuals may and so employing the following safety tips can help ensure they stay healthy and uninjured.

  1. When boarding or leaving a public vehicle look for uneven or slippery pavement or other hazards that could cause a fall.
  2. Before boarding a bus, have your fare ready to avoid losing your balance while looking for change.
  3. When boarding or leaving a subway car pay attention to the gap between the edge of the platform and the door and step cautiously.
  4. Before boarding a bus or subway car, stand to the side and let others get off first—this is not only polite but helps prevent being pushed and thrown off balance.
  5. Remain alert to your surroundings and steady yourself when the vehicle is slowing or turning.
  6. Never board a bus or subway car with too many packages, leave one hand free to hold onto railings or straps.
  7. In bad weather and at night, allow for extra time to cross intersections to ensure you are seen by motorists and do not slip and injure yourself.
  8. Wear light colored or reflective clothing at night or carry a flashlight to make yourself visible to motorists and other pedestrians.
  9. When you riding in a taxi, fasten your seat belt to ensure your safety—just because it is a cab doesn’t mean you should neglect vital safety measures.

Talk to a San Francisco public transportation accident lawyer today

Unfortunately, too many seniors are injured because of negligence and the failure of others to employ basic safety precautions. If you have been injured in a public transportation accident, an experienced San Francisco public transportation accident lawyer can help. Contact us online or call 866-288-6010 to discuss your public transportation accident case.

Forklift Safety | Tips for Keeping Workers Safe

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Forklift accidents kill hundreds of people and seriously injure thousands more every year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforces strict requirements on forklift operation as well as other industrial machinery and equipment. These requirements are meant to protect the operator, other workers and the public. Unfortunately, when safety practices are not observed or equipment is faulty individuals can become injured and need the help of a San Francisco personal injury attorney.

Many forklift accidents are the result of a tip – over which is caused by excess loads. When a forklift operator takes on too large a load, he can risk tipping over the forklift. Tip-overs are a common cause of accidents.

Another common cause of forklift accidents is related to visibility, when an operator’s line of vision is blocked by the load, other equipment or even the vehicle itself.

Further, because forklifts do not operate like automobiles and has rear steering, when entering a turn the vehicle swings wide which can result in collisions.

To avoid accidents and injuries operators and employers of forklift operators should observe the following safety practices:

• All operators should be thoroughly trained, evaluated and tested before operating a forklift.
• Do a safety inspection of forklifts before each shift.
• Forklift operators should always wear safety belts to avoid being thrown from the vehicle.
• Never take on a load beyond the forklift’s rated capacity.
• Always secure the load before operating the forklift.
• Always slow down and sound your horn at intersections or areas where vision is obstructed.
• Never drive toward anyone even in an unloaded forklift, the machine cannot stop quickly and could tip or drop debris from the load and injure the person.
• Always place loads as far back as possible to ensure stability.
• Always drive, turn, and stop slowly and smoothly when operating a forklift.
• When operating a forklift on grades, ramps or inclines, slow down to avoid tipping or casting off debris.

Contact Weber & Nierenberg

Contact us online or call 866-288-6010 to schedule a free consultation. We handle all heavy equipment accident injury claims on a contingency basis, which means that we only charge legal fees if we recover compensation for your losses.

Involved in a Lawsuit? Think before You Post on Facebook

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Even though privacy experts have warned people to be careful about what they post on Facebook, hard lessons are still being learned regarding the consequences of using social media. While most of us have heard of creditors and collection agencies using information gathered from social media websites to locate and go after debtors, insurers are doing the same regarding personal injury lawsuits.

In fact, in a 2010 personal injury case, a judge ordered a woman to turn over materials she had protected with privacy settings on her Facebook page. The woman was in the process of suing a furniture store for injuries she claimed she sustained after falling off one of their chairs. The furniture company (Steelcase) claimed the publicly accessible areas of her Facebook page indicated the woman led an active robust life inconsistent with her injury claims.

Surprisingly, the judge agreed and ordered the woman to turn over materials she had protected with privacy settings.

Social Media Privacy – A False Sense of Security?

Most people are under the impression that if they have photos of themselves or other documents set aside behind privacy settings, their privacy is protected. While Facebook sided with the woman in the case above, arguing that the Stored Communications Act protected her from having to turn over the information, the judge argued users do not have an absolute expectation of privacy since in creating a Facebook or MySpace account, the woman consented to sharing information with others – regardless of her privacy settings.

While the judge’s Fourth Amendment reasoning seems less than convincing, it does indicate the degree to which nothing posted online is ever absolutely private.

Personal Injury Lawsuits, Facebook and MySpace

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, motorcycle accident, or pedestrian knockdown, the insurance company responsible for settling or paying your claim might be interested in what you have posted on your Facebook or MySpace page. Pictures of you able-bodied, participating in sports, or hiking along a ridge may be enough to convince a judge the insurer has a right to see what else you have on your Facebook account. While it may not ultimately change the outcome of the case, it could lead to unnecessary delays and the need to spend more time and money on establishing the seriousness of your injuries and prognosis.

Protect Yourself after You’ve been Injured – Contact Weber & Nierenberg

There are a number of things that need to be taken care of after a serious car or bicycle accident. For more information regarding the steps you need to take to protect yourself, contact San Francisco car accident attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg today.

Pedestrian Knockdowns Still Plague San Francisco

San Francisco named Second Most Walkable City

According to a July 2011 report issued by Walk Score – a group that promotes “walkable neighborhoods – San Francisco ranks second in the nation among the “most walkable cities.” In general, a “Walk Score” is determined by a number of factors that include proximity to restaurants, retail shopping, public transportation, and other amenities. In fact, out of a possible 100 points, San Francisco scored an 84.9, second only to New York. Across the Bay, Oakland came in tenth place with a score of 68.2.

While this is good news for San Francisco residents – especially since each Walk Score point has been shown to equal roughly $3,000 in home value – it also means accidents involving pedestrians is unlikely to decline.

Pedestrian Knockdowns are still a Problem in San Francisco

According to a May 2011 San Francisco Examiner article, roughly 52% of all traffic fatalities in San Francisco involve pedestrians. According to a March 2011 San Francisco Examiner article, a lack of coordination between officials and various departments in the city has delayed or prevented “traffic-calming” measures from being implemented across the city. After three pedestrian deaths spanning a six-day period in March, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority held a safety hearing.

While various calls were made for increasing pedestrian safety, the reality is millions of dollars are needed to implement intersection bulb-outs, countdown signals, and reduced speed limits. Additionally, at the present time no single agency is responsible for pedestrian safety; instead, about a dozen local agencies share in partial responsibility for pedestrian safety throughout the city.

Pedestrian Knockdowns – Holding Negligent Drivers Accountable

It’s not uncommon for car, bus, and commercial truck drivers to claim they didn’t see a pedestrian. In fact, if you listen to most drivers it’s the pedestrian’s fault for “coming out of no where” or “standing in the street.” These comments and others like them often betray distraction on the part of drivers who don’t always stop properly at intersections or ignore crosswalks. In other situations, talking on a cell phone, texting, or being otherwise distracted also factors into a failure to see pedestrians.

That’s why it’s important to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer who understands how to investigate pedestrian knockdowns, recreate what happened, on hold negligent drivers accountable. If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian knockdown, contact San Francisco pedestrian accident attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg today.

 
 
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