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We have years of successful experience, winning cases involving personal injuries, medical malpractice, premise liability, products liability and other torts.  Although each case is different, we have only one focus—the rights and concerns of our clients.  By keeping our attention on the people we serve; our dedication, commitment, and unwavering drive on their behalf have resulted in exceptional results.  Josh Gruenberg and the team at Gruenberg Law can help you in even the most complex of cases.

Read about the types of cases we can help you with:

Dockless Scooter Accidents

In San Diego, Los Angeles, and other cities throughout Southern California, dockless scooters from companies such as Bird and Lime are offering an alternative method of transportation in urban areas.  In many cases, the dockless scooters can be picked up and parked anywhere within the city. While their convenience makes them an appealing alternative to other methods of transportation, the scooter companies can put riders at risk of an accident.

What Is a Dockless Scooter?

The law defines a dockless scooter as a 2-wheeled device with handlebars, a floorboard, and something that riders can stand on.

California Regulations

In California, dockless scooter use is regulated under Section 21235 of the Vehicle Code. Assembly Bill No. 2989 was approved by the governor and filed with the Secretary of State in September 2018. The new law went into effect January 1 lifting the helmet requirement for adult scooter users.  The new law requires only scooter operators under the age of 18 to wear a helmet. It also enables local authorities to authorize the use of dockless scooters on highways, at a speed of up to 35 miles per hour or higher if the vehicle is operated within a Class IV bikeway, otherwise known as a protected bike lane or cycle track.

In addition to the requirements above, Section 21235, following the latest amendment, forbids dockless scooter riders from operating the device unless:

  • It is equipped with a functional brake suited for dry, clean, level pavement.
  • It is operated within designated speed limits appropriate to a local jurisdiction.
  • They have a properly fitted, fastened bicycle helmet if under 18 years of age.
  • They do not carry items preventing them from reaching the handlebars.
  • They avoid holding on to other vehicles on a road.

State law forbids riding a dockless scooter on a sidewalk, except to exit or leave a property adjacent to it. Scooters also can’t be used on highways with the handlebars raised so high, the user must raise their hands over their shoulders to reach the steering grip.

For a more detailed perspective, view the regulatory language available on the California Legislative Information website.

Dockless Scooter Riders Risk Injury

Scooter riders face a variety of risks. If you’re inexperienced, you may not know what to do in an unexpected situation. And, no licensing or training are required to prove your competence and understanding of dockless scooter safety. If you panic, a hard stop can cause the front wheel to lock and throw you off the scooter. Not wearing a helmet, riding against traffic or on sidewalks, with more than one rider, or being intoxicated or otherwise impaired are dangers that can be avoided.  Although localized teams hired by scooter rental companies such as Lime and Bird perform regular maintenance on their companies’ fleets, the companies rely heavily on riders to flag and report issues. Oftentimes those reports come too late or not at all and those mechanical issues, such as faulty brakes and sticky accelerators, have already led to injury.

Main Types of Dockless Scooter Claims

  • Dockless Scooter vs. Road Defect (Design or Maintenance Problem)
  • Dockless Scooter vs. Auto
  • Dockless Scooter Product malfunction (Design or Manufacturing Problem)

To discuss a possible dockless scooter personal injury claim Contact Gruenberg Law.  San Diego Personal Injury Attorneys for over 25 years.

Car & Bicycle Crashes

At Gruenberg Law, we not only understand the law, but we also understand the sport of cycling.  We understand that motorists sometimes fail to pay attention to cyclists on the road and can cause serious bicycle accidents.   Hazardous conditions on public and private property often lead to bicycle accidents. There are many circumstances that can result in serious bicycling accidents.

What sets our law firm apart from most other personal injury attorneys that handle bicycle accident cases is the fact that we fully understand the sport and the dangers associated with cycling. Josh Gruenberg and the attorneys at Gruenberg Law are committed to ensuring that every client receives the personal care and attention that their case deserves.  We take our role in representing injured cyclists seriously, and we strive to make sure they obtain the best possible results available under the law. We are aggressive in our pursuit of every bicycle accident case we undertake and committed to serving our clients by providing the highest quality legal representation available.

The Emerging Popularity of Bicycling

Bicycling is one of the most popular forms of transportation, sport and leisure in the United States, particularly in Southern California where we enjoy great weather year-round.  In the past two decades, interest in cycling has grown exponentially and as a result more communities have increased their efforts to encourage car drivers to “Share the Road” with bicyclists by widening streets and establishing designated bike lanes to help keep cyclists safe.

Despite all of the awareness and support for increased safety on San Diego roads, more bicyclists on the roads means more opportunities for bicycle and automobile collisions.  Unfortunately, when bicycles and automobiles collide, the consequences can be deadly; in fact, California’s fatality rate for cyclists in traffic accidents is one-and-a-half times the U.S. average.

Bicycle Injuries and Their Effects

Cycling injuries can be very serious; mainly because bicyclists are exposed to harsh elements such as asphalt, concrete and metal. Any collision or fall suffered while riding a bike has the potential to be severe or even fatal.  From scrapes and cuts, to broken bones, to head trauma, the consequences of suffering an injury while cycling can be lasting and permanent.

This is particularly true when a cyclist suffers a severe head injury during an accident.  A traumatic brain injury may occur when the brain experiences a sudden physical impact, such as the type of impact a cyclist can sustain in a collision or fall.  Cyclists who have suffered a closed head injury during an accident or fall can experience headaches, difficulty with focusing on or completing tasks, fatigue, changes in personality or energy level, and more.

Legal Rights of Cyclists in California

People who ride bicycles on streets and highways have all of the same legal rights and privileges as motorists.  Cyclists who are injured while riding on public roadways may be entitled to compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.  While the cause of the accident is critical to legal recovery, the law protects those who are injured through the negligent acts of others.

Holding Negligent Parties Responsible for Bicycle Accidents

Sometimes, in spite of a cyclist’s best efforts to legally and safely ride their bicycle on public roadways, he/she can suffer injuries due to the negligence of another motorist.  In 2009, over 51,000 cyclists were injured and 630 cyclists were killed during traffic accidents in the U.S. The most common causes of bicycle traffic accidents include alcohol/drug impairment of the motorist or cyclist, visibility, and failing to follow basic traffic laws such as signaling before making a turn or changing lanes.

Cyclists can also be injured on public roadways which are not properly maintained by local or state authorities who are responsible for keeping streets and highways in a safe condition.  Injuries can also be caused when a bicycle manufacturer, retailer or repair facility either makes or fails to correct a defective bicycle or its component parts.

To discuss a possible bicycle accident personal injury claim Contact Gruenberg Law.  San Diego Personal Injury Attorneys for over 25 years.

Ride Sharing Accidents

The ride sharing services Uber and Lyft have become increasingly popular in San Diego over the past decade, providing a cost effective alternative to taxis and providing ride sharing services at competitive rates.

Along with more ride sharing services comes the risk of being injured if you are involved in an accident.  While accidents can happen at any time regardless of whether an Uber or Lyft driver is involved, the aftermath of an Uber or Lyft related accident can be much more complicated, as the company itself and the driver could be found responsible for any injuries resulting from an accident.

If you have been injured in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft ride sharing vehicle, you may have the ability to file a personal injury lawsuit or file an insurance claim for injuries sustained in the accident. However, you must be able to prove that your injuries were caused by the accident, regardless of whether you were a driver or passenger of another vehicle involved, a passenger of the Uber or Lyft vehicle, or a pedestrian.

Uber’s Insurance Policy and Ride Sharing Accident Victims

Uber maintains an insurance policy that covers ride share driver-partners and passengers in certain circumstances. According to the website, Uber’s insurance policy provides at least $50,000 in injury liability coverage per person, $100,000 per accident, and $25,000 for property damage while a driver is online, logged into the app, and waiting for a ride request. Once the driver accepts a ride request, Uber’s insurance policy covers liability to third parties, injuries due to uninsured/underinsured motorists, and comprehensive coverage if the driver’s personal insurance has this coverage.

After the driver picks up the passenger, Uber’s insurance coverage increases to $1,000,000 minimum total liability coverage. With a rider in the vehicle, Uber’s insurance will cover the same things as when the driver is on the way to pick up the rider, only it will extend coverage to the rider. The rider is eligible for at least $1,000,000 for bodily injury and property damage where another party is at fault. There is also contingent collision and comprehensive coverage in the event that the Uber driver is at fault for the wreck.

The process for determining what your legal rights are in the event you or a loved one suffers injuries from an Uber or Lyft related ride sharing accident can be extremely difficult, but we’re here to help.

To discuss a possible ride sharing accident claim contact Gruenberg Law.  San Diego Personal Injury Attorneys for over 25 years.

Back / Spine / Neck Injuries

Spinal, back and neck injuries can be catastrophic and interrupt life as you know it.  You may incur costs involving medical care and equipment.  Gruenberg Law in San Diego will help you get the resources you need to make a recovery or adapt the best you can to your new situation.

To discuss a possible personal injury claim Contact Gruenberg Law.  San Diego Personal Injury Attorneys for over 25 years.

Brain Injury

Brain injuries can be traumatic.  We will work with you in this most challenging of times and partner with professionals, registered nurses, life care planners, economists and rehabilitation experts to help you on your road to recovery and achieve the outcome you deserve.

To discuss a possible brain injury personal injury claim Contact Gruenberg Law.  San Diego Personal Injury Attorneys for over 25 years.

Premises Liability

You have a right to be safe no matter where you are—a restaurant, hotel, apartment complex, or other public space. Securing financial compensation in premises liability cases can be difficult because of the legal requirements for responsible holding owners, builders, and occupiers.  Gruenberg Law in San Diego will work through the legal maze to get you the compensation you deserve.

To discuss a possible personal injury claim Contact Gruenberg Law.  San Diego Personal Injury Attorneys for over 25 years.

Product Liability

If you have been harmed as a result of a defective product, Gruenberg Law in San Diego’s impressive track record with product liability law will help you obtain the results you seek.  Our expertise in investigation positions our clients for success.

To discuss a possible personal injury claim Contact Gruenberg Law.  San Diego Personal Injury Attorneys for over 25 years.

Medical Malpractice

Medical mistakes can lead to serious, lifelong injuries.  Gruenberg Law in San Diego represents people who have been harmed in medical cases from surgical errors, medication errors and nursing malpractice.  We’ll handle your case with precision and care.

To discuss a possible medical malpractice personal injury claim Contact Gruenberg Law.  San Diego Personal Injury Attorneys for over 25 years.

Wrongful Death

Losing a loved one can be heartbreaking;  especially if the circumstances surrounding the loss involve negligence or a wrongful or willful act.  We at Gruenberg Law are here to support you and help reduce your feeling of helplessness. Our compassionate team of experienced attorneys will provide support during all phases of litigation.  Your immediate and long term needs will be our primary focus as we give your case the attention it deserves.

If your loved one died as a result of negligence or wrongful actions on the part of an individual or corporation, you may be entitled to pursue compensation for medical and funeral costs, loss of anticipated earnings, loss of financial benefits, pain and suffering, loss of inheritance, loss of protection or companionship, and general and punitive damages.

What Is Wrongful Death?

Caused by negligence or a wrongful or willful act, there are many types of wrongful deaths, including those caused by:

Medical malpractice
A medical professional may be held liable if he fails to properly diagnose a serious illness, fails to warn patients of known risks, or provides improper treatment that fails to meet the accepted standards for care.

Vehicle accidents
Car and truck accidents caused by faulty vehicle components or negligent, drunk, drugged, distracted, or drowsy drivers are common causes of wrongful death.

Slip and fall accidents
Also known as matters of premises liability, slip and fall accidents can result in serious injuries and wrongful deaths.

Animal attacks
Pet owners who fail to prevent their animals from harming others can sometimes be held liable for injuries or deaths.

Work-related deaths
If faulty equipment, supervisory negligence, or unsafe working conditions result in a fatal accident, family members may be able to pursue compensation.

Exposure to toxic materials
Toxic chemicals can be encountered in the workplace or found in unsafe products. If you can show that exposure to toxic materials resulted in a loved one’s death, you may be compensated for your loss.

Nursing home abuse
In a nursing home setting, wrongful deaths can occur when the staff directly and willfully abuses a patient or behaves negligently.

Defective drugs or products
Family members of persons who were killed by drugs or products while using them as intended or prescribed may be able to sue the manufacturer.

Wrongful Death Law in California

A wrongful death claim is authorized by the operation of law in California. This law allows only certain people to file a lawsuit for the recovery of money following the negligent or intentional death of another. If you do not qualify under the statute, most likely you are not authorized under the law to bring a lawsuit or to recover monetary damages for the wrongful death of another. When someone dies due to the fault of another person or entity (like a car manufacturer), the survivors may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. This type of lawsuit seeks compensation for the survivors’ loss, such as lost wages from the deceased, lost companionship, and funeral expenses.

In California, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim is two years from the date of the deceased person’s passing. If it is a medical malpractice case,  a separate set of rules apply.

California wrongful death lawsuits are sometimes combined with a so-called “survival action” under California Code of Civil Procedure 377.30. While a wrongful death lawsuit compensates the deceased person’s family for their losses, a survival lawsuit lets the heirs recover losses on behalf of the deceased’s estate.

To discuss a possible wrongful death personal injury claim Contact Gruenberg Law.  San Diego Personal Injury Attorneys for over 25 years.

Dog Bites

Although dogs are supposed to be man’s best friend, they may attack someone if they are fearful or frightened.  We will bring to light what could have been done to prevent the attack and help you receive compensation for injuries and medical bills incurred because of a serious dog bite.

Legal Malpractice

You just might have a legal case on your hands if you hired an attorney and they were negligent in handling your matter.  We take accusations of legal malpractice very seriously—whether due to negligence or failure to comply with ethical standards set by the State Bar of California.