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We understand. If it were up to us, the insurance company would be treating you fairly and providing you with the compensation you deserve after suffering injuries due to negligence. As you know by now, they are in no mood to do the right thing. To get the compensation you and your family need, it is in your best interest to have the experienced attorneys of Neustadt & Berriz, APC, on your side.

We offer attentive representation from experienced attorneys who are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can rely on us for prompt communication and thorough explanation of your rights, and updates on how we are working to obtain the compensation you need for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Nursing Home Negligence
  • Premises Liability
  • Construction Accidents
  • Product Liability
  • Types of Injuries

If you have been harmed through no fault of your own, you can find peace of mind in our approach to personal injury matters. We welcome the opportunity to sit down with you to answer your questions and plan an effective legal approach.

Call Neustadt & Berriz, APC today at 818-927-3502 to arrange your free initial consultation. We represent clients in Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, and throughout Ventura County and Southern California.

Attorney Profiles

Attorney John R. Neustadt

Jurisdictions:

  • California, 1976

Education:

  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
    • J.D. - June, 1976
  • University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California
    • B.S. - 1972
    • Major: Psychology

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • State Bar of California, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Member

Attorney Armando J. Berriz

Jurisdictions:

  • California, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1994

Education:

  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California
    • J.D. - 1994
  • University of California, Los Angeles, California
    • B.A. - 1991
    • Major: Economics

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • The American Board of Trial Advocates, California Coast Chapter, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Member
  • Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine Law School's Straus Institute for
    Dispute Resolution, 2003

Languages Spoken:

  • Spanish

Verdicts & Settlements


Automobile vs. pedestrian: $1,000,000.00. The female client was crossing the street when she was struck by a car. Neustadt & Berriz investigated the case and was able to why adverse witness and police investigation reports were incorrect. The woman struck her head in the accident and suffered from the effects of minor traumatic brain injury (MTBI).


Automobile vs. pedestrian: $300,000.00 An elderly woman crossing Doheny Rd at an unmarked crosswalk, was struck by a car driven by an elderly man. The police report blamed the pedestrian for walking into the car. After investigating the case personally, the attorney from Neustadt & Berriz was able to convince the insurance company that the police report was incorrect, and that the driver should have been able to stop if he had been more attentive and careful.


Electric gate malfunctions: A sliding gate at an apartment building was not properly maintained and it malfunctioned, failing to reverse and it squeezed a young child who was hospitalized. After the bruises cleared, the pediatric neurologist at Kaiser cleared this patient with a good prognosis. Recovery for client: $40,000 in a blocked account which will be there for him when he's ready for college.


Intersection collision—red light dispute: This accident happened at 2 am. Each party said they had the green light and there were no witnesses. However, Neustadt & Berriz investigated the intersection and discovered that the lights were controlled by a loop (sensors at the intersection which trigger cycling of the lights) and the client was on the road which usually has the green. Confronted with this indisputable evidence, the insurance paid its policy limits.


Bicycle accident and brain trauma: Teenage client jumped his bike in a vacant dirt lot that had become a neighborhood bike jumping track. He lost control and sustained a severe head trauma and brain injury, requiring a helicopter ride from Lancaster to Mayo Hospital and later to Ranch Los Amigos. Even though the insurance company argued strenuously that the client was recreating and assumed the risk of bike jumping, Neustadt & Berriz argued that the property owner was negligent in allowing the bike ramps to be formed on the property. The insurance company paid $150,000.00.


Dangerous Road and Car Accident leads to scarred lip: After getting the insurance policy limits from the at-fault driver ($100,000.00) Neustadt & Berriz proved the roadway was negligently designed and constructed which was the reason the cars crashed in the first place. After prolonged litigation, Neustadt & Berriz recovered another $40,000.


Trip and Fall over raised sidewalk causes broken femur requiring hip replacement: A tree root from an adjacent tree raised a city sidewalk. The property owner and manager were responsible, as well as the City. Neustadt & Berriz recovered $180,000.


Fall from shuttle at Hollywood Bowl leads to non-invasive back surgery: The Hollywood Bowl failed to sufficiently train their driver and he went too fast and the client fell out. Even though the client had a history of prior back problems, Neustadt & Berriz recovered $350,000.


Defective Nissan Airbag causes blindness in one eye in 13 year-old client: This product liability case helped pave the way to a recall forced by the Federal Consumer Product Safety Commission. Even though Nissan initially denied responsibility, Neustadt & Berriz sued and forced Nissan and other responsible parties to pay, recovering over $500,000 for the client.


Poorly maintained shopping basket at Home Depot tips over and fractures ankle: A shopping basket which was uneven and had worn out wheels tipped over when it was loaded with bricks, landing on the client's leg. After ankle surgery and prolonged litigation against Home Depot, the maintenance company and the manufacturer of the shopping cart, Neustadt and Berriz recovered $223,500 for the client.


Unsafe left-turn causes intersection collision: A 42-year-old construction worker with degenerative disc disease lost three months of tile-setting work and got back to work after receiving epidural injections. Neustadt & Berriz recovered $100,000.00 for the client.


Auto versus pedestrian fractures ankle: A 33-year-old career naval sailor was run over in a parking lot in Arizona and fractured his ankle. After multiple surgeries, Neustadt & Berriz received $500,000.00 after a hard-fought battle with Allstate.


Science project goes bad and causes severe burns results in a multi-million dollar (confidential amount) settlement: A 17-year-old young man about to graduate from high school was badly burned in chemistry class experiment. Attorneys at Neustadt & Berriz filed suit against the teacher and school district after aggressively investigating the case. Crucial evidence of negligent training and inadequate safety equipment were developed in the case.


Defective bicycle forks break and cause separated shoulder: A 24 year-old Canadian citizen separated his shoulder when the forks on his mountain bike broke, sending him over the handlebars. The batch of metal used to make these forks was overly porous and weak, making it susceptible to failure. Neustadt & Berriz recovered $115,000 after hiring the metallurgist who proved the defect.


Insurance bad faith adjustment practices of delay and deny: After a roof leaked resulted in water damage, the client's insurance company took too long to pay the claim. As a result, mold grew in the house causing property damage, and personal injury to the clients. Neustadt & Berriz took the case and sued the insurance company, ultimately getting the case settled before trial for $650,000.00.


Trip and Fall in a supermarket leads to a $75,000 settlement: The client was an elderly woman. She tripped over a pallet which was left in front of the dairy case. She suffered an injury to her foot.Trip and Fall on a city sidewalk leads to a $100,000 settlement after extended litigation. The injury to the client's wrist required surgery.


Automobile vs. bicycle injury: A seasoned bicycle rider was injured by a left turning motorist. The injuries included fractures and road rash. The case was settled for the policy limits of $250,000, including underinsurance (similar to uninsured motorist) coverage.


A minor rear end accident causes injury a client's low back: The client who had a history of back problems was re-injured in a fairly minor rear-end collision. His back pain worsened, and he eventually was required to have a spinal operation. The insurance company had initially declined to pay because the forces in the crash were not great, and the client had previously been going to the doctor for his back. After retaining Neustadt & Berriz, the insurance company paid approximately $125,000, and the attorneys negotiated substantial reductions in the liens of the health insurance companies.


A student was injured in a car crash, sustaining a fractured jaw: Settled for $105,000, without the need to file a lawsuit suit.

Testimonials

"All I wanted was for the other driver to pay my medical bills. After retaining Neustadt & Berriz, I got all my bills paid, the earnings I lost, my car fixed, car rental, and extra money for future medical expenses and compensation for pain and suffering. This was more than I thought possible."


"I couldn't believe it. Every time I called my attorney at Neustadt & Berriz, I actually spoke to one of them. If they were out of the office, one of the attorneys would return my call within 24 hours. I never thought attorneys would be so responsive and always so willing and available to talk to me about my case."


"I didn't think I had a case. After Neustadt & Berriz agreed to take my case, they launched an investigation, developed a legal theory, and went after the responsible company. It took a long time and Neustadt & Berriz really worked hard to make the insurance company give me a lot of money—the money I deserved."


"I had never been in an accident before so I called Neustadt & Berriz. I didn't have health insurance and had no idea how I would pay for my medical bills. They came to the hospital and told me all I had to worry about was getting better. They kept the hospital and ambulance bills off my back. They arranged for my medical care and even the surgery I needed. Neustadt & Berriz got the doctors to treat me and the bills were paid after the case was settled. I was never out of pocket any money and got a great settlement because of their great work."

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