Month: August 2014

Who is at Increased Risk for Mesothelioma?

In the 1940s, asbestos was used commercially and in the mines during World War II. The risks associated with asbestos were not known to the millions of workers who had been exposed during this time. However, mesothelioma developed among people who worked in asbestos mines and mills, shipyard workers, workers in the construction and heating industries and producers of asbestos products.

The risk of mesothelioma increases with longer exposure time and heavier exposure to asbestos. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates the amount of asbestos a worker can be exposed to during a giving period. Protective equipment SHOULD be administered to those working with asbestos related products.

Some individuals who are briefly exposed to asbestos can develop mesothelioma and other diseases related to asbestos. In addition, there has been evidence that family members of workers working with asbestos have an increased risk of developing mesothelioma. These family members most likely would attract it through dust particles brought on by clothing and/or hair. If you work with asbestos, it is safe to say that you should shower and change your clothing before going home in order to reduce the risk of you and your family members from developing mesothelioma.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, call Berglund & Johnson to discuss whether you have a potential case that can be pursued on your behalf. We are very attentive, compassionate and experienced in these types of cases. You will want to start the legal process as soon as you can. Call 1-800-4-IF-HURT (1-800-443-4878) today.

Giving ‘Slumlords’ the Boot

Living areas infested by rodents and roaches; ceilings and walls so water damaged they collapse; floors so deteriorated they crumble under the weight of anyone walking in the door– these are the kind of substandard conditions to prevalent in apartment complexes throughout Southern California.

Often the building’s owners have been cited numerous times by the Housing Department or the Department of Environmental Health. Despite countless citations and threats of criminal prosecution, these slum landlords refuse to make the necessary repairs to their properties– that’s when civil litigation may be a tenant’s best chance for amends.

The California Legislature has provided a system of statutory damages and fines against landlords who fail to make necessary repairs to a property after being ordered to do so. Tenants also are entitled to rebates of rent paid over the years as well as damages for any physical and emotional injuries sustained.

Berglund & Johnson lawyers have successfully enforced the rights of tenants living in derelict rental properties and have even kept some landlords from owning and operating rental properties. If you, or someone you know, live in substandard conditions, call attorneyRobert Makely at Berglund & Johnson for a free consultation.

10 Tips to Stay Safe on Amusement Rides

A few years ago, a 3-year-old boy died of head injuries from a roller coaster in Illinois. He managed to get underneath the safety bar and slip out of the ride while it was in motion. What steps can be taken to keep your child safe at the amusement park?

  1. Look for the Safety Equipment Limitations– Amusement rides are neither childproof or child-safe, as there are not mandatory federal standards for the design of amusement park rides. Many safety devices used on children amusement rides aren’t designed to keep young children in their seats.
  2. Discuss the ride with your child– Let them know what they’re up for and what may happen during the ride. It is important to let them know to stay seated, even it gets scary!
  3. Always obey the minimum height/weight/age regulation– Requirements are there for a reason!
  4. Don’t put children on rides that could scare them– When asked, the number one thing a child will do if he/she gets scared is “get off the ride.”
  5. Follow special instructions for loading or seating– Sometime’s there are safer spots for children to sit, i.e. spinning rides.
  6. Never seat your child on your lap with rides that twist or have restraints– If the ride takes an unexpected turn or twist, your child could slip out of your hands and off the ride.
  7. Stay cool and don’t get sun-burned
  8. Tell your kids what to do if you ever get separated– Have your kid have some sort of physical ID and carry a photo of them in your wallet. Teach your kid to drop to the ground and scream loudly if someone is trying to take them. If you have the money, there are “child locator GPS” you can buy.
  9. Know your limits– If you get easily car-sick in the back of a vehicle, then don’t get in the back of a ride! Also, most people that do better at amusement parks eat and drink in small amounts throughout the day.
  10. Keep in contact with your kids if they decide to go to another ride– Stay in contact via cell phone and have designated meeting spots.