Month: September 2014

Compare Nursing Home Options Online

As the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updated their Web site last month to make it easier for consumers to choose a nursing home: http://www.medicare.gov/NHCompare/home.asp

The updated Nursing Home Compare site uses a five-star rating system, similar to that used for hotels and motels, to rank institutions nationwide. This rating system offers a way to summarize information about a nursing home and offers a quick and easy way to compare facilities in your area.

While this site helps consumers save time in their nursing home search, there is no substitute for visiting the facility in person. Things to consider during a visit include: the atmosphere, cleanliness, ratio of nursing professionals to patients, visiting arrangements and so forth.

U.S. Census Bureau figures project that the number of Americans age 65 and older will double by 2030 and that two-thirds of today’s 65-year olds will require some long-term care later in life.

It is our duty to protect the ones we love, especially those who cannot care for themselves, Berglund & Johnson has championed of the rights of victims of nursing home neglect for over 25 years. Our lawyers have successfully fought cases all the way to the Supreme Court. If you, or anyone you know, have a loved one in a nursing home and suspect they are receiving poor care, contact us at 1-800-4-IF-HURT (1-800-443-4878).

Bicyclists Beware!

The California Vehicle Code 21650.1 section states that “[a] bicycle operated on a roadway, or the shoulder of a highway, shall be operated in the same direction as vehicles are required to be driven upon the roadway.”

Traffic collisions involving automobiles and bicyclists are frequent. You must be careful to obey this law. Motorists are usually looking in the opposite direction as they are merging onto the roadway and not expecting traffic from the opposite direction.

Nevertheless, you may still have a claim if you were injured in the crosswalk or the sidewalk due to the negligence of a motorist. An argument can be made that the crosswalk or sidewalk are not considered as a roadway where vehicles are driven. Bottomline, be careful!

If you are the unfortunate bicyclist who is injured due to the negligence of a motorist, call us at Berglund & Johnson (1-800-443-4878) for a free consultation.

Happy biking and be safe.

Asbestos: What you should know

Whether it was woven into popcorn ceilings and insulation or used for its flame-retardant, chemical-resistant properties, asbestos once held promise in the late-19th century as an essential manufacturing and building material. This naturally occurring silicate mineral, made of thin fibrous crystals, was considered invaluable for protecting structures and the people inside.

However, in recent decades, asbestos has proven to be toxic and a far greater danger to people. Today, it is known that if its fibrous material is inhaled, it can cause rare form of cancer, known as mesothelioma.

Since the mid-1980s, many uses of asbestos have been banned in several countries. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized the seriousness of asbestos and has a Web site providing more information at www.epa.gov/asbestos.

Nearly all cases of mesothelioma are related to asbestos fibers, which were inhaled at work. However, many more people were exposed to the material indirectly, such as families who lived with workers exposed to asbestos. Anywhere from 3,000 to 4,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year. Studies predict that there could be 300,000 cases before 2030.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma (including any type of pleural, lung or chest cancer) or asbestos cancer, you may be entitled to collect from negligent companies that disregarded the health and safety of American workers.

Call Berglund & Johnson for a free consultation: 1-800-4-IF-HURT (1-800-443-4878)