It is that time of year again when US News and World Report rates every nursing home in all fifty states.  This is critical information for anyone who is looking to place a loved one in a long term care facility.  To do so without proper research is akin to playing “Russian roulette”.  The amount of information available makes it impossible to select a nursing home without first checking here.


In addition to the above web page it is essential that you also review the five star rating system on the Nursing Home Compare Webpage. Nursing Home Compare will allow you to look at a number of nursing homes next to each other to “compare” the various ratings including, staffing, quality measures, health inspection and overall ratings.


When choosing a nursing home, it is essential to also go to the facility and speak with not only the admissions office but also families of other residents to get their opinions.  In addition, when visiting a nursing home, go on multiple occasions on different days at different times to get a better understanding as to what is actually taking place. A complete list of do and don’ts regarding selecting a nursing home can be found at


One of the most difficult times is when you must place your loved one into a facility.  You will be given a significant amount of papers to sign but it is important that you make sure you read these papers so that you do not sign a document making you personally responsible for the finances or giving up your loved one’s right to file a claim for a jury trial should something bad happen.

If you or your loved one is going into a nursing home and you would like advice on how to select one, give the lawyers at Javerbaum Wurgaft nursing home group a phone call.  We are here to help.





Jack Wurgaft Receives 2016 Gerald B. O’Connor Award

Javerbaum Wurgaft, P.C. Partner Jack Wurgaft has received the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ) 2016 Gerald B. O’Connor Award. This award was created to honor the memory of a legendary trial lawyer who excelled in advocacy, professionalism, and in the respect of his peers.

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As Thanksgiving is approaching, many of us, or loved ones, will be coming home from College using a Bus. During the holiday season many people will be using Tour or Coach Buses to travel to holiday destinations to be with loved ones or for scenic tours. Although many people hope to be safe, have you given any thought as to what would happen if there was a catastrophic accident, especially given the amount of passenger on these buses?

The minimum insurance limits for a bus have not been increased since the early 1980;s. This despite the fact that 750,000 in medical bills in 1980 is equal to approximately $5 million dollars today. Factoring in many busses can hold in excess of 100 passengers, the minimum coverage for a motor coach of $ 5 million dollars and $1.5 million dollars for school buses seems inadequate at best. There have been recent efforts to raise the deficient insurance limits, but according to Javerbaum Wurgaft partner Lawrence M. Simon, , “due to politics and some lobbying they are doing more of a study now.”


In a recent horrific fatal bus crash in California, the deficient insurance became obvious with 50 passengers. Although the price of the tour continues to escalate, the protection given to the passengers remained stagnant. “Human life is priceless, but the only way our courts are able to compensate is through money,” according to Simon


In an effort to keep all passengers and pedestrians safe, reputable Coach and Bus Carriers not only need to train their drivers and mechanics to be safe, but they must also prepare to meet their responsibilities if an incident occurs. Raising the insurance limits” will not significantly affect highly qualified safe companies.” Lawrence Simon, also chair of the American Association for Justice Bus Safety Litigation Group stated recently in the LA Times, “if higher insurance costs hit small operators, it may have the beneficial effect of weeding out marginal players who shouldn’t be hauling passengers in the first place.”


Safety is truly empty without an adequate remedy should harm occur. If you or a loved one have been injured while a passenger on a tour or coach bus, or even a school bus, call the attorneys at Javerbaum Wurgaft, we are here to help.


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Recently, there have been several reports of products exploding or catching on fire. The cause, Lithium batteries. Since its introduction in 2009, there have been hundreds of reports of lithium batteries in “e-cigarettes” spontaneously exploding.   According to the National Fire Protection Association, 15 separate reports of fire/explosion from e-cigarette batteries were reported in 2015 alone. Over 80% of all lithium battery malfunctions result in injuries.


This year, the problems with lithium batteries hit the headlines of all newspapers when Samsung recalled its Galaxy Note 7 due to its battery spontaneously exploding and catching fire. The danger reached such a high level that on September 8, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) “strongly advised” that any Galaxy Note 7 be powered off during flights. A month later, the FAA “urged” passengers to not even stow the phones in checked luggage on any flights.

What is causing these explosions and fires? Samsung, the manufacturer and designer of the Galaxy Note 7 has not yet released a definitive statement on the cause. What is known is that Samsung deviated from its general practice in having the phone’s battery tested by an independent company in favor of testing the battery “in house”. This deviation of practice leads many to believe that corners were cut in order to get the product into the stream of commerce.

As for the lithium batteries in e-cigarettes, more is known. The design of cheap replaceable batteries, mostly manufactured in China, has an open top which, when exposed to a metallic object, can heat up the liquid inside the battery causing a rocket-like explosion. This is especially troublesome in light of the fact that the batteries are often stored in shirt, jacket or pant pockets near keys or coins.


David Wikstrom, shareholder of Javerbaum Wurgaft, states “Exploding batteries are not a new phenomenon; however with the proliferation of our remote world, they have now become a danger to all of us, most importantly our children.” If you have a problem with a lithium battery or would simply like more information, call the lawyers at Javerbaum Wurgaft, we are here to help.


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Each and every morning, hard-working family men and women get up early, put on their work clothes, and travel to their work on construction sites, building America=s infrastructure, office buildings, schools, and residential homes. These workers endure long hours, often under difficult conditions such as rain, wind, snow and ice. They recognize and accept that these conditions are part of the job description.

Unfortunately, other dangers, man-made, await them. Job sites present safety issues which can include trenches that are not properly shored or supported, working at high elevations without being provided with proper fall protection such as harnesses and perimeter guarding, and confronting openings in flooring without proper warnings. Notwithstanding Federal laws such as OSHA which mandate safety standards on job sites, serious and life-changing injuries occur to laborers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and other trades. No need to look further than a crane tumbling down on the Tappan Zee Bridge “routine construction.”


In order to proper represent injured workers, attorneys must have intimate knowledge of OSHA standards, job site safety, and workers= compensation law and benefits. For more than 40 years, the law firm of JAVERBAUM WURGAFT HICKS KAHN WIKSTROM & SININS, has represented injured workers and their families who have suffered devastating construction site injuries and death. We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of these families enabling them to live their lives with dignity and financial security.


Please contact us at any of our locations in New Jersey, New York, Atlanta, and anywhere in the country for help and support in the event you have been injured on a construction job site. We will act quickly and meaningfully to secure immediate economic benefits and to pursue claims against all of those who have failed to follow OSHA standards, and otherwise violated good safety practices.