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Nashville, TN (Law Firm Newswire) June 29, 2012 – For Americans, getting behind the wheel and turning the ignition is the ultimate freedom. Our cars symbolize our independence and allow us to go where we want, when we want. It’s tough to give up those freedoms. If you’ve had to confront an aging loved one and demand their keys, you understand this emotional and practical problem. This article focuses on maintaining control over your life for as long as possible by executing a durable power of attorney. Why do I need a durable power of attorney? • To make long […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 29, 2012 – A pregnant woman driving in Houston hit a Ford F-450 wrecker truck with her Chevy Malibu on the Gulf Freeway feeder road. The woman was seventeen weeks pregnant and was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital – Texas Medical Center with injuries that did not threaten her life. The baby, however, did not survive. The woman in the Chevy Malibu allegedly drove through a red light before the impact with the wrecker truck. The accident is under investigation, but it is believed alcohol may have played a role in the woman’s crashing […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 28, 2012 – As more service personnel are returning home, Veteran’s Affairs is seeing a surge in disability claims. Veterans with disability claims are experiencing delays due to a growing backlog at Veteran’s Affairs. This year, the VA reported that they had a backlog of 897,566 disability claims. Nearly 65% of those claims have been pending for over four months. Over the last four years, the VA has been plagued by a 48% increase in disability claims. The backlog is expected to exceed one million before the end of 2012. These claims are more […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 27, 2012 – Recently passed changes to Florida’s insurance laws make it more important than ever to contact a personal injury attorney quickly if you are injured in an automobile accident. The changes to the Personal Injury Protection (PIP) law will go into effect January 1, 2013, provided Governor Rick Scott signs the bill as expected. Now, people who are injured in a collision have a limit of 14 days to seek medical treatment, and only those diagnosed with an “emergency medical condition” will be eligible for PIP benefits. The new law favors insurance […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) June 27, 2012 – In March, 2010 the Chief Justice of Arizona asked the Chief Justice of Colorado for help. The Chief Justice’s request led to a two-year investigation and trial of the former Maricopa County Attorney and two of his senior prosecutors by attorneys in the Colorado Supreme Court’s Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel. This is a story of years of intimidation and retaliation by the former Maricopa County Attorney. His targets were sitting judges, County Supervisors, County administrators, and private lawyers. After years of prosecutorial misconduct, the Rule of Law in Maricopa County […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 26, 2012 – An attorney and urologist in Texas, who are married, have been charged with a number of crimes. Chief among the charges are healthcare fraud and conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud. The indictment says some health care benefit claims they submitted were false, going back to 2003.The following organizations were allegedly defrauded over about an eight-year period: Medicaid, Medicare, Aetna, Humana Blue Cross Blue Shield, and United Healthcare. Also, prosecutors said the doctor reported seeing 117 patients in a day and working more hours than there are in a one-day period. At […]


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Boston, MA. (Law Firm Newswire) June 26, 2012 – Attorneys David Hoey and Bernard J. Hamill recently joined as co-counsel to file a civil wrongful death lawsuit in the Barnstable County, Massachusetts superior court on behalf of the Estate of John Miller against Eagle Pond nursing home. Miller was allegedly fatally injured by a fall at the Cape Cod nursing facility on June 16, 2010. Miller was a resident of Eagle Pond nursing home in Dennis, Massachusetts. Kindred Nursing Centers East, LLC d/b/a Eagle Pond Rehabilitation & Living Center is a member of the Kindred chain of long term care […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 26, 2012 – A recent wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the tragic death of an infant in a hospital has been settled. Advocate Lutheran General Hospital will pay $8.25 million to settle the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Genesis Burkett. Genesis was born premature, but was expected to do well, until he was mistakenly given an overdose of sodium chloride, 60 times the recommended dosage. “Medical errors of this kind too often end in tragedy,” said Robert Briskman, a Chicago birth injury attorney not involved in this case. “Families who suffer […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2012 – Relationships are generally plagued with many challenges before the spouses start considering a divorce. Sometimes, separation makes the divorce process a little easier on both parties. Marching out of a series of arguments and marital battles into a divorce may lead to more trouble down the road. If the couple goes into a divorce with a battle mindset, the two are more likely to complicate the matter than if they have a cool down period. Brandon divorce lawyer, Reginald Osenton said, “A marriage dissolution can be stressful enough without getting involved […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 22, 2012 – If immigration reform dealt with real issues, other than legalities, discrimination would be front and center in the process. “Immigration reform is necessary, but does not deal with many of the real underlying issues that affect immigrants every day, such as discrimination. White Americans are not asked where they came from or where they were born. However, those of any color are routinely asked, if not made to produce papers to prove they have a right to be in the U.S. Immigration reform needs to be less about a path to […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 21, 2012 – A judge recently declined to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Florida’s former ombudsman of long-term care, Brian Lee. The lawsuit contends that the Department of Elder Affairs fired Lee because of his advocacy for nursing home residents. When Lee demanded ownership information from Florida long-term care facilities, Governor Rick Scott removed him from the position. The information is supposed to be available under the Affordable Health Care Act, which the Scott administration opposes. The ombudsman program is intended to allow nursing home residents and their families to file complaints and report […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 20, 2012 – A good health plan can prevent financial disaster, but when deductibles are higher than a patient can handle, insured individual may still require a bankruptcy. Americans look to insurance policies to be there when something unpredictable happens. Whether it’s an oak limb falling through the roof, an expensive car accident, or someone’s health, people assume that having coverage means they don’t have to worry. However, with rising health care costs and higher health insurance premiums, some people are raising deductibles to unsupportable levels. At some point, a deductible becomes so high […]


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“Johnson & Johnson’s withdrawal of their defective TVM transvaginal mesh products is a good first step towards patient safety,”– Attorney Ryan L Thompson of Watts Guerra Craft LLP Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2012 – Transvaginal mesh lawyers Ryan L. Thompson and Mikal C. Watts, of Watts Guerra Craft LLP (WGC), were disappointed by the federal government’s recent failure to close a legal loophole that would have required FDA testing of medical devices, such as transvaginal mesh implants, prior to using such devices in patients. Johnson and Johnson recently announced the withdrawal of four types of transvaginal mesh […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2012 – The Illinois State Police joined more than 500 law enforcement agencies throughout the country in the “Click It or Ticket” campaign. Police were out in force during the Memorial Day weekend to issue tickets for drivers who fail to wear seat belts. NHTSA statistics indicate that in the year 2010, safety belts saved approximately 12,546 lives throughout the country. “Safety belts are one of the most important tools that drivers and passengers can use to protect themselves in a car accident,” said Chicago car accident attorney Robert Briskman. In Illinois, on […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 18, 2012 – A national conference was held in Orlando, Florida, recently to bring together those involved in fighting the epidemic of abusing prescription drugs: medical professionals, lawmakers, and the law enforcement personnel who go after unscrupulous doctors and pill mills. “These efforts to shut down pill mills are an important part of the fight against pharmaceutical negligence,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. “It is essential that we fight pill mills in every way possible,” said Joyce. “When a doctor prescribes a drug that causes catastrophic injury or death, that doctor may […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 18, 2012 – Andrews Myers, a Houston-based commercial real estate law firm, recently consummated a settlement and obtained dismissal of all claims brought by a mortgage backed securities lender against one of its corporate real estate development clients and its principal representative. The Federal Court litigation had been highly contested and began when the lender attempted to obtain an order appointing a receiver over the client, its operations and its accounts in the fall of 2010. Andrews Myers convinced the Court the receivership would be unworkable, impractical and unwarranted. Despite this ruling, the lender […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2012 – Financial challenges are stressful for one person, but can cripple a relationship. When searching for a career, people should consider how income affects marriage. The balance between work and family is much easier conceived than achieved. While stress from work can easily leak into a marriage, money trouble is the most common cause of divorce. Pasco County divorce lawyer, Marcie Baker of Alston & Baker, PA said, “Most households survive off of two incomes. When a family faces financial challenges, it’s easy for some couples to blame each other for not […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 14, 2012 – A new program designed to retrain almost 100,000 veterans for the American workforce launches this month. The Veteran Retraining Assistance Program is a joint venture between the Department of Labor and the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is a part of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act. VOW stands for Veterans Opportunity to Work. “This ought to be a fantastic opportunity for veterans to get some more education so that they can get higher-paying jobs,” said Tampa veterans disability lawyer David Magann. “This opportunity will be able to help disabled vets, […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) June 13, 2012 – An investigation into Georgia Highway Patrol wrecks showed that troopers were at fault in 99 automobile crashes involving their cruisers across the Peach State from January of 2011 to March of 2012. Some of the at-fault troopers were in multiple crashes and one trooper killed a woman on New Years Eve when his cruiser slammed into her SUV in downtown Atlanta. “The hard work done by the Georgia Highway Patrol probably prevents a great number of accidents from happening on our roadways, but there is no excuse for this many Trooper-cased […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2012 – Many use the terms larceny and theft interchangeably. While that is acceptable, they are slightly different offenses. “A great number of individuals use the terms larceny and theft synonymously. Over time, the lines have blurred between the two crimes, but they are separate crimes. Larceny involves taking another’s property, not by fraud, and intending to keep it. Property in this instance is tangible or physical property,” explained Thomas Grajek, a Polk County criminal defense attorney. “There is one defining difference between the two crimes. Larceny is committed without violence.” Theft is […]


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