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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) November 30, 2012 – Some do not think twice about ripping off an insurance company by filing a false claim. But insurance fraud is not a victimless crime. There are some fraud and scam artists whose sole means of support is filing false claims with insurance companies to get money. Consider a relatively recent case where three people were arrested for defrauding insurance finance companies. The defendants, ranging in age from 60 to 64, were arrested as the result of a federal grand jury returning an indictment charging the three with mail and wire […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) November 30, 2012 – Numerous high-profile child custody cases across the U.S. have spurred renewed interest in how custody is determined and how it may differ from state to state. In Colorado, there are a number of statutory factors considered by the court when determining the custody of minor children. The Colorado court system calls child custody “parental responsibility;” parental responsibility can encompass joint or primary custody. “The Colorado courts apply several criteria when determining parental responsibility,” says Bill Thode, Denver custody attorney. “Colorado courts attempt to decide child placement and parental responsibility issues based […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) November 30, 2012 – According to The MetLife Mature Market Institute, approximately five million aging or elderly adults are prey to financial fraud. MetLife’s Investor Protection Elder Fraud Survey found that one out of every five elderly individuals surveyed had been victimized. Financial experts believe that the number of victims is on the rise, and that for every one case brought to the attention of authorities, 25 cases never get reported. Victims often do not know where to turn after experiencing financial fraud, or are too embarrassed or frightened to report the fraud. The National […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 29, 2012 – In Des Moines County, a jury has been unable to reach a verdict in a medical malpractice trial. The lawsuit was brought against a medical center and an emergency room doctor after the death of William Thye. The judge released the jury with instructions to return the next day to continue deliberations in the case against the emergency room staff at Great River Medical Center and Dr. Vandenberg, who treated William Thye. Thye’s wife and family filed a lawsuit claiming negligence in his treatment. Thye died from respiratory failure. If the […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) November 29, 2012 – Many people believe that nothing can go wrong with liposuction and other cosmetic procedures. People generally believe these procedures are universally safe because they are elective and not done because someone is sick or has an underlying medical problem. Nothing could be further from the truth. What seems like a simple surgery to get fat sucked out of your body could result in death. “People think getting liposuction is easy, safe and fairly routine these days. It is anything but, and they need to know it could cost them their lives. […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) November 29, 2012 – According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there are an estimated 11 million tractor trailers on the roadways. Those tractor trailers are traveling more than 250 billion miles each year along U.S. highways. With the sheer number of trucks on the road, it is hardly surprising that there were more than 275,000 truck crashes in 2009 involving large rigs. Those accidents led to almost 75,000 injuries and 3,000 fatalities. Tractor trailers have wide turn radiuses, slow stopping ability and, weigh on average more than 10,000 pounds. More tractor trailer […]


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MELBOURNE, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 28, 2012 – InterActive Legal is pleased to officially unveil their new website featuring a clean, contemporary design. The new website enhances the overall customer experience and presents a progressive new Discussion Forum. For a look at the new design, please visit https://www.interactivelegal.com. InterActive Legal continues to offer the premier Trust & Estate planning software, INTERACTIVE LEGALSUITE™, to law firms throughout the country, and serve the legal community with a Knowledge Network to include a World-Class Estate Planning Discussion Forum and Continuing Education Program. The dynamic InterActive Legal discussion forums are embraced by leading […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 28, 2012 – We have all heard this before, that immigration reform is a priority. If so, why no action? “To hear a politician speak, including Obama, immigration reform is a top priority, and that is why he suspended deportation for some illegal immigrants. That got him higher ratings with Latin voters, something he needs to win again. The ratings may be relatively short-lived though, since Obama’s administration has one of the highest records for deportations. Call it a temporary stop-gap to garner votes, or call it outright bribery, because it is,” said Larry […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 28, 2012 – Nursing home abuse may escalate into a wrongful death scenario. This case did. “It’s difficult to read and hear about senior citizens being mistreated so badly that they die as a result of someone’s abuse. In this case, an 85-year-old woman was viciously throttled, then thrown on the ground. She was further neglected by assisted-living home staff,” recounted Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. “The woman died in a hospital a few days later.” The facts of this case are disturbing because they paint a […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) November 27, 2012 – New Jersey elder law attorney, Thomas D. Begley, Jr., of Begley Law Group presented to families at “Tools for Meeting Life’s Challenges,” an informational seminar held in Philadelphia, PA., November 17, 2012. The seminar covered topics such as the critical medical, legal, nursing and funding issues that face families of children with cerebral palsy or catastrophic physical disabilities. As one of a select group of top speakers with expertise in the areas of special needs trusts, guardianships and powers of attorney, Begley spoke to families about how to select the ideal […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 27, 2012 – According to Fairfax divorce attorney Lisa McDevitt, there are several changes an individual may wish to make to their estate plans when they divorce their spouse. “One of the things you should check is if you need to rewrite your power of attorney,” says McDevitt. “Your divorce may not invalidate your will, but may invalidate your spouse as power of attorney.” If a divorced couple on good terms wishes to keep each other as “attorney in fact,” it is advisable to check with the divorce attorney during the proceedings and work […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) November 27, 2012 – Distracted driving is on the rise, and as a result, so are the number of traffic accidents. “Often, if you look past the surface of what seems to be noticeable after a wreck, whether it is between two cars, or a semi and another vehicle, you will find evidence of a cell phone, or smart phone in use. That is what happened in this reported case,” explained Stephen Ozcomert, an Atlanta injury lawyer, who practices personal injury, accidents and malpractice law in Georgia. This two vehicle crash involved a pickup truck […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 26 , 2012 – Not once, but twice, a DUI driver hit two vehicles, and killed a 24-year-old woman. “When you read about the facts of this case, you will be stunned by the behavior of the allegedly drunken driver, or perhaps you will not, if you understand that drinking and driving do ‘not’ mix,” remarked Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. “A hit-and-run driver slammed into a car on the highway and fled the scene, only to collide head-on with another vehicle a short time […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 26, 2012 – There is a cost-of-living (COLA) adjustment going to 56 million U.S. residents receiving Social Security benefits and 1.9 million federal retirees. However, it is too small of an increase to change many budgets, senior advocates say. The 1.7 percent increase may be one of the last for a while, if concerned Social Security advocates are correct. The latest cost-of-living adjustment increase known as 2013 COLA was recently announced by the Social Security Administration, and was just over half the 3.6 percent increase introduced for last year. Advocates are concerned that the […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 23, 2012 – This gruesome case demonstrates that bicycles and large trucks do not mix. “This is a horrific case. A seven-ton U.S. Postal Service truck crushed a woman on a bicycle and then left the scene of the accident,” said Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. “As the facts unfolded, it turned out the man driving the truck had no idea he had hit anyone.” The victim in this case was a former State Supreme Court special referee, and she was out biking with her husband one […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 23, 2012 – The family of a woman shot to death by U.S. Border patrol has filed a wrongful death claim. Valeria “Munique” Alvarado, a mother of five, was shot to death in September by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Chula Vista, California. Her family has filed a claim of wrongful death against the agency. “The tragedy of this young mother’s death must be fully investigated,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. “Hopefully, investigators will get to the bottom of the shooting and determine whether it could have been prevented.” The agent, […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 23, 2012 – Veterans and current military personnel have a higher rate of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder than do non-military. According to Peter Gutierrez, the co-director of the Military Suicide Research Consortium in Colorado, individuals with traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder are more prone to suicidal and self-harming behaviors. Gutierrez’s consortium has paired with the U.S. military and additional research scientists to work to better understand and prevent self-harming behaviors and suicidal acts. According to recent data from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the number of suicide attempts and […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) November 23, 2012 – New Jersey Assemblywoman Amy H. Handlin recently proposed a bill to reform how medical malpractice complaints can be settled to address a doctor shortage and reduce medical malpractice rates. The bill, A-3293, is designed to offer injured patients, as well as their healthcare providers, the ability to use an “early offer” mediation process. Bill A-3293 would enable medical injury claims to be resolved voluntarily in lieu of a lawsuit for parties wishing to settle their complaint quickly and without legal support. Handlin stated that New Jersey continues to have issues attracting […]


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Nashua, NH (Law Firm Newswire) November 21, 2012 – E-record keeping is supposed to be the bee’s knees? But is it? “Are patients really safe when e-records are used?” asks Charlie Donahue, a Keene medical malpractice lawyer with offices in Keene, New Hampshire. “They may or may not be, but a recent study indicates the jury is still out on that count.” The latest study, released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), takes a close look at how safe patients are when e-records are used, and what types of medical malpractice risks there may be in doctor’s using them. The […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) November 21, 2012 – According to a recent economic report released by the U.S. Census Bureau, after divorce, a woman’s level of lifestyle drops some 37 percent. Meanwhile, a divorced man’s level of lifestyle typically increases by 63 percent. According to Denver divorce attorney Bill Thode, while divorce may shake up almost all the aspects of someone’s life, there are ways to limit the fallout. The most pressing issues, says, Thode, are ones of basic survival. “Determining where to live, or how to manage the once-shared home, is decision number one. Sorting out general finances, […]


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