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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2013 – Three Land O’ Lakes high school students were seriously injured in a car accident near their campus on a recent Friday. Kyle Hunnewell, Shawn Bosley, and Emilio Batista, all 17-year-old seniors at Sunlake High School, were on their way to school when the accident happened. Hunnewell’s car collided with a van driven by William Ase, 49, of New Port Richey. Ase suffered minor injuries. The three students were all wearing seat belts, according to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) report. “This accident could have been much worse,” said Tampa auto accident […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2013 – Border security efforts can include the latest in high-tech efforts as well as something as simple as checking for footprints. “One of the largest sections of protected border is the 262-mile wall just south of Tucson. It bristles with sensors, infrared scopes and surveillance cameras. It’s high tech to the nth degree,” said Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. “But security is even more basic than that, including foot searches, horseback details scouring the […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) July 30, 2013 – Traumatic brain injury(TBI) does not just happen on the playing field. It may happen while fighting a war. “An interesting study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry is suggesting that multiple traumatic brain injuries or concussions, may be the precursor to military suicides, just as it is with sports-related suicides,” said Tom Robenalt, a Chicago traumatic brain injury attorney. The study goes further than just suggesting there may be a link between military suicides and TBI and sports-related suicides and multiple concussions. It offers the speculation that many of the men […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 29, 2013 – Florida seniors are reporting that their Social Security accounts have been accessed by identity thieves. A new scam hitting numerous seniors in Florida is leveraging the latest online changes in Social Security access. Seniors who have been contacted for personal information by someone who claims to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) are right to be suspicious, elder advocates say. “Seniors have reported receiving calls asking for personal information, and have also been getting mailed confirmation that they have established an online Social Security account when, in fact, they had […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 29, 2013 – A Texas resident has filed a lawsuit alleging that Pradaxa, a blood thinner, resulted in severe internal bleeding. The manufacturer of Pradaxa, Boehringer Ingelheim, is facing a number of similar lawsuits alleging that their blood-thinning medication causes internal hemorrhaging and that consumers are not being adequately warned. “Anyone experiencing any issues after taking Pradaxa should immediately speak to their doctor,” warned Waxahachie personal injury lawyer John Hale. The lawsuit was filed this May in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas by a plaintiff who first began taking […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) July 26, 2013 – Videotaped nursing home abuse is typically irrefutable evidence in court. “Oklahoma stepped up to the plate and signed a Bill into law that allows nursing home residents, or their family members, to install an e-monitoring system in the patient’s room. No one can stop a family member from doing that. It’s a good idea and has the capacity to change the law relating to nursing home abuse across the country,” stated Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. The state of […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 26, 2013 – Veterans’ health advocates have expressed concern that the Affordable Care Act may cause coverage subsidy issues for vets. The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs recently held a meeting to clarify veteran health coverage. There has been some confusion among members regarding whether vets would qualify for new health insurance subsidies while also enrolled in health coverage via the Veterans Administration (VA). But according to a Treasury Department official, vets will have more options going forward, not fewer. “Under the Affordable Care Act, vets who are already receiving their health care through […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) July 26, 2013 – At a recent hearing, safety officials blamed an engineer’s poor eyesight for a 2012 train collision in Oklahoma. The collision happened on June 24, 2012 near the panhandle town of Goodwell. Two freight trains collided, killing three workers and causing some $15 million in damage. A doctor testified before a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) panel and said that the engineer had suffered serious and lasting vision problems and even had trouble telling the difference between red and green signals. “This testimony is shocking,” said Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 25, 2013 – A mock car accident included a graphic teaching tool for high school students. “This mock reality teaching tool for students is innovative and hits home for those that witness the aftermath of a two vehicle head-on collision, complete with live students acting as accident victims,” outlined Austin injury lawyer Brooks Schuelke, with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. The back-story for the teaching scenario: a high school freshman and his friends were on the way to the prom. Traveling in the other direction, toward them, was another carful of students who had been […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 25, 2013 – The criminal trial of two South Florida “pill mill” doctors commenced on a recent Friday in a West Palm Beach federal court. Cynthia Cadet, 43, of Parkland, is blamed in the overdose deaths of seven people. Joseph Castronuovo, 74, of Key Largo, is blamed for another two deaths. During opening statements, federal prosecutor Paul Schwartz told the jury the doctors had become “dope dealers.” Defense attorneys said they were innocent, caring doctors. “It will take a long time to legally sort out all the damage done by Florida’s formerly lax painkiller […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2013 – Acts of terrorism involving immigrants often affects the public point of view about immigration reform. “It is not unusual to note public interest in immigration reform drops precipitously in the wake of terrorist acts involving immigrants. Whether that is constitutionally fair or a valid reaction is another conundrum,” indicated Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. The Boston bombings created a tidal wave of anti-immigration feelings across the nation. Included in those proposing even stricter […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2013 – A congressional committee held a hearing into programs that encourage disability beneficiaries to return to work. Bob Williams, a Social Security Administration official, testified before the Social Security subcommittee of the House Ways and Means committee. He runs the SSA’s Ticket to Work program, which is designed to help recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance to re-enter the workforce. “A robust effort to help disability beneficiaries return to work is a key part of a lasting SSDI program,” said Zephyrhills social security attorney Robert Alston. “When someone is out of the […]


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WordPress plugin with instant access to thousands of legal resources and the world’s first peer-to-peer lawyer directory now accepts resource suggestions.   San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2013 – “The legal community has been missing a highly functional information tool like the Lawyer Plugin,” says chief developer Justin Torres. “It auto-populates your blog with high-quality information resources. The database is human moderated to ensure only quality links get through, a must for Google’s search engine requirements.” Lawyer Plugin, which is always up-to-date with relevant resources, also blocks competitors, using precise geo-competitor filtering.   By downloading Lawyer Plugin, […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2013 – Patients harmed by preventable medical errors have the right to seek compensation for those mistakes. “When someone goes to hospital, they go with the expectation they will be helped and healed. When something goes wrong, such as a preventable medical error, the patient is left devastated and faces a life they no longer recognize,” said Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. Consider the case of a woman admitted to a New York hospital for brain surgery. Surgeons operated on the wrong side of her brain. The 36-year-old woman ended up […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2013 – The Department of Homeland Security Office of Immigration Statistics released a new report based on the 2010 U.S. census, estimating the population of undocumented immigrants in the United States. “While we know how many H-1B visas are available and what the application numbers are each year, it can be far less clear to know how many other types of foreign-born workers are in the U.S. at any given time,” stated Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) works with the American Community Survey (ACS) of the U.S. […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 22, 2013 – Statewide, there were close to 60,000 victims of elder abuse, exploitation or neglect in 2012. There are more than 2.4 million Texans age 65 and older. Investigations found that 40 percent of the individuals abusing, neglecting or financially exploiting the elderly were the victims’ adult children. According to Ross Jackson, the regional director for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Region 7, many of the cases included neglectful self-care, elderly individuals who were locked inside and unable to get out, and bed-ridden elders who were not properly cared […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) July 19, 2013 – The Philadelphia City Council held a hearing on safety policies in the wake of a building collapse that killed six people. The accident occurred on the morning of June 5, 2013, at the intersection of 22nd and Market Streets. As a building was being demolished, it unexpectedly collapsed, sending debris through the roof of a neighboring Salvation Army thrift store, which was open for business at the time. “The demolition of a building is a potentially hazardous process that can endanger anyone in the area if not done properly,” said Washington, […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) July 19, 2013 – Without hospital errors, or fewer of them, patients would fare better medically. “Most hospitals in the U.S., face a never ending battle with medical mistakes, or hospital errors. Doctors and other professional staff are human. They make mistakes. Those mistakes may seriously injure or kill someone. It appears there may be a new method to prevent such errors, and it’s all in how you hold your hand,” explained Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, who practices personal injury law in Arkansas. A new approach involves a […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) July 19, 2013 – The Begley Law Group elder law, estate planning and special needs trusts attorneys are participating in an Elder Law Day for legal professionals July 24, 2013. “The continued ‘graying’ of the U.S. population means elder law will continue to be a huge growth area for law firms and attorneys who offer comprehensive elder law services,” commented New Jersey elder law attorney Thomas D. Begley, Jr. “Elder Law Day is a one-day crash course which examines the key issues elder law attorneys need to know to best support their clients.” Presented in […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 18, 2013 -The July issue of Bigger Law Firm, a magazine for attorneys, looks at how the SEO landscape has changed once again, offers expert advice on the best presentations for juries, breaks down how social media can help with group engagement, gives tips on how to have an attorney profile which connects with prospective clients, suggests how Yelp.com can work for firms, and compares two new case evaluators. In Bigger Law Firm magazine’s July feature, “Into The Future of SEO,” Ryan Conley explains that the SEO firms and the SEO-focused clients who have […]


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