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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 26, 2016 – A Florida appeals court upheld the dismissal of a negligence lawsuit that the court said involved medical malpractice allegations. The lawsuit was filed by the estate of Michael Taime against a Florida hospital and psychiatrist, alleging that a lack of involuntary commitment procedures led to Taime’s fatal overdose. Taime, previously diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic, was transported to the hospital by law enforcement after he exhibited strange behavior and expressed suicidal ideas, but he was admitted on a voluntary basis. He was discharged after 13 days, and suffered a fatal overdose the […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 26, 2016 – A minivan owner filed a memorandum in a proposed class action lawsuit against Chrysler and Dodge. Plaintiff Robert Tomassini alleged that the car companies sold vehicles with faulty tire valve stems. The case was filed against Chrysler Group LLC in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York in 2014. Tomassini filed the memorandum in response to Chrysler’s motion in April to exclude certain “uninjured” buyers from the proposed class of plaintiffs. In this context, the word “uninjured” refers to those minivan owners whose vehicles did not have […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 24, 2016 – An off-duty police officer with the El Paso Police Department was the proximate cause of a recent horrific accident. Officer Alan Dieguez, with three years of service, was involved in a fatal accident recently that resulted in one death and numerous injuries. Dieguez was driving while intoxicated on I-35 near Jarrell when the crash happened. According to local police reports there were four vehicles — three big rigs with trailers and Dieguez’s Hyundai Velocitor— involved in the accident. It was shortly after 2 a.m. when Dieguez, who was allegedly speeding and […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 19, 2016 – Pregnant women are considered to be at the highest risk from Zika infections. The mosquito-borne virus has been linked to microcephaly and other birth defects. Microcephaly can be characterized by an abnormally small head and incomplete brain development. Babies who have the defect suffer a range of health problems including seizures, intellectual disability, developmental delay, hearing loss, and problems with movement and balance. “While the CDC and other health officials continue their investigations, pregnant women should take precautions such as avoiding travel to areas that are known to be affected by Zika,” […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 18, 2016 – Arlington, Texas was recently witness to a major fatal accident involving a tractor-trailer, dump truck and garbage truck. The crash happened at the intersection on North Collins Street and Moiser Valley Road, shortly after 11 a.m. As a result of the wreck, the southbound lanes of North Collins Street were blocked off to allow access to emergency vehicles and police. According to the police report the garbage truck was heading south on Collins and was in the midst of making a turn to go west onto Moiser Valley Road. The garbage […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 17, 2016 – San Juan Texas is home to Spirit Truck Lines, a company that allegedly has a record of at least 20 wrecks over the last two years and had been cited 66 times for violating hours of service laws. One fatal accident involving Spirit Truck Lines occurred in Tennessee and resulted in the death of Tennessee Department of Transport (TDOT) worker David Younger. Younger, who was 65 years old, and three of his colleagues were working on the side of I-40 when a Spirit Truck lines driver hit and killed Younger and […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 11, 2016 – Heather Heath had an E. coli infection that doctors delivering her baby could smell when her water broke. Her son died two hours after birth. Heath’s son was delivered prematurely at 22-weeks-old. As it turned out, Heath had a bacterial infection of the uterus, resulting in her son contracting charioamnionitis, usually caused by E. coli. Heath and her husband filed a wrongful death lawsuit, seeking punitive damages and damages for the wrenching emotional distress of watching their son, Charles die. The suit was filed against the apartment complex they lived in, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 9, 2016 – Although the Supreme Court recently made significant changes to what police are permitted to do if they pull over a suspected drunk driver, those changes may not yet affect Texas DWI law. However, they do create the potential for more changes in the future. The most important part of the recent Supreme Court ruling states that a law may be enacted to allow law enforcement to conduct a breathalyzer test even if they do not have a warrant. Put another way, the Supreme Court would not strike down a law making […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 5, 2016 – Deborah Jackson collided with an over width, over length mobile home being transported on FM 535. It should never have been on the road. The mobile home, being moved from one location to another by Lechuga Construction, extended across the center stripe. The truck was not traveling on a state approved highway and the permit they did have did not allow them to be on FM 535. According to the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) certified crash report, the truck and its load was over length and over width. Both Jackson […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) August 3, 2016 – An employee’s workers’ compensation claims were denied when her employers stated that her neck pathology was merely the consequence of the natural aging process. Louis Scafuri filed three such claims, alleging that occupational exposures while working as a sales assistant caused her to develop acute neck pathology. Her employers were Sisley Cosmetics and Neiman Marcus Group at the Short Hills Mall, and Bloomingdale’s/Macy’s. On August 3, 2005, Ms. Scafuri suffered a traumatic accident when she slipped and hit her head on a metal shelf. However, she did not file a workers’ […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 28, 2016 – Florida law enforcement officials and advocates for injured people say violations of Florida’s Move Over Law cause car accidents that result in serious injury and death. “Failing to move over or slow down for stopped emergency vehicles is a cause of numerous very serious accidents,” said Robert Joyce, a car accident attorney with Joyce & Reyes in Tampa. “Not only is it against the law, but a person who causes an accident through such negligence can be held liable for damages.” In Florida, drivers who encounter police or emergency vehicles pulled […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 27, 2016 – Debi Chalik of Chalik & Chalik Law Offices discusses whether your new tires are really new with Michael J. Swanson, the author of How David Beats Goliath, and the President and CEO of Advance Capital, Inc. In Chalik & Chalik’s practice, she has seen many cases in which people believe that they are driving with a brand new tire on their car, but in reality, the tire could be 10, 12 or even 18 years old. The tire appears to be brand new because it has no tread wear, but in […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 27, 2016 – The story of Kate Steinle, a California native, being shot and killed by a previously deported illegal immigrant with a felony record, created a media storm. The Steinle family filed a lawsuit against the federal government suggesting her death was preventable. Incidents such as this one can happen anywhere there is a racially diverse population, even in the state of Texas that shares a border with Texas, as does California. The lawsuit’s statement of claim alleged Steinle’s death was preventable and foreseeable but for law enforcement not following the rules and […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) July 22, 2016 – Lawsuits that accuse companies of engaging in workers’ compensation retaliation are becoming increasingly common. This is because of the recent verdicts awarding damages to employees whose former employers retaliated against them when they filed workers’ compensation claims. For instance, in February of this year, a court in Indiana rendered a judgment in excess of $400,000 in a workers’ compensation retaliation lawsuit. In addition, a jury in Florida awarded over $600,000 for another such claim. And the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit lowered a $4.2 million award to $2 […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 21, 2016 – Whether a car accident is a single rollover due to an inebriated driver or two vehicles were involved in a collision in which one or both drivers were intoxicated, the incident is not a victimless crime. Drinking and driving is a crime. It is illegal. It kills and maims. It sends people to jail. It ruins people’s lives. Everyone knows they should not do it, and yet they still do, thinking nothing will happen to them and that they will not get caught. In Texas in 2015, DPS troopers arrested 270 […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 15, 2016 – Debi Chalik of Chalik & Chalik Law Offices discusses Erb’s Palsy with Michael J. Swanson, the author of How David Beats Goliath, and the President and CEO of Advance Capital, Inc. Debi Chalik describes Erb’s Palsy as an injury to the nerves in the cervical spine or neck area, which is also known as the brachial plexus. At birth, those nerves are torn or stretched, and cause permanent paralysis in a child’s arm or hand. The condition most frequently occurs in children at birth, and can have devastating effects, resulting in […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 15, 2016 – The Florida Supreme Court heard arguments June 9 about whether damages caps in lawsuits over medical malpractice are constitutional. The medical malpractice case stems from injuries suffered by Susan Kalitan, a dental assistant who underwent surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome in 2007. Her esophagus was perforated when tubes were inserted into her mouth during the anesthesia process. The Supreme Court is expected to address the constitutionality of a 2003 law that set limits on non-economic damages, otherwise known as damages for pain and suffering, in medical malpractice cases. “Arbitrary limits on […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 14, 2016 – The semi truck in an accident near El Paso rear-ended a car, killing two women. According to the police accident report, a big rig driver was speeding and did not reduce the speed of his truck when the traffic ahead of him slowed down. Subsequently he rammed into the car in front of him. The car was literally run over and was under the truck in crumpled, fiery ball when emergency first responders arrived at the scene at I-10 East and Sunland Park, El Paso. Six other cars, SUVs and pickup […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 8, 2016 – Parasailing is a popular summertime activity among both Florida residents and visitors. However, it can result in serious injuries, and even death, due to the negligence of parasailing operators who disregard the safety of their customers. Accidents can arise from equipment failure, reckless boating, inexperienced staff or failure to monitor for adverse weather conditions. Choosing a parasailing company that is licensed and well-established can decrease the risk of parasailing accidents. Serious injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, back injuries, soft tissue damage and broken bones can occur if safety standards are […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 30, 2016 – Personal injury law firm, Romanucci & Blandin, announced the $925,000-dollar settlement of a medical negligence lawsuit today on behalf of their client, Barbara Mini. The lawsuit involves her deceased husband, Joseph Mini, who lost his life on January 25, 2010 after his aortic dissection was allegedly not timely diagnosed by Ira Asher, MD and La Grange Memorial Hospital in La Grange, Illinois. A dedicated 51-year-old electric worker and family man, Joseph Mini was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers, Local #9 in Westchester, Illinois. He began his day […]


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