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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 1, 2015 – The recent historic Supreme Court ruling granting marriage equality across the U.S. has far-reaching implications, including access to claims and benefits by same-sex married victims. Married gay and lesbian couples currently have equal protection under state laws that safeguard tort victims. The personal injury Lawyers of Chalik & Chalik stated, “This new ruling will ensure that same-sex married victims have the same access to claims and benefits as heterosexual married victims, and will therefore receive equal treatment and protection under the law.” Prior to this landmark decision, same-sex unmarried couples did […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 30, 2015 – Ten years ago a deadly explosion ripped through Marathon Petroleum Corp’s major refinery. Flash-forward to 2015 and there are allegations that safety precautions put in place a decade ago are being discontinued. Currently, several former employees and seven current workers at that location have filed a complaint to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in relation to how workplaces are reporting illnesses and injuries. The workers chose to file a complaint as they feel Marathon is about to disregard voluntary safety practices put into play after the 2005 explosion. BP […]


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Broward County, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 29, 2015 – During a compelling one day trial that occurred on June 15, 2015, justice was served by a jury of four women and two men when, after approximately twenty-five minutes of deliberation, they rendered a verdict awarding $844,566,000 to the family of Timothy Blaikie. Two years ago, Blaikie, then forty-nine-years-old, was struck and killed in a highway accident by a drunken driver, twenty-five-year-old Chris Morena-Vega. On May 18, 2013, Chris Morena-Vega rear-ended with Timothy Blaikie, who was riding his scooter on South Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Blaikie’s spine fractured […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 26, 2014 – This was one of the worst accidents police have even seen. Thirteen motorcycles and a pickup truck involved in a horrific crash. “Texas is rife with motorcycle riders, largely because of our year round relatively good weather, the shaky economy, making a bike more cost effective and our large number of good highways. We are not immune to an accident such as this one taking place,” adds Bobby Lee, principal partner at Lee, Gober & Reyna, Austin. The Oklahoma accident was the result of a Denali pickup truck driver, Fred Cox […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2015 – State Supreme Court struck down similar law on caps three years ago. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law on May 9 legislation that will place caps on the amount of some damage awards in medical malpractice cases. The new law does not mark the first time the Show Me State has attempted to limit damages in medical malpractice cases, though, as the Missouri Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional the state’s previous law on such damages three years ago. The Democratic governor signed into law the measure, Senate Bill 239, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 23, 2015 – Sometimes good Samaritans lose their lives trying to help others. It was early one recent Sunday morning when five people died and 12 were seriously injured in a collision that ended in flames. Involved in the wreck on I-30 were an 18-wheeler and several other vehicles. The accident happened just near the Oakland Boulevard exit. According to police and eyewitness reports, the first accident that resulted in a chain of other wrecks happened at approximately 2:30 a.m. There was a single-vehicle accident and others stopped to see if they could help […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2014 – Most people think of drunk drivers as being average citizens weaving in and out of traffic or oblivious of where they are going. Drunk drivers may also be law enforcement personnel. Just because police officers are sworn to uphold the laws does not mean that some do not cross the line and break those same laws. That is what happened in this tragic case where a drunk New Jersey officer killed another officer and critically injured a third colleague. Twenty-seven year old Pedro Abad Jr. was behind the wheel driving with […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) June 18, 2015 – Feds say train was traveling at more than twice the speed limit on sharp curve of tracks. In one of the worst accidents in Amtrak’s history, the carrier’s Northeast Regional Train No. 188, traveling from Washington to New York City, derailed in Philadelphia on May 12. The seven-car train, which jumped the tracks at approximately 9:30 p.m., ended up in a mangled mess and left eight passengers dead and at least another 200 injured among the 243 people, including five crew members, who were onboard the train. Many survivors, dazed and […]


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A prominent personal injury law firm in Chicago, Illinois has established a scholarship for accident survivors enrolling in college or law school. Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2015 – Briskman Briskman & Greenberg, a Chicago law firm, created the scholarship to help students in college or law school who are overcoming injuries suffered as the result of a car accident, medical error or other incident caused by someone else’s carelessness. “In our field of law, we get to know families who have had their lives turned upside down by serious injuries, and we know how hard it can […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2015 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the Lee County sheriff’s office and against a sheriff’s deputy by the mother of a teenager who was killed when his bicycle was struck by a patrol car. Stephanie Diersing filed the lawsuit over the death of her son, age 15. The teen, of Cape Coral, was riding to school at 6:00 a.m. when the crash occurred. “If this tragic death was the result of negligence, then a wrongful death lawsuit may be appropriate for the family to recover compensation,” said Robert Joyce, […]


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San Diego, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 11, 2015 – As use of the blockbuster anti-nausea drug Zofran continues to grow in the United States, a number of epidemiology studies conducted in the U.S., China, Sweden and Denmark have set out to analyze the potential for Zofran use during pregnancy to cause severe birth defects in babies exposed to the medication in utero. If you took Zofran while pregnant, and your child was born with cleft lip, cleft palate, or another serious congenital malformation, contact a qualified Zofran attorney today to discuss your options for legal recourse. You may have […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2015 – Recent investigations have revealed that self-driving cars have been involved in accidents, but most of them still seem to have involved human error. Although Florida is one of three states that track and regulate autonomous vehicles, no crashes involving them have been reported to authorities here. However, in California, Google has reported three collisions involving self-driving cars to the DMV since September, when California law began requiring such reports. On May 11, Google reported that its self-driving vehicles have been involved in 11 minor accidents, but “not once” was the autonomous […]


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West Palm Beach, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2015 – A federal investigation of St. Mary’s Medical Center has been launched after a news story reported that the West Palm Beach hospital had a death rate from open heart surgery on babies that was three times higher than the national average. “A death rate that high means that something has gone terribly wrong,” said Debi Chalik, a prominent birth injury attorney with Chalik & Chalik Law Offices. “If these children were injured or lost their lives as the result of negligence on the part of medical personnel, their families […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 3, 2015 – A Houma, Louisiana man is seeking $3 million in damages from three companies after sustaining spinal injuries during an accident while working onboard an offshore rig two years ago. Walter Hewitt and his wife Patricia filed the suit against three defendants: Shell Oil, Frank’s International, and Noble Drilling. The suit was launched in the U.S. District Court in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 14, 2015. Walter Hewitt was employed by Frank’s International onboard the Frontier Driller rig in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the suit, Shell operates the Noble-Drilling-owned deep […]


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Fort Lauderdale, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 28, 2015 – Attorneys represented three plaintiffs on behalf of more than 1,800 patients who were endangered with feasibly contaminated saline from a nurse working at Broward General Medical Center. Between 2004 and 2009, the nurse administered tests in the cardiac stress lab reusing supplies intended for single use. In 2009, an anonymous tip led to the discovery by the North Broward Hospital District and the nurse was terminated. Yet, as many as 1,850 patients could have been affected in the class action lawsuit. Among them were the plaintiffs, Russell Loland, Betty Westbook […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 21, 2015 – In re Crawford & Company is a stunning decision by the Texas Supreme Court that could have serious ramifications for injured workers in the future. “This particular case may cause some serious ripples with regard to the Texas Workers’ Compensation claim remedy process,” points out Perlmutter & Schuelke partner and Workers’ Compensation attorney, Brooks Schuelke. The court stood firmly behind the concept of exclusive jurisdiction for the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation Act to respond to and deal with all processes in any investigation, even outside the claims system, settling or […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 19, 2015 – First-quarter reports for 2015, released by US oil producers in mid-April, showed record losses across the energy sector – as industry insiders and analysts had been predicting since January. Meanwhile, falling profits hit close to home, spurring large-scale employee layoffs and priming the local legal arena for an influx of market-driven litigation. Civil litigator Pete T. Patterson, who represents both businesses and individuals within the oil and gas industry, has followed the turbulent market closely over the past ten months in anticipation of broad-scope legal backlash. Oil prices reached multi-year lows […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 18, 2015 – Sometimes simplicity in drafting a law produces the best effects. A bill proposed in Tennessee aims to curtail drunken driving by cutting off accessibility to alcohol. “If the proposed Tennessee bill does gain traction and passes into law, it may find a home in Texas as well, particularly if the proposal to cut off access to alcohol after three or more DUIs does work,” suggests well-known Austin personal injury attorney, Bobby Lee of Lee, Gober & Reyna. “There would likely be logistical issues relating to tracking offenders and informing points of […]


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San Antonio, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 15, 2015 – What has Syngenta’s CEO, Michael Mack, said about the Viptera-China situation? • April 18, 2012 – “There is an outstanding approval for China, which we expect to have quite frankly within the matter of a couple of days.” • July 26, 2012 – The failure of obtaining China’s approval for MIR 162, Viptera Agrisure, “didn’t affect our sales in this past season, Viptera, and we don’t expect it to have any impact on our sales this coming season.” • October 17, 2013 – “We are at $4.60 corn… and compare […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 14, 2015 – According to this wrongful death case, Jose Suarez’s body was not located until four hours after a search crew began looking for him. “Divers found Suarez’s body in 16 feet of water. He had drowned,” says Austin wrongful death attorney, Brooks Schuelke, not involved in the case. “Two men were tethered to a lift on a barge while working on the pedestrian bridge linking McLane Stadium and Baylor University. The barge rolled because the boom shifted, and both men hit the water, while still tethered in.” The pedestrian bridge project, pegged […]


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