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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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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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Stroudsburg, PA (Law Firm Newswire) May 8, 2015 – Joshua B. Goldberg, of Anders, Riegel & Masington, LLC, has been selected to the 2015 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Its mission is to objectively recognize the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate. Members are thoroughly vetted by a research team, selected by a blue ribbon panel of attorneys with podium status from independently neutral […]


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Elizabeth, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) April 29, 2015 – Dan T. Matrafajlo, member and lead partner at Beninato & Matrafajlo Attorneys At Law, LLC, has once again been named as one of the top up-and-coming attorneys in the area by New Jersey Super Lawyers. This is the fourth time Matrafajlo has appeared on the New Jersey list. Attorney Dan T. Matrafajlo is one of the highly credible list of top attorneys who has been selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of the New Jersey Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) February 27, 2015 – After a teenage worker was killed on-site in a work accident, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued 13 serious safety violations to a Poplar Bluff construction company. The 16-year-old was struck and killed by the boom of a crane while working on a construction site for the Robertson Incorporated Bridge and Grading Division. “As OSHA pointed out, minors are not legally allowed to work on the kind of operation in question,” commented Charlie James, a Missouri wrongful death attorney. “The OSHA report makes it clear that […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2015 – A Missouri Court of Appeals has affirmed the decision of a lower court to award workers’ compensation benefits to Dorothy Smith, a widow who lost her husband to hepatitis C. Smith’s husband, Stephen Smith, worked in a medical laboratory for more than 30 years, beginning in 1969. There, he could have been exposed to the disease before protective equipment and procedures became common in the 1990s. “In this case, the employer tried to argue that Ms. Smith should not get benefits because she could not definitively prove that the workplace […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) January 6, 2015 – Gary Anderson, 58, was delivering drywall to a nearly completed building when a falling object struck and killed him. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched an investigation into a November 3 worksite accident. Anderson, an independent contractor from Somerdale, New Jersey, was delivering wallboard to a 50-story apartment building under construction in Jersey City, New Jersey when the accident occurred. Anderson was knocked unconscious after a falling tape measure struck him, and he later died of his injuries. Shortly before 9:00 a.m., Anderson arrived at 70 Christopher […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2014 – Continental Fabricators, a St. Louis manufacturer, has been cited for more than 15 serious safety violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A fine of $52,000 has been proposed by the government agency. In a news release, OSHA indicated that Continental Fabricators has an injury rate higher than the national average. Prior to the investigation, workers at the plant complained of fractures and other traumatic injuries that occurred while at work. “This company has acted in a careless and reckless manner with regard to the safety of their […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 13, 2014 – Lone Star State workers are 12 percent more likely to be killed on the job than workers doing the same job in another state. More workers die in Texas than in any other state in the country. “Construction sites in Texas are 22 percent deadlier than the national average. That is not something to be proud of,” said Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury attorney.  Working conditions are horrific. Worker’s compensation is ineffective. Many workers are improperly classified as independent contractors, and many are illegal immigrants. The shocking fact is that […]


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Rockville, MD (Law Firm Newswire) October 10, 2014 – THE KARP FROSH, WIGODSKY & NORWIND LAW FIRM, P.A. is excited to announce the addition of Lisa Marie Riggins as “Of Counsel” attorney with the firm. Riggins earned her Bachelor of Arts at American University and completed her Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law. Prior to joining Karp Frosh, Wigodsky & Norwind, P.A., Lisa Marie Riggins was employed as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland. During that time she prosecuted both District and Circuit Court cases. In addition, her experience includes managing all aspects of criminal defense, […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 24, 2014 – Two workers at the CMC Steel Texas plant in Seguin were injured in an industrial accident at the plant’s melt shop. A spilled ladle of molten metal caused both men to suffer severe thermal burns. Both were airlifted to the nearest hospital, one man with burns covering more than 60 percent of his body. “Most metalworkers are experts at what they do, yet they face serious risks every day,” commented John Hale, a personal injury attorney. “That is why the companies who employ them are under a legal and moral obligation […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 5, 2014 – A wrongful death lawsuit over last year’s construction accident on the Northwestern University campus, which resulted in the death of an iron worker, is pressing forward. Michael Kerr, 57, was killed on May 16, 2013 when a crane knocked a 70-pound beam off the sixth floor of a new building being constructed on campus. Kerr was standing on the ground floor when the 16-foot beam struck him in the head and chest. He was pronounced dead two hours later at Evanston Hospital. Kerr’s son, also named Michael Kerr, has filed a […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 15, 2014 – Big oil drives the economy in Texas, but the industry is also responsible for a high number of workplace deaths. “It’s hard to miss the construction boom going on in Texas with the resurgence of big oil. Along with progress, though, often comes greed, underregulation, out-of-control spending and a distinct lack of due attention to safety on construction and other work sites,” said Austin workplace injury lawyer Brooks Schuelke of Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. While the economy thrives, Texas workers die. The Lone Star State has led the nation in on-the-job […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 4, 2014 – On June 30, Shirley Holmes of Gretna, Louisiana, filed a wrongful death lawsuit after her husband’s passing, pointing toward alleged asbestos exposure he suffered years before. In the 1970’s, Kermit Holmes worked at the Avondale shipyard in Louisiana, where he was allegedly exposed to asbestos dust and fibers. In the years that followed, he developed asbestosis and mesothelioma lung cancer. He died in September 2013.  “His wife blames his death on this exposure, claiming that he was not provided with appropriate safety equipment that could have protected him from the harmful […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 13, 2014 – The Senate Appropriations Committee has temporarily suspended a new truck safety regulation, fearing it will actually cause more accidents than it would prevent. “The suspended rule limited how often truckers may drive between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Its intention was to reduce fatigue, and thus reduce accidents. However, the trucking industry responded, pointing out that it would place even more big rigs on the road during daytime hours and, therefore, actually increase the likelihood of accidents,” explained trucking accident attorney Brooks Schuelke of Perlmutter & Schuelke LLP in Austin, Texas. […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 12, 2014 – Responding to a spate of deaths among North Dakota oil and gas workers, federal safety officials are stepping up their enforcement efforts in the region. In July, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced an enforcement emphasis program focused on the Bakken region of North Dakota, where advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling technologies in 2000 have led to a still-continuing boom in oil production. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, 34 oil, gas and construction workers in North Dakota have suffered fatal work-related injuries since […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 4, 2014 – Two oil workers were killed in an explosion at an oil well in West Texas. Amos B. Ortega, 46, and Robert Magdaleno, 41, were killed at a Loving County oilfield on April 30, 2014. Nine other workers were injured. The two deceased were employees of independent contractors of Ameriflow Energy Services for well owner RKI Exploration & Production, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Unfortunately, death and serious injury are not unusual among oil field workers,” said Houston attorney Richard LaGarde, who is not involved in the case. “But we must […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 30, 2014 – In West Texas, two died and nine were injured in an oil well explosion on the morning of April 30. The tragic accident brings two more deaths to a state that has accounted for 40 percent of all oil and gas-related deaths in the United States since 2009. According to Loving County Sheriff Billy Hopper, a buildup of pressure led to an explosion while workers with contracting firm Crescent Services were changing a wellhead at a site owned by RKI Exploration and Production at around 8:00 a.m. Amos B. Ortega, 46, […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 28, 2014 – Proponents of changes to Illinois’ workers’ compensation laws say that reforms passed in 2011 did not go far enough. Newly proposed legislation would exempt employers from paying for injuries suffered while traveling to work if the worker is not traveling specifically for work purposes. This and other changes are needed, proponents say, to reduce workers’ compensation insurance costs. Not everyone agrees. “The problem with saying that these changes will reduce insurance premiums is that it has not been borne out by the evidence,” indicates Robert Briskman, a Chicago workers’ compensation attorney. […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 7, 2014 – The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the state’s Employee Classification Act. The Employee Classification Act protects construction workers from being misclassified as independent contractors rather than employees. In the case, Bartlow v. Costigan, the state high court rejected a constitutional challenge by a roofing company that claimed the law was impermissibly vague and violated due process rights. “This is an important ruling for workers,” states Robert Briskman, a Chicago work injury attorney. “When employees are misclassified as independent contractors, their employers avoid paying worker’s compensation premiums, unemployment insurance […]


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