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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2014 – Most of the nation’s major automakers are in court dealing with lawsuits. The most recent Hyundai suit involved yet another defective part. “This particular case, which I was not involved in, resulted in a jury award of $240 million in punitive damages. Two cousins were killed in a head-on collision in 2011 when the 2005 Hyundai Tiburon they were driving caused them to swerve into income oncoming traffic. Three were killed in that accident,” outlines Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury attorney. In this case, Hyundai did issue a recall for […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 16, 2014 – The term impaired driving does not just refer to driving while under the influence of alcohol. “A recent study, released by the University of Colorado School of Medicine, indicates that the number of drivers under the influence of marijuana has jumped drastically since the drug was commercialized in that state in 2009. This problem could well be happening in Texas,” says Brooks Schuelke, a personal injury attorney with Perlmutter & Schuelke LLP in Austin. The numbers used to conduct the Colorado study were taken from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) July 15, 2014 – Nursing home abuse resulting in death is a serious legal issue. While many cases may not go to trial, those that do go to court are resulting in higher damage awards, raising concerns about insurance liability. “During the last five years or so, court awards for nursing home abuse and wrongful death have increased significantly,” said Michael Smith, a wrongful death lawyer in Arkansas. “Along with higher awards come higher insurance premiums for nursing homes, a fact the industry insists negatively impacts on the quality of care they offer. However, […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 8, 2014 – This grim story resulted in the father of a man shot by the police, live on Los Angeles television, filing a $20 million wrongful death lawsuit. “The lawsuit states that the victim’s federal and state civil rights were violated when Brian Beaird was shot by police,” explains accomplished Sacramento wrongful death lawyer, Deborah Barron, not involved in the case. “This story with a fatal ending began on December 13, 2013 at 9:30 pm. Beaird, discharged from the National Guard in 1988, was being pursued by officers for allegedly driving in a […]


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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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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2014 – Early on Monday, May 7, a train collided with a tractor-trailer off U.S. Highway 80 in western Harrison County, causing a loss of power to nearly 800 American Electric Power Southwestern (SWEPCO) customers. “It’s important to remember that train collisions can have a severe impact on an entire community, depending on what the train is carrying,” said Richard LaGarde, a personal injury attorney with Houston’s LaGarde Law Firm. “While the collision near Lakeview caused no injuries, the incident is an important reminder that these sorts of collisions can escalate quickly — […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2014 – The latest legislation in Florida shielding nursing home investors from wrongful death lawsuits as a result of nursing home abuse is scary. It could happen in Texas. “A bill recently passed in Florida limits the rights of nursing home residents and offers protection to nursing home investors when patients in care are neglected or abused. It’s a disturbing piece of legislation in terms of what it says about the elderly residents in care – that they do not count. The broad terms of the bill may also shift the choice of […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 2, 2014 – Marion County Sheriff, Chris Blair and Deputies, Lauren Miley and Norman Brown, were found guilty for using excessive deadly force by a jury of 3 men and 5 women. The unarmed victim, Mr. Joshua Salvato, was 21-years-old at the time (nearly two years ago). Joshua Salvato was shot and killed by Deputies Lauren Miley and Norman Brown. The verdict was issued on May 29, 2014, after an eight-day trial before Judge William Terrell Hodges, of the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida Ocala Division. The jury awarded restitution damages […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 15, 2014 – A 15-year-old was killed in a T-bone crash at an intersection on his birthday. “This is a fairly common accident, and we have seen many T-bone collisions in our office. This particular case, which I am not involved with, happened in Oklahoma, but it could just as well have happened here in Austin,” says Austin wrongful death lawyer, Brooks Schuelke of Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. The wrongful death lawsuit filed in this case was launched against the two drivers involved and Mitsubishi Motors, alleging their negligence caused the fatal crash. The […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 14, 2014 – A federal judge in Portland, Maine recently heard arguments on whether Illinois or Maine will be the proper jurisdiction for a recent, tragic wrongful death case. Nineteen wrongful death claims have risen from the July 2013 derailment of a Montreal, Maine and Atlantic (MMA) Railway train in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada. The accident resulted in at least 42 deaths. The trustee overseeing MMA during bankruptcy proceedings moved to transfer the wrongful death cases to Maine. The company hopes to consolidate actions associated with its bankruptcy.  Attorneys representing the victims’ families opposed the […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 13, 2014 – The driver of a tractor-trailer stands accused of drunk driving that killed a father of four in Houston, Texas. Willie James Johnson Jr., 42, was jailed after a fatal accident on the night of April 6. He has been charged with intoxicated manslaughter in the death of Adrian Garcia of Houston. The accident occurred at about 10:30 p.m. on Beechnut Street near Cook Road. “It appears that the driver should never have been behind the wheel of any vehicle, let alone a big rig,” said Houston personal injury attorney Richard LaGarde. […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 12, 2014 – Three operators of a Tampa pill mill have been convicted on dozens of charges. They now face years in Florida prisons. Jorge Gonzalez-Betancourt, 53, and Michele Gonzalez, 37, owners of pain clinic First Medical Group, were convicted of charges including racketeering, trafficking in oxycodone and conspiring to traffic in oxycodone. Maureen Altman, 58, the clinic’s manager, was found guilty of charges including racketeering and conspiring to traffic in oxycodone. Many of the charges against the three carry a maximum prison sentence of up to 30 years. Tampa pill mill attorney Robert […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 9, 2014 – A cyclist on his way home from work was struck and killed by a drunk driver. “This case had a slightly bizarre twist to it,” says automobile accident lawyer, Deborah Barron of the Sacramento law firm, Barron Law Corporation. “The alleged drunk driver was the owner of a website called Allyoucandrink.com and it touts drink specials and nightclub events. The victim was a hard working man in good health, who believed passionately in bicycle safety. It was a dramatic demonstration of two wildly divergent lifestyles.” The 28-year-old website owner evidently took […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 8, 2014 – It took eight years for GM to recall faulty cars that they knew caused deaths. “This case is disturbing for many reasons, but the main one is the apparent lack of corporate integrity and ethics on the part of GM,” says Brooks Schuelke, an Austin auto accident lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. “The company did not institute a recall of several vehicles with faulty ignition switches for numerous years, despite being aware of the issue.” In one case, that attorney Schuelke is not involved in, two young girls were driving […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 6, 2014 – A Texas man was killed at a Rice Energy Inc. gas drilling site in Belmont County, Ohio. David Zamora, 43, of Victoria, Texas was an employee of subcontractor Lee Specialties Ltd. He was crushed by a piece of heavy equipment on Saturday, April 5. In its statement, Rice Energy did not explain what type of equipment had killed Zamora. No one else was injured. “Relatively speaking, oil and gas drilling is a dangerous occupation,” said Houston personal injury attorney Richard LaGarde, who is not involved with the case. “Nevertheless, workers have […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 29, 2014 – Personal injury attorney Richard LaGarde has again received a rating of AV Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell for 2014. This rating for both ethical standards and legal ability is the highest available from Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. LaGarde first achieved an AV Preeminent rating in 1987. Attorneys earn Martindale-Hubbell ratings only after being nominated and reviewed by other attorneys and members of the judiciary. Commenting on the recognition, Richard LaGarde said, “This rating means a lot because it’s based on the opinions of my fellow attorneys. I personally consider the ratings an important factor when […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 29, 2014 – It is more important than ever for parents to help teen drivers avoid distractions behind the wheel, says a prominent Chicago attorney. “The fact is, cell phone use while driving is prevalent in all age groups. But it is especially dangerous for teenagers to be distracted while driving because they have less driving experience,” indicates Paul Greenberg, a Chicago car accident attorney. “Driving already requires attention to multiple tasks simultaneously, so it is risky to try to pay attention to anything else.” Research suggests that many areas of the brain are […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2014 – Truckers are not always at fault in an accident. Road designs may contribute to collisions. “A recent accident at the Interstate 45 interchange with Loop 610 South was the scene of a fiery explosion that killed a trucker. Police could not determine if the cause was another driver, the trucker speeding or some other factor,” indicates Bobby Lee, an Austin trucking attorney with Lee, Gober & Reyna. “The only thing left when the flames were finally damped out was the skeleton of the truck containing the driver’s remains.” The main reason […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2014 – After a 10-day trial, a Cook County jury awarded $6.65 million to the family of a man who died from a fall at a Kuwait air base. The award in the wrongful death case against CAV International Inc., a government contractor, came over four years after the death of John Bruce, a Chicago-area resident. “When negligence is involved, a wrongful death lawsuit is often appropriate to gain compensation for the family of the victim after a horrible accident like this,” says Paul Greenberg, a Chicago wrongful death attorney not involved in […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2014 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed over an August 2013 accident in Jacksonville, Illinois that killed a pedestrian. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the estate of Caryn Thomas in Morgan County Circuit Court, naming as defendants Mitchell Smith, Jay Shirley and Jay Shirley, Incorporated. According to the lawsuit, Thomas was on foot near the corner of Clay and Morton in Jacksonville when Smith, driving a semi-trailer owned by Shirley’s company, struck and killed her. “Obviously, pedestrians are extremely vulnerable in car accidents. That means that collisions involving people […]


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