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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2017 – Bitten by a dog? In Texas, many people think that there is a one free bite rule – meaning you cannot sue a dog owner unless the dog has previously bitten someone else. They are wrong. If a person is bitten by a dog in Texas, there is a two year window of time to file a claim in the state’s civil court system. In Texas, there is no precise statute covering civil liability for dog bites.The time limit usually begins running the day the dog bite occurred. If the case […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 21, 2017 – Statistics recently released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show Florida has the most fatalities from motorcycle accidents in the nation. According to the NHTSA, in 2015 there were 9,045 injury related motorcycle crashes and 606 fatalities in Florida. The statistics show that motorcycle deaths increased 30 percent from 2014 to 2015. “Far too many people lose their lives in vehicle crashes, and motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa car accident attorney with the law firm of Joyce & Reyes. “Drivers have a responsibility […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 21, 2017 – When the Trump administration rescinded federal protections for transgender children to use the school bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice, the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus responded by stating that California law continues to protect transgender children’s rights. Under state law, transgender students have the right to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. In 2016, Barack Obama issued a federal law that protected transgender students, whose gender identity does not match the physical sex of their birth, by issuing guidance to schools to ensure they […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 20, 2017 – The Obama Administration and many members of Congress have long sought comprehensive immigration reform to resolve the status of some 11 million undocumented persons now living in the United States. Whether they have an ally in the White House under the Trump Administration remains an open question. President Trump has sent mixed signals, speaking out against the danger of illegal immigration during his address to a joint session of Congress, but suggesting in a private meeting with television anchors that he would be open to a reform bill that provided a […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) April 19, 2017 – A New York truck driver was arrested with a stolen loaded gun while he was attending a court-ordered domestic violence class at the University of Connecticut-Stamford. Stamford Police had a warrant for the arrest of Steffon McDonald, 38, on new domestic violence charges for burglarizing and stalking his former girlfriend. The Bronx resident was attending the evening domestic violence class at the university when he was arrested. A judge had ordered McDonald to attend the class after he was arrested for domestic violence in June, according to Sgt. Robert Shawinsky. In […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 18, 2017 – DeMaurice Smith, director of the NFL Players Association, called the Chicago Bears “cheap,” claiming that Bears chairman George McCaskey supports legislation that would change state workers’ compensation laws. Senate Bill 12 would change the way the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act applies to professional athletes. The bill would prevent players from being entitled to a wage differential award beyond age 35. “The rights of injured workers have been under attack in Illinois for a long time,” said Robert Briskman, a Chicago workers’ compensation attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. “Professional athletes are […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 17, 2017 – Researchers from the University College London and Britain’s National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery found that soccer may be another sport where players sustain traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and its link to football began making headlines when former football players committed suicide. Autopsy results revealed that the players who committed suicide had TBI. Football is not the only sport where participants are at high risk for a TBI. Other sports include: hockey, lacrosse, boxing, baseball, skateboarding, skiing, horseback riding/racing, high impact sports, extreme sports and soccer. In all […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 17, 2017 – Depression, anxiety and mental health issues pose challenges for many students. Facing the transition from adolescence to young adulthood can trigger or unmask depression or anxiety in some young adults. If your college-bound student is susceptible to depression or anxiety, you should understand the transition process, student and parent rights, and how to seek help in a potential crisis. Join us for a free workshop: How to Transition a Student with Anxiety to College Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Time: 11:30AM – 12:30PM Place: Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road, […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 13, 2017 – The House Veterans Affairs Committee approved legislation on March 8 to extend the Veterans Choice Program. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) program allows veterans to seek private care when they are unable to get an appointment at a VA facility. The committee’s unanimous vote followed a hearing featuring the testimonies of VA Secretary David Shulkin and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. McCain is a member of a bipartisan Senate group supporting the Choice Program’s expansion. They urged lawmakers to eliminate the program’s current August 7 expiration date in order to provide […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 13, 2017 – George E. Chandler of Lufkin has been selected as one of five 2017 recipients of the Texas Bar Foundation’s Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award. The award recognizes attorneys whose practice has spanned 50 years or more and who adhere to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession and service to the public. George Chandler received his B.A. and L.L.B. from Baylor University, is board certified in Personal Injury Trial Law and licensed to practice in Texas and Colorado. Memberships include: Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 12, 2017 – Due to a 2004 amendment to the Constitution, the Florida Supreme Court recently ruled that a hospital system in Jacksonville had to furnish medical records to a patient’s family. The ruling could have ramifications for medical malpractice cases throughout the state. In a prior decision, the 1st District Court of Appeal said that a federal patient-safety law prevented the hospital system from having to release some documents in a malpractice lawsuit. The ruling arose from a ballot initiative called Amendment 7, which was approved by voters, and was intended to increase […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 11, 2017 – John V. Bell, senior trial attorney at the personal injury law firm of J&Y, has recently been accepted into the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). This honor is further confirmation of John’s fierce advocacy for negligence victims. He continues to be an invaluable member of the team at J&Y, the well-known practice headquartered in Los Angeles and serving all of California. The American Board of Trial Advocates was founded 60 years ago when the jury system was under attack from all sides. As legislators, judges, scholars, and the […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 11, 2017 – The family courts of Virginia continue to operate under the notion that sole custody following divorce or separation is more socially acceptable than shared parenting, an arrangement in which a child spends nearly equal time with each parent. Such is the traditional viewpoint in Virginia courts that deters equality between mothers and fathers, and places families on a trajectory of constant conflict after divorce. Divorce is a stressful event in and of itself, and placing additional stress on children and their parents is needless. Due to the rise in divorce filings, […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 11, 2017 – A Philadelphia senior, with dementia, fell while in care at a local elder care facility and died later as a result of his injuries. The daughter of the man who died filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging the senior care facility her father was in did not put a sufficient care plan in place to protect her dad from falling and sustaining fatal injuries. The gentleman was admitted to a senior care facility in June 2016 and lived there until August 2016. His medical history on admission indicated he had a […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2017 – Most injured workers who attempt to sue their employer in civil court for bodily injury are unsuccessful because they are unable to prove intentional harm on the part of their employer. Most of these kinds of cases are dismissed on summary judgment. Such was the result in the case of Madkiff v. Frazier-Simplex, Inc. A-132-15T1 (App. Div. February 23, 2017). Madkiff was employed by Frazier-Simplex, and suffered an injury on January 15, 2010, while he and his co-workers were attempting to destroy a glass furnace at the Alcan Glass Plant. Jackhammers […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 7, 2017 – Beginning in 2017, there has been an increase in exemptions that will enable taxpayers to make more significant lifetime gifts and to acquire more assets through various estate planning vehicles, including a sale or grantor trust. In addition, taxpayers can leave more income-producing assets to children or grandchildren whose tax brackets may be lower, or who may live in states that have a low income tax rate or no state income tax. The following are some of the tax exemption inflation increases for 2017: · A $5,490,000 federal estate tax exemption […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 6, 2017 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will soon offer urgent mental health care to thousands of veterans with less-than-honorable discharges. The services are part of the agency’s expanded efforts to reduce high suicide rates among former service members. VA Secretary David Shulkin emphasized the need to act as soon as possible rather than wait for legislation to pass Congress. Speaking to members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, he noted that most of the veterans who have committed suicide did not have access to VA care. “Far too many veterans are […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 5, 2017 – On the night of Wednesday, March 8, a woman from New York was killed in a hit-and-run collision near Orlando, Florida. As reported in the Orlando Sentinel, Karissa Hilts was struck by a vehicle on Florida Turnpike near Mile Marker 258 in Orange County. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, as she was headed south on the turnpike, a cellphone fell out of her car. She pulled over on the highway, and exited her vehicle to search for the phone. Right after she stepped onto the turnpike, a motorist drove by […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 4, 2017 – The parents of a 14-month-old toddler filed a wrongful lawsuit against an Austin dentist alleging there was no reason their child needed dental work based on x-rays produced for court. According to the medical examiner, the young child died from complications due to the anesthesia given during her treatment. She was at the dental office to have two cavities filled when she lost consciousness and was rushed to the hospital. She died later that day. The child’s parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit naming the anesthesiologist, the dentist, the dental practice […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 3, 2017 – Immigration enforcement, including deportations, is not a new process. Previous administrations and the current Trump administration had the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) implement immigration laws that help enhance public safety and border security. Interestingly, the issue with deportation, aside from the human rights violations, is not solely the act of removing an illegal individual from the United States the instant they are apprehended. If an illegal immigrant is given a bond hearing but does not make bond because they do not have the funds to do so, the United […]


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