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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 30, 2015 – The growing life settlement industry offers to buy life insurance policies and continue to pay the premiums in full, in order to help clients cover the cost of long-term care. “Many people are overwhelmed by long-term care costs, which are not covered by typical health insurance plans,” said Michael Gilfix, an elder law attorney in Palo Alto. “Life settlement firms offer to help, but the industry is still relatively small and not rigorously regulated.” By selling one’s policy to a life settlement company, it is possible to get cash flow […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 29, 2015 – The House Veterans Affairs Committee voted on April 30, 2015, to step up its probe into allegations of mishandling of veterans’ claims at the VA’s Philadelphia office. In a sign of dwindling patience with the department, the committee voted to issue a subpoena of VA records for just the third time in its history. The committee has since December, 2014, repeatedly requested personnel and complaint records from the Philadelphia office with limited results. James G. Fausone, an attorney with Legal Help for Veterans in Northville, Michigan, said the vote was an […]


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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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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2015 – These days, DUI/DWI convictions are becoming more stringent, but there are eight states with very strict penalties. “A DUI/DWI penalty is not much fun, no matter where you incur it,” points out Lakeland, Florida. criminal defense attorney Thomas C. Grajek. “However, there are some states that really take a dim view of drinking and driving and their DUI/DWI penalties are very harsh.” The eight worst states to be convicted of drinking and driving are: Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Oregon, Georgia and New York. Arizona does not mess around, even […]


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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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Irvington, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 23, 2015 – As part of its goal to serve as a resource to families, law firm Barger & Gaines is announcing the expansion of its Irvington office. The firm is now the largest in the tri-state area with a dedicated full-time team focused entirely on special education law and advocacy, special needs planning, estate planning, and guardianship. The firm recently added noted attorney Sheryl Frishman, Esq., immediately enhancing the firm’s ability to deliver comprehensive services to the families of students and adults with special needs.  “We know how important a child’s education is […]


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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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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 22, 2015 – Sen. Paul, former Gov. Huckabee comment on entitlement program’s funding problems. As the 2016 presidential election season approaches and more candidates have joined the race for the White House, the would-be chief executives have been staking out positions on some high-profile issues. And in early May, no less than two announced Republican candidates for president, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, espoused their views on the sensitive issue of funding the Social Security Disability Insurance Trust Fund. Paul had already made some eyebrow-raising remarks on the […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 22, 2015 – The Obama administration’s nominee for undersecretary of health at the Department of Veterans Affairs did not mince words at his confirmation hearing before a Senate committee. “The VA needs change,” Dr. David Shulkin told the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, acknowledging a host of problems at the agency in recent years, including lengthy wait times for veterans, lack of accountability, and ballooning construction costs. He said the agency needed “more doctors, more nurses, and greater efficiency from its current systems.” James G. Fausone, an attorney at Legal Help for Veterans in Northville, […]


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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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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2015 – Largely GOP-backed measure includes retention of ‘stepped-up basis’ on capital gains. The House of Representatives on April 16 voted largely along party lines to repeal the estate tax. Seven Democrats joined 233 Republicans voting in favor of the repeal, while only three Republicans aligned with 176 Democrats against the repeal in the GOP-controlled House. The roll call on the estate tax was the first time in a decade that the lower chamber of Congress supported an end to what Republicans have called the “death tax.” But unlike the previous House vote […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 18, 2015 – Distracted driving comes in many forms. The law views two of those distractions the same: drunk driving and driving under the influence of drugs. The difficulty with taking prescription medications and driving is that many people do not realize their cognitive abilities may have become impaired. Others do not believe the warnings printed on medications about not driving when taking various medications. For whatever reasons, people just do not regard driving while under the influence of prescription medication(s) to be the same as DWI. According to a National Highway Traffic Safety […]


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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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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2015 – What would a worker do if their possibly questionable actions were captured on video in the workplace? The conflict between privacy and the right to know what workers are doing mirrors the balancing act that the iconic image of blindfolded Justice attempts with her scales. In order to determine if a worker’s right to privacy has been intrusively invaded it must be balanced against the employer’s right to know what is going on with employees in the workplace – a delicate task of drawing the fine line between two diametrically opposed […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2015 – Revelation over limited firings for long wait times triggers congressional ire, legislation. When a nationwide scandal over manipulated wait times at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals rocked the agency last spring, the controversy resulted in the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and calls for reform. And Robert A. McDonald, Shinseki’s successor as VA chief, followed up with the announcement in February that the department had fired 60 people in the wake of the scandal. The VA quickly corrected that figure, saying that only 14 employees lost their jobs and lesser […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2015 – Ex-canteen employee admits to pilfering funds, blowing it on strippers, prostitutes and gambling. The Justice Department announced on May 5 that a former canteen manager at a Veteran Administration facility in Ann Arbor, Mich., admitted to embezzling approximately $150,000 from the VA retail store and spending the money on strippers, prostitutes and gambling. The former VA employee, Glenn Alan Bates, was arraigned on the federal charges before a U.S. magistrate judge in Detroit the same day. The accusations against Bates, 57, of Saline, Mich., included that he stole cash from the […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2015 – Case pits law enforcement against wife of sheriff’s lieutenant who is also daughter of ex-cop. On May 9, St. Louis police fired multiple shots at a woman while she was at a family home, an encounter that has resulted in felony charges against her as well as her hospitalization with serious injuries. And within days of the shooting, the family has not only responded with outrage but also disputed the police account of the incident. The woman, Jennifer Morgan-Tyra, 38, is being treated at St. Louis University Hospital after police […]


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