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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 15, 2016 – Debi Chalik of Chalik & Chalik Law Offices discusses Erb’s Palsy with Michael J. Swanson, the author of How David Beats Goliath, and the President and CEO of Advance Capital, Inc. Debi Chalik describes Erb’s Palsy as an injury to the nerves in the cervical spine or neck area, which is also known as the brachial plexus. At birth, those nerves are torn or stretched, and cause permanent paralysis in a child’s arm or hand. The condition most frequently occurs in children at birth, and can have devastating effects, resulting in […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 15, 2016 – Older workers need to be wary of some potential Medicare errors that may come up if they intend to continue working past the age of 65. Approximately one-third of Americans within the age group of 65 to 69 stay in the workforce. This rate is 50 percent higher than it was ten years ago. Thus, an increasing number of older Americans are not getting Medicare upon reaching age 65. Andrew H. Hook, a prominent Virginia elder law attorney of Hook Law Center with offices in Virginia Beach and northern Suffolk, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 15, 2016 – The Florida Supreme Court heard arguments June 9 about whether damages caps in lawsuits over medical malpractice are constitutional. The medical malpractice case stems from injuries suffered by Susan Kalitan, a dental assistant who underwent surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome in 2007. Her esophagus was perforated when tubes were inserted into her mouth during the anesthesia process. The Supreme Court is expected to address the constitutionality of a 2003 law that set limits on non-economic damages, otherwise known as damages for pain and suffering, in medical malpractice cases. “Arbitrary limits on […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 14, 2016 – The semi truck in an accident near El Paso rear-ended a car, killing two women. According to the police accident report, a big rig driver was speeding and did not reduce the speed of his truck when the traffic ahead of him slowed down. Subsequently he rammed into the car in front of him. The car was literally run over and was under the truck in crumpled, fiery ball when emergency first responders arrived at the scene at I-10 East and Sunland Park, El Paso. Six other cars, SUVs and pickup […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 13, 2016 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has rejected around 90 percent of benefits claims filed by veterans who participated in secret mustard gas tests during World War II. The VA received 1,213 disability claims related to the exposure from 792 veterans between 2005 and 2015. According to a yearlong Senate investigation, the agency denied 1,028 of those claims. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri released the findings along with the Arla Harrell Act, a bill that expedites VA benefits for victims. She criticized the government for mistreating testing victims and failing to […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 12, 2016 – Bigger Law Firm magazine is back with another issue packed with smart writing about the intersection of law, marketing, and technology. In the feature article, Cristina Fries interviews Nathan Chapman, CEO of The Marketing Center, who says that TV ads remain the gold standard in their ability to tap into new audiences. The most important element of a successful TV ad, says Chapman, is to convey a “reason to believe.” That is, it needs to tell viewers why your law firm really is a better choice than the competition. Attorneys […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 12, 2016 – A $7 million wrongful death lawsuit was filed against a driver who recklessly backed his pickup through a crowded parking lot. He struck and killed 37-year-old James Robinson. The truck hit several other vehicles and injured 11 other people. James Robinson and his wife Julia and their daughter had been watching fireworks from the back of their vehicle. When the show was over, the Robinson family started to pack up to leave. While they were in the midst of departure preparations, their vehicle was hit by a 2006 Dodge pickup being […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 11, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has accidentally declared thousands of veterans dead and stopped their benefits over the past five years. The issue was discussed in correspondence between the VA and U.S. Rep. David Jolly (R., Fla.) when he found that the same clerical error occurred 4,200 times between 2011 and 2015. The congressman received complaints from several constituents regarding cases of incorrect death notices of still-living veterans whose benefits payments were cancelled. The VA asserted the errors comprise under 1 percent of total benefits cancellations, according to recent […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 8, 2016 – Parasailing is a popular summertime activity among both Florida residents and visitors. However, it can result in serious injuries, and even death, due to the negligence of parasailing operators who disregard the safety of their customers. Accidents can arise from equipment failure, reckless boating, inexperienced staff or failure to monitor for adverse weather conditions. Choosing a parasailing company that is licensed and well-established can decrease the risk of parasailing accidents. Serious injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, back injuries, soft tissue damage and broken bones can occur if safety standards are […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 7, 2016 – It was yet another drunk driving accident that took the life of Dickinson resident 43-year-old Troy McNeil on Bay Area Boulevard. Mr. McNeil and his long-time partner were heading south on the Gulf Freeway. Their vehicle, a Dodge Durango, was sideswiped and whipped out onto the highway. McNeil and his partner were hit by another vehicle. Both McNeil and his partner were alive and not badly hurt at that point. However, when McNeil climbed out of the Durango to check on the damage, a Toyota Camry driven by Saul Arrendondo hit […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 6, 2016 – Boston’s Mintz law firm is facing yet another discrimination lawsuit filed by one of its former lawyers. The case is set to move forward after a lower court judge threw out discrimination claims and the case was appealed. Massachusetts Supreme Court justices indicated that the existing evidence in support of the former associate’s allegations was substantial enough to go to a jury trial. The allegations revolved around sexism and double standards for firm members and associates. This particular case is also important for other employment discrimination cases due to the Supreme […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 5, 2016 – According to the court documents filed in this case, Yolanda Lamar sustained permanent injuries after falling out of her bed at her care home. The lawsuit cites negligence resulting in wrongful death. On May 24, 2014, Yolanda Lamar fell out of her bed while in care at the Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital. She died four days later as a result of those injuries. Yolanda’s son, Cordell Lamar chose to file a wrongful death lawsuit alleging negligence in the care of his mother. According to the statement of claim, Mr. Lamar alleges the […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 1, 2016 – Since 2014, over 3 million new immigrants have settled in the United States. According to a report released by the Center for Immigration Studies, 3.1 million immigrants have moved to the United States since 2014. Over 1.1 million are illegal or undocumented immigrants. The overall figures break out to show that 550,000 such immigrants entered in 2014 and in 2015, a figure much higher than the last recorded immigration surge in 2012 and 2013 during which 350,000 entered each year. Despite suggestion by the media that the greatest flow of immigrants […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 30, 2016 – Personal injury law firm, Romanucci & Blandin, announced the $925,000-dollar settlement of a medical negligence lawsuit today on behalf of their client, Barbara Mini. The lawsuit involves her deceased husband, Joseph Mini, who lost his life on January 25, 2010 after his aortic dissection was allegedly not timely diagnosed by Ira Asher, MD and La Grange Memorial Hospital in La Grange, Illinois. A dedicated 51-year-old electric worker and family man, Joseph Mini was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers, Local #9 in Westchester, Illinois. He began his day […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 30, 2016 – Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP (WSHB) was ranked #4 in the United States by American Lawyer in its annual Diversity Scorecard Survey. WSHB rose from 7th place last year to 4th place this year in the annual AmLaw Diversity Survey, considered the “gold standard” for rankings that ranks firms according to a score based on their combined percentage of minority lawyers and minority partners in U.S. offices. “Historically, law has not been among the most diverse of professions,” said partner Domingo Tan, Chair of WSHB’s Recruiting Committee. “This trend […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 29, 2016 – The musical artist Prince died on April 21, 2016, apparently without ever having created a will, referred to as “intestate” death. Prince had no known children, but had six surviving siblings, who are the sole heirs. Even if there is little conflict among the heirs, the process of probating his estate is expected to be long and expensive. O. Reginald Osenton, a Florida probate attorney, cited two important reasons why individuals with significant assets should be sure to create a valid will. “First, creating a will serves to keep the scope […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 28, 2016 – An 18-wheeler truck driver killed three in this horrendous Montgomery County accident in Texas. Three cars were involved in this chain reaction accident — a Mercedes, Cadillac and another vehicle. Five vehicles in total were involved, and three passengers died as a result of this accident. According to eyewitnesses at the scene of the crash, the trucker, hauling a load of lumber, did not even make an attempt to slow down prior to crashing into the Mercedes. Once hit, the Mercedes careened into the Cadillac, starting a deadly chain reaction. One […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 27, 2016 – Most immigration filing fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would be increased under a rule change proposed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on May 4, 2016. According to DHS, the fee schedule must be adjusted to maintain adequate service and to recover costs. The agency stated that it conducted a comprehensive fee review and determined that current fees do not recover the full cost of services which it provides. Under the proposed rule, USCIS fees would be increased by a weighted average of 21 percent, with […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2016 – In an odd turn of events, an amendment to ban the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) from spending money to enforce new safety rules was passed into law. In what is viewed as a counterintuitive move, a law was recently passed to ban the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) from spending money to enforce new safety rules. What happened? Some industry pundits suggest the trucking industry cheated to make sure they got what they wanted. It is an open secret that the trucking industry actually believes it needs fewer […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2016 – A new national data-gathering campaign is aimed to curb the maternal death rate in the United States, which leads that of other developed nations. The campaign, a joint effort of the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, encourages states to institute mortality review panels to investigate every maternal death occurring during pregnancy or within 12 months following delivery. Data gathering on maternal deaths in some states has already led to meaningful prevention efforts. For example, women who undergo cesarean sections are […]


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