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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 30, 2014 – Michigan saw far fewer traffic fatalities during the Fourth of July weekend in 2014 than it did in 2013. Over the 2014 holiday, police engaged in targeted enforcement of laws against drunk driving. This year, there were four traffic deaths in Michigan during the period from 6:00 p.m. July 3 until midnight July 6, according to a statement from Michigan State Police. In 2013, there were 19 traffic fatalities over the holiday weekend, and 40 percent of them involved alcohol. This year’s crackdown on drunk driving involved police agencies in 26 […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 29, 2014 – Employers who offer 401(k) retirement savings accounts are increasingly providing the option of a Roth 401(k). This presents workers with the same question that IRAs do: which to choose, traditional or Roth? According to a prominent Virginia estate planning attorney, the choice depends on individual circumstances, but Roth 401(k)s may generally offer greater tax flexibility. “When an employer offers the option of contributing to both a traditional 401(k) and a Roth 401(k), it can be wise to make at least some Roth contributions,” said Andrew Hook, an attorney with the […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) July 29, 2014 – The major South Jersey personal injury and workers’ compensation law firm has launched a new website. Petrillo and Goldberg — a Pennsauken, New Jersey law firm that specializes in serving clients in personal injury and workers’ compensation cases — unveiled its new website earlier this month. The firm expects that the updated website will provide a more user-friendly and interactive experience for visitors accessing its array of legal services. Through the site, Petrillo and Goldberg gives visitors an up-close-and-personal introduction to the highly successful, collaborative approach the firm’s four attorneys employ […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 28, 2014 – A new study indicates that even mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) may result in cognitive problems and lasting brain damage. While severe TBI has been studied extensively, the newest study, published in the journal Neurology,focused on the mild to moderate cases that represent 90 per cent of brain injuries. Researchers found that patients with mild and moderate brain injuries showed damage to the brain’s white matter, which connects different areas of the brain and can affect a wide range of functions. “This research is an indication that what we think of […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 28, 2014 – An appeals court upheld a judgment against an oil and gas giant that backed out of a deal to buy Texas leaseholds. Chesapeake Energy lost its appeal of a $121 million judgment in a lawsuit filed by Preston Exploration and two other parties, who said they had finalized a deal to sell over 500 leaseholds to the company. In continuing bad news for Chesapeake, a Texas school district and newspaper filed separate lawsuits against the company, alleging underpayment of royalties. Houston attorney Richard LaGarde, who is not involved in the lawsuits, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July25, 2014 – The Florida Department of Transportation has recommended a safety upgrade to one of the most accident-prone intersections in the Tampa Bay area. The intersection of Belcher Road and Gulf to Bay Boulevard in Clearwater has been the site of several accidents over the years, but it has been the subject of renewed attention since crossing guard Douglas Carey was killed there in May. Carey was struck by a vehicle traveling 70 mph that was involved in a multi-car accident. “Dangerous intersections like this one are the site of many car accidents that […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2014 – In the decade after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made more than $200 million in payments to settle nearly 1,000 wrongful death claims. According to VA data obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting, the payments have been made to the families of veterans who died as the result of misdiagnoses, neglect, suicide, botched surgeries and other negligence. “It is a tragedy any time a person’s death is caused by another’s negligence, but the government has a special responsibility to provide care for […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2014 – A spike in traffic accidents has been attributed to the growing number of large trucks hauling drilling equipment and fracking waste on U.S. streets. According to a report by the Associated Press, U.S. census data shows that traffic deaths have grown more than four-fold from 2004 rates in areas experiencing a boom from the fracking industry. These death rates have risen steadily even as road conditions and vehicle safety continue to improve. In growing fracking communities like Karnes County, Texas, for example, the sheriff has said the department has been “swamped” […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2014 – With more 8.6 million aging baby boomers in California alone, end-of-life discussions are becoming increasingly important. Families need to make it a priority to speak with loved ones before, not after, a crisis strikes. A 2012 California Healthcare Foundation (CHFC) survey revealed that nearly 60 percent of respondents felt that having an end-of-life discussion with their family was “extremely important” — yet 56 percent of those respondents had not yet communicated those wishes with the person they would want making that decision on their behalf. Only 23 percent had their […]


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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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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) July 22, 2014 – On November 4th, the expert elder law attorneys of the Begley Law Group will teach a one-day “crash course” on the essentials of elder law for legal practitioners. As Americans live longer and longer, elder law practices have grown and grown. Attorneys hoping to expand their practice into this area need to master a number of particular issues. To serve this need in a time-saavy legal culture, the Begley Law Group has condensed the essential information into an intensive “Elder Law in a Day” crash course. Lawyers will travel from across […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) July 22, 2014 – Although bed rails are designed to keep frail nursing home residents in their beds, they may instead end up killing them. “Nursing homes and other elder care facilities have many residents that benefit from a bed rail to help them get in and out of bed, or keep them safe if they are sleeping and restless. It most instances, bed rails provide an extra bit of mobility. However if they are not used correctly, not installed properly, or are defective and a patient is severely harmed or dies, the home […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 21, 2014 – Según un informe publicado recientemente, el área de Tampa Bay es la segunda área metropoli-tana más peligroso del país para los peatones. La Coalición Nacional de Calles Completas publicó el informe que le asigna un índice de peligro para los peatones en las principales áreas metropolitanas basadas en muertes de peatones y el número de personas que se desplazan a trabajar a pie. La zona metropolitana de Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater fue clasificado como el segundo más peligroso del país, y de otras partes de Florida también tienen peligro. “Son demasiados los accidentes […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 18, 2014 – Virginia child support laws are undergoing their first significant changes in nearly 20 years. Effective July 1, 2014, the Virginia Child Support Guidelines have been revised to account differently for higher levels of combined gross income between two parents. This change alone may allow some support recipients and payors to revisit child support judgments, even in the absence of other changes to their financial circumstances. A local divorce attorney explained the ways that the new guidelines differ from the old and the ramifications of the change. “Prior to these revisions,” said […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2014 – In 2014′s June/July Issue, BLF takes a two-pronged approach to maximizing your law firm’s business potential. With strategies to attract, accommodate and keep your web visitors, BLF helps lawyers reach out to prospective clients. Then, to build your firm from within, the issue covers new technologies and new mindsets to enhance your expertise and marketing impact. This issue’s feature advises legal marketing teams to “Design for All.” More and more seniors are heading online – in fact, they belong to the fastest-growing web demographic. Yet few websites cater to their unique […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2014 – On May 15, two construction workers were injured after part of a building collapsed in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Sandy Springs can be found north of Atlanta and is home to a population of 100,000. The employees were working on a second-level parking deck of a hotel under construction when the concrete underneath them collapsed. According to a police sergeant with Sandy Springs police department, both workers fell 15 to 20 feet in the accident. They were transported to a nearby hospital with minor to moderate injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health […]


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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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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) July 16, 2014 – New episodes of the Special Needs Law Podcast are now available. The series is hosted by Bernard A. Krooks, a nationally prominent attorney in special needs planning and elder law and a founding partner of Littman Krooks LLP. The Special Needs Law Podcast features interviews and talks by leaders in the disability community on issues of importance to individuals with special needs and their families. In a recent episode of the podcast, Mr. Krooks interviewed David Kot, the founder and scriptwriter for Autism at Face Value, which publishes Face Value […]


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Rockville Centre, NY (Law Firm Newswire) July 15, 2014 – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, where thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits filed against the Ethicon division of Johnson & Johnson are being overseen (www.vaginalmeshlawsuitcenter.net), is preparing to embark on a second bellwether trial (In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2327). According to an Amended Docket Control Order issued on July 9, 2014, a pretrial conference is scheduled to take place on August 7, and jury selection will begin on August 22. Opening statements in the trial are […]


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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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