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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 8, 2014 – The divorce rate in the United States is rising, a trend credited in large part to the economic recovery of the past several years. During the 18-month recession, the divorce rate plunged to a 40-year low. Since then, the divorce rate has recovered, rising each year. In 2012, the most recent year for which U.S. Census Bureau data is available, 2.4 millions Americans divorced. “When times are tough, unhappy couples are more likely to stay together for financial reasons,” said Lisa McDevitt, a divorce attorney in Florida. “With the economy in […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 8, 2014 – After thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children arrived in 2014, Texas has eased standards determining the size and type of facilities that house them. Tens of thousands of children have entered the United States illegally since October 2013, mostly from Central America. As of the end of July, about 6,300 children were housed in shelters (a reduction from around 7,600 in June). Numerous non-profit and government agencies have been involved in housing and managing the influx of immigrant children. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has coordinated the response. Disaster relief teams, charities […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 5, 2014 – A wrongful death lawsuit over last year’s construction accident on the Northwestern University campus, which resulted in the death of an iron worker, is pressing forward. Michael Kerr, 57, was killed on May 16, 2013 when a crane knocked a 70-pound beam off the sixth floor of a new building being constructed on campus. Kerr was standing on the ground floor when the 16-foot beam struck him in the head and chest. He was pronounced dead two hours later at Evanston Hospital. Kerr’s son, also named Michael Kerr, has filed a […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 15, 2014 – Big oil drives the economy in Texas, but the industry is also responsible for a high number of workplace deaths. “It’s hard to miss the construction boom going on in Texas with the resurgence of big oil. Along with progress, though, often comes greed, underregulation, out-of-control spending and a distinct lack of due attention to safety on construction and other work sites,” said Austin workplace injury lawyer Brooks Schuelke of Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. While the economy thrives, Texas workers die. The Lone Star State has led the nation in on-the-job […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 4, 2014 – On June 30, Shirley Holmes of Gretna, Louisiana, filed a wrongful death lawsuit after her husband’s passing, pointing toward alleged asbestos exposure he suffered years before. In the 1970’s, Kermit Holmes worked at the Avondale shipyard in Louisiana, where he was allegedly exposed to asbestos dust and fibers. In the years that followed, he developed asbestosis and mesothelioma lung cancer. He died in September 2013.  “His wife blames his death on this exposure, claiming that he was not provided with appropriate safety equipment that could have protected him from the harmful […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 3, 2014 – The Office of the Michigan Attorney General has published two new legal guides designed to help Michigan servicemembers, veterans and their families. The first guide, the “Michigan Military and Veterans Legal Service Guide,” provides a comprehensive listing of legal resources to help Michigan veterans access benefits and protections in a range of areas including healthcare, education, employment and housing. The second guide, “The Michigan Guide to Military Family Law,” focuses specifically on explaining the rights of military families when facing issues in civilian family court. According to the Michigan Department of […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 3, 2014 – There are tax implications involved with filing for bankruptcy. Individuals faced with overwhelming debt often consider filing for bankruptcy. The debts discharged in bankruptcy can include taxes, but Brandon, Florida bankruptcy attorney O. Reginald Osenton warns that rules and limitations apply. “The good news is that some taxes can be discharged in bankruptcy proceedings,” said Osenton. “However, it is important to be aware of the limits that apply.” First, Osenton notes, people considering filing for individual bankruptcy should know that if they are going through a tax audit, the bankruptcy will […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 3, 2014 – Texas law firm the Law Offices of Alex R. Hernandez Jr. PLLC adds attorney Luis Cuellar to its staff of attorneys as Of Counsel. Luis is a Victoria Texas native and will be handling the litigation department in the Victoria and Austin offices. Luis Cuellar is a graduate of St. Mary’s University and has lived in Austin for several years. Luis has extensive experience in family law matters and has tried cases in Austin, Bastrop, and Lockhart. Luis is bilingual. The Law Offices of Alex R. Hernandez Jr PLLC is a […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2014 – Recent reports slam the federal agency for reduction in staff, operating hours and computer systems that do not work. The Social Security Administration should have reason to celebrate. After all, August 14, 2014, marked the 79th anniversary of the day when President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, which ushered in the landmark entitlement program. However, the agency’s birthday was less than cheerful, coming on the heels of an audit that criticized the SSA for deciding to cut staffing and reduce its service hours. At the same time, the SSA […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 2, 2014 – A report from the Nursing Home Report Card, a Families for Better Care project, ranked Virginia poorly on nursing home quality measures. The state received a grade of “D,” with an overall ranking of 33rd out of 50 states. “The fact that there are many nursing homes in Virginia that have problems means that it is that much more important for seniors and their families to engage in proper planning and research before choosing a nursing facility,” said Andrew Hook, a Virginia elder law attorney with the Hook Law Center. […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 2, 2014 – Michael Gilfix was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle regarding unexpected estate claims by Medi-Cal and the ways families can protect themselves. On August 24, 2014, the Chronicle published an exposé on the recent expansion of Medi-Cal’s little-known estate recovery program. According to reporter Kathleen Pender, the new Affordable Care Act (ACA) has expanded the number of Medi-Cal recipients subject to estate recovery. Medi-Cal has long conducted a limited program that allows it to claim and recover assets from the estates of some deceased Medi-Cal recipients. However, as Pender pointed […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) September 2, 2014 – This summer, a cluster of crashes involving Houston’s MetroRail light rail system caused serious injuries and reignited concerns about the system’s safety. Three incidents occurred in the same week, all involving collisions between a light rail train and a passenger car, according to a news report in the Houston Chronicle. According to the Chronicle, one of the crashes was deemed preventable by the light rail operator. The other two were likely the fault of motorists. “These three accidents add to the mounting evidence that the Houston light rail system poses undue […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 9, 2014 – A study from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) underscores the findings of earlier reports that drew attention to combat-related disorders. This year marks the 100th-year anniversary of the beginning of World War I, the so-called war to end all wars. Sadly and ironically, a study released on August 8 has found that the after-effects of combat stress among veterans can linger for decades, just as the consequences of the “Great War” affected (and is still affecting) conflicts many years later. The VA-commissioned study tracked veterans from as far back as […]


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Rockville Centre, NY (Law Firm Newswire) August 29, 2014 – A new study shows that physicians are prescribing Pradaxa, Xarelto, and Apixaban in higher numbers than ever, notwithstanding research linking these blood-thinning drugs to potentially fatal adverse side effects. According to an analysis published in the American Journal of Medicine, physicians have been prescribing newer anticoagulants such as Pradaxa, Xarelto, and Apixaban to treat patients with atrial fibrillation, instead of older drugs such as the popular warfarin. An editorial that accompanies the study acknowledges that “there is no antidote to reverse the anticoagulant effect with these new drugs in the […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 29, 2014 – A major report from the American Association of Retired People (AARP) has named California a strong performer in long-term care systems for older adults and the disabled. The report, called a “scorecard,” evaluated states on 26 different criteria and then aggregates the findings into an overall ranking. California finished ninth overall and drew top scores in several areas. The state earned a first-place rating on the availability of Medicaid benefits (Medi-Cal) to cover the costs of long-term care. The report also gave California a second-place rating for the diversity of […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 29, 2014 – In an at-will employment arrangement, an employer may terminate a worker any time for a wide number of reasons. An employee may also quit any time for any reason, but he or she should do so with respect and courtesy if possible. “If you are thinking about quitting your job, make certain you know if you live in an at-will employment state, such as Illinois,” suggested Chicago employment attorney Timothy Coffey. “In virtually all states (with the exception of Montana), workers are presumed to be at-will employees unless the employment terms […]


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Irvine, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 29, 2014 – According to a new study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, children with divorced parents are more likely to be obese. Researchers studied more than 3,000 third-graders, comparing children of divorced parents to children of married parents and children of parents who never married. The children with divorced parents were 54 percent more likely to be obese. The research does not conclusively identify why children of divorce have the highest rate of obesity. But researchers speculate that decreased time and money for healthy meals may contribute to the problem. “Children […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 28, 2014 – Medical malpractice affects millions of Americans each year. Misdiagnosis is a subtle form of malpractice that, surprisingly, dominates the cases seen in U.S. courts. “The vast majority of Americans, where they hear the term medical malpractice, assume it refers to surgical errors and medication mixups. In reality, misdiagnoses are the leading cause. They have cost over $39 billion in medical negligence payouts over the past quarter of a century,” said Daren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation in Michigan. Medical misdiagnosis happens when a medical professional does not pay proper attention to, […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) August 28, 2014 – Preventable explosions caused by combustible dust continue to kill industrial workers, asserts a new case study from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB). The agency has called for better regulation and has said that both private and government organizations are to blame. The CSB case study focuses on a 2010 combustible dust explosion that killed three workers at AL Solutions, a West Virginia metal recycling facility. The report notes that dust explosions and resulting fatalities had previously occurred at the facility, but that the owner failed to implement recommended safety measures […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 28, 2014 – Many Texans still feel that Ethan Couch should have gone to jail for killing four people and paralyzing another. “As many recall, Couch was a young Texas teen who killed four and paralyzed one after causing an while driving under the influence. He is currently in a rehab program which costs $438,000 a year. “Affluenza” took on a new meaning in this case. Taxpayers are now sustaining the affluenza epidemic, footing the bill for 17-year-old Couch’s stay in the North Texas State Hospital,” said Bobby Lee, an Austin personal injury lawyer […]


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