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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2013 – The Begley Law Group’s continued commitment to the rights of their clients includes attending and presenting at professional seminars. The attorneys at Begley Law Group recently attended two significant outreach efforts as part of their ongoing support of clients, including individuals with special needs and their families, and the elderly. On April 15-16, 2013, Kristen L. Behrens and Tom Begley, Jr., of Begley Law Group attended the Special Needs Alliance Spring Meeting in Washington, DC, where they heard speakers from the Social Security Administration and Easter Seals on Affordable Care Act […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2013 – A new report says wait times and claims backlogs for veterans filing for disability are growing. The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) has released a report detailing the findings of a lengthy review of internal documents from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The report shows that delays encountered by first-time applicants for veterans disability benefits are much longer than the VA has previously acknowledged. Virginia veteran’s attorney Andrew Hook commented, “We owe it to our veterans to ensure they get the benefits they deserve and were promised, and in […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2013 – Young offenders seem to think a juvenile record is no big deal. This is not the case. “Many young offenders figure getting a juvenile record is not a big deal. It won’t affect them when they grow up and start looking for a job, or make any difference later in life should they be sentenced for something else and/or need to post bond. Wrong. A juvenile criminal record can drastically affect you in terms of sentencing or if you need to post bond,” explained Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2013 – Joshpe Law Group LLP represented Mega Playground, a leading independent provider of post-production services to the film and television industry, in a sale of assets to Slate Media Group. Mega Playground services a diverse clientele that includes major film and television studios, broadcasters, independent producers, documentary filmmakers, and others. Founder and President, Eitan Hakami, stated, “We are thrilled to be combining our facilities and services with Slate Media Group. Our clients and the production community will benefit from working with a company capable of delivering the most comprehensive set of […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2013 – The looming sequester has special education advocates concerned. Nationally, sequestration looks to eliminate federal funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 2013 by as much as $1 billion. That would leave as many as 7,200 special education educators without covered salaries. The cuts would also bump the amount of money the federal government contributes toward special education back to what it was in 2005. “States across the county are looking at huge cuts,” notes Palo Alto estate planning attorney Michael Gilfix. It is estimated that Minnesota would […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2013 – Sometimes the news is downright depressing. Hospital errors may not improve, even if they are tracked. “You would think that if a hospital took the time to report medical errors that they would do something about the information they have in their hands at the end of the day. It seems they don’t, which is depressing news to patients that may be victims of hospital errors,” remarked Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. This is not just a concern for […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2013 – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is now offering assistance to travelers with special needs. The disabled, the elderly and individuals with medical conditions are now being offered special assistance with airport security as part of a new push by the TSA. In light of numerous complaints by travelers, the TSA has implemented a cadre of specially trained airport security screeners to assist passengers with disabilities. More than 2,600 TSA officers, supervisors and lead staff have been trained specifically to address the issues that travelers with special needs may face. Each […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2013 – A Florida Senate committee advanced a bill to create a statewide domestic partner registry. Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases pertaining to gay marriage, the Senate panel approved legislation that would grant specific rights to domestic partnerships, including same-sex couples. “This is a step forward for same-sex couples and other unmarried domestic partners in Florida,” said Tampa family lawyer Joshua Law. “These individuals often have a difficult time pursuing legal arrangements that are automatically bestowed upon married couples.” The Senate Committee on Children, Families and Elder […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2013 – It is a real concern jailing mentally ill prisoners. Anything can happen, resulting in a wrongful death lawsuit. “This Texas case was a hot button for the local police. An inmate in custody collapsed and died later in hospital. A local civil rights group filed a wrongful death lawsuit, based on the fact that the inmate was obviously mentally ill and being behind bars led to a decline in his physical health and further decline in his mental health. This kind of situation raises concerns about how obviously ill prisoners are […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 19, 2013 – High skilled immigration shortages are a real issue for information technology companies. “Field workers are not the only issue facing America when it comes to the current immigration system, the one that has been broken for so long no one remembers what ‘normal’ is any longer. The basic issue with the information technology (IT) sector is a skill gap. They need more qualified people and thanks to immigration laws, can’t get enough of them,” outlined Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 19, 2013 – The death of a man at Tampa International Airport has investigators searching for answers. Chad Wolfe, 31, landed in Tampa just after midnight on a recent Friday. While still in the airport with his girlfriend and her stepfather, Wolfe went missing. The following morning, airport workers discovered his body at the bottom of an elevator shaft. Robert Joyce, a Tampa personal injury attorney who is not involved in the case, commented, “One would think an accident like this would be highly preventable. Elevators are generally held to strict safety standards and […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 19, 2013 – A Miami jury handed a businessman a huge cash award in his dispute with a bank. Maury Rosenberg was awarded $6.1 million in a case against U.S. Bank. Rosenberg alleged the bank was trying to collect on his debt by forcing him into involuntary bankruptcy. The jury found that the bank acted in bad faith. “Forcing a debtor into bankruptcy as a means of trying to collect on a debt is prohibited by federal law,” said Brandon bankruptcy lawyer O. Reginald Osenton. The verdict includes punitive damages of $5 million and […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 19, 2013 – More women tend to need long-term care coverage, and they will be paying more for it. Prices for long-term care insurance will soon reflect the reality that women live longer and file more claims than men. That change could mean significant upheaval in an already confusing and unpredictable market, and for some women who have been on the fence about buying such coverage, it creates a new decision-making deadline. Gender-based long-term care policies are beginning to be offered to women who apply for individual coverage. Genworth, one such company offering […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) April 18, 2013 – Hip replacement manufacturers have recalled a large amount of all-metal total hip replacement over the years. A high percentage of hip replacement implants have been reported to cause pain and difficulty in motion for the recipients. Some models have been found to create issues in the top of the hip, where the thigh bone fits the socket. A number of hip replacements shipped between 2004 and 2011 have been recalled. Surgeons and hospitals were notified of recalls after implant registry data revealed that more than 12% of UK-based patients needed to […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 18, 2013 – A cluster of tragic car accidents involving teenagers belies the national trend of fewer such accidents. Four high school friends died recently when their car skidded off a bridge in rural Illinois and fell into a creek. The tragedy came just one day after five Texas teenagers died in a fiery crash and an accident in Ohio claimed six lives. However, statistics show that fatal crashes involving teenagers are actually decreasing. “Our hearts go out to the victims of these horrible events, and we are reminded that young drivers are especially […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 18, 2013 – Mobile devices do not kill people. Distracted people using them kill people. “Look out your window while you are driving and make a note of how many people you see walking along with their heads down and a mobile device in their hands, texting. They have no clue where they are, who is around them, or where they are going. In short, they are totally oblivious to their surroundings. Some even walk in front of moving vehicles. Life these days is nothing short of bizarre, when people take leave of their […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 18, 2013 – In spite of incoming troops and vocal criticism, VA benefits backlog only continues to grow. Military veterans are waiting an average of nine months after returning home for the Department of Veterans Affairs to process their disability claims. Congress recently criticized the VA and the Department of Defense for failing to merge troop records into one streamlined electronic system which would help to shorten the backlog. “It seems impossible to have such a level of bureaucracy that vets are not getting the benefits to which they are entitled for such a […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 18, 2013 – The latest issue of Bigger Law Firm, a magazine for attorneys, examines Google Plus’ role in marketing, the latest responsive web design, how to use the iPad use in the courtroom, the cloud-based software fermata, and more. This month’s feature, “Revisiting Google+,” takes an in-depth look at Google Plus Search Plus Your World, the innovative intersection of Google’s search engine with its social media platform, and whether the hybridization has been a success. Barbara Atkinson looks at how this new way of integrating social media has changed the marketing landscape for […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 17, 2013 – Sex crimes are a whole different ball of wax, and extremely serious crimes. “If someone is charged with a sex crime and the charges involve a child, this is a very serious matter and you will need an experienced Lakeland criminal defense attorney at your side. The bad news begins with word of such a charge reaching others, including family, friends and co-workers. The instant reaction is bone deep rage and revulsion, despite the fact that the individual charged may be completely innocent. People forget that first and foremost, someone charged […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 17, 2013 – The FDA plans to ease the rules governing approval of new Alzheimer’s treatments. Under the proposal, drug companies would no longer be required to demonstrate in clinical trials that their products improved a patient’s life. Instead, approval could be granted based on test subjects in the early stages of Alzheimer’s showing small improvements in reasoning and memory in controlled tests. The proposed change addresses a problem inherent in the agency’s existing policy. Medications are most likely to be useful to Alzheimer’s patients in the earliest stages of the disease. But […]


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