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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2013 – A new study finds that Texas has the worst record in the nation for construction safety and construction accident deaths. A report released from Workers Defense Project and the University of Texas – Austin found that construction workers in Texas are dying from work-related accidents at double the rate of construction workers in California. The study, “Build a Better Texas,” released in January 2013, states that the Texas construction industry experienced 10.7 deaths in 2010 per 100,000 workers. The U.S. overall rate in 2010 was 8.8 per 100,000 workers. “The numbers […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2013 – Nearly 3.2 million Americans live in nursing care facilities. Many are subjected to abuse at the hands of their caregivers. “Many people are horrified to hear that nursing home abuse is quite common —- more common than we would like to admit. Of the 3.2 million Americans in care facilities, just about one in three of those homes have been singled out for violations and close to 10 percent of the residents have been subjected to abuse. The shocking statistics don’t end there,” added Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 11, 2013 – Construction workers in Texas face dangerous conditions on work sites across the state. “It’s well known that since the construction industry in Texas started to quickly revive, that workers are dealing with a number of workplace issues —- labor rights violations, poor wages, improper or no training and dangerous work sites,” explained Austin injury lawyer Brooks Schuelke, with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. Texas leads the nation in the number of fatal construction worker accidents. While there are some protections afforded these laborers, they do not adequately address the level of danger […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 11, 2013 – An 18-year-old prescription drug abuser rammed his car into a Las Vegas restaurant. Ten were seriously injured. “This was an accident that just about brought one side of the restaurant down into a heap of rubble,” said Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. “The force of the impact to the building at the Egg & I restaurant crumpled a main support beam. Things were touch and go while the area was being cordoned off and cleaned up.” It turns out the driver who slammed into the side of the building […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2012 – Begley Law Group attorney Dana E. Bookbinder is speaking at the NJ ICLE seminar, “Special Needs Trusts: Key Strategies for Successful Planning & Administration.” The seminar addresses the basics of special needs trusts. A special needs trust is designed to ensure that beneficiaries can use the assets as intended for their benefit. For attorneys, it is imperative that they have a solid understanding of the extensive issues that can be involved to best help clients plan for the financial security of a child with a disability. “This special needs trust seminar […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2013 – Politicians suggest immigration reform will be accomplished this year. Immigration groups wonder if that is true. “The whole immigration reform scenario has become a football kicked randomly back and forth across the political landscape. Few points are scored, and there are players still waiting the game out, until the referees choose to do something constructive. Some Republicans are saying it will pass the Senate this year, which is a much longer time than when they first said it had to be done just after their election loss,” pointed out Larry S. […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2013 – People think that once they declare bankruptcy, they cannot get loans. They can get a loan, but not immediately. It is possible to get a personal loan after declaring bankruptcy. However, it does depend on which type of bankruptcy was declared. Those who declare a Chapter 7 bankruptcy have the highest chance of obtaining a personal loan because their debts are completely wiped out, indicated Iowa bankruptcy lawyer, Kevin Ahrenholz. What this means is that when an individual applies for a loan, at a later date, after a bankruptcy discharge, […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2013 – While lawmakers are debating amendments to the immigration reform proposal, there are a number of politicians who feel it is an unworkable issue. Republican lawmaker Steve Stockman has stated that he believes “a gang of millions” will push back against the current Senate immigration bill crafted by the “Gang of Eight,” a bipartisan group comprised of eight senators. Stockman believes the immigration deal, as it currently stands, will fail, because people do not support it and it is “fundamentally unfair,” both to current immigration laws and to immigrants who came into […]


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Charleston, W.Va. (Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2013 – The law firm Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC (Spilman) announced that it recently won a favorable ruling for client Fairmont General Hospital (FGH). The West Virginia Supreme Court ended the three-year-long Fairmont General Hospital v. City of Fairmont, et. al. lawsuit via summary judgment, holding that FGH alone has the right to appoint its own board members. The City of Fairmont and Fairmont City Council argued they held the right to appoint FGH board members because FGH was subject to the Fairmont City Charter. Given that the city has not been […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 7, 2013 – Though not widely known, there are different types of Social Security retirement benefits available to married couples and previously married couples. Social Security benefits are available to a nonworking spouse when both individuals have reached retirement age, but the higher earner continues to work and delay their collection of benefits. The nonworking spouse typically is entitled to as much as 50 percent of the working spouse’s benefits. However, the working spouse must file for the benefit, then consider suspending those benefits in order to maximize the eventual amount by receiving them […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 7, 2013 – Even though some bikers think helmets are a nuisance, statistically, they save lives. “There is a new report just out that indicates if Michigan had not dumped their mandatory helmet law, 26 bikers would still be alive today,” pointed out Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. The research findings were presented by the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Unit, and they revealed an 18 percent increase in fatal motorcycle accidents between 2011 and 2012. During that time frame, the study then separated out […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 7, 2013 – A thorough evacuation plan should be in place in all nursing homes, but that often is not the case. As of 2012, at least 1.4 million U.S. seniors are residing in a nursing home, while more than 3 million people have stayed in a nursing home while recovering from surgery or illness. That is according to a report released by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Of the 15,800 nursing homes throughout the country, there is no general consensus on how many of them have safe, reliable emergency, […]


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Competition sponsored by the Association of Legal Administrators in conjunction with the Burton Awards Lincolnshire, Ill. (Law Firm Newswire) June 6, 2013 – Six U.S. law firms received Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) “Best Law Firm Publications” awards at the annual Burton Awards for Legal Achievement, held June 3 at The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The ALA Awards, consisting of six categories, were open only to ALA members and their firms or legal departments. The following law firms were recognized for using plain, clear and concise legal writing in their publications and/or communications vehicles: BEST LAW FIRM ADVERTISEMENT […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) June 6, 2013 – Traumatic brain injury stalks those who play contact sports, military personnel deployed in a war and those involved in vehicle accidents. “It is not a stretch of the imagination to state that traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a living nightmare. Just read the news relating to the high number of big name sports celebrities who took their own lives as a result of TBI,” suggested Tom Robenalt, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. While brain injuries are considered to be silent, because no one can see them, the effects on those with […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 6, 2013 – In what could have been a scene from a movie, a Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy was caught buying fake Oxycodone pills. “While this may sound like an open and shut case,” indicated Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney, “it likely isn’t, as things are rarely as they seem in circumstances like these. The deputy is considered innocent until proven guilty and deserves a solid criminal defense.” According to the arrest records, the deputy was charged with possession of synthetic narcotics, possessing a controlled substance without the benefit of a prescription, […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) June 5, 2013 – A new study indicates that a cancer drug may be used to treat Alzheimer’s. Researchers at the Georgetown University Medical Center administered the drug nilotinib to mice in very low doses. They theorized that the drug, which causes cancer cells to self-destruct, might have a similar effect on aberrant brain cells at low doses. “Alzheimer’s and similar diseases affect some 5 million people in America alone, and planning for their needs is a challenge for families and communities” said elder law attorney Andrew Hook. The researchers began by finding a […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) June 5, 2013 – Everyone knows that interns are run off their feet and exhausted, opening the door to medical malpractice. “Anyone who has been in hospital is likely familiar with the ever present newest batch of interns, run ragged from long hours and little, if no sleep. It’s almost an American tradition; a tradition the American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) wants to change. They’ve set a 16-hour limit for shifts for first year residents, to increase patient safety and preserve the well-being of the interns,” said Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 5, 2013 – Employers may make reasonable accommodations for workers with religious restrictions, unless it causes workplace issues. Religion is an important issue to many Americans. Important enough to inform their employer if they follow the teachings of a certain faith that may interfere with them performing the job they were hired to do. This case outlines that although employers are bound to make realistic adjustments for religious beliefs, there is a line in the sand when it comes to how a person’s faith interferes with a company’s ability to get a job done. […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 4, 2013 – Some drugs help. Other drugs, like Cymbalta, have the potential to kill, as they did in this case. “Wrongful death, defective product lawsuits involving the suicide of a young teen are particularly hard to deal with. The family is distraught and in shock. They want to know that what happened to their son will never happen to anyone else. The drug Cymbalta is at the center of the storm in this lawsuit and eventual settlement,” indicated Austin injury lawyer Brooks Schuelke, with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. Cymbalta was approved for use […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 4, 2013 – Every 15 minutes in the U.S., someone is killed by a drunk driver. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released a recommendation that the legal blood alcohol level be lowered to 0.05. The Texas office of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has formally backed the new proposal, stating that the lower limit would save lives. Austin Police Chief, Art Acevedo, released a statement in which, while he did not formally endorse the new level, stated the change was worth “robust exploration and debate.” “Driving under the influence continues to be […]


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