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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 20, 2012 – A good health plan can prevent financial disaster, but when deductibles are higher than a patient can handle, insured individual may still require a bankruptcy. Americans look to insurance policies to be there when something unpredictable happens. Whether it’s an oak limb falling through the roof, an expensive car accident, or someone’s health, people assume that having coverage means they don’t have to worry. However, with rising health care costs and higher health insurance premiums, some people are raising deductibles to unsupportable levels. At some point, a deductible becomes so high […]


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“Johnson & Johnson’s withdrawal of their defective TVM transvaginal mesh products is a good first step towards patient safety,”– Attorney Ryan L Thompson of Watts Guerra Craft LLP Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2012 – Transvaginal mesh lawyers Ryan L. Thompson and Mikal C. Watts, of Watts Guerra Craft LLP (WGC), were disappointed by the federal government’s recent failure to close a legal loophole that would have required FDA testing of medical devices, such as transvaginal mesh implants, prior to using such devices in patients. Johnson and Johnson recently announced the withdrawal of four types of transvaginal mesh […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2012 – The Illinois State Police joined more than 500 law enforcement agencies throughout the country in the “Click It or Ticket” campaign. Police were out in force during the Memorial Day weekend to issue tickets for drivers who fail to wear seat belts. NHTSA statistics indicate that in the year 2010, safety belts saved approximately 12,546 lives throughout the country. “Safety belts are one of the most important tools that drivers and passengers can use to protect themselves in a car accident,” said Chicago car accident attorney Robert Briskman. In Illinois, on […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 18, 2012 – A national conference was held in Orlando, Florida, recently to bring together those involved in fighting the epidemic of abusing prescription drugs: medical professionals, lawmakers, and the law enforcement personnel who go after unscrupulous doctors and pill mills. “These efforts to shut down pill mills are an important part of the fight against pharmaceutical negligence,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. “It is essential that we fight pill mills in every way possible,” said Joyce. “When a doctor prescribes a drug that causes catastrophic injury or death, that doctor may […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 18, 2012 – Andrews Myers, a Houston-based commercial real estate law firm, recently consummated a settlement and obtained dismissal of all claims brought by a mortgage backed securities lender against one of its corporate real estate development clients and its principal representative. The Federal Court litigation had been highly contested and began when the lender attempted to obtain an order appointing a receiver over the client, its operations and its accounts in the fall of 2010. Andrews Myers convinced the Court the receivership would be unworkable, impractical and unwarranted. Despite this ruling, the lender […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2012 – Financial challenges are stressful for one person, but can cripple a relationship. When searching for a career, people should consider how income affects marriage. The balance between work and family is much easier conceived than achieved. While stress from work can easily leak into a marriage, money trouble is the most common cause of divorce. Pasco County divorce lawyer, Marcie Baker of Alston & Baker, PA said, “Most households survive off of two incomes. When a family faces financial challenges, it’s easy for some couples to blame each other for not […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 14, 2012 – A new program designed to retrain almost 100,000 veterans for the American workforce launches this month. The Veteran Retraining Assistance Program is a joint venture between the Department of Labor and the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is a part of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act. VOW stands for Veterans Opportunity to Work. “This ought to be a fantastic opportunity for veterans to get some more education so that they can get higher-paying jobs,” said Tampa veterans disability lawyer David Magann. “This opportunity will be able to help disabled vets, […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) June 13, 2012 – An investigation into Georgia Highway Patrol wrecks showed that troopers were at fault in 99 automobile crashes involving their cruisers across the Peach State from January of 2011 to March of 2012. Some of the at-fault troopers were in multiple crashes and one trooper killed a woman on New Years Eve when his cruiser slammed into her SUV in downtown Atlanta. “The hard work done by the Georgia Highway Patrol probably prevents a great number of accidents from happening on our roadways, but there is no excuse for this many Trooper-cased […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2012 – Many use the terms larceny and theft interchangeably. While that is acceptable, they are slightly different offenses. “A great number of individuals use the terms larceny and theft synonymously. Over time, the lines have blurred between the two crimes, but they are separate crimes. Larceny involves taking another’s property, not by fraud, and intending to keep it. Property in this instance is tangible or physical property,” explained Thomas Grajek, a Polk County criminal defense attorney. “There is one defining difference between the two crimes. Larceny is committed without violence.” Theft is […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 11, 2012 – A greater percentage of bankruptcies are filed as joint cases. Combining two incomes can often strengthen a household’s finances. Two earners can contribute more to savings and retirement planning. Unfortunately, a two-income household often becomes dependent on both partners, so when one loses a job, the household can suffer from underemployment. Couples are more likely to purchase large luxury items, such as vacation homes, and often choose to live in larger homes in safer neighborhoods. However, even with proper planning, an unexpected event in the family can lead a couple to […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2012 – A legal battle over the alleged negligence of the NFL in the death by suicide of Dave Duerson, a former Chicago Bears safety, will play out in a Philadelphia federal court, where hundreds of other lawsuits filed by former NFL players have been consolidated. Duerson was a defensive safety known for his effectiveness and fierce hitting. He was selected for the Pro Bowl as one of the best players in the league four times consecutively. He also was on two championship teams and was once the NFL Man of the Year. […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) June 6, 2012 – As summer kicks in, building owners are more likely to have constructions teams out doing property maintenance and even renovation projects. Warmer months outside the rainy season provide the greatest opportunity for owners and municipalities to get the most work done in the shortest amount of time. Those construction projects can create a hazard, though and work sites can be dangerous for pedestrians walking past or employees trying to get back and forth to work. Construction crews are obligated to put up warning signs and rope off dangerous areas to help […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 5, 2012 – White collar crimes are typically non-violent, and revolve around someone stealing property or money. “White collar crimes are perpetrated by the people you would least expect to be mixed up in criminal activities. They may be the banker, the friendly insurance agent or the hard-working real estate agent. Each one of these individuals have opportunities to commit white collar or financial crimes,” explained Thomas Grajek, a Polk County criminal defense attorney. White collar crime was originally defined as being perpetrated by a respected individual with higher social status, during the course […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 4, 2012 – Laurie E. Ohall, managing attorney of the Brandon Elder Law and Estate Planning Firm, Law Offices of Laurie E. Ohall, P.A., has become board certified in Elder Law by the Florida Bar effective June 1, 2012. Certification is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar and displays an attorney’s competency and experience in their area of law. To become board certified in elder law, Ms. Ohall was required to have demonstrated substantial involvement in the practice of Elder Law. Additionally, Ms. Ohall had to receive the recommendation of her […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 4, 2012 – Forensic accountant and author Mark Kohn recently released a book titled “How They Stash the Cash,” in which he outlines the many legal and illegal ways divorcing spouses maneuver money away from each other. “People definitely get greedy during a divorce and one of the ways that greed can manifest itself is for spouses to begin hiding money from each other,” said Brandon divorce lawyer Joshua Law of the Osenton Law Office. “For a spouse who is truly owed money during a divorce proceeding, sometimes an investigation is the only way […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 31, 2012 – The Congressional Research Service has released a report analyzing the progress of the “Dream Act” proposed legislation, intended to address the status of undocumented immigrants who are also students. Multiple versions of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minor (DREAM) Act have been formulated by Congress, all intended to address the obstacles that undocumented immigrants face in pursuing postsecondary education. While undocumented immigrants have access to free public education through high school, such persons cannot participate in federal student loan programs and cannot be granted “in-state” tuition benefits, traced to […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 31, 2012 – One way to reduce motorcycle accidents is to be more aware of all the traffic present in the area. Paying attention could save a biker’s life. “This accident was one of those things that tend to happen far too often when riding a motorcycle. Car drivers just do not see the bikers and often turn right in front of them. Without nowhere else to go but into the side of the vehicle, many a biker, and their passengers, have been gravely injured and/or killed,” recounted Bobby Lee, an Austin personal injury […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 31, 2012 – Most of the decisions that need to be made when a family puts together their wills are simple and straightforward. The money goes here. The house goes here. The farm gets sold. The jewelry gets split up, etc. The complicated decision when it comes time to put together a family will is who will take the young children if something happens to the parents. “Guardianship is often the trickiest part of drawing up a will,” said Brandon estate planning attorney Reginald Osenton. “It is the part of the process that requires […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 30, 2012 – As many Americans try to save money, they often cut corners on maintaining their vehicles. However, avoiding repairs and common replacements can lead to car accidents and possibly injure others. Car owners are familiar with standing in a lobby as their mechanic approaches with an assessment of their vehicle’s health. That assessment often leads to expensive repairs, and according to Consumers Reports National Research Center, forty percent of consumers are postponing repairs like brakes, lights, and tires. Dallas car accident attorney, John Hale of The Hale Law Firm said, “Drivers are […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 30, 2012 – It has to be an election year, when the politicians decide to allow more Irish immigrants to come to the U.S. “Politicians don’t agree on much, but even less so during an election year. But this year, they think they found an immigration issue that everyone can agree on; allowing more Irish immigrants into the U.S. This is about the only thing relating to immigration reform that is actually moving along smartly. Both parties evidently are behind legislation that would let 10,500 Irish nationals come to work in the U.S. every […]


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