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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2013 – There is now an unofficial Bill of Rights for elderly residents of Texas. The Texas Attorney General’s Office has released information outlining the special rights that are in place for citizens age 60 and over. According to the Office, an elderly individual has all of the rights guaranteed to all citizens of Texas. In addition, the elderly have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, the right to make choices regarding care, benefits and services, and the right to be “free from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.” If the elderly […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2013 – There is a long standing debate over whether cerebral palsy is caused by oxygen deprivation. It is important to know the cause to pursue medical malpractice litigation. “There is a long standing debate among doctors and medical malpractice lawyers, over whether cerebral palsy is caused by asphyxia during birth, which leads to a question of how many cases could have been prevented. It’s one of those things that no one can really quantify, but it is vitally important for a family to know if their child developed cerebral palsy as a […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 21 , 2013 – Many American families are all too familiar with what happens when someone drives drunk. Many have lost loved ones to a drunken driver. “Drinking and driving still seems to be a national pastime,” stated Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. “No matter how much coverage a death by drunken driver gets, how many educational campaigns are launched, people still drive while under the influence. And, not only that, but they also still choose to ride with a drunk driver; often a serious […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2013 – Nursing assistants at The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans have been given their pink slips. In Michigan, almost 150 nursing assistants working in a state-run home for veterans have been told they are being laid off. The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, a state-run hospital for veterans, currently cares for more than 700 veteran residents. Governor Rick Snyder has approved the privatization of the nursing assistant jobs as a way to save an estimated $4 million each year for the state of Michigan. Other services provided to the home such as […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2013 – An estate in bankruptcy means any tax refund will likely become the property of the bankruptcy trustee. Many Floridians are looking forward to receiving an income tax refund from the federal government in the coming weeks and months. Some will use it to catch up on their bills, and others will perhaps treat themselves to something special. But anyone considering filing for bankruptcy in Florida should carefully consider what to do with their tax refund. Brandon bankruptcy attorney O. Reginald Osenton warned, “A pending tax refund for a person in bankruptcy […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) March 19, 2013 – The Treasury Department is asking that all federal benefit recipients opt-in to receive their benefits electronically. Two years ago, the Treasury Department initiated a “green” campaign, urging people who receive federal benefits such as Social Security, Veterans Affairs, and Social Supplemental income in check form, to accept direct deposit instead. Officials estimated that they were sending out close to 11 million checks per month. The campaign included sending notices along with monthly checks inviting people to use direct deposit and releasing public service announcements and reminders via the AARP, banks, […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 19, 2013 – The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has designated March 2013 as Brain Injury Awareness Month. The organization is working for equal access to proper care for the 1.7 million Americans who experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. “Millions of people have been affected by different types of brain injuries, from traumatic brain injury caused by physical impact to lack of oxygen to the brain as a result of medical malpractice,” said Chicago brain injury attorney Robert Briskman. “Fortunately these injuries are being studied more intensively which will hopefully […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) March 19, 2012 – New Jersey estate attorney Ethan Ordog has been elected to work on the Board with the United Cerebral Palsy Association (UCP). As part of his ongoing dedication to public service, Ethan J, Ordog, Esquire, is honored to be appointed to serve on the UCP Association Board of Directors. Mr. Ordog, a New Jersey elder law attorney with Begley Law Group, concentrates his practice in the areas of estate and trust administration and guardianship, and estate and trust litigation. Mr. Ordog is licensed to practice law in New Jersey and the U.S. […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 19, 2013 – A Florida man falsely accused of owing child support has won a decisive legal victory. Tony Schehtman, a businessman living in Miami, became involved in a lengthy dispute when his ex-wife accused him of failing to pay $3,632.25 in child support. A Miami-Dade judge recently brought a dramatic end to the case, calling prosecutors’ actions “reprehensible” and “irresponsible” and ordering them to pay Schehtman’s legal fees. Zephyrhills divorce lawyer Marcie Baker, who is not involved in the case, commented, “When a marriage ends badly, it is not uncommon to see jaded […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) March 18, 2013 – In a Colorado child support case, a request for support modification was denied. In the case of Beatty and Turner, 279 P.3d 1225 (Colorado App, April 26, 2012), a couple’s marriage was dissolved in 2001. The father was subsequently ordered to pay monthly child support for one or more dependant children in the amount of $1,155. In 2009, the father objected to a garnishment of his wages to pay for back support payments he had not made, and he also requested a modification of the support amount. The case reached the […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 18, 2013 – Truckers are in high demand. Trucking companies are not doing enough checking on hiring to ensure drivers are safe. “This accident happened when a 32-year-old State Trooper was hit by a semi as he was standing on the shoulder of a highway. As it turned out, the truck driver had a medical condition that made him unfit to drive,” explained Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. The trooper was in the middle of a traffic stop on the Interstate. The trucker, hauling a tractor trailer, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 18, 2013 – The Social Security Administration (SSA) has launched some new features and rules for 2013. Social Security has asked that beneficiaries switch to a paperless system; though they will continue to send paper checks to those who insist on them, payments can be directly deposited or sent to an issued debit card, accessible wherever MasterCard is accepted. By not mailing out checks every month, the Social Security Administration estimates that it will see significant savings as well as reduce the incidents of lost or stolen checks. The online system includes an electronic […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 15, 2013 – A Michigan estate planning and elder law attorney is presenting a free seminar on common estate planning mistakes to avoid. Christopher Berry, certified Michigan elder law attorney from Witzke, Berry, Carter & Wander PLLC of Bloomfield Hills, an expert in estate planning, veterans benefits, Medicaid, life-care planning and the Affordable Care Act, is hosting a seminar for the public on common estate planning mistakes to avoid on Sunday, March 10 at 1:30 at Maple Village Senior Living, 6257 Telegraph Road, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Interested attendees are advised that seating is […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 15, 2013 – The agricultural industry is still hopeful that 2013 is the year for immigration reform. “Despite the kick in the teeth the farming industry got last year, they are still optimistic something can get done this year in terms of addressing immigration reform. In fact, comprehensive immigration reform is at the very top of their list, and for good reasons,” stated Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. It remains vitally important that the produce industry […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) March 15, 2013 – Estate planning updates are needed in the wake of the fiscal cliff crisis. Now that Congress has moved forward to avoid what has commonly been referred to as the “Fiscal Cliff,” the federal estate tax has been fixed at $5.25 million for 2013 per individual; the tax rate is 40 percent for the amounts that exceed that exemption. When an individual dies with less than $5.25 million (including real estate, other assets and financial holdings such as checking accounts, and life insurance), no federal estate tax will be due. While […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 15, 2013 – Kids in Chicago are struck by automobiles most often near schools. Over a five-year period, about 3,630 vehicle-pedestrian crashes in Chicago involved injuries to youths, with about half of them occurring within a block of a school, according to an analysis of accident data conducted by the Chicago Tribune. The data shows that there has been no reduction in injuries since a previous study found that children are involved in pedestrian accidents more often than adults. “When we consider auto safety, we must remember that pedestrians are much more vulnerable than […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2013 – A Texas woman has filed a wrongful death suit against the manufacturers of the drug GranuFlo. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, alleges that Fresenius USA is responsible for the death of her husband two days after he was treated with the drug. Washington D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz commented, “A number of deaths are being blamed on this drug, and it is the subject of a Class 1 recall by the FDA.” A Class 1 recall is the highest priority recall issued by the FDA, and […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 14 , 2013 – How do police officers enforce texting while driving? How do they know someone is texting if they hide what they are doing? “The issue of texting while driving causing accidents is a complete no-brainer,” said Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. “This is a real issue today in America and the death toll keeps getting higher with each new mobile application released. Despite people understanding that texting while driving, or surfing the Internet while driving causes accidents, they still do it, based […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2013 – The White House has announced that it is geared up for the push for immigration reform. The President has stated that he plans to hold a series of meetings with labor leaders, corporate business heads and progressive community leaders to lobby for their support of U.S. immigration reform in early 2013. The Administration continues to face resistance from some Republicans who have yet to agree with the President on how to approach immigration reform. The U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, in a speech to conservative American Enterprise Institute, indicated that […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2013 – Oral contraceptives manufactured by Bayer are being blamed for complications including deep vein thrombosis. The drugs, called Yaz and Yasmin, became popular in the United States in 2006. Between 2004 and 2008, the FDA received reports of more than 50 deaths blamed on the drugs. Studies have shown a correlation between the drugs and higher rates of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE) and blood clots. Greg Grambor, President of Vascular PRN, a distributor of DVT prevention devices, commented, “Deep vein thrombosis is a serious condition that is often treated […]


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