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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) December 2, 2014 – Families for Better Care, a national advocacy group, ranks nursing homes across the country each year. This year, Arkansas saw an improvement in ranking. Other states did not fare so well. “We cannot seem to get a handle on nursing home abuse,” explained Michael Smith, an Arkansas nursing home abuse attorney. “Seniors must be treated with dignity, respect and care. That is not happening in many facilities in the United States.”  While Arkansas’ nursing homes did show a marked improvement in 2013, there is still a long journey ahead to […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 1, 2014 – Motorcycle crashes are claiming more lives than ever before in Texas and across the nation. “Deaths from motorcycle crashes are on the rise, and the numbers are cause for concern,” indicated motorcycle accident lawyer Brooks Schuelke with Perlmutter & Schuelke LLP in Austin. “From January through September this year, there were 14 fatalities in Fort Worth. In 2013 there were 11 deaths the entire year.” The scenarios vary, but the outcome often remains the same. Two young bikers rammed into a guardrail on I-635. A motorcycle rear-ended a tractor-trailer. A motorcyclist […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 26, 2014 – A delayed CT scan left a woman with acute respiratory distress syndrome. “Victoria Stampler suffered from incredible abdominal pain in 2009. On treatment at the hospital, she underwent two different surgeries, one of which was a partial hysterectomy. Neither operation was successful in terms of alleviating her pain,” said Daren Monroe, a representative for Litigation Funding Corporation. Her surgeon, Dr. Michael Draznik, did not order a CT scan despite indications she had a punctured bowel. The lack of scan results allegedly caused Stampler’s delayed diagnosis. A scan was finally done when […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) November 28, 2014 – Joan Rivers will always be remembered for her sharp wit, iconic style and acerbic personality. Many also remember how suddenly she died. “Rivers went for what was to have been a routine outpatient procedure. Something went wrong that caused her to stop breathing and later suffer a heart attack. Did a preventable anesthesiology error happen?” asked Arkansas injury lawyer, Michael Smith. Hospital errors have long triggered medical malpractice lawsuits. Outpatient clinics, which are rarely as fully equipped as hospitals, are open to even more legal issues. Outpatient clinics, or surgicenters, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 28, 2014 – Big rigs did not always have the collision safety precautions they now have. It took the death of a star to have underride bars installed. “Some commercial trucks you see today on Texas highways have an underride bar installed at the back of the truck. It’s a strong metal grill that hangs down past the tailgate and is designed to prevent cars from going under the truck in the case of a collision,” detailed Austin personal injury lawyer Brooks Schuelke. Often mistaken for stepladders to help load the truck, the bars […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 26, 2014 – Edward Hines was told he was cancer-free after an operation to remove a bladder tumor. His pathology report showed evidence of cancer, but he was not advised of the results. Hines’ daughter filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after her father’s death, alleging that the physician, Dr. Alan Sadah, did not tell her father he had bladder cancer despite what the pathology results showed. Not until a year later, when Hines went to another doctor, did he discover that he had invasive bladder cancer. Hines attempted a treatment regime and had his […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2014 – Drawn to a strengthening U.S. economy, Indian immigrants formed the largest group of newcomers in 2013. The U.S. Census Bureau has made official what seemed only anecdotally true until now: the number of immigrants to the United States grew in 2013. By 523,400, to be precise. That figure is higher than the 446,800 total recorded in 2012 and represents the biggest single increase since 2006.  As a result of the uptick in immigration, nearly one in six adults living in the United States is now foreign-born. And unlike previous periods of […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 24, 2014 – An existing state statute lets faith-based adoption agencies decline services to same-sex couples. When the U.S. Supreme Court denied same-sex marriage appeals on October 6, its historic decision paved the way for gay marriage in several states — including some, like Virginia, where the political climate has been relatively unreceptive to the unions. But while local court clerks in the commonwealth now have straightforward instructions to start performing same-sex marriages, the ways the benefits of some other laws will be made available to same-sex couples in the Old Dominion remain unsettled. […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 24, 2014 – A new study from Allianz Life Insurance shows that fundamental misconceptions about elder financial abuse may be fueling the growing problem. According to the study, most seniors and their family members believed that the greatest risk comes from telemarketing calls and similar contact with strangers. Few realized that the majority of elder financial exploitation is perpetuated by someone the senior already knows. “It is common for people to think that this will not happen to their family,” said elder law attorney Michael Gilfix of Gilfix & La Poll, who works […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 21, 2014 – There is a backlog of over 11,000 nursing home abuse complaints in California. High-priority complaints received by the California Department of Public Health (DPH) relating to the abuse of seniors in the care of publicly funded nursing homes have been allowed to simmer on the backburner for almost a year. A high-priority complaint is one where a resident sustained serious harm. By law, staff of an elder care nursing home is required to report health changes that may indicate senior abuse. This does not happen often, as many fear the ramifications […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2014 – A study by Fidelity Investments found that 57 percent of retirees wish they had done more retirement planning before leaving the workplace. As retirement approaches, a checklist to be completed at key stages can help ensure that the process is as smooth as possible. “Retirement represents an immense change to a person’s lifestyle and financial situation,” said Andrew Hook, a Virginia elder law attorney with Hook Law Center, which has offices in Virginia Beach and northern Suffolk. “Having an actionable plan can make that transition easier.” Retirement savings should start […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2014 – Depending on the political party one listens to, immigration reform is an excellent or terrible plan.  But no one is asking the immigrants waiting for reform. “Statistics have been released that show tens of thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the border to find their families. President Obama indicated his intention to use executive action to spur reform, but he eventually backed away from signing such an order,” outlined Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration attorney. Whenever an American president indicates an intention to use executive powers, the potential ramifications may develop into […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2014 – While claimants wait for a judge to make decision on their case, the already-long Social Security application process can stretch on for more than a year. Some agencies of the federal government have acquired unflattering reputations for big backlogs to process applications or resolve appeals. One agency in particular, the Social Security Administration, has reached an unenviable milestone and is fast approaching another one. As of the third quarter of this year, the Social Security office of judges who hear appeals for for disability benefits ranks as the leading federal agency for […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 19, 2014 – Nursing home abuse does not just happen in a nursing facility. It can also happen in a patient’s home. “This case was a tough one for the family,” said nursing home abuse attorney, Deborah Barron, who is not involved in this case. “This kind of situation could just as easily happen in any nursing home or private residence in California.” Peter Mazza had raised five children over the 47 years he had lived in his home. He had become a grandpa to 13 children. His loving family cherished Mazza’s presence in […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) November 19, 2014 – Extendicare, one of the largest nursing home chains in the country, has agreed to pay $38 million to resolve claims of inadequate care, unnecessary treatment and fraud. The claims were brought forward by the United States Justice Department after whistleblowers alerted investigators to systematic problems within the company. Federal investigators found widespread malnutrition, infections, bed sores, fractures and other complications due to inadequate staffing practices at Extendicare facilities. “We have to remember that there are real individuals and real families across the country who feel helpless when facing the nursing […]


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St. Louis, MO (Law Firm Newswire) November 19, 2014 – The St. Louis-based law firm of Leritz, Plunkert & Bruning, PC is pleased to announce that two of its attorneys have been recognized as standout lawyers by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine. Anthony S. Bruning and his son, Anthony S. Bruning, Jr. (A.J.), have been named as a Super Lawyer and a Rising Star, respectively. Both of these designations are highly regarded in the profession and are awarded only to a fraction of the lawyers in a particular jurisdiction. An exclusive selection process In order to be named a […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 18, 2014 – Upon her passing, Ruth T. Bedford left $40 million to her beloved alma mater, doubling its endowment. Unexpected gifts often prove the most gratifying, but sometimes the magnitude of an unforeseen act of charity can leave the recipient stunned. And stunned is how the administrators of the all-girls Foxcroft School near Middleburg, Virginia, felt when they learned that Standard Oil heiress Ruth T. Bedford bequeathed their institution $40 million when she died in June. Bedford, who was 99 when she passed away, served with the Red Cross during the London Blitz, […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 18, 2014 – The Indian premier has offered initiatives for reform, but U.S. policy remains largely frozen by domestic politics. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic, early-fall trip to the United States was marked by much fanfare as he captivated audiences in New York and Washington, D.C. However, despite the high hopes that Modi’s first official foray to this country would help engender movement on visa reform (among other areas of U.S.-Indian common interest) a more liberal policy on visas has not been forthcoming from a U.S. government paralyzed by a politics-driven gridlock. New […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 18, 2014 – Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of the United States reaffirmed that inherited IRA accounts are not protected in bankruptcy as regular retirement accounts are. According to estate planning attorney Michael Gilfix of Gilfix & La Poll, this is just one of the many reasons that anyone with a significant IRA account should look into the idea of setting up a trust as the beneficiary of an IRA account. “Designating a trust for an IRA account is not for everyone,” Gilfix explained, “but it could be of great benefit to […]


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Texas state district court judge Stephen Yelenosky has rejected a request for depositions in the ongoing controversy over the Fun 5’s scratch-off game by the Texas lottery. Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 18, 2014 – Lawyers for lottery watchdog Dawn Nettles sought to take the pre-suit deposition of representatives of the Texas Lottery Commission (TLC) and lottery operator GTECH Corporation. Nettles and hundreds of other Fun 5’s players hold tickets that they believe to be winning tickets based on language on the ticket, but that TLC says are losers. Nettles argued that TLC and GTECH should be forced to […]


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