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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) June 20, 2013 – Medical malpractice laws may soon not be an issue. Looming large is a recent trend for corporations to buy physician’s practices. “Although most of the states in the country are focusing on tightening medical malpractice laws, rules and regulations, Florida is giving the heads-up to a trending issue that may change the landscape of how medical care is delivered. Many small physicians’ offices are being snapped up by large corporations, effectively making the doctor an employee, and no longer an owner,” explained Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer, Tom Robenalt. Physicians view this […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2013 – A change to Florida’s rules for traffic signals allowed cities and counties to shorten yellow lights, reaping millions of dollars in fines. In a recent report, Noah Pransky of Tampa television station WTSP covered the 2011 rule change by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), which reduced allowable minimum intervals for yellow lights below the federal government’s recommended minimums. State and local traffic engineers then worked together to shorten yellow lights at intersections with red light cameras, the report said. “Transportation authorities need to find ways to reduce accidents and enforce […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2013 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will expedite decisions on claims more than one year old. In a news release, the VA said that effective immediately, the agency’s claims raters would begin making provisional decisions on the oldest backlogged benefits claims. After a provisional rating has been given to a claim, the veteran will have one year to submit additional evidence before a final decision is issued. “Too many veterans endure very long waits to receive desperately-needed disability benefits,” commented veteran’s attorney Andrew Hook. “Hopefully this initiative will […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2013 – California is planning to try a managed health care system to unify Medicare and Medi-Cal. While dual coverage sounds like a good thing, lower income seniors in California who are eligible for both Medicare and the state’s version of Medicaid, known as Medi-Cal, are facing a serious lack of coordinated care. Medicare, the federal program for seniors, is not designed to work in tandem with Medi-Cal, the federal-state program for low income individuals, the way the state is currently using the system. The ensuing mistakes, delays and administrative issues are […]


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Law firms and attorneys wanting to figure out how Google Penguin 2.0 is going to effect their search engine marketing must pick up the June issue of the Bigger Law Firm magazine. Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 18, 2013 – The latest issue of Bigger Law Firm, a magazine for attorneys, looks at Google’s tools and how that continues to affect marketing efforts, how a shared language helps site designers and attorneys work together, untangling seemingly inscrutable web statistics, and the latest in mobile personal assistants. This month’s feature, “Plus, Rank and Authorship: Three Google Tools Your Marketing Needs […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 18, 2013 – The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recommended that states lower the legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC). The NTSB does not directly set these limits; they are determined by state legislation. Currently, all 50 U.S. states have a BAC limit of 0.08 percent for all drivers 21 or older. Some states hold younger drivers to stricter standards. The agency has called on states to lower the limit for all drivers to 0.05 percent. “Some 10,000 deaths per year on American roads involve alcohol impairment,” said Zephyrhills auto accident attorney […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2013 – It is not hard to figure out why the Republicans had a poor showing during the election. Their attitude towards immigration reform was a killer – literally. “If you understand the party differences relating to immigration reform,” said Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida “you will realize that the Republicans had a poor showing in the election due to their bad attitude about immigrants and reforming the system. What immigrant in their right mind […]


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Palm Coast, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2013 – Richard D. Zasada, a Palm Coast and Jacksonville attorney who practices divorce and disability law, has launched a new website at www.zasadalaw.com. “We at Richard D. Zasada, LLC are excited about the new website,” said Zasada. “This is an opportunity to expand our online presence and reach out to potential clients.” Zasada has been a trial attorney for 20 years, building a reputation as a tenacious litigator who cares deeply about his clients. He has taken hundreds of cases to trial, including as an Assistant State Attorney and in civil […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2013 – A bill approved in the Illinois House would toughen speed limits in school zones. Under the proposed legislation, drivers would be required to slow down to 20 mph any time a child is present in a school zone, not only when school is in session. Current law requires drivers to slow down in a school zone only on school days between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook, said that children should be protected when crossing the street after school hours. Researchers have found that this time period is […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2013 – A same-sex couple’s attempt to file joint bankruptcy could end up challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The couple, who reside in Florida, were legally married in Vermont. When their finances took a turn for the worse and they were unable to pay their mortgage, they made the logical choice and filed for joint bankruptcy. But they hit a roadblock because Florida does not recognize same-sex marriages even when they are formed pursuant to other states’ laws. “This is a question of whether states must recognize marriages that are legal […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 14, 2013 – Each passing day brings the news that more transvaginal lawsuits have been filed across the nation. “It was just five short years ago that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicated there were risks involving mesh implants. Since that time, the number of lawsuits, as a result of mesh implant side effects, has increased astronomically,” remarked Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. Why the apparent sudden increase in the number of transvaginal lawsuits filed? At first, it was a trickle of complaints about […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 14, 2013 – There are currently at least 22 million U.S. military veterans, many of whom are cared for by family members on an ongoing or full-time basis. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, more than 30 percent of the returning vets have clinical depression, traumatic brain injury and/or issues with post-traumatic stress disorder. It is estimated that one million people, spouses, parents and other relatives, are currently caring for these wounded warriors who have physical or psychological impairments, with no remuneration and little-to-no outside support. Caregivers are dealing with issues previous […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) June 14, 2013 – A preliminary investigation cited driver error as the cause of a fatal bus crash in April. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) found no defects on the Cardinal Coach Line bus that crashed, killing three and injuring more than 40, on April 11. The DPS report said that driver Loyd Rieve, 65, failed to stay within his lane before the bus careened off a North Texas highway, struck a concrete barrier, and toppled over. Victims have filed at least three lawsuits against the company. “Victims of public transportation crashes deserve […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 13 , 2013 – Not reading an individual their rights is not like what is depicted on television crime shows. “One of the most frequently asked questions I get in my criminal defense practice relates to the police not reading a person their rights, and does that mean their case will be dismissed,” explained Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. “This is usually followed closely by the individual also asking didn’t the police have to read me my rights?” What many people do not realize is that Miranda rights only deal with statements […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 13, 2013 – The U.S. Supreme Court declined to overturn two rulings allowing wrongful death lawsuits against nursing homes, including an Illinois case. The Illinois case involves Joyce Gott, who died while under the care of Odin Healthcare Center, a residential nursing home in Odin, Illinois. Gott’s daughter, Sue Carter, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the nursing home. The nursing home argued that because Carter had signed an arbitration agreement on her mother’s behalf, she should not be allowed to bring a wrongful death suit in court. The Illinois Supreme Court allowed the […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 13, 2013 – U.S. women implanted with transvaginal mesh kits are not alone. Canadian women are now also suing medical device makers. “It’s a good indication that something is terribly wrong when you find out medical device makers with subsidiaries in other countries, such as Canada, are being sued for medical negligence for the same kind of defective medical devices women in the U.S. are suing Big Pharma for,” pointed out Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. Thousands of Canadian women, like their American counterparts, have […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) June 13, 2013 – Nevada’s courts ruled health insurance companies must monitor the practices of health care professional members. “Nevada just handed down a ruling with the potential for an octopus-like reach —- a $24 million jury verdict in a hepatitis C outbreak case that indicated health insurance companies are required to watch over the practices of their members,” stated Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. “It’s well worth reading: Helen Meyer v. Health Plan of Nevada Inc, Eighth Judicial District Court (Clark County), No. 09A583799; and Bonnie Brunson v. Health Plan of Nevada […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2013 – Central Texas’ largest assemblage of plaintiff’s personal injury lawyers, has elected a new president. “I’m honored to have been elected as president of CATLA,” said Brooks Schuelke, a plaintiff’s Austin personal injury lawyer. “The attorneys in this group are driven every single day to ensure their clients are not taken advantage of by corporate wrongdoers or insurance companies. Justice is not just a concept to them. It is a personal mission.” CATLA’s dedicated mission is to work together to effectively represent clients injured by the negligence of others, and to make […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2013 – If a worker states they are sick enough to trigger FMLA leave, do they need to spell that out each time they need to take time off? The answer is unclear. “This is one of those cases where an answer to the legal question was not made clear by the courts. It’s likely the case may be appealed, or another one similar to it may make its way to court and conclude with a different resolution,” remarked Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, […]


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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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