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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 24, 2012 – An ounce of prevention can prevent a serious accident. This case proves it. “If the police had not been out checking tractor trailers for various infractions of the law, the rig in this story could have seriously injured or killed someone. There are times when an ounce of prevention may avert a disaster. It did in this instance,” added Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. The big rig trucking down the highway was pulled over into a traffic safety check point. As it turned out, […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) August 24, 2012 – This summer, six students graduated from The Young Marines of Central Maryland, an education program that introduces military structure and principles to students via a classroom setting. The graduates were from the Krieger Kennedy unit in Baltimore, Maryland, the only chapter of the Young Marines in the country comprised of middle and high school students with special needs. There are 24 students in the Young Marine program at Kennedy Krieger High School with a range of intellectual and/or physical disabilities, including autism, Down Syndrome and brain injuries. The standard lessons […]


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San Diego, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 23, 2012 – Know everything about running a successful estate planning practice? Then skip Boot Camp. “Boot Camps are an enormously popular 8-hour eye-opener with estate planning attorneys; it keeps them up-to-date with the latest practice building information available. Those who attend know the real secret to running a successful estate planning practice. Those who don’t … miss the boat,” indicated Robert Armstrong, co-founder of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorney’s (AAEPA). The systems the Academy provides are designed to free up an attorney’s time, allowing them to discover how to work […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 23, 2012 – At least he was honest. A Texas man texted his friend and told him he needed to stop right before he drove into a ravine, suffering severe head trauma that included a broken neck and other fractures. Fortunately, he survived, and he has since started an organization to help educate the public on the dangers of driving while texting. “There are so many auto accidents resulting in serious injuries and deaths even without texting,” said Waxahachie personal injury attorney John D. Hale. “Texting while driving exponentially increases the chances of an […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 23, 2012 – The hot debate over immigration reform never quits. It is one of the few issues that has significantly polarized the country. “It’s one thing to debate an issue into the ground but quite another to finally get off principles and do something,” said Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff. “The great immigration reform debate has resulted in no compromise and no clear solution.” The longer politicians willfully ignore immigration reform, the more harm will come to the agricultural industry. This is not a […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 23, 2012 – Fortunately, the increase in traffic deaths in Palm and Broward counties is small, but it is not exactly clear what is causing them. The focus seems to be on distracted driving. One might have assumed immediately it was driving under the influence, but distracted driving can cause drivers to have the same or similar handicaps, such as delayed reactions and inattentiveness. In Florida, there are no laws against distracted driving, though there are in other states. Someone could be driving in Florida, not intoxicated, but texting, and still be within the […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2012 – Ann Schneider, the Illinois Transportation Secretary, has launched a new safety campaign intended to reduce highway deaths throughout the state. The program will display several important safety messages on digital message boards on state roadways and has launched an Internet and social media campaign. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), there have been 561 roadway fatalities so far this year, an increase from 510 during the same time period last year. “It is tremendously important for both the government and private individuals to do everything possible to reduce traffic […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2012 – Case of surgery gone wrong results in medical malpractice suit. “I’ve seen a lot of strange cases in my medical malpractice career,” said Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer with Mellino Robenalt LLC, in Ohio. “However, this one is so fraught with errors, delays and red tape, it beats all the rest. A desperately ill man waiting for a kidney transplant has gone through hell and back, lived through the death of his sister and had his hopes crushed more than once while waiting for the call that will save […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2012 – Some Florida activists say that the state’s alimony laws, which provide for permanent alimony in some cases, are “antiquated” and should be eliminated. Others have criticized this position, saying that ending permanent alimony would only protect “wealthy men who cheat on their wives.” However, there is a middle ground. “The fact is that Florida’s alimony laws did need to be changed, and the state legislature accomplished this with the help of Florida family law attorneys,” said O. Reginald Osenton, a Brandon divorce lawyer. “Alimony reform in the state of Florida is […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2012 – Mobile technology is now available to help veterans assess their post traumatic stress disorder symptoms. “The military has designed a new mobile application, specifically for veterans diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),” said James Fausone, veteran’s disability lawyer with Legal Help for Veterans. “The application is available on Android and Apple devices. However, it is only recommended for use when a veteran is receiving professional prolonged exposure therapy.” Since the app, called the PE Coach, was introduced, it has been downloaded more than 2,000 times. Another application, the PTSD Coach, […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2012 – In this case, the father appealed an order ending his parental rights. “This is an interesting case,” remarked Bill Thode, a Denver child custody lawyer. “In re the Petition of C.L.S., and Lutheran Family Services of Colorado, Inc., Petitioner-Appellee, In the Interest of E.N.S., a Child, and Concerning J.O., Respondent-Appellant, and N.M. and J.M., Intervenors-Appellees, 252 P.3d 556 (2011) deals with a biological father appealing an order that ended his parental rights. His rights were severed under section 19-5-103.5, C.R.S.2010, which allows a parent who willingly relinquishes their rights to a […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2012 – Not every accident is what it appears to be. Big rigs are notorious for causing fatal accidents, but in some respects, that is automatically assuming a trucker is always at fault in any accident. That is not always the case, and it certainly was not in this collision. “This particular accident happened in the early morning hours, on Texas 36,” said Bobby Lee, an Austin personal injury attorney of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. “On one side of the highway was an Exxon Mobile tanker. On the other side […]


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Fort Mill, SC (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2012 – The South and North Carolina personal injury and criminal defense firm Reeves, Aiken & Hightower LLP employed three law student interns over the 2012 summer. Divided between the firm’s offices, the three are: Jamie White, Emory Law rising third year, in the Fort Mill office; Brice Peper, Charleston Law rising third year, in the new Charleston office; and Jessica, Charlotte Law rising second year, in the Charlotte office. Fort Mill intern White received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, and, immediately after graduation, began his law school career at Emory. […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2012 – The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the U.S. District Court’s confirmation of an arbitration award in favor of Houston-based construction lawyers Andrews Myers’ client, Petrofac, Incorporated in its construction claims case against DynMcDermott Petroleum Operations Company (DM). The district court previously confirmed a 2010 American Arbitration Association (AAA) panel’s award to Petrofac of nearly $7 million in damages and attorneys’ fees arising from its EPC contract for the design and construction of a transportable degasification plant to remove accumulated gas from crude oil stored at two Strategic Petroleum Reserves sites. […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2012 – Beneficiaries of the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program will see a reduction in their benefit checks by an estimated 21 percent within the next four years. According to The 2012 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Federal Disability Insurance Trust Funds, burgeoning disability claims are slated to exhaust the fund by 2016. “Though some SSDI costs will be covered by money previously earmarked for other benefits, SSDI recipients are being advised that they will most likely be facing across-the-board benefit reductions,” […]


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Nashua, NH (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2012 – Accutane to treat acne is not worth the devastating side effects. “It is no secret that Accutane has serious side effects, side effects both doctors and the drug makers are aware of. Nonetheless, it continues to be prescribed,” said Charlie Donahue, a Manchester medical malpractice lawyer with offices in Keene, New Hampshire. “This drug is the basis of thousands of lawsuits across the country, with one plaintiff recently receiving $25 million for his inflammatory bowel disease.” Inflammatory bowel disease is one of the most severe side effects of taking Accutane, but […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2012 – The drug manufacturer Bayer has paid millions of dollars to settle lawsuits involving pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The lawsuits were filed by women who used the company’s Yaz or Yasmin birth control pills and subsequently developed blood clots. “Pulmonary embolism and DVT are very serious conditions,” said Greg Grambor, a DVT expert and owner of Vascular PRN, a distributor of treatment devices. “While the causes vary, the best method of prevention is compression therapy, which can be accomplished with a variety of venous compression devices, designed for maximum […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 17, 2012 – Lawyers who want to harness the power of the mobile web to grow their practices need to pick up the latest issue of Bigger Law Firm, a magazine for attorneys. The August magazine addresses a growing trend where people are using mobile devices to access the web, even when they are in close proximity to their laptop or desktop. The article outlines easy ways for law firms to ensure their mobile website provides a great experience for all users. “Attorneys do not want to miss out on a growing segment of […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 17, 2012 – Employers need to set clear expectations for employees in order to avoid ADA lawsuits. “While there are many reasons to file a lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), those reasons must be valid when tested by the courts,” according to Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P.C.. “If they are not, the plaintiff may lose his or her case, which is what happened in Samper v. Providence St. Vincent Med. Ctr., 9th Cir., 4/11/12.” In Samper, the plaintiff neonatal intensive care […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 17, 2012 – Truth really is stranger than fiction. This case involved a fake $100 bill. “You hear about a lot of strange things in this line of work,” said Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation in Michigan. “This one made me do a complete double take. One man was killed and another injured after arguing about fake money.” It happened in Texas and involved a semi and a van. A 60-year-old man tried to run away from a police officer who wanted to question him about allegedly giving someone a counterfeit $100 bill. […]


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