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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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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 13, 2013 – Bankruptcies are down in Florida. Bankruptcy filings in South Florida plunged 19 percent in December 2012, as compared with the same month a year ago, according to recently-released federal data. Following the Great Recession, Americans may be adjusting to a new standard of living and are better able to control their spending. Brandon bankruptcy attorney O. Reginald Osenton commented, “People seem to be getting used to a ‘new normal’ and making lasting adjustments to their spending habits. Living within lowered means is unfortunately the price many must pay to stay out […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) March 13, 2013 – It had to happen. A surgeon infects a patient with Hepatitis B. “When someone goes to the hospital for an operation, they do not expect to come home and find out later they have Hepatitis B. That is what happened to several patients in Virginia, after having joint replacement surgery. Evidently, the surgeon became aware he was infected on submitting to routine blood tests after sticking himself with a needle,” explained Tom Robenalt, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. In this instance, the doctor had no symptoms, despite having emigrated from a […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 12, 2013 – Religious discrimination does not apply to everything in a workplace. “In EEOC v. The GEO Group, No. 09-3093, 3rd Cir., 2010, a safety issue arose in a workplace that triggered a religious discrimination lawsuit. The main ratio decidendi of the case was that workers do have the right to wear religious garments to work, but that there are limits,” outlined Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees in the workplace. “Many feel that they […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 12, 2013 – At least 30 people were injured when a crash at a Nascar event sent debris hurtling into the stands. During the last lap of a race at the Daytona International Speedway, a race car, driven by Kyle Larson, went airborne in a crash involving 11 other cars. The vehicle slammed into the 22-foot protective fence separating fans from the track, sending large pieces of automobiles, including a tire, into bleachers crowded with spectators. Fourteen people were sent to area hospitals, two in critical condition. Tampa personal injury lawyer Robert Joyce, who […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) March 12, 2013 – Nursing home abuse is more prevalent at “for profit” facilities. “As more nursing homes convert to for-profit facilities, it appears there is a concomitant rise in patient abuse and neglect, questionable spending and even fraud allegations. In short, when a nursing home becomes solely focused on making money, this tends to affect patient care. It appears non-profit facilities do not have the same level of claims aimed at them,” said Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas personal injury lawyer. A […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 11, 2013 – There may soon be revised and much more accessible tuition support for Florida vets. A bill was recently introduced to require Florida schools to grant tuition benefits to vets eligible for GI bill educations, regardless of the vet’s residency status. The bill would allow U.S. military vets to receive in-state tuition at in-state universities and other schools in the Florida College System, as well as online schools. If the bill gets through the Florida House and Senate, it goes into effect on July 1 of this year. “Any support for vets […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 11, 2013 – A bus driver, following a cyclist too closely, struck and killed him. “A 77-year-old charter bus driver struck and killed a local county pastor, out for a bicycle ride. Initial reports indicate the driver did not see the cyclist, although there is some question as to whether or not the driver was following the cyclist too closely, which caused the accident,” explained Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. The charter driver was charged with following too close and second degree vehicular homicide. Despite the fact that there was no intention […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 11, 2013 – Johnson & Johnson has announced a recall of thousands of hip implants. The company is recalling the “Adept,” an all-metal total hip replacement system, due to a higher-than-expected percentage of implants causing pain and difficulty in movement for patients. The Adept models have been found to have issues in the top part of the hip, where the ball of the thigh bone fits into the socket. All 7,500 Adept systems that were shipped worldwide between 2004 and 2011 are being recalled. Surgeons and hospital administrators were sent notification about this recent […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 8, 2013 – There are some circumstances under which a person may lawfully deny they have been arrested. “If you have been arrested for something and it may affect your job, or you don’t want your employer to find out you have been arrested, talk to me about sealing your record. Otherwise called ‘expunging,’ this action completely erases any criminal history you may have. It removes your jailhouse photo from any law enforcement website and wipes out your arrest information in any police computer system,” outlined Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. Having […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) March 8, 2013 – A large majority of Americans file bankruptcy because of overwhelming credit card debt. This is because they use their card to bail themselves out. The worst thing to do is bail out of a cash shortage by using a credit card. It is tempting to use it of course, because it gets one out of a tough situation. However, the balance keeps creeping up and once it gets large enough, there is no way to keep up with it any longer. Some companies charge up to 30 percent interest. Trying […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 8, 2013 – Family members are hoping for criminal charges in a wrongful death case. Relatives of a man who died after being taken into custody by North Chicago police officers are pushing for criminal charges to be brought after a coroner ruled the death was a homicide. Darrin “Dagwood” Hanna died a week after six police officers took him into custody on domestic violence charges in November of 2011. Hanna’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of North Chicago, claiming that Hanna endured 20 minutes of shocks from a stun […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2013 – New safety guidelines have been issued for cruise ships. The Cruise Lines International Association, Inc. (CLIA) recently released an executive summary of the Operational Safety Review it began following the Costa Concordia disaster just over one year ago. In it, CLIA spells out ten new safety policies that it adopted as part of the review. Washington D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz commented on the report, “It is good to see the cruise industry updating its safety policies. Modern cruise ships are generally very safe, but as the tragedy of the […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2013 – Many of the clients of Begley Law Group who receive personal injury settlements are receiving SSI and Medicaid. There are limitations on those funds. SSI is an income stream that pays an individual monies intended to be used for food and shelter. For 2013, the maximum federal benefit rate is $710. In New Jersey, there is a state supplement of $31.25. In Pennsylvania, the supplement is $27.40. Medicaid pays for medical and pharmaceutical services for Medicaid recipients. It covers services that private insurance will not provide, including and most importantly, home […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2013 – Motorcycle crashes maim and kill people, but they also cost $16 billion a year, plus medical expenses. “It’s well noted that motorcyclists are involved more often in fatal crashes, than passenger vehicles. The fact is, they are up to 30 times more likely to meet their death than occupants in a car, according to the Government Accountability Office,” outlined Stephen Ozcomert, an Atlanta injury lawyer, who practices personal injury, accidents and malpractice law in Georgia. “As an Atlanta injury attorney, I see a fair number of injured bikers and have represented […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2013 – Foreign students come to the U.S. to study STEM, and then must leave to work elsewhere. Now a group of senators is pushing for a fast track system to award green cards to foreign students working on STEM degrees. Business owners are increasingly vocal about their concerns that U.S. immigration laws are creating a national “brain drain,” sending away foreign students who come to the U.S. to study in one of the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math). Many of the students have landed in a U.S. college or university, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 6, 2013 – A lawsuit has been filed over a golf-front housing development. The owner of a housing development overlooking a golf course outside of Austin, Texas filed the lawsuit against the owners of the golf course and a neighboring development. The Golden Bear Reserve is a 21-acre housing development that overlooks the Summit Rock Golf Course in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. Its owner, Reserve at Summit Rock, LP, filed suit against Summit Rock Communities LLC and Horseshoe Bay Resort, the owner of the golf course and the neighboring Summit Rock community. The lawsuit alleges […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 6 , 2013 – Underage drinking and driving is popular, but comes with significant consequences. The victim in this case was severely injured in a rollover accident. “It’s stunning the number of people who choose to get into a car when the driver is obviously drunk. More often than not, it is the social pressure of shunning a ride from a so called ‘friend’ that makes the person hop in. This is one of the worst decisions someone could possibly make,” added Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 6, 2013 – Social Security checks will soon be phased out in favor of direct deposits. Beginning on March 1, nearly all Social Security checks will no longer be sent by mail. The change, a cost-cutting measure by the Treasury Department, has irked some, but may benefit others. Zephyrhills Social Security lawyer Robert Alston commented, “Some 5 million Americans still receive their Social Security benefits by mail. For many of them, this is not a welcome change.” The two options that will continue to be available for receiving benefits are direct deposit into a […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) March 5, 2013 – Beneficiary forms can derail your carefully-laid estate plans. On a wide variety of investment vehicles, people have the option of directly naming beneficiaries for those assets. The advantage is that when the owner dies, the assets go directly to the beneficiaries, bypassing probate, which can be time-consuming and expensive. The disadvantage is that designating a beneficiary overrides your will. Elder law attorney Andrew Hook commented, “Naming beneficiaries for your investments certainly has a place in estate planning. But it is important to manage those designations carefully and incorporate them into […]


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