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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2013 – An explosion in an Illinois steel castings plant injured at least 10 workers. The explosion occurred at the American Steel Foundries plant located in Granite City, Illinois, which is northeast of St. Louis. Three workers, who were in critical condition, were transported by helicopter to hospitals for treatment, including Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur, Missouri, while seven others were treated at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City for smoke inhalation and later released. “Industrial accidents of this nature are all too common,” said Robert Briskman, a Chicago work injury attorney. […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 29, 2013 – Women coming home from military service are joining the ranks of the homeless in the U.S. The male former service members who become homeless after returning to the States largely do so when battling mental illness and/or substance abuse issues. Female vets come home with those issues as well as having a tougher time finding gainful employment and housing. Even more often, these women come home with issues stemming from military sexual trauma, or MST, which can cause or exacerbate post-traumatic stress disorder. It is estimated that there were more […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) April 29, 2013 – Attorney’s from Begley Law Group are attending and presenting to the Society of Settlement Planners at their annual conference in Las Vegas this May. This year’s conference is being held at the Vdara Hotel, May 5th through the 7th. Tom Begley, Jr. and Kristen L. Behrens of Begley Law Group will be speaking to the planners at three different sessions during the conference. “The Society of Settlement Planners Conference is a great opportunity for us to learn from our colleagues,” said New Jersey elder lawyer Tom Begley, Jr. “But it also […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 29, 2013 – A traffic accident led to the arrest of a Texas woman. On March 1, a two-vehicle crash eventually proved fatal. A 2010 Ford Fusion driven by a 74-year-old woman, Millie Powell of Port Arthur, Texas, rear-ended another vehicle. The vehicle she hit had been lawfully stopped while waiting to make a turn into a private driveway. The collision caused minor damage. The other driver was uninjured; Powell was sent to a local hospital with minor injuries. But Powell’s passenger, 92-year-old Ruby Jones, also of Port Arthur, experienced moderate injuries. 
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New Kessler Survey finds that 95% of employees steal from employers, up from 79% in Kessler’s 1999 study. New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 29, 2013 – An anonymous survey conducted by Kessler International of 500 company employees in varying retail and service industries found that employees are more likely to steal from their employer than their customers. The theft comes in the form of stolen time, theft of office supplies and equipment, theft and sale of corporate secrets and even the theft of the products and services offered by their own employers. The startling uptick in theft was […]


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Richardson, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 26, 2013 – In the recent trial of Shannon Whaley v. Lockhart, Morris & Montgomery, Inc., and John Hickman (No.DC-10-14604) Judge Martin Hoffman found in favor of the Defendant. The above-case came on for trial to a jury on July 10, 2012 in the 68th Judicial District Court of Dallas.  At that time, the jury found Shannon Whaley had breached a contract owned by Lockhart, Morris & Montgomery and owed them in excess of $6,000. The jury finding was in Lockhart’s favor but the jury failed to award attorney fees in violation of Texas […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 26, 2013 – Dollar figures found in bankruptcy regulations were recently adjusted for inflation. The United States Bankruptcy Code has many rules that involve specific dollar amounts, such as the value of exempted assets or the limits on eligibility for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Every three years, on the 1st of April, those numbers are adjusted for inflation according to the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers and rounded to the nearest $25. “It is important that these figures be adjusted periodically for inflation,” commented Brandon bankruptcy attorney O. Reginald Osenton. “The numbers determine […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 26, 2013 – A teenage Tampa woman was killed in an auto accident on Interstate 10 in Jefferson County. Amanda Pierce, 18, was driving her 2001 Acura westbound toward Tallahassee with her friend, Taylor Lazzara, 18, in the passenger seat. Pierce came upon stopped traffic, the result of two earlier crashes. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Pierce swerved to avoid the cars, went into a slide on the shoulder, and collided with a tree. Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce commented, “This tragedy is a reminder of how important it is to be […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 26, 2013 – A pediatricians’ association has come out in favor of same-sex marriage and adoption rights. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released a statement in the journal “Pediatrics” calling for same-sex couples to have the legal right to marry. The statement also backed adoption by those couples, a practice largely – but not universally – legal in the United States. “Same-sex marriage is the subject of a lot of legal wrangling, and adoption can be difficult for some of these couples as well,” Zephyrhills divorce attorney Marcie Baker commented. “Supporters will […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2013 – The 2013 sequester has many people concerned about what the cuts will mean for their Social Security payments. The AARP has begun running informational ads to explain what the impact of the Chained CPI Social Security benefit cuts may look like. Many Social Security advocates are deeply concerned about how those cuts may adversely affect whole groups of people. Social Security does not only help the elderly and disabled, the benefits also go to children who have lost a parent and need financial support. And, says the AARP, women will be […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2013 – A new study shows that exercise may ward off dementia. The latest aging statistics indicate that as many as one in eight adults over the age of 65 is affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Now a new study released by the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that exercise in middle-age may be an effective tool in warding off later life dementia. “Alzheimer’s continues to be a major health concern for many people as they age,” commented Dallas elder law attorney John Hale. Researchers examined data from a patient visitor database, The Cooper […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2013 – The family of a man whose infected leg was amputated filed suit against his nursing home. John Eric Rush, 49, alleged that staff negligence led to an infected bed sore on his left heel. The sore eventually forced doctors to amputate the leg above the knee, according to a statement released by Rush’s attorney. Greg Grambor, president of Vascular PRN, a distributor of medical devices used in the prevention of bed sores and deep vein thrombosis, said that bed sores are a serious health threat to bedridden patients. “Bed sores and […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2013 – The Begley Law Group’s continued commitment to the rights of their clients includes attending and presenting at professional seminars. The attorneys at Begley Law Group recently attended two significant outreach efforts as part of their ongoing support of clients, including individuals with special needs and their families, and the elderly. On April 15-16, 2013, Kristen L. Behrens and Tom Begley, Jr., of Begley Law Group attended the Special Needs Alliance Spring Meeting in Washington, DC, where they heard speakers from the Social Security Administration and Easter Seals on Affordable Care Act […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2013 – A new report says wait times and claims backlogs for veterans filing for disability are growing. The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) has released a report detailing the findings of a lengthy review of internal documents from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The report shows that delays encountered by first-time applicants for veterans disability benefits are much longer than the VA has previously acknowledged. Virginia veteran’s attorney Andrew Hook commented, “We owe it to our veterans to ensure they get the benefits they deserve and were promised, and in […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2013 – Young offenders seem to think a juvenile record is no big deal. This is not the case. “Many young offenders figure getting a juvenile record is not a big deal. It won’t affect them when they grow up and start looking for a job, or make any difference later in life should they be sentenced for something else and/or need to post bond. Wrong. A juvenile criminal record can drastically affect you in terms of sentencing or if you need to post bond,” explained Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2013 – Joshpe Law Group LLP represented Mega Playground, a leading independent provider of post-production services to the film and television industry, in a sale of assets to Slate Media Group. Mega Playground services a diverse clientele that includes major film and television studios, broadcasters, independent producers, documentary filmmakers, and others. Founder and President, Eitan Hakami, stated, “We are thrilled to be combining our facilities and services with Slate Media Group. Our clients and the production community will benefit from working with a company capable of delivering the most comprehensive set of […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2013 – The looming sequester has special education advocates concerned. Nationally, sequestration looks to eliminate federal funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 2013 by as much as $1 billion. That would leave as many as 7,200 special education educators without covered salaries. The cuts would also bump the amount of money the federal government contributes toward special education back to what it was in 2005. “States across the county are looking at huge cuts,” notes Palo Alto estate planning attorney Michael Gilfix. It is estimated that Minnesota would […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2013 – Sometimes the news is downright depressing. Hospital errors may not improve, even if they are tracked. “You would think that if a hospital took the time to report medical errors that they would do something about the information they have in their hands at the end of the day. It seems they don’t, which is depressing news to patients that may be victims of hospital errors,” remarked Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. This is not just a concern for […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2013 – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is now offering assistance to travelers with special needs. The disabled, the elderly and individuals with medical conditions are now being offered special assistance with airport security as part of a new push by the TSA. In light of numerous complaints by travelers, the TSA has implemented a cadre of specially trained airport security screeners to assist passengers with disabilities. More than 2,600 TSA officers, supervisors and lead staff have been trained specifically to address the issues that travelers with special needs may face. Each […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2013 – A Florida Senate committee advanced a bill to create a statewide domestic partner registry. Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases pertaining to gay marriage, the Senate panel approved legislation that would grant specific rights to domestic partnerships, including same-sex couples. “This is a step forward for same-sex couples and other unmarried domestic partners in Florida,” said Tampa family lawyer Joshua Law. “These individuals often have a difficult time pursuing legal arrangements that are automatically bestowed upon married couples.” The Senate Committee on Children, Families and Elder […]


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