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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2013 – The nursing home industry has been over-billing Medicare. According to federal inspectors, the nursing home industry is guilty of over-billing Medicare by $1.5 billion each year, charging for treatments and care that patients either do not need or never receive. Research from the inspector general’s office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that more than 30 percent of claims from for-profit nursing home care centers were “padded,” either for care never given or not needed in the first place, a stark difference from the estimated nonprofit […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2013 – FLMA rules and protocol are in place for employees to follow. If the rules are not followed, they may not have a case. “Not all FMLA cases that go to court are successful,” points out 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. “This case, Nicholson v. Pulte Homes, No. 11-2238, 7th Cir., 2012, was not a winner for the plaintiff.” In Nicholson v. Pulte Homes, the plaintiff was employed as a […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) February 22, 2013 – New technology will allow cars more autonomy. Toyota has announced that it is working on technology which would allow its cars and trucks to communicate with each other while on the road, and with the surroundings. In Japan, sensors have been installed along the test site and in multiple cars; the sensors send out information which will help avoid collisions. Through images that appear on a screen for the driver, alarms that sound and automated messages, the driver is alerted to potential dangers and advised to seek alternate routes and avoidance […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 22, 2013 – The special needs planning attorneys of Gilfix and La Poll Associates, LLP, invite the public to their upcoming Special Needs Trust Community Seminar on April 2, 2013. This seminar is an event designed to provide up-to-date, reliable information about special needs trusts and public benefits eligibility for disabled individuals. “Our annual Special Needs Trust Community Seminar focuses on the unique challenges each family faces in addressing the long-term needs of a special needs individual,” said Michael Gilfix, Palo Alto estate planning attorney. Mr. Gilfix, featured in national publications for his […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 22, 2013 – An NFL linebacker who committed suicide was suffering from brain damage. Junior Seau, the NFL linebacker who committed suicide last year, had the same brain disease that Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson suffered from, a new study has revealed. Both men shot themselves in the chest, with Duerson explicitly stating that it was so studies could be conducted on his brain. A team of researchers studying Seau’s brain found that he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), probably the result of multiple blows to the head during his two-decade career in the […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 22, 2013 – Law firms that want to know what web designs are hot and what designs will not work in 2013 should pick up the February issue of Bigger Law Firm, a magazine for attorneys. This issue delves into the latest trends versus fads on website designs. The trends the magazine focuses on is responsive design, typography, social integration, and branding. The February issue of the lawyer magazine also discusses effective direct mail campaigns. The article goes on to explain that marketing pieces sent in the mail are great ways to get lead […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) February 21, 2013 – A teen with special needs finally receives appropriate services after legal intervention. The Special Education Team at Littman Krooks LLP successfully obtained a residential placement, an audiological evaluation and compensatory services for a boy with an intellectual disability and severe speech and language deficits. This child had been denied a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) by the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) for over two years. Littman Krooks represented a 16-year-old homeless boy, diagnosed with an intellectual disability and severe language deficits. For over two years, NYCDOE […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) February 21, 2013 – The Supreme Court has agreed to review the ruling which returned an adopted child to her biological father. The adopted parents requested an appeal in the care of the now three-year-old, which the court had granted. The South Carolina couple adopted a Native American baby; her father is a member of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. “Child custody cases such as this one are difficult for everyone concerned, and happen with some frequency,” said Denver child custody attorney Bill Thode. “Everyone typically wants what is in the best interest of the […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 21, 2013 – The “fiscal cliff” deal is a good deal for some families. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, also known as the “fiscal cliff” deal, is good news to families who plan to adopt a child or who have recently done so. The Act, signed into law by President Obama on January 1, 2013, makes permanent the existing adoption tax credit. Tampa family law attorney Joshua Law commented, “This is very welcome news for many American families. Too often, there are daunting expenses involved in adopting a child. This tax credit […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 21 , 2013 – It only takes one second to change a life. This crash injured 120 and killed two. “We’ve never seen the likes of a massive chain reaction pile-up like this one,” remarked Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. “It was foggy, people couldn’t see where they were going and then, it happened, the first of many crashes on Interstate 10.” It was early in the morning, and most thought the fog would dissipate before too long. It was also a holiday, and people […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2013 – As the U.S population continues to age, the demand for elder care services will only increase. A recent report released by a Cleveland-based marketing firm, The Freedonia Group, cautions that federal and state spending for elder care should continue to increase in order to care for the growing elderly population, regardless of other spending restrictions that may be made. “Skilled nursing home services, in-home health care services, and stays in assisted living facilities are all expected to increase at least 5 percent each year for several years,” stated Virginia elder […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2013 – The Medicaid system in Texas is overburdened; it is uncertain if that will change any time soon. The 2013 Texas Legislature is faced with deciding whether to take $100 billion in federal funding under the Affordable Care Act over the next 10 years to help provide Texans with enough Medicaid health care coverage. The Texas Health Care Association (THCA), urging the current Legislature to support more funding for the state’s Medicaid system, has found that approximately 60,000 elderly and disabled Texans living in nursing homes are dependent on Medicaid services. Caring […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2013 – Anything may happen in a nursing home. This case is highly disturbing. “The amount of abuse and neglect some nursing home patients endure is enough to sicken anyone reading about it. This case in particular is very disturbing, not just for what happened to the man involved, but because of what it says about humanity, and those supposedly caring for mentally and physically disabled individuals,” stated Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas personal injury lawyer. The facts reveal that there […]


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Nashua, NH (Law Firm Newswire) February 19, 2013 – Patients may not know this. Hospitals do get fined for mistakes that harm their patients. “While it is good to know that hospitals do get fined for messing up and harming a patient, it still does not address the underlying issue of what caused the mistake in the first place – medical negligence or medical malpractice,” stated Charlie Donahue, a Keene medical malpractice lawyer with offices in Keene, New Hampshire. Consider the following examples of medical mistakes that resulted in several California hospitals receiving fines from $10,000 to $100,000. In one […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 19, 2013 – After 40 years, Sesame Street, the long-running children’s show on television, is talking about divorce. Sesame Street has put together a series for children and parents, “Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce.” The Muppet character, Abby Cadabby, explains to Elmo that she lives in two different houses, because her parents reside in two different places. She also explores all the different ways she feels about having parents who are divorced with the help from her human friend, Gordon. “You can feel mad, or bad or scared, or sad, all at the same […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 19, 2013 – Family members are suing the National Football League (NFL) after the death of a player. In May 2012, professional football player Junior Seau took his own life, and now his family is suing the NFL, claiming the suicide was the result of numerous brain injuries sustained during his career. Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce commented, “It is widely understood that brain injuries, especially repeated injuries, can cause not only physical damage, but permanent psychological damage as well. It seems possible that repeated head impacts could contribute to suicidal tendencies.” As […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 18, 2013 – If an individual is so sick that they cannot perform essential job functions while on leave, their workload must be adjusted. “Pagel v. Tin, No. 11-2318, 7th Cir., 2012 is a case whose ratio decidendi states that an employer cannot punish an employee for poor performance if they are too sick to perform. If that does happen, the employer should then expect an FMLA interference lawsuit,” added Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) February 18, 2013 – New York seniors are getting a prescription price break. According to the AARP, almost 300,000 New York seniors enrolled under the state’s Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program are slated to receive co-payment assistance this year. Co-payment assistance, canceled due to budget constraints, was restored in the state’s budget as of January 1, 2013, though funding past March 31, 2013 has yet to be determined. The AARP New York State Manager of Government Affairs, David McNally, stated that EPIC is one of New York’s most essential programs for seniors, and […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) February 15, 2013 – Cerebral palsy is an extremely serious birth injury. If the cause is medical negligence, someone must be held accountable. “Cerebral palsy is one of the most devastating birth injuries a child may encounter. It affects not only the child’s life, but the whole family. If the palsy was the direct result of medical malpractice, then the doctor or hospital care givers must be held accountable for their actions,” stated Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. Cerebral palsy is the result of abnormal brain development, often as a result of damage […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 15, 2013 – One of the worst auto accidents in Florida history continues to work its way through the courts. Following lengthy mediation sessions in late 2012, it appears that the pain and expense of lawsuits stemming from a devastating series of fatal crashes on Interstate 75 in January of that year will be largely avoided. However, legal action against the state of Florida for its controversial role in the incident seems likely to go forward. “This is a terrible accident – probably one of the worst in state history,” said Tampa personal injury […]


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