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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) May 25, 2012 – Declaring bankruptcy means all existing bank accounts and other financial information provided is checked carefully for the possible presence of fraud. Once a debtor has filed for bankruptcy protection, the judge appoints a trustee to handle their case. If it is a Chapter 7, the assets are sold by the trustee, with the money going to pay creditors. In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the trustee monitors the payment plan created by the debtor, and takes the disposable income left over each month, to pay creditors. In addition, the trustee monitors […]


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Keene, NH (Law Firm Newswire) May 24, 2012 – The real story behind this crash may never be known. What is known is that two teens lost their lives when their joyride ended in a ball of flames. “The day after this disturbing crash, two shocked and grieving families wondered how on earth the whole thing happened. There were two survivors, but no one seemed to be able to explain what went so wrong that two teens were killed,” outlined Charlie Donahue, a Brattleboro personal injury and medical malpractice lawyer with offices in Keene, New Hampshire. The wreck happened in […]


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Dickson, TN (Law Firm Newswire) May 24, 2012 – Virtuoso Legal Marketing LLC (www.VirtuosoLegalMarketing.com), a Dickson, TN-based company specializing in online law firm promotion, will be hosting a free, one-time webinar to educate lawyers about how to change their SEO strategies since recent Google algorithm changes, including the Penguin update. The information in the webinar is based on Virtuoso’s real life testing and research for its own client websites. Some of the topics discussed will include: Why traditional SEO link building can damage your search engine rankings. How you should now create links to your website. How on-page optimization has […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2012 – If politicians would stop trying to shift responsibility in medical malpractice cases, justice might be done. “It’s quite disturbing to watch the political intervention in medical malpractice issues. It strips away patient’s rights, and leaves them in a real bind, trying to pay for their care for injuries that a medical professional caused. Whatever happened to accepting responsibility? More to the point, whatever happened to doctors taking the initiative to accept responsibility for screwing up?” inquired Christopher Mellino. Mellino is a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer of Mellino Robenalt LLC, in Ohio. […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2012 – Many Dallas, Texas residents look to plastic surgeons to fix minor imperfections that exercise alone cannot repair. Unfortunately, when patients become victims of a negligent surgeon, they may suffer irreparable injuries. Before seeing a cosmetic surgeon, patients generally put a lot of thought into their decision to have cosmetic surgery. After saving up enough money to move forward, they select a doctor, have a consultation and schedule the procedure. Unfortunately, for a Dallas woman, a procedure landed her in the emergency room nine days after her cosmetic surgery. The 28-year-old Dallas […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 22, 2012 – A new report on the naturalization of U.S. citizens has been released by the Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS), an agency of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The report provides details of citizens naturalized in 2011, including the top countries of origin, and the states that the largest number of immigrants choose as their new home. The year 2011 saw 694,193 people become citizens of the United States through naturalization, the process by which foreign-born citizens gain the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship. Mexico provided the largest number of […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 22, 2012 – A person goes to hospital for surgery, thinking they will get better. They do not expect to die. “In this lawsuit, the plaintiff filed a wrongful death lawsuit over the death of her husband after hernia surgery. The lawsuit stated the doctors at the hospital were negligent, and as a result of that negligence, her husband died. She is seeking damages for pain and suffering,” outlined Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. The deceased had gone into hospital for hernia repair, but something went wrong. […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 21, 2012 – Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki faced a Congressional panel in early May and admitted that the agency is understaffed to achieve the level of care that American veterans deserve. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA ) announced in April that the agency needs about 1,900 new positions, but Shinseki told the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee that the VA needs additional workers in mental health care beyond the 1,900 already requested. “If more employees is what the Department of Veterans Affairs needs in order to get mental health care to the […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 21, 2012 – Tenants expect to receive a list of various services and amenities from their landlords. Among these services is an adequate reasonable level of security. When a property’s security is breached and a tenant is murdered during a burglary, the property owners and managers may be liable for the wrongful death of the victim. Most tenants would like to believe that their neighborhood is safe. But for residents of senior assisted living communities, the facility’s security of a property can be a matter of life and death. Such security measures, like automated […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) May 18, 2012 – As summer kicks in, building owners are more likely to have construction teams out doing property maintenance and even renovation projects. Warmer months outside the rainy season provide the greatest opportunity for owners and municipalities to get the most work done in the shortest amount of time. Those construction projects can create a hazard, though and work sites can be dangerous for pedestrians walking past or employees trying to get back and forth to work. Construction crews are obligated to put up warning signs and rope off dangerous areas to help […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 18, 2012 – While the U.S. Supreme Court deliberates about what it will do with Arizona’s controversial immigration law, SB 1070, journalists and opinion-makers have been pouring over every word from the oral arguments to try and determine what the court’s decision might be. The press on the day of the court’s oral arguments was that the justices seemed to indicate that they generally agreed with Arizona on the issues. “Closer reads on the day’s events show that only one of the issues before the court had the justices sounding sympathetic to Arizona,” remarked […]


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Los Gatos, Calif. (Law Firm Newswire) May 17, 2012 – In a case that took place on January 20, 2012, a settlement amount of $657,500 was awarded to Joe Egan for damages incurred during an auto injury accident on March 8, 2007. At the time of the accident, Egan, a construction site trash hauler, was stopped at a red traffic light in Campbell, Calif. When the light turned green, Egan paused long enough for the cars in front of him to proceed. As he was preparing to move forward, his motorcycle was struck from behind by an SUV owned and […]


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Scottsdale, AZ (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2012 – Kercsmar & Feltus, PLLC, a leading litigation boutique in Scottsdale, Arizona, is pleased to announce that Geoffrey S. Kercsmar, Todd Feltus, Gregory B. Collins, Carrie A. Kercsmar and William T. Luzader have been named have been named in Super Lawyers 2012. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selections for this esteemed list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers, which is a service of the Thomson Reuters – Legal division based in Eagan, Minnesota. […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2012 – Global Options for Long Term Care (GO) is a Medicaid Waiver program for certain low-income individuals eligible for a nursing facility level of care, but who wish to remain in their homes. Services provided by this program include, but are not limited to, Attendant Care, Care Management, Chore Service, Home Based Supportive Care, Social Adult Day Care, Transportation, as well as the Medicaid State Plan Services of New Jersey Title XIX. “Global Options is an excellent alternative for individuals who wish to receive care in their own homes,” said Susan M. […]


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Attorneys First to File Pradaxa® Lawsuits Not Surprised by Preliminary Results Comparing the New Drug to Warfarin Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2012 – Preliminary results from a large study comparing the new anticoagulant medication dabigatran (Pradaxa®) to warfarin (Coumadin®), a drug widely used since 1954, confirms safety concerns. Attorneys with Watts Guerra Craft, the first law firm to file Pradaxa lawsuits in the U.S., say the findings are not surprising. “This study in real-world settings is proving what we already believed to be true,” says attorney Ryan L. Thompson. “The new medication is not safe and should […]


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Provides pre-claim and risk mitigation consultation for small firms and solo practitioners Lisle, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2012 – In an era of complex litigation, advice and counsel before a potential claim arises goes a long way towards mitigating risk. As part of its value-added services to lawyers’ professional liability customers, AmerInst Professional Services, Ltd. and A. M. Best “A” rated insurance carrier, United States Fire Insurance Company (part of Crum & Forster insurance group), have launched a new hotline that allows policyholders to seek advice prior to submitting a claim. This is one of an array of […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 14, 2012 – In an effort to reduce distracted driving, automakers are enabling drivers to control their mobile phones, navigation systems, vehicle climate, and other items with their voice. While voice controls may prevent drivers from looking away from traffic, their focus may still be on controlling their gadgets. “It certainly is better for drivers to be able to keep their eyes on the road, but voice controls don’t go far enough,” said Chicago personal injury attorney Robert Briskman. “Distracted driving is really a matter of the driver’s mental state. Multitasking while operating a […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 14, 2012 – New research from United Services Automobile Association (USAA) shows that soldiers returning home from active military duty in the Middle East are having trouble relearning how to drive safely on American roads. Since maneuvering armored vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan requires an aggressive driving style to stay alive, enlisted service members adopted some habits that would keep them alive during wartime but might get them in an accident in the United States. Statistics from insurance carrier USAA show that returning military are about 13 percent more likely to get into an […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 11, 2012 – As legal immigration reform legislation like the Startup Act slowly makes its way through the United States Congress, advocates for reform as an economic recovery driver are frustrated by Washington’s inaction. “The issues at stake when it comes to reforming our visa programs are nothing less than issues of national economic importance,” said Houston immigration lawyer Annie Banerjee. “This is an opportunity to reform the laws that allow highly skilled foreign workers to come to the United States or stay here and help build stronger American companies or start new companies […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) May 10, 2012 – On Jan. 1, 2009, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) gave the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) approval to consolidate three Medicaid Waiver programs: Assisted Living/Adult Family Care, also known as AL/AFC, Caregiver Assistance Program, or CAP, and the Community Care Program for the Elderly and Disabled (CCPED) into one program called Global Options for Long Term Care (GO). Elder care attorney Susan M. Green of the Begley Law Group in Moorestown, N.J., said that the change was an improvement. “Since this consolidation, at least […]


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