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Nashua, NH (Law Firm Newswire) November 21, 2012 – E-record keeping is supposed to be the bee’s knees? But is it? “Are patients really safe when e-records are used?” asks Charlie Donahue, a Keene medical malpractice lawyer with offices in Keene, New Hampshire. “They may or may not be, but a recent study indicates the jury is still out on that count.” The latest study, released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), takes a close look at how safe patients are when e-records are used, and what types of medical malpractice risks there may be in doctor’s using them. The […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) November 21, 2012 – According to a recent economic report released by the U.S. Census Bureau, after divorce, a woman’s level of lifestyle drops some 37 percent. Meanwhile, a divorced man’s level of lifestyle typically increases by 63 percent. According to Denver divorce attorney Bill Thode, while divorce may shake up almost all the aspects of someone’s life, there are ways to limit the fallout. The most pressing issues, says, Thode, are ones of basic survival. “Determining where to live, or how to manage the once-shared home, is decision number one. Sorting out general finances, […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 21, 2012 – A man recently led Sarasota police on two separate car chases, including one through a school playground. He is also alleged to have battered two people that same day. “Criminals frequently display erratic and dangerous behavior when cornered by police,” Polk County criminal defense lawyer Thomas Grajek commented. “They can feel like they have nothing left to lose.” At about 3:30 on a recent Wednesday afternoon, sheriff’s deputies tried to pull over a gray Chevrolet Malibu for exceeding the speed limit. The driver fled at high speed, and drove across the […]


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San Jose, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2012 – An elderly San Francisco Bay Area woman is suing Capital One Bank and Patenaude & Felix, APC for wrongful debt collection, harassment and damages. The woman, Mrs. Mary Basich, alleges that the San Diego, California based Patenaude & Felix and Capital One Bank harassed and abused her when they tried to collect on a delinquent Capital One credit card that belonged to another person. Capital One Bank hired attorneys at Patenaude & Felix to collect the debt. The suit alleges that Patenaude & Felix accused her of being Mary Ryals, […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2012 – A lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, claiming that school officials allowed hazing. According to the claim, the Huber Heights City School officials knew that there were hazing incidents between athletes and students in the form of attacks, but they did not take action to protect the students. The attorney for the plaintiff stated that they were attempting to increase awareness at educational institutions regarding hazing incidents, and push school officials to take steps to prevent them. The attorney stated that school officials looked […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2012 – According to a recent report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), some cars are far riskier than others when it comes to being injured during an auto accident. The IIHS compiled and analyzed claims information from 2009 to 2011 to determine which cars were involved in personal injury protection claims (PIPs) most often. “The report shows that small car owners filed the most claims,” said Paul Greenberg, a Chicago car accident attorney. “This isn’t particularly surprising given that a small car is more likely to sustain damage in a […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2012 – Forcing workers to take leave may result in a lawsuit. “This recent case, Arizanovska v. Wal-Mart Stores, No. 11-3387, 7th Cir., 2012, handled by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, Illinois, states with relative clarity that forcing a worker to go on leave may be the basis for a lawsuit. This would be true even if the company has a policy relating to forced leave and applies it evenly across the board,” said Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 19, 2012 – Agricultural leaders are going hoarse, calling for immigration reform. “All across America, agricultural leaders are calling for immigration reform – preferably yesterday. Their calls to action are falling on deaf ears. Immigration reform is still where it was at years ago, stalled and being chipped away at, in fits and starts, with none of the tinkering doing much to help anyone,” suggested Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. “The fact is, if the farmers […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 19, 2012 – As funny as it sounds at first flush, it was an extremely serious incident. “This case is definitely strange,” said Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. “And not only strange, it makes you chuckle, until you find out that the extent of this man’s penetrating wounds required more than 25 stitches.” The back story of this $5 million lawsuit is about a supposedly unique toilet, called the Flushmate III. Apparently, the Flushmate III is designed to use water and air to create a more powerful flush, and while it may […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 19 , 2012 – Do not drink and drive is not an empty request. Drinking and driving kills, as it did in this case. “This case is heartbreaking for everyone, more so for the family of the 26-year-old man that died, leaving behind two young children. The man died when the car he was riding in, spun out of control due to clipping a concrete median, left the road, and flipped into a creek,” recounted Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. The accident happened about 1:15 […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 16, 2012 – It is important for couples who have decided to get divorced to separate credit card accounts and existing credit card debt. A little care and diligence goes a long way to protecting both parties’ credit and overall finances. “Credit cards can create problems even in happy marriages,” commented Zephyrhills divorce lawyer Marcie Baker. “For divorcing couples, it is very important to separate each party’s credit from the other’s.” First, gather all relevant data. This means that both parties should obtain a credit report from each of the three major agencies: Equifax, […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 16, 2012 – October was National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but awareness should be year-round. Even though most think of a “battered wife” or girlfriend when they think of domestic violence, both men and women, and both same-sex and opposite-sex relationships, can experience domestic violence. And while domestic violence awareness continues to grow in the U.S., the numbers do not seem to be dropping. The National Centers for Disease Control has reported that some 40 percent of physical domestic violence is against men, and 50 percent of assaults that involve deadly weapons are against […]


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Nashua, NH (Law Firm Newswire) November 16, 2012 – The toddler in this story suffered permanent brain damage during cardiac surgery for a heart defect. “This is one of those cases that just tugs at your heartstrings, not only for the toddler involved, but for the family, sent into shock when their 3-year-old suffered permanent brain damage during heart surgery,” said Charlie Donahue, a Keene medical malpractice lawyer with offices in Keene, New Hampshire. The surgery took place in 2005, ostensibly to correct a congenital heart defect. The unthinkable happened during the operation – an infusion pump malfunctioned, flooding the […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) November 16, 2012 – During a press conference at the state Capitol, Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal announced his intent to halt the over-prescription of off-label antipsychotic drugs to nursing home patients. Medical advocates and elderly care advocates also announced the formation of a Connecticut-based coalition made up of nursing home groups and public health employees. Their aim is to reduce the amount of antipsychotics prescribed to elderly patients by 15 percent, calling it “chemical restraint.” Sen. Blumenthal and the coalition of advocates, the Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes, have stated that the […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 15, 2012 – A Florida nursing home with a history of problems has been placed on a government watch list. The home must clean up its act to avoid a suspension of its Medicare and Medicaid payments. “Nursing homes are entrusted with caring for our most vulnerable family members,” said Tampa personal injury lawyer Robert Joyce. “It is important that they be held to the highest standards of safety and care.” Avante at Ormond Beach has been identified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a “special focus facility,” indicating that […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) November 15, 2012 – There are cases in which a debtor files bankruptcy more than once. When the economy began to decline and unemployment was on the rise, those who lost their jobs faced difficult financial choices. Many people used their credit cards to pay for bills and other expenses and racked up significant debt. Many of those people are still unemployed. These individuals are candidates for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Some people find themselves in a position to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy more than once. Iowa bankruptcy lawyer Kevin Ahrenholz explained that a debtor’s […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 15, 2012 – A fire in Greenwich, Connecticut that killed a 42-year-old-man and left his mother in critical condition in a hospital burn unit, may have occurred due to hoarding in the home. Dean Verboven and his mother, 69-year-old Barbara Verboven, were contacted in September by the town’s social services, prompted by neighbors’ concerns that the home was unsafe. Mr. Verboven allegedly agreed to declutter the home, but when a social worker visited to check on progress, little had been cleared. According to a neighbor, Dean lived in the home with his mother, who […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) November 14, 2012 – Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson, LLP (“AGMB”) is excited to announce that Eric B. Post has joined the firm as partner in its Litigation Practice Group, working in the firm’s New York office. Prior to becoming a partner at AGMB, Mr. Post was a litigation associate at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. Mr. Post brings to AGMB 13 years of experience handling complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution for large corporations in federal and state courts and in arbitration. Mr. Post’s extensive experience handling high-stakes litigation for corporate clients includes cases […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 14, 2012 – California Gov. Jerry Brown recently announced signing a bill allowing undocumented immigrants to get driver licenses. AB2189, helmed by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, allows the California Department of Motor Vehicles to issue drivers’ licenses to undocumented immigrants, eligible to work under Obama’s new administration policy. The Department may accept the deferred action program documentation the government provides as residency proof. Cedillo has stated that the bill will ensure safer roads, with immigrants able to commute as licensed drivers. He said the bill and Gov. Brown’s signature was a way to support public […]


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Nashua, NH (Law Firm Newswire) November 14, 2012 – Medical malpractice is not always the result of a botched operation. It may be the result of medical billing abuse. “While most people think of medical malpractice as a failed operation or a misdiagnosed illness, there is another form of medical malpractice beginning to rear its head – financial medical malpractice. This is the consistent over billing by doctors for treating seniors on Medicare. In fact, a recent study by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) discovered that physicians have overbilled to the tune of $11 billion over the last ten […]


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