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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2013 – The wrong blood used during a transfusion killed an 84-year-old patient. “People go to hospital to get better. They expect their doctor and hospital staff to treat them with dignity and care and ensure their safety. They do not expect to become a never event death statistic as the result of misidentified blood for a transfusion,” stated Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. This case, which happened in Brooklyn, but could just as easily happen in any other hospital across […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2013 – The Cochran Firm, D.C. today announces it is opening an active and aggressive investigation into legal claims arising from the tragic Washington Navy Yard shooting on September 16, 2013. After being recently contacted by some of the victims impacted by this terrible mass shooting, The Cochran Firm, D.C. intends to fully analyze and explore all legal options. “There are many questions about this mass shooting that need to be asked, including why security procedures allegedly did not prevent an individual with a known history of run-ins with the law and severe […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 25, 2013 – Bequeathing digital assets should be part of estate planning, too. While estate planning usually involves bequeathing money, real estate and heirlooms, Virginia estate planning attorney Lisa McDevitt says that people planning their estates should think about online assets as well. “Digital assets can range from sentimental items such as photographs to things with commercial value such as access to business documents that are kept online,” said McDevitt. “Online assets do have value and they should be considered in your estate planning.” Passwords can be preserved in a physical location, and online […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) September 25, 2013 – A small airplane crashed into a neighborhood in East Haven, Conn., killing four people. William Henningsgard, of Medina, Wash., was flying the plane with his son Maxwell, 17, aboard when it went down at 11:21 am on August 9, 2013. It crashed into a home on Charter Oak Avenue occupied by Sade Brantley, 13, and Madisyn Mitchell, her one-year-old sister. “Even small planes can create catastrophic damage when they crash at high speeds,” said Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz. “As evidenced by the fact that these two girls were […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 24, 2013 – Estates that do not use their entire estate tax exclusion allowance may pass on the remainder to a surviving spouse, but the process is not automatic. Called “portability,” the rule was made permanent as part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA). But Virginia estate planning attorney, Andrew Hook, cautions that an estate tax return must be filed in order for the surviving spouse to claim portability. “Not every estate is required by law to file an estate tax return,” Hook said. “But the IRS has made it […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 24, 2013 – Seven people were injured in an auto accident near Tampa, Fla. involving 11 vehicles. The collision occurred around noon on a recent Saturday on southbound Interstate 75 just north of State Road 60. Officials with the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) say an out-of-state driver caused the pileup by cutting off a semi truck while changing lanes. Tampa auto accident attorney Robert Joyce says it should serve as a reminder to drive defensively. “Anyone on the road is a potential danger,” Joyce said. “People unfamiliar with the area might have trouble navigating […]


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Beverly Hills, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 23, 2013 – The Los Angeles personal injury law firm of Glotzer and Sweat, LLP recently negotiated a settlement in the amount of $835,000 for a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. The incident occurred in Orange County CA and involved a valet who was driving negligently when he hit and injured a 43 year old male waiting in a service bay of a local car dealership. The plaintiff sustained injuries including a fractured tibial plateau and torn labrum, which required multiple surgeries. Steven M. Sweat, Joshua W. Glotzer and George Aldrich were the […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 23, 2013 – There are many elder care options available for an older parent in declining health. When an elder begins to need additional care, the question of how to provide it can seem overwhelming for the adult children who often take on the responsibility. While there are several options for elder care, there is no one simple answer, according to Waxahachie elder law attorney John Hale. “The choice you make for elder care depends on individual circumstances,” said Hale. “Some factors you will need to consider are whether the home is still safe […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 23, 2013 – An investigation into Social Security disability fraud led to the arrest of 75 people in Puerto Rico. The case was the first instance of large-scale arrests for fraud since the rapid expansion of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) seen over the last several years. Zephyrhills Social Security disability attorney Robert Alston said he was pleased to see the action taken. “The nation’s disability insurance program is under enough financial strain as it is without criminals engaging in outright fraud to take taxpayer funds,” Alston said. “Investigating and prosecuting such large-scale abuses […]


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Orlando, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 21, 2013 – On Friday, September 20, 2013 in Orlando Florida, Nancy Guenther was awarded a verdict of 1.3 million dollars in her suit against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation for causing her jaw to die and be removed and replaced with a metal chain all because of its failure to warn of the dangers of its drug Zometa. Counsel John Beins, Esq. of Beins, Goldberg and Hennessey, and Ranchor Harris, Esq. of Girardi Keese, assisted by John J. Vecchione, Esq.  tried the case to verdict against Don Fowler, Esq. and Martin Calhoun, Esq. of Hollingsworth, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 20, 2013 – A well-known Texas investor and philanthropist has been sued in an investment dispute. Ted Skokos is accused of breach of contract, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty in the lawsuit filed by Arthur Abbey. The lawsuit claims that in 2005 Abbey made a $4 million investment in 3F Therapeutics, a medical device company founded by Skokos, with the parties agreeing that Skokos would get 20 percent of profits after Abbey received capital from his investment. The complaint alleges that profits were taken out before Abbey was paid back. “An investment deal […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) September 19, 2013 – Reports of nursing home abuse are far too frequent these days. Even if such incidents are isolated, there is never any excuse for abusing seniors in care. “While some people think that nursing home abuse is on the decline, if you read the paper with any degree of regularity, that doesn’t seem to be the case,” said Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. Consider the latest case that made headlines across America; a nursing home facility in the State of […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) September 19, 2013 – According to a survey by Findlaw.com, approximately 60 percent of parents have yet to formalize a simple will to protect their children. Having an estate plan in place, including a will and possibly trusts as well, should be a major concern for every parent. The future may hold decision-making issues regarding disability or incapacity, or the untimely death of one or more parents. As hard as it is to contemplate, one of the choices a responsible parent must make is how to ensure their child or children are safe if […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 19, 2013 – As part of estate planning, two of the most important documents an individual can have are a healthy care proxy and a durable power of attorney. Both documents allow others to make important decisions should one become incapacitated. But an issue may arise when the two people who are overseeing the estate, the health care proxy and the durable power of attorney, do not work well together, or do not see eye-to-eye. It is imperative, then, that the people chosen for these important roles are individuals who can get past […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) September 19, 2013 – Sudden wealth may be a six-figure sum for some estates, or may be a five-figure amount. What every amount of sudden wealth has in common is that it is a windfall of sorts, separate from the expected financial shifts and therefore outside the recipient’s financial comfort zone. It is one of those scenarios that so many people play around with: what they would do if an unexpected windfall appeared in their life, a large sum of money came their way due to an inheritance, contract, business sale, lawsuit, lottery win, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 18, 2013 – This case deals with a hanging that police labelled a suicide. Family members insist it was murder. “This reported case is highly unusual. The woman who died was found hanging from a second-floor balcony, with her hands bound behind her and her feet bound. A T-shirt was wrapped around the lower part of her face. Investigators concluded it was a suicide. The family feels it was murder, particularly in light of the circumstances of the death,” indicated Brooks Schuelke, an Austin wrongful death lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. It is […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 18, 2013 – In an address to disabled veterans, President Obama announced that the backlog of disability claims was shrinking. At the Disabled American Veterans annual meeting earlier this year, Obama stated that the backlog of disability benefits claims had shrunk by as much as 20 percent in the past five months. But, he conceded, a new wave of claims was coming into the Veterans Administration. Some of those claims are from service members who served in Vietnam and are looking for care for ailments they believe stemmed from their decades-past exposure to Agent […]


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The Bigger Law Firm magazine looks at Google’s Link Schemes, the ese of virtual offices, how to use YouTube’s One Channel for marketing and double authentication for enhanced website safety in the new September issue. Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2013 – The September issue of Bigger Law Firm, a magazine for attorneys, marketing experts cover everything from Google’s latest attempts to shut down “unnatural” links via their Link Schemes update, the increased use of virtual offices, two helpful new notetaking apps, why some lawyers are using Hangouts, YouTube’s One Channel, how double authentication can save firms a […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2013 – A Polk County, Fla., jury awarded $1.1 billion in damages against a nursing home due to negligence. The jury decided that defendants Trans Healthcare, Inc. (THI) and Trans Healthcare Management caused Arlene Townsend years of suffering in their chronically under-staffed nursing home, Auburndale Oaks in Bartow, Fla. The award included $110 million in compensatory damages and $1 billion in punitive damages. “An award of this size is a very strong warning against neglect in nursing homes,” observed Robert Joyce, a Tampa nursing home abuse attorney who is not involved in the […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2013 – Seven people, including four children, died in an accident involving two tractor-trailers on Interstate 65 in Indiana. The accident occurred in the late evening on a recent Thursday near Roselaw, Ind. A Jeep carrying seven family members was northbound in a construction zone with a semi in front of it and another behind. Police said the rear truck failed to slow with traffic and crushed the vehicle against the leading truck. “This is truly a tragedy,” said Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz, who is not involved in the case. […]


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