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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) May 21, 2013 – A Texas fertilizer plant exploded, killing at least 15 people and injuring as many as 200. The explosion on April 17, 2013, occurred at a facility owned by the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas that was used for the storage and distribution of fertilizers. The building caught fire, then exploded as firefighters tried to extinguish the flames. The cause of the fire remains unknown. “Fertilizers are quite hazardous and require very stringent safety protocols in their handling and storage,” said David Lietz, a Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer who specializes […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 20, 2013 – A bill that would make it more difficult to sue nursing homes passed a Florida Senate committee. SB 1384, sponsored by Senator Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 7-2 vote. The bill would affect plaintiffs seeking to recover punitive damages from nursing homes. They would have to establish at an evidentiary hearing that the nursing home breached its legal duty, resulting in actual injury, loss, or damage. “While some lawsuits brought against nursing homes, as in any field of practice, may be frivolous or unfounded, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 20, 2013 – A baffling death at a South Padre Island water park in Texas prompted this man’s family to file a wrongful death lawsuit. “This case had some serious loose ends, and the family, worried that this type of accident may happen to other workers at the same facility, opted to file a wrongful death lawsuit,” explained Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. The young man involved in this case was only 20-years-old when he died at work, his head allegedly crushed by a wave generator he […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 17, 2013 – No matter politicians say, it might not be what they are really doing when it comes to immigration reform. “These days, no matter what news comes out of Washington, one has to regard it with a jaundiced eye. This is due to the fact that traditionally, Republicans and Democrats have a long history of not getting along. Certainly, we all know how they did not agree on how immigration reform should be handled. Mostly, the perfect storm of avoidance delayed reform until now —- maybe,” added Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 17, 2013 – The state of New York has several major public health insurance programs, including Medicaid, commonly known as “Regular Medicaid.” While Regular Medicaid in New York offers extensive health care services including: dental care; diagnostic testing; home care; hospitalization; mental health support; out-patient care at hospitals and community clinics; and physical therapy, clients of Medicaid in New York must receive their prescription drugs via Medicare Part D. Any individual currently receiving or about to begin receiving New York State Medicaid must join a Medicare prescription drug plan, or they will lose […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 17, 2013 – A charter bus accident in Texas has left two people dead. A charter bus bound for Oklahoma overturned on a Dallas turnpike on April 12. Witnesses stated that the bus went off the road on the right shoulder, slammed against a barrier, then over corrected to the left across several lanes of traffic and hit a concrete median. The bus then rode over the concrete barrier, flipped on its right side and came to rest. What caused the accident has yet to be determined; investigators are examining physical evidence in the […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2013 – Auto insurance fraud, by most measures, is more widespread in Florida than in any other state. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) conducted an analysis of staged accidents occurring from 2007 to 2009 nationwide. According to the report, Florida was the top state for staged accidents during that period, at 3,006. Second place went to New York, with just over half that number. “Florida, unfortunately, is home to a great deal of insurance fraud, but local measures are improving the situation,” commented Zephyrhills accident attorney Robert Alston. The report also listed […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2013 – The state of California is planning to shift long-term care to managed care companies. Managed care companies offer comprehensive care for low-income seniors and people with disabilities for a fixed monthly rate. The program to be adopted in California is MediConnect and it is designed to cover individuals with extensive levels of care and is covered by benefits from both Medi-Cal, California’s version of the federal Medicaid program, and Medicare. “During the next 12-plus months, it is estimated that approximately 456,000 people will be enrolled in California in the largest […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2013 – Bikers are extremely vulnerable to unbelievably painful injuries or death if they are involved in an accident. “No matter what amount of safety gear a biker dons, they are still moving leather targets, simply because they do not have the same kind of protection that a car has —- they are not surrounded by a steel frame, do not have air bags and are not wearing seat belts. A collision often means ejection from the bike. Ejection often leads to death due to brain trauma,” indicated Stephen Ozcomert, an Atlanta injury […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2013 – A Louisiana man is suing a local hospital, alleging inattentive care left him with deep vein thrombosis in both legs. Louis A. Dirosa of Jefferson Parish filed a lawsuit against four defendants in connection with his February, 2010 hospitalization. He says that after he was admitted to the hospital, a nurse gave him an enema and left him on a bedpan. Dirosa alleges that he fell asleep and was left on the bedpan for four and a half hours, which caused painful swelling, deep indentations in his skin, and deep vein […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 15, 2013 – The latest issue of Bigger Law Firm, a magazine for attorneys, looks at integrated marketing strategies, how to leverage the latest changes at YouTube with One Channel, working with WordPress plugins, honing professional writing skills, building blog readership, hardware tools for mobile lawyers, and purchasing the right stock imagery licenses. This month’s feature, “Integrated Marketing Strategies,” by Brendan Conley, looks at how changing technology is altering the marketing landscape for law firms. These days, says Conley, attorneys need a comprehensive plan which includes a number of different marketing avenues. In “Ask […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 15, 2013 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed a car rating system for older occupants. The NHTSA is asking for comments in the Federal Register for the proposed system, which would provide a “silver car” rating in the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The proposal asks if there are aspects of car performance that would address the needs of older drivers and passengers in particular, including features that might make vehicles safer in the event of a car accident. “More older drivers are on the road than ever before, and […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 15, 2013 – The prosecution of a high-profile case of elder financial abuse is the exception, not the rule. The New York appellate court recently upheld the majority of a 2009 conviction against the son of the late philanthropist Brooke Astor. Anthony D. Marshall had been charged with financially defrauding Ms. Astor, his mother, in part by forging her name on a will. Marshall, scheduled to go to jail for one to three years, was convicted of stealing his mother’s fortune when she was no longer physically or mentally competent. His lawyers unsuccessfully […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) May 15, 2013 – The possibility of medical malpractice is a patient’s nightmare; a nightmare that often comes true. “I recently read a case where a man had gone to hospital to have his gallbladder removed; certainly a fairly routine operation. However, the results of the operation were anything ‘but’ routine. The man spent six months in intensive care fighting blood poisoning and multiple organ failure. What had happened? His surgeon severed his bile duct,” said Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. Spending six months in intensive care was just the tip of the […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 14, 2013 – American Airlines has settled its lawsuit against Orbitz. The lawsuit over the agency’s method for displaying information about the airline’s fares and schedules had been filed in federal district court in Fort Worth, Texas, where American Airlines’ (American) parent corporation is based. The suit was part of an ongoing dispute between American Airlines and Orbitz over the distribution of travel information. In the lawsuit, American claimed that Orbitz made American’s fares appear higher than they actually were. “This type of litigation often arises when companies are attempting to gain a competitive […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 14, 2013 – One man thinks he can help lower the 82 percent U.S. unemployment rate for disabled veterans. He suggests that they learn watch-making. The Delaware Veterans Coalition, together with the state council of the Vietnam Veterans of America, is helping Sam Cannan open a school which will train vets how to repair watches – tuition-free. There is no other school like it. “Making and repairing watches is a dying art,” stated veterans disability lawyer James Fausone. “This is a vocation that may well be a good fit for a number of vets […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 14, 2013 – The drunk driver in this case wiped out an entire family by fleeing another accident. “The family that lost their lives in a horrific wreck with a drunk driver were minding their own business and heading out for a meal when out of the blue they were broadsided. The car that hit them was speeding, and the impact was ugly and brutal. Three people died; a mother and her two sons. The single mother was trying to raise and support her two boys and worked hard to keep the family together,” […]


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DALLAS, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 14, 2013 – Six DFW immigrant leaders and an immigrant service organization were recently honored at the 2013 Immigrant Journey Awards. Hosted by Badmus Law Firm, the goal of the awards is to celebrate immigrants and immigrant service organizations who are trailblazers and exceptional role models in North Texas. The honorees were hosted at a luncheon at the La Cima Club in Irving, Texas. Adil Adi, president and CEO of Worldlink, Inc. and Walter Chiang, founder and director of CP&Y, Inc. received the Immigrant Entrepreneur Award which recognizes immigrant business owners who have founded […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 13, 2013 – A teenage boy died two days after being pulled from a swimming pool at Disney World. Anthony Johnson, 13, was playing with friends in a pool at Disney’s Pop Century Resort. His family was visiting from Missouri. Family members said Anthony was jumping in and out of the water with his friends. When his absence was noticed, he was spotted at the bottom of the pool and pulled out within minutes, according to WFTV. Tampa personal injury lawyer Robert Joyce commented, “Swimming pools claim an alarming number of lives each year. […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 13, 2013 – Drug cases are not always open and such. There are many legal issues open to question. “Some people think that if they get arrested for a drug offense, such as trafficking in a controlled substance or possession of marijuana, that their goose is cooked. That is not the case,” stated Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. There are numerous legal issues that exist to be explored when mounting a defense to crimes of this nature, and speaking to an experienced criminal defense attorney will provide various options for moving forward. […]


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