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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 21, 2013 – Immigration reform is still one of the most pressing domestic issues in the U.S. It is being derailed once again. “Most Americans get the idea that passing immigration reform would improve the economy, strengthen our presence abroad and offer extra stability for local communities. However, most don’t understand that immigration reform is closely tied to the health care system,” explained Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. It is odd that Americans and politicians seem to […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2013 – More than $128 billion flows through the country’s Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) system. Incidences of fraud are inevitable, so the SSDI has hired a cadre of private investigators to catch the perpetrators. “The increase in fraud and the ensuing investigations of any questionable claims has slowed the entire process down,” commented Tampa Social Security disability attorney David W. Magann. “For anyone going through the Social Security Disability Insurance system, it’s best to work with someone who can help guide them through that legal maze.” The number of people receiving disability […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2013 – A young girl went for what was supposed to be routine wisdom teeth surgery. She died several days later due to oxygen deprivation. “No parent should ever have to live through their child dying before they do,” said Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland anesthesia mistake lawyer with Mellino Robenalt, LLC. “The young lady in this reported case was only 17-years-old and sustained severe brain injury during her oral surgery in March of 2011.” The young teen went into a coma and died ten days later. Her autopsy report indicated she had died […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 19, 2013 – Divorce law recently became an issue in the Virginia governor’s race. Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, launched a television ad drawing attention to the fact that Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate, had supported a 2008 bill that would have placed restrictions on “no-fault” divorce in Virginia. Although the bill was not successful, the current back-and-forth between candidates on the issue has led to confusion. Prominent divorce attorney Lisa McDevitt clarifies the law on no-fault divorce in Virginia. “In the state of Virginia, a no-fault divorce is available to couples who […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 18, 2013 – Workers may convert individual retirement accounts (IRAs) from traditional to Roth IRAs, but some who do so will later undo that conversion. Roth IRAs present certain advantages and disadvantages versus traditional IRAs, and each year, many people elect to make the conversion to Roth. When current circumstances or expectations for the future change, as they so often do, that conversion may be undone in a process called “recharacterization.” Estate planning attorney Andrew Hook explains why people convert or recharacterize their accounts and the rules governing the processes. “Contributions to traditional […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 15, 2013 – A new report showed Florida had significantly fewer drug-related deaths in 2012 than in 2011. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi touted the report from Florida Medical Examiners at a press conference on a recent Tuesday. She attributed the drop in drug deaths to law enforcement’s “relentless effort” in cracking down on Florida’s “pill mills” – clinics run by doctors who over-prescribe narcotic painkillers. “The state’s public safety efforts are working,” said Tampa pill mill attorney Robert Joyce. “Pill mills have been drastically reduced, arrests are down, and now, it is clear […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) November 15, 2013 – A racial discrimination lawsuit was recently filed against Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois. “This is a unique case, in that one employee complained of racial discrimination, being on the receiving end of racial slurs, and then was joined by a co-worker who witnessed the numerous incidences of racism in the workplace,” explained 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. “The second worker joined the suit and backed up […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 15, 2013 – The open enrollment period for Medicare has begun, when beneficiaries can sign up for private health plans. However, this should not be confused with the new health insurance exchanges that also began operations recently. John D. Hale, a prominent Dallas elder law attorney, explains the difference. “During the open enrollment period, which runs from October 15 to December 7, Medicare beneficiaries may sign up for Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans,” said Hale. “The health insurance exchanges, by contrast, are for people who do not have health […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 14 , 2013 – Street justice rarely has a good ending. This case is no exception. “In this reported case, two people chased a 17-year-old boy, whom they mistook for a burglar, down an alley in Palm Beach. The young man was allegedly threatened with a metal baseball bat, nearly run over with a vehicle, and was told his wallet and keys would be confiscated,” explained Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. As things turned out, the 17-year-old was innocent, but the two chasing and threatening him did not know that at the […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) November 14, 2013 – New York State has more than 4 million people who are providing unpaid care for a loved one who is elderly, frail or ill. If those individuals were being paid for their time, elder care advocates say, their combined salaries would amount to more than $32 billion. Most of those caregivers do not have their own support system, leaving countless people exhausted and stressed, while struggling to maintain a level of care for someone who depends on them. When it comes to supporting caregivers, according to a recent report by […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 14, 2013 – The DREAM Act says one thing. The young man nearly deported once and forced to leave later, because of application backlogs, despairs for the future of other Dreamers. “Many Floridians have heard about Juan Gomez, an undocumented immigrant and a Miami high school teen who had just graduated from high school in 2007. Immigration officials came knocking on his door and were set to deport him and his whole family back to Colombia. His classmates pulled out all the stops with social media to keep him in Miami. It worked. He […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 13, 2013 – The November issue of Bigger Law Firm offers expert advice to attorneys seeking to streamline their presence online. This month’s release addresses the best ways to rethink your website content, to unite your business listings and contact information, and to choose the software and products that will make your day the simplest it can be. Search algorithms are changing; Google wants authors to write in order to help humans, not to impress search engines. In November’s feature, “Saying More With Less,” Kristen Friend encourages readers to rethink their approach to website […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 13, 2013 – November 23, 2013 is National Adoption Day in the United States, and President Obama recently proclaimed November 2013 to be National Adoption Month. This year marks the 13th annual National Adoption Day, which is celebrated the Saturday before each Thanksgiving. The event is intended to raise awareness of the approximately 400,000 American children currently in foster care. According to the National Adoption Day Coalition, some 4,500 adoptions were finalized during the event in 2012, a figure they hope to match this year. “National Adoption Day is a terrific cause,” said Zephyrhills […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) November 13, 2013 – The plaintiff in this medical negligence case attended a local medical clinic to have a lump on his neck removed. He ended up with a severed spinal accessory nerve that weakened his left shoulder and arm. “A 29-year-old man went to a local medical clinic to see about a lump on the side of his neck. The doctor advised him that it was a cyst or boil and that a boil could be drained and a cyst removed in the doctor’s office. The plaintiff had the cyst removed in-house at the […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 13, 2013 – California recently passed a new bill intended to protect financially abused seniors. The bill, AB 381, was drafted to protect elders who had their finances manipulated by someone who had power of attorney over their estate. The bill allows the elders some financial recovery in the form of reimbursement of attorney’s fees and costs. The bill was signed into law earlier this year. “Michigan elders sometimes need protection from the people they most trusted, people who had access to their estate and general assets,” says Michigan elder law attorney Christopher […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) November 13, 2013 – One expects good care in nursing homes. The reality is often far different. “In this reported case of nursing home abuse, one of the caretakers told the police she gave all of her charges excellent care. The evidence said otherwise,” said Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury attorney. When police with a search warrant raided the basement of an unlicensed nursing home in Marietta, Georgia they found plywood planking used for walls, sheets as ceilings, insects, rotting food, no bathing area and one toilet for six people. What law enforcement found […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 12, 2013 – Traumatic brain injury is silent, like whiplash, and hard to diagnose. “Many of the veterans returning from overseas come home with traumatic brain injury (TBI). You can’t see it, and many times, it remains undiagnosed, until later, or not at all. Troops are exposed on a daily basis to multiple concussive shock waves from improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Many armed forces personnel are only a few hundred yards from these explosions,” said Deborah Barron, a Sacramento brain injury lawyer of the Barron Law Office. Kill zones in war theatres around the […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 12, 2013 – During the last dozen years in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Army and Marine Corps have been studying the most common type of injury experienced by service members — musculoskeletal injuries. Stress and strain from carrying a heavy pack, dismounting with that gear and combat wounds have all caused chronic pain issues. The Army has been treating chronic pain in soldiers for a number of years, and is now on the hunt to treat chronic pain with fewer painkillers as part of a comprehensive pain management system. “Chronic pain is an ongoing […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 12, 2013 – Taking your eyes off the road to text can lead to a deadly crash. That is a no brainer. When cellphone or smartphone users take their eyes off the road to text, they are driving blind for at least 4.6 seconds or longer. While it may not sound like a long time, it is enough to have the car drift off in a different direction and wind up in an accident. Whether the texter lives or dies depends on how fast the vehicles involved in the wreck were travelling. Texting while […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 8, 2013 – New rules of the road recently went into effect in Texas. The changes are likely to result in more lawsuits. The changes, which went into effect September 1, 2013, are designed to make Texas roadways safer. “Examples of the new road rules include one law that mandates drivers change lanes to allow more room for construction workers and one that hikes fines for illegally passing a school bus while kids are disembarking,” outlined Brooks Schuelke, an Austin injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. Overall, the changes are minor, but their […]


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