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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 18, 2013 – In spite of incoming troops and vocal criticism, VA benefits backlog only continues to grow. Military veterans are waiting an average of nine months after returning home for the Department of Veterans Affairs to process their disability claims. Congress recently criticized the VA and the Department of Defense for failing to merge troop records into one streamlined electronic system which would help to shorten the backlog. “It seems impossible to have such a level of bureaucracy that vets are not getting the benefits to which they are entitled for such a […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 18, 2013 – The latest issue of Bigger Law Firm, a magazine for attorneys, examines Google Plus’ role in marketing, the latest responsive web design, how to use the iPad use in the courtroom, the cloud-based software fermata, and more. This month’s feature, “Revisiting Google+,” takes an in-depth look at Google Plus Search Plus Your World, the innovative intersection of Google’s search engine with its social media platform, and whether the hybridization has been a success. Barbara Atkinson looks at how this new way of integrating social media has changed the marketing landscape for […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 17, 2013 – Sex crimes are a whole different ball of wax, and extremely serious crimes. “If someone is charged with a sex crime and the charges involve a child, this is a very serious matter and you will need an experienced Lakeland criminal defense attorney at your side. The bad news begins with word of such a charge reaching others, including family, friends and co-workers. The instant reaction is bone deep rage and revulsion, despite the fact that the individual charged may be completely innocent. People forget that first and foremost, someone charged […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 17, 2013 – The FDA plans to ease the rules governing approval of new Alzheimer’s treatments. Under the proposal, drug companies would no longer be required to demonstrate in clinical trials that their products improved a patient’s life. Instead, approval could be granted based on test subjects in the early stages of Alzheimer’s showing small improvements in reasoning and memory in controlled tests. The proposed change addresses a problem inherent in the agency’s existing policy. Medications are most likely to be useful to Alzheimer’s patients in the earliest stages of the disease. But […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 16, 2013 – Estate planning is not a one-time project; it is an ongoing process. For estate planning to be successful, assets and other forms of ownership should be revisited at regular intervals. During career planning, after the birth of children, while setting up college funds, when contemplating future retirement, after acquiring items with titles, prior to marriage or after divorce, and to secure future needs in case of disability or incapacitation – estate planning should be part of every one of these milestones. “When considering what a client might want to address […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) April 16, 2013 – As bad as this story is, there are worse. That is a frightening thing for nursing home residents. “Since I handle nursing home abuse cases, I keep an eye of the latest developments in the law,” said Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas.. “This case was revolting, but as bad as it is, there are worse cases out there. If this doesn’t shock you, it should, because in the future, it could be us in a nursing home.” Even though […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 16, 2013 – Some retirees with government pensions will get less social security than they may expect. About one million Americans are affected by the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), which affects government workers on the local, state or federal level who were hired prior to 1984 and are eligible for a government pension. “Retirees who are affected by the Windfall Elimination Provision need to be aware of what their Social Security benefits will be so that they can plan properly for their retirement,” said John Hale, a Dallas elder law attorney and estate planning […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) April 15, 2013 – One in fifteen medical mistakes leads to the death of a patient. “If doctors had a good grasp on the ability to report, measure and understand their errors and how they affect the bigger picture, it may reduce the number of medical mistakes in the nation’s hospitals. Or it may not, as doctors are human and humans are not always comfortable with admitting their mistakes, even if it means obfuscation to retain their reputation,” suggested Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. The events in question are not referred to as […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 15, 2013 – Drinking and driving is never a good idea. Driving with a small child in the car can be fatal. “You’d think that with all the drunk driving education around today that people would not drink and drive, and would certainly not, if they chose to ignore the warnings, drive while inebriated with a small child in the vehicle. The 33-year-old father in this case not only chose to drive while three sheets to the wind, but had two passengers in his vehicle as well. One was a 22-year-old woman and the […]


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The Arbitration Boutique Trend and What It Means for Your Business Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 15, 2013 – The recent coverage of the acrimonious lawsuit over law firm DLA Piper’s billing practices has, once again, resurrected longstanding complaints about the high hourly billable rates charged by large international law firms. What may be lost in the controversy is the impact that these high billable rates have on the clients – businesses that rely on sophisticated law firms to handle their transactions and disputes. What is not reported is that increasingly, many companies are effectively priced out of […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 12, 2013 – The collapse of stage equipment at a music festival hospitalized three workers recently. In Miami, workers preparing for the Ultra Music Festival sustained life-threatening injuries when a lighting rig collapsed as they hoisted it up. Two workers were trapped underneath the equipment for several minutes, and another was injured as it came down. Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce commented, “These stage hand jobs are a type of construction, an industry with a very high rate of on-the-job injuries. Maintaining safety during construction is an endless challenge for workers and employers.” […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 12, 2013 – Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., a founding partner of Littman Krooks LLP, will be a featured guest on “Today’s Verdict” on BronxNet. BronxNet is a not-for-profit cable television station for residents of the Bronx. Mr. Krooks will discuss how to protect the rights of a child with autism on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM. He will review the resources and support services that a child with autism in New York State is entitled to receive. Mr. Krooks will also talk about the importance of planning for the future of […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 12, 2013 – No one in their right mind would ever seriously think 95,000 miles of shoreline could ever be secure. “Try imagining a secure border that runs 95,000 miles from one side of the country to another. It just cannot be done, which means even the short segments that are up and being patrolled are a joke. For years now Americans have been talking about securing the borders, but no one seems to grasp the reality of not being ‘able’ to achieve that,” suggested Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 12, 2013 – Unemployment for post-9/11 veterans continues to be at high levels. The recent numbers confirm what many military unemployment specialists have suspected: unemployment rates for younger vets continues to outpace the numbers for unemployed civilians. Almost one in 10 returned members from Iraq and Afghanistan is unemployed. The latest numbers by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that young male vets are unemployed at 9 percent, up from 7.6 percent in February of 2012. Young female vets who reported an unemployment rate of 7.4 percent last year now face unemployment at […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 12, 2013 – Recalls of consumer products increased in the fourth quarter of 2012. Recalls of children’s and infant products and general consumer products reached a one-and-a-half-year high in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). “The increase in recalls likely reflects increased vigilance on the part of the CPSC,” said John Hale, a Waxahachie personal injury lawyer involved in defective products litigation. “It is much better for problems to be identified before a defective product causes serious injury or even death. Unfortunately, it sometimes […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 11, 2013 – This case was deadly. The family that lost their son, as a result of a texting driver, fought for legislation to stop the behavior. “This was one of those cases that was depressing and exhilarating at the same time,” commented Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. “The victim, a young man in the wrong place at the wrong time, ended up dead by the side of the road after another driver ran into him as he was trying to move his disabled car […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 11, 2013 – Michigan state legislators are working on the 2014 budget for the state. There is increased pressure from elder care advocates for legislators to include Medicaid expansion funds in the budget, as outlined by Gov. Rick Snyder in his proposal. “The expansion of Medicaid would allow for health coverage to increase, covering roughly 75,000 seniors in Michigan,” stated Michigan elder law attorney Christopher Berry. “While there seems to be more to examine about cost to taxpayers and the ensuring burden, all of our state’s seniors need the security and safety of […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2013 – A California utility is nearly finished with a government-mandated inspection of its pipelines. The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) recently issued a statement saying it is on schedule to finish inspection and pressure testing in its gas pipelines by the end of April, 2013. The safety review was part of a package of recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) following a fatal 2010 explosion near San Francisco. Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz commented, “It is good to see PG&E making progress in its safety review and […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2013 – Federal immigration authorities have released a number of detainees around the country to save money. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) field offices have reportedly been told to examine the number of detained immigrants under their care to ensure that the jail population does not exceed the budgetary limits. A spokesperson for ICE has reported that a number of immigrants previously detained were released and are now under a more “cost effective” form of supervision as part of a budget-cutting measure. The spokesperson declined to say how many people were included […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2013 – Employees with a hair trigger temper and combative demeanor may find themselves unemployed. “Most employers have had experience with an employee who is difficult to work with, in the sense they are overly sensitive and seem to take offense at and with everything. There are even those who cannot take any kind of constructive criticism. The reaction(s) of individuals such as that, may result in discipline and/or being let go,” outlined Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm […]


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