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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2013 – Many of the clients of Begley Law Group who receive personal injury settlements are receiving SSI and Medicaid. There are limitations on those funds. SSI is an income stream that pays an individual monies intended to be used for food and shelter. For 2013, the maximum federal benefit rate is $710. In New Jersey, there is a state supplement of $31.25. In Pennsylvania, the supplement is $27.40. Medicaid pays for medical and pharmaceutical services for Medicaid recipients. It covers services that private insurance will not provide, including and most importantly, home […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2013 – Motorcycle crashes maim and kill people, but they also cost $16 billion a year, plus medical expenses. “It’s well noted that motorcyclists are involved more often in fatal crashes, than passenger vehicles. The fact is, they are up to 30 times more likely to meet their death than occupants in a car, according to the Government Accountability Office,” outlined Stephen Ozcomert, an Atlanta injury lawyer, who practices personal injury, accidents and malpractice law in Georgia. “As an Atlanta injury attorney, I see a fair number of injured bikers and have represented […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2013 – Foreign students come to the U.S. to study STEM, and then must leave to work elsewhere. Now a group of senators is pushing for a fast track system to award green cards to foreign students working on STEM degrees. Business owners are increasingly vocal about their concerns that U.S. immigration laws are creating a national “brain drain,” sending away foreign students who come to the U.S. to study in one of the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math). Many of the students have landed in a U.S. college or university, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 6, 2013 – A lawsuit has been filed over a golf-front housing development. The owner of a housing development overlooking a golf course outside of Austin, Texas filed the lawsuit against the owners of the golf course and a neighboring development. The Golden Bear Reserve is a 21-acre housing development that overlooks the Summit Rock Golf Course in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. Its owner, Reserve at Summit Rock, LP, filed suit against Summit Rock Communities LLC and Horseshoe Bay Resort, the owner of the golf course and the neighboring Summit Rock community. The lawsuit alleges […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 6 , 2013 – Underage drinking and driving is popular, but comes with significant consequences. The victim in this case was severely injured in a rollover accident. “It’s stunning the number of people who choose to get into a car when the driver is obviously drunk. More often than not, it is the social pressure of shunning a ride from a so called ‘friend’ that makes the person hop in. This is one of the worst decisions someone could possibly make,” added Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 6, 2013 – Social Security checks will soon be phased out in favor of direct deposits. Beginning on March 1, nearly all Social Security checks will no longer be sent by mail. The change, a cost-cutting measure by the Treasury Department, has irked some, but may benefit others. Zephyrhills Social Security lawyer Robert Alston commented, “Some 5 million Americans still receive their Social Security benefits by mail. For many of them, this is not a welcome change.” The two options that will continue to be available for receiving benefits are direct deposit into a […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) March 5, 2013 – Beneficiary forms can derail your carefully-laid estate plans. On a wide variety of investment vehicles, people have the option of directly naming beneficiaries for those assets. The advantage is that when the owner dies, the assets go directly to the beneficiaries, bypassing probate, which can be time-consuming and expensive. The disadvantage is that designating a beneficiary overrides your will. Elder law attorney Andrew Hook commented, “Naming beneficiaries for your investments certainly has a place in estate planning. But it is important to manage those designations carefully and incorporate them into […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) March 5, 2013 – Hospital medication errors are rarely revealed to patients. Those errors affect more than just patients. “A relatively new study is indicating that patients and their families are rarely, if ever, told about medication errors. Although most of the errors seemingly did not harm anyone, it is an ongoing problem in hospitals and even more mistakes are made in Intensive Care Units. What does this mean for patients who are so ill they can’t monitor their own medications? It means there is a greater likelihood of medical negligence resulting in serious […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 5, 2013 – When sexual harassment cases are settled out of court, the defendant must still pay up. “This case was filed by a group of women who worked at Chicago’s Leona’s Pizzeria. Their complaint to the EEOC, filed in 2008, alleged there was a hostile work environment and sexual harassment. When the EEOC was done investigating, they found reason to believe that there was indeed workplace harassment. They worked with Leona’s to come to a settlement, rather than proceed to court,” said Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) March 4, 2013 – Many medical mistakes are not reported. Medical health professionals fear the repercussions. “If you asked yourself if you made a mistake that harmed someone, and you were a doctor, would you admit to making the mistake? While some may answer yes, there are a good number of other medical professionals out there that would say no; they would rather cover it up and hope for the best. They do not want their reputations torn to shreds in court. This is rather backward thinking, because if they are caught hiding their mistake, […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 4, 2013 – A flatbed truck riding in a parade was hit by a train. Four died and 16 were injured. “This is a difficult case, as there is evidence to suggest that the truck drove onto the tracks after the red flashing warning lights and bells activated. When this lawsuit gets to settlement negotiations or court, there will be a massive amount of evidence, particularly relating to when the truck drove onto the tracks, when the bells and lights activated and whether or not the train could have stopped in time, or if […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) March 1, 2013 – Not being able to pay the mortgage is a stark reality for many Americans these days. There are some tips to deal with this issue. It is not always easy to pay the mortgage when the economy is bad, remarked Iowa bankruptcy lawyer, Kevin Ahrenholz. In fact, more people find themselves defaulting, going under, struggling to hang on and losing, and are right up against the wall with worry. There are some options to consider. One of the first things to do is to talk to the mortgage lender. While […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 1, 2013 – A habitual driver’s license (HTO) suspension may be reversed. Speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer. “If you’re about to have your driver’s license suspended, contact my office right away, before you attend traffic court. There are ways to avoid losing your license for five years and I can help you with that process. Or, if you are under a Florida HTO suspension, I can tell you if you qualify to get your full license back or assist you in getting a hardship driver’s license,” outlined Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal […]


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Charleston, W.Va. (Law Firm Newswire) March 1, 2013 – The law firm Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC (Spilman) announced today that member James A. Walls will be speaking on Thursday in Washington, D.C. at the North American Regional Meeting of World Services Group. Walls will be speaking to leaders from the world’s top professional service firms on the topic of “Transforming the North American Natural Gas Market – LNG Exports, Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing and Strategies for Reducing Emissions of Greenhouse Gases – The Need for an Integrated Regional Strategy.” Walls is Spilman’s member in charge of the Morgantown office. […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 28 , 2013 – Someone mysteriously shot a suspected drunken driver to death. Ruled a murder, the police are still investigating the accident. “This is an unusual story,” recounted Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. “It started when a father and his two sons were pushing a disabled pickup truck down a road near their home. It was dark and the roadway was narrow. Suddenly, a drunken driver ran into all three men, killing one son immediately and injuring the father. The second son made it […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 21, 2013 – The Hillsborough County Commission has voted down a proposed domestic partnership registry. By a vote of four to three, the Commission recently rejected a registry for unmarried domestic partners. Commissioners Les Miller and Kevin Beckner voted with Mark Sharpe, who sponsored the measure, to create the registry. Al Higginbotham, Ken Hagan, Victor Crist and Sandy Murman voted against it. Zephyrhills divorce lawyer Marcie Baker commented, “This would have created a simple way for unmarried partners in the county to register for certain basic legal arrangements and protections. It is unfortunate the […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2013 – An Indiana appeals court ruled a man must provide financial support for the children born during his marriage, even though he is not their biological parent. The court upheld an earlier ruling that the two children, born in 2004 and 2006, were children of marriage. In 2010, the husband filed for divorce, acknowledging that both children were born to his then-wife within the span of their nine-year marriage. However, he stated, the children were not his biologically, due to fertility issues the couple experienced, so he claimed he was not responsible […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) February 27, 2013 – Falling asleep at the wheel with six kids in the car is guaranteed to be an accident looking for a place to happen. “This accident never should have happened,” commented Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas personal injury lawyer. “The man had six kids in the car with him, and one of them was an infant. That should mean driving with due care and attention. Such was not the case here.” The 29-year-old man was apparently tasked with driving several […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 27, 2013 – Consumer complaints regarding a popular intrauterine contraceptive device may be growing. Some women who have had the Mirena® intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD) implanted have reported that they later had the device surgically removed due to uterine perforation. The small Mirena IUD, is a t-shaped device which stays in place, releasing minute amounts of hormone to provide contraceptive protection for up to five years, and then it is removed. The insertion and removal must be done by a trained healthcare provider. When it is done properly, the manufacturers state, there is no […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 27, 2013 – Leaving a secure future in place for a special needs child can be a daunting task. One of the hardest things for the parents of a special needs child to face, experts say, is the thought that they will someday not be able to care for that child. For many parents, having a simple will which leaves assets to surviving children is enough. But, when a parent has a special needs child, a straightforward will simply isn’t enough. A minor child or adult child with special needs who requires outside […]


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