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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 18, 2013 – If an individual is so sick that they cannot perform essential job functions while on leave, their workload must be adjusted. “Pagel v. Tin, No. 11-2318, 7th Cir., 2012 is a case whose ratio decidendi states that an employer cannot punish an employee for poor performance if they are too sick to perform. If that does happen, the employer should then expect an FMLA interference lawsuit,” added Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) February 18, 2013 – New York seniors are getting a prescription price break. According to the AARP, almost 300,000 New York seniors enrolled under the state’s Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program are slated to receive co-payment assistance this year. Co-payment assistance, canceled due to budget constraints, was restored in the state’s budget as of January 1, 2013, though funding past March 31, 2013 has yet to be determined. The AARP New York State Manager of Government Affairs, David McNally, stated that EPIC is one of New York’s most essential programs for seniors, and […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) February 15, 2013 – Cerebral palsy is an extremely serious birth injury. If the cause is medical negligence, someone must be held accountable. “Cerebral palsy is one of the most devastating birth injuries a child may encounter. It affects not only the child’s life, but the whole family. If the palsy was the direct result of medical malpractice, then the doctor or hospital care givers must be held accountable for their actions,” stated Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. Cerebral palsy is the result of abnormal brain development, often as a result of damage […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 15, 2013 – One of the worst auto accidents in Florida history continues to work its way through the courts. Following lengthy mediation sessions in late 2012, it appears that the pain and expense of lawsuits stemming from a devastating series of fatal crashes on Interstate 75 in January of that year will be largely avoided. However, legal action against the state of Florida for its controversial role in the incident seems likely to go forward. “This is a terrible accident – probably one of the worst in state history,” said Tampa personal injury […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) February 15, 2013 – Being a celebrity or a well known person does not automatically protect anyone from going bankrupt. There are any number of celebrities that have gone bankrupt and still rebounded to continue on with their lives. They have even come back to a more financially rewarding life. It can be done. Bankruptcy is not what it used to be in terms of being shameful and tantamount to a confession that someone was lazy or dumb or dishonest. It can happen to literally anyone, including the former Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 14 , 2013 – Driving while impaired recently took the life of a pro-footballer. The dead player was a passenger. “No one is immune from the consequences of drunken driving,” stated Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. “This case is a prime example of what can go wrong at anytime, with anyone, whether they are star athletes or not. The very simple lesson here is do not drink and drive and expect no repercussions.” Texas was in shock when they heard the news that Dallas Cowboys […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 14, 2013 – Single Stop has been providing government and private anti-poverty benefits counseling to clients at or below the poverty level for more than ten years. Single Stop uses a specialized computer system which calculates each client’s program eligibility and indicates the appropriate social service offices for assistance with child care, food pantry access, transportation services and welfare benefits. Now, the people at Single Stop have teamed up with financial support from the Robin Hood Foundation to help military veterans reintegrate after service in a pilot program scheduled to run to the end […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 13, 2013 – Medicare has changed its standards to allow therapeutic services for conditions which previously had to “improve.” The Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN), together with the Center for Medicare Advocacy, has filed a class action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The lawsuit is asking that Medicare’s Improvement Standard measurement for Parkinson’s and other degenerative diseases be removed; Medicare has been accused of denying therapy services to patients when it was determined that their condition had not “improved.” The administration, spurred by the class-action lawsuit, has agreed to alter […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 13, 2013 – strong>There are two methods to deal with work place injury claims in Texas. “Texas has a system of what is referred to as subscribers and non-subscribers – to workers compensation insurance. If the company does have worker’s compensation insurance, a worker needs Form DWC 041. If the company does not have insurance, they are a non-subscriber, and if you are injured, you may file a personal injury lawsuit,” clarified Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. A worker injured on the job site of a company […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 13, 2013 – An elder care study shows a growing demand for elder care services and a growing interest in securing their future care. The study analyzed the elder care market in the U.S., with historical data from 2001, 2006, and 2011, and forecasts for 2016 and 2021. Elder care in a skilled nursing facility made up the largest percentage of elder care service revenue, some 43 percent, in 2011. But elder care advocates predict that community-based and in-home services, such as home health care and assisted living will be the faster growing […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 12, 2013 – President Obama and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pledged in 2010 to work together to end homelessness among veterans within five years. A report released to Congress in December 2012 by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) found that the number of homeless vets has, indeed, dropped since then. According to the report, a 2011 assessment was done by the Department of Housing and Urban Development that found 67,495 veterans were homeless in January 2011 during a one-day count. That number was a 12 percent decrease from the […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 12, 2013 – Hazing deaths are becoming far too frequent for comfort. “You send your son off to university, expecting they will graduate and move forward with their career. You do not expect to them to come home in a coffin; dead as a result of a hazing ritual. That is what happened in this case,” outlined Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. University can be a fun time in any student’s life, but with that fun comes responsibility for the safety of others. In this scenario, a young 19-year-old student, wanting to […]


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Nashua, NH (Law Firm Newswire) February 12, 2013 – Insurance companies need to watch their step if attempting to speak to a plaintiff’s doctor. “This should make logical common sense, but unfortunately, most insurance companies are neither logical or use common sense. Their main reason for existing is to make money. If someone has a personal injury lawsuit about to go to court, the insurance people are out to get the settlement amount diminished or denied, as fast as they can. That means cutting some corners. One insurance company in Florida got their wrists slapped for just that,” explained Charlie […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 11, 2013 – Sandy Hook shook up the whole country. Many political watchers wonder if gun control will delay immigration reform. “In the wake of Sandy Hook, Obama made a pledge to do something about a package of gun control measures, and to do that as soon as soon as possible in the new term. Immigration advocates are wondering if this will divert the politicians from their immigration reform goals,” remarked Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 11, 2013 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the drug manufacturer Bayer. A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. by the husband of a woman who died of a pulmonary thromboembolism after taking a contraceptive manufactured by the company. Donald Swierenga filed the lawsuit, as the executor of Sue Swierenga’s estate in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Illinois, where Judge David Herndon presides over multidistrict litigation (MDL) regarding the contraceptive. “If the facts are as alleged in the complaint, then a wrongful […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 8, 2013 – The latest data from the U.S. government shows that almost 410,000 people were deported during the fiscal year ending September, 2012. That number does not come as a shock to critics; while President Obama has stated that his administration supports a path to citizenship for a large number of undocumented immigrants, a record 1.5 million were deported during his first term in office. More than 50 percent of the people deported during the last fiscal year were convicted of nonviolent crimes, including driving under the influence and minor drug offenses. According […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) February 8, 2013 – Medical bankruptcy plays a large role in many bankruptcies these days. This trend does not show signs of slowing down in the prevailing economy. Medical bankruptcy is more common than one might think explained Kevin Ahrenholz, an Iowa bankruptcy lawyer. In fact, medical bills and serious illnesses were cited as reasons for over half of the bankruptcies filed in America. There are approximately 3 million Americans seeking bankruptcy protection in any given year since the recession hit. In other words, medical bankruptcy may hit about one person every 15 seconds. […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) February 8, 2013 – Racism may be the basis for this whistleblower lawsuit against a judge. “This is going to be a touch and go case,” indicated Tom Robenalt, a Cleveland whistleblower lawyer, ”because it is not as clear cut as some whistleblower lawsuits may be. This one sounds in racism, with other factors added into the mix, and is a prime example of the “he said/she said” doctrine in action. The plaintiff says she was fired after reporting racism. The judge says she was fired for creating a negative work environment. However, it could […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 7, 2013 – Researchers have released their findings after analyzing the brain tissue of deceased former NFL linebacker Junior Seau. The analysis found that Seau had a debilitating brain disease, one which was probably caused by blows to the head he suffered during the twenty years he played football. Neurosurgeons specifically studying the brains of former pro football players who had complained of dementia and depression found that, in many cases, the players had been suffering from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). The findings are just the latest in the ongoing study of concussions and […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) February 7, 2013 – A wrongful death lawsuit does not necessarily need to be filed in the state where a person lives. “Wrongful death lawsuits may be filed within the state where a person lives or in another state. It all depends on where the accident happened, what happened and who was involved. This is one of the more difficult questions for a grieving family to deal with, particularly if the lawsuit needs to be filed in another state,” explained Stephen Ozcomert, an Atlanta injury lawyer, who practices personal injury, accidents and malpractice law in […]


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