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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 23, 2012 – At least he was honest. A Texas man texted his friend and told him he needed to stop right before he drove into a ravine, suffering severe head trauma that included a broken neck and other fractures. Fortunately, he survived, and he has since started an organization to help educate the public on the dangers of driving while texting. “There are so many auto accidents resulting in serious injuries and deaths even without texting,” said Waxahachie personal injury attorney John D. Hale. “Texting while driving exponentially increases the chances of an […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 23, 2012 – The hot debate over immigration reform never quits. It is one of the few issues that has significantly polarized the country. “It’s one thing to debate an issue into the ground but quite another to finally get off principles and do something,” said Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff. “The great immigration reform debate has resulted in no compromise and no clear solution.” The longer politicians willfully ignore immigration reform, the more harm will come to the agricultural industry. This is not a […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 23, 2012 – Fortunately, the increase in traffic deaths in Palm and Broward counties is small, but it is not exactly clear what is causing them. The focus seems to be on distracted driving. One might have assumed immediately it was driving under the influence, but distracted driving can cause drivers to have the same or similar handicaps, such as delayed reactions and inattentiveness. In Florida, there are no laws against distracted driving, though there are in other states. Someone could be driving in Florida, not intoxicated, but texting, and still be within the […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2012 – Ann Schneider, the Illinois Transportation Secretary, has launched a new safety campaign intended to reduce highway deaths throughout the state. The program will display several important safety messages on digital message boards on state roadways and has launched an Internet and social media campaign. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), there have been 561 roadway fatalities so far this year, an increase from 510 during the same time period last year. “It is tremendously important for both the government and private individuals to do everything possible to reduce traffic […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2012 – Case of surgery gone wrong results in medical malpractice suit. “I’ve seen a lot of strange cases in my medical malpractice career,” said Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer with Mellino Robenalt LLC, in Ohio. “However, this one is so fraught with errors, delays and red tape, it beats all the rest. A desperately ill man waiting for a kidney transplant has gone through hell and back, lived through the death of his sister and had his hopes crushed more than once while waiting for the call that will save […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2012 – Some Florida activists say that the state’s alimony laws, which provide for permanent alimony in some cases, are “antiquated” and should be eliminated. Others have criticized this position, saying that ending permanent alimony would only protect “wealthy men who cheat on their wives.” However, there is a middle ground. “The fact is that Florida’s alimony laws did need to be changed, and the state legislature accomplished this with the help of Florida family law attorneys,” said O. Reginald Osenton, a Brandon divorce lawyer. “Alimony reform in the state of Florida is […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2012 – Mobile technology is now available to help veterans assess their post traumatic stress disorder symptoms. “The military has designed a new mobile application, specifically for veterans diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),” said James Fausone, veteran’s disability lawyer with Legal Help for Veterans. “The application is available on Android and Apple devices. However, it is only recommended for use when a veteran is receiving professional prolonged exposure therapy.” Since the app, called the PE Coach, was introduced, it has been downloaded more than 2,000 times. Another application, the PTSD Coach, […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2012 – In this case, the father appealed an order ending his parental rights. “This is an interesting case,” remarked Bill Thode, a Denver child custody lawyer. “In re the Petition of C.L.S., and Lutheran Family Services of Colorado, Inc., Petitioner-Appellee, In the Interest of E.N.S., a Child, and Concerning J.O., Respondent-Appellant, and N.M. and J.M., Intervenors-Appellees, 252 P.3d 556 (2011) deals with a biological father appealing an order that ended his parental rights. His rights were severed under section 19-5-103.5, C.R.S.2010, which allows a parent who willingly relinquishes their rights to a […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2012 – Not every accident is what it appears to be. Big rigs are notorious for causing fatal accidents, but in some respects, that is automatically assuming a trucker is always at fault in any accident. That is not always the case, and it certainly was not in this collision. “This particular accident happened in the early morning hours, on Texas 36,” said Bobby Lee, an Austin personal injury attorney of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. “On one side of the highway was an Exxon Mobile tanker. On the other side […]


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Fort Mill, SC (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2012 – The South and North Carolina personal injury and criminal defense firm Reeves, Aiken & Hightower LLP employed three law student interns over the 2012 summer. Divided between the firm’s offices, the three are: Jamie White, Emory Law rising third year, in the Fort Mill office; Brice Peper, Charleston Law rising third year, in the new Charleston office; and Jessica, Charlotte Law rising second year, in the Charlotte office. Fort Mill intern White received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, and, immediately after graduation, began his law school career at Emory. […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2012 – The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the U.S. District Court’s confirmation of an arbitration award in favor of Houston-based construction lawyers Andrews Myers’ client, Petrofac, Incorporated in its construction claims case against DynMcDermott Petroleum Operations Company (DM). The district court previously confirmed a 2010 American Arbitration Association (AAA) panel’s award to Petrofac of nearly $7 million in damages and attorneys’ fees arising from its EPC contract for the design and construction of a transportable degasification plant to remove accumulated gas from crude oil stored at two Strategic Petroleum Reserves sites. […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2012 – Beneficiaries of the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program will see a reduction in their benefit checks by an estimated 21 percent within the next four years. According to The 2012 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Federal Disability Insurance Trust Funds, burgeoning disability claims are slated to exhaust the fund by 2016. “Though some SSDI costs will be covered by money previously earmarked for other benefits, SSDI recipients are being advised that they will most likely be facing across-the-board benefit reductions,” […]


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Nashua, NH (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2012 – Accutane to treat acne is not worth the devastating side effects. “It is no secret that Accutane has serious side effects, side effects both doctors and the drug makers are aware of. Nonetheless, it continues to be prescribed,” said Charlie Donahue, a Manchester medical malpractice lawyer with offices in Keene, New Hampshire. “This drug is the basis of thousands of lawsuits across the country, with one plaintiff recently receiving $25 million for his inflammatory bowel disease.” Inflammatory bowel disease is one of the most severe side effects of taking Accutane, but […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2012 – The drug manufacturer Bayer has paid millions of dollars to settle lawsuits involving pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The lawsuits were filed by women who used the company’s Yaz or Yasmin birth control pills and subsequently developed blood clots. “Pulmonary embolism and DVT are very serious conditions,” said Greg Grambor, a DVT expert and owner of Vascular PRN, a distributor of treatment devices. “While the causes vary, the best method of prevention is compression therapy, which can be accomplished with a variety of venous compression devices, designed for maximum […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 17, 2012 – Lawyers who want to harness the power of the mobile web to grow their practices need to pick up the latest issue of Bigger Law Firm, a magazine for attorneys. The August magazine addresses a growing trend where people are using mobile devices to access the web, even when they are in close proximity to their laptop or desktop. The article outlines easy ways for law firms to ensure their mobile website provides a great experience for all users. “Attorneys do not want to miss out on a growing segment of […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 17, 2012 – Employers need to set clear expectations for employees in order to avoid ADA lawsuits. “While there are many reasons to file a lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), those reasons must be valid when tested by the courts,” according to Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P.C.. “If they are not, the plaintiff may lose his or her case, which is what happened in Samper v. Providence St. Vincent Med. Ctr., 9th Cir., 4/11/12.” In Samper, the plaintiff neonatal intensive care […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 17, 2012 – Truth really is stranger than fiction. This case involved a fake $100 bill. “You hear about a lot of strange things in this line of work,” said Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation in Michigan. “This one made me do a complete double take. One man was killed and another injured after arguing about fake money.” It happened in Texas and involved a semi and a van. A 60-year-old man tried to run away from a police officer who wanted to question him about allegedly giving someone a counterfeit $100 bill. […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 17, 2012 – The vast majority of immigrants come to the U.S. because of family or work. However, there are other reasons for immigration. “In most cases, immigrants come to the U.S. because they have family here, they are attempting to get work, or they have a job to go to. However, there are other categories they may use to apply for a special visa: special considerations or humanitarian reasons,” explained Annie Banerjee, a Houston immigration lawyer. To be able to use the refugee status, immigrants must have a reasonable fear of being persecuted […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 16, 2012 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Union Pacific on behalf of a Chicago-area couple who were killed when a train derailed on July 4, causing a bridge to collapse. The family of Burton and Zorine Lindner allege that the company failed to properly inspect and maintain the tracks. Union Pacific suggested that the derailment was caused by heat that created kinks in the rails. However, another derailment took place at the same location in 2009. “This tragic incident caused two people to lose their lives. The law affords their […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) August 16, 2012 – Bankruptcy lawyers are often asked if active duty military may file for bankruptcy. The answer is yes. There are a lot of people who believe that active duty military personnel are not allowed to file for bankruptcy. While military personnel are held to a higher standard of conduct than regular citizens, they do not have to give up the right to declare bankruptcy indicated Kevin Ahrenholz, an Iowa bankruptcy lawyer. Even dedicated military personnel may run out of money before they have come to the end of the month, and […]


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