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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 4, 2016 – Texting while driving is known to cause car accidents, and it is illegal in Florida. However, it is not a primary offense, which means that a police officer must observe drivers breaking some other law, such as speeding or not wearing a seatbelt, in order to pull them over and ticket them for texting while driving. Some state legislators say it is time for that to change. Three state senators have sponsored three separate bills to strengthen distracted driving laws in Florida. “It is horrible to realize that so many people […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 2, 2016 – Several cases of Social Security disability fraud have been reported in Florida in December and January. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, four Miami-Dade residents were charged with Social Security, immigration and health care fraud on January 8. The scheme involved submitting false statements to the Social Security Administration (SSA). Psychiatrist Fernando Mendez Villamil and three other defendants offered to help applicants file claims for Social Security disability benefits in exchange for money. Villamil allegedly provided them with fraudulent diagnoses of mental conditions. “The Social […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 21, 2016 – Young drivers and senior drivers are the age groups that are involved in the most car accidents, in Florida and throughout the United States, according to national statistics. Drivers age 16 to 29 have the highest rate of car accidents per miles driven. This may be unsurprising, as young drivers are inexperienced and may be more reckless. However, fatal crash rates also increase significantly for drivers age 70 to 74 and hit a peak for drivers 85 and older. That crash rate is of particular concern because the number of senior […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 18, 2016 – The approval rate for disability claims arising from Camp Lejeune-related illnesses has fallen by two-thirds since the Department of Veterans Affairs introduced a third-party process to review veterans’ medical files. Veterans advocacy groups have filed a Freedom of Information request for details about the identities and qualifications of the experts in the VA program. “Veterans could benefit from greater transparency on the VA’s part. The agency should make public basic information about its personnel and the process they use to evaluate claims,” said David Magann, a Florida-based veterans attorney. Almost a million […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 29, 2015 – President Barack Obama on Nov. 2 signed into law a two-year budget agreement that includes significant fixes to the financially troubled Social Security Disability Insurance Program (SSDI). According to government officials, the SSDI program will receive the necessary funding to allow it to offer full benefits for the next three years at least. More funds will be shifted from the Social Security retirement program into disability by adjusting the way payroll tax revenues are distributed. Acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn Colvin said without the proposed relocation, the program would only be […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 15, 2015 – Florida has a high rate of car accidents, and a new report indicates that two of the 10 deadliest interstate highways in the U.S. are located in the Sunshine State. The report, published by Vox, used information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to determine the stretches of highway that have the highest rate of deadly accidents. The report found that two Florida highways, Interstate 295 in Jacksonville and Interstate 4 stretching from Tampa to Daytona Beach, were among the deadliest in the country. “Unfortunately, our state sees more […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 10, 2015 – A recent government report says Florida lags behind all other states in disbursing federal funds to families affected by the housing market crash. The Hardest Hit Fund, part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, was created by the federal government in 2010. It is aimed at mitigating the effects of the steep drop in the housing market, the ensuing financial crisis and high unemployment. O. Reginald Osenton, a bankruptcy attorney in Brandon, said that he is not surprised at the report. “I know first hand that Florida families are […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2015 – A Florida man pleaded guilty to federal drug charges for helping to operate pill mills. Gerald Wiseberg of Boca Raton, Florida, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute drugs including oxycodone. The plea agreement stated that Wiseberg owned and operated Total Care Medical Center, a pain management clinic in Deerfield Beach, Florida, in 2010 and 2011. Wiseberg was not a medical doctor, but he established the clinic’s operating procedures, according to the plea agreement. Wiseberg later opened another pain management clinic in Maryland. “When unscrupulous doctors and other wrongdoers take advantage of […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) November 19, 2015 – A prominent Chicago personal injury law firm has announced the winner of a scholarship for accident survivors who are entering or enrolled in law school or college. Michelle Eikill of Jacksonville, Florida is the winner of the Briskman Briskman & Greenberg Accident Survivor Scholarship. “We established this scholarship to help people like Michelle,” said Paul Greenberg, an attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. The University of North Florida student wrote an essay describing her struggle to persevere after a life-changing car accident. In January, Eikill was driving home from work when […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 9, 2015 – Parents of teenagers may worry more about alcohol, drugs or bullying, but the greatest threat to the safety of teens is the automobile. According to government statistics, 71 Florida teenagers were killed in car accidents last year. The National Safety Council said that the first year of driving and first thousand miles driven are the deadliest time in the life of a teenager. “Teenage drivers are inexperienced and may not have a proper understanding of the dangers they face when they are behind the wheel,” said Jason Chalik, a Florida car […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 5, 2015 – A new report shows that although the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has improved its processing of veterans’ benefits claims overall, the office that processes disability cases for Florida has failed to handle claims properly. The VA regional office in St. Petersburg, Florida, is either overpaying or shortchanging the state’s veterans in some cases. The St. Petersburg office processes disability claims for all of Florida. The report was part of the inspector general’s ongoing review of regional offices throughout the United States. “In recent years, the VA has been experiencing high […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 2, 2015 – The Sunshine State ranks among the most hazardous states in the country for car accidents, as well as boat, bicycle and pedestrian accidents. “Unfortunately, our state has a high rate of accidents leading to serious injury or even death,” said Jason Chalik, a car accident attorney with Chalik Law Offices. “When those injuries are the result of another’s negligence, the injured party has the right to seek compensation.” According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in 2013 there were 2,407 deaths in Florida from 2,228 fatal crashes. That is […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 28, 2015 – Those who repeatedly file bankruptcy in an effort to stop foreclosure on their homes may find their tactics thwarted in Tampa, Florida. Tampa area bankruptcy judges found that some people were taking advantage of a taxed and overloaded bankruptcy system by filing bankruptcy again and again, each time bringing a stop to foreclosure proceedings. A procedure was put in place by which a judge can order anyone filing a third time to show cause why they should be allowed to proceed. O. Reginald Osenton said that while he supports efforts to […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 26, 2015 – Entrapment is an affirmative criminal defense utilized in a situation where law enforcement induced someone to commit a crime that he or she would not have otherwise committed. An affirmative defense means the defendant must prove entrapment. When entrapment is used as a defense in a criminal case, it assumes that an ordinary citizen would have resisted the temptation to commit a specific crime but for having been provided with some incentive by police. In a number of U.S. jurisdictions, entrapment may be used as a defense against criminal liability. The […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 19, 2015 – A crime may be committed in self-defense. But what is the definition of self-defense? The right of self-defense is the right of an individual to use reasonable physical force in order to defend their own life or the lives of others. In certain situations, this includes the use of deadly force. When someone uses the defense of self-defense in court, it is often used for serious crimes when the person has inflicted harm upon another (assault and battery, homicide), but their actions were justified due to the need to protect themselves […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 29, 2015 – Recipients of Social Security disability could experience an automatic 19 percent cut in benefits as the disability trust fund is projected to run out of money by the end of next year. Eleven million Americans rely on disability benefits from Social Security, which turned 80 on Aug. 14. Disabled workers and their families receive an average monthly payment of $1,019, which adds up to $12,228 a year. A 19 percent cut would decrease average annual benefits to under $10,000. “A cut to benefits would be detrimental to the millions of disabled […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 25, 2015 – Hit and run car accidents in Florida have been increasing over the past two years, according to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). FHP reported that there were 80,000 hit and run crashes in Florida in 2014, an increase of 7 percent from 2013, which also saw an increase from 2012. Hit and run crashes involving fatalities jumped 23 percent from 2013 to 2014. Almost half of 2014’s hit and run fatalities were pedestrians, an increase of 17 percent from 2013. Overall, a quarter of all accidents are hit and run crashes. […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 21, 2015 – Texting while driving is deadly. That is the message Florida law enforcement officials and other experts are trying to send. According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving was the cause of 18 percent of all crashes nationwide in 2012, causing 3,328 deaths and 421,000 injuries. Texting while driving is one of the worst types of distractions, creating a crash risk 23 times greater than normal. “Distracted driving kills,” said Jason Chalik, a prominent Florida car accident attorney with the Law Offices of Chalik & […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 15, 2015 – Can sexually dangerous inmates be held past their release date? Yes, they may be held indefinitely despite the end of a completed prison sentence. The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, passed by President Bush in 2006, gave the government authority to hold sexually dangerous federal prisoners for an indefinite period of time. In United States v. Graydon Earl Comstock (https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/pdf/08-1224P.ZO), Comstock examined whether or not the federal government had the power to hold inmates indefinitely or if it had gone beyond the powers granted by the Constitution. The U.S. […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 3, 2015 – In a blow to struggling homeowners, the U.S. Supreme Court prohibited the voiding of underwater second mortgages in Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Previously, homeowners filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy in some states could seek to “strip off” second liens from their homes in cases where a drop in the house’s value had resulted in the second lien having no claim on equity. In Bank of America v. Caulkett, however, the Justices ruled unanimously that Supreme Court precedent required them to bring an end to the practice. Bankruptcy attorney O. Reginald Osenton said the […]


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