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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 24, 2014 – A new study has found that the blood thinner Pradaxa carries a significantly higher risk of major internal bleeding than warfarin, a traditional medication that has been used for decades to help prevent blood clots. According to reports in HealthDay News and Harvard Health, this is major news because until now, doctors prescribing Pradaxa have been told that it offers a lower internal bleeding risk than warfarin. Many doctors and patients are alarmed, as new data show that the risks are much higher than were claimed when the drug was initially […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 14, 2014 – Recently, U.S. courts have issued a series of decisions regarding venues in several of the ongoing lawsuits addressing birth defects caused by Paxil, an antidepressant drug made by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). GSK recently lost its bid to have a group of cases heard in federal court rather than in Pennsylvania state court. In a different lawsuit, GSK won its appeal to have a case heard in Ohio rather than in Pennsylvania. In that case, the plaintiff’s attorneys now claim that GSK will unfairly benefit, as ex-employees of GSK will be less likely […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 31, 2013 – It is important to recognize warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. According to elder law attorney John Hale of The Hale Law Firm, learning about the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s may help a loved one receive a proper diagnosis that can assist in planning for their care. “If you observe signs of Alzheimer’s in an older loved one, it is important to reach out to your doctor so that the proper care can be administered,” said Hale. Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common types of dementia, or cognitive deficits. […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 25, 2013 – Quality of care is important in a skilled nursing facility. When evaluating the care your loved one receives in a nursing home, it is important to focus on the most significant issues rather than the little things, said a prominent elder law attorney. “When an elderly parent or other family member is a resident at a skilled nursing facility, of course you want to make sure that they are receiving top quality care,” said John Hale, of The Hale Law Firm. “The issues that matter in that regard are clinical care, […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 4, 2013 – It is important to take stock of the cost of caring for an aging loved one. Caring for an elderly parent sometimes becomes a necessity, but to be able to provide the best care and balance competing responsibilities, one should assess the cost of care. This includes economic cost and potential impact on the caregiver’s own health, according to a prominent elder law attorney. “People are aware of the high cost of care from a home health aide or at a nursing facility, so they often decide to provide care to […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 30, 2013 – Four people were injured on Houston’s most dangerous roadway when a motorcyclist hit several pedestrians near Allen Parkway. The motorcycle rider allegedly lost control of his vehicle, which jumped a curb and landed on the sidewalk, where it struck two pedestrians. Though the accident was not fatal, the rider, his passenger and the two pedestrians who were struck were all injured and brought to an area hospital. The rider and his passenger were later reported to be in stable condition, while the pedestrians were reported to have sustained serious injuries. “Allen […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 23, 2013 – There are many elder care options available for an older parent in declining health. When an elder begins to need additional care, the question of how to provide it can seem overwhelming for the adult children who often take on the responsibility. While there are several options for elder care, there is no one simple answer, according to Waxahachie elder law attorney John Hale. “The choice you make for elder care depends on individual circumstances,” said Hale. “Some factors you will need to consider are whether the home is still safe […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 16, 2013 – Good communication is essential when talking with elderly parents about the need for care. As parents age, they may need additional care, whether it is help with daily tasks at home, a home health aide, or the kind of care provided in an assisted living facility. However, elders can be resistant to talking about the need for care. According to a prominent elder law attorney, good communication is the key to these difficult, but necessary conversations. “Older people may not want to talk about the need for additional care, and their […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 9, 2013 – Homes may need modifications to be made safe for seniors, says a prominent elder law attorney. Many older people prefer “aging in place,” staying in their homes, rather than moving to an assisted living facility. Staying in one’s home is more comfortable for most seniors and makes economic sense as well, since the cost of assisted living facilities is rising. However, there are changes seniors may want to make in order to make their home safer, according to John Hale, an elder law attorney based in the Dallas, Texas area. “Home […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 1, 2013 – According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), at least 40 percent of people who go to the doctor leave the medical office feeling that they have been misdiagnosed. The Institute of Medicine reports that more individuals die in the U.S. each year due to some form of medical malpractice, including a medical misdiagnosis, than the number of people who die annually from accidents on the nation’s highways, or from breast cancer. Medical malpractice is a real health threat, and medical misdiagnoses happen with alarming frequency. “Typically, an individual begins to […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 30, 2013 – An auto accident in Dallas, Texas, on Interstate 35 claimed the lives of two men who were thrown from the vehicle. Both men and a third passenger were wearing seat belts at the time. “While seatbelt use has proven to prevent a significant number of serious injuries and deaths when there is an accident, in this case, the seatbelts may not have adequately restrained the men inside the vehicle,” commented Waxahachie personal injury attorney John Hale. The fatal single-car accident occurred on June 5th on a southbound service road around 6 […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 23, 2013 – Rosy Esparza died at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington when she fell from the Texas Giant roller coaster. The ride was closed pending an investigation into the incident. “Hundreds of amusement park injuries happen every year, from minor injuries, such as bruising or lacerations to fatal falls,” commented Waxahachie personal injury lawyer John Hale. “Most parks have stringent safety precautions in place, but incidents still occur from time to time.” According to witnesses, when Rosy Esparza was seated in the ride next to her son, prior to deployment, she expressed […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 16, 2013 – Federal regulations issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have decreased the maximum average work hours for drivers of large trucks. Large truck or semi-truck drivers can now only work an average of 70 hours per week, reduced from 82 weekly hours. Also new: drivers must take one 30-minute break within the first eight hours of their work shift, and must stick to the current rule of driving no more than 11 hours in one day, and work no more than 14 hours per day. The new rules took […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 9, 2013 – A civil lawsuit was filed by a Texas man claiming that a specialty blanket, the Bair Hugger, for use during surgery, caused a significant infection. Tommy Walton, 70, underwent hip replacement surgery in 2011. During the surgical procedure, a blanket-like device that circulates warm air was placed on Mr. Walton to keep him warm. In a lawsuit filed in Houston earlier this year, Mr. Walton claims the blanket caused his need for 15 more surgeries, including the removal of an artificial hip. He is seeking more than $1 million in damages. […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 1, 2013 – A Texas House Bill was signed this past May which restricts “subrogation,” the substitution of one person or group by another for insurance rights. Texas House Bill 1869, passed unanimously in both the House and Senate, is designed to provide a legal framework which allows the settling of personal injury cases while helping an injured person meet their other expenses and providing certainty to health insurers. The law takes effect in January 2014. Subrogation by an insurance company occurs when the company that collected premiums from an individual is determined to […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 29, 2013 – A Texas resident has filed a lawsuit alleging that Pradaxa, a blood thinner, resulted in severe internal bleeding. The manufacturer of Pradaxa, Boehringer Ingelheim, is facing a number of similar lawsuits alleging that their blood-thinning medication causes internal hemorrhaging and that consumers are not being adequately warned. “Anyone experiencing any issues after taking Pradaxa should immediately speak to their doctor,” warned Waxahachie personal injury lawyer John Hale. The lawsuit was filed this May in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas by a plaintiff who first began taking […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 22, 2013 – Statewide, there were close to 60,000 victims of elder abuse, exploitation or neglect in 2012. There are more than 2.4 million Texans age 65 and older. Investigations found that 40 percent of the individuals abusing, neglecting or financially exploiting the elderly were the victims’ adult children. According to Ross Jackson, the regional director for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Region 7, many of the cases included neglectful self-care, elderly individuals who were locked inside and unable to get out, and bed-ridden elders who were not properly cared […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 15, 2013 – A Harris County father has brought a lawsuit against a wildlife park after his son was injured. The suit filed against Animals of the Earth Inc. alleges that a child was injured during a tram ride in 2012 at the park owned by the defendant company. The petition was filed in Galveston County District Court on June 19 by Arthur Reyna, Sr. and on behalf of Mr. Reyna’s minor child. Mr. Reyna claims that the Bayou Wildlife Park tram operator drove the vehicle negligently when Mr. Reyna and his son were […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 8, 2013 – A number of recent health care reforms are pushing health policy advisors to rethink how to meet the growing need for elder health care professionals. Panelists at a senior health care forum in Manhattan recently expressed concern about the future of elder care in the U.S. The symposium, hosted by Jewish Home Life Care and the Himan Brown Charitable Trust, included the health policy professor at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Dr. John Wallis Rowe, who stated that the number of heath care workers specializing in geriatrics was […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 1, 2013 – More than 10,000 American baby boomers are turning 65 every day. By the year 2030, 1 in 5 people in the U.S. will be 65 or older. The increase in the elderly population in the U.S. means that more people will be caring for seniors in professional settings, such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities. That also means than many adult children must make difficult decisions for their aging parents, or may be pressed into the role of caregiver. “While having to assess and meet the care needs of elderly […]


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