» Law Firm Newswire January

St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) January 28, 2016 – The Missouri State Highway Patrol held a press conference on November 24 to address the increased number of traffic crash fatalities in Missouri. They also discussed what motorists can do to enhance their safety on the roads. Nearly 800 people have died on the state’s roadways as of the beginning of December 2015, marking an increase of 80 deaths in comparison to the same period in 2014. The 11-percent rise goes against the overall decline in crash deaths over the past decade. The Missouri State Highway Patrol also reported investigating […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2016 – A proposed Missouri bill could decrease the amount of time a person convicted of a crime would have to wait before their record becomes eligible for expungement. Expungement refers to the process of wiping a criminal conviction from an individual’s record. Missouri Senator Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, made the announcement during a press conference on December 15. The bill has been filed for the 2016 session with an aim to allow people to have certain nonviolent criminal convictions cleared from their records. “Reducing expungement wait times will allow people opportunities for […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2015 – An investigation by the Better Government Association (BGA) found that Illinois public hospitals have paid more than $180 million in the past 10 years for wrongful death claims. “Hospitals should take action to reduce medical mistakes, which all too often have tragic consequences,” said Paul Greenberg, a wrongful death attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg in Chicago. “When a medical professional’s error causes loss of life, a wrongful death lawsuit is an appropriate way for the victim’s family to obtain compensation for their loss.” The BGA study found that the majority […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2015 – Immigration reform is still on every politician’s lips, and it may remain there for many years to come. “Yes, the President took executive action to protect a small segment of illegal immigrants. Yes, those immigrants are poised to take advantage of the action. No, this is not a permanent fix for the immigration system. But it may be a step forward in the right direction, provided everyone can determine, collectively, what the right direction is or needs to be to accomplish reform,” remarked Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2015 – Permanent life insurance policies can be used not just to guarantee income for one’s heirs in the case of untimely death, but to fund retirement. Policyholders can withdraw from the policy’s cash reserve in certain circumstances. “Using life insurance to fund retirement is not for everyone, but it can be a valuable strategy for people who have maxed out other retirement accounts and who can afford a policy,” said Andrew Hook, a Virginia elder law attorney with Hook Law Center, which has offices in Virginia Beach and northern Suffolk. Life […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2015 – The Active Transportation Alliance has released a list of Chicago’s most dangerous intersections for pedestrians. The group said that signage changes, such as pedestrian countdown signals and improved crosswalk markings, would make the intersections safer. “Pedestrians are especially vulnerable to injury in traffic accidents,” said Robert Briskman, a Chicago car accident attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. “When a pedestrian is injured or killed due to a driver’s negligence, a personal injury lawsuit can help the victim or the victim’s family obtain compensation.” According to the Transportation Alliance, the most dangerous […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2015 – Texas counties are not alone in dealing with poor road construction and unsafe conditions. “This Ohio accident could easily have happened outside of Austin or on one of the bypass roads that circle the city,” said Brooks Schuelke, a personal injury attorney with Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. Dangerous intersections can be found in every town, city and metropolis across the nation. Unfortunately, many people find out the hard way that speeding and unsafe road conditions can result in serious and even deadly accidents. A 19-year-old teen was killed in the October […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 20, 2015 – Veterans who need assistance performing activities of daily living (ADLs) may qualify for a Veterans Administration (VA) pension benefit called Aid and Attendance, which can cover the cost of in-home care or residence in a nursing home. Aid and Attendance is available to veterans who served for a minimum of 90 days, at least one of which occurred during wartime. Veterans or surviving spouses may be eligible if they require the aid of another person to perform ADLs such as using the restroom, eating or bathing. Individuals who are blind or […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 15, 2015 – Committing a crime against the justice system is an act involving a disruption of the operating of the system itself – a system that protects the rights of all Americans. For those that watch reality court TV or police shows, the terms defying a court order or being held in contempt of court are fairly familiar. In some instances, authorities do not consider these offenses to be criminal, but if they are, they may be punishable by jail time and the imposition of fines. Most are not aware that being in […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 14, 2015 – A casino continually served drinks to a severely inebriated patron, leading him to fall off the bar stool, and irreparably damage his spinal cord. “Apparently Kenneth Sanders was extremely intoxicated the night he fell off his bar stool at a local casino. Despite clear evidence that he was obviously and clearly drunk and known by staff to be an alcoholic, they kept serving him drinks. He became so inebriated he fell off his bar stool and severely injured his neck,” recounted Daren Monroe, Litigation Funding Corporation representative. The injury was so […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 9, 2015 – As parents age, a wide range of challenging subjects arise, including the need to care for a parent with ailing health. The difficulty associated with these subjects and the changing nature of the relationship between older parents and their adult children can make communication a challenge. Learning how to talk to older loved ones about difficult subjects can help ensure that important issues are addressed and conflict is minimized. “How families approach these challenging subjects plays a big role in whether or not a resolution is found,” said Andrew H. […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 8, 2015 – Key federal and private efforts address future employment for returning military personnel. According to 2011 White House estimates, over one million armed services personnel will return home during the period from 2011 to 2016. With the projected statistics in mind, President Obama challenged the private job sector to train and hire 100,000 veterans and their spouses by the end of 2013. Businesses met and surpassed that goal by August 2013 with 125,000 individuals hired. Further efforts included the call for over 200,000 private companies that contract with the federal government to […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 8, 2015 – Victimization via computer is a growing problem for law enforcement. It is not easy to track cybercrimes, and the more sophisticated cybercriminals become, the harder it is to keep up with the latest in technology to catch them. “More often than not, cybercrimes have been perpetrated against children,” says Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland, Fla. criminal defense attorney. “However, over the course of the last few years, crimes against older teens and young adults have also been on the rise. Consider the case of the male nurse who counseled at least two […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 7, 2015 – A young football player, tackled by three others during a game, received head, hip and leg injuries in November 2014. The high schooler, from Gretna, LA., alleges that despite the fact he was knocked out, he was discharged from the local hospital with only pain medication and crutches. Layne Punch arrived at the hospital and was diagnosed with a hip contusion and concussion. He expected that the medical personnel would do something to check out his concussion, particularly since he lost consciousness during the game. That did not happen. “Punch returned […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 6, 2015 – A new study by the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California found that the average service member faces considerable challenges when transitioning to civilian life after service. The study found that close to two-thirds of veterans are unprepared for civilian life. Upon leaving the service, nearly 80 percent do not have a job lined up, while 40 percent do not have housing arrangements. The veterans also face physical and mental health issues. About one-third of veterans leaving the service have considered committing suicide. “Veterans face a bleak […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 12, 2015 – The more big rigs on the road hauling higher loads, the more accidents happen. More accidents mean more injuries and deaths. With the construction and oil boom in Texas comes far more heavy-duty truck traffic carrying everything from backhoes to crane parts, from oil rigging to large excavation equipment. “It is no surprise that on a fairly regular basis a truck rams into a bridge, misses a sharp corner due to the load being off balance, and turns over on its side, or gets jammed under a bridge overpass, unable to […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 5, 2015 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging drivers in hot and humid areas to take action immediately if their car is subject to the Takata airbag recall. According to releases from the NHTSA, cars by BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota may need to have their airbags replaced. In October, a woman in Florida died of wounds caused by shrapnel that exploded out of one of the faulty Takata airbags in her Honda Accord. The NHTSA has issued its urgent warning to drivers in […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 31, 2014 – An error in a noncompete agreement led a Texas court to reject an injunction request. The Fourteenth Court of Appeals ruled that LasikPlus of Texas could not enforce a covenant not to compete against a doctor, formerly employed by the clinic, who planned to open his own practice nearby. They stated that the noncompete agreement did not include language required by statute. “The court’s decision is a reminder that covenants not to compete must be drafted with precision,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin business attorney and Austin employment lawyer who […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 31, 2014 – Recently, an allegedly drunk driver rammed into a tree, splitting the vehicle in half. The accident scene he left behind was brutally shocking. “When a fast-moving object, like a car, is being driven by someone allegedly under the influence, chances are, something bad is going to happen. It did in this case. The drunk driver ran his vehicle into a tree, splitting it into two pieces and killing his passenger,” explained Austin DWI lawyer Bobby Lee of Lee, Gober & Reyna. The Acura Integra slammed into a tree on a center […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 29, 2014 – Not a day passes without someone killed in a car accident caused by distracted driving. “Smartphones are so popular these days that it’s a wonder anyone can still carry on a face-to-face conversation,” remarked Bobby Lee, an Austin distracted driving lawyer with Lee, Gober & Reyna. “People are thrilled that the phones allow them to multi-task, and that is a good thing in this day and age, but not so much when you are behind the wheel of a vehicle. The plain and simple fact of life is: you cannot pay […]


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