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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 8, 2014 – For those employed on jobsites in Texas, it is vital to understand how workers’ compensation operates. “It’s important for workers to know that the workers’ compensation system in Texas allows employers to offer medical benefits and lost earnings to a worker involved in a jobsite accident,” explains Austin workplace injury lawyer, Brooks Schuelke of Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. Some Texas employers maintain insurance that covers the costs of work-related accidents, insurance which limits an employer’s liability if a worker files a lawsuit seeking damages for personal injuries. However, in the Lone […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 1, 2014 – Contact sports participants need to be informed about the serious nature of traumatic brain injury (TBI). “The latest research shows that current football helmets are not properly protecting players when they are hit on the side of the head. Hits there may also cause brain swelling and concussion,” adds Brooks Schuelke, a traumatic brain injury lawyer in Austin with the firm Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. The ten helmets used for testing by researchers were only capable of reducing the likelihood of TBI by approximately 20 percent, with the most effective one […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2014 – The night was still young for the South by Southwest festivalgoers, excited to be enjoying the event. Suddenly, a car crashed into groups of pedestrians, leaving two dead and many injured. “This event was truly horrific,” indicates Brooks Schuelke, a wrongful death lawyer with Austin’s Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. “An allegedly drunk driver ran into a crowd of people attending a local festival, crashed into a van, taxicab and moped, killing two and injuring 23. The survivors were taken to a nearby hospital. Some were lucky enough to go home. At […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2013 – The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has a provision that expands coverage of certain treatments for autism, cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities, but a lack of specificity in the law means that it can still be difficult to pin insurers down on exactly what will be covered. Policies purchased on the new health insurance exchanges are required by law to cover ten essential health benefits. Among these are “rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices.” This revision is beneficial for people with developmental disabilities; many insurance policies did not previously cover […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 17, 2014 – Even a minor blow to the head may cause traumatic brain injury. “How severe a concussion is typically relates to how hard a person was hit on the head. But lately, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) are finding out that even a very slight blow is all that is needed to begin the cascade of faulty brain signals being sent through the brain’s white matter,” indicates Brooks Schuelke, a noted Austin brain injury lawyer at Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 10, 2014 – A Texan whistleblower alleges he was the victim of retaliation after telling federal investigators about his accident on-the-job. “This is not an unusual case, but it does serve to point out the many issues workers face in Texas,” indicates Austin workplace injury lawyer, Brooks Schuelke, Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP, who is not involved in the case. “The 19-year-old Honduran worker was on a construction site in downtown Austin, when a load of steel fell from a crane. He was hit in the back by the rebar at a high-rise complex at […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 14, 2014 – Many Americans know DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) in relation to the development and deployment of the Internet. Now, they may have something for veterans dealing with TBI. “Researchers for the U.S. military are asking for help to find innovative ways to decode and analyze brain neural signals to allow people with TBI to recover some or all of their memories. The program, based on the familiar computer terminology of RAM (random access memory), is also referred to as RAM, meaning Restoring Active Memory,” outlined Austin traumatic brain injury lawyer, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 7, 2014 – The hit and run driver in this case had a history of sideswiping other vehicles and other moving violations. “The victims in this car accident were on I295 when a Toyota Corolla sideswiped them, propelling them into the median strip. The force of the impact caused their Saturn to flip end-over-end, eventually coming to rest on the passenger’s side,” explained Austin auto accident lawyer Brooks Schuelke with Perlmutter and Schuelke, LLP. The Saturn driver and his fiancé sustained multiple injuries, ranging from strained ligaments to serious bruising to concussion. The two […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 23, 2013 – Workplace injuries are extremely common, more so in high-risk jobs such as logging, as this case demonstrates. “Even though this reported case happened in Virginia, similar incidents happen daily on Texas construction sites. Many of the cases we see involve negligence as being the precursor to an accident,” stated Austin injury lawyer, Brooks Schuelke, of Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. In the case of a Virginia logger, Circuit Court of Greenbrier County Case No. 13-C-181,U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia Case No. 5:13-cv-24436, the man sustained severe and […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2013 – But for a questionable forklift brake, a young Texas man lost his life on-the-job. “The young man severely injured in an accident with a forklift while on-the-job, clung to life for three days, before succumbing to his injuries. The accident happened at McCoy’s Building Supply Center in Lufkin,” said Brooks Schuelke, an Austin injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. “He was only 19-years-old and was the son of the city’s public works director. He was taken off his ventilator once doctors had determined he sustained unrecoverable brain injuries.” Just prior […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 8, 2013 – New rules of the road recently went into effect in Texas. The changes are likely to result in more lawsuits. The changes, which went into effect September 1, 2013, are designed to make Texas roadways safer. “Examples of the new road rules include one law that mandates drivers change lanes to allow more room for construction workers and one that hikes fines for illegally passing a school bus while kids are disembarking,” outlined Brooks Schuelke, an Austin injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. Overall, the changes are minor, but their […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 1, 2013 – Every year the death toll for Texas construction workers climbs. In 2012, there were over 500 work-related fatalities, up 20 percent from 2011. “Working construction in Texas can be deadly,” states Austin injury lawyer, Brooks Schuelke, of Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. “And, a quick look at the most recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) shows a steady increase, year-over-year of workplace deaths.” The preliminary figures released by the DOL reveal the most dangerous job in Texas is driving tractor-trailer trucks and other heavy commercial vehicles. This likely comes […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2013 – This Texas nursing home case involved the death of a man due to untreated pressure ulcers. “This reported case shocked many. An elderly Texan developed severely infected pressure sores and became dangerously dehydrated, despite being in care at the Gulf Health Care Center – Port Arthur. What was even more disturbing is that he developed them, and died, in a period of less than two months in care,” outlined Brooks Schuelke, an Austin injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. The nursing home abuse lawsuit statement of claim revealed that just […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 17, 2013 – Safety regulations are not an investment decision. They are intended to protect real people. “The dust has settled at the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion, but not much has been done about lax safety rules and regulations,” stated Austin personal injury lawyer, Brooks Schuelke. The company is noted to have a significant history of safety violations, beginning in 1985. Over the intervening 28-years, not much has changed. Rules are in place, but are honored more in the breach than in the proper implementation. “Whatever happened to proper regulations designed for the […]


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Orlando, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 21, 2013 – On Friday, September 20, 2013 in Orlando Florida, Nancy Guenther was awarded a verdict of 1.3 million dollars in her suit against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation for causing her jaw to die and be removed and replaced with a metal chain all because of its failure to warn of the dangers of its drug Zometa. Counsel John Beins, Esq. of Beins, Goldberg and Hennessey, and Ranchor Harris, Esq. of Girardi Keese, assisted by John J. Vecchione, Esq.  tried the case to verdict against Don Fowler, Esq. and Martin Calhoun, Esq. of Hollingsworth, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 18, 2013 – This case deals with a hanging that police labelled a suicide. Family members insist it was murder. “This reported case is highly unusual. The woman who died was found hanging from a second-floor balcony, with her hands bound behind her and her feet bound. A T-shirt was wrapped around the lower part of her face. Investigators concluded it was a suicide. The family feels it was murder, particularly in light of the circumstances of the death,” indicated Brooks Schuelke, an Austin wrongful death lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. It is […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 11, 2013 – Wrongful death lawsuits are not exclusively about getting compensation. They are often used to deliver a message. “Many families that face the loss of a loved one due to a negligent action on the part of another, want to make sure someone else does not experience what they went through. In filing a wrongful death lawsuit, they have a chance to send a message to not only the wrongdoer, but to society in general, about the circumstances of their loss and their wish to save someone the grief they face,” remarked […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 6, 2013 – This auto accident was the result of one man consuming twenty three alcoholic beverages in under two hours. “The man who chose to drive while under the influence of 23 glasses of alcohol had a blood-alcohol content of three times the legal limit when he was arrested at the scene of this accident,” said Austin injury lawyer Brooks Schuelke, with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. “The toddler who survived the accident will never be the same again. He suffered severe traumatic brain injury and now requires around-the-clock care.” The family involved in […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 25, 2013 – A mock car accident included a graphic teaching tool for high school students. “This mock reality teaching tool for students is innovative and hits home for those that witness the aftermath of a two vehicle head-on collision, complete with live students acting as accident victims,” outlined Austin injury lawyer Brooks Schuelke, with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. The back-story for the teaching scenario: a high school freshman and his friends were on the way to the prom. Traveling in the other direction, toward them, was another carful of students who had been […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 18, 2013 – Traumatic brain injury is often hard to define, as each case is different. “Brain injuries are much like whiplash, they are silent, unseen and people don’t understand what they mean or know how to deal with the consequences of a head injury,” said Austin injury lawyer Brooks Schuelke, with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. Consider the 1984 case that launched a brain injury coalition. A 15-year-old boy was on his way home from football and was struck by a car. He suffered severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) and now requires around-the-clock care. […]


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