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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2018 – A movement to add a Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facility Residents’ Bill of Rights to the Florida constitution is currently underway. While some organizations see the bill as a ploy for lawyers to gain further income from a spike in claims against nursing homes, Brecht Heuchan believes that the proposal is more geared towards establishing “a situation where the rights of residents of long-term care facilities are at least on par with the rights of everyone else.” Heuchan, Florida Constitution Revision Commission member, filed Proposal 88 last November. The commission’s […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2018 – President Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) had a confirmation hearing on June 27 and cleared the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee on July 10. Trump announced in May that he had picked Robert Wilkie, 55, to permanently lead the troubled VA. However, his original nominee for the post was White House physician Ronny Jackson. Jackson withdrew from consideration after unsubstantiated allegations of professional misconduct emerged. He was also criticized for a lack of experience. “The VA is in need of strong leadership that puts veterans at the […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) July 20, 2018 – A county worker in South Jersey alleges he was compelled to perform work that exacerbated an injury, despite warning his employer that he was unable to carry out such responsibilities. According to NJ.com, Grady Butts, who had been an employee of Salem County since 1997, also alleges in his lawsuit that his supervisors failed to take any action when he filed a complaint of racial harassment after his co-workers repeatedly referred to him using racial slurs and compared him to primates. South Jersey workers’ compensation attorneys Petrillo & Goldberg say, “ […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 18, 2018 – A natural gas rig explosion killed five men. Autopsies indicated they died of smoke inhalation and burns. The deadly blast occurred near Quinton, about 100 miles southeast of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The state medical examiner determined that the deaths were an accident. According to an incident report the explosion happened when an uncontrolled release of gas caught fire. An onsite worker unsuccessfully attempted to shut the well down. Wrongful death lawsuits were filed by the estates of each of the deceased men. Negligence in the workplace may be an issue in the […]


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Custom Legal Marketing, an Adviatech Company, has opened a new location in Kansas City, Missouri to help lawyers develop effective SEO and marketing plans for their law firms. Kansas City, MO (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2018 – Kansas City lawyers can meet with Custom Legal Marketing (CLM) team members to discuss search engine optimization (SEO) strategies, pay-per-click marketing, website design, branding and more. The new Kansas City location is part of Custom Legal Marketing’s effort to give law firms a local exclusive marketing partner. As Missouri’s biggest city, Kansas City is an increasingly competitive legal market with a large […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2018 – A single concussion is tied to an increased risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, according to a recent study. In one of the largest studies of its kind, researchers scoured Danish health databases to examine 2.8 million patient records. They discovered those who had sustained any type of brain injury had a 24 percent greater risk of dementia than those who had not. The report, which was published in The Lancet Psychiatry, said those who suffered multiple traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) had the highest risk of developing dementia. “The possible association […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 16, 2018 – Parents of a child who sustained permanent brain damage at his daycare won $30 million in damages after filing a personal injury lawsuit. The parents of a 3-year-old child who suffered permanent brain damage after an incident at his daycare have won over $30 million in damages. The family filed a lawsuit in December 2015 after their then 2-year-old son was severely injured at his daycare on September 25, 2015. The daycare, located in Birmingham, Alabama, is operated by a local religious group, and was running an unlicensed facility, acceptable under […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 13, 2018 – A man sued his employer for wrongful termination after he was allegedly fired in retaliation for complaining that the company was defrauding Alameda County in California through improper billing practices. Alton Elmore filed a lawsuit against his employer KRA Corporation and Pamela Carnes, KRA’s program manager, in Alameda County Superior Court on March 19. Elmore worked for KRA as a business services consultant for more than two years until he was fired on October 26, 2017. His job duties included assisting Alameda businesses with recruitment services and educating them about […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 12, 2018 – The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has proposed new rules under which all visa applicants seeking to enter the United States will be required to submit social media details. The proposal will affect around 14.7 million people who apply for immigrant and nonimmigrant U.S. visas each year. Under the new rules, visa applicants will be asked to provide all the social media handles they have used in the past five years, and to submit the email addresses and phone numbers they have used during that period. The mandatory social media data […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 12, 2018 – J&Y Law rewards UC Berkeley student with $1000 scholarship for her pledge to help stop distracted driving. J&Y Law, which is co-owned by partners Jason Javaheri and Yosi Yahoudai, created their Distracted Driving Scholarship to help raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. The scholarship required the students to have a 3.0 GPA, and write an essay with a minimum of 500 words, and essay topics included how students can actively abstain from distracted driving and how they can prevent their friends from distracted driving. “We were shocked by […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 11, 2018 – Eight years after the death of her baby daughter, a Pennsylvania mother was awarded $4 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit. The lawsuit alleged that the baby’s death could have been prevented, as the mother had asked numerous times for her daughter to be tested for whooping cough, because she had symptoms herself. A jury agreed that the child should have been diagnosed and treated sooner. The defendant plans to appeal. It is difficult to move forward after the death of a loved one financially and emotionally. Medical malpractice lawsuits such […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 10, 2018 – Arbitration has been in the news in the wake of Epic Systems v. Lewis, a case in which the U.S. Supreme Court upheld mandatory arbitration agreements in a trio of employment law cases and, in the process, underlined the strong federal policy in favor of private arbitration of disputes. Gregory D. Jordan, a business litigation attorney from Austin, Texas with The Law Offices of Gregory D. Jordan notes, however, that, “No matter how sympathetic courts might be to a business’ desire to arbitrate claims against it, public policy reasons alone generally […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 10, 2018 – People dealing with PTSD and other stress disorders have a greater risk of developing autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, Crohn’s disease and celiac disease, than those who are not, according to a new study. Researchers compared 106,000 Swedish patients diagnosed with a stress-related psychiatric issue with 126,000 of their siblings and 1.1 million people who did not have a stress-related disorder. They tracked half the subjects for at least a decade. Over the course of the study, published in JAMA, those with PTSD were 46 percent more likely to […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 9, 2018 – A 15-year-old high school teen landed in a hospital with a traumatic brain injury after a school security guard broke up an altercation between students. According to eyewitness testimony the initial fight, which started the cascade of events leading to a traumatic brain injury, was between the 15-year-old and two other students. A school security guard broke the fight up and body-slammed the 15-year-old into a wall causing him to fall to the ground and crack his skull. The boy had a 30-second seizure after the fall. The teen was taken […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 6, 2018 – Custom Legal Marketing topped a field of over 6,000 entrants to receive a Platinum Hermes Award for design excellence for the new website of McCormack & Erlich, San Francisco employment lawyers. This is the second award Custom Legal Marketing has won for its work on the McCormack & Erlich website, Mcelawfirm.com. Earlier this year, CLM won a Muse Award for inspiring achievement in design and advertising. One highlight of the McCormack & Erlich website is a compelling, interactive presentation of workplace sexual harassment issues. The site walks the fist-time visitor […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 2, 2018 – A recent study cautioned that car infotainment systems can be dangerous, as they have the potential to distract drivers. AAA conducted research in collaboration with the University of Utah in which they tested the dashboard systems of 30 cars from 2017 to evaluate their visual and cognitive effects on 120 drivers. The systems were ranked based on levels of distraction ranging from low to very high. The study found that 77 percent of the systems demanded high or very high levels of attention. “A lot can happen in a matter of […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 2, 2018 – Social Security retirement benefits and Social Security Disability are regulated by different rules. Consider the case of a man who had a major heart attack, followed by a seizure in the workplace. According to his physicians, he can no longer continue to perform the duties required of him in his profession. Subsequently, the man submitted an application for Social Security Disability in July, and while awaiting a decision, he reached age 62. Upon a denial of his claim, he went to the Social Security office, where the office informed him that […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) June 28, 2018 – New Jersey has seen an increase in the amount of cases in which injured workers have been advanced money by private pre-settlement companies prior to their workers’ compensation settlements. These are companies that make private loans to workers who have been injured, then try to make an appearance at settlement and judicially enforce the amount that is owed their company. Child support liens and temporary disability benefit (TDB) liens are considered legal obligations in New Jersey. In addition, medical providers have a statutory right to file a claim for payment in […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 27, 2018 – Terminally ill veterans who wish to end their lives must first move out of the government-managed home in which they reside. This is because assisted suicide is contrary to the policy of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. However, for many veterans, relocating would create undue hardship during a time that is already agonizing for them. Veterans who reside at the Veterans Home of California at Yountville, which is the largest retirement home for veterans in the country, are contemplating pursuing legal action if the regulation remains effective. Tampa, Florida veterans […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) June 26, 2018 – Professional rock climber Joe Kinder was dropped as a brand ambassador for two companies amid claims he engaged in cyber-bullying against a female athlete via social media. Outdoor company La Sportiva and climbing gear manufacturer Black Diamond both withdrew their sponsorships in response to the allegations. “La Sportiva ambassadors agree to act professionally in all circumstances and at all times because their actions and words reflect on us as a brand,” La Sportiva said in a statement. “Due to recent events, we have chosen to end our relationship with Joe Kinder.” […]


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