brain injury | Law Firm Newswire - Part 4

Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2012 – A man described as a pill mill “mogul” received a sentence of 20 years in federal prison, but his sentence may be greatly reduced because of his cooperation with authorities. According to court records, Vincent Colangelo, 43, dispensed more than half a million prescription pills, such as oxycodone throughout Florida, racking up a small fortune before he was apprehended. “This case is another sad reminder of the pill mill epidemic Florida is facing,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa pill mill litigation attorney, with Joyce & Reyes Law Firm. “While this perpetrator […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2012 – Times can be tough for baby boomers moving into retirement and their golden years, as well as their adult children. The latter are becoming caregivers and relied upon to support their parents financially. “Statistics show that more than 32 percent of adult offspring chipped in $5,000 or more of their own money to help out their parents last year. More than 75 percent, while selflessly helping out their folks, wonder if this will have a negative impact on their own financial situation,” indicated John Hale, a Dallas elder law attorney and […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 18, 2012 – The Toral Family Foundation is offering a scholarship program for members of the healthcare field who want to learn more about brain injuries to enhance their competence in treating them. The Florida foundation is offering three professionals paid trips to the 10th Annual North American Brain Injury Society Medical Conference on Sept. 12-15 in Miami. Each scholarship is valued at $1,500 and includes entry to the conference. Applicants to the scholarship program must be employed in the healthcare field within the state of Florida, and work in the brain injury field. […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2012 – The good news is that thanks to medical advances and other factors, people are living longer than ever. The less than stellar news is this extended life span does not necessarily translate into a high quality of life in one’s later years. “With that comes the issue of what decisions should be made to make sure elder parents get the best care possible. It was not so long ago that the nursing home (aka old folks home) was virtually the only way to go,” observed Jacob A. Hale, an elder law […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 12, 2012 – John Hale and Jacob Hale of The Hale Law Firm were recently featured in Newsweek Magazine’s June 18 Leaders in Elder Law Showcase. The section is a part of Newsweek’s 2012 Leaders promotional section — which features the leading individuals or group practices in various practice areas of law and health care. “At The Hale Law Firm, our motto ‘Wise and compassionate counsel’ is more than just a slogan; it’s what we are known for,” remarked John Hale, a Dallas elder law attorney and Dallas estate planning attorney. “We are very […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 10, 2012 – A patient at Florida State Hospital (FSH) says she was abused and neglected while she was pregnant. She says she was in labor but was refused help by four employees at the Chattahoochee hospital. The patient was at FSH during the month of October 2011. In December she was taken by helicopter to Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee where she gave birth to a baby at the 38th week of gestation. The baby was stillborn and put on life support. The woman filed a lawsuit because she believes her pregnancy […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 5, 2012 – A man who was standing over his bike as he waited for a traffic signal to change in St. Petersburg was struck by a vehicle which had been impacted by another. A Kia cut in front of a Honda and hit it, which caused the Honda to suddenly veer into the man on the sidewalk. The fatal accident took place near the intersection of 13th Avenue N and 34th Street. The fifty-four year-old David Formato was killed upon impact. He had one son and one daughter. The drivers of the vehicles […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 1, 2012 – After cuts of $234 million to Medicare for 2012 and $58 million removed from the Medicaid budget in 2011, Texas leaders have now directed state agencies to freeze spending. Some observers are concerned that the state budget cuts will have an ongoing negative effect on the growing population of older patients in the state. “The cuts to Medicare and Medicaid are a cause for concern for many families caring for an elderly loved one, and for older adults planning for retirement,” said John Hale, a Dallas and Waxahachie elder law and […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 29, 2012 – A pregnant woman driving in Houston hit a Ford F-450 wrecker truck with her Chevy Malibu on the Gulf Freeway feeder road. The woman was seventeen weeks pregnant and was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital – Texas Medical Center with injuries that did not threaten her life. The baby, however, did not survive. The woman in the Chevy Malibu allegedly drove through a red light before the impact with the wrecker truck. The accident is under investigation, but it is believed alcohol may have played a role in the woman’s crashing […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 27, 2012 – Recently passed changes to Florida’s insurance laws make it more important than ever to contact a personal injury attorney quickly if you are injured in an automobile accident. The changes to the Personal Injury Protection (PIP) law will go into effect January 1, 2013, provided Governor Rick Scott signs the bill as expected. Now, people who are injured in a collision have a limit of 14 days to seek medical treatment, and only those diagnosed with an “emergency medical condition” will be eligible for PIP benefits. The new law favors insurance […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 21, 2012 – A judge recently declined to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Florida’s former ombudsman of long-term care, Brian Lee. The lawsuit contends that the Department of Elder Affairs fired Lee because of his advocacy for nursing home residents. When Lee demanded ownership information from Florida long-term care facilities, Governor Rick Scott removed him from the position. The information is supposed to be available under the Affordable Health Care Act, which the Scott administration opposes. The ombudsman program is intended to allow nursing home residents and their families to file complaints and report […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 18, 2012 – A national conference was held in Orlando, Florida, recently to bring together those involved in fighting the epidemic of abusing prescription drugs: medical professionals, lawmakers, and the law enforcement personnel who go after unscrupulous doctors and pill mills. “These efforts to shut down pill mills are an important part of the fight against pharmaceutical negligence,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. “It is essential that we fight pill mills in every way possible,” said Joyce. “When a doctor prescribes a drug that causes catastrophic injury or death, that doctor may […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 1, 2012 – Auto accidents are still the leading cause of death for teens and adults. According to the Insurance Information Institute, an auto accident death happens every 16 minutes and injuries occur every 14 seconds. Medical care and lost time away from work costs $99 billion every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted. Recent incidents in Tampa Bay show the seriousness of catastrophic auto accidents. Along State Road 54 in Pasco County, a bicyclist was hit by a semi. Investigators are looking into who had the right of way. The […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2012 – Pain clinics that operate without a license or overprescribe pain medication have been the recent targets of Florida law enforcement. Since a law was put in place in mid 2011, Florida has cracked down on clinics and doctors that prescribe excessive amounts of pain pills. Doctor shopping, shoddy prescription practices, and makeshift pain clinics have dramatically decreased, but there is still more work to do. “The damage that is done to a person at these pill mills can be extensive,” said Tampa pill mill attorney Robert Joyce, of Joyce & Reyes […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2012 – Joyce and Reyes Law Firm, P.A. recently launched their Tampa personal injury website to help clients with all their serious injury concerns. The website is a comprehensive resource for everyone in the Tampa Bay area to learn more about what to do after an auto accident, wrongful death concerns, and brain injury cases. The firm has helped thousands of clients since they began a law office in 1984. “Having the website is a natural extension for us,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. “We want clients to have the best […]


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One of the main problems with traumatic brain injury is that no one is able to see it. It may manifest itself in many ways, including slurred speech. Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) November 10, 2010 – “Over the years that I’ve been practicing law, I’ve seen a fair number of traumatic brain injury victims. Each one has their particular story and each one manifests their injury in a different way. Typically speaking, some of the similarities amongst victims are loss of short-term memory, cognitive impairment, slowed reaction time, inability to make quick decisions, inability to express themselves and for […]


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