injury | Law Firm Newswire - Part 2

Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2015 – The state of Illinois is more than four months into its fiscal year with no budget, and hundreds of millions of dollars in funding on hold. Gov. Bruce Rauner says he will not talk about spending until changes are made that he says will make the state friendlier to business. What Rauner calls his Turnaround Agenda would include changes to the state’s worker’s compensation system that would make it harder for workers to collect benefits. The Democratic-controlled state legislature and advocates for workers’ rights oppose the changes. “Injured workers deserve compensation,” […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 19, 2015 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the son of a 72-year-old woman who died in a Florida nursing home where she was recovering from pneumonia. According to the lawsuit, nursing home staff failed to respond properly to the woman choking. “Nursing homes have a legal responsibility to provide proper care to their patients,” said Robert Joyce, a nursing home abuse and neglect attorney with the Tampa law firm of Joyce & Reyes, who is not involved in the case. “When that duty is violated and serious injury or death […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 2, 2015 – The Sunshine State ranks among the most hazardous states in the country for car accidents, as well as boat, bicycle and pedestrian accidents. “Unfortunately, our state has a high rate of accidents leading to serious injury or even death,” said Jason Chalik, a car accident attorney with Chalik Law Offices. “When those injuries are the result of another’s negligence, the injured party has the right to seek compensation.” According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in 2013 there were 2,407 deaths in Florida from 2,228 fatal crashes. That is […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) October 28, 2015 – There are new child safety laws in New Jersey that parents must follow when driving their children. The rules became effective Sept. 1, and comply with recommendations set forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). One of the requirements is that children below the age of two whose weight is less than 30 pounds must be securely fastened in a seat that faces toward the rear and has a five-point harness. Prior to the passage of the new law, parents had the option of placing their one-year-old child in the […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 5, 2015 – Geoffery Parker died in a horrific big rig crash in 2014. The cab survival space was allegedly too small and the cab was not adequately designed to withstand a rollover, and he suffocated. At the time of the accident, Parker was driving a blue 2012 Peterbilt, a Paccar built product. He was headed south on U.S. Highway 69 when a bull appeared in his travel lane. The truck hit the animal, causing the trailer and truck to jackknife and separate. The cab rolled onto the roof, crushing the driver’s compartment. Parker […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 24, 2015 – Medical misdiagnosis may lead to serious injuries or death. In this case, a family was awarded $195,000 in a lawsuit for the wrongful death of their mother. The initial diagnosis, based on the E.R. attending and the attending physician’s assistant’s (P.A.) interpretation of the patient’s electrocardiogram (EKG) results, was a condition called bundle branch block. As it turned out, the EKG results were not correctly interpreted, and the patient was actually suffering from a much more serious condition that could result in a complete blockage of the heart, leading to sudden […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2015 – Beginning May 26, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for employment authorization from qualifying H-4 spouses of H-1B visa holders. An H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa classification that allows a U.S. employer to temporarily employ a foreign worker in a specialty occupation that requires at minimum a bachelor’s degree and specialized knowledge in a field. H-4 visas are issued to immediate family members of an H-1B visa holder. The change in policy means that an H-4 spouse may apply for employment authorization if their H-1B spouse […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 11, 2015 – February 2015 was a deadly month for the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center. More than 179 may have been infected with the potentially deadly bacteria Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), leading to two deaths. “It’s a patients worst nightmare; receiving a deadly infection while in hospital for treatment,” explains Daren Monroe, Litigation Funding Corporation representative. “In this case, Silvia Aroche received multiple treatments, referred to as Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatoscopy (ERCP) that involved the use of an endoscope being threaded down her throat. That endoscope was contaminated.” If CRE bacteria reach the bloodstream, the […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 28, 2015 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced new efforts to combat drowsy driving, which it said causes more car accidents than most people realize. Mark Rosekind, the head of the NHTSA, said that the problem of driving while fatigued is not receiving as much attention as those of driving while drunk or distracted. The agency, he promised, will add to its research and public awareness efforts to change that. “Drowsy driving is undeniably the cause of many car accidents that result in serious injury or death,” said Robert Joyce, […]


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Dublin, Ohio (Law Firm Newswire) March 31, 2015 – Bryan Priebe awarded $1,000 college scholarship Persistence paid off for Bryan Priebe, who won the first-ever $1,000 Bressman Law scholarship to heighten awareness of brain injuries. Priebe, who will earn his master’s degree in civil engineering from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, received a traumatic brain injury following a car accident and subsequent bicycle accident. In his winning essay, he noted that “persistence predicates promise.” Priebe started college 20 years ago and, thanks to persistence and perseverance, will receive his master’s degree this year. In addition to the $1,000 scholarship, […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 26, 2015 – The daughter of a woman who was allegedly injured in a fall in a nursing home has filed a lawsuit. Lisa Lopez filed the suit against Concord Nursing and Rehab Center, now called Aperion Care Oak Lawn. Lopez said that she had notified the facility that her mother needed to be kept in a wheelchair, but that the facility did not do so. Lopez said that without video of the incident, she would not have known what caused her mother’s injury. She supports video monitoring in nursing homes. “Video monitoring in […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 26, 2015 – In February 2015, a Florida pain clinic was raided by several law enforcement agencies, and five people were arrested. Authorities said that evidence indicated that the clinic was operating as an illegal pill mill. Evidence was seized from the Winter Park Pain and Wellness Clinic; owner Eric Emerson, Dr. Roland Brutus and three staff members were arrested. “If the allegations are borne out by the evidence, then the law enforcement agencies and officers are to be commended for shutting down this pill mill,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa pharmaceutical negligence attorney […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 19, 2015 – A personal injury lawsuit has been filed concerning a bicycle accident that left a teacher paralyzed from the chest down. Jennifer Kraft filed the lawsuit against the Chicago Park District, the city of Chicago and A&L Inc., the corporation that designed a portion of the bike rail near 37th Street. On April 25, 2014, Kraft plunged nine feet from a Chicago bicycle path to the concrete below. Kraft claims in her lawsuit that the path turned abruptly, with no warning that if she continued in a straight line, she would ride […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 12, 2015 – Distracted driving usually focuses on using a mobile device while behind the wheel. But it also encompasses other activities, including eating and driving. According to news and police reports, one Alabama driver was observed eating a hamburger in a moving vehicle over the course of two miles while in Georgia. He was somewhat taken aback when a state police officer flagged him down. He had not been driving in an erratic manner, was not speeding, using a cellphone or texting. He was not sure what was wrong. To the driver’s immense […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 5, 2015 – Virtually every American driver can admit that he or she has used an e-device while driving. Some are still alive today. Some are not. “It’s clear, given the devastating death statistics, that drivers should not be multi-tasking. Keep your mind on your driving. Keep your hands on the wheel. Keep your roving eyes on the road ahead. If you don’t, you may not make it home. It’s just that simple,” said Austin injury lawyer Bobby Lee of Lee, Gober & Reyna. Connecticut has launched a distracted driving campaign dubbed “Thumbs Up, […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) February 27, 2015 – After a teenage worker was killed on-site in a work accident, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued 13 serious safety violations to a Poplar Bluff construction company. The 16-year-old was struck and killed by the boom of a crane while working on a construction site for the Robertson Incorporated Bridge and Grading Division. “As OSHA pointed out, minors are not legally allowed to work on the kind of operation in question,” commented Charlie James, a Missouri wrongful death attorney. “The OSHA report makes it clear that […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2015 – A Missouri Court of Appeals has affirmed the decision of a lower court to award workers’ compensation benefits to Dorothy Smith, a widow who lost her husband to hepatitis C. Smith’s husband, Stephen Smith, worked in a medical laboratory for more than 30 years, beginning in 1969. There, he could have been exposed to the disease before protective equipment and procedures became common in the 1990s. “In this case, the employer tried to argue that Ms. Smith should not get benefits because she could not definitively prove that the workplace […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 28, 2015 – According to residents in Roscoe, Texas, conditions have improved and accidents are not as frequent as they once were at “Destruction Junction,” an aggressively sharp turn found under a bridge at the intersection of US-84 and Interstate-20. The bridge saw frequent collisions, many involving big rigs. Last year, a tractor-trailer slammed into the bridge and caused a significant amount of damage, resulting in reconstruction work. More recently, a tractor-trailer flipped on its side after trying to make the sharp curve underneath it. According to Roscoe Fire Chief Gary Armstrong, the TxDOT […]


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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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