insurance | Law Firm Newswire - Part 3

Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 29, 2014 – Automobile safety regulators are pushing for new devices that may help prevent driver error, the cause of many car accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTA) is making a push for new equipment that will help prevent collisions, immobilize cars if the driver is impaired and prevent automobiles from starting if seat belts are not fastened. “There is no question that human error is behind most automobile collisions,” said John D. Hale, a Waxahachie car accident attorney. “Any type of new technology that can help reduce mistakes should be welcomed […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 9, 2014 – Many grey haired seniors are just as texting savvy as today’s younger crowd. They are just as much at risk for death by distracted driving as well. “Even though it seems it is only the teens that are texting while driving, this is not the case,” says well-respected Sacramento injury lawyer Deborah Barron. “Look again when you are driving. It isn’t just hip hop teens driving with their heads down. Many of those bobbing heads also belong to seniors.” Staying connected while on the road is seemingly not just a teen […]


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St. Peters, MO (Law Firm Newswire) January 7, 2014 – Missouri drivers ranked the seventh worst in the U.S. for safety, and traffic fatalities in the state have also increased. In Missouri and across the United States, the holiday season marks a prime time for automobile travel. However, this holiday season’s journeys come with a caveat: the Show Me State has earned the dubious distinction of seventh worst for driver safety. Missouri landed its unfavorable ranking (tied for the position with North Carolina) with poor scores in a series of metrics compiled by CarinsuranceComparison.com, an online resource for comparative insurance […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 17, 2013 – Lack of immigration reform is helping Indian IT firms to retain visas. Immigration reform has been a top priority for the White House, but the recent setbacks of the Obama administration, as well as the politically charged gridlock on Capitol Hill, have brought key legislation to a near standstill. Viewers in some quarters watch in dismay while reform speed grinds to a halt. But Indian information technology companies, heavily reliant on a steady, unrestricted supply of the H-1B and L1 visas threatened by the proposed legislation, may be able to continue […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 3, 2013 – Lack of immigration reform is helping Indian IT firms to retain visas. Immigration reform has been a top priority for the White House, but the recent setbacks of the Obama administration, as well as the politically charged gridlock on Capitol Hill, have brought key legislation to a near standstill. Viewers in some quarters watch in dismay while reform speed grinds to a halt. But Indian information technology companies, heavily reliant on a steady, unrestricted supply of the H-1B and L1 visas threatened by the proposed legislation, may be able to continue […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 15, 2013 – The open enrollment period for Medicare has begun, when beneficiaries can sign up for private health plans. However, this should not be confused with the new health insurance exchanges that also began operations recently. John D. Hale, a prominent Dallas elder law attorney, explains the difference. “During the open enrollment period, which runs from October 15 to December 7, Medicare beneficiaries may sign up for Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans,” said Hale. “The health insurance exchanges, by contrast, are for people who do not have health […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 8, 2013 – Two Tampa teens were killed and another was seriously injured when the moped they were riding was struck on a recent Sunday. Cameron Maddox, 19, was driving his moped with two passengers aboard – Michael Garcia, 16, and Claudia Gelpi, 14. The trio were northbound on Dale Mabry Highway approaching Busch Boulevard at about 11:30 p.m. when a 2010 Hyundai Accent, driven by Amanda Angelica Diaz, 23, struck them from behind. “A number of risk factors were at play in this accident,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. “It was […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 5, 2013 – Medicare scams get more creative each passing day. The latest anticipated con will likely involve needing information for health care exchanges. “It never ceases to amaze me how many scams there are perpetrated on America’s seniors. Every day someone comes up with something new, a new angle to take advantage of the elderly. The latest anticipated con to be aware of is callers asking for personal information for the state insurance exchange, brought in October 1, 2013, under the auspices of health care reform,” explained Deborah Barron, of the Barron Law […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2013 – A former legal secretary has filed an employment lawsuit against a Houston-based law firm. The employee, Lenora Phelps, claims that she was harassed and then terminated by her employer, Coats Rose Yale Ryman & Lee PC, after she took medical leave. The plaintiff claims that she took medical leave in late 2011 under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to seek treatment for a respiratory condition, and when she returned to work she was subjected to an “insulting and hostile” work environment before the firm terminated her employment late in […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) October 23, 2013 – Child support agreements should be very detailed, said a prominent Virginia divorce attorney. In order to obtain a divorce in Virginia, all issues between the parties must be resolved, and that is often done by agreement between the divorcing spouses. However, if the agreement is not detailed enough, then the parties may find themselves at odds later on, and this is particularly true when it comes to child support. “Divorcing spouses need to think about details such as who will pay for children’s extra-curricular activities, college costs, and medical costs, as […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2013 – The U.S. government is considering a number of options to bolster the Social Security coffers for the long-term. Two of the options currently being considered are shifting the retirement age of seniors, either increasing the age which defines “early retirement,” or changing the age at which an individual can fully retire. But, either of those solutions would likely dramatically increase the number of disability benefit applications, states a new report by the Government Accountability Office. “The early retirement age for Social Security is currently 62; the full retirement age is currently […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 23, 2013 – There are many elder care options available for an older parent in declining health. When an elder begins to need additional care, the question of how to provide it can seem overwhelming for the adult children who often take on the responsibility. While there are several options for elder care, there is no one simple answer, according to Waxahachie elder law attorney John Hale. “The choice you make for elder care depends on individual circumstances,” said Hale. “Some factors you will need to consider are whether the home is still safe […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2013 – A recent study shows baby boomers may not adequately understand their retirement health care needs. The Center for Secure Retirement surveyed 1,300 middle-income people aged 49 to 67. Those surveyed tended to underestimate the cost of long-term care and the likelihood they will need it. Most lacked a plan to pay for health care and a proper understanding of what Medicare provides. “Health care in retirement represents a great financial challenge for many Americans,” said Virginia elder law attorney Andrew Hook. “Knowledge and planning are immensely important no matter your […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 12, 2013 – Inexperienced 18-wheeler truckers may be deadly on the road. “It’s difficult enough to drive a big rig even if you have many years experience under you belt,” indicated Bobby Lee, an Austin injury lawyer of Lee, Gober & Reyna. “If you are just new to the world of long-haul trucking, inexperience handling trucks that weigh up to 80,000 pounds can be deadly, as it was in this case.” It was late May and roughly 100 miles west of Fort Worth when four people lost their lives in an accident with an […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 9, 2013 – Homes may need modifications to be made safe for seniors, says a prominent elder law attorney. Many older people prefer “aging in place,” staying in their homes, rather than moving to an assisted living facility. Staying in one’s home is more comfortable for most seniors and makes economic sense as well, since the cost of assisted living facilities is rising. However, there are changes seniors may want to make in order to make their home safer, according to John Hale, an elder law attorney based in the Dallas, Texas area. “Home […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 5, 2013 – Though many individuals continue to work well past the age of 65, not many know if they should enroll in Medicare while still employed. When their employer offers health care, with full or partial coverage, they are unsure if Medicare is even available, much less a prudent choice. “It is currently considered a smart move for most workers to enroll in Medicare Part A,” said Michigan elder law attorney Christopher J. Berry. “Part A is free coverage for many people and it covers care in skilled nursing facilities and hospitals, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2013 – The Florida Supreme Court ruled that Geico could not require a sworn statement before paying its customer for her injuries. Plaintiff Merly Nunez prevailed in her suit against the auto insurance company in the 5-2 decision. The majority said that requiring an examination under oath was “unreasonable and unnecessary” and that the law in effect at the time of Nunez’s claim did not allow such a requirement. The law has since been altered, however. “A no-fault insurance system like Florida’s PIP – personal injury protection – is supposed to get benefits […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 23, 2013 – The AARP has released information to help finance caregiving support for a loved one. Some states have programs to assist family members pay for their chosen caregiver, which may be a family member. The program is sometimes called “participant-directed,” “consumer-directed” or “cash and counseling” and has stringent income and additional eligibility requirements which the care recipient must meet in order to be paid as a caregiver. “The programs have long waiting lists due to state budget cuts,” commented Michigan elder law attorney Christopher Berry. “If there are questions about those […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2013 – A new study predicts medical bills will force bankruptcies in the households of 1.7 million Americans in 2013. NerdWallet Health, a consumer finance website, compiled a series of statistical estimates of the impact this year of rising health care costs. The report says Florida will account for the third-highest total of medical-related bankruptcies in the nation, with nearly 100,000 such filings. “Medical bills are very frequently one of the primary reasons – and often the sole reason – that individuals declare bankruptcy,” said Tampa bankruptcy attorney O. Reginald Osenton. “And that […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2013 – The federal government is imposing shorter hours on long-haul truck drivers. The new rules from the Department of Transportation (DOT) are intended to reduce truck accidents on the nation’s highways. Truck drivers must now take a 30-minute break during their first eight hours behind the wheel. Truckers may only drive 70-hours per week rather than the previous maximum of 82, and those hours must be “restarted” with a 34-hour weekly break. “Truck accidents cause a disproportionate number of highway fatalities,” said Paul Greenberg, a Chicago truck accident attorney. “Driver fatigue is […]


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