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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) December 14, 2015 – The state Supreme Court heard a case on Oct. 28 that raised questions of what constitutes criminal intent. The case involved Blaec Lammers, a southwest Missouri man accused of plotting shootings at a movie theater and Walmart. His defense attorney argued Lammers, 23, only thought about carrying out the shootings and did not actually fire any shots nor have the intent to harm others. However, the state attorney general’s office said he took substantial steps that showed he intended to follow through with the attacks. Lammers purchased two rifles and […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 31, 2014 – The U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan comes to an end this month, but the fight continues for a huge number of veterans, according to a new report in the National Journal. A major new study has found that more than one in six post-9/11 veterans may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study, which included the participation of 60,000 veterans, was sponsored by the Veteran’s Administration (VA). Untreated PTSD can cause a broad range of physical, mental, social and financial problems, and it has been linked to the high suicide […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 31, 2014 – In 2012, the state of Florida passed a youth concussion law designed to protect young athletes from brain injuries, joining more than 30 states that had already adopted such laws.  Safety advocates say that such protections are badly needed. Of the more than 300,000 head injuries reported each year in high school sports, more than 90 percent are concussions. “Measures like Florida’s youth concussion law provide some much-needed protection,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa attorney with Joyce & Reyes who handles brain injury lawsuits. “Brain injuries can have serious long-term effects […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2014 – Studies are again criticizing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), saying its fast-track process for medical devices approves many that do not meet regulatory standards. The National Center for Health Research reports that a worrying majority of medical devices approved under the FDA’s fast-track process lack publicly available safety documentation. Without this documentation, doctors and hospitals cannot accurately assess the risk a device poses to patients. “The FDA gets a lot of pressure from medical device companies that want to beat the competition to market,” commented Richard LaGarde, a defective products […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 29, 2014 – Assisted living facilities are designed to provide residents with help with daily activities while allowing them to retain their independence as much as possible. As a person considers moving to an assisted living facility, he or she should thoroughly research the options in order to choose a facility that best meets all needs. “One of the most important things to consider is what kind of assistance you will need. Cooking, using the restroom, bathing, dressing, and managing medications are common areas of assistance,” said Andrew Hook, a Virginia elder law […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 29, 2014 – The debt cannot be tackled without both political parties coming together to approach debt reduction. Immigration reform could boost the financially sagging agricultural sector. The concerns are not just economic. They run much deeper, even affecting the next generation and the present outlook on the lack of growth of a nation still teetering on the brink of economic instability. “What we do not deal with now passes to the next generation. What we have now may not be available to the next generation. Taking action now is critical. However, immigration reform […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 29, 2014 – In 2014 alone, 11 people have died in six Tampa Bay area collisions that involved wrong-way driving. Four fraternity brothers from the University of South Florida died in February when a wrong-way driver crashed into their vehicle on Interstate 275. Several other wrong-way crashes and arrests of wrong-way drivers have brought national attention to the problem. “Clearly, negligence on the part of the wrong-way driver is a factor in many of these tragic accidents,” said Robert Joyce, a prominent Tampa car accident attorney with Joyce & Reyes. With new attention paid […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 23, 2014 – As individuals age and live with chronic illnesses, their medical and personal care needs can become complex. Geriatric care management services help older adults and their loved ones coordinate all aspects of care. “Geriatric care managers have extensive knowledge of elder issues and the resources in the community. They can help seniors and their loved ones find and access needed services,” said Andrew Hook, a Virginia elder law attorney with Hook Law Center, which has offices in Virginia Beach and northern Suffolk. Broadly speaking, a Geriatric Care Manager’s (GCM) role […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 22, 2014 – More than 68,000 children have arrived in the U.S. without their parents since October 2013. The rush to deport some of them has begun. Many U.S. border states face overloaded federal court dockets dealing with the issue of deporting children who have illegally crossed the border to find safety, their families or both. The federal government is asking to have the children and teenagers deported because they are in the country without documentation. The process is happening so quickly that child advocates and attorneys are calling the hearings the “rocket” or […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2014 – Continental Fabricators, a St. Louis manufacturer, has been cited for more than 15 serious safety violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A fine of $52,000 has been proposed by the government agency. In a news release, OSHA indicated that Continental Fabricators has an injury rate higher than the national average. Prior to the investigation, workers at the plant complained of fractures and other traumatic injuries that occurred while at work. “This company has acted in a careless and reckless manner with regard to the safety of their […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2014 – Last year, retiree Medric Mills died in a parking lot while waiting for an ambulance that was sent to the wrong address. As the minutes ticked by, the victim’s daughter begged the 911 operator to simply call the firehouse that was across the street from the lot, but the operator refused to do so. According to a new report from ABC News, this is just one in a series of emergency response blunders that is drawing attention to systemic problems in the way emergency response centers are run. “This report shows […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2014 – Recently, one man was killed and two were injured when a frozen high-pressure water line exploded at a hydraulic fracking site near Mead, CO. Investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have begun an investigation. An OSHA spokesperson noted that the oil and gas industry is notoriously dangerous for workers. According to records from the U.S. Department of Labor, the oil and gas sector has had more fatalities in recent years than other sectors traditionally considered dangerous, including manufacturing, construction and agriculture. “The workers were out there trying to […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) December 17 , 2014 – Joan Rivers will always be remembered for her sharp wit, iconic style and acerbic personality. Many also remember how suddenly she died. “Rivers went for what was to have been a routine outpatient procedure. Something went wrong that caused her to stop breathing and later suffer a heart attack. Did a preventable anesthesiology error happen?” asked Arkansas injury lawyer, Michael Smith. Hospital errors have long triggered medical malpractice lawsuits. Outpatient clinics, which are rarely as fully equipped as hospitals, are open to even more legal issues. Outpatient clinics, or […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 17, 2014 – Home confinement, often referred to as house arrest, became a fixture in the justice system in 1983 with the advent of the electronic monitoring bracelet. “Most prisons today are crowded to overflowing. More and more courts are offering home confinement to keep the prison available to hold the more serious offenders,” said Thomas C. Grajek, a Lakeland County criminal defense attorney. House arrest is more palatable for many and permits offenders to go to designated rehabilitation programs, remain in the family unit, keep working or seek work. There are a number […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 15, 2014 – Paying day rates to in-home care workers is illegal, as their setup does not make allowances for overtime pay. California AB 241 went into effect more than ten months ago. It is designed to protect in-home care workers from labor violations. However, there are still numerous reports of illegal overtime pay violations in this sector, as well as complaints relating to missed meal breaks and rest periods. The standard practice had been to pay in-home labor day rates, but this became illegal under California’s Domestic Worker Bill of Rights because there […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 12, 2014 – New technology may save the lives of those who cannot seem to stop texting while driving. “People know they should not text and drive, but they do it anyway. In response to this inability to stop doing something that could kill them and others, there is yet another gadget that has been designed to halt calls dead in their tracks,” said Bobby Lee, an Austin personal injury attorney who handles distracted driving cases. This latest device takes temptation out of the hands of an addicted driver and blocks incoming and outgoing […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 11, 2014 – The main goal in dealing with juvenile offenders is always rehabilitation. If the crime committed is too serious for juvenile court, an offender may be tried in adult court. “Every state has a juvenile offender age limit, but it is not the same age everywhere. For example, New York and North Carolina’s age limit is 15 and under, while other states consider anyone under the age of 18 who commits a crime to be a juvenile offender,” outlined Lakeland criminal defense attorney Thomas C. Grajek. The juvenile justice system has broad […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 10, 2014 – Working at home is common in the technology age, and certain laws apply when this kind of work situation is ongoing and not just temporary. “If you work at home, you need to know how you are classified by your employer. You also need to consider the laws that apply in your state of residence. Every state, with the exception of Montana, has “at-will” employment laws,” pointed out Timothy Coffey, a noted Chicago employment attorney. At-will employment means that a company may lay a worker off, demote or fire the worker, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire)December 9, 2014 – Big rigs did not always have the collision safety precautions they now have. It took the death of a star to have underride bars installed. “Some commercial trucks you see today on Texas highways have an underride bar installed at the back of the truck. It’s a strong metal grill that hangs down past the tailgate and is designed to prevent cars from going under the truck in the case of a collision,” detailed Austin personal injury lawyer Brooks Schuelke. Often mistaken for stepladders to help load the truck, the bars prevent […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 9 , 2014 – A hit-and-run driver was apprehended less than an hour after fleeing the scene of a fatal accident. “Donald Mooney of Port Washington merely stepped away from his job as a dispatcher to get a cup of coffee across the street from where he worked. A 2010 Ford Fusion hit him on the way to the coffee shop. The driver of that vehicle, 34-year-old Cosmin Florea, was later apprehended by police,” explained Daren Monroe, Litigation Funding Corporation representative. Although Mr. Mooney made it to the hospital alive, he died while in […]


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