Law Firm Newswire | Law Firm Newswire - Part 5

Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 11, 2014 – A North Carolina hospital publically admitted it exposed 18 patients to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). “It came as a shock to hear Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC admit to exposing 18 people to a rare and usually fatal disease,” indicates Daren Monroe of Litigation Funding, Michigan. “There is a high possibility some or all of those possibly affected may choose to file a lawsuit suggesting there was medical negligence by the hospital, surgeons and doctors.” According to court documents, the hospital facility exposed patients by not properly sterilizing instruments […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2014 – Serious sexual, physical, verbal and psychological abuse is revealed in a recent study released by the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee. “The findings in this committee’s report are depressing,” indicates respected Sacramento nursing home abuse lawyer Deborah Barron. “It documents that 30 percent of the studied 5,283 nursing homes were sanctioned for close to 9,000 occurrences of abuse between January 1999 to January 2001.” The percentage of nursing facilities cited for violations has increased every year since 1996. The report detailed improper hygiene and sanitation issues, dehydration, […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2014 – In late February, U.S. News & World Report released its 2014 evaluation of the “Best Nursing Homes” across the country. The ratings cover every state and every major metropolitan area in the United States. An overall score from one to five is broken down into searchable components, including nurse staffing, fire safety and other common criteria. Happily, Texas boasted one of the highest “Best Nursing Homes” ratings in the country. Approximately 15 percent of the homes found in Texas have been awarded the coveted five-star rating for 2014. Only California, Ohio […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 8, 2014 – The success or failure of a patent appeal often comes down to the persuasiveness of the applicant’s written argument. Further, appeals filed on or after January 23, 2012 are subject to recent rule changes. Los Angeles patent attorney Pejman Yedidsion explains how to draft a persuasive appeal brief that abides by the new rules. “The argument is the most important part of an appeal brief,” Yedidsion says. “The Appellant must convince the appeal board’s judges that the Examiner committed an error in rejecting the claims and explicitly identify the error […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) March 26, 2014 – It is essential that premiums are paid on time for all types of insurance, and policyholders must ensure that they are aware of any policy changes. These measures are of particular importance for long-term care insurance. Long-term care insurance can help with the cost of assisted living, home care or a nursing home for those who need it. However, if a beneficiary is beginning to suffer from Alzheimer’s or other dementia, it can be difficult to make sure premiums are being paid on time each month. Often, an adult child […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) March 18, 2014 – People considering divorce as their 10-year wedding anniversary approaches should know that delaying the split until after the decade mark can result in higher Social Security retirement benefits for a spouse with a lower earning record. Consider an example of a divorced couple where an ex-husband had a higher earnings record than an ex-wife. If the couple was married for 10 years or more, the ex-wife can receive higher benefits based on his record, provided that she is age 62 or older and has not remarried. Even if the ex-husband […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 10, 2014 – According to a recent study led by a University of Oxford psychiatrist, those with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are three times more likely to die before the age of 56. Combat veterans face a high risk of TBI while they serve on the battlefield. Now, the results of a four-decade-long study has revealed that those with TBI face a potentially shorter lifespan due to subsequent accidents or suicide. Veterans are affected long after their return home. The joint British-Swedish study tracked 218,300 Swedes born after 1953 who were diagnosed with TBI […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 6, 2014 – Anonymous tips may or may not lead to a valid arrest. This stash house tip could have resulted in almost anyone being arrested. “Not all anonymous tips pan out and in this case, even though the police in Polk County did find drugs and several individuals on the premises, does not necessarily mean guilt by merely being present in the area, or on the front lawn,” says Lakeland criminal defense attorney, Thomas Grajek, who is not involved in the defense of the accused in this case. According to the Sheriff’s office […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) February 21, 2014 – Meals on Wheels now helps some seniors to get donated food for their pets. For many seniors, a pet is a lifeline, providing companionship to ward off loneliness and depression while promoting physical and mental activity. And of course, people love their pets, so much so that nonprofit groups that help seniors in need have found that some seniors were giving donated food meant for them to their pets. The groups have responded by arranging for pet food to be included with deliveries. The arrangement comes from a partnership between […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 13, 2014 – Many patents cover inventions that are improvements over existing devices (as opposed to completely new devices). Novice inventors and others new to the field of intellectual property often wonder whether a small improvement to a patented invention may ever receive patent protection of its own. But as a local intellectual property attorney explained, so-called “improvement inventions” actually constitute the majority of patents issued. Wholly new inventions are a relative rarity. “Most patents, by far, cover improvements to existing technology,” said Los Angeles patent attorney Pejman Yedidsion. “Pioneering inventions are not […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 6, 2014 – A recent survey shows parents who divorce may be largely unaware of the impact the split has on their children. Netmums.com, a parenting website based in the U.K., conducted a survey of 1,000 parents and 100 children who have gone through a divorce. The survey showed a wide gap between the number of kids who had trouble coping with the divorce or who blamed themselves and the number of parents who understood that their children had these feelings. Zephyrhills divorce attorney Marcie Baker said the survey should serve as a wake-up […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 6, 2014 – In their first two weeks in fall 2013, Chicago’s new speed cameras logged 233,886 speeding violations. Critics say the cameras are more about generating city revenue than guarding citizen safety, but proponents point out that the devices are already having the desired effect of reducing speeding. A reduction in inappropriate high-speed driving is expected to reduce the number of auto accidents. “Speeding is a major cause of traffic accidents that often lead to injury or even death,” said Paul Greenberg, a Chicago car accident attorney. “No one likes getting a ticket, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 3, 2014 – The City of Tampa, Florida, will pay $165,000 to settle a lawsuit stemming from an arrest in 2010. Jacob P. Cowie, 30, filed the suit against four Tampa police officers after sustaining injuries while being arrested following the Krewe of Sant’Yago Knight Parade in Ybor City. Cowie was charged with disorderly conduct, but those charges were later dropped. “When someone alleges excessive force against law enforcement officers, it often means a long and difficult legal battle,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce, who is not involved in the case. “Law […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 31, 2014 – An error in a noncompete agreement led a Texas court to reject an injunction request. The Fourteenth Court of Appeals ruled that LasikPlus of Texas could not enforce a covenant not to compete against a doctor, formerly employed by the clinic, who planned to open his own practice nearby. They stated that the noncompete agreement did not include language required by statute. “The court’s decision is a reminder that covenants not to compete must be drafted with precision,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin business attorney and Austin employment lawyer who […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 29, 2014 – Not a day passes without someone killed in a car accident caused by distracted driving. “Smartphones are so popular these days that it’s a wonder anyone can still carry on a face-to-face conversation,” remarked Bobby Lee, an Austin distracted driving lawyer with Lee, Gober & Reyna. “People are thrilled that the phones allow them to multi-task, and that is a good thing in this day and age, but not so much when you are behind the wheel of a vehicle. The plain and simple fact of life is: you cannot pay […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2014 – Lawsuits have begun to pile up in the month after a deadly train derailment in New York City. The Metro-North train was traveling at approximately 82 mph at the time of the derailment. It went off the tracks when it attempted to round a curve with a 30 mph speed limit. Four were killed, and dozens more were injured. “Train accidents are often particularly horrible accidents,” said David Lietz, a person injury attorney not connected with the case. “Rail lines can and do go years or even decades without a serious […]


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