lawyer | Law Firm Newswire - Part 6

Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 14 , 2013 – If this kind of bust can happen in Idaho, it can also happen in Florida. “Child pornography is, to most people, an abominable offense, worthy of locking someone up for years and throwing away the key. While that reaction is understandable, we should remember that just because someone was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography or transporting child pornography, that they may not have committed that specific crime, or just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 12, 2013 – While making accommodations for worker’s religious beliefs, there is a limit in how far an employer is expected to go. “This Illinois discrimination case tested the limits of what an employer is required to do regarding worker’s religious beliefs and how they affect the workplace,” indicated Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees in the workplace. The plaintiff in this case was a 29-year-old Muslim, who held her teaching job until December 2007. In […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) August 12, 2013 – A report released in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows hospitals make more money when they make mistakes. “The chilling conclusion of a recent report, written by several well known and respected doctors, is that when something goes wrong, like surgeons operating on the wrong person or body part, the hospital makes more money. How bizarre, that in making a horrific mistake, a medical institution may profit in two ways: billing the patient for the extra required care and billing the insurance company for surgical complications,” commented Michael […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 9, 2013 – A civil lawsuit was filed by a Texas man claiming that a specialty blanket, the Bair Hugger, for use during surgery, caused a significant infection. Tommy Walton, 70, underwent hip replacement surgery in 2011. During the surgical procedure, a blanket-like device that circulates warm air was placed on Mr. Walton to keep him warm. In a lawsuit filed in Houston earlier this year, Mr. Walton claims the blanket caused his need for 15 more surgeries, including the removal of an artificial hip. He is seeking more than $1 million in damages. […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) August 8, 2013 – MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland was held accountable for medical negligence in a recent birth injury lawsuit. “This reported case, one that I was not involved in, began three years ago,” explained Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland birth injury lawyer. “The baby suffered a brain injury while in the care of the hospital; an incident deemed as medical malpractice. The facility was ordered to pay $8.5 million.” The Myers family was expecting three years ago. The baby was delivered, but unbeknownst to the mother, she may have contracted a placental infection. She […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) August 5, 2013 – Nursing home abuse may be a personal nightmare as the nation ages. “While we may know someone currently in a nursing home, or a relative is experiencing a difficult time in such a facility, we should remember that this issue may become a very personal one as we age and need such care ourselves. It is incumbent upon us to stop the horrific nightmare of nursing home abuse now,” said Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. Americans, in massive numbers, […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 5, 2013 – Pregnancy discrimination is still alive and well in the 21st century. “This is an unusual case,” said Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees in the workplace. “It has three elements involved, pregnancy discrimination, wrongful dismissal and sexual discrimination in view of the plaintiff being a lesbian.” In this case, a jury ruled that the plaintiff was entitled to $170,000; $100,000 in punitive damages and $71,000 in back pay and compensatory damages. She had […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) August 2, 2013 – This wrongful death case was the result of a collapsed airway. “The key point at trial in this case was that the surgeon had trouble intubating his architect patient in the first place; a sign that would indicate removing it would also present difficulties and thus extra precautions should have been implemented,” outlined Stephen Ozcomert, an Atlanta personal injury lawyer. The named defendants in the suit included the hospital and the anesthesiologist on duty that day for the patient’s kidney stone surgery. The death in question happened in 2010 when the […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 1, 2013 – A Texas House Bill was signed this past May which restricts “subrogation,” the substitution of one person or group by another for insurance rights. Texas House Bill 1869, passed unanimously in both the House and Senate, is designed to provide a legal framework which allows the settling of personal injury cases while helping an injured person meet their other expenses and providing certainty to health insurers. The law takes effect in January 2014. Subrogation by an insurance company occurs when the company that collected premiums from an individual is determined to […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) August 1, 2013 – A traumatic brain injury is not just the result of hard blows to the head. It may be a seemingly minor blow, but nonetheless, a subdural hematoma forms. “Not many people realize that a minor blow to the head, at no matter what age, may cause another form of traumatic brain injury, a subdural hematoma. Even minor head injuries may result in pooled blood within the brain that builds up pressure, necessitating surgery to release it,” said Tom Robenalt, a Cleveland traumatic brain injury lawyer. Head trauma, leading to brain bleeding, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2013 – Three Land O’ Lakes high school students were seriously injured in a car accident near their campus on a recent Friday. Kyle Hunnewell, Shawn Bosley, and Emilio Batista, all 17-year-old seniors at Sunlake High School, were on their way to school when the accident happened. Hunnewell’s car collided with a van driven by William Ase, 49, of New Port Richey. Ase suffered minor injuries. The three students were all wearing seat belts, according to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) report. “This accident could have been much worse,” said Tampa auto accident […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 29, 2013 – A Texas resident has filed a lawsuit alleging that Pradaxa, a blood thinner, resulted in severe internal bleeding. The manufacturer of Pradaxa, Boehringer Ingelheim, is facing a number of similar lawsuits alleging that their blood-thinning medication causes internal hemorrhaging and that consumers are not being adequately warned. “Anyone experiencing any issues after taking Pradaxa should immediately speak to their doctor,” warned Waxahachie personal injury lawyer John Hale. The lawsuit was filed this May in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas by a plaintiff who first began taking […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) July 26, 2013 – Videotaped nursing home abuse is typically irrefutable evidence in court. “Oklahoma stepped up to the plate and signed a Bill into law that allows nursing home residents, or their family members, to install an e-monitoring system in the patient’s room. No one can stop a family member from doing that. It’s a good idea and has the capacity to change the law relating to nursing home abuse across the country,” stated Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. The state of […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2013 – Patients harmed by preventable medical errors have the right to seek compensation for those mistakes. “When someone goes to hospital, they go with the expectation they will be helped and healed. When something goes wrong, such as a preventable medical error, the patient is left devastated and faces a life they no longer recognize,” said Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. Consider the case of a woman admitted to a New York hospital for brain surgery. Surgeons operated on the wrong side of her brain. The 36-year-old woman ended up […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) July 19, 2013 – Without hospital errors, or fewer of them, patients would fare better medically. “Most hospitals in the U.S., face a never ending battle with medical mistakes, or hospital errors. Doctors and other professional staff are human. They make mistakes. Those mistakes may seriously injure or kill someone. It appears there may be a new method to prevent such errors, and it’s all in how you hold your hand,” explained Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, who practices personal injury law in Arkansas. A new approach involves a […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 18, 2013 – Traumatic brain injury is often hard to define, as each case is different. “Brain injuries are much like whiplash, they are silent, unseen and people don’t understand what they mean or know how to deal with the consequences of a head injury,” said Austin injury lawyer Brooks Schuelke, with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. Consider the 1984 case that launched a brain injury coalition. A 15-year-old boy was on his way home from football and was struck by a car. He suffered severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) and now requires around-the-clock care. […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2013 – An Illinois firefighter filed a lawsuit against a trucking company over injuries from a truck accident. Tyler Cobler, a Hudson firefighter, filed the federal lawsuit against Move It Auto Transport of Washington state. The March accident on Interstate 39 killed Chris Brown, a firefighter with the Bloomington Fire Department. The collision also injured four other firefighters and damaged three emergency vehicles. “This tragic case underscores the importance of slowing down when encountering emergency vehicles,” said Robert Briskman, a Chicago truck accident attorney not involved in the case. The lawsuit also names […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) July 16, 2013 – Another set of changes to medical malpractice rules has been passed in Florida. “Each time a state trots out more legislation to change medical malpractice rules, it’s a fair bet medical negligence victims end up taking the brunt of the changes,” indicated Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. The most recent legislative addition to the Florida legal landscape is SB 1792, that mandates that an expert witness called for the plaintiff in a medical malpractice case must practice precisely the same kind of medicine as the defendant. They can no […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 15, 2013 – The U.S. Senate has wrapped up extensive debate on the issues of immigration reform and hammering out Bill S.744. Members of the Senate have announced that they have reached an agreement on Bill S.744, rejecting a number of amendments and adding in stricter border security requirements. “It may be that immigration will always be a hot-button topic for the United States,” stated Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee. “And compromise from all political parties is the way the country continues to move forward.” Senators Bob Corker and John Hoeven along with the […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 15, 2013 – A Harris County father has brought a lawsuit against a wildlife park after his son was injured. The suit filed against Animals of the Earth Inc. alleges that a child was injured during a tram ride in 2012 at the park owned by the defendant company. The petition was filed in Galveston County District Court on June 19 by Arthur Reyna, Sr. and on behalf of Mr. Reyna’s minor child. Mr. Reyna claims that the Bayou Wildlife Park tram operator drove the vehicle negligently when Mr. Reyna and his son were […]


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