lawyer | Law Firm Newswire - Part 7

Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 15, 2013 – Connecticut has a novel idea to crackdown on cellphone usage in vehicles. “Connecticut has an interesting idea to cut down on the number of people who use mobile devices when they drive,” commented Bobby Lee, an Austin personal injury lawyer, with Lee, Gober & Reyna. “If it works there, it may have possibilities in Texas.” Connecticut state lawmakers want to inform insurance companies when drivers are cited for using a cellphone while driving. The upshot of the bill would make distracted driving violations reportable to insurance companies, thus increase the person’s […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 12 , 2013 – A 65-year-old Florida man was arrested for exposing himself in a Boca Raton bookstore. “This is a somewhat odd case, as the man’s behavior was certainly questionable. He was caught masturbating in the nearby presence of a 12-year-old girl and her mother while they were reading a book in the children’s section,” explained Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. Witnesses say the child did not see the man fondling himself, and another customer stopped him and contacted store employees. Two male customers chased him down and handed him over […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 11, 2013 – The nature of the workplace these days is such that some positions need to be filled by people who are able to speak a specific language. “Being able to speak a specific language is now, more than ever, in demand in the workplace. With America being regarded as a true melting pot, the number of languages being spoken on a daily basis is on the increase,” outlined Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 10, 2013 – An Illinois man is suing a nursing home, claiming substandard care led to part of his leg being amputated. John Eric Rush has filed suit against Hillcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, located in Joliet, Illinois. Rush claims that the nursing home provided negligent care that caused deterioration in his health and made it necessary for part of his leg to be amputated. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court. “Nursing home neglect and abuse is a growing problem,” said Paul Greenberg, a Chicago nursing home abuse attorney not involved […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) July 9, 2013 – Students having difficulty paying their student loans may qualify for some type of relief to assist them. Usually, student loans are not discharged as a result of filing bankruptcy. However, there may be relief in the form of income based payments, graduated payment plans, deferment or forbearance, remarked Iowa bankruptcy lawyer, Kevin Ahrenholz. It is important for a student in a cash crunch to take action with regard to their loan before it is considered to be in default. Waiting for a student loan to default and not doing anything […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 5 , 2013 – There are times when upholding the law may include apparently overly stringent applications of the law. That is the impression of one Lakeland criminal defense lawyer. “Polk County’s Bartow High School had a bit of excitement recently involving an explosion as the result of a female student mixing toilet bowl cleaner and aluminium foil in a plastic bottle. The bottle top flew off, the container smoked and then exploded. It was a small explosion,” said Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense lawyer. The student, who decided to conduct a science […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 4, 2013 – Demoted workers may genuinely not be meeting employer’s expectations. “In this recent case, Banthia v. Roche Diagnostics, No. 11-3290, 7th Cir., 2012, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals found in favor of the defendant employer. Justices ruled that even if a demoted worker had consistently received good performance reviews, it does not mean that the employee is still meeting workplace expectations,” stated 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 worker […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) July 2, 2013 – While many people are tempted to get a pay day loan to help them through a tough cash flow period, financial experts warn this is not a smart fiscal move. The debt load faced by the majority of U.S. citizens is staggering. Most debt currently overwhelming these households originates from debts relating to home mortgages, credit card charges, large medical bills and other personal liabilities. Because so many people find they need more cash on hand, they resort to applying for a payday loan. Most major cities and even some […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 26, 2013 – Illinois citizens held a ceremony recently to honor workers who died on the job. Workers and their families gathered on the north lawn of the Illinois State Capitol on April 28 to commemorate Workers’ Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor workers who died on the job. The gathering was organized by the AFL-CIO. “Far too many workers are injured or lose their lives on the job,” said Robert Briskman, a Chicago workers’ compensation attorney. “Memorials like this one are an important reminder of the terrible price that some workers […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 21, 2013 – A recent insurance company survey reveals daydreaming is another deadly distraction. “The news is full of stories about people dying as a result of texting and driving and/or webbing and driving. Now, a report by the Erie Insurance Group concludes that one in ten people, of the 65,000 killed between 2010 and 2011, were driving while distracted. Their research was based on studying police reports that, among other things, contained the official notation that the driver had been lost in thought, or day dreaming, prior to the crash,” indicated Austin personal […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 20, 2013 – Efforts are underway in Texas to reduce distracted driving, a major cause of traffic accidents. Statistics show that distracted driving is a serious problem, and may be severely underreported. In Texas, public education efforts are underway by local government and cell phone companies to discourage distracted driving. “Distracted driving is a major cause of traffic accidents resulting in injury or death,” said Waxahachie personal injury attorney John Hale. “It is very important for drivers to realize that taking your eyes off the road for even a second can be extremely dangerous.” […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) June 20, 2013 – Medical malpractice laws may soon not be an issue. Looming large is a recent trend for corporations to buy physician’s practices. “Although most of the states in the country are focusing on tightening medical malpractice laws, rules and regulations, Florida is giving the heads-up to a trending issue that may change the landscape of how medical care is delivered. Many small physicians’ offices are being snapped up by large corporations, effectively making the doctor an employee, and no longer an owner,” explained Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer, Tom Robenalt. Physicians view this […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2013 – A bill approved in the Illinois House would toughen speed limits in school zones. Under the proposed legislation, drivers would be required to slow down to 20 mph any time a child is present in a school zone, not only when school is in session. Current law requires drivers to slow down in a school zone only on school days between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook, said that children should be protected when crossing the street after school hours. Researchers have found that this time period is […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 14, 2013 – Each passing day brings the news that more transvaginal lawsuits have been filed across the nation. “It was just five short years ago that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicated there were risks involving mesh implants. Since that time, the number of lawsuits, as a result of mesh implant side effects, has increased astronomically,” remarked Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. Why the apparent sudden increase in the number of transvaginal lawsuits filed? At first, it was a trickle of complaints about […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 13, 2013 – The U.S. Supreme Court declined to overturn two rulings allowing wrongful death lawsuits against nursing homes, including an Illinois case. The Illinois case involves Joyce Gott, who died while under the care of Odin Healthcare Center, a residential nursing home in Odin, Illinois. Gott’s daughter, Sue Carter, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the nursing home. The nursing home argued that because Carter had signed an arbitration agreement on her mother’s behalf, she should not be allowed to bring a wrongful death suit in court. The Illinois Supreme Court allowed the […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2013 – Central Texas’ largest assemblage of plaintiff’s personal injury lawyers, has elected a new president. “I’m honored to have been elected as president of CATLA,” said Brooks Schuelke, a plaintiff’s Austin personal injury lawyer. “The attorneys in this group are driven every single day to ensure their clients are not taken advantage of by corporate wrongdoers or insurance companies. Justice is not just a concept to them. It is a personal mission.” CATLA’s dedicated mission is to work together to effectively represent clients injured by the negligence of others, and to make […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2013 – If a worker states they are sick enough to trigger FMLA leave, do they need to spell that out each time they need to take time off? The answer is unclear. “This is one of those cases where an answer to the legal question was not made clear by the courts. It’s likely the case may be appealed, or another one similar to it may make its way to court and conclude with a different resolution,” remarked Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2013 – A new study finds that Texas has the worst record in the nation for construction safety and construction accident deaths. A report released from Workers Defense Project and the University of Texas – Austin found that construction workers in Texas are dying from work-related accidents at double the rate of construction workers in California. The study, “Build a Better Texas,” released in January 2013, states that the Texas construction industry experienced 10.7 deaths in 2010 per 100,000 workers. The U.S. overall rate in 2010 was 8.8 per 100,000 workers. “The numbers […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2013 – Nearly 3.2 million Americans live in nursing care facilities. Many are subjected to abuse at the hands of their caregivers. “Many people are horrified to hear that nursing home abuse is quite common —- more common than we would like to admit. Of the 3.2 million Americans in care facilities, just about one in three of those homes have been singled out for violations and close to 10 percent of the residents have been subjected to abuse. The shocking statistics don’t end there,” added Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 11, 2013 – Construction workers in Texas face dangerous conditions on work sites across the state. “It’s well known that since the construction industry in Texas started to quickly revive, that workers are dealing with a number of workplace issues —- labor rights violations, poor wages, improper or no training and dangerous work sites,” explained Austin injury lawyer Brooks Schuelke, with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. Texas leads the nation in the number of fatal construction worker accidents. While there are some protections afforded these laborers, they do not adequately address the level of danger […]


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