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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 29, 2012 – Three federal judges have upheld the dismissal of a wrongful death lawsuit against the Church of Scientology. The suit was brought by the mother of a Virginia man who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound while visiting his father, a Scientologist, in Clearwater, Fla. “Suicides are particularly tragic and difficult for families to deal with,” said Tampa wrongful death attorney Robert Joyce. “If survivors believe a third party may be culpable, it is important to investigate that possibility.” According to Clearwater police, on the night of Feb. 16, 2007, Kyle Brennan, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2012 – The U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division recently released a grim report accusing Florida officials of improperly housing disabled children in adult nursing homes. Federal laws require state governments to house and treat disabled people in socially integrative settings or at their homes whenever possible, as opposed to warehousing them in large, isolated institutions. “This new report is troubling in its accusations,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. “Disabled children should not be housed in nursing homes unless it truly means the best possible care for the child.” The Justice […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 17, 2012 – The Alzheimer’s Association has awarded its largest-ever research grant. Almost $4.2 million is going to the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer’s Network in St. Louis, Missouri, to study if early intervention can slow or stop the progress of the disease. The grant will be paid out over four years. Congress passed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act to comprehensively study, treat and battle the disease, one that is expected to affect an aging U.S. population. As the population of U.S. adults doubles over the next twenty years, the number of people with Alzheimer’s is […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 16, 2012 – The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) recently issued an “immediate suspension order” to halt the shipping of oxycodone and other controlled substances from a Walgreens distribution center in Jupiter, Fla. The agency issues immediate suspension orders when they believe a drug distributor, dispensary or physician represents “an imminent danger to the public safety.” “Florida doctors and pharmacies have come under close scrutiny for their role in the scourge of prescription drug abuse,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. The order is the latest DEA action against distributors and retailers of addictive […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 10, 2012 – On September 5, 2012, a preliminary injunction was issued by a judge on cutbacks threatened for New York state’s Medicaid coverage. At issue was whether New York had violated federal law by cutting back on personal care funding to individuals on Medicaid. Some state residents who were receiving shifts of multiple at-home care workers to cover each 24-hour period were instead only allotted a single aide who would reside with the disabled person. The preliminary injunction effectively halted the cut-back, determining that the plaintiffs had a “substantial likelihood” of succeeding as […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 9, 2012 – An accident above Florida’s Turnpike in Boca Raton, Florida may have been a suicide. Authorities are investigating a crash that took place below the Southwest 18th Street overpass. Apparently, a man driving on the overpass, went off the road and into the guard rail, which was not strong enough to prevent his vehicle from careening off the overpass, onto the southbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike below. “It looks like this particular incident was not nearly as bad as it could have been,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. “Still, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 2, 2012 – Florida remains the most dangerous state in the nation for bicyclists. There are nearly as many bike-related deaths there in the average year as in California, which has a population roughly twice as large. California is similar to Florida, in that the weather is conducive to bicycling all year long in much of the state. California has well over 37,000,000 people and Florida has about 19 million. Florida had 125 deaths from biking accidents in 2008 and California just 99. “Bicycle recreation is very appealing in our beautiful state, and unfortunately, […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 1, 2012 – Ohio recently launched a series of financial incentives to encourage and promote positive nursing home standards. The new approach ties a percentage of the Medicaid payments, on which most nursing homes rely to quantifiable quality ratings, including residents’ satisfaction levels, the ratio of nurses-to-staff and the number of avoidable medical complications that arise on a regular basis. “States have long struggled to find how to improve the quality of nursing home care when it is needed. They’ve tried fines, citations and various sanctions,” said Dallas elder care attorney John Hale. “Hopefully, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 25, 2012 – A forty-year old man died in a speedboat accident near Crab Island on Saturday afternoon. He had been riding in a thirty-foot speed boat with three others, when the driver lost control, sending the boat into a spin. The force of the sudden spin launched the four occupants out of the vessel. “These accidents are tough for everyone involved,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. “Often, the deaths are all too preventable.” Drivers sometimes forget how difficult speedboats can be to control, and how readily they can eject passengers in […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 10, 2012 – Florida A&M University is the target of a lawsuit filed by the family of Robert Champion, a drum major who died in November. It is a wrongful death suit alleging Florida A&M University officials knew of a marching band ritual that includes hazing. Apparently Champion was beaten by several band members on the band’s bus. There were 11 band members in total charged with felony hazing. The incident was so disturbing the band was suspended through the next school year. Also, the band director retired, even though he had been serving […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 6, 2012 – Abuse of patients suffering from brain injuries has allegedly taken place at the Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation in Wauchula, Florida. Twenty former and current patients have said residents have frequently been abused, confined and neglected. Additionally, over 2,000 pages of various documents such as police reports, autopsies and medical records, reportedly show violence, and even death have occurred at the facility. In five resident deaths – two in the last 1.5 years – families of patients, or official agencies, have indicated there has been abuse. (The other three deaths happened […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 31, 2012 – A man was killed after being thrown from his vehicle and then run over on Interstate 90 in Santa Rosa County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. A 40-year-old Milton man was driving a Ford F-150 at about 4 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle. He was headed east and in some proximity to Smith’s Fish Camp Road. After losing control of his truck, he was thrown from it and landed in the eastbound lane. Here he was struck by another vehicle and died. The victim was not wearing […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 6, 2012 – A teenager in Florida will likely recover from a severe brain injury, caused by being impaled by a 3-foot-long spear, while spear fishing. On June 8, Yasser Lopez, age 16, was fishing with a friend near Miami. When the friend attempted to load the spear gun, he accidentally shot Lopez. The spear penetrated his skull above the right eye, went through his brain, and exited the back of his head. Lopez survived the brain injury and underwent a three-hour-long surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital, from which he will enter an intensive […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 1, 2012 – Many new safety technologies have been introduced in automobiles now on the market, and according to a new study, at least some of them are working. The study, by the Highway Loss Data Institute (Institute), analyzed insurance claims in conjunction with data from automobile accidents. The non-profit institute is funded by the insurance industry. “The emergence of these new safety technologies are an important step toward reducing the number of tragic injuries and deaths that occur on the highway,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa car accident attorney with the Joyce & […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2012 – A man described as a pill mill “mogul” received a sentence of 20 years in federal prison, but his sentence may be greatly reduced because of his cooperation with authorities. According to court records, Vincent Colangelo, 43, dispensed more than half a million prescription pills, such as oxycodone throughout Florida, racking up a small fortune before he was apprehended. “This case is another sad reminder of the pill mill epidemic Florida is facing,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa pill mill litigation attorney, with Joyce & Reyes Law Firm. “While this perpetrator […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2012 – Times can be tough for baby boomers moving into retirement and their golden years, as well as their adult children. The latter are becoming caregivers and relied upon to support their parents financially. “Statistics show that more than 32 percent of adult offspring chipped in $5,000 or more of their own money to help out their parents last year. More than 75 percent, while selflessly helping out their folks, wonder if this will have a negative impact on their own financial situation,” indicated John Hale, a Dallas elder law attorney and […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 18, 2012 – The Toral Family Foundation is offering a scholarship program for members of the healthcare field who want to learn more about brain injuries to enhance their competence in treating them. The Florida foundation is offering three professionals paid trips to the 10th Annual North American Brain Injury Society Medical Conference on Sept. 12-15 in Miami. Each scholarship is valued at $1,500 and includes entry to the conference. Applicants to the scholarship program must be employed in the healthcare field within the state of Florida, and work in the brain injury field. […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2012 – The good news is that thanks to medical advances and other factors, people are living longer than ever. The less than stellar news is this extended life span does not necessarily translate into a high quality of life in one’s later years. “With that comes the issue of what decisions should be made to make sure elder parents get the best care possible. It was not so long ago that the nursing home (aka old folks home) was virtually the only way to go,” observed Jacob A. Hale, an elder law […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 12, 2012 – John Hale and Jacob Hale of The Hale Law Firm were recently featured in Newsweek Magazine’s June 18 Leaders in Elder Law Showcase. The section is a part of Newsweek’s 2012 Leaders promotional section — which features the leading individuals or group practices in various practice areas of law and health care. “At The Hale Law Firm, our motto ‘Wise and compassionate counsel’ is more than just a slogan; it’s what we are known for,” remarked John Hale, a Dallas elder law attorney and Dallas estate planning attorney. “We are very […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 10, 2012 – A patient at Florida State Hospital (FSH) says she was abused and neglected while she was pregnant. She says she was in labor but was refused help by four employees at the Chattahoochee hospital. The patient was at FSH during the month of October 2011. In December she was taken by helicopter to Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee where she gave birth to a baby at the 38th week of gestation. The baby was stillborn and put on life support. The woman filed a lawsuit because she believes her pregnancy […]


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