TX | Law Firm Newswire - Part 6

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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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 8, 2014 – For those employed on jobsites in Texas, it is vital to understand how workers’ compensation operates. “It’s important for workers to know that the workers’ compensation system in Texas allows employers to offer medical benefits and lost earnings to a worker involved in a jobsite accident,” explains Austin workplace injury lawyer, Brooks Schuelke of Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. Some Texas employers maintain insurance that covers the costs of work-related accidents, insurance which limits an employer’s liability if a worker files a lawsuit seeking damages for personal injuries. However, in the Lone […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 4, 2014 – In the autumn of 2013, UnitedHealthcare dropped thousands of doctors across the country from its Medicare Advantage plans. At least ten states were affected. Nearly 16 million people are enrolled in Medicare Advantage, and many struggled to make the adjustments needed before the December enrollment deadline. These struggles sparked a national concern: how does Medicare Advantage protect seniors when private insurance companies make changes? Under Medicare Advantage, the federal government reimburses insurance carriers for their care of beneficiaries. UnitedHealthcare is one of the leading providers. When an insurance company makes a […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 1, 2014 – Contact sports participants need to be informed about the serious nature of traumatic brain injury (TBI). “The latest research shows that current football helmets are not properly protecting players when they are hit on the side of the head. Hits there may also cause brain swelling and concussion,” adds Brooks Schuelke, a traumatic brain injury lawyer in Austin with the firm Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. The ten helmets used for testing by researchers were only capable of reducing the likelihood of TBI by approximately 20 percent, with the most effective one […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 26, 2014 – A former police chief has settled a lawsuit against the city of Jasper, Texas and other defendants, having claimed that he was discriminated against because of his race. Rodney Pearson, the first African-American police chief of Jasper, filed the lawsuit. He claimed that Jasper Mayor Mike Lout, also the owner of a local radio station, portrayed Pearson as a “thief” in an attempt to stoke racial tension against him. Pearson’s employment was terminated in June 2012 after a recall election removed three black city council members and elected a white majority. […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 17, 2014 – An allegedly drunken driver slammed into a large crowd of people at the South by Southwest festival in Austin leaving two dead and at least 23 injured. “According to eyewitness reports, the Austin police were chasing a man they suspected was driving while impaired. They spotted him heading the wrong way on a one-way street and when they went to stop him, he took off at high speed, taking a diversionary run through a gas station parking lot. The lot was solidly parked and the pursuing cruiser had to stop and […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2014 – The night was still young for the South by Southwest festivalgoers, excited to be enjoying the event. Suddenly, a car crashed into groups of pedestrians, leaving two dead and many injured. “This event was truly horrific,” indicates Brooks Schuelke, a wrongful death lawyer with Austin’s Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. “An allegedly drunk driver ran into a crowd of people attending a local festival, crashed into a van, taxicab and moped, killing two and injuring 23. The survivors were taken to a nearby hospital. Some were lucky enough to go home. At […]


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LaGarde Law Firm is proud to announce the debut of its brand-new website at www.LaGardeLaw.com. Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 4, 2014 – LaGarde Law Firm is a personal injury and business dispute firm based in Houston, Texas. Husband-and-wife partners Richard LaGarde and Mary Ellis LaGarde have over 45 years combined experience in cases ranging from oil rig injuries, general injuries, and wrongful death, to oil and gas disputes, insurance claims, and contract disputes. The new website features overviews of the firm’s major practice areas as well as updated profiles of attorneys Richard LaGarde, Mary Ellis LaGarde, and Kristina […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2014 – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has criticized U.S. immigration policy and called for reform. Jindal, a Republican who has been mentioned as a possible 2016 presidential candidate, had some harsh words for the U.S. immigration system in an interview with CNN on February 2, 2014. As the son of Indian immigrants, the governor communicated a sense of frustration, but also the hope that his party may be edging closer toward compromise legislation on immigration in 2014. Jindal, whose parents emigrated to the United States from Punjab, told CNN’s Candy Crowley that the […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 26, 2014 – Increased demand for EB-5 visas allowing foreign investors to gain permanent residence in the U.S. may lead to a backlog in visa availability. Activity in the investor EB-5 visa program has expanded widely over the past several years, and a record number of EB-5 petitions were filed during fiscal year 2013. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported that 6,517 initial EB-5 visa petitions were received from foreign investors under the program. At of the end of the government’s fiscal year (September 30, 2013), 3,696 investor petitions had been […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 24, 2014 – The Texas Supreme Court will decide a $10 million dispute between property owners and Occidental Permian Ltd. over the valuation of natural gas production. The case questions whether a company can take deductions for the cost of carbon injection from the mineral royalties it pays to property owners. “Deductions for production costs and post-production costs are a common area of dispute between royalty owners and oil and gas producers,” says Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin oil and gas attorney not involved with the case. “It is extremely important for mineral and […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2014 – President Obama and congressional Republicans are now offering nuanced views on immigration issues for 2014. Key developments in January suggest that immigration reform may finally be close to realization. The first month of the year has already seen a presidential interview and a new set of principles on immigration promulgated by the House Republican caucus. Hope for an enacted compromise seems stronger than ever before as both sides of the debate take steps toward each other’s positions. In the wake of his State of the Union address, President Obama granted an […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 5, 2014 – The mother of a young man who was pushed into a moving DART train by four boys in Dallas two years ago has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Takeysha Keys has filed against Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and the four boys in state district court. The plaintiff has requested a $20 million verdict. The complaint alleges that DART failed to take action to stop the attack that resulted in the November 22, 2011 death of Octavius Lanier. “A wrongful death lawsuit may be able to bring some measure of justice […]


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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 31, 2014 – Recently, an allegedly drunk driver rammed into a tree, splitting the vehicle in half. The accident scene he left behind was brutally shocking. “When a fast-moving object, like a car, is being driven by someone allegedly under the influence, chances are, something bad is going to happen. It did in this case. The drunk driver ran his vehicle into a tree, splitting it into two pieces and killing his passenger,” explained Austin DWI lawyer Bobby Lee of Lee, Gober & Reyna. The Acura Integra slammed into a tree on a center […]


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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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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 29, 2014 – Automobile safety regulators are pushing for new devices that may help prevent driver error, the cause of many car accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTA) is making a push for new equipment that will help prevent collisions, immobilize cars if the driver is impaired and prevent automobiles from starting if seat belts are not fastened. “There is no question that human error is behind most automobile collisions,” said John D. Hale, a Waxahachie car accident attorney. “Any type of new technology that can help reduce mistakes should be welcomed […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 25, 2013 – A mock car accident included a graphic teaching tool for high school students. “This mock reality teaching tool for students is innovative and hits home for those that witness the aftermath of a two vehicle head-on collision, complete with live students acting as accident victims,” outlined Austin injury lawyer Brooks Schuelke, with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. The back-story for the teaching scenario: a high school freshman and his friends were on the way to the prom. Traveling in the other direction, toward them, was another carful of students who had been […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 8, 2013 – A number of recent health care reforms are pushing health policy advisors to rethink how to meet the growing need for elder health care professionals. Panelists at a senior health care forum in Manhattan recently expressed concern about the future of elder care in the U.S. The symposium, hosted by Jewish Home Life Care and the Himan Brown Charitable Trust, included the health policy professor at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Dr. John Wallis Rowe, who stated that the number of heath care workers specializing in geriatrics was […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 4, 2013 – Some drugs help. Other drugs, like Cymbalta, have the potential to kill, as they did in this case. “Wrongful death, defective product lawsuits involving the suicide of a young teen are particularly hard to deal with. The family is distraught and in shock. They want to know that what happened to their son will never happen to anyone else. The drug Cymbalta is at the center of the storm in this lawsuit and eventual settlement,” indicated Austin injury lawyer Brooks Schuelke, with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. Cymbalta was approved for use […]


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