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Family of four survives head-on texting-and-driving collision

A mother and her three sons were travelling on the New York State Thruway when another driver slammed into their vehicle. The driver was texting behind the wheel. The four victims were seriously injured, and they chose to file a lawsuit to obtain compensation for their life-altering injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control, distracted driving causes nine deaths each day in the United... 

Auto Insurance Isn’t All The Same

There’s an insurance company currently running television ads here in Austin (and I assume elsewhere) encouraging you to use them because “all insurance is the same” so use them and avoid the middle man. That’s basically fraud.  All auto insurance isn’t the same.  There are different coverages to buy, different deductibles to consider, and a whole host of other traps that a consumer probably... 

Florida judge allegedly punches public defender, what was the argument about?

The story about Brevard County Judge John Murphy is all over social media recently.  The judge allegedly got into an argument with an assistant public defender during court proceedings which resulted in the judge punching the PD off camera.  The video can be seen here: http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/brevard-judge-accused-punching-public-defender/ngCGC/ But what was the fight really about?  The... 

Guest Blog: Coping with Stress: Strategies to Encourage Academic Success

By Casey Schmalacker, Academic Coach, New Frontiers in Learning The academic experience is one wrought with change and obstacles that can cause high levels of stress in students. When stress is not contained, it may negatively affect learning by impairing information retention and recall. This can be especially true for students experiencing prolonged stress as a result of the rigors of the academic... 

Avoiding Medicare Mistakes

Americans approaching retirement age are usually aware of the basic facts about Medicare. However, people sometimes make assumptions that can lead to pitfalls. It is important to know what to do and when, because mistakes can cause penalties. One mistake some people make is assuming that they will not qualify for Medicare because they have [...]  Read More →

Alzheimer’s Deaths Significantly Underestimated in Past Accounts

A new study indicates that the number of deaths caused by Alzheimer’s disease may be six times higher than previously thought, making it the third most deadly disease in the United States. Only heart disease and cancer cause more fatalities. Earlier numbers indicated that 83,000 people died of Alzheimer’s in 2010, but according to the new study, the actual number of fatalities from the... 

The Vulnerably Housed and Homeless Suffer Increased Risk of TBI

Typically, traumatic brain injury (TBI) coverage focuses on those involved in contact sports and on military veterans. However, TBI also seriously affects vulnerably housed individuals and the homeless. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation recently featured a study arguing that the homeless who suffer TBI have a strong, negative impact on public expenses. Homeless and unsafely housed individuals... 

In 12 Months, VA’s Disability Claims Backlog Falls 44 Percent

In recent years, deserving U.S. veterans have had to endure lengthy waits for their disability benefits. Each case needs to be examined at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and a massive backlog of applications made the process tortuously slow. Some new applicants near major cities waited well over a year when the backlog was at its worst. Thankfully, the VA has implemented several new policies... 

Alleged Drunk Driver Crashed Into Kalamazoo Home

A house in Kalamazoo sustained considerable damage after an alleged drunk driver crashed into it and then left the scene, resulting in a search for the suspect and his eventual arrest. The house is located on West Michigan Avenue near the campus of Western Michigan University. In addition to the damage to the house, power lines were also knocked down by the crash. Authorities inspected the home before... 

Families Call for Prosecution of Execs in GM Ignition Switch Deaths

General Motors (GM) has recalled millions of vehicles equipped with faulty ignition switches that may shut the engine off during driving, which in turn may prevent the airbags from inflating in the event of a collision. GM itself has linked 31 crashes and 13 deaths to the malfunction. Multiple ongoing investigations, including a federal criminal probe, are asking whether the company intentionally concealed... 
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