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After the Lawsuit Is Filed it’s Time to Apply for Litigation Funding

Auto accidents often cause severe injuries that require immediate and long-term medical attention. Many times, the victim is even forced to take time off from work to recover. A loss of income plus extensive medical bills can be financially devastating for the victim and their family. In order to pay the bills and avoid foreclosure, plaintiffs may consider settling for less than full case value, yet... 

Thirteen Million Dollars Awarded in Birth Injury Lawsuit

A Michigan jury has awarded $13 million to a woman who claimed that medical errors during childbirth left her daughter disfigured and unable to fully use her right arm. The large verdict was awarded September 27, 2013 to Libbey Bryson of Flint, Michigan after a 12-day trial. The defendant hospital indicated that it was considering an appeal. The lawsuit claimed that doctors pulled too hard on Bryson’s... 

Personal Life Expectancies and Retirement Planning

In planning for retirement, many people focus on how much money they will need to save in order to live comfortably. However, in order to get to that number, one should calculate a personal life expectancy, as many people tend to underestimate the number of years of retirement for which they need to save. As Janet Novack points out in an excellent Forbes column, there are a number of retirement calculators... 

Service Dogs: What to Do if Your Service Dog is Denied Public Access

Individuals with disabilities who have service dogs should be prepared with knowledge of the law when they enter business establishments. If a dispute occurs over access to the business, then individuals will need to assert their legal rights in a clear and calm manner. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits privately owned businesses that serve the public from discriminating against... 

Social Security Announces New Disability Process for Veterans

Social Security Announces New Disability Process for Veterans The process of applying for Social Security disability benefits will be expedited for some veterans. Under a new initiative, veterans who have a 100 percent Permanent and Total disability compensation rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be able to apply for Social Security disability [...]  Read More →

NFL Colts owner Jim Irsay arrested for DUI and possession of controlled substances St. Patty’s weekend.

Jim Irsay, owner of the NFL Indianapolis Colts, was arrested Sunday night for suspicion of DUI and possession of controlled substances. Mr. Irsay faces the DUI charge and three (3) felony counts of possessing a controlled substance. Mr. Irsay allegedly drove at a slow rate of speed, stopped in the roadway and failed to signal a turn before police stopped him.  It is not illegal to drive slower than... 

Artist Colonies Are Now Retirement Options

As baby boomers enter their retirement years, their diverse interests are driving a boom in non-traditional retirement communities — including artist colonies. One group of Senior Artists Colonies has been designed in partnership with the nonprofit EngAge organization, which provides arts, health and financial programs for seniors. The colonies are known for an abundance of activities, including... 

Justin Bieber’s DUI video showing him performing Field Sobriety Exercises/Tests (FSE/FST) released.

Justin Bieber’s DUI arrest in Florida is still ongoing.  Recently, the video of him performing Field Sobriety Exercises (FSE’s) was released to the public.  These are standardized tasks developed by the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA) that DUI officers use to develop probably cause for a suspected driver’s arrest for Driving Under the Influence (DUI).  NHTSA... 

Messenger Establishes Employment Relationship in Workers’ Compensation Case

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission has found that a bicycle messenger was an employee of a courier service and was therefore entitled to benefits, despite an agreement stating that the messenger was an independent contractor. The case arose from an injury the bicycle messenger received when he was struck from behind by a vehicle while making a delivery. Evidence submitted in the case... 

New Device Would Limit Teen Texting While Driving

Texting while driving is a major safety issue for teens and adults. Now, the insurance company Esurance is introducing a program that parents can use to limit their children’s cell phone use while they are behind the wheel. The DriveSafe program operates in two parts. One element is a telematics device that can be installed in the diagnostics port of any car manufactured after 1996 (except electric... 
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