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VA Looking at Potential Closure of Out of Date and Half-Occupied Hospitals and Clinics

VA Secretary Bob McDonald testified to the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee that the department has 336 buildings nationwide that are less than half-occupied, many of which are completely unused. The combined maintenance cost for such sites totals above $24 million each year. Secretary McDonald also pointed out that 1,300 of VA facilities are at least 70 years old and are in dire need of upgrades... 

The Little Known Youth Caregiver Among Us

As baby boomers move up in years, the need for caregivers grows larger.  Included in this population of caregivers is one demographic unknown to most of us.  These are the youth ages 8-18 who help look after a loved one in poor health or disabled and there are about 1.3-1.4 million of them. 60% of these young caregivers remarked that care giving had negative impacts on their performance and attendance... 

Auto Accident Victims Fight for Just Compensation with Litigation Funding

Auto accidents often bring emotional, physical, and financial hardship for seriously injured victims. While life is not easy after an auto accident, it is even harder to fight for a quick and fair settlement. When the lawsuit drags on, the financial impact for plaintiffs living paycheck to paycheck can be devastating. Insurance companies know this and will use deny, delay, and defend tactics to preserve... 

Special Education Waiver Proposal Threatens Student Services

Special Education Waiver Proposal Threatens Student Services By Marion Walsh, Esq. and Sandi Rosenbaum, Special Education Advocate On March 4, 2015, between 6:30-8:00, the Lower Hudson Valley Special Education Advocacy Task Force will be holding a Policy Discussion Forum at the Arc of Westchester to discuss the Executive Budget and the proposed waiver of special education requirements.   This... 

Special Education Waiver Proposal Threatens Student Services

By Marion Walsh, Esq. and Sandi Rosenbaum, Special Education Advocate On March 4, 2015, between 6:30-8:00, the Lower Hudson Valley Special Education Advocacy Task Force will be holding a Policy Discussion Forum at the Arc of Westchester (The Gleeson-Israel Gateway Center, 265 Saw Mill River Road (9A), Hawthorne, NY), to discuss the Executive Budget and the proposed waiver of special education requirements. ... 

Personal Injury Claim Cites FitBit Data

Wearable devices that track the movements of users to help them with personal fitness goals can also produce evidence that can be used in personal injury lawsuits. The first known case to use data from the popular FitBit device is now underway. The plaintiff in the personal injury claim was injured four years ago, before FitBits were on the market. However, because she worked as a personal trainer,... 

Families of Newtown school shooting victims file wrongful death claim notices

Ten families affected by the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Bushmaster, the company that made the Bushmaster AR-15 that Adam Lanza used to kill six adults and 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. The lawsuit accuses Bushmaster of negligence and wrongful death for manufacturing and distributing the weapon. Nine of... 

Is drowsy driving more dangerous than drunk driving? – Podcast

Driver fatigue usually does not receive as much attention as drunk driving. In this Chicago Injury Alert episode we talk about how it can be just as dangerous.  Read More →

Proving Fault in Slip and Falls Takes Time. Litigation Funding Helps Plaintiffs During the Wait.

A store that welcomes customers onto its property has a duty to keep them reasonably safe. An “unreasonable” condition that contributes to a fall can lead to an injury claim against the store. Any number of conditions might create property owner liability if a slip and fall accident occurs – defective stairs or walkways, ice or snow covered walkways, improper lighting, fallen debris,... 

The Cost of Aging in America

The Cost of Aging in America Our guest blogger this week is Emily Newhook, the community relations manager for the online master of public health (MPH@GW) offered through the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University. She lives in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyNewhook. In 2010, there were 40.3 million Americans ages 65 and older — 12 times the... 
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