Criminal Defense Help: What It Can Do

Criminal Defense Help: What It Can Do

Sometimes we make mistakes. It is not that we deliberately break the law, sometimes it is just unavoidable. Sometimes we do not even know it unless charges are pressed against us. So what’s a poor citizen to do?

Well, that citizen can fight it out in court. But just as any person doesn’t go to battle without armor, you can’t go to the judge unprepared. That is just plain suicide. No, you need a good army of lawyers behind you to help you get out of your mess. You need a good, hardworking criminal defense attorney. You need to know your stand, and you need to stand your ground. You need to get your facts straight, and the place where you can have that is the website criminaldefensehelp.com.

Being pressed with charges can turn your life upside down, that is why it is important to act quickly and acquire damage control before it’s too late and people close to you are also affected. What is worse is when you are being accused of a crime that you did not commit. A criminal defense lawyer has the responsibility of providing legal representation to the accused. The lawyer does not have the responsibility of proving innocence or helping the guilty to be set free. He has your best interests in mind and it is his job to protect you. The criminal defense lawyer focuses on getting your case dismissed.

A criminal defense attorney can prevent you from ever being taken into custody. A criminal defense attorney also has the ability to assist you against further incrimination by instructing you what to say in interrogations. A criminal defense attorney is also able to speak on your behalf and defend against the prosecution’s case by questioning witnesses in the defense’s case and cross-examining the prosecution’s witnesses.

The criminal defense attorney in california deals with cases such as white collar crimes, drug crimes, sex crimes and more. They have been pioneers in developing all forms of alternative sentencing such as house arrest and diversionary programs. They have established relationships with Judges and District Attorneys in Los Angeles, Orange, Sacramento and Ventura Counties. Choosing the legal counsel of a California criminal defense lawyer can save you from being found guilty in a criminal case. A California criminal defense lawyer often has the reputation of being staunch legal counsel by virtue of having passed the California Bar exam alone. This exam is known to be one of the toughest nationwide.

San Diego Criminal Defense Attorneys excell in DUI Defense, Drug Defense and defense of other misdemeanor and felony charges requiring the assistance of a professional attorney in San Diego and Southern California. A San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer defends each case specifically and according to the unique facts, and the law, as it is written related to the case. Attorneys argue relentlessly on behalf of their clients in the courtroom, as trial lawyers, and winning the confidence of the jury is their specialty.

Illinois attorneys are also known for their white collar criminal defense. This is their specialty.

So the next time you have been charged with a criminal offense from out of nowhere, there is no need to panic. After all, you’re innocent until proven guilty. All you have to do is employ the help and services of attorneys in criminal defense. Criminaldefensehelp.com provides you with the necessary information.

Originally posted 2010-01-02 08:25:26.

Petersburg Police Sued Over Wreck That Killed Two Youths After High Speed Chase

Petersburg Police Sued Over Wreck That Killed Two Youths After High Speed Chase Attorney Charles H. Cuthbert, Jr., Files Lawsuits for Families of Victims

Petersburg, Virginia August 15, 2009 — Attorney Charles H. Cuthbert, Jr., of Cuthbert Law Offices has filed lawsuits against the Petersburg Bureau of Police and two officers on behalf of the families of an injured teenager and a teenager killed in a wreck after a high-speed police chase.

The lawsuits were filed on behalf of Gary A. Hargrave, whose son, Donte Keivon Howlett, died in the July 2008 accident, and Ethel A. Burgess, whose daughter was seriously injured in the crash. They seek a total of $15.7 million in damages.

The lawsuits, filed in Petersburg Circuit Court for the Commonwealth of Virginia, are in re: Gary A. Hargrave, Administrator of the Estate of Donte Keivon Howlett, (Case No. CL09-539) and Ethel A. Burgess (Case No. CL09-538).

The fatal accident occurred on the night of July 22, 2008 after a police chase at speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour, according to the complaints. The lawsuits alleged that Petersburg Police Officer Christopher Mark Womack, driving a 2008 Dodge Charger police car, began a pursuit of a Pontiac Sunfire because he suspected that one of the occupants had shoplifted at a 7-Eleven store.

None of the occupants of the Pontiac had shoplifted anything from the store, the lawsuits state.

In chasing the vehicle, Officer Womack violated the rules and regulations of the Petersburg Police that stipulate that pursuits involving even moderate risk should not be initiated for misdemeanors or minor infractions, the lawsuit said. Since the pursuit involved speeds of 80 miles per hour, the chase represented a high-risk activity that endangered the public. As a result of Office Womack’s gross negligence, Howlett was killed, the lawsuit alleges.

The lawsuit also alleges that Police Sgt. David Cassort, the on-duty supervisor, breached his duty to monitor and control Officer Womack to prevent the high-speed pursuit that posed unreasonable danger. The lawsuit contended that the Petersburg police should have been aware of the hazards of a high-speed driving because two years earlier, in July 2006, another police officer responding to a call slammed into a Ford pickup, killing the driver and his wife and knocking the axles out from under the truck.

The lawsuit also names as a defendant the estate of Javon D. Butts, the driver of the Pontiac who was also killed in the accident.

Hargrave is seeking $10 million in compensatory damages, for his son who was killed. Burgess is asking for $5 million compensatory damages for her daughter who was seriously injured. In addition, both are asking for $350,000 in punitive damages.

About Cuthbert Law Offices
For more than 30 years, Cuthbert Law Offices has successfully litigated cases for clients and their families throughout Virginia. The firm handles personal injury claims including car and truck accidents, medical malpractice and wrongful deaths. The firm also helps clients obtain disability benefits that the Social Security Administration has denied.

Charles H. Cuthbert, Jr., firm partner, focuses his practice on representing victims of serious injuries. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a member of the bars in Virginia and North Carolina, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

To contact the law firm, call the Petersburg Office at (804) 733-3100 or the Richmond office at (804) 643-3100 or reach the firm online with the electronic contact form at http://www.cuthbertlaw.com/contact-us.asp.

Originally posted 2009-08-15 20:40:50.

Collection Complaints? What To Do If You Are Harassed By A Bill Collector

Collection Complaints? What To Do If You Are Harassed By A Bill Collector

New hotline designed to report the abusive actions by rogue bill collectors. Consumers may call the Collection Complaint Hotline. If they have been victims of abuse, they may turn the tables and seek compensation. Settlements are being awarded to consumers.

Waxhaw, NC September 1, 2009 — When senior citizen Dorothy Jones got home from having heart surgery, she thought the worst of her troubles were behind her. Then she got a call from a debt collector who didn’t care that she was recently hospitalized. “He called me a thief, a liar, and said he was glad I wasn’t his grandma.” After days of the calls and abusive language, Jones found herself back in the hospital due to the stress and anxiety. Weeks later, she received a large check as a result of the collector’s obnoxious behavior.

Victims like Dorothy can now call the Collection Complaint (http://www.careconnectusa.org/collection-complaints.asp) Hotline at (800) 379-0688. Since many collection agencies still believe that being “nice” doesn’t get the bill paid, some continue to use threats or find other ways to harass to get people to pay up. According to the FTC, collection complaints have risen steadily since 2003. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act is a code of conduct which collection agencies must follow by law. If they continue to call you at work after you ask them not to, or treat you rudely, or disclose your debt to any third parties; you may be entitled to money damages. “If they violate the requirements under the law, a victim can receive a speedy settlement, typically around $1500,” says attorney Jeffrey Hyslip. In addition, the debt collector is required to pay the attorney fees for anyone that successfully sues them. Consumers can call the hotline to speak with a counselor about a troubling experience they are having with a collection agency. If a violation is found, the department will file a collection complaint and seek compensation from the collector. Hyslip, a former debt collector himself, has assisted over 5000 consumers with collection complaints (http://www.careconnectusa.org/collection-complaints.asp). The group has helped victims recover over $3 million in the form of settlements. The Collector Complaint Hotline has been a useful ally for numerous consumer groups.

For more information contact the Collection Complaint (http://www.careconnectusa.org/collection-complaints.asp) Hotline (800) 379-0688. This is a free hotline for consumers. The department receives a portion of the proceeds from settlements reached. Therefore, no fees are due for the service unless a settlement is paid to the victim.

The Collection Complaint (http://www.careconnectusa.org/collection-complaints.asp) Hotline is one of several relief hotlines managed by CareConnect USA. Families and employees can connect with resources for financial relief nationwide. Their other help lines include assistance with Debt Relief, Mortgage Relief, Tax Relief, and Free Bankruptcy Advice. All hotlines can be found at CareConnectusa.org.

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Originally posted 2009-09-02 22:55:34.

Highway Safety Attorney Calls for Distracted Driving Semi-Truck Accident Law

Highway Safety Attorney Calls for Distracted Driving Semi-Truck Accident Law
Highway Safety Attorney (http://www.hornlaw.com), Douglas R. Horn, calls for comprehensive distracted driving semi-truck accident law that includes prohibiting use of portable electronic devices.

Kansas City, MO, — Highway Safety Attorney (http://www.hornlaw.com), Douglas R. Horn calls for comprehensive distracted driving semi-truck accident law that includes prohibiting use of portable electronic devices. The long haul can be boring and drivers may want to pass the time texting or browsing the web on their laptops but driving a big truck at highway speeds.

A new study by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute compiled research by videoing semi-truck drivers behavior when they were driving and found that a driver texting has a 23 times higher collision risk than a drive not texting. This far exceeds previously estimated risk based on laboratory research.

An earlier study by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released in April 2006 found that almost 80% of crashes and 65% of near-crashes involved some form of driver inattention within three seconds of the event, according to the 100-Car Naturalistic Driving Study.

“”When a truck driver takes their eyes off the road to text or perform any other activity not essential to driving the truck, it creates a new universe of risk. This is especially true when the truck is an 80,000 pound vehicle that will cause disaster when a driver loses control of their rig. As traffic volumes on major highways and interstates increase, safe operation of trucks is of premium importance to protect all motorists,” says Douglas R. Horn, Highway Safety Attorney and principal partner at the Horn Law Firm P.C. (http://www.hornlaw.com/lawyer-attorney-1483344.html).

“A comprehensive distracted driver law is a vital highway safety measure because it will help reduce the most deadly of all roadway collisions. You can be sure that trucking firms will act quickly to comply with new laws by establishing driver regulations that prohibit all forms of distracted driving in the cabs of their trucks. Without a comprehensive distracted driver law that covers all forms of driver multi-tasking, truck companies will lack a strong incentive to invest in necessary safety reforms brought on by these new technologies.” concludes Horn.

Confirming the need for comprehensive distracted driving laws, the federal government and many stats are putting regulations in place to prohibit government employees from using hand-help devices while driving in government business.

Highway Safety Attorney (http://www.hornlaw.com), Douglas R. Horn is the principal partner of Horn Law, a personal injury law firm that has an exceptional track record in maximizing client recovery in a wide variety of motor vehicle accident claims in Missouri and throughout the Midwest. Mr. Horn is a public safety advocate devoting a significant part of his practice to highway safety issues. His firm is based in Kansas City, Mo with consultation offices throughout Missouri.

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Originally posted 2009-11-14 09:23:44.

Environmental Attorney Suzanne Avena Elected to Board of Directors Of Nassau County Bar Association

Environmental Attorney Suzanne Avena Elected to Board of Directors Of Nassau County Bar Association

Suzanne Avena, environmental attorney with law firm Garfunkel, Wild & Travis, P.C. (GWT), has been elected to a three-year term to the Board of Directors of the Nassau County Bar Association (NCBA), largest suburban bar association in the nation.

Aug 06, 2009 – Suzanne Avena, an environmental attorney with the law firm of Garfunkel, Wild & Travis, P.C. (GWT), has been elected to a three-year term to the Board of Directors of the Nassau County Bar Association (NCBA), the largest suburban bar association in the nation. “As a member of the Board of Directors, Ms. Avena will play a fundamental role in leading the 6,000 member bar association as the foremost source for legal information and services for the legal profession and the various local communities in Nassau County,” noted NCBA president Emily F. Franchina.

Ms. Avena is currently Chair of the Environmental Practice Group at GWT. She counsels in all matters of environmental law, including conducting compliance and due diligence audits, negotiating with federal and state agencies regarding violations and representing clients in environmental litigation. She has particular expertise in structuring contaminated (Brownfield) commercial property transactions. Ms. Avena represents municipalities, manufacturers, real estate buyers, sellers, developers and management firms, lenders, investors, hospitals, universities, environmental contractors and consultants, and other business owners.

Ms. Avena received her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and her Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law. She lectures and writes frequently on environmental topics. She is Past-Chair of the Environmental Law Committee of the NCBA, was Alumni of the Month for St. John’s University School of Law in May 2009, and was featured in “Long Island Women in Real Estate” in March 2008 by the New York Real Estate Journal. She was also featured in “Ones to Watch” in January 2008 by Long Island Business News.

Founded in 1899, the Nassau County Bar Association (NCBA), with a membership of nearly 6,000 private and public attorneys, judges, legal educators and law students, is the largest suburban bar association in the nation. The NCBA demonstrates its commitment to the community by offering a variety of services for the public, including lawyer referral services, mortgage foreclosure and senior citizen clinics, judicial screening, public education programs and support for the Volunteer Lawyers Project, which provides much-needed free legal services for the indigent of Nassau County. For more information, call 516 747-4070, email info@nassaubar.org or visit www.nassaubar.org.

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Garfunkel, Wild & Travis, P.C.  founded in 1980, maintains one of the most active health care practices in the Northeast, while also providing services to many non-health-related clients. Always at the forefront of Federal and State developments, GWT meets a full range of needs including EPA/environmental issues, strategic planning, complex transactions, exempt and taxable financing, white collar defense, litigation, fraud and abuse, estate planning, elder law, tax issues, real estate, licensing, capital formation, health information technology, privacy & security and bankruptcy. GWT maintains offices in Great Neck, NY; Hackensack, NJ; and Stamford, CT. For more information, visit www.gwtlaw.com.

Originally posted 2009-08-18 20:03:09.

Auto Accident Disc Injury

Auto Accident Disc Injury
The human spine is a delicate piece of evolutionary engineering, one that is unfortunately vulnerable to the dangers of modern life, including auto accidents. –

PHOENIX, AZ, September 04, 2009 — Spine Form & Function

Many invertebrates have a system of numerous nerve-centers (ganglia) that control their body to the same or greater extent than their brain (cockroaches have 11 ganglia, and the common house-fly has a ganglion dedicated to controlling its wings and halteres during flight that is nearly twice as big as its brain). But to centralize decision-making to the extent that humans do requires a good communication path between the brain and the rest of the body. This communication path is the spinal cord, and the spinal column’s main job is to prevent spinal cord injury.

The spinal column also has a second job that is almost as important: it supports the body while allowing for a wide range of movement, including bending and turning. In humans, this job is made even more difficult by our upright posture, which puts all the weight of the body (and anything we carry) right down on the spinal column.

To accomplish its two jobs under these conditions, the spine is a combination of hard, inflexible bones and soft, flexible, but tough pads, known as discs. The discs are a combination of tough, fibrous cartilage surrounding a less fibrous, more fluid center. The outer cover is the annulus fibrosus and the fluid center is the nucleus pulposus. Normally, the discs are sufficient to their task of cushioning the spine while remaining flexible, but sometimes they become overwhelmed.

Beyond Human Scale
Automobiles drive faster than humans can run. They are also more massive. This combination means that they carry more kinetic energy than the human body could withstand. To protect the human passengers in the event of an auto accident, cars have crumple zones, seat belts and air bags, all of which are designed to absorb as much of that force as possible. Unfortunately, there is still the force of the human body being suddenly accelerated or decelerated by the impact. Even when all the car’s systems are working properly, this force alone can result in serious injury or death.

Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries are injuries to anything but the bone. Many soft tissue injuries from auto accidents are caused by bones and soft tissue jostling each other. Bone fractures are often easy to identify and diagnose either at the scene of the accident or in the emergency room. But some soft tissue injuries can be hidden, their severity known only much later because they do not show up on x-rays. Two significant forms of soft tissue injuries that occur during auto accidents are closed head brain injuries (concussions) and disc injuries.

The Anatomy of Disc Injury
When extreme pressure is put on the spinal column, it can force the fluid center of the disc to push outward, either deforming or rupturing the fibrous cartilage surrounding it. This is known as a herniated, slipped, or ruptured disc.

Sometimes, a herniated disc has no effects. The deformation is either so minor or is located such that it doesn’t affect you. As long as the disc still cushions your spine and doesn’t push on other tissues, it has no effect, what is known as an asymptomatic slipped disc.

Other times, though, the deformation causes the disc to put pressure on the nerve root, the point where signals to and from the brain enter or leave the spinal column. This pressure can result in reduced signals going to and from the limb, causing numbness and weakness in the limb. It can also lead to pain, intense pain in the limbs or elsewhere in the body. A common form of this is known as sciatica, the result of a herniated disc in the lower back putting pressure on the sciatic nerve roots. Its symptoms are pain, itching, or numbness that is felt in the buttock, thigh, leg, or foot. It may also be associated with pain in the back.

Treatment of Disc Injury
Some disc injury, especially minor disc injury, may resolve spontaneously after one to six months. Other disc injury may persistent. For many people, disc injuries are permanent, resulting in ongoing pain. For these people, treatment may include pain relievers, rest, and physical therapy. For about 10% of people, surgery is indicated.

The Effects of Disc Injury
People with disc injury after an auto accident may suffer crippling pain, or be significantly weakened in one or more limbs. Pain can be controlled to some extent by pain relievers, but it may still be severe enough to restrict movement or work. People with limb weakness often cannot work or enjoy recreational activities. For some people, the effects of disc injury can persist despite treatment or even surgery.

Insurance Companies and Disc Injury
Insurance companies often deny or dramatically underpay claims based on disc injury (or other soft tissue injury) after auto accidents. To some extent, this is because they know some unscrupulous people try to make exaggerated claims of soft tissue injury. To another extent, it is just business for insurance companies to try to get out of paying your claim.

To make insurance companies recognize and pay for your real pain often requires the help of a personal injury lawyer who knows how to document your disc injury and persuade insurance companies (or, if necessary, a jury) about the legitimacy of your claim. If you are in the Phoenix, Arizona area and believe you suffered a disc injury in an auto accident, consult the website of Phoenix, Arizona personal injury lawyer Jerrold Mayro today to learn more.

Website: http://www.mayrolaw.com

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Originally posted 2009-09-09 23:06:52.

Online Evidence Can Be Damaging in Divorce Court

Online Evidence Can Be Damaging in Divorce Court

As more people use social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, investigators, attorneys and others are uncovering incriminating evidence that can wind up in courtrooms.

 August 20, 2009 — Online Evidence Can Be Damaging in Divorce Court

Article provided by Law Offices of Scott David Stewart
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More than ever, the Internet is serving as a place where busy people interact with their friends and family and even meet new people. The Internet is also becoming a place where legal evidence is gathered, to be used in divorces and even criminal trials.

As more people use social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, investigators, attorneys and others are uncovering incriminating evidence that can wind up in courtrooms. Legal experts say divorcing people too often post comments, photos and videos that can be damaging when presented in court.

Specialists in Internet security say many users don’t give enough thought to what they post online. They say users should not put anything on a blog, social networking page, Web site or e-mail that they wouldn’t want publicly aired on the front page of their local newspaper — or in court.

Damage caused by posting self-incriminating evidence can be especially painful in divorce cases in which custody of a child is at stake. Examples of this evidence include indiscreet comments about an affair, a cell phone video of a girlfriend or boyfriend, photos of partying, and harsh criticisms of a soon-to-be-former spouse. All of this and more can potentially be used to harm a case in the eyes of a judge.

Experts say nothing posted online is truly private. They advise that you keep intimate or potentially damaging information private by keeping it off of the Internet altogether. Many divorce attorneys and investigators now routinely examine the contents of social network pages of clients and their spouses.

They’re not the only ones examining social sites for legal evidence. Law enforcement officials and potential employers are also increasingly turning to Facebook, LinkedIn and other sites for valuable information.

Ultimately, if you want information to remain private, don’t put it at risk by putting it on the Internet.

Originally posted 2009-08-21 00:07:00.

Controller Allegedly Didn’t Warn Pilot Before Hudson River Crash and New York Personal Injury Lawyers Examine the Wreckage of Logic

Controller Allegedly Didn’t Warn Pilot Before Hudson River Crash and New York Personal Injury Lawyers Examine the Wreckage of Logic

An FAA spokesperson says that they “have no reason to believe at this time that these actions contributed to the accident” in lower New York. Personal injury lawyers want to know what contributed to the accident.

New York, NY August 21, 2009 — In a tragedy that touched the citizens of two nations, a midair crash between a Liberty Tours helicopter and a plane above the Hudson River, killed 9 people including five tourists from Italy and three family members from Pennsylvania, one of them only 16-years old, to the dismay of New York accident lawyers.

The incident greatly attracted attention from both the media and people of New York, personal injury lawyers (http://perecman.com/accident-lawyer-new-york.htm) included. In published reports by the New York Post (http://www.nypost.com/seven/08152009/news/regionalnews/talked_victims_to_death_184662.htm), it appears that the Teterboro air traffic controller on duty during the midair crash of the plane that hit a helicopter on August 8, was on a distracting cell phone call, talking to his girlfriend about a dead cat when the accident occurred. Not only that, his supervisor, against regulations, allegedly had left the tower.

The tragedy took place on the heavily traveled flight corridor over the Hudson River, where planes and helicopters frequently take tourists up to see the spectacular view of Manhattan.

“What makes this accident even more tragic is that it could have been prevented,” said David Perecman, a New York personal injury lawyer.

In an amateur video, the moment of impact was captured by a tourist, and likely to now be used as evidence for a New York personal injury lawyer.

In those less regulated skies over Manhattan, personal injury lawyers know that sightseers have died before. In another accident that made international headlines and the note pads of many New York personal injury lawyers, Yankee pitcher Cory Lidle and his flight instructor were killed during a sightseeing flight over the East River in 2006. The plane they were in crashed into an Upper East Side apartment building.

“In New York, personal injury lawyers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxyxVs8X7_M) find it hard to believe, with any knowledge of the skies and the situations these pilots are flying into, that a controller would be less than100% alert,” added Perecman.

The Teterboro Airport controller and his supervisor, have both been suspended. FAA officials are not yet saying if they believe that the employee’s actions contributed to the accident, however, they have said that the conduct of those on duty was “unacceptable.” Air traffic controllers are expected to be alert at all times while on the clock.

No passengers survived in the crash, and all the bodies were recovered from the Hudson River.

Regardless of the danger and complaints about both noise and safety, federal officials do not appear willing to add restrictions to any flights in the area.

Over most of New York, accident lawyers know, planes are closely monitored by air traffic controllers. But when the weather is clear, in that area over the Hudson, pilots are allowed to fly without calling in to controllers and reporting their positions. Pilots are expected to look out for, and talk to, each other.

“Officials say the investigation is continuing. I’d hope anyone involved in a crash like this, or their loved ones, would do a thorough investigation and find a great New York personal injury lawyer. They’d have a worthwhile case,” said Perecman.

About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 25 years, the New York personal injury lawyers (http://perecman.com/accident-lawyer-new-york.htm), construction accident, auto accident and medical malpractice lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have championed all types of cases for personal injury accidents. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, is the past Secretary of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and a chair of its Labor Law Committee. Mr. Perecman’s achievements have brought him recognition as an Honoree in the National Law Journal’s Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine’s “The Best Lawyers in America” and The New York Times Magazine “New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition”.

The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict* for a construction accident, a $5.35 million dollar verdict** for an automobile accident, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice.

*later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
** later settled for $3.5 million
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“Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.”

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Michael Gustman
Perecman Law Firm
http://www.perecman.com
561-620-9121

Originally posted 2009-08-21 20:40:47.

A Miracle Man’s 30-Foot Fall Leave New York Personal Injury Attorneys Believing in Miracles, too

A Miracle Man’s 30-Foot Fall Leave New York Personal Injury Attorneys Believing in Miracles, too

A man falls 30-feet down into a basement in Manhattan, amazing rescue workers, witnesses, and everyone else in New York, personal injury attorneys included, know about drops hidden by those metal sidewalk plates.

New York, NY August 24, 2009 — The New York Post (http://www.nypost.com/seven/08162009/news/regionalnews/miracle_man_in_sidewalk_hole_plunge_184790.htm) has named him the “Miracle Man” and New York personal injury attorneys would have to agree. It’s extremely rare that a person would survive a 30-foot fall into a basement with nothing more than cuts and bruises.

“It’s a miracle that he survived the fall with so little injury,” said David Perecman, a New York personal injury attorney (http://perecman.com/slip-and-fall-injuries.htm) familiar with slip and fall injuries.

Vincent Riggio, the man who fell, was stepping out of an OTB parlor in Tribeca to smoke a cigar when the metal doors he was standing on gave way. Apparently, the metal plate holding the doors steady had corroded and gave way when Riggio put his full weight on them.

Firefighters hoisted him from the basement using a rope and harness.

“New York personal injury attorneys (http://www.perecman.com/AboutUs.htm) would prefer not to rely on miracles when it comes to public safety,” quipped Perecman, speaking for himself and other personal injury attorneys at his Manhattan firm.

About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 25 years, the New York personal injury attorneys (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxyxVs8X7_M), construction accident, auto accident and medical malpractice attorneys at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have championed all types of cases for personal injury accidents. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, is the past Secretary of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and a chair of its Labor Law Committee. Mr. Perecman’s achievements have brought him recognition as an Honoree in the National Law Journal’s Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine’s “The Best Lawyers in America” and The New York Times Magazine “New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition”.

The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict* for a construction accident, a $5.35 million dollar verdict** for an automobile accident, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice.

*later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
** later settled for $3.5 million
“Lawyer Advertising”
“Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.”

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Contact Information
Michael Gustman
Perecman Law Firm
http://www.perecman.com
561-620-9121

Originally posted 2009-08-24 22:29:48.

DHS Announces 11 Previously Unreported Deaths In Immigration Detention

DHS Announces 11 Previously Unreported Deaths In Immigration Detention
Announcement Prompted By ACLU Lawsuit.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009 NEW YORK – Prompted by an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit seeking previously unreleased documents related to the deaths of immigration detainees in U.S. custody, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials today revealed 11 deaths that have occurred at detention facilities since 2004 that the government had previously failed to publicly disclose.

In April, in response to the ACLU lawsuit which was filed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), DHS officials released what they called a comprehensive list of all deaths in detention that included a total of 90 individuals. With today’s announcement, the government has now admitted to a total of 104 in-custody deaths since fiscal year 2003.

“Today’s announcement confirms our very worst fears” said David Shapiro, staff attorney with the ACLU National Prison Project. “For too long, the system of detaining immigration detainees has been devoid of transparency and accountability. This forces us to question even further whether there are still more deaths that somehow have gone unaccounted for”

The ACLU sued DHS, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the DHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in June 2008 for failing to turn over thousands of public documents in their possession relating to the deaths of immigration detainees held in U.S. custody. The ACLU filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after repeated failures by DHS officials to release those documents in response to requests by the ACLU for critical information about the deaths of dozens of people in immigration detention.

In a FOIA request submitted by the ACLU to DHS in 2007, the ACLU sought information about whether ICE – or any independent monitoring agency – adequately tracks deaths of immigration detainees, who are often housed in county jails around the country alongside criminal detainees, or in one of numerous immigration detention facilities managed by private prison companies.

OIG reports to Congress prior to the ACLU’s FOIA request contained only vague and sporadic references to investigations into these deaths. Additionally, the reports provided little useful information that would assure the public that meaningful investigations are conducted into each death and that steps are being taken to guarantee that detainees receive necessary medical services before it is too late.

Deficient medical care is believed to be a leading cause of death in immigration detention, and is the number one complaint the ACLU has received from ICE detainees. The ACLU filed a lawsuit in 2007 against the San Diego Correctional Facility (SDCF), an ICE facility run by Corrections Corporations of America, Inc. (CCA), the country’s largest for-profit correctional services provider. In its lawsuit, the ACLU challenges flawed medical care policies and the denial of needed treatment by ICE and the Division of Immigration Health Services which has led to suffering and even death of detainees at SDCF.

Attorneys working on ACLU’s FOIA litigation include David Shapiro of the ACLU National Prison Project, Judy Rabinovitz of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, New York-based attorneys Benjamin R. Walker and Margaret K. Winterkorn-Meikle and Washington-based attorneys Margaret K. Pfeiffer and Lee Ann Anderson McCall.

Additional information about the ACLU National Prison Project is available online at: www.aclu.org/prison

Originally posted 2009-08-19 22:34:03.