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Blog Posts in February, 2015

  • Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

    || 26-Feb-2015

    Some families struggle with the notion of placing their loved one in a nursing home facility, but in many cases making such a move is for the best, or at least it should be. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect are not uncommon, and the causes vary among facilities. Nursing home workers are often overworked, underpaid and improperly trained. Staff shortages are common, and an overcrowded ...
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  • Justice Department Appeals Judge Hanen's Decision

    || 25-Feb-2015

    The U.S. Justice Department has filed an appeal against a Texas federal judge’s ruling that blocked Obama’s immigration plans. The Justice Department is hoping that a federal judge will hold his ruling that has temporarily blocked President Obama’s executive action that would protect over 4 million illegal immigrants from deportation. Justice Department officials filed an appeal ...
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  • SSI & the Disabled Child

    || 24-Feb-2015

    Caring for a disabled child can be a challenging task for the parents. In many cases, providing the child with the appropriate level of daily care, guidance, and emotional support can be a full-time job in itself. If your child has disabilities, he or she may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSI disburses monthly payments to low income individuals with limited resources who are ...
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  • DALLAS – A Richardson man who is accused of killing a one-year-old boy in a hit-and-run crash last month has been arrested, according to Dallas Police. Earlier this month, S. Flynn, 42, was extradited from East Texas and charged with failure to stop and render aid, and manslaughter. The defendant allegedly ran a red light on the night of Jan. 11 and ran his Dodge pickup into a Toyota Camry ...
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  • Texas Judge Blocks Obama's Immigration Order

    || 18-Feb-2015

    On Monday, Judge Andrew S. Hanen, of the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Texas, in Brownsville, made a decision, ruling in favor of 26 states (Texas included) that were challenging President Obama’s recent immigration actions. According to the judge, if Obama’s programs were to go into effect, they would impose major burdens on the states that would strain state ...
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  • Survivors Benefits After a Parent's Death

    || 17-Feb-2015

    Unfortunately, young men and women die due to accidents or diseases every day, and in many cases they leave behind a family who depends on them for financial support. When a family loses a wage earner, it can be devastating financially and greatly affect the family’s standard of living. According to the Social Security Administration, 98 out of every 100 children are entitled to benefits if ...
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  • What Happens If My Kids Were in the Car When I Was Arrested for DWI?

    || 16-Feb-2015

    Alcohol has been a mainstay at family gatherings, holiday parties, and after work celebrations for years. Whether you are drinking beer at a Super Bowl party, enjoying a celebratory glass of champagne on New Year’s, or drinking wine on Thanksgiving, alcohol is often circulating around at gatherings with friends and family, many of which you may have brought the kids to. As we all know, ...
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  • Am I Eligible for Workers' Compensation?

    || 12-Feb-2015

    Whether you work in an office or at a factory, most employers are required to provide workers’ compensation benefits for their employees. This means that you will be protected in the event of a work-related injury, such as a broken arm or even carpal tunnel. In Texas, there are four types of workers’ comp benefits: income benefits, medical benefits, burial benefits, and death benefits. ...
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  • As the reality of deportation amnesty provided by President Obama’s immigration reform nears, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun to take preemptive action to prepare for the increased workload the potential million applicants will likely bring. While the USCIS still needs to define more concrete standards for acceptance and other kinks in the initial proposed ...
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  • Will President Obama's New Budget Save SSDI Benefits?

    || 10-Feb-2015

    Recently, President Obama announced his new $4 trillion budget for fiscal 2016. Though much attention has been centered on his proposed plans for raising the caps on defense and domestic program spending, there may be more important issues involved that many have overlooked. For example, the struggling Social Security Disability Insurance trust fund could get the boost it needs from the proposed ...
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  • "Evening Burglar" Strikes Again in Plano Area

    || 9-Feb-2015

    Just last week, it appears that the alleged “evening burglar” of the Plano and North Dallas area expanded their range by hitting two homes in the Allen area. While there is no official proof that the crimes have been committed by the same individual, nearly 20 of these burglaries have been very similar. This has sparked law enforcement to believe the same individual or group is ...
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  • Can Hazing Lead to a Civil Lawsuit?

    || 5-Feb-2015

    While hazing has been occurring for hundreds of years in a variety of settings, the ritualized practice is extremely common among colleges and universities to this day. The Texas Education Code, Chapter 37 defines hazing as any intentional or reckless act that occurs on or off campus that is directed against a student, and that endangers the student’s physical or mental health or safety for ...
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  • Multiple Sclerosis & SSD Benefits

    || 4-Feb-2015

    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease where an individual’s immune system attacks the myelin sheath that covers the nerves. The myelin sheath is a fatty substance that protects the nerve fibers of the brain and spinal cord. Myelin is similar to the insulation that covers electrical wires; when it is damaged, the messages that travel along the affected nerve are slowed or blocked entirely. The ...
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  • How Family Abuse Affects Child Custody in Texas

    || 3-Feb-2015

    Family violence is as prevalent in Plano as it is anywhere else in Texas, and the nation. While emotional and physical abuse occurs behind closed doors where others may never witness it, family violence usually comes to light during divorce and child custody proceedings. 2012 Statistics from the Texas Council on Family Violence: 114 women were killed There were 188,992 domestic violence incidents ...
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  • Texas Woman Accused of Killing Fiancé's Toddler

    || 2-Feb-2015

    Plano – A 25-year-old woman is accused of killing her fiancé's two-year-old daughter within hours of being dumped by the girl's father. Melinda M. has been charged with capital murder after surveillance footage captured Melinda, with the two-year-old in tow, shopping at a nearby dollar store where she bought zip ties, duct tape, kitchen shears, and cotton swab – all ...
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