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CA Woman in Custody Battle with Biological Father from Ohio

Riverside child custody lawyers are following the case of a 45-year-old woman in Orange County, California will be filing an appeal in a final attempt to retain custody of the little girl that she has raised since right after the child’s birth.

 Stacey Doss of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA is a divorced public relations consultant and has been trying to adopt Vanessa for the past 18 months.

Vanessa’s biological mother had contacted Doss’ adoption agency before the child was born in 2008. She and Doss “clicked” and Vanessa’s birth mother signed a document stating that the biological father was completely out of the picture. She claimed that Vanessa was a product of a one night stand.

Vanessa was born on June 13, 2008, and Doss continued with the adoption process. However, Vanessa’s biological father filed a motion seeking custody of the child in Ohio before the adoption could be completed.

 A DNA test in September proved the man was Vanessa’s father and the custody battle became a matter of jurisdiction between California and Montgomery County, Ohio.

 On July 2, a teleconference with lawyers and judges in both states determined that Ohio has jurisdiction in the case. Vanessa was ordered to be sent to Ohio on July 16 to go into foster care.

 A hearing was scheduled for July 29 in Ohio to determine if Vanessa could be placed with her paternal grandmother.

 Vanessa’s biological father has four other children, two of which reside with Vanessa’s biological mother. The other two children are from a previous marriage and are in his mother’s custody.

 Carolyn Doss, 70, is Stacey Doss’ mother and resides in Dana Point, CA. She claims that Stacey has been threatened with foreclosure on her townhome twice due to the fees associated with the custody battle. 

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Personal Injury and Divorce

It is no secret that a divorce affects more than just the couple getting it. It can affect all of their family members, and particularly their children. A new study definitely seems to validate that point.

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin recently released a new study looking at the effects of divorce on children. What they found is slightly troubling: as compared to children in a “traditional” family unit or a stable household, kids whose parents have begun divorce proceedings have lingering developmental problems and tend to fall behind their counterparts as observed by a Washington DC family law attorney.

According to sources, the study was based on data taken from over 3,500 students from kindergarten through the fifth grade. They were observed pre-divorce, during divorce and post-divorce. One finding: the children’s math skills, in particular, seemed to be adversely affected, as compared to reading scores. They were also found to have underdeveloped social skills and sometimes suffered from low self-esteem.

As reported in a Reuters article, the study found children did not have negative impacts before the process of divorce began. However, the effects continued after the divorce, although they did not worsen then, either.

One researcher says the children’s setbacks may be caused by the stress of seeing their parents become argumentative or depressed, or being distracted by having unstable or changing living arrangements. They may also not be on the best terms with their parents during a tough time.

The study was reportedly published in the American Sociological Review by an accident lawyer in Louisiana.

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Hit-and-run driver charged in fatal Pennsylvania car accident

In any hit-and-run accident, investigators must pursue all possible avenues to see if they can locate the culprit. Many times, however, victims of hit-and-run car accidents are left with the possibility of no one to hold accountable. When a wrongful death is involved, the scenario is even that much more difficult, because the deceased victim is unavailable to give any information as to who might be responsible for the accident even after speaking with Rayville criminal defense attorneys.

In a recent Pennsylvania hit-and-run fatal car accident, the hit-and-run driver thought that he could get away with avoiding responsibility by claiming that his car was stolen. His report was filed just after his car was responsible for killing a 46-year-old woman in Wissinoming on Sept. 29.

The deceased victim was headed to work just before 7:00 a.m. All that police knew at that point was that the hit-and-run driver was driving a blue pickup truck with tinted windows.

Thankfully, within the hour, police located the truck nearby on the  River waterfront. The truck did have front-end damage consistent with the crash. At the same time, its owner, a 28-year-old man reported the vehicle stolen.

How did investigators locate the car involved in the hit-and-run accident? How did they figure out that the vehicle was not stolen and that the owner himself was responsible for the accident? These are the types of questions that investigators face whenever they are dealing with a hit-and-run accident.

Aside from facing criminal charges of vehicular homicide, involuntary manslaughter, Delray Beach DUI and making a false statement, this man will also possibly be facing a wrongful death lawsuit by family members on behalf of their loved one for her untimely death.

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Philadelphia makes list of country’s worst drivers

Allstate Insurance Company recently took a look which metropolitan areas sport the worst drivers. Philadelphia residents are apparently more prone to truck accidents than much of the country. The city ranks high on the list.

The study was reportedly based on property damage claims from January 2008 and December 2009. Based on that information and adjusted for population, researchers determined how likely drivers were to get into a collision.

Washington D.C. is apparently not the place to live if you fear car accidents; it ranked number one on the list. Residents there are likely to get into a car accident once every 4.8 years. According to MSNBC, those drivers are 107.3 percent more likely to get into an accident than the average U.S. driver.

Other cities ranking at the top include Baltimore, Newark and Providence. Surprisingly, New York didn’t make the Top 10, and only ranked 20th. Drivers there were found to get into accidents on average once every 7.3 years. However, it should be noted that cab drivers were not taken into account.

The study found that the country’s safest drivers tend to live in smaller cities. Fort Collins, Colorado, ranks as the safest place for drivers. Those residents were found to get into accidents only one time every 14 years.

Other “safe” cities include Lincoln, Nebraska, and Boise, Idaho.
Even though there have been fewer collisions on average in recent years, car accidents still claim 32,000 lives in this country every year. That’s a scary statistic. Contact a Kansas auto accident attorney today to learn more.

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Chinese Drywall Causes Concern

While water and wind damage from hurricanes Ivan and Katrina have been repaired years ago, many homeowners in the Gulf Coast region are still unable to live in their homes. During the construction frenzy following these two storms from 2004 to 2008, drywall was imported from China to meet the demand. However, some people are now saying that the Chinese drywall used to repair homes in Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Virginia is defective and is making homeowners ill.

After complaints of health problems such as irritated skin and eyes, difficulty breathing, coughing, headaches, bloody noses, sinus infections and asthma attacks began to roll in, an investigation revealed that the Chinese drywall used in these particular homes emits sulfur gasses.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said the drywall is toxic and could lead to a number of health concerns, as well as corrode metals within a house. However, it has not yet recalled the defective product. It said it needs to continue its investigation and gather sufficient scientific proof before doing so.

At this time, it is believed the only way to get rid of the drywall’s negative effects is to remove the product completely and properly clean a structure’s studs. In some cases, furniture and other personal property may need to be replaced due to contamination. The cost of repair, as you can imagine, is high.

Due to the extensive and expensive remodeling process required, many homeowners are finding themselves making mortgage payments on uninhabitable homes, as well as paying rent where they are actually living. They are needlessly suffering both financially and physically. We will likely hear more about this issue of toxic Chinese drywall in the weeks and months to come. Contact Saginaw, MI accident attorneys to get a free consultation today.

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Can sleep apnea testing stop Wisconsin truck accidents?

Truck accidents are horrifying experiences even for the best Michigan personal injury law firms, but unfortunately common events throughout Wisconsin. Although there are many things that can cause a truck accident, driver fatigue is a common contributing factor. Truckers work long hours and sometimes forge timesheets in order to move their cargo further without having to take the legally required rest breaks.

There are also truckers who are unable to get restful sleep because of a condition called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is more common in obese individuals and consists of shallow breaths or breathing stoppages which disrupt the normal sleep cycle. Individuals with sleep apnea are unable to obtain the deep restorative sleep needed to properly control a vehicle and are more likely to be involved in a car accident.

One woman who lost her husband in a truck accident says that sleep apnea testing should be required for truck drivers so that other people do not have to go through the pain and loss that she suffered.

“If you could have seen the scene that killed my husband or any of the other scenes that have been tied to sleep apnea and truck wrecks, it does look like a war zone,” the widow said at a public meeting of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee and the Medical Review Board.

“How many more families have to be torn apart before we do something?” she asked.

The boards recently recommended mandatory sleep apnea testing for obese truckers and mandatory testing for truckers involved in fatigued driving crashes. Some trucking industry insiders are fighting the recommendations and it is unclear whether they will be adopted.

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Man claims sporting goods company’s negligence caused accident

When people go to a store, they expect that they will not be exposed to dangerous tripping hazards. If these hazards are present, they can lead to harmful accidents. Recently, in Texas, a man has claimed that he suffered a trip and fall accident due to a store owner’s negligence.

The accident allegedly occurred at a sporting goods store in Pasadena, Texas in March of 2009. The accident reportedly occurred while a man was walking through one of the aisles of the store. The man alleges that this aisle was cluttered with display tables. The man claims that he tripped on a box that was on the floor of the aisle. The man alleges that this caused him to fall into a metal display rack.

The man claims that he suffered injuries to his ear, nose, eye socket, scalp and shoulder as a result of falling into the metal rack.

The man has now brought a lawsuit against the sporting goods company which owns the store. The man claims that the company was negligent in allowing display tables to be in the aisles and products to be on the floor. The man claims that this negligence created a hazard which caused his injuries. It will be interesting to see how this case progresses.

The allegations from the portland or personal injury attorneys in this case demonstrate how important it is for stores to be free of tripping hazards. Customers are much safer when this is the case. Thus, one hopes that all business owners avoid negligent conduct which would give rise to tripping hazards.

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Child Died of Condition Doctors did not Disclose, Parents Allege

The parents of a child who died in 2009 will sue the child’s surgeon and a Michigan hospital for medical malpractice in Michigan. They allege that the surgeon and hospital failed to alert the parents about the heart condition that caused the child’s death. The child, a ten-year-old boy, was born with Long QT Syndrome, a treatable but fatal heart defect.
According to a recent article in the Detroit News, the ten-year-old was found dead in his bed the morning of April 17, 2009. Three years earlier, the boy underwent surgery to have his tonsils and adenoids taken out. To prepare for the operation, the surgeon had an electrocardiogram (EKG) performed on the boy to examine his heart. The EKG revealed the long QT problem, but neither the doctor nor the hospital, which was then known as Marlette Community Hospital, ever told the parents or the child’s regular doctor.
The family’s lawyer said that the surgeon and Marlette Community, now known as Marlette Community, committed malpractice when they did not communicate the results of the EKG. He said the parents will sue the surgeon and the hospital in Sanilac Circuit Court for unspecified damages.
Long QT Syndrome is caused by a genetic mutation in the heart. It causes rapid, arrhythmic heartbeats that can lead to seizures or sudden death. The syndrome is treatable through medication, surgery or through implanting a defibrillator.
The accused surgeon declined to comment for the Detroit News story. A spokeswoman for Marlette Regional also declined comment besides to extend the hospitals thoughts and prayers to the 10-year-old’s family.