Hastings And Hastings Announces Record Legal Representation Requests For Pedestrian Accident Related Events In Arizona In 2015

Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) April 28, 2015

Hastings and Hastings, an Arizona law firm with a tried and tested reputation when it comes to an array of personal injury related matters, announces record legal representation requests for pedestrian accident events in Arizona in 2015. The firm continues to receive a generous number of referrals from existing and former clients. This fact alone clearly illustrates the personalized care and attention to detail that the firm provides for injury and car accident victims that the firm represents on a daily basis. Hastings and Hastings has stated on multiple occasions that each client situation is handled with respect and dignity as a way to provide exemplary client related services that are beyond compare.

Another important aspect of the Hastings and Hastings difference is that the firm is a reputable and professional firm that offers aggressively discounted attorney’s fees on a variety of personal injury matters. The firm promises that no fees will be charged unless there is a successful recovery. With an unwavering commitment to this important promise, the firm has effectively saved clients millions of dollars in just the last decade. In short, this key promise states that if there is no recovery that the client will not owe any lawyer related fees at any time. Transparency, attention to detail and upfront honesty, along with an ongoing no fee promise are reasons why Hastings and Hastings is known for throughout the community.

Hastings and Hastings has also stated on multiple occasions that if there is no successful recovery that the costs associated with establishing a recovery effort will also be waived. Hastings and Hastings handles all personal injury related matters on a contingency fee basis. This simply means that no fees are due unless a recovery effort is successfully resolved. Whether a case goes to trial or is negotiated out of court, Hastings and Hastings pledges that its discount fees always apply. There is never confusion, discord or lack of transparency when it comes to clearly stated and well-established discount lawyer fees in a wide array of personal injury matters.

Most importantly, the firm stands by its promise to always maintain one consistent discount fee structure throughout the entire duration of any recovery effort. This simply means that the fees quoted at the outset are the fees that will remain throughout the entire duration of legal representation. This combined with the fact that the firm always ensures that initial consultations are conducted with a licensed lawyer and not a paralegal are reasons why Hastings and Hastings is a likely choice among discerning clients. This recent announcement with regard to record legal representation requests for pedestrian accident related events in Arizona in 2015 is further proof that Hastings and Hastings is a law firm that stands behind its promises.

Hastings and Hastings is a leading provider of discount personal injury legal services located in and serving the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. This respected legal firm specializes in assisting individuals that have been the victim of serious injuries that have resulted from accidents that were no fault of their own. Hastings and Hastings is a trusted group of attorneys that deliver personalized service and guidance for injury victims throughout Phoenix and all across the state of Arizona. Hastings and Hastings is known throughout legal circles as a dedicated team of professionals and a law firm that has been representing accident victims throughout Arizona for decades. Hastings and Hastings has consistently exceeded clients’ expectations with regard to representing a wide array of accident related injury victims at times when it matters the most and always doing so with discount attorney’s fees.

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Drunk Driving Repeat Offenders: Suncoast Rehab Center Observes Alcohol Awareness Month by Advocating for Preventive Measures Against DUIs

Spring Hill, FL (PRWEB) April 20, 2015

Alcohol-related incidents have been recognized as a significant public health issue in the United States for decades. These result in billions of dollars in lost lives, lost productivity, healthcare costs and property damage each year, while inflicting an enormous emotional and physical toll on its victims, as well as their families and loved ones. Throughout the year and each April especially, Suncoast Rehabilitation Center is dedicated to raising awareness of alcohol addiction—its societal impact and particularly its underlying causes. Driving under the influence (DUI) is an area of heightened focus as repeat offenders often return to their cars and the streets, threatening public safety.

The statistics surrounding the problem of driving under the influence are staggering. For example, in the United States in 2012, an average of one traffic fatality caused by drunk driving occurred every 51 minutes (1) and approximately one in three drunk-driving convictions involve repeat offenders. (2) Data studied by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that the risk of being involved in a fatal car accident is four times higher for a person with a DUI conviction – and with each additional drunk driving arrest, the probability grows that an individual will be involved in a fatal car accident. (2)

Tammy Strickling, Executive Director of Suncoast, maintains that the justice system is failing the public by continuously putting people with DUI convictions back on the street without addressing their underlying alcohol addiction through treatment programs. News reports abound of repeat offenders who continue to drive while alcohol-impaired despite previous arrests:

In Washington State, a man who eluded police in a high-speed chase as he tried to avoid his seventh drunk-driving arrest was sentenced to just one year of work release. Protestors at his sentencing complained he was given special treatment because of his wealth. (3)
A South Dakota man has been arrested 19 times for drunk driving, and received only a two-year sentence after his 16th arrest. (4)
A Bayport, Minn. man who was convicted 27 times for DUI is free again after serving five years in prison. (4) What are the odds that his neighbors will be exposed to him drinking and driving his way to a 28th conviction?

While Strickling commends actions to significantly reduce drunk driving offenses –such as the invention of ignition interlock devices, which prevent a car from starting if a driver’s breath registers a certain amount of alcohol (5) – she maintains that such tools do not address the cause of an individual’s alcohol abuse, which is the key to overcoming the daily battle of staying sober.

“Individuals who abuse alcohol and other drugs can be rehabilitated when they receive treatment for their addiction and its fundamental causes,” said Strickling. “Sentencing those convicted of DUI to light jail sentences, work release or community service does not treat their addiction, nor does it prevent them from re-offending.”

Drunk driving has permeated American society as an estimated four million U.S. adults who responded to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) admitted to at least one incident of alcohol-impaired driving. Alcohol-impaired driving rates were much higher in young men aged 21 – 34, and among binge drinkers. Approximately 4.5% of the adult population who reported binge drinking at least four times per month accounted for 55% of alcohol-impaired driving episodes (6) – an alarming rate which doesn’t appear to be slowing down.

Suncoast offers hope to individuals struggling with alcohol dependence through a rehabilitation program that can adequately address each aspect of the person’s addiction. By enabling its clients to take the first step in conquering addiction and reclaiming their lives from alcohol, Suncoast’s medical team designs treatment programs to physically address the nutritional deficiencies created by substance abuse and tailoring client therapy to help provide insight into their personal causes of addiction—all intended to help those suffering from addiction confront life better, without reverting to alcohol.

For more information about Suncoast Rehab Center’s programs, visit http://www.suncoastrehabcenter.com/?kmas=324 or call 877-780-2641.

About Suncoast Rehab Center:

Located in Spring Hill, Florida, with a 76% success rate, Suncoast Rehab Center provides long-term residential treatment, intensive physical detoxification, life skills and cognitive therapy and counseling. Suncoast is licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, and was recently awarded a 100% inspection score for the fifth year in a row. Suncoast has a mission to educate youth and adults about drugs and the dangers of drugs, with the aim of preventing future drug use and abuse. Suncoast handles the physical deficiencies, weakness and problems created through drug use, without the use of additional drugs. Clients are helped to uncover the issues that led to their drug use through counseling, therapy and life skills that put the client back in control of his/her life and future. Suncoast’s purpose in drug rehabilitation is to heal the whole person and give the person tools and education to remain drug–free. For more information, visit http://www.suncoastrehabcenter.com/?kmas=324.

1. “Alcohol-Impaired Driving;” Traffic Safety Facts, 2012 Data, U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; December, 2013; accessed April 7, 2015. nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811870.pdf.

2. “Repeat Drunk Driving Offenders;” DrunkDrivingStats.Org; accessed April 7, 2015. drunkdrivingstats.org/repeatdrunkdrivingoffenders.html.

3. “Shaun Goodman, Wealthy Man With 7th DUI Arrest, Gets Light Sentence;” Huffington Post, May 19, 2014; accessed April 7, 2015. huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/19/shaun-goodman-wealthy-dui_n_5352632.html.

4. “Some Drunken Drivers Keep Returning to the Road, Despite Repeat Offenses;” Today Health, March 18, 2015; accessed April 7, 2015. today.com/health/some-drunk-drivers-keep-returning-road-despite-repeat-offenses-2D80552814.

5. “The Economic and Societal Impact of Motor Vehicle Crashes, 2010;” National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, May 2014; accessed April 7, 2015. nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pubs/812013.pdf.

6. “Vital Signs: Alcohol-Impaired Driving Among Adults—United States, 2010;” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, October 7, 2011; accessed April 7, 2015. cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6039a4.htm.

FsboFlix Launches Its $1 “For Sale By Owner” Video Website

Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) April 14, 2015

FsboFlix.com launched its For Sale By Owner training website which features 45 instructional videos, over 12 hours, on how to sell your own home. The videos are written and presented by top-producing real estate agents and are organized into a home selling system. Each video costs $ 1 which allows unlimited viewing for one month.

Their videos are organized into 3 series, each representing the 3 basic steps in selling a home:

1.    Pricing Your Home Series. In this series, sellers are taught the fundamentals involved in determining a home’s market value. They also cover what documents and disclosures are needed before putting a home on the market.

2.    Stage, Show & Market Series. In this series, their videos teach Sellers how to get a home ready for showings. How to clean, how to stage, and strategic remodeling. They also cover how to pre-screen and pre-qualify Buyers, what to say and more importantly what not to say to prospective Buyers and their agents.

3.    From List to Sold Series. Here, they cover contract basics, contract contingencies, how to negotiate with Buyers, a seller’s contractual obligations once under contract, how to handle inspection and appraisal issues and what to expect at the closing table.

Why should homeowners watch these videos? “To save thousands of dollars” says Allan Robinson, the president and founder of FsboFlix.com. “Most For Sale By Owner sellers do save thousands in commission but turn right around and give it back to the buyer because they don’t know how to properly negotiate price and inspection issues. Or they waste time and money by going under contract with Buyers who aren’t qualified.”

Mr. Robinson goes on to say “Not only will For Sale By Owner Sellers save thousands in commission, they will also save thousands in costly mistakes! Our videos teach sellers how to avoid costly land mines in a professional, low-cost manner.”

The site is compatible with mobile devices. For more information, visit FsboFlix.com.

Medical and Recreational Marijuana Growing in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

New York, NY (PRWEB) April 09, 2015

The Medical and Recreational Marijuana Growing industry has flourished over the five years to 2015. For decades, all marijuana transactions in the United States were conducted under implicit or explicit prohibition. However, states have increasingly moved to legalize nonprofit marijuana for medical purposes, as well as to implement regulations for organizations that sell cannabis. “The growing acceptance of medical marijuana is providing growers and investors with unprecedented opportunities,” says IBISWorld Industry Analyst Dmitry Diment. “There has been no shortage of demand in recent years, as the industry has benefited from increased acceptance of the legitimacy of medical marijuana products.”

Recently, the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington has spurred additional demand for the industry. In 2014, the licensing of commercial recreational marijuana growers in these states contributed to industry revenue growth of 54.7%. In addition to the favorable regulatory environment in these states, medical marijuana growers have continued to benefit from the steadily aging population. Chronic illnesses have become more prevalent as the population continues to age, driving demand for medical marijuana. Overall, the industry is expected to experience annualized revenue growth of 30.2% to $ 1.9 billion in the five years to 2015, including growth of 25.1% during the current year.

According to Diment, however, “The industry will remain at risk until the federal government definitively changes its position on the legality of marijuana. Until then, a growing number of medical marijuana patients, as well as a burgeoning recreational cannabis legalization movement, will spur demand for the industry.” Rising demand is also forecast to widen profit margins, as is the success of the for-profit recreational marijuana business in Colorado and Washington. In particular, the next five years are expected to see the growth of large commercial cultivators, who will benefit from strong recreational demand across a number of states, including Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia.

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National Expansion For Medical Marijuana Clinics Announced

Lafayette, CO and Norton Shores, MI (PRWEB) April 07, 2015

Liberate Physician Management LLC and Liberate Physician Centers announced today the national expansion of its medical marijuana physician centers into all 23 states that allow the use of medical cannabis, and will elevate patient care through a licensure program that establishes the nation’s first uniform Standard of Care for medical marijuana therapy.

The company’s licensure program is designed to help doctors, entrepreneurs, health care providers and others enter the rapidly growing medical marijuana industry.

“The single commonality among all states with medical cannabis programs is the requirement of a physician certification allowing a patient to use medical marijuana,” says Daniel J. Reid, chief executive officer of Liberate. “Understandably, states want to ensure patients are under a doctor’s care, but the reality is that patients often are forced into the shadows to find a doctor willing to provide the required certification,” he says.

“Liberate’s licensure program gives physicians and entrepreneurs the ability to help patients have access to medical marijuana therapy, and does so by mainstreaming this treatment option for the millions of people suffering from serious illness and debilitating medical conditions,” he says.

Reid is a leading patient advocate and business owner in the medical marijuana industry. He co-founded the first medical cannabis business in Illinois, established a national patient advocacy organization, and opened physician centers in Michigan and Illinois leading into the national expansion of Liberate.

“The medical marijuana industry is a three-legged stool,” Reid says. “Physician certification is the primary leg, since this is required in every state with a medical marijuana program. Producers of medical marijuana are another leg, and dispensaries are the third leg. The system mirrors traditional medicine with physician certification for medical marijuana the equivalent of a prescription, producers and cultivators acting as pharmaceutical companies, and dispensaries serving as pharmacies. There are nuances from state to state, but conceptually this is how state programs work.”

Liberate licensees will operate under the brand Liberate Physician Centers.

“We’ve been testing, holding focus groups and refining the licensure concept over the past six months with physicians and business people that might have a logical interest in owning and operating a Liberate Center,” Reid said in making the announcement. “In fact, we already have received commitments for licensures in three states and are in active discussions in three other states based on our outreach to test and refine the licensure concept,” he said.

“We have worked with thousands of patients afflicted with medical conditions approved under state law as qualified for medical marijuana therapy, and have certified patients for the use of medical cannabis,” Reid says.

Essentially, Liberate’s licensures provide independent owner/operators a full range of services and training in how to operate a medical marijuana physician center under the Liberate Physician Centers brand. Among licensed services are ongoing training, regulatory guidance, business and back-room operations, marketing support and training, medical review, provision of required patient forms and other necessary documentation, and a full suite of services designed to promote the success of each licensed location.

“Liberate offers expertise to physicians and entrepreneurs,” Reid says. “Our licensure program provides a gateway for people wanting to own a business in the medical marijuana industry. Our knowledge, experience and processes give much needed protection to physicians that might otherwise feel reticent about certifying patients because of restrictions – both real and perceived – imposed by hospitals, peers and others.”

All Liberate facilities will operate under Liberate’s ‘Standard of Care’ that details how patients will be treated and certified. Liberate’s Standard is the nation’s first relative to medical marijuana, and addresses the emergence of so-called ‘pot docs’ in some states, whereby minimal medical review standards are often ignored.

“It’s time to bring the medical marijuana certification process into the open, and give people with debilitating medical conditions and approved chronic illness a reliable, professional place to turn,” Reid says.

“The barriers to entry into the medical cannabis industry have been prohibitive and expensive,” Reid says. “Our licensure program allows people wanting to become business owners ease-of-access to entry at a price that is affordable. Our goal is to expand patient access to medical marijuana therapy, and do so in a manner that conforms to the same medical standards that exist in the practice of traditional medicine.”

Licenses to operate a Liberate Physician Center are being offered in all states that currently allow for medical marijuana, as well as states that are expected to approve medical marijuana in the next two years.

“The traditional medical community has been resistant to embracing medical cannabis for many reasons, mostly because of legalities and fears that don’t put patients at the forefront,” Reid says.

Liberate’s management team includes medical professionals and senior executives with proven expertise in medicine, marketing, public affairs, technology, hospital and physician-group operations, franchising, pharmacy, medical training and education, medical marijuana, management consulting and other disciplines.

In addition to Reid, among those on Liberate’s management team are Dr. Marla Gendelman, Jeff Colvin, Dr. Mayur Shah, Gary Judd, Mark Turgeon and Bill Sheerin.

Gendelman is a board certified anesthesiologist and serves as Liberate’s Chief Medical Officer. Colvin is Chief Executive Officer at Acustream, a Colorado-based company that works with hospitals and physician groups in optimizing revenue streams through technology applications. Previously, he was co-president of the IT consulting firm Rapidgm, acquired by Fujitsu in 2006.

Dr. Mayur Shah is Chief Executive Officer of MK Education, a Chicago-based firm that trains and certifies medical staff and technicians. He also owns and operates Broadway Avenue Pharmacies in Chicago and has two decades of experience in business management, pharmacy, healthcare, healthcare education, emergency care, hospital pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. Recently, he was among the recipients of a medical marijuana dispensary license issued by the State of Illinois after a highly-competitive application and review process.

Judd is based in Dallas and was the architect of the national expansion of Fox & Hound, a bar and grill company with over 90 locations. Turgeon is based in San Francisco and is a leading business owner and consultant in technology businesses over the past 30 years. Sheerin purchased and consolidated hotels, then converted them into a single national brand. He is based in Colorado.

“Anyone interested in owning a medical marijuana business should get in touch with our company,” Reid says.

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Five Question Quiz to find Workplace Communication Problems Published by Sensitivity, Sexual Harassment and Diversity Training Firm

ATLANTA (PRWEB) April 01, 2015

Deena Pargman, Ph.D., founder and CEO of DB Pargman Consulting LLC, expands service offerings to include workplace communication skills training and consulting. To highlight the expanded service offerings, DB Pargman Consulting LLC published a five question “You Might Have an Office Communication Problem If . . . .” quiz.

After fifteen years of experience providing one-on-one and group diversity, sensitivity, and anti-harassment training, Dr. Pargman shares, “We are often initially called to respond to a sexual harassment or diversity related urgent situation, but once the crisis is addressed, the client wants to know what else can be done to prevent the next crisis.”

According to Dr. Pargman, the sexual harassment or diversity complaint that makes its way to human resources is often a symptom of some other communication or personality conflict. Dr. Pargman shares, “after we deal with the off-color joke or inappropriate comment, a separate underlying issue often rears its head and much of the time, it involves communication skills.”

As the nation’s leading provider of Harassment Prevention and Sensitivity Training for over fifteen years, Dr. Pargman has identified a pattern: most of the sexual harassment or diversity situations she sees do not involve a blatant sexual advance, groping, or racist epithet. Rather, the majority of the situations, according to Dr. Pargman, involve an attempt to level a playing field or address a power imbalance by an aggrieved, marginalized, or offended employee or co-worker. Dr. Pargman shares her experience that very often, the marginalization or offense is a function of poor communication or a lack of communication – and that, she says, can be fixed through skill building.

To assist human resource professionals, office managers, and business owners, Dr. Pargman offers the following five question quiz to help identify systemic office communication problems:

(1)    “There’s Never a Good Time or Place” Does it seem like there is never a good time or place to talk about certain issues important to the company? If everyone is so busy that there is never a good time or place to talk, then there is probably a systemic communication problem.

(2)    “That’s What They Always Say” Do people feel a supervisor or company message is “always the same old story”? If “the same old story” is replacing meaningful dialogue, then there is likely a systemic communication problem.

(3)    “I’ll Just Keep It To Myself” Have people come to the conclusion that it is best to just keep their mouth shut, do the job and not talk about it? If people are are not willing to talk about problems, then there is a systemic communication problem.

(4)    “No Truth to Power” Do people feel they cannot raise important issues with supervisors, management, or the powers that be? If the office has a culture where people do not feel comfortable raising issues up the hierarchy, there is a systemic communication problem.

(5)    “I’ll Get You” Do people walk around waiting for an opportunity to get back at someone or settle the score? If so, then there is definitely have a systemic communication problem in the office.

Dr. Pargman warns, “When systemic communication problems in an organization go unaddressed, they become ticking time-bombs that will blow up at a later date, often in the form of a harassment complaint or other incident.” Dr. Pargman points to tragedies outside of traditional HR issues: “When investigators study crashes, accidents, explosions and other workplace disasters, far too often it is revealed that someone in the organization had certain information that could have prevented a tragedy, but for some reason the information never made it to where it needed to go.”

“The good news,” according to Pargman, is “systemic communication problems in an organization can be addressed with a small amount of training.” Pargman points out that most organizations spend piles of money and energy on WHAT they do, setting goals, and trying to hit numbers, but few organizations give much thought as to HOW they will communicate as they do it. “A little bit of education can go a long way to helping people avoid communication disasters and improve performance and productivity at the same time.”

To celebrate and highlight the expansion of services, DB Pargman launched a new website at http://www.bestprofessionalself.com.    The website’s main page slider changes from a scene of a worker leaping across a chasm in intense orange colors, to a playful sandbox, and finally to a blue sky and balloons to represent the three areas of services the company provides: (1) responding to crisis, (2) helping people deal with conflict, and (3) helping people and organizations optimize performance.

DB Pargman Consulting LLC is the nation’s leading provider of One-on-One Executive and Group Sensitivity and Harassment Prevention Training. When a sexual harassment, diversity, communication or other complaint occurs involving a valuable employee or executive, DB Pargman provides prompt and remedial responses for companies facing harassment and diversity sensitivity complaints. To help prevent harassment before it occurs, DB Pargman provides best in class preventative Group Anti-Harassment Training Programs and Communication Skills Training Programs. Headquartered in Atlanta, DB Pargman Consulting LLC serves a national client base of medium to large size companies, educational institutions, and government agencies.