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Some Sex Crimes, Such as Sexting, Do Not Always Involve Force

By definition, a sex crime is committed using threat or force to coerce someone into performing an unwanted sexual act. State governments usually prosecute these types of crimes. Should the commission of such an offense occur in two different states, it is usually the federal government that prosecutes. Penalties are more severe if the crime is classified as a felony. Those convicted of a sex crime... 

Bill introduced to toughen auto safety penalties

In the wake of the mishandled General Motors vehicle recall, legislation has been introduced that would greatly increase penalties for automakers that manufacture unsafe vehicles. The bill would provide for up to life in prison for auto-safety violations that result in fatalities. The bill was introduced by Senator Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. It may have little chance of passing this year, but the proposed... 

Head Injuries and Concussions — From Players’ Perspective

If you know me, you know I’m a huge University of Texas sports fan.  Because of that, I’m a huge fan of the Longhorn Network.  Usually, the stories just relate to my sports passion, but in light of David Ash’s retirement from football due to his repeated concussions, the LHN ran a great piece that talked with three former UT players about their battles with concussions. Watching... 

After Doctors Amputated All Four of Her Limbs, Jury Awards Woman Twenty-Five Million Dollars in Medical Malpractice Suit

A jury found that a Milwaukee woman unnecessarily lost four of her limbs due to medical malpractice. Thanks to a misdiagnosis of a streptococcal infection, 53-year-old Ascaris Mayo lost limbs after going into septic shock. The spread of the infection led to the amputation of her remaining appendages.  In 2011, Mayo spent nine hours at a local hospital for treatment of severe abdominal pains, a high... 

Pre-Settlement Funding for Plaintiffs In the Middle of a Pending Lawsuit

After a serious or deadly auto accident, an investigation will be conducted to gather facts and determine the cause. During this time, those seriously injured or who lost a loved one, should consult an experienced attorney to know their rights. Unfortunately, filing a lawsuit is just the first step of what could be a long process to seeking justice. How will a victim stay above water financially? An... 

Lawsuit Claims Inadequate Care and Supervision Led to Elderly Patient’s Death

When a loved one dies as a result of medical negligence, family members can seek compensation from the wrongdoer. Pursuing wrongful death litigation is a complicated process; the litigant is, almost always, dealing with large corporations and/or insurance companies who delay the process to their financial advantage. Cases often take years to resolve prolonging an emotional, and often financial, roller... 

Consumer Bankruptcy Filings Decrease

According to data from 2012 and the first half of 2013, consumer bankruptcy filings are down, and experts expect the trend to continue. In 2013, the government released data showing that consumer bankruptcies were down 13 percent in 2012. For the first half of 2013, bankruptcies were also down 13 percent from the same period in 2012. Sam Gerdano, executive director of the American Bankruptcy Institute,... 

Talking to Dad about his driving: the surprising side of difficult conversations

Do you think it will be tough to ask Dad to hand over the keys?  Surprisingly, a recent study from Liberty Mutual showed that 84 percent of seniors are open to talking about the safety of their driving, but that only six percent have actually had the discussion. As Liberty Mutual put it, “Seniors are open to driving conversations, but their children are avoiding it.” Straightforward conversations... 

Leading Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury

We represent a number of clients who have brain injuries, and I received this infographic the other day describing the causes of traumatic brain injuries.  I thought it was brilliant, and I wanted to share it here.                                Read More →

THE IMPORTANCE OF A FINANCIAL ANALYSIS TO DETERMINE IF A SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST IS REQUIRED IN A PERSONAL INJURY CASE

[This article was originally printed in the Barrister, a publication of the Camden County Bar Association in September, 2014.] THE IMPORTANCE OF A FINANCIAL ANALYSIS TO DETERMINE IF A SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST IS REQUIRED IN A PERSONAL INJURY CASE by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., CELA When a plaintiff receiving public benefits achieves a personal injury settlement, the plaintiff essentially has four choices: ... 
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