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Avonte’s Law Addresses School Safety for Children with Special Needs

Avonte’s Law, which calls for audible alarms on school building doors, was passed by New York City Council and signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio in August. The law is named for Avonte Aquendo, a 14-year-old boy with autism who went missing from his school in Queens and was later found dead. Avonte’s Law is one action among many that are needed to protect students with special needs. The... 

THE FUTURE OF SPECIAL NEEDS PLANNING

[This article was originally printed in the Straight Word, a publication of the Burlington County Bar Association.] THE FUTURE OF SPECIAL NEEDS PLANNING by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., CELA Special needs planning is a process of planning for the legal, personal, and financial needs of an individual with disabilities to enhance the quality of life of that person to allow them to reach their full potential. ... 

Michigan State receiver on probation after pleading guilty to drunk driving

Michigan State University (MSU) junior and football team receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr. was arrested and charged with driving under the influence on April 6. The arrest occurred shortly before Kings’ spring suspension. Kings, 20, was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of 0.17 or higher and with operating while intoxicated by alcohol, a controlled... 

How to make homes safer for seniors

Older adults who continue to live independently at home will need a safe space in which to live. Making the home safe is essential for preventing injuries. Each year, around 7,000 elderly people die in accidents at home, while millions more sustain serious injuries there. Falls are the most common cause of injury. Drowning in the tub and being burned by the stove or by hot water are also significant... 

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... 
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