A lawsuit was filed recently accusing long time U.S. Figure Skating Coach Richard Callaghan of sexual abuse and alleging that U.S. Figure Skating did nothing to stop it. The lawsuit was filed by Craig Maurizi, a figure skating coach and former student of Callaghan. The suit alleges that the inappropriate and illegal sexual relationship began when Maurizi was a minor, and that Callaghan continued to exploit Maurizi on and off for years. The allegations were first brought to light by Maurizi in an interview with the New York Times in 1999.
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A woman has sued the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, as well as her former southwest Houston parish, due to sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of a former youth minister. The woman's lawsuit states that she met with youth minister Ralph Garza to receive counseling for abuse, allowing Garza to be with the woman alone regularly. That suit further alleges that Garza groomed her for months before eventually molesting her. On one such occasion, Garza forced the woman to touch his genitals, and on another occasion, Garza kissed and fondled her. Following the abuse, Garza was arrested and convicted of indecency with a child, and Garza is now a registered sex offender living in Houston.
Every day across the country people are involved in unfortunate accidents caused by others. Whether it is on the road, on the job, or on someone else's property, accidents of all types cause injuries and deaths to our clients.
For many of us, the coronavirus has interrupted our daily activities and is affecting our ability to work. The law firm of Abraham Watkins remains open and working hard to represent our clients. However, many of us are working from home in order to stay safe and healthy. We suggest you do the same.
On June 14, 2019, the Kansas Supreme Court struck down Kansas' cap on damages for noneconomic damages in personal injury lawsuits on the basis that the cap was unconstitutional. In Kansans, the legislature imposed a limit on the amount noneconomic money damages a jury can award a plaintiff in personal injury cases. Kansas' overturning this cap is hopefully just the first domino toppling over, and soon to be followed by other states seeking to return power to the hands of the people.
The Kansas Supreme Court has held that the state's law regarding caps on certain damages for injuries in personal injury lawsuits is unconstitutional. Specifically, the court determined that caps on noneconomic damages should be removed. A majority of the justices ruled that the limits set by the Kansas legislature on nonecominc damages violate the Kansas constitutional right to a jury trial.
You may have heard the term "statute of limitations," but you may not understand what it means. It is important for everyone, not just lawyers, to have a basic understanding of statutes of limitations, because they can have a profound effect on your rights.
Most people will go through their whole lives without being sued. Sometimes it happens, however, and the experience can be stressful and frightening. They probably didn't teach you in school what to do if you or your business are sued, and it can be easy to panic when you've been served with a lawsuit seeking a large amount of money in damages. However, remembering a few simple things can help save you a lot of heartache:
After a serious personal injury, the last thing on anyone's mind is social media. However, social media can play a large role in a personal injury claim. A picture is worth a thousand words, especially on a personal injury claim, because it can give a snapshot into someone's life.
Part 1 in a series of blog posts about the mechanics of a personal injury case.