New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) April 16, 2018 – A neurologist pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting six women in New York City. He was arrested on charges of repeatedly raping a female patient who he was treating at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital.
Dr. Ricardo Cruciani was charged with multiple counts of rape, sexual assault and other sex crimes. He was released after posting $1 million bail and appearing in Manhattan state Supreme Court.
“Rape charges are extremely serious. They have the power to cause lasting damage to a person’s reputation,” commented Peter Brill, a New York criminal defense attorney with Brill Legal Group. “In addition to a potential prison sentence, the accused individual will also have to register as a sex offender. Those facing rape allegations should seek experienced legal representation to protect their rights.”
One of Cruciani’s former patients was a 45-year-old woman. Authorities began investigating the doctor after she called a sexual assault hotline last year and reported he had abused her from 2005 to 2012.
The woman was among the victims named in the indictment. A total of 17 female patients have come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Cruciani at his neurology offices in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The encounters date back to at least 12 years.
The female patients said they felt they had no alternative but to continue seeking treatment from Cruciani. Cruciani is one of few doctors who specialize in treating certain rare, complex nerve conditions that cause crippling pain. Prosecutors alleged the neurologist exploited his expertise when he sexually abused the women he was responsible for treating with groping, kissing and non-consensual sexual intercourse.
Cruciani had previously pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting female patients under his care during the time he was head of the Drexel University neurology department. His medical license was revoked and he was sentenced to seven years of probation. The neurologist was also required to register as a sex offender as part of the plea agreement.
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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 12, 2018 – Traumatic brain injuries are a hot topic in sports and have been for a number of years since research showed that NFL players’ frequent concussions led to dementia and sometimes suicide. While the big leagues received attention, it is the middle and high school football players and their injuries that need attention.
Football and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative brain disease, have been linked together for many years. Researchers at Boston University found presence of CTE in 88 percent of over 200 former football player’s brains.
These startling statistics sparked action by the state of Maryland. In an effort to protect younger contact-sport players from TBI two bills are being introduced. A former University of Maryland football player, Madieu Williams, and Maryland legislator, Terri Hill, have teamed up to craft bills that would curtail football at the childhood level. Although laws such as this have been proposed in other states, like California, New York and Illinois, nothing has been passed.
While in the initial stages, the first bill, calls for the elimination of football before high school and bans football on publicly owned fields for middle and elementary school children. Should the bill pass, it would not affect privately owned fields. However, private teams who permit tackling during football games would be banned from using public fields. Delegate Hill says, “When we’re talking about children and their brains, I think we need to do what we can to protect them.”
Williams, who played university football for three years, recounts that he sustained a concussion during his first freshman practice. Williams played safety for the Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers, ending his career in 2012.
“The fact that lawmakers are getting serious about doing something to help prevent TBI and CTE is good. What isn’t so great is a coach suggesting that doing so would mean more difficulty teaching kids to tackle in high school. The question becomes what is more important,” indicated Austin traumatic brain injury attorney, Brooks Schuelke.
According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, participation in high school football plunged by 2.5 percent in 2017, with at least one high school disbanding a team because not enough players tried out. Brain, a neurology journal, recently published a study that found repeated subconcussive hits to young athletes heads correlated with early signs of CTE. In addition, an article in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, showed that nearly half of an estimated annual 300,000 sport-related concussions nationwide are the result of playing football.
Another study from the Boston University CTE Center found that men who played tackle football before the age of 12 are more likely to suffer from depression, apathy and other behavioral issues later in life. Furthermore, a study published in a 2016 issue of Radiology found that many players age 8 to 13 who had no concussion symptoms still showed changes in their brains associated with TBI.
Ultimately, Hill and Williams hope to have a bill that mandates public high schools retain a licensed health care provider or an individual with concussion risk management training to be present at all practices and games.
“Would it be a good idea for Texas to look into something like this?” asked Schuelke. “Most likely, but first there has to be a will to find the way to make that happen. Our children are important. They should be protected.”
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Florida Attorney Richard Celler Receives Best Possible Rating by Peers, Judiciary for Legal Ability, Ethical Standards
Davie, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 12, 2018 – This award reflects the confidential opinions of professionals of the Florida Bar and members of the Florida judiciary. Mr. Celler is the founder of Celler Legal, P.A., and has previously been recognized as a Super Lawyer and awarded the Avvo Client’s choice award, among other recognitions of excellence. The Martindale-Hubbell honor for legal excellence follows being nominated and reviewed by Florida judges and fellow attorneys.
“Any recognition flows downhill from our hard work on behalf of Florida employees who we represent. I’m very proud of the exceptional legal team at Richard Celler Legal, P.A. I’m humbled and proud to have fellow Florida attorneys and the judiciary give us the best rating for ethical standards and legal ability. It is an honor,” stated Richard Celler when asked about the distinction.
Richard Celler is a member of the Florida Bar with recognized specialization in employment law. As a trial lawyer he has served as lead counsel during 40 trials and has managed thousands of single plaintiff and class action overtime and employment cases, throughout Florida and nationwide. With his over 20-years experience representing workers at the helm, the firm focuses on all aspects of the employment context, including Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) violations, whistleblower law, unpaid overtime, and wage and hour litigation, among other practice areas concerning the workplace.
“It’s not uncommon for our potential clients to reach out in a time of dire need. Their employer has violated the law, they’ve been fired, or simply have legal questions. When we can make things right for our clients after an employer abuse – it’s incredibly rewarding.” For more information: https://www.floridaovertimelawyer.com
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