Disabled College Student Threatened by Staff
Posted 27 February 2013 - 12:38 PM
Posted 27 February 2013 - 02:07 PM
A staff member threatened and intimidated me (not physically, but it’s still a threat).
It may be "still a threat," but not all threats are the same. What exactly did this person do? And is this a private or public college (your reference to a "district" suggests the latter, but I don't want to assume)?
My civil rights, student rights, and disabled rights have been violated.
Maybe; maybe not. I'm not going to assume -- without factual information -- that your conclusion in this regard is correct.
Can you please tell me what type of case I have?
I'm not really sure what you mean by this (or why it might matter), but it obviously depends on the relevant facts. What I can tell you is that, generally speaking, the making of a threat does not give rise to any sort of civil lawsuit.
Also, how do I search for a pro bono or contingency attorney?
I have never heard of such a thing as a "pro bono . . . attorney." Certainly, there are public interest organizations that occasionally provide free legal representation to individuals, but they are few and far between. As far as a lawyer taking the case on contingency, again, it depends on exactly what happened and what damages you suffered (if any). A lawyer isn't going to take a case on contingency unless he/she believes your damages are significant enough that 25-40% of whatever you recover will make it worthwhile for him/her to spend however much time he/she believes will be necessary to spend on the case. Alternatively, a lawyer might take a case on contingency or without charge if he/she believes the representation will result in some other benefit to him/her. All you can do is contact some attorneys and see if they're willing to represent you on contingency.
Posted 27 February 2013 - 02:13 PM
I'll echo PG's advisory "warning" with a twist: (Many) legal issues are complicated. Explanations and comments here might not fully identify or explain the ramifications of your particular problem. I do not give legal advice as such (and such is impermissible here at any rate). Comments are based on personal knowledge and experience and legal info gleaned over a quarter century, and every state has differing laws on and avenues to address most topics. If you need legal advice, you need to consult (and pay) a professional so that you may have someone to hold accountable. Acting on personal and informational advice from a stranger on the internet is a bad idea -- at least not without your own thorough due dilience/research and confirmation as it applies to your situation.
Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:55 AM
How is the threat manifested? What gestures or words are being used? It could be a case of assault if he is making a threat of physical harm. Assault requires no actual physical contact. If it is assault, you should contact a personal injury lawyer. Generally they take cases for free, but demand a big chunk of any money you win in a suit.
Again, it is important that you clarify how the threat is being manifested. If the guy/gal is calling you names, you could have a case of "intentional infliction of emotional distress." This kind of case is weak, though. For the case to be strong, the name-calling needs to have gone on repeatedly over a long period of time. Also, you must make sure you are not over-emotional. Courts don't care if a victim of emotional distress is sensitive. The bar is set for a normal emotionally stable person. If an emotionally stable person can be distressed by the name-calling (or whatever it may be), then you can recover money for it. This kind of case also is best for a personal injury lawyer.
I'm not sure that you have "student rights" other than getting what your tuition pays for. I'm not sure that you have "disabled rights" other than having proper access to buildings/places and not being discriminated against based on your disability. Civil rights? I don't know about that either, unless the person is using racial, religious, or other slurs/epithets. But you do have rights as a person. Your dignity and integrity ought not be violated by another.
If you feel threatened and you fear bodily harm or your fear that your life is in danger, please contact the police.
(This is not legal advice. This is not intended for your or anyone else's use.)
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