'Jonathan's Law' family approved for $1M claim

    11:57 AM, Feb 26, 2013   |    comments
    Jonathan Nelson, 9, died in 2011 when a soccer goal fell on him. (Photo: THV 11 News)
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    LITTLE ROCK. Ark. (KTHV) - The family of a 9-year-old boy who died after an unanchored soccer goal fell on him, is approved of a $1 million claim.

    Jonathan Nelson died in Jan. 2011 in Bentonville. His father, Nathan, helped get "Jonathan's Law" passed. Among other safety guidelines, Jonathan's Law would require goals at schools and public recreation areas be anchored and secured. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, on average, a soccer goal kills one person every year.

    Norman Hodges with the State Claims Commission says the claim was filed seeking compensation for wrongful death, negligence, pain and suffering, and mental anguish.

    The Arkansas legislature has approved the $1 million claim, but it still has to go to the Joint Budget Committee.


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