BILL NOTIFY FAMILY WHEN SERIOUS INJURY OCCURS TO GET FULL SENATE VOTE

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Nelson Albano to ensure that family members are notified in a timely manner when a relative has been seriously injured in an accident continues advancing toward law.
The bill, approved 75-0 by the Assembly in December 2010 and recently released by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee, would require an officer investigating a motor vehicle accident to notify the next of kin of the whereabouts of an accident victim who has been transported to an emergency room when that victim is unconscious or otherwise unable to communicate this information.
Currently, notifying the next of kin when a person has been admitted to an emergency room as a result of a motor vehicle accident is usually done by hospital staff.
The bill now heads to the Senate for final legislative approval consideration on Thursday.

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