Making A Difference
No amount of financial recovery can ever compensate an individual or family for the loss of a loved one or for the suffering of the catastrophically injured. Tragic medical events forever change the landscape of families' lives. In the aftermath of such events, there is healing and rebuilding that must take place. Though the healing process is a long and difficult road, financial compensation can ease some of the burden, and aid in transforming the lives of individuals and families touched by devastating medical events. The following are some of our clients’ stories.
Honoring the Memory of a Loved One
For a family who suffered the tragic loss of their 6-year-old son due to a medication error, what mattered most was to honor his memory by “doing good.” For them, the settlement they received carried with it a significant obligation and responsibility to help others—all in the name of their child. They worked with a large city hospital to construct a playroom named after their son, and they were instrumental in establishing an educational program for doctors in that same facility. Additional plans are underway for a library to be built in their son’s honor and the family offers interpretation services to non-English speaking patients at the hospital.
Allowing Him to Be All He Can Be
For a young boy who suffers from cerebral palsy as a result of a birth injury, the settlement recovered on his behalf gave him access to state-of-the-art physical therapy programs to help him reach his full physical and cognitive potential. He participates in a special kind of physical therapy involving horseback riding at a therapeutic recreational camp. He has gone on to win two gold medals in the Special Olympics in this event.
A Legacy of Love
After receiving a settlement for the untimely death of her mother due to lung cancer, a young woman was able to rebuild her life and expand her family by using a portion of the recovery she received to pursue an international adoption of a baby girl from Guatemala. Her new daughter arrived home in time for the holidays that year, and was fittingly named after the grandmother who had helped to bring her home.
Endowing A Chair in African-American Studies...
The family of a college professor who met an untimely death used a portion of the settlement they received to establish a memorial endowment of a chair in African-American Literature at a local university. In giving back to the university through their support of this chair (as opposed to a single scholarship), the family felt their gift could touch a larger group and continue the passionate work of their loved one.