Without our constitutionally guaranteed rights and freedoms, lawyers would
not exist. The court system distinguishes between what is a guaranteed
right and what is not. A lawyer's work is within the framework of
the existence of those rights and freedoms, pursuing or defending claims
against transgressions against individual rights.
However, it's our brave American men and women in active military duty
and our veterans that protect and defend these rights. Their selfless
service is as important to the preservation of our unique system of individual
liberty as any. Without the power of our military, and the courage of
those who serve, our very way of life simply wouldn't exist.
It's for that reason that our firm honors – and serves –
our veterans and military service members.
Veterans have unique needs that our firm is prepared to handle
As a veteran, you have a unique set of protections set forth by Federal
law. In addition, you have within arm's reach plentiful benefits and
programs that reward your for your honorable service. When those benefits
or rights are denied, infringed upon, or ignored, you have a legal course
of action to take.
Labor and Workplace Protections: Anti-discrimination laws that protect veterans from workplace and employment
discrimination have existed for many years. The most powerful of these
is built into the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which makes it
illegal or employers to pass on a qualified veteran applicants because
of disabilities or injuries suffered during active service, among other
actions that relate to employment (promotions, benefits, termination,
or training). In addition, other Federal programs exist to encourage and
entice business owners to hire recently discharged and/or disabled veterans.
For example, you cannot be hired or fired because you are or have in the
past been diagnosed with PTSD. Click here for additional information on the
ADA and how it protects veterans.
Wrongful Death: The U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) this year has been
mired in allegations and scandals. From allegedly established, intentionally
long "waiting lists", which creating waiting times for treatments
as long as a few months in some facilities, to well-publicized negligent
medical malpractice by VA hospital doctors and nurses, it's been a
tough year for the Federal veteran's department.
Some veterans have paid the ultimate price. Last month, a young combat
veteran named Nicholas Cutter died at a Miami VA hospital as a resident
of the in-patient rehab clinic. Initially, reports indicated that he had
suffocated by choking on a late-night snack. But the family received a
disturbing surprise after the autopsy: Cutter had actually died of a drug overdose.
Not long after, internal investigations reports leaked to the Miami Herald
described the circumstances surrounding Cutter's death as "preventable",
citing staff oversight that included improper care or treatment, and turning
a "blind eye" to drug abuse among the residents.
All of this seems to create a potential
wrongful death claim for the family.
It's the ultimate betrayal. A young veteran returns from war, diagnosed
with PTSD and addicted to prescription drugs, just to die in the care
of the very same government that sent him off to conflict, which created
the chain of events that led to his untimely and sad death. This man survived
at least three near-deadly IED attacks during separate battles, but could
not survive life in a VA hospital.
Auto Accident Claims with USAA: Many veterans pay into the USAA insurance system, which does provide
good benefits at an affordable cost. But even profit-sharing corporations
like USAA have bottom lines to protect.
Auto insurance companies make profits by taking in more money than they
pay out. There is always an inherent conflict of interest between paying
you as the policyholder and their prevailing business interests. The less
money they pay you for an
auto accident claim, the more money they can keep.
Just because USAA is your preferred insurer, that doesn't mean they
will always have your best interest at heart. It's always a smart
decision to ask for a second opinion on your auto accident case from a
personal injury lawyer. We may be able to get you more money for your
claim than USAA initially offers you to settle.
Veterans or families or friends of veterans, who suspect they have been
victimized by workplace discrimination or wrongful death, or anyone who
has been involved in an automobile accident, should contact a
personal injury attorney with experience working with veterans.
Call Craig Goldenfarb's office without cost or obligation about your
potential wrongful death or abuse case by dialing (561) 697-4440. You'll
have the opportunity to meet with Mr. Goldenfarb personally, and he won't
take an up-front fee for his representation. You have nothing to lose,
and potentially everything to gain.