Watchdog: Multi-Million Fines Insufficient to Curb Abuse in For-Profit Behavioral Health Industry

Media reports on the UHS payment said the company “has been dogged by the DOJ investigation into false claims allegedly submitted by its behavioral health facilities.”

Media reports on the UHS payment said the company “has been dogged by the DOJ investigation into false claims allegedly submitted by its behavioral health facilities.”

CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections.

CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

The Florida chapter of CCHR is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the protection of children.

The Florida chapter of CCHR is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the protection of children.

Since 2015, CCHR has exposed alleged abuses in for-profit hospitals accused of abusing involuntarily commitment to detain patients for their insurance.

Patient abuses in the psychiatric industry require much stronger penalties than a few million dollars in fines. Increased safeguards should include jail penalties, where criminal violations found.”

— Jan Eastgate, president of CCHR International

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Universal Health Services (UHS), which owns a chain of for-profit psychiatric facilities in the U.S. and the United Kingdom, has agreed to pay $127 million to settle a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) civil probe into alleged fraud. The settlement is subject to approval. [1] But Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a mental health watchdog, says the proposed settlement is insufficient to send an adequate warning to other for-profit behavioral facilities accused of patient abuse and healthcare fraud.

Media reports on the UHS payment said the company “has been dogged by the DOJ investigation into false claims allegedly submitted by its behavioral health facilities.”

For decades CCHR has investigated allegations of abuse and potential fraud in for-profit psychiatric facilities. Since 2015, over 18,000 official complaints have been filed with Federal and State authorities and legislators. A CCHR International report on the issue published in December 2018 highlighted how behavioral companies get billions of dollars in Medicaid and Medicare rebates, yet the “return” appears to be more patient abuse.

CCHR says allegations of sexual abuse of patients in the for-profit behavioral hospital industry are rife. Last year, UHS closed its Timberlawn psychiatric hospital in Texas in the wake of allegations that a 13-year-old girl was raped at the facility. [2]

Sequel Youth and Family Services is a privately-owned company that and operates in about 20 states.

Other allegations about Sequel facilities include:

• May 2019: Utah’s Department of Human Services threatened the license of a Sequel-owned facility over "understaffing” that had “negatively impacted the program's ability to address violence and sexual misconduct within the program.” In response, Sequel announced that it is closing the facility. [3]

• 2018: In Iowa, a youth advocacy group from Washington State stopped sending children to Sequel’s Clarienda Academy after concerns were raised about the use of restraints. [4]

• August 2017: A 37-year-old staff Clarienda staffer was accused of forcible sodomy and lascivious conduct with a minor. [5]

• 2016: A 40-year-old night staff member at Clarienda was arrested and charged with three felony sex charges regarding a 17-year-old student. The staffer pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct and was sentenced to ten years’ probation. [6]

• July 2017: Police arrested a youth counselor with Sequel TSI of Madison, Alabama, on charges that she engaged in sex with a student under 19 years of age. She was indicted in September 2018 for sex acts involving multiple students under the age of 19. [7]

• January 2018: A 38-year-old staffer at Northern Illinois Academy was charged with three counts of criminal sexual assault on an adolescent, over whom he held a position of trust or authority. The staffer pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. [8]

• August 2018: A Lakeside Academy in Kansas staffer was arrested on three counts of unlawful sexual relations involving a juvenile. [9]

• 2012: A Sequel staffer from Red Rock Canyon School (RRCS) in St. George, Utah was arrested and charged with sexually abusing three male students. [10] The staffer pleaded guilty to felony forcible sexual abuse and was sentenced to 210 days in jail and 36 months supervised probation. [11]

Recent controversy over RRCS led to Sequel’s decision to close the facility. On April 28, 2019, a two-hour riot erupted at the facility, with police, medical and SWAT forced to respond. 25 students were injured, of which five were transported to the hospital for more serious treatment, including one student who required staples to close a gash on the back of his head. [12]

CCHR says it is placing attention on Florida, where Sequel owns 10 facilities, and, in St. Petersburg and surrounding areas, offers “Foster homes” to provide services for children with severe mental health disorders/behavioral problems. [13]

Since 2015, CCHR International and its Florida Chapter have investigated and exposed alleged abuses in for-profit behavioral hospitals that have been accused of abusing the state’s Baker Act to involuntarily commit patients and detained them for their insurance.

UHS has some 16 behavioral facilities in Florida and closed its National Deaf Academy in 2014 following scrutiny of abuses reported to police, including three alleging sexual abuse. [14]

Jan Eastgate, the group’s international president, said: “Patient abuses in the psychiatric-behavioral industry require much stronger penalties than a few million dollars in fines where systemic patient abuse and/or fraud are established. Increased safeguards should include jail penalties, where criminal violations found.”

CCHR says West Palm Beach County, Florida State Attorney Dave Aronberg’s comments last year mirrors their concerns: “This is an entire industry that's been corrupted by easy money. Unscrupulous actors have taken advantage of well-intended federal law and a lack of any good law at the state level, to profit off people at the lowest stages of their lives.” [15]

CCHR calls for anyone whose mother, wife, sister or father, brother, son, child or friend has been killed or damaged by psychiatric “treatment” to fill out this form. For more information visit www.cchrflorida.org or call 727-442-8820.

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969.

Complete documentation of all statements can be found here: https://www.cchrflorida.org/multi-million-files-insufficient-to-curb-abuse-in-for-profit-behavioral-health-industry/

Diane Stein
Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Florida
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Joffrey Long, Mortgage Expert Witness and Private Money Lender to Teach NMLS Continuing Education in Santa Clarita

Mortgage Expert Witness

Joffrey Long

NMLS Continuing MLO 8-hour classes with Joffrey Long provide required continuing education a great opportunity for networking, skill-building, and fun.

Loan Originators get so much more than just continuing education from the classes – that's why they keep coming back.”

— Joffrey Long

SANTA CLARITA, CA, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — On Wednesday, August 14, Joffrey Long will teach the required 8-hour, MLO continuing education class required under the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System. (NMLS)

The live classes are fast-moving, entertaining, and involve the participants. Examples, stories, and useful interchange not only educate attendees, but enable them to help their clients more, and to excel in their day to day business. "Loan Originators get so much more than just continuing education from the classes – that's why they keep coming back," said Joffrey.

Joffrey is known for keeping the classes interesting and draws from his 40+ years of experience in the industry. He's a private money lender and also testifies in court as a mortgage expert witness, giving him additional insights into our industry. In addition to the August 14 class in Santa Clarita, he will teach class at other locations.

Location: Southland Regional Association of Realtors, Santa Clarita / 20655 Soledad Canyon Road, #34, Santa Clarita, CA

Class time: 9:00am to 5:00pm, Wednesday, August 14

For registration and other seminar dates / locations, visit www.DuaneGomer.com or call 1-800-439-4909.

Joffrey Long
Southwest Bancorp
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New Hampshire US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate Has Endorsed the Law Firm of Karst von Oiste To Make Certain a Navy Veteran with Mesothelioma in New Hampshire Receives the Very Best Compensation Results

"We are now offering to help a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma in New Hampshire determine where, when and how they were exposed to asbestos on a ship, submarine or at a shipyard. It's a big deal!”

— New Hampshire US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate

MANCHESTER , NEW HAMPSHIRE, USA, July 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The New Hampshire US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate says, "We are advocates for Navy Veterans with mesothelioma in New Hampshire and nationwide and our top priority is seeing to it that a person like this receives the very best possible financial compensation results. To get the financial compensation job done we have endorsed the law firm of Karst von Oiste and their founding partner Erik Karst. If a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma in New Hampshire or their family would call us at 800-714-0303 we will do everything possible to ensure they are talking to Erik or one of his most skilled colleagues within 20 minutes.

"The other reason we have endorsed attorney Erik Karst and his amazing colleagues at Karst von Oiste is to make certain a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma and or their family do not fall for an Internet ad about a 'claims center' or 'no lawsuit required' or 'mesothelioma compensation calculator’ because all of this is nonsense. Why do business with a law firm that promotes this type of baloney? If a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma wants the best possible compensation-they will need the assistance of very capable lawyers." https://NewHampshire.USNavyMesothelioma.Com

The law firm of Karst von Oiste has been assisting US Navy Veterans with mesothelioma for a generation and they do produce the best possible financial compensation results for their very valued clients in New Hampshire and nationwide. www.karstvonoiste.com/

According to the New Hampshire US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate, "We are now offering to help a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma in New Hampshire determine where, when and how they were exposed to asbestos on a ship, submarine or at a shipyard. It is this specific type of information that creates the mesothelioma compensation claim as we would like to discuss at 800-714-0303." https://NewHampshire.USNavyMesothelioma.Com

The US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate's services are available to US Navy Veterans with mesothelioma in Manchester, Nashua, Concord, Dover, Rochester, Keene, Derry, Portsmouth or anywhere in New Hampshire.

For the best possible treatment options in New Hampshire we strongly recommend the following heath care facility with the offer to help a diagnosed victim, or their family get to the right physicians at this hospital. Norris Cotton Cancer Center: https://cancer.dartmouth.edu/

Every US Navy ship vessel built up to 1980 contained asbestos. Extreme exposure to asbestos may have occurred to US Navy Veterans if they were assigned to a navy ship’s engine room, as a machinists mate, electrician, plumber/pipefitter, mechanic, in engineering, as a repair crew member, as a crew member on a nuclear submarine or as a member of the Navy Seabees. Additionally, a US Navy Veteran could have received extreme exposure to asbestos if they were required to stay on their ship or submarine for a major repair, overhaul or retrofit at a shipyard. Asbestos exposure was so extreme on US Navy ships and submarines, about one third of all US citizens diagnosed with mesothelioma each year are Veterans of the US Navy. https:// USNavyMesothelioma.Com

The states with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Louisiana, Washington, and Oregon. www.karstvonoiste.com/

For a listing of various classes of US Navy ships or submarines please visit the US Navy website on this topic: https://www.navy.mil/navydata/our_ships.asp.

For more information about mesothelioma please refer to the National Institutes of Health's web site related to this rare form of cancer: https://www.cancer.gov/types/mesothelioma

Michael Thomas
New Hampshire US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate
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Texas Mesothelioma Victims Center Has Endorsed The Law Firm Of Karst von Oiste for a Person With Mesothelioma in Texas Because They Will Put In A Maximum Effort To Ensure Better Compensation Results-Statewide

"The Texas Mesothelioma Victims Center is offering to assist a person with mesothelioma in Texas to get prepared for the mesothelioma compensation process-their compensation process depends on it. ”

— Texas Mesothelioma Victims Center

HOUSTON, TEXAS, USA, July 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Texas Mesothelioma Victims Center says, "We know the Internet is loaded with law firms making all types of ridiculous suggestions to people with mesothelioma in Texas running the gamut from 'claims centers, compensation calculators,' to 'free generic books' and we do not want a person with mesothelioma in Texas or their family members to buy off on any of this nonsense.

"We are urging a person with mesothelioma in Texas or their family members to call us anytime at 800-714-0303 so we can introduce them to attorney Erik Karst of the law firm of Karst von Oiste. The law firm of Karst von Oiste's principle office is in Texas and these incredibly hard working extremely skilled mesothelioma lawyers consistently get the best compensation results for their clients in Texas." https://Texas.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The Texas Mesothelioma Victims Center is also offering to assist a person with mesothelioma in Texas to get prepared for the mesothelioma compensation process because their financial compensation process depends on it as they would like to discuss anytime at 800-714-0303. Some of the key questions would be:

1. "How many times in your life were-you exposed to asbestos at work, while serving in the armed forces, or at home? We can help you generate this list-and this type of information becomes the basis for your mesothelioma compensation claim-it is super important. To be worthwhile the list must be as specific as possible as we would like to discuss.

2. "Do you have a coworker, a shipmate, a friend or a relative who witnessed your exposure to asbestos?

3. "We are certain Erik Karst the founding partner of the law firm of Karst von Oiste will be able to put a value on this information once the blanks have been filled in. If you live in Texas and you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, please give us a call at 800-714-0303 so we can introduce you to Erik and his amazing team at the law firm of Karst von Oiste." www.karstvonoiste.com/

For the best possible mesothelioma treatment options in Texas, the Texas Mesothelioma Victims Center strongly recommends the following heath care facilities with the offer to help a diagnosed victim and their families get to the right physicians at one of these hospitals:

* MD Anderson Cancer Center: Houston, Texas: https://www.mdanderson.org/. The MD Anderson Cancer Clinic in Houston might be one the best cancer clinic's in the world.

* Baylor Saint Luke's Medical Center Cancer Center: Houston, Texas:
https://www.bcm.edu/healthcare/care-centers/lung-institute

*Dallas Methodist Hospital: Dallas, Texas: https://www.methodisthealthsystem.org/lungcancer

The Texas Mesothelioma Victims Center also wants to emphasize their unsurpassed free services are available to a diagnosed victim of mesothelioma statewide including cities such as Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, Fort Worth, Corpus Christi, Plano, Laredo, Waco, Arlington, etc. https://Texas.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

High-risk work groups for exposure to asbestos in Texas include Veterans of the US Navy, power plant workers, oil refinery workers, oil rig workers, chemical plant workers, factory workers, plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics, machinists, and construction workers. Typically, the exposure to asbestos occurred in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, or 1980s. www.karstvonoiste.com/

The states indicated with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Louisiana, Washington, and Oregon. However, because Texas is one of the nation's largest energy producing states mesothelioma does happen to very good people in Texas. www.karstvonoiste.com/

For more information about mesothelioma, please refer to the National Institutes of Health's web site related to this rare form of cancer: https://www.cancer.gov/types/mesothelioma.

For more information about asbestos exposure lung cancer and mesothelioma please visit the CDC's website on these topics: https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/asbestos/health_effects_asbestos.html.

Michael Thomas
Texas Mesothelioma Victims Center
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Press Conference scheduled for Thursday, August 1, 2019

Tesla’s Defective “Autopilot” System Kills Another Driver Resulting In Another Wrongful Death Lawsuit

“Our investigation has confirmed there is no dispute that the Tesla’s “Autopilot” system is defective which resulted in the untimely death of a loving father and husband”.”

— Lake H. "Trey" Lytal III

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, July 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Press Conference scheduled for Thursday, August 1, 2019
Tesla’s Defective “Autopilot” System Kills Another Driver Resulting In Another Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Lake H. “Trey” Lytal III, managing partner at the West Palm Beach Law firm of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, is filing a lawsuit in Palm Beach County on behalf of the Banner Family who lost their husband and father when a semi-tractor trailer pulled out in front of his 2018 Tesla Model 3.

The press conference will take place at the firm’s office located at 515 N. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach, Florida 33401, 10th Floor at 3PM in the main conference room.

Trey Lytal will cover the details of the suit, review the firm’s findings regarding the Tesla’s “Autopilot” system that failed and view a video of the actual vehicle that has been quarantined at the firm’s evidence investigation warehouse. Copies of the lawsuit will be available to all who attend along. A video link of the vehicle is provided. Tesla Model 3 Video

Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, considered to be one of the preeminent personal injury and products liability law firms in the country, was retained by members of the Banner family shortly after the March 1, 2019 accident. Mr. Lytal worked with the NTSB in conducting the investigation. This initial investigation confirms that Jeremy Banner engaged the “Autopilot” system prior to the accident but the system was defective and failed to function properly or do anything to avoid the semi-tractor-trailer that pulled out in front of the new 2018 Tesla. “Our investigation has confirmed there is no dispute that the Tesla’s “Autopilot” system is defective which resulted in the ultimate death of a loving father and husband”

The law firm is uniquely qualified in these types of tragic cases that dates to back as far as 1985. Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath have taken on countless giants in manufacturing over the last 33 years which has led to over $2 Billion dollars in total recoveries on behalf of their clients. LRSI&F has been responsible in helping to change products, eliminate design and manufacturing defects as the result of their independent investigations. If you are interested to know more about this case call Mr. Trey Lytal at 561-820-2248 or email tlytal@foryourrights.com

About Lake H. Lytal III:

Trey Lytal is the managing partner at the civil trial law firm of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath. Lake H. “Trey” Lytal, III is a top civil trial attorney specializing in personal injury and wrongful death litigation cases including automobile accidents, products liability, medical malpractice, legal malpractice and premises liability. He is a Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, the highest level of recognition for attorney’s competency and experience. He has obtained numerous multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements for clients throughout Florida and the United States.

All communications regarding the civil litigation of this case should be directed to attorney, Trey Lytal at the law firm of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath.

About Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey and Fronrath:
The law firm represents the plaintiff in personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, motor vehicle accidents and nursing home abuse cases. Their national reputation for representing and Fighting For The Rights of those who have been injured is well known.

For more information on Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, call the West Palm Beach office at 561-655-1990 or go to www.foryourrights.com. The law firm’s office is located at 515 N. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

Greg Martini
Lytal Reiter Law
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If I am Injured While on a Work Trip, Can I Get Workers’ Compensation?

Workers’ Compensation While on a Business Trip

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, July 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — If you suffer from a work-related injury that took place on a business trip, it can be confusing to know how it will be handled. Had you been injured in the office or workplace, it would be very simple to understand that your injury should be covered by a workers’ compensation claim. However, if the work accident or injury happens while you are traveling on a business trip, the answer on how to handle the situation is not always as clear.

Although answers on whether or not an injury on a business trip will be covered under workers’ compensation can vary from state to state, the answer is typically that it is covered if the accident or injury occurred while you were performing a work-related activity. In other words, if you are on an out-of-town business trip for a work-related conference and you are injured while working at the company booth (which would be within the scope of your employment), the travelers insurance claim would likely be covered by a workers’ compensation claim.

However, if you are out-of-town for a conference and you decided to add an extra few days onto the end of the trip for personal vacation purposes and are injured while on the extension of your trip, then the injury would likely not be considered toward a workers’ compensation claim. Injuries arising out of “purely personal pursuits” are not compensable.

Sometimes it isn’t as clear-cut as in the examples provided above, and there is a gray area of whether or not an accident or injury will be covered under workers’ compensation. By contacting a workers’ compensation lawyer, you may be able to navigate better whether or not you have a workers’ comp claim since a full spectrum of activities may be considered work-related for workers’ compensation purposes. Never assume that you will not receive compensation insurance coverage for your injuries without first speaking to a knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyer. Knowing your rights is important.

Business Travel:
In the general definition, if an employee is on overnight business travel, he or she is considered to be in the course of employment while on the business trip. This is referred to as portal to portal coverage. This is not the same as someone who travels during the work day and then returns to home in the non-work hours.

The length of the business travel doesn’t necessarily affect whether or not a claim could be filed, although it may extend the activities that are considered reasonable for a potential claim. The reasonable workers’ compensation claims when an employee is on an extended business trip generally include any activities that could be reasonably anticipated during the extent of the trip. For example, if an employee is on overnight business travel and is injured in a hotel fire, he or she may have a workers’ compensation claim although they weren’t technically in the scope of their work at the time of the incident.

Travel as Part of Regular Work Day:
Many employees travel on a daily basis as part of their normal workday, and it can be expected that an accident or injury will occur on occasion in these circumstances. For example, a home healthcare worker or nurse who travels to patients’ homes would be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if he or she is injured while traveling between clients’ homes. However, he or she may not be covered if they are traveling from their own home to their first client of the day’s home or to their home after their last client of the day since that is part of their regular “commute” to work.

Injured on the Way to or from Work:
If you are injured traveling to or from work, the injury generally is not compensable under workers’ compensation. The rationale of this is that all persons are subject to the hazards of traveling during their regular commutes. If the employee is traveling to or from work, they aren’t typically acting within the course of their employment during the travel. They are simply commuting to or from their job. However, if the accident happens while traveling between jobs or clients, it may be a compensable claim as stated above.

Filing a Claim:
If you are involved in an accident or have an injury while on a business trip, the first thing you need to do is contact your employer to file a workers’ compensation claim. Do not wait until you return from your trip – you need to contact someone as soon as possible. Many employers have rules in place regarding timely filing of workers’ compensation claims. Even if an injury seems minor at the time, still report it. The Workers’ Compensation Insurance PA also requires timely filing of a claim.

The injury may manifest into something worse, such as a minor back pain that turns into a major back issue after a few days. File a claim even if you are unsure and there is some question into if your employer will consider the business trip injury as a workers’ compensation claim or not.

This is an important time to make sure you take notes of how the incident happened. Make sure you keep track of dates and times of the incident, any doctors’ appointments, or discussions involved in the case. Also, if there were any witnesses to the incident, be sure they keep notes as to what occurred from their point of view.

Once you’ve filed a claim, your employer will probably refer you to see a doctor. If you are traveling out of state or the country, this may be a little more difficult since you or your employer probably aren’t familiar with reputable physicians in the area. In any case, you may need to see the employer’s regular clinic or doctor once you return from your business trip. The physician you see will likely ask many questions as to how the injury occurred and will prescribe treatments and/or medications.

Accidents or Injuries while on Break or Lunch:
Typically an employee who leaves the premises for an unpaid break or lunch for personal reasons is not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. If an employee is on an unpaid break or lunch and is injured in the workplace or property of the employer (such as in a parking lot or the cafeteria) the employee may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Remember that all situations are different, and it is advisable to reach out to a qualified workers’ comp lawyer anytime you have any questions.

Workers' Compensation Lawyers Helping Injured Employees:
Despite your employers’s best efforts to create a safe work environment, accidents can happen that may require medical care. Our claim team will contact the insurance carrier, independent agent, or an adjuster, and evaluate the insurance policy, whether that be a general liability policy of a small business or a large corporation's workers comp insurance, our attorneys will fight for the travelers workers compensation that you rightfully deserve.

If you feel you have a workers’ compensation claim due to an accident or injury that occurred on a business trip, the first thing you’ll want to do is contact a qualified attorney. Don’t wait until your travelers claim has been denied by the insurance company before getting counsel. Working with an attorney familiar with these types of workers’ compensation claims is essential. A workers’ compensation settlement may be in order, but you won’t know unless you inquire.

At Saffren & Weinberg, we are dedicated to helping the hard working individuals of the United States workforce. For the best Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in Philadelphia, Saffren & Weinberg can help you! We are a workers’ compensation law firm in Pennsylvania dedicated to protecting the rights of injured workers and injured employees, disabled adults, and children. Call us today at 215-309-9577 for a free consultation!

Marc Alan Weinberg / About the author:
Marc Weinberg, Esq, is a partner of Saffren & Weinberg located in Jenkintown, PA, with main areas of practice in personal injury and employment litigation. In addition to these, he also specializes in wrongful termination, social security and disability law, homeowners claims, and property loss. His extensive trial experience has led him to try cases to verdict Philadelphia, Bucks County, Montgomery County, and Delaware counties.

This release was drafted by Results Driven Marketing, LLC: a full-service digital marketing, public relations, advertising and content marketing firm located in Wynnewood, PA

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Will my Social Security Benefits Affect my Worker’s Compensation?

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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, July 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — It is not unheard of for a worker to receive social security disability insurance benefits and worker’s compensation benefits at the same time. They are the two biggest work-based disability programs in the United States. While both pay out for a disability, social security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits are paid to those who cannot be employed due to the work-related injury. Worker’s compensation benefits can be temporary, long term, partial or total disability. Not all employees are covered by state workers’ comp insurance. Some employees are covered by other compensation laws administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

Worker’s Compensation Benefits Will Change:
If you receive worker’s compensation benefits and SSDI for a workplace injury, the total amount of both cannot exceed 80 percent of your average current earnings before you became injured.

An “Offset” to Worker’s Compensation Benefits:
If the total amount exceeds 80 percent, the “excess” is deducted from your SSDI benefits. This is called a “worker’s compensation offset.”

How to Minimize the Offset:
Many disability lawyers will draft settlements to minimize the SSDI “offset”. The language in these documents will determine how much is subject to “offset.” Also, some will exclude medical expenses, medical care, health care, and legal expenses from the worker’s compensation insurance lump sum. The language and the issues to be settled come from state law, not federal gov law. Thus, they will vary from state to state as workers' compensation programs do.

Get the Workers' Compensation Coverage You Deserve:
If you are receiving these workers' compensation program benefits at the same time, please contact us today. We will make sure you understand how SSDI affects your worker’s compensation coverage and vice-versa. We will get you the most from your benefits. Schedule a free consultation today.

The Law Offices of Craig A. Altman:
Collecting a workers’ compensation check can often be a challenge for someone suffering from a job-related injury. Sometimes injured employees are unfairly denied the benefits and workers' compensation they need to support themselves while injured and support their families.

That’s why a qualified and experienced workers’ compensation attorney, like those found at the Law Offices of Craig A. Altman, is a sound strategy. Having a workplace injury lawyer and expert with the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Act on your side makes filing a workers’ compensation claim a lot easier, and gives you an advocate in the legal system to fight for the benefits to which you are entitled. We are knowledgeable of workers' compensation law and the workers' compensation system.

Our workers’ compensation lawyers have decades of experience in helping injured workers with their workers comp claims by providing legal advice and helping them obtain the benefits that they rightfully deserve. If you or someone you know suffered a job injury, personal injury, or needs help battling insurance companies, don’t hesitate to call one of our workers’ compensation attorneys. We will fight on your behalf to get you the workers comp insurance that you deserve.

Our law firm understands the difficulties following a work-related injury, which is why we form an attorney-client relationship and act in your best interest.

The experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at the Law Firm of Craig Altman will help you navigate the complicated New Jersey Workers’ Compensation system, deal with your employer’s insurance company, and fight to get you the medical treatment and type of settlement you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation or to learn more about our other practice areas at (856) 485-4747 for our New Jersey office, or (215) 791-8848.

About the Author:
Craig A. Altman graduated from Widener School of Law in 1986, and has obtained verdicts throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is a frequent administrator in the Philadelphia court systems, as well as a judge pro tem for the court system. He has represented thousands of injury victims in his career and believes a fair jury system is a right we have as Americans.

About the Law Offices of Craig A. Altman:
The Law Offices of Craig A. Altman feature a team of skilled lawyers who will stop at nothing to get you the financial compensation you deserve when it comes to your personal injury law case. All of their attorneys practice personal injury and workers’ compensation law because they are passionate about protecting your legal rights.

+++++ Disclaimer+++++ This press release is considered advertising and does not constitute any client-attorney privilege and does not offer any advice or opinion on any legal matter. This release was drafted by Results Driven Marketing, LLC: a digital marketing, Public Relations, advertising, and content marketing firm located in Wynnewood, PA.

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Why Press Releases Are Important For A Law Firm's Digital Marketing

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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, July 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Press releases have changed a lot over the years; not only are they a public relations tool, but they are also an essential content marketing component and media relations tool for both online advertising and offline marketing in 2019. Law firms can benefit from adding press releases to their digital marketing plan. Since the end result of a digital marketing strategy is to connect with current and potential clients, adding press releases to a law firm's digital marketing can help gain exposure and raise brand awareness.

Marketing has always been about connecting with your audience in the right place and at the right time. Today, that means you need to meet them where they are already spending time: on digital media platforms. Digital marketing encompasses all marketing efforts that use a mobile device, or on the Internet. Law firms can leverage email marketing, search engine optimization, search engine marketing, and social media marketing across all social networks (such as LinkedIn, or even Snapchat, which has grown in popularity in recent years). Adding press releases into their content marketing can help them gain brand awareness and reach current and prospective clients on digital channels.

Incorporating Press Releases in a Digital Marketing Strategy:
Effectively using press release distribution services and their media outlets will boost the power and reach of the business owners digital marketing strategies without breaking the bank or hurting the bottom-line. Digital media coverage of your small business news story is a must, and a good press release is a very cost-effective way to get press release services like EIN or PR Newswire to carry your online press release. Done correctly, each news media company that carries your story will provide a link from their website to yours.

This link is called a backlink, which can be a powerful component of affiliate marketing. It is a sign that tells the search engines that your public relations information or brand image is relevant, and it can help affect your websites ranking on search engines like Google or Bing. This little nugget of information that you have produced can be seen around the world without hammering the bottom line of the company.

Press releases have become more important as a digital marketing tool. Your news article or news releases become much more powerful when picked up and distributed by the news media and distributed across digital platforms. The news media links to your press release help expand the reach of your content marketing articles, news stories, or public relations pieces. The goal is to have your public relations stories picked up and served to searchers looking on the first page of the SERP (search engine results page).

Why Press Releases Are Important:
– Take e-commerce or B2B for example. Announcing the release of a new product, new service or plans for a product launch, or upgrade is easy and cost-effective. According to various case studies, writing a good press release and getting it distributed online can create brand awareness by letting the masses know about your new business or service.

– If you want to announce a new product or service, you can draft a press release and immediately get your news found in real time on all major search engines and social media networks by using a press release distribution service. This also enables you to target thousands of journalists.

– Your Brand Image can be affected. Since publishing is so easy, just write up your news story and then distribute it as a press release. Sending out press releases is easy and a sure-fire way to get attention and gain brand awareness. More good press releases you have on the internet can effectively improve and increase your brand’s image.

– Add an image or video to your press releases. Research has shown that a good image or video has a much better chance of being clicked than items or content marketing stories with no images. Use multimedia to enhance the news story and tell your story while allowing search engine optimization to get that information in front of more people. Adding an image or video also helps to improve user experience.

– With the push of a button, you can have your public relations piece seen across the globe. Many of the press release distribution services allow for instant gratification in real time. No more relying on content marketing strategies that require journalists to read your piece and then hope that they call you or followup. Press release distribution services can distribute your information to millions of people around the world instantly, Your press release story should also be released across all marketing channels, including social media platforms. Utilizing social networks can help to get the most out of your digital marketing campaigns and overall marketing efforts.

– Make the search engines read your public relations materials. Adding internal links to pages on your website in the press release, such as using your phone number to lead to your site's contact page, will direct readers and the search engines to learn more about what your company does or the services it offers.

– So many people can see this. Online press releases can be written to accommodate a social media perspective. You can copy and paste your press release from a news media website and place it directly into your social media posts. Your story just looks better and has more authority when the media outlets carry it. Everyone that shares your public relations pieces over the various social media networks helps your content marketing strategy to prevail.

– Your content marketing pieces are just press releases. You only need to write them as such so that your target audience can read your press releases anywhere at any time via laptop, desktop, or on mobile apps.

– Search engine optimization. Adding internal and external links to your press release, along with targeted keywords, helps to optimize the press release, which tells the search engines that your information is relevant and important. If you'd like to learn more about SEO, there are countless marketing courses online that carefully elaborate on the best methods and courses of action.

There are many newswire services and press release distribution services. Any reputable wire services or press release distribution service should provide you with a listing of all the locations and websites where your press release can be found. You should be able to have a listing with live links of all locations carrying your post. There are other considerations to take as well, like whether you receive a "do follow" or "no follow" backlink to your website or blog.

Advisory Concept Evolvers:
Advisory Concept Evolvers, located at 2040 Market Street in Center City, Philadelphia, offers innovative legal marketing services to build your client book. We have the experience and proven results to make your law firm more profitable, efficient and relevant. To learn more about how our digital marketing experts can help with your law firm marketing, contact us today for a free consultation at 215-510-2167. We can put your law office back on track to achieve your business development goals!

About ACE:
Advisory Concept Evolvers, aka ACE, is a state of the art and cutting edge boutique law firm marketing agency pin-pointed in two locations nationwide — one in Philadelphia, PA, at the nexus of legal marketing in Center City, and one in Big Sky, MT, the fast-growing hub of western U.S. legal marketing opportunities. ACE is an expert digital marketing agency that specializes in law firms and providing incisive guidance to make a law firm stand out through marketing efforts, website content, and law firm SEO.

This release was drafted by Results Driven Marketing, LLC: a full-service digital marketing, public relations, advertising and content marketing firm located in Wynnewood, PA.

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Joffrey Long, Private Money Lending Expert Witness, Speaks at Real Estate Lending Educational Conference

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Private Money Expert Witness and Lender, Joffrey Long, was a speaker on mortgage practices at the California Mortgage Association's Seminar in San Diego, CA.

The presentation covered points that lenders could consider in processing, documenting and making/arranging real estate loans with private investor funds.”

— Joffrey Long

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, July 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The California Mortgage Association, a leading trade association for private money (hard money) lenders, loan servicers and others involved in making, arranging, or servicing real estate loans provided its multi-topic, two day seminar in San Diego, CA.

"The presentation covered points that lenders could consider in processing, documenting and making/arranging real estate loans with private investor funds," said Joffrey Long.

The presentation included three prominent attorneys, John Hosack, Jason Goldstein, and Michael Flynn, all of the Law Firm, Buchalter.

A number of other topics were presented at the CMA Educational Conference, among which were:

* Disclosures in Cannabis Lending

* Employment Law

* Hazard Insurance Coverage for a Mortgage

Future CMA Seminars can be found at www.CaliforniaMortgageAssociation.com

The law firm, Buchalter, may be found at www.Buchalter.com

Joffrey Long's contact information may be found at www.MortgageExpertWitness.net and at www.LoanServicingExpertWitness.com

Joffrey Long
Southwest Bancorp
+1 818-635-1777
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New York Mesothelioma Victims Center Now Offers A Person with Mesothelioma in New York Direct Access To The New York Based Lawyers At Karst von Oiste Who Will Spend The Time To Ensure Better Compensation Results

"Please call us at 800-714-0303 so that we can personally introduce you to attorney Erik Karst and his remarkable team at Karst von Oiste-for a conversation about mesothelioma compensation."

— New York Mesothelioma Victims Center

BUFFALO , NEW YORK, USA, July 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The New York Mesothelioma Victims Center fears that frequently people with mesothelioma in New York State will act impulsively when it comes to hiring a lawyer to assist with a mesothelioma compensation claim-especially if they live outside of New York City. The Internet can be a confusing place when it comes to mesothelioma lawyers. About half of the law firms advertising on the Internet in New York State are out of state marketing law firms-probably not the attorneys who will even work on the case if a person in New York signs up with them as the group would like to discuss anytime at 800-714-0303. https://NewYork.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The New York Mesothelioma Victims Center is an advocate for people with mesothelioma and their top priority is seeing to it that people with mesothelioma in New York State receive the very best possible financial compensation results. They say, "Before a person with mesothelioma anywhere in New York State or their family hires a lawyer or law firm to assist with compensation we are urging them to call us at 800-714-0303 so that we can personally introduce them to attorney Erik Karst and his remarkable team at Karst von Oiste.

"Erik, or one of his firm's lawyer colleagues will come to visit a person with mesothelioma anywhere in New York State in their home. The purpose of the no obligation in home visit is to discuss mesothelioma compensation, how it works, and what type of information they will need to proceed with a mesothelioma compensation claim." www.karstvonoiste.com/

Prior to a meeting like this it is vitally important that the person with mesothelioma start to list all the places, times, and the circumstances related to their asbestos exposure. It is this information that becomes the basis for a mesothelioma compensation claim and it is super important as the New York Mesothelioma Victims Center would like to explain anytime at 800-714-0303. https://NewYork.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The New York Mesothelioma Victims Center is especially focused on assisting former factory workers with mesothelioma in upstate New York-including the following communities: Buffalo, Amsterdam, Schenectady, Binghamton, Rochester, Syracuse, Watertown, Utica, Rome, or Poughkeepsie. https://NewYork.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

For the best possible mesothelioma treatment options in New York the New York Mesothelioma Victims Center strongly recommends the following three heath care facilities with the offer to help a diagnosed victim, or their family get to the right physicians at each hospital:

*New York City's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Clinic: https://www.mskcc.org/

*New York City's Columbia Presbyterian Hospital: https://hiccc.columbia.edu/

*New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital:
https://www.mountsinai.org/ lung-cancer/about-lung-cancer/ about-mesothelioma/

The New York Mesothelioma Victims Center specializes in financial compensation for diagnosed victims of mesothelioma. High-risk work groups for exposure to asbestos in New York include US Navy Veterans, power plant workers, maritime workers, shipyard workers, manufacturing, or industrial workers, plumbers, welders, electricians, auto mechanics, machinists, insulators, miners, railroad workers or construction workers. Typically, the exposure to asbestos occurred in the 1950's, 1960's, 1970's, or 1980's. Navy Veterans make up about one third of all people diagnosed with mesothelioma in the United States each year.

The states indicated with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Louisiana, Washington, and Oregon. However, based on the calls the Mesothelioma Victims Center receives a diagnosed victim of mesothelioma could live in any state including New York. www.karstvonoiste.com/

For more information about mesothelioma please refer to the National Institutes of Health's web site related to this rare form of cancer: https://www.cancer.gov/types/mesothelioma.

Michael Thomas
New York Mesothelioma Victims Center
+1 800-714-0303
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