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7 Tips for Healing

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I tell every client and potential client I speak with, “It is better to have a good life than a good case.” I am trying to emphasize that people need to deal with their injury or illness positively. I know this is easier said than done and a recent bout with a root canal and reminded me how hard it must be for my clients whose pain never goes away. The following brief article by my wise and thoughtful friend Len Jernigan has some suggestions on how to move ahead and hopefully regain a good life.  Hopefully these suggestions will help some of you.

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Many people are confronted with death or disability whether as a result of an accident or otherwise. We do our best to help those who were wronged by another or hurt on the job to receive compensation for their injuries. But compensation cannot cure the underlying problem, only help to make life more bearable. True healing is as much a mental as a physical process.

The following tips for healing have been adapted from the writings of Dr. Bernie Siegal, the author of many books including Love, Medicine, and MiraclesPeace, Love, and Healing; and 365 Prescriptions for the Soul. We hope you find these tips helpful in your healing process.

  1. Accept your illness: you know the illness is there, but you also know the future will be something you can handle so it’s no longer a burden.
  2. See the illness as a source of growth: our primitive nervous system tells us Continue reading

World Trade Center dust and 9/11 first responders with cancer, time for U.S. Government to stop withholding benefits

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This guest post comes to us from our colleague Edgar Romano at Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP in New York.

First Responders at the World Trade Center

first responders remove smoldering debris

Many courageous first responders, who saved lives at Ground Zero, have since been diagnosed with cancer, and yet the U.S. government does not pay for their treatment. This Saturday, September 10, CNN will air Terror In The Dust, an investigation by chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta into the consequences of the deadly dust produced by the World Trade Center’s collapse. Gupta speaks with 9/11 heroes and medical experts about the consequences of the carcinogen-filled dust.

A new study released earlier this week by the New York City Fire Department provides good evidence of a link between 9/11 first responders and cancer. The study showed a 32% greater incidence of cancer among firefighters who worked at Ground Zero than those who did not.

The NIOSH study concluded that the 9/11 debris did contain known carcinogens.

The U.S. government does not pay for cancer treatments of 9/11 first responders. This is because Continue reading