Law Firm’s $50,000 Donation Will “Pick Up Where Insurance Leaves Off”
PHILADELPHIA – May 18, 2010 – Philadelphia-based civil justice law firm Anapol Schwartz recently donated $50,000 through its foundation to Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, the area’s leading rehabilitation hospital for individuals who have suffered traumatic, life changing injuries, such as brain or spinal cord injuries, strokes, or amputations. Anapol Schwartz made the gift to establish a fund that will aid amputees in obtaining necessary items and training – such as wheelchairs, home modifications, and driving lessons – that often present a financial burden, as well as smaller quality of life items, such as prosthetic cleaning products and diabetic socks and shoes.
“It is very common for our patients to have needs that are not covered by insurance, often leaving them with difficult decisions to face and tough challenges to overcome,” said Mark Chilutti, assistant vice president of development. “A fund like this, which picks up where insurance leaves off, can really help our patients through those challenges and allow them to live healthy, active, and productive lives, while worrying less about financial challenges they face.”
According to Chilutti, Magee’s case managers, doctors, nurses, and therapists are aware of the fund and will help patients seek support from it.
“One of our doctors said that, for the first time in her career, she felt like Santa Claus, being able to help in a way she never could before, thanks to the fund,” Chilutti said.
As Anapol Schwartz continues to win cases on behalf of clients and their families, it will designate a portion of its fees to The Anapol Schwartz Foundation (ASF) to support nonprofits that are important to its clients. The recent gift to Magee came from a case in which the firm secured a settlement for an amputee.
“In everything our firm does, we’re striving to help victims affected by disabling injuries,” said Joel Feldman, managing partner of Anapol Schwartz. “We’re proud to partner with Magee in this effort to improve the lives of amputees in our region.”
Since its inception in 2008, The ASF has granted more than $180,000 to local 501(c)(3) public charities, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Northern Home for Children, Make a Wish Foundation, the Caren Sydnor Locomotor Training Fund (through the Magee Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation), the Burn Foundation, and, through its Anapol Advocate Award, the Nathan Speare Regional Burn Treatment Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.
Founded in 1977, Anapol Schwartz, P.C., is a civil justice law firm with more than 25 attorneys and law offices in Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pa., as well as Cherry Hill, N.J. and Wheeling, W.Va., and co-counsel in Ohio. The firm has represented consumers in matters ranging from dangerous prescription drugs and medical negligence to unsafe products and hazardous work site cases.