I recently finished up a pharmaceutical settlement with a group of women. Our claim related to cancer from hormone therapy. Most of the time, I don’t discuss settlements or their amounts because I consider it a private matter for my clients. Sometimes, a letter or story comes along that makes me want to share.
I recently received a letter that specifically mentioned that it would be ok if I shared a bit of her story. I have intentionally left out the specific names and places. I think that if insurance adjusters and defense lawyers were able to see the result of the settlements years after the cases end, it might change how they view cases during the process. The following is a portion of that letter which discusses the impact of a settlement far better than I ever could:
“I am a former elementary teacher who eventually had a word processing business in my home and also worked as a temporary in a city attorney’s office. In 2003, three years after my diagnosis of cancer, I had the opportunity to move to the mountains (in another state) and work as a permanent employee and pay into their retirement system.
I remember thinking that if I lived five years without the cancer coming back, I would break even financially as a result of the move. I also thought that if the cancer did come back, at least I would have a beautiful view of the mountains while I was sick. Thankfully today, I remain cancer free.
As someone who was the first in my family to finish college and paid for my education, I was alwsys extremely cost conscious. Now, because of my settlement, I am able breathe alot easier now and enjoy life more. I am also thankful that the settlement served to hold the drug company accountable for what they did.
One of the most fulfilling activities that I am now involved in is a Women’s Cancer Survivor Group. It is a privilege to give back by assisting women diagnosed with cancer. In addition, I have also had the opportunity to take an art class and have pursued a passion by producing note cards with my art, and framed prints. I never imagined that while healing from cancer, my life would lead me down this interesting and exciting path. I look forward to each day of the journey.”
DID YOU KNOW that the man and woman who were the original voices for Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse got married in real life.
For pic o’ day, a good reminder: