Free Initial Consultation on Personal Injury Litigation, Give Me a Call!

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Free is always my favorite Word of the Day! What about you? Does free rank right up there for you? If you’re not aware, Zombie Burger makes excellent milk shakes, and what’s really special is on your birthday, your shake is free!  Image result for free

The chocolate wedding cake shake is my favorite although it’s really “only a chocolate shake” because Zombie’s wedding cake shake is actually made with a vanilla base.

But, I like to imagine it as a unique shake made by my only daughter (who works there) to help me celebrate my birthday, my wedding anniversary,  and my work anniversary all mixed together deliciously chocolately!Image result for free

Image result for chocolate milkshakeSpoil me, don’t spill me! 

Actually when you think about it, I’m a basic, simple customer considering how many different shakes are available in the shake lab!

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Image result for chocolate milkshakeYou and I, my Attorney Reader, can meet and I can offer you free initial consultation to discuss your litigated case and how I might help you help your client!

Free Initial Consultation on Personal Injury Litigation!

I may not foot the bill for your meal (let it be known we can equally share in the cost), but I will offer you a free steel straw to drink your shake! Trust me, any shake tastes better through a steel straw rather than plastic.  

If it’s not your birthday on the day we meet, I will buy you a shake of your choice! And during sips, we can talk about details, how you see my work as helpful, my bill rate, and other business policies and procedures pertinent to involving me on your client’s case. 

If you have questions on a case that have anything to do with work and disability, you need solid and detailed information to base your decisions. I am here to help you design questions and build your case.

Image result for jalapenos cartoonKeep in mind that when we meet (if at Zombie in the East Village), I may even try to motivate you to try my favorite sandwich with extra jalapeno just the way Arin knows I like it ordered!  And I can introduce you personally to the front hosts, a fine, upstanding couple! 

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Excuse me, I’m losing a bit of focus between thinking about eating ice cream and hot peppers with zombies, and I’m hungry! So at this point in my post, I want you to know I can also help your client by designing a life care plan.  

A plan helps determine lifetime needs and costs of care to address serious injury resulting in permanent disability while highlighting the medical recovery process, current problems and potential complications.

Life care planning that encompasses forensic vocational rehabilitation is a unique concept and I am able to provide this service.  As a certified life care planner, I guarantee I will comb through the healthcare and vocational complexities of your case,  prepare the most comprehensive plan I can for your client, and come prepared to educate a jury should it go to trial.  

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Contact me at 515-778-0634 or email me at    amyebotkin@lcpresourcesplus.com

 Let’s talk briefly and set up a time to meet!

I’ve uploaded an updated resume along with a sample plan, and brochures on my co-companies, Vocational Resources Plus and Life Care Planning Resources Plus, which you can access at the links on my website. Any questions are welcome!

By the way, Zombie Burgers’ knowledgeable staff  is used to working with various dietary preferences and restrictions, so let your voice be heard (comes naturally doesn’t it?!) when you require specific food and drink or you have interest in requesting something new!

I am a vegetarian; and I tend to order the same food and drink (boring I know) when I eat out at my restaurants! But that doesn’t mean I’m not a creative person!

Most importantly, always be sure to leave good servers a good $$$ tip $$$.  Word of the day: douceur   pronounced:  doo sur    a gratuity; tip. 

Here’s my counseling “tip” for the day:  Practice yoga at home, it’s free!  I hope to hear from you soon and look forward to helping you help your client (that’s why I’m here!). Thank you for reading my post!

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My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.

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Need to Retain a Vocational Expert? I’m Here to Help!

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As a forensic rehabilitation consultant, I could be available as your next retained expert!  rp_Professional-Expert-Witness1.jpg

My unique consulting services help attorneys identify insights into litigated case while first-hand testimony helps others to understand it.  In fact, listing me as an expert may spark movement in the litigation process.

I’m here to help you help your client! The sooner, the better! 

When you involve an expert like me on certain cases early in the process, you’ll be in a good position knowing you have a professional on hand for the duration of your case.

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I celebrate the beginning of 21 years in private practice today! on September 15, 2020 (and they say it’s my birthday too, yeah, I’m going to have a good time)!

Although I’ve been in the field of vocational rehabilitation from the start…that’d be 1999, forensic rehabilitation and life care planning are both new specialties within my career!

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In celebratory style, I’m reaching out to attorneys who are passionate about helping clients.

Here on this website you’ll find various links to my writings about serving in various capacities within my field, such as my focus on life care planning (with a vocational rehabilitation component), vocational consulting, placement, and serving as an expert witness.  

I like to blog about why my work is important and to help people identify how to use my services. Further, it’s fun to write and I like to showcase my credibility, methodology and expertise. (Read my disclaimer!)

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My analysis and opinion of how I can help your case will be straightforward, honest and grounded in rehabilitation. As such, this may or may not support your case. I can usually determine whether or not I can help your case within the first few hours of research, and will limit such fees based on our agreement.

FootballIf I have to pass on a case, I’ll do what I can to offer recommendations.

Keep in mind that permission to use my name, or in any way indicate that I am an expert witness or consultant for your side of a case, either informally or formally with other parties, is not granted until a retainer is secured. Contact me for information on retaining me!

Give me a call at 515-778-0634 or email me at amyebotkin@lcpresourcesplus.com  and let’s start a conversation. I promise to value your time!

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My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.

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Happy 21st Anniversary Vocational Resources Plus! Read On for My Opinion on a Current Subject Matter!

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This blog is a continuation of last years 20th Anniversary congrats to my company, where I posted numerous roses. This year I have these beauties to share! These white roses are on my desk, and if you look closely you can see Alaska’s picture, bottom right. She is also below my desk, where she likes to lounge!

With Mollie near by!

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And Randy not that far away either. Jeez, I’m used to working alone along side a few office pets (and several plants). Yet since March of this year, I’ve had a long-haired human office mate:

Not having a human office mate for over 20 years and 6 months takes a bit of adjusting (and flexibility). As a Des Moines Public School staff member, Randy (just like every one else) does not know what may happen next within our schools. Tonight, there will be another board meeting and we may find out. It might be either an appeal or a hybrid-mix of teaching/learning.

There’s been a lot of confusion and I sincerely hope everyone involved is learning a lesson…which in my opinion is about flexibility and patience. 

Students, their families, DMPS staff, the Governor, the Department of Education, and the judge(s) involved need to express the willingness and ability to adapt to change, particularly regarding how and when work gets done.

It is my opinion K-12 learning can take place remotely, and I believe it’s the wave of the future. Why not take the time to embrace how to learn remotely now? It’ll be useful in the future.

From March 2020 on through today (and beyond) every one who has taken responsibility for their own working, learning, and living environments has grown in maturity, flexibility, and accountability.  There are resources to help in each of these environmental areas.

My intuition and background in community health education simply tells me it is not a good idea to have so many individuals of all ages in an enclosed space during the day during a pandemic. I do not think it is a good idea to have our local schools meet in person…just yet. There’s not enough good quality air flow.

If we had more open air spaces to teach, that would help. But we don’t.  To state this point, for many years in the past, my husband taught students in a room that did not even have windows.

Here’s a fact:  Des Moines Public Schools is the largest provider of public education in Iowa, with more than 33,000 students and nearly 5,000 teachers and staff at work in more than 60 schools throughout the community. 

Here’s another fact: Learning can take place virtually.

And here’s my personal point view: Have patience people. Let this pandemic settle down. I simply hope the best decision is made and my husband is not exposed to this hidden virus and gets ill. It is not an easy thought, but it certainly could happen. He means too much to me. He has underlying conditions.

As a mother, I am thankful my adult children who are currently college students (Nick at UI and Arin at DMACC) are taking online courses. And they are thriving! So are you too Jake, at the ARL! Actually, think about it, the ARL does remote adoptions!

A 3rd fact and beyond: The Covid-19 virus is novel. It is not known whether or not it will will remain in a body, to potentially resurface and do more destruction, both physically and psychologically.

Keep in mind the chicken pox (herpes zoster) virus stays in your body. And it resurfaces as shingles. I’ve had two bouts of shingles, one over the entire left side of my body (not my face though) when I was in my mid-20s right after having Nick and it was absolutely awful. Recently this March, I had a recurrence on my right eye lid and covering my right eyebrow area. Again, this was incredibly painful, long-lasting and, well, I am lucky my vision didn’t suffer long term effects (I still have some ongoing problems). Think about it. Older people have a propensity towards shingles.

It is probable that in the future the millions of people who have already been infected with Covid-19 will suffer again (or die) related to this virus.

Last night, I talked to a young man who had been infected with Covid-19. It took him nearly 3 weeks to feel better. He believes any underlying condition  would absolutely be exacerbated by the virus. And in reality, underlying conditions are commonly a natural part of aging.

Is this worth it to expose each other? There is time to stop and smell the roses. I do not see any reason to not step back and do what is intuitively safe. 

This is my opinion; and I’m sticking to it! Wait for the pandemic to settle down and go ahead with 100% remote learning at this time. 

I may or may not update this post later. If the lawsuit  goes to the supreme court, I hope our judges make the best decision for every one in our community.

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Contact me for help on a litigated case involving work and disability. Allow me to help you form an opinion (I love forming one and defending one).  I’m here to help! Thank you for reading.

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 My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.

 

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The Proof is in the Pudding ~ Try Avocado Chocolate & a Life Care Plan for Your Client!

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Consider how a Life Care Plan can help your litigated case, especially when the proof is in the pudding.  The ‘proof’ here is a verb meaning ‘test’ and a noun meaning ‘the evidence that demonstrates a truth’ as in a mathematical or legal proof.  To know if a plan has succeeded, consider the true value or quality of it, as seen when it is experienced, tried, or put to use.

PuddingInterested in a life care plan for your client?

One recent case where I prepared a life care plan helped attain a $3.43 million settlement and judgment in a catastrophic personal injury case. Another plan I wrote helped to reach a $1.5 million award in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

I repeat, interested in a life care plan for your client?

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As a certified life care planner I will prepare a reasonable plan and I will expend whatever time needed to do a fully competent job. As an added benefit, how about including vocational rehabilitation consulting in a plan? That’s where my forte’ lies!

A plan can take upwards of six months to prepare, depending on the case. By taking the story directly from the patient with input from the family, my subsequent reports and expert testimony become viewed as genuine in front of a judge or a jury. The goal is to zero in on the specific needs and costs of the individual’s current healthcare needs and consider those into the future.

With your input or agreement with my report to be sure we understand everything, I’ll help you be well equipped to persuade others about the bottom line of your case, which can be significant! When preparing a plan, I carefully consider the client’s life and how it has been impacted, while remaining cognizant of safety and rehabilitation.

Third time here, interested in a life care plan for your client?   Pudding

The proof of the pudding for a business is also what customers say about it. To find out what customers say about my work in the areas of life care planning, as well as my professional work in other areas, including my writing capabilities, I’d be happy to provide references.  

I can help you help your client! 

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The proof of the pudding for a plan is also what transpires when it is followed by the individual for whom it was written. You’ll find I truly care about what I do and can provide references who will attest to my ethics, research capabilities and the value that I can bring to a case involving work and disability.Money Centerpiece

A Life Care Plan can truly become the centerpiece of your client’s claim!

Because each case is unique, to help identify the level of service for your case, a 15 minute complementary consultation can be arranged.

Subsequently, a preliminary assessment of the time-frame a plan could take to prepare can then be offered that helps outline the projected costs which can be anywhere from ~40 – 80+ hours, not including expert testimony preparation and witness time.

Keep in mind the necessity to schedule an in person meeting and follow-up visits with the individual and his/her family. Contacts involving his/her treating physician and other members of the healthcare team are made as well over the course of preparing a plan. You can find a simple sample plan on my website under documents for download.

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Now, “the proof of the pudding is in the eating” means that you don’t really know your dessert has come out right until you taste it. Seriously, try this pudding: It’s yummy, healthy and easy to make! Avocado

Avocado Chocolate Pudding

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  • 2 ripe medium avocados, peeled and chopped
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup milk (regular or almond milk, coconut, etc.)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Blend all ingredients until smooth in a blender, food processor or using a hand held beater or mixer. Serve immediately or chill first. Eat with a lovely spoon!

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Contact me, Amy E. Botkin at 515-778-0634 or amyebotkin@lcpresourcesplus.com for a life care plan because I have studied it, experienced it and continue on my journey growing as an expert in my field.

An expert is someone who has enough knowledge to help others confidently! And, darn it all, I like it and I’m good at it (with a humble Arr Arr)!  If you’d like more information, let me know!

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 My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.

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Here to Help The Passionate Attorney Help Your Client ~ Life Care Planning Services

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Along with vocational consulting services, I offer you life care planning services. Life Care Planning Services are valuable to passionate attorneys such as yourself: One who works to your fullest potential for your clients; One who truly cares about your client; and One who strives to maximize the best outcome for your client.

A Life Care Plan will help you help you help your client.

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Comprehensive Life Care Planning Services focus on the individual who sustained a personal or catastrophic injury, has a congenital disease or acquired illness, or suffered a traumatic event that altered his or her life leaving them with a disabling condition. The individual and his or her family is in need of planning how to live with these ongoing life changes.

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A Life Care Plan outlines an individualized holistic program that documents your client’s specific healthcare needs and a projection of what it costs for that care over their lifetime. An economist reviews the plan to determine the present value of the costs.

Even more, a Life Care Plan  helps prevent medical complications, enhances community and society participation, considers quality of life issues, and assists in maintaining emotional and psychological health. 

The person’s life now has important healthcare needs and significant costs are associated with those needs. How can you, the person’s caring and passionate attorney prove this, or show this to others, and why would you need to do so?

A Life Care Plan is helpful in many ways, here are three,

  1. to facilitate decision making relating to the individual’s health care, long-term care, and special needs; and perceive the related costs;
  2. to identify and obtain good care in the individual’s community, whether at home, an assisted living facility, or, if necessary, a nursing home; and perceive the related costs;
  3. to help move the litigation process forward, and ultimately to settle or win a case justifiably at the highest level possible using real data!

A Life Care Plan involves a systematic process (I do that part!) of developing a “road map” of the care, goods and services the person will need to ensure optimal health, safety and life satisfaction. A plan also highlights what it is the person will need to restore or improve their life activities to their maximum potential.

Keep in mind that while most Life Care Plans are developed for people who have suffered a traumatic injury, Life Care Plans are increasingly used for older adults with chronic conditions to anticipate their health and financial needs in later years. Do you have a client in this elite category? If so, be prepared for more future that focuses on healthy living! (Hint: Get a Life Care Plan!)

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The standard definition of a Life Care Plan is a “dynamic document based upon published standards of practice, comprehensive assessment, data analysis and research, which provides an organized, concise plan for current and future needs with associated costs for individuals who have experienced catastrophic injury or have chronic health care needs. (IALCP – International Academy of Life Care Planners, 2003. Definition established during the 2000 Life Care Planning Summit.)

Please visit Dr. Deutsch’s webpage for much more information on Life Care Planning. Dr. Deutsch was on my training team!


Above is my most recent CRC Certificate and below is my most recent CLCP  Certificate

I am a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and a Certified Life Care Planner (CLCP).  As a professional in rehabilitation, I am able to develop a plan using  advanced knowledge of specific disabilities, established treatment care resources, and a consistent objective approach toward the practical and functional elements involved in providing the treatment of catastrophic injuries and diseases. 

Communication and negotiation skills are essential (so true) while working with patients, families, caregivers and treatment teams. Keep on perusing my website, which is mainly a relationship building blog, and read my writings. I’d be happy if you would truly consider how Life Care Planning Services will help you help your clients.

Contact me ~ Amy Botkin, MS, CRC, CLCP ~ at 515-778-0634 or by email at amyebotkin@lcpresourcesplus.com  so we can start discussing your case.

I’m here to help you help your client!

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 My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.

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Got Some Questions? Ask the Vocational Expert!

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My work is helpful during litigation following an injury or condition that leads to disability.  In any type of litigation, if the disability or limitation is significant, more than likely there will be questions about work and future earnings. In fact, a multitude of questions will arise as the case develops. As a well-trained and open minded vocational expert, I love to answer (and come up with) questions!

Do you have questions regarding a person’s future in the workforce?

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 I’d love to find your answers!

Solid and detailed answers will describe employment related issues relevant in workers’ compensation, wrongful death, medical malpractice cases, personal injury, family law and many other areas of civil litigation.

It is important to quantify the loss, but how about going further to qualify it and define the best course of action to remedy it? Let’s characterize what is really going on by providing the facts, then finding help in the best places and describing everything in detail! Keep in mind, I pay particular attention to rehabilitation, health and safety!

Questions involve a multi-layer approach & so do Answers!

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What, Who, How? Where, Why, When?

Start with concrete observations (What):

Continue on to the specific people involved (Who):

Move to understanding (How):

Describe the locality and environmental issues (Where):

Step out on a limb of interpretation (Why):

Specify timelines and approaches that make sense  (When):

QsI know, I know, as an attorney you don’t like to ask questions that you don’t have the answer to! But you need the facts backed up by an expert, like me!

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Fire Away!

These are randomly generated great questions! Remember, your answer will be multi-layered!

What occupation(s) is this person qualified to do?

Is this person employable? Where?

What is the outlook for certain occupations over the next 5 years? 10 years? etc.

What are transferable skills and how are they applied?

What are this person’s key transferable skills? How in demand are they?

How many jobs has this person held? Is that “normal”?

What did the person’s job involve? (Is there a need for job description and/or job analysis?)

What was the real reason for termination? Why did it happen?

Why has the worker not found employment?

Is the job search reasonable and effective? How can you be sure?

Is the quality of the job search material (eg: resume and cover letter) effective? How?

Are there specific criteria when targeting key occupations? If so, what are they?

How long does a job search take in a particular field? Why?

Why is motivation a factor in a job seeker’s vocational goal?

QsIs this person motivated to find work? How is that so?

How is a person’s employability assessed?

Are there places this person could work? How does one connect to that type of work?

Has this person sustained any career damage? How?

Are job seeking skills critical to the job search? Why?

What barriers influence this person’s hireability? employability? placeability? *Key Placement Factors*

What factors influence compensation and/or earnings?

What vocational services are available to assist with return to employment?

Why is this person underemployed? Will retraining for a different occupation help? How?

What are Soft Skills? (See Soft Skills Matrix) Does this person have many?

What motivates this person to work? (See Motivational Assessments)

What is the wage range for a particular occupation (or field/grouping of jobs?)

What are the statistics reporting in on this particular job?

What resources are useful for a job seeker?

Is the work physical demanding? How so?

Are there ergonomic issues in regards to this work? What are they?

What assistive technology or work tools would allow the work to be performed differently?

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What markets employ this vocation? Is it viable?

What is the effect on smoking and pain? Or to overall injury recovery? Why?

Is age discrimination occurring? Why is this?

Is this person’s mobility in the workforce good or not good? Why?

What accommodations are available for work? How are they accessed?

What are the job requirements or essential functions of this work?

Does the work environment affect productivity? How?

What does this person’s future employment outlook look like?

Has this person sustained any career damage? How?

What is this person’s earning capacity? How is that calculated?

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Just one more question…

Why not call me ~ Amy ~ at 515-778-0634 or email me at  amyebotkin@lcpresourcesplus.com for help? 

FREEFree 15 minute consultation offering!

If you have questions on a case that have anything to do with work and serious disability, you need solid and detailed information to base your decisions!  Additionally, life care planning that encompasses forensic vocational rehabilitation consulting is a unique concept. It offers you, the judge and jury with information guaranteed to help your litigated case move along. 

If I could help you help your clients, please let me know! Contact me at 515-778-0634 or amyebotkin@lcpresourcesplus.com. Thank you for reading.

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My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.

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Happy 30th Wedding Anniversary Randy! August 4, 1990

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Randy and I were married by Father Dave Polich on Saturday, August 4, 1990 at 2:00 pm at Christ the King Catholic Church on the south side of Des Moines. It was a beautiful day and we had a fun ceremony with many friends and family attending and participating.

We had a fun ceremony!

Our son Nick was 16 months old and accompanied by Michele Ridout so he wouldn’t be interested in making any fuss! My father, Dick, and my sister, Julie did the readings; Tammy Butler Silvey and Stacey Quick Lovell served as my best gals; while Randy’s brother Kyl Botkin and Bryan Anderson his best boys.

Of course, my mother Ann, sister Janice and her daughter Taylor Prochnow, Randy’s parents Marylin and Jim Botkin, Grandpa Chuck Botkin; Randy’s and my co-workers and friends all joined us for the day!

My brother Mike Prochnow served as videographer, while my attendant Joyce Clark and guest book attendant Sharla Hickman helped. Hope I’m not forgetting anyone at this time! We’ll have to get the wedding book out before we go out to eat tonight Randy. Oh, the organist, Alma. Everyone helped us become married!

After the ceremony with Mass of course, our wedding party rode around town in a long black limo. The driver followed our directions to retrace the steps around Court Avenue and the downtown library where we met (on 8/8/99) while walking to the parking lot!

Someone from the party opened a bottle of champagne in the limo and it exploded, staining my wedding dress! 

Our reception was held at the apartment complex in West Des Moines where I used to live at the time we met. Garcia’s Restaurant (where Randy worked part-time at the time we got married, and for several years beyond during our marriage) catered the food. And my other brother, Steven Prochnow served as the DJ! We ate, danced and had a great time partying! Randy’s aunt even decided to jump into the pool, fully dressed?!?

We have lots of pictures, and when I look back at them now, I think, what a waste of film!  Many of the pictures were not shot in correct lighting and are blurry. Nowadays, you can do so much more with shooting photography and editing pictures…a favorite hobby! 

Afterwards, and into the evening, Randy and I drove North for our honeymoon…with a destination of Duluth Minnesota. Yo, huh!?  Actually, to tell the truth, I drove that night because someone was a little tipsy. But first, right after we left the the reception, I had to drive back home before taking off for our destination because someone forgot the luggage (I blamed him and he blamed me…great start!), plus the cans needed to be cut off the car! 

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Remember the trip Randy! We had a blast, and have been having a wonderful marriage ever since! Well, mostly!  Marriage is not easy, that’s for sure!  I realize I am blessed to be married to my kinda of man.

Companionship in marriage is key. Between Randy and I, there’s always a celebration, a fight (or a debate) going on, a lot of work to accomplish, or simply taking the time to hang out with each other! Another key to marriage is to lose expectations and go with the flow (even though I often try to direct the flow…)

Randy, although in the past I’ve told you I hated your guts, have smacked you in the nose, flipped you off  and committed other stupid moves (or sins)  that affected our marriage negatively, always related to some sort of adverse stressor we were unable to address in the heat of the moment,  I do love you very, very, very, …… very much!

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As an aside, my blog writing  on my website does contain a lot about Randy. He says they are love letters! Well, I saw he offers good writing material about his jobs, his ethic and well, just being a good man. He is the source of my capacity to be self-employed and work from home. Thank you for being my husband for 30 days as of today! & Yo, Read my blog!

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Working on a Case Involving Work & Disability? I’m Here to Help You…Depose & More

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I can help you, my Attorney Reader, in a number of ways with a case you’re working on that involves work and disability, whether it be medical malpractice, personal injury, workers’ compensation or any other litigation.  Legal Case FilesActually, disability doesn’t have to be involved, yet when is tends to make a case more complex! 

One way I can help you is to design creative questions skillfully as part of the discovery process allowing a much deeper inquiry into the person’s “world of work”.

My goal is to inspire you even more to do what you love to do which is ask questions, right!? And to be the best attorney you can be, double right!!

Depo

I’m sure questions you ask a deponent include those to: determine the nature of previous jobs; amount of money making; for whom s/he was working; why employment was terminated; and what qualifications and experience s/he had for the type of work s/he was doing [when injured].

You also question what work the individual has done, if any since the disabling condition, describing job duties; and determining previous employers and earnings.  Questions posed to encourage a deponent to detail what it is s/he can and cannot do are important, too.

These are all good questions from you yes, and critical of course (although kinda boring in my humble opinion!). Would it help you to have at your fingertips specifically designed questions (based on evidence to date) at deposition that will produce a much deeper inquiry into the person’s vocational background? I get excited when I think of sooo many other questions you could ask that really get into the meat of the matter!

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I’ve heard 90% of malpractice cases are settled before trial, and the deposition often is the turning point in those cases. I’d like to help you prepare questions that will lead to responses offering plenty of material for you to work on your case. My aim is to help you skin that cat in many ways and be ready for the most likely responses from your witness.

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My hope is that my help with your deposing techniques is valuable pre-trial as well as if the transcript is used for court. Plus, please keep in mind, I can definitely help you in more ways to better understand the individual’s disabling condition. A life care plan is perfect for that! Expert witness and testimony services are available as well.

I am here to help you help your client!

Call me ~ Amy Botkin at  515-778-0634 or send me an email message at amyebotkin@lcpresourcesplus.com and I’ll get back to you.

 

Good luck with your legal work. Keep me in mind for to help you during any depositions involving work and disability. I’m Here to Help You…Depose & More!

Thank you for reading! Do you want to really know that you love your job as an attorney?  Here’s a link to an assessment titled why-do-you-do-your-work-you-may-be-in-love that can help you find out!

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Happy 30th Birthday ADA! It’s Fun to Celebrate the Birth of a Great Law!

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The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush. Today the Law turns 30 years old! Happy Birthday!

The ADA is one of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life — to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services.

It’s fun to celebrate the birth of a great law! Bring on the cake and ice cream!

The ADA was modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin – and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. 

To be protected by the ADA, one must have a disability, which is defined by the ADA as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered. Source: https://www.ada.gov/

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The ADA is an “equal opportunity” law for people with disabilities!

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I have many memories of the people I’ve counseled over the years! And I will continue to advocate awareness of persons with disabilities. 

Thank you for the opportunity to serve others.

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I hope people all over America are celebrating the birthday of the ADA with the treat of their choice! I truly love chocolate cake and ice cream and want you to have another look! 

I thank those who fought hard to bring the ADA to the people. I have experience working on cases involving the ADA and enjoy linking my knowledge with cases regarding employment discrimination in the workplace.

If you have a case involving work and disability, let me know if you’d like my help. I will thoroughly investigate all aspects of vocational rehabilitation and/or life care planning and pay particular attention to health, safety and quality of life! 

Contact me at 515-778-0634 or amyebotkin@lcpresourcesplus.com to discuss your case. I’m Here to Help You Help Your Client.

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Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 FAQs

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Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 FAQs

What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed by President George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990. As a civil rights law, the ADA prohibits discrimination of individuals with disabilities. To do so, the ADA ensures equal employment opportunities, requires public and private sectors to increase accessibility, and aims to provide those with disabilities the same advantages and benefits maintained by those without disabilities.

What are the main components of the ADA?

The main components of the ADA are non-discrimination of individuals with disabilities, equal employment opportunities, and the increase of accessibility around the United States.

What terminology is preferred today?

There’s no hard and fast rule – terms frequently change and vary across disabilities, regions, and generations. Few people use “challenged,” “crippled,” “handicapped,” or other stigmatizing terms because they are outdated. The best practice is to ask for individual preference.

What does disability mean?

The official government definition is as follows: an individual with a disability is a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment.

How many Americans are directly covered by the ADA?

According to United States census information, 1 in 5 Americans have some type of disability (note: this is difficult to verify, as disabilities can vary in severity and this statistic neglects the unreported or undiagnosed).

What led to the passing of the ADA?

The ADA ultimately expands upon various court cases and Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, which enacted non-discrimination policies for individuals with disabilities in public entities. Additionally, the ADA was modeled on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its focus on eliminating both public and private discrimination, as well as in the allocation of government resources for those affected.

What does accessible or accessibility mean?

To make something accessible enables individuals with disabilities direct and indirect availability to products, devices, services, and environments.

Is there a difference between accessible design and universal design?

Accessible design references a process that is specifically designed for individuals with disabilities. Universal design is a process where the outcome is usable for anyone, exemplified by curb cuts and ramps that may be necessary for some individuals, but are used by all.

What are some everyday changes enacted by the ADA?

  • Equal employment opportunity to ensure that a qualified candidate cannot be rejected because of a disability.
  • Public transportation must have accessible cars, buses, and elevators.
  • Restaurants, museums, stores, and other establishments must be accessible – meaning proprietors must remove physical barriers, be wheelchair friendly, and comply with other ADA accessibility requirements.
  • Closed captioning has grown in use and most video services now have a system to insert captions when necessary.  
  • Telephone companies must have services for customers who are deaf.

Is equal employment opportunity the main accomplishment of the ADA?

While equal employment opportunity is a major accomplishment of the ADA, other successes include increased accessibility and non-discrimination policies in various aspects of everyday life, such as education and telecommunications.

What are the major challenges of the ADA?

There is some disagreement over the ADA as a civil rights law and the ADA as a series of safety regulations. Also, enforcement of the measures enacted by the ADA can be difficult to monitor. Another problem is that people without disabilities may be unaware of jargon (such as “accessibility” or “reasonable accommodation”), resulting in confusion and delay of action. The ADA has had a limited impact on poverty and unemployment among and violence against people with disabilities.

Why it important to learn about the ADA?

The ADA is a major civil rights bill; non-discrimination policies and equal employment opportunities are significant outcomes of the legislation. Also, the increase of accessibility and universal design influence the lives of all Americans, not just those with disabilities. It has had widespread international influence, with many countries adopting similar laws.

Where can I find more information on the ADA?  

Source: https://americanhistory.si.edu/topics/disability-history/pages/americans-disabilities-act-1990-faqs

 

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