Granting a Mother’s Last Wishes

August 14th, 2018|

Not all client stories have happy endings. Sometimes they end when the client’s last wishes are fulfilled. 

This was the case for Diane—a mother of two with end-stage cancer—whose hospice case manager assisted her with a call to LCD. Confined to bed, Diane wished to appoint her aunt to act as a financial and healthcare agent. […]

Standing By to Help with Healthcare

June 14th, 2018|

Larry was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 10 years ago. When his disease progressed to a point that made daily tasks without assistance difficult, he moved to Inglis House.

Larry recently suffered from other health ailments, and as a result frequently experiences changes in his cognitive impairment. One of his conditions needed surgery for several months. However, […]

Volunteers in Action: Keeping Eddie in His Home

May 14th, 2018|

Like many of us, Eddie Love knows his home from top to bottom, inside and out. He knows where the creaks in the floor are and how the sun feels shining through each of the windows.   He’s lived in his North Philadelphia home since birth and only needs his touch and memory to navigate. Eddie […]

Working Tirelessly to Keep a Family Together

May 8th, 2018|

For many of LCD’s clients, the strong partnership between LCD attorneys and health care providers helps LCD’s clients bridge the gap between uncertainty and security. This is true whether the relationships occur in LCD’s medical-legal partnerships or through networking with other organizations. It was this close relationship that helped Leola Howell and her daughter when […]

Expediting Help

April 2nd, 2018|

Frank is a 55 year old contractor who forced himself to work nearly all of 2016 in spite of feeling lethargic, weak, and inexplicably losing 50 pounds. Suffering from A-Fib in December of that year, his world came screeching to a halt.

During his hospitalization, Frank received another blow. He had cancer. Frank continued to waste away, […]

Critical Care for Jack

February 16th, 2018|

A cancer diagnosis is life altering. For Jack, his diagnosis of stage IV cancer in his kidneys, colon and adrenal gland did not just mean he would have to go through treatment. It meant that he had to stop working and would lose his source of income. Now, at 56 years old and grappling with […]

Thinking of Nicholas

January 28th, 2018|

Growing up in Argentina, Yolanda took for granted that she would always find herself surrounded by her large and close-knit family. She never imagined that she would one day live a continent away.  Yet when Yolanda gave birth to her son, Nicholas, she did so alone – over five thousand miles separated her from home.

As […]

Justice for Jessica

January 16th, 2018|

Jessica is a mother.

She was referred to LCD through the St. Christopher’s MLP after she told her son’s doctor during an asthma visit that she was having problems with her landlord. Jessica’s primary concern was the horrible rat infestation inside her family’s home. Jessica noted other habitability concerns, including leaks in her bathroom and basement […]

A long custody battle comes to an end

December 28th, 2017|

MLP Site: Abbottsford Falls
Disability: Back injury, mental health

Joanna is a patient at Abbottsford Falls who first asked to see an LCD attorney over two years ago.  At the time, she had sued her baby’s father for child support and for full physical and legal custody over their one year-old daughter.  After completing the intake, Staff Attorney […]

Negotiation Leads to Favorable Outcome

November 13th, 2017|

For Chandra, keeping her daughter’s monthly visits to her father is important. But, Chandra’s degenerative eye condition was making it increasingly difficult to make these visits and to keep in compliance with her current custody order.

Chandra, whose daughter is a patient at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, was referred to the PhilaKIDS Medical-Legal Partnership by […]