• Bankruptcy Helps Sick People Who Did Not Plan on Getting Sick

    Suleika Jaouad was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia just a few months after moving to Paris to start her first full-time job. She now writes a column entitled “Life, Interrupted” for the New York Times Well blog, and her post on August 9, 2012, discussed some of the financial challenges she faces because of her cancer. “Like a lot of other young people, I never thought about health insurance until I got sick,” Jaouad wrote. “I was 22, and my adult life was just beginning.”

    Jaouad says her insurance has covered over a million dollars in medical expenses in the last year alone. She estimated that the out-of-pocket costs associated with her cancer care so far have “reached tens of thousands of dollars.” While Jaouad says the financial burden of cancer has not forced her parents to take on second jobs or sell their house, she said she knows of “fellow cancer patients with and without insurance who have had to consider such options.”

    “Sick people don’t plan on getting sick,” Jaouad wrote. “We shouldn’t have the added worry that someday insurance coverage may not be there. Or that a medical crisis could become a financial one too.”

    It is important to remember that Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy are legal options for people like Jaouad who have accumulated substantial debt through no fault of their own. We have helped hundreds of clients who were completely overwhelmed with medical bills for care they needed simply to survive. We fully believe that people like Jaouad deserve help, and our firm can help you if your family is struggling because of the costs of hospital visits and medical care. Contact our firm today at (866) 930-7482 or complete the form on this page to let our Chicago bankruptcy attorneys review your case.

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  • Mother of Pint-Sized Gymnast Had Olympic-Sized Debt

    As we mentioned in our last blog post on Monday, the financial woes of Russell Brand’s father, Ron, were just one story published on August 7, 2012, discussing the relative of a celebrity facing bankruptcy. As the CBS News clip above touches on, gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas’s mother, Natalie Hawkins, filed for bankruptcy earlier this year in Virginia. This news was also reported the same week that the parents of fellow US Olympian gold medal-winning swimmer Ryan Lochte were facing foreclosure in Florida.

    “It was really hard for us growing up – my dad had left us, so he wasn’t really in the picture anymore,” Douglas told the New York Post. “So my mom had to front all these bills. My dad didn’t really pay the child support. He was short [on money]. It was definitely hard on her part, and she had to take care of me and the rest of my siblings.”

    The Post also noted that Douglas has landed a $100,000 deal to appear on a box of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, one of what is likely to be multiple endorsement opportunities for her and other Olympic athletes. Many people in situations similar to Natalie Hawkins’ in the sense of trying to raise a family as a single parent, however, will not be so lucky.

    If you are raising a family by yourself and have become overwhelmed with credit card debt or are facing foreclosure, a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy could provide you with the fresh start you need. To see how our firm might be able to help, you can contact us at (866) 930-7482 or complete the form located on this page to have our Chicago bankruptcy attorneys review your case.

    Benjamin Brand Services – Chicago bankruptcy lawyers

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