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New Study Reveals Medical Dangers of Isolation

[Originally published in the NAELA eBulletin] Those who are socially isolated are over 40% more likely to have a cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack or stroke, than those who were socially integrated, new research has shown.  The German study, presented May 23, 2020 at the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) Virtual Congress, found…

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POST-SETTLEMENT ISSUES IN WRONGFUL DEATH CASES PART 2

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA             This is the second in series of articles addressing post-settlement issues originally published in The Barrister in April of 2020. [Part 1 can be found here.] Litigation Trusts             There are generally two types of trusts used in connection with personal injury recoveries including wrongful death cases. Special Needs…

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POST-SETTLEMENT ISSUES IN WRONGFUL DEATH CASES PART 1

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA [Article originally published in The Barrister, March 2020. Part 2 can be found here.] Once a wrongful death case is resolved, a number of post-settlement issues arise.  These issues include:  (1) allocation between the survival claim and the wrongful death claims, (2) public benefit issues, (3) analysis of the need…

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INCOME TAXATION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS CLAIMS

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA Questions frequently arise with respect to the taxation of emotional distress claims.  As a general rule, damages for emotional distress are subject to income tax.  However, a careful analysis can result in the elimination of this tax.   Emotional Distress             Emotional distress has been defined as a highly unpleasant emotional reaction…

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