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Professional Help

The following professionals have volunteered, through their participation in FAIP, to provide free counsel to diving, drowning and near-drowning victims and their families:

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Legal Counsel
Attorney Ronald R. Gilbert

Attorney Ronald R. Gilbert began representing victims of aquatic injuries and their families in 1981. Since then he has worked on behalf of more than 100 people with aquatic injuries in 35 states.

People who have lost loved ones to aquatic accidents know Ron Gilbert as a lawyer who cares. He has worked hard as an advocate for improved aquatic safety and to prevent other injuries. He handles cases personally, providing support through an extremely difficult time of life.

Mr. Gilbert believes that the swimming pool industry and other should accept a greater role in preventing aquatic injuries and drownings. Through litigation, legislation and public awareness, he has pressed the industry to make changes that can prevent accidents and save lives.

In addition to his work as a trial attorney, Ron Gilbert is active in efforts to promote aquatic safety and prevent drownings through education and legislation. He's the chairman and founder of the Foundation for Aquatic Injury Prevention and the Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury Prevention and a member of the Drowning Prevention Foundation. He also has worked with the Consumer Product Safety Commission on their National Swimming Pool Safety Committee, and as a member of the Orange County Trauma Society and the Crippled Children's Group.

Mr. Gilbert is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

Mr. Gilbert has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the NSCIA and has spoken at numerous spinal cord and head injury and prevention meetings nationwide. He also has been chosen as a member of Who's Who in American Law as well as Who's Who in America.

For more detailed biographical information,
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To reach Ron Gilbert, you can phone at 810-513-3137 or
send an email message to

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Financial Counsel
Correll Porvin Associates, CPA

The CPA firm of Correll Porvin Associates has agreed to provide limited free financial counsel to aquatic injury victims and their families. If you have questions about managing and providing for future financial needs, you can visit the firm's website at http://www.correllcpa.com/ or send an email message to bcorrell@correllcpa.com.

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Medical Counsel
Steven E. Newman, M.D.

Dr. Steve, who has more than 20 years of experience in neurology and neurorehabilitation, devotes part of his practice to working with severely injured spinal cord and head injury victims. He is well acquainted with post injury problems and is willing to provide counsel to SCI victims and their families.

Dr. Steve has served as a medical consultant in neurology, neurorehabilitation, and electroencephalography for medical facilities such as the University of Michigan Medical Center, St. Mary's Hospital, the Oakland County Medical Care Facility and the Detroit Industrial Clinics. He is currently a medical consultant to the Detroit Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, William Beaumont Hospital, and DMC Grace/Sinai Hospitals of Detroit. Dr. Steve also is a medical adviser to the Social Security Administration, Office of Hearings and Appeals and to the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workers Compensation.

In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Steve holds teaching positions at several medical facilities including: the Department of Internal Medicine (Neurology) William Beaumont Hospital, and the Department of Internal Medicine (Neurology Section) DMC/Grace/Sinai Hospital. He has written numerous articles on neurological topics that have been published in leading medical publications and and he has presented many papers at professional conferences.

Dr. Steve has been certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Qualification of Electroencephalography, Inc., the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Forensic Examiners and the American Board of Forensic Medicine. He's currently a member of the following organizations: the American Academy of Clinical Neurophysiology, American Academy of Neurology, American Association of Electromyography and Electrodiagnoses, the American College of Legal Medicine, American College of Forensic Examiners in Medicine, American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, Michigan Neurological Association, Michigan Spinal Cord/Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Committee of the Community Public Health Agency for the State of Michigan, the World Neurological Association and the National Association of Disability Evaluating Physicians. He was recently elected President of the Oakland County Medical Society for the term beginning in 2000.

Dr. Steve received his undergraduate degree from Albion College in Albion Michigan and his M.D. degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor Michigan. He also has done post graduate work as a research associate in the Experimental Neurology Laboratory at the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke which is part of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda Maryland.

Dr. Steve can be reached by email at stevennewman@hotmail.com

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Aquatic Safety
Financial Counsel
Paul A. Hathaway, LIC, CSSC

hathaway.jpg (30508 bytes)Paul A. Hathaway is the President of Michigan-based Hathaway and Associates, Inc., a financial service firm founded in 1978 that has been providing litigation and settlement consulting to lawyers, insurance companies and claims professionals since 1981. Mr. Hathaway is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a 23-year veteran of the financial services industry.

If you have a question regarding structured financial settlements, you can c
ontact him by email at paulhathaway@att.net /or phathaway@epssettlements.com

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