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Featured Client: Leah Giammarva – Taking it Day by Day

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Featured Client: Leah Giammarva – Taking it Day by Day

Leah GiammarvaLeah was severely injured in a car accident in 2012 as a result of a defective vehicle that lacked proper safety devices. Although her injuries have restricted her to a wheelchair, they have not diminished Leah’s positive outlook on life.

Leah was only 19-years-old at the time of her accident, with her whole life ahead of her. Instead of speaking about how the accident has impacted her life in a negative way, Leah shares how beneficial it has been in changing her perspective on life. She takes nothing for granted now. Although being in a wheelchair is sometimes uncomfortable and brings its own set of challenges, Leah has handled it with grace and humility. Things such as using the restroom, putting on her clothes, and taking showers were hard to do at first, but now those things are second nature to Leah.

Her difficult circumstances have also pushed her to pursue new goals, such as going to school to get a degree in biology and psychology. Leah shared that she wants to help others through therapy. She has art and music skills that she has thought about applying to therapy. She feels that her story will help her connect with patients. Leah also has a goal to move out on her own soon.

Leah’s story speaks to anyone who is struggling with overcoming an obstacle.  “You have to take it day by day,” Leah shared. Each day you build up more strength to face tomorrow. “Everyone has struggles that seem daunting and make you see life differently, but it doesn’t have to be bad. One day you look back and you see how far you’ve come.”

We are very proud to know Leah and are privileged to have handled her case for her.

Just Keep Fighting – Featured Clients Robert and SheriLynn Meyer

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Just Keep Fighting – Featured Clients Robert and SheriLynn Meyer

In August 2008, Robert Meyer  was driving a 2006 Chevy Cobalt when he inexplicably lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree. The airbags did not deploy and he broke his spine.  Our office later discovered, after hiring investigators, that Robert lost control due to a defective ignition switch that General Motors had failed to recall.  The failure of his airbag to deploy confirmed the switch failure, which cut power to the air bags.  After being airlifted to the hospital, Robert was diagnosed as a quadriplegic, and his life was forever changed. The doctor told him he would be unable to walk or do anything on his own again, but Robert did not give up hope. Even in the midst of a very difficult time, Robert told himself that he would make this better.

He started working hard in rehab, and in just four short months Robert was walking with a walker.  Just six and half years later, Robert has made dramatic improvements. He is able to do things for himself, like getting a glass of water and feeding himself, when the doctor said he would never be able to complete those tasks.  “Don’t let them ever tell you no,” Robert shared.  “Never give up hope and always keep fighting.”  Robert now enjoys car rides and getting out of the house.  He also likes playing board games with his fourteen-year-old daughter.

Robert and his wife SheriLynn are a great examples of the power of belief and show what can happen when you never ever give up.  Despite Robert’s challenging and life-altering accident, Robert and SheriLynn have a hope each day will bring new blessings.  All of our team at The Cooper Firm are grateful we had the opportunity to help Robert and SheriLynn.

Robert Meyer

Featured Client – Matt Hoover – Never Give up Hope

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Never Give up Hope

The truly impactful story of how a life-changing injury did not injure the hope of a young man.

Matt was only 21-years-old when he fell from a ladder causing him to suffer a catastrophic brain injury. He was assisting another contractor on his job at the time.  “Life can change in the blink of an eye,” Matt’s mother, Karen shared. For her and Matt, it changed forever. After Matt was taken to the hospital, the doctor’s shared with Karen that Matt only had a matter of minutes left to live. Three days later, Matt was still alive. The doctor then told Karen that Matt would never be cognitive, but that he would be in a vegetative state and would not fully recover from his injuries. He was sent home after five weeks.

matt and karenFour months later, after hourly care and stimulation by his mother, and with the help of neighbors, Matt awoke from his coma and continued to improve daily. Karen constantly pushed Matt to keep fighting and Matt never stopped recovering. Karen’s husband died the same year of a heart attack. Regardless of the dark days they both had, Karen and Matt pushed forward and never gave up hope. Karen frequently carried Matt and put him on the couch whenever they had company. One day as she was helping him get out of bed, he told her that he wanted to sit on the couch with her. He then started to remember things and to ask more and more questions. It was the start of a very positive change for Matt. Despite a very painful infection in his face, he learned to be able to express his feelings and thoughts through speaking. Karen constructed beams and bars for him to attempt to walk. Matt would frequently push himself to do more each day and push his body to heal.

Ten years later, Matt is about to move into an apartment on his own. He holds a part time job at Pet’s Mart. He enjoys being with a brotherhood through a local center and playing poker. Recently, he has even been able to ride horses again, which is one of his greatest passions. He is a strong man and continues to push his body to stay healthy.

Karen hopes to encourage other families who are dealing with similar issues. “Don’t be afraid of the pain and injury,” she shared, “Your child is behind that and they want you to fight for them.” She hopes that one day Matt will be able to share his story with others to motivate them to keep fighting when it is not easy. Matt and Karen are true examples of why you should never give up hope.

Featured Clients: Y.G. and Toby George

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Toby George and VictorThere are some people who firmly live out their beliefs in giving back to the community. Our client and friend, Toby George, is one of them. Although we met Toby as a result of the tragic death of her brother, Victor Sims, it was an honor to represent her and her family.

Toby and Victor experienced the passing of their mother in 1992 from AIDS. Although Victor knew that Toby was his sister, at the age of five he asked if he could call her his mother, and she was known as his mother for the remainder of his life. Toby took the calling very seriously and raised Victor alongside her husband Y.G. Nyghtstorm, and their six children.

After Victor’s death, Y.G. founded the Victor Sims Foundation and was joined by Toby and Mr. Orlando Hall who was also a father figure in Victor’s life. The Victor Sims foundation assists in bringing families together. The foundation supports children who wish to become first responders. It introduces students to current first responders and also offers a scholarship program. Through events such as “Family Fun Day” and “Celebration of Fathers,” the Victor Sims Foundation brings families together while establishing and building up the family structure. The foundation also assists families monetarily who have lost a child. The mission of the foundation comes from Victor’s love of family and desire to be an Atlanta firefighter.

The Victor Sims Foundation is not the only way that Toby and Y.G. give back. Toby is also the creator and co-developer of Luminous Life Frames which help companies and families display their most cherished life events and memorials of loved ones. Y.G. has gone on to become a motivational speaker and author who helps people understand how to deal with adversity in their lives. Toby and Y.G. both have their own talk radio show together, where they discuss some of life’s most difficult situations and how to overcome them in a positive way.

For more information on the Victor Sims Foundation and on Y.G. and Toby’s talk radio show you can visit www.victorsimsfoundation.org and www.nyghtstorm.com.

Victor’s family has done a wonderful job at carrying out his legacy and we are grateful to have met and worked with them.

Featured Clients: John and Melissa Lawler

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Featured Clients: John and Melissa Lawler

We had the honor of working on Melissa and John’s case a few years ago. Their son, John Jr., was killed on his way home from work when a truck driver lost control of his rig, slid into the median of the freeway, and ran into the footing of an overhead sign, which fell on John Jr.’s vehicle. Through extensive investigation, we were able to prove that the truck lost control due to improper loading of material. We then were able to settle the case with the DOT, driver, trucking company, and the company which loaded the materials for an amount that recognized the value of John Jr.’s life and the loss experienced by the Lawler family.

The Lawler family took their loss and used it for a greater good. Melissa shared with us how hard the first year was after losing her son. She remembers talking with John about how they could live with no regrets because God had chosen it to be John Jr.’s time to pass for a reason beyond their understanding. Despite their pain, John and Melissa focused on what they thought would bring their son the most joy: helping others. Before John Jr.’s accident, he was in school to become a nurse, and had always placed a high value on helping others. The Lawlers and their family decided to start a memorial fund in honor of John Jr. named John F. Lawler IV Memorial Fund. Since 2000, their family has raised over $74,000 for the memorial fund with little promotion. The fund has helped the Lawlers donate to people who cannot afford to pay their bills, families who have had fires tear apart their homes, mission work, newborns in need, and various organizations or causes that they have felt called to support.

smallLawlerJohn Jr.’s sister, Becky, has followed the example of her parents and brother. Becky married Scott Ryder and adopted his two children, Abby and Dale. Becky and Scott have gone on to adopt two more children: Elijah from Uganda, and Ezequiel from Peru. They are also in the process of adopting Asher, a young boy from China. Asher has several disabilities. God brought Asher to Becky and Scott after they had difficulty adopting a child in the United States. Though they have struggled at times, Becky and Scott have experienced the joy of realizing God is using them to provide hope to these children. While in the process of adopting Asher, Becky and Scott were approved to adopt two children. Thrilled at the opportunity to save two lives, they are now pursuing a second child with special needs in China, and are hoping for a girl.

Becky explains that they give and sacrifice not for their own glory, “but His. When God puts a lingering thought or feeling in us, we feel its obedience to act. It’s so much more than building a family. We do it because lives are at stake; innocent, precious blessings from God who did nothing to deserve the situation they are in.” To read more about Becky and Scott’s story and their impact you can visit their blog at ElijahJohnRyder.blogspot.com. Although we met the Lawlers as a result of a horrible tragedy, we are grateful for their friendship.

Featured Client: Nasrin Zaboli

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Featured Client: Nasrin Zaboli

69212_4586861183677_2094089031_nRecently, we caught up with Nasrin Zaboli, a client who we represented over a decade ago. Nasrin was rendered a permanent quadriplegic during a relatively minor traffic accident in 1998. Although she was wearing her seatbelt, the defective condition of the seatbelt caused her catastrophic injuries. Fortunately, we were able to assist Nasrin in reaching a settlement with the vehicle manufacturer which made the defective seatbelt.

Before her accident, Nasrin was CPA for a major corporation in Atlanta. Nasrin has not let her disability become an obstacle in her life. She went on to become a painter, author, and public speaker.
Her book “Passing through the Fire” was written using braces on her wrist at a computer. The book tells the story of her journey and how others can overcome tragedy. “While we may feel like our goals and dreams are shattered, there is a real supernatural power from above that will empower us to endure the storms of life and assures us that all things are leading us to the right destination,” Nasrin shares. She was also able to teach herself how to paint using a hand brace, and has been able to sell some of her beautiful artwork. For more information on Nasrin’s book and artwork, you can visit her website at www.passingthroughthefire.org. We are truly inspired by Nasrin and how she has embraced life despite her disability.

Featured Client: Marlowe Lowry

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We are proud to have represented Marlowe Lowry in her product liability case. Marlowe was driving south on I-75 on a workday when the tire tread separated on a GMC Envoy, which caused the Envoy to strike the FJ Cruiser that Marlowe was driving. Marlowe’s vehicle rolled over on the highway and she was severely injured. Marlowe sustained a traumatic brain injury, as well as multiple fractures. She embarked on a lengthy rehabilitation and ultimately made a miraculous recovery. Marlowe’s family and friends have been extremely supportive throughout her recovery process. Fortunately, we were able to obtain a settlement for Marlowe which will provide for her future financial and medical needs. Today she is still undergoing treatment for her traumatic brain injury, but she is currently learning to drive again. She is able to care for and spend time with her son William “Boomer” with the assistance of her family. Through it all, Marlowe kept her faith and her sense of humor. Marlowe is an inspiration to all of us here at The Cooper Firm.


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