Meet Rebecca, a VLA medical-legal partnership lawyer
Rebecca is on a team that helps people like Margaret with legal needs that impact their health.
Margaret became addicted to opioids after an injury. She forged checks and prescriptions to feed her addiction. After time in prison, she began treatment.
She and her young children lived in a one-bedroom apartment with no place for the kids to play. She was turned down from better housing because of her criminal record. Her back injury got worse and she couldn’t work. She got disability benefits, but they stopped when she did not complete paperwork on time.
We helped Margaret clear her record so she could get a better place to live. Her dismissed charges and misdemeanor convictions were expunged. She moved her family into a larger apartment.
We also helped her ask for continuing disability benefits while she gave Social Security access to medical records that were needed.
To protect anonymity and confidentiality, some names and details in these stories have been changed.