Tampa Injury Lawyer Fights to Change Florida Disability Funding for One Special Client

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Injury attorney Gene Odom of Martinez & Odom Law Group takes on cause to help 2008 Florida rape victim get funding.

R. Gene Odom

R. Gene Odom

We are trying to get the age-based funding cut-off regulation over-turned for this one special victim. This young woman needs support for as long as she needs care.

When injury lawyer Gene Odom’s client turns 21 on April 22, 2011, her Florida funded health care benefits will not expire, thanks to the efforts of Odom and family appeals to state agencies. The funding cancellation was narrowly averted at a closed door meeting April 8 attended by 25 representatives from local and state agencies, the offices of two state senators, and the victim’s mother, said Odom. Funding has been extended for up to three months.

The unnamed victim was 18 years old when she was brutally raped and beaten while returning a library book in Bloomington, Fla. She was left unable to walk, talk, see, or feed herself. Childrens Medical Services pays for her to receive 24-hour home health services, but the agency’s regulations mandate that funding be withdrawn when she turns 21. That’s something that Odom has vowed to get changed.

Helping One Victim at a Time
“We are trying to get the age-based funding cut-off regulation over-turned for this one special victim,” Odom explains. “Although we received a 90-day funding extension, it is only a temporary solution. This young woman needs support for as long as she needs care.”

In addition to the extension, the victim is also receiving $32,000 from the Department of Children and Families, about half of the annual cost of her care, along with supplements from Medicaid. But that is still not enough, Odom says.

He is planning a civil lawsuit to help the victim’s family receive a long-term solution to the funding issue. Odom will announce the target of the lawsuit soon. And he will continue to fight to get the Childrens Medical Services to suspend their funding cut-off age of 21 for this one special case. Odom is providing his services pro bono to the victim’s mother.

About Martinez & Odom Law Group
Martinez and Odom Law Group focuses mainly on Florida personal injury and wrongful death cases. Representing victims of auto accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, aviation accidents, and insurance bad faith, the lawyers bring unique skills to many cases.

Attorney Gene Odom is a forensics expert, biomedical engineer, auto accident reconstructionist, and licensed pilot. His practice is characterized by recognition of the larger issues that many of his cases represent and the desire to foment meaningful change.

Martinez & Odom Law Group
1111 Oakfield Drive
Brandon, FL 33511
(813) 875-4414

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2314 Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd.,
Tampa, Florida 33602
813.685.4414

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