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  • Unexperting an expert witness.
    Parents sought an FDA-approved medical treatment for their disabled child but were denied.

    A court decision hinged on "expert witness testimony" taken from the expert's opinion of "peer-reviewed" evidence.

    Research of the expert witness revealed his participation in a professionals-only Internet listserv, i.e., a peer-reviewing discussion group.

    On the listserv the expert solicited his peers for a European source of an anti-convulsant that was never FDA approved--despite three well-documented attempts at FDA approval.

    The expert witness found an illegal source, illegally obtained it, inquired about dosage levels, then announced his decision to dose his Down-syndromed patient at levels 4x the highest recommended dosage.

    He was condemned by some 15 or 20 of his listserv peers at every step in his medical decision-making process, totaling nearly 100 peer-reviewed condemnations (not just disapprovals).

    Each step made by the expert witness were grounds for him to lose his medical license. He was given a copy of the listserv record minutes before he was to testify.

    He immediately withdrew as an expert witness without explanation.

    With no expert witness testimony to counter the parents's expert testimony, the coverage was awarded.
  • Finding an educational opportunity.
    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates Individualized Education Plans custom-tailored to fit an individual student's unique special needs.

    Unfortunately, once the student completes high school or reaches the age of 22, those IDEA requirements are gone. Any subsequent higher education opportunities come without any accommodations.

    This leaves a lot of special needs students at a complete loss. However, thanks to some very grass-roots movements and highly motivated parents, one-by-one some colleges and universities are starting "inclusive learning" programs.

    Tapping into the next phase of life for these developmentally-challenged students requires parents who aren't afraid to ask tough questions, knock on doors, then find the keys to unlock those doors.
  • No $1500 plumber fee.
    A friend's plumbing developed an excessively loud noise that rattled pipes and shook the foundation with every flush.

    He was afraid the problem was so serious he'd have to dig up the pipes in his yard that connected to the municipal water source.

    Hiring a plumbing contractor to dig up the yard and replace the pipes would cost a minimum of $1500.

    An on-site inspection did confirm the noise and the extensive vibrations, but also led to discovering the municipality illegally installed the water line 20 years before--resulting in establishing the municipality's responsibility for remedy instead of the homeowner.

    It was also suggested the homeowner rebuild the toilet's plumbing for a mere $20 in DIY parts from the local homecenter. This fix eliminated the immediate noise and vibration.

    Negotiations with the municipality are ongoing.
  • Student parking guaranteed.
    A student borrowed $50,000+ in student loans from the federal government to attend graduate school at an out-of-state public university 300 miles from home in a densely-populated, metropolitan area.

    The student was pursuing a master's degree in a primary industry of the city where the university was located.

    There is no public transportation where the graduate program is based. The university offers no housing for graduate students, forcing grad students to drive to the program location. Reserved parking for students is assured, but no actual parking spaces or permits were ever issued.

    The university subcontracted management of grad student parking, but the manager of the parking contract refused to return phone calls or emails.

    An on-site inspection of the designated parking revealed the subcontracted parking manager illegally inked a long-term lease for the allotted parking spaces with a nearby bed-and-breakfast.

    An extensive Friday-at-4pm conversation with the dean of students included a reminder that acceptance of student loans from the federal government mandated the university guarantees physical access to the building where instruction occurs, which was impossible without student parking described in the university literature as "assured."

    A formal complaint to the feds would undoubtedly result in a comprehensive, time-consuming, university-wide audit and review of access and egress at all 30-something locations of the university across the entire state. Such an audit could easily trigger further audits of all other public universities and colleges in the state.

    All graduate students suddenly acquired on-site parking by 9 am Saturday morning.
  • Government conspiracy.
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