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Read Liner Legal’s October 2017 Newsletter

Dr. Zachary Gordon, M.D.

As a Cleveland native, Dr. Zachary Gordon enjoys the city because it is a great place to raise a family and there’s so much to do in the area. Having a multitude of activity options is great because it’s important to lead an active lifestyle. Being active, while incorporating aerobic exercise helps prevent degenerative spinal issues.

dr. zachary gordonDr. Gordon, a spine surgeon at University Hospitals, was drawn to spine surgery because it was rewarding to see people get better. “The most rewarding part of my job is getting people back to functioning in the way they were before.” He explains that patients won’t be able to stand or walk for long periods of time, and it’s great to see them improve and go back to the things they enjoy doing after surgery.

Spine Surgery

“Every spine problem is unique to the individual,” says Dr. Gordon. He acknowledges that people can be reluctant to have surgery, but if they develop a relationship with a competent, fellowship trained spine surgeon, then they can clearly understand its goals and benefits.

Primarily, the kinds of cases Dr. Gordon takes on involve cervical or lumbar degenerative conditions, and spinal tumors or infections. “The vast majority of people that I see in these conditions that I treat, aren’t due to any specific injury,” he says. “They tend to be due to degenerative problems, something that is more age related.

Training future spine surgeons, and trying to improve the way patients are taken care of are just a few of Dr. Gordon’s future goals. Improved patient care includes minimally invasive surgery and getting people up and moving as soon as possible afterwards.

Dr. Gordon has worked with many Liner Legal clients, who praise not only his knowledge of medicine but also his bedside manner. Said one Liner Legal client: “Dr. Gordon gave me my life back!” We salute you, Dr. Gordon.

Dr. Zachary Gordon: 11100 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106, (216)-844-7200

Our firm is not only dedicated to helping our clients, but also to getting involved in our community. Here are the events we participated in, currently support, or are going to be involved with in the nearby future.

NOSSCR Presentation

Attorneys Michael Liner and Andrew November traveled to Scottsdale, AZ for the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives. They presented with Dr. Mehle on how to handle hearing (ear) issues with Social Security disability claims.

Speaking with Charak Center


Early in September, attorney Michael Liner, spoke to the staff of Charak Center. He spoke about how their case managers and medical providers can better assist patients and clients who are seeking disability benefits. Meeting with healthcare, as well as community organizations presents an opportunity to work together. This collaboration ensures clients receive the best resources.

Community Tuesday


Attorney, Andrew November, held a discussion on Social Security disability and consumer rights at the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center. He focused on topics such as the Trial Work Period and Substantial Gainful Activity. This Community Tuesday session was held during Deaf Awareness Week, which occurred in Cleveland from Sept. 18 – 24. The discussion on Sept. 19 allowed Liner Legal to share helpful information and programs with the public.

Cleveland Walk to End Lupus Now!

On Saturday, September 23, Liner Legal participated as a sponsor in Cleveland’s Walk to End Lupus Now! It was a beautiful day to walk a mile or 5k trail, and help raise awareness and advocate for lupus.


Visit Us at the WRAAA Expo

On Friday, October 27, Liner Legal will be at Great Northern Mall from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. This is part of the Senior Wellness Expos, hosted by the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging.

Epilepsy Association Gala


The Epilepsy Association is hosting its 26th Annual Gala at the Marriott Downtown. The event is at Key Center on Friday, November 3rd from 6:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m. This event is held each November in recognition of Epilepsy Awareness month.

Proceeds from the Gala will support the local programs of the Epilepsy Association. Proceeds will also support direct, community-based social services for children, families, and adults affected by epilepsy. Liner Legal is proud to support the Epilepsy Association and its initiatives.

To sponsor or buy tickets call Tiffany at (216) 579-1330 or go here: http://epilepsyinfo.org/html/gala.html.

LEAP Nursing Home Transitions


Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential (LEAP) is a Northeast Ohio disability-services agency that has reached a significant milestone in the area of nursing home transition services by moving more than 300 persons with disabilities from nursing homes back to community-based housing. LEAP began offering nursing home transition services in 2009 after becoming an Ohio Home Choice service provider. Established in 2008 with the goal of transitioning 2,000 Ohioans annually, the Home Choice program has become a national leader in moving people back home from long-term care facilities.

Home Choice Program

In addition to helping people with disabilities achieve a greater measure of independence, the Home Choice program also saves Ohio taxpayers an average of $22,900 per person per year by avoiding higher nursing home costs. Many individuals with disabilities end up unnecessarily in nursing homes, often after a traumatic life event such as a stroke, protracted illness, or debilitating accident. Their resulting long hospital and rehabilitation stays can sometimes cause the loss of employment, existing housing and support systems, leaving people with no place to turn beyond remaining in a long-term care facility.

The nursing home transition services provided by LEAP start with a variety of assessments to determine whether or not someone can truly thrive in community-based housing. Additional steps include helping to search for an appropriate new residence, arranging for needed in-home health and other support services, and furnishing the new housing using a modest, state-provided allowance. LEAP services typically continue for up to 90 days after move-in, and consist of home visits and additional resource location, depending on each person’s unique needs. “LEAP is committed to standing by each person as they decide for themselves where and how they want to live” said Kelley Clarett, Independent Living Specialist with LEAP. “It’s a very personal journey back home for each individual.”

For more information visit their website at www.leapinfo.org or call their office at 216-696-2716.

health fair

Your health is a priority, but it sometimes takes a back seat when you have a full-time job, a family and other responsibilities. The Cleveland Clinic and Akron General are hosting a weekend event that makes checking on your health an easier option. Join the public at a health fair that is accessible to you and the rest of your family.


Health Fair

The Cleveland Clinic and Akron General are hosting a free health fair for the community in order to support healthier lifestyles. The Wellness Fair is on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. The event is free of charge.

The community can partake in a variety of health and wellness information tables, screenings for blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), total cholesterol and blood glucose, vision and more. There are activities for both children and adults, and raffles to participate in. In addition, those who go to the wellness fair can meet and experience one-on-one time with Cleveland Clinic and Akron General physicians.

Make sure to stop by this Wellness Fair, which is located at the Health & Wellness Center, Green. For more information on the event, visit Akron General’s website.

Event Details

Date and Time: Saturday, September 30 at 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Address: 1940 Town Park Boulevard Uniontown, Ohio 44685

Deaf Awareness Week: September 18 – 24

Hearing loss is the second most prevalent health issue globally, according to the Hearing Health Foundation. It is an important culture to advocate for and bring awareness to. Deaf Awareness Week will take place in Cleveland from Monday, September 18 to Sunday, September 23. This week is an opportunity for increasing public awareness of the Deaf culture, and the issues they face. The events hosted throughout the week, by the Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center’s Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, are chances to bring individuals together as a community.

deaf awareness

Monday, September 18:

Starting off Deaf Awareness Week is a Deaf Town Hall. This is an opportunity for Deaf individuals to discuss issues they’re facing in the community, and how those issues can be resolved. The Town Hall starts at 6:00 pm. Register by Friday, Sept. 15 to attend.

11635 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106 Location: Room 140 

Tuesday, September 19:

Join the community for a free discussion at 1:00 pm on updates about social security and consumer rights, as well as debt collection rights! Interpreters will be provided. Emily White, a former lawyer from Disability Rights Ohio and Andrew November, one of our attorneys from Liner Legal, will be there to lead the discussion. Afterwards, the public can speak with each person privately if they have any further questions. Register by Monday, Sept. 18 to join in on the discussion.

11635 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106 Location: Room 140

Later in the day, stop by Happy Dog for the “So You Think You Can Sign?” event, starting at 6:00 pm! Show off your ASL in any form ranging from the ABCs to storytelling! Register for this free event that is open to the public by Sept. 15.

11625 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106

Thursday, September 21:

Take a day off from cooking and indulge in one of many delicious grilled cheeses that Melt has to offer! From 11:00 am – 10:00 pm stop by Melt Bar & Grilled, mingle with the Deaf community and help fundraise. Any purchase of food, drinks or merchandise benefits the Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Bring this flyer to have 20% of your order donated to the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center.

6700 Rockside Rd., Independence, OH 44131 

Friday, September 22:

Who can resist a drive-in movie? Bring the entire family to Deaf Movie Night starting at 8:00 pm, and watch some great movies with open captioning! RSVP by Thursday Sept. 21. Tickets are $10 for anyone 12 or older, and $5 for 11 and younger. Kids 3 or younger get in for free!

Aut-O-Rama Drive In: 33395 Lorain Rd., North Ridgeville, OH 44039 

Saturday, September 23:

Take a trip to the zoo next weekend to see the animals and increase awareness of the Deaf culture! Your day at the zoo starts at 10:30 am and goes until 5:00 pm. If you’ve sent your RSVP for the event, you pick up your free tickets with the Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to sign in.

Ticket Pickup Location: 11635 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106

Zoo Location: 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, OH 44109 

The fun doesn’t stop there. Join in on a Game Night at the Cleveland Association for the Deaf! Entry is free but each game is $10. RSVP to the event by Thursday, Sept. 21.

10416 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, OH 44111

Sunday, September 24:

As a perfect way to end Deaf Awareness Week, the first open captioned performance of Shakespeare in Love starts this Sunday! The play is at the Allen Theater at Playhouse Square and starts at 2:30 pm. Tickets for this show are discounted to $20 with the promotional code “OPEN”. If you can come early, join in on a pre-show reception from 1:00 – 2:00 pm, with a cash bar in the lobby of the theater.

Here are further instructions to get tickets for this event.

1407 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115

Walk to End Lupus Now

It is estimated that 1.5 million Americans have some form of lupus, according to the Lupus Foundation of America. There is currently no cure for this chronic autoimmune disease. However, you can take action today. Join Liner Legal in spreading awareness and raising money to find a cure by participating in the Cleveland Walk to End Lupus Now.

end lupus

Liner Legal is proud to be a sponsor of the Cleveland Walk to End Lupus Now, which brings the community together for a great cause. To participate in the event, each person must donate a minimum of $20. Funds raised during the Walk to End Lupus help bring programs and services to the Cleveland area. The money raised also funds research to find a cure for lupus.

Grab your pair of walking shoes and register for the event today! Visit the Lupus Foundation of America’s website for more information, as well as to register or donate to the event. The Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter, is hosting the walk.

Event Details

The walk is on Saturday, September 23 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. The address is Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, 2014 Sycamore Street, Cleveland, OH 44113.

How do We Help People with Lupus?

Our Cleveland Disability Lawyers have years of experience providing effective and dedicated legal services to individuals with lupus and other autoimmune conditions. For more information on your employee rights and your eligibility for Social Security disability with lupus contact us today at 216-282-1773 or fill out a contact form.

Request More Lupus Information

We can also send you informative pamphlets about Lupus and Social Security Disability. Sign up below and we will send you pamphlets, a free Liner Legal phone stand keychain, and add you to our newsletter list so you have access to disability updates!

In a world where every topic or question is searchable on the Internet, it is rare to find events where a community can discover answers to their questions or find resources face-to-face with an expert in a particular field. The Charak Center for Health and Wellness is bridging that gap. The center is hosting a Mental Health Care Block Party, which is open for anyone.

Mental Health Care Block Party

The event is tomorrow, September 9 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. The block party is free to the public, and people can join the Charak Center for free food, games, and music. The opportunities do not stop there. The event is also a chance for the community to learn about resources and services that the health and wellness center provides. At the Mental Health Care Block Party you will find:

  • Tips on how to manage your mental health and home health care affordably;
  • Help with signing up for appropriate insurance;
  • The opportunity to interview immediately for available jobs in home health positions. These include RNs, LPNs, STNAS, and Home Health Aides;
  • Answers to questions about addiction, mental and home health care for you or your loved ones.

Don’t miss your opportunity to inquire about insurance, have a chance at a job opportunity, or receive valued answers to any questions that you may have.

The address of the block party is 12395 McCracken Road, Garfield Heights.

mental health

The Charak Center for Health and Wellness is a center that assists patients with mental health services. The center also provides services for addiction recovery. The organization also includes the Charak Home Health Care, as well as the Charak Clinical Research Center. It is a one-stop shop for a variety of needs that patients may experience.