Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Quatrini Rafferty Lends a Hand to 15th Annual "Polo for the Cure" event in Westmoreland County.

Quatrini Rafferty was again a tent sponsor of the 15th Annual Polo for the Cure benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. QRG attorney Joyce Novotny-Prettiman served on the Steering Committee for the event which crushed its initial goal of $140,000 by raising over $190,000!!

Congratulations to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for such a successful and wonderful event!

Vincent J. Quatrini, Jr. appointed to Westmoreland Land Trust

Quatrini Rafferty partner Vincent J. Quatrini, Jr. was recently appointed as a Board Member to the newly created Westmoreland Land Trust.

The Westmoreland Land Trust was formed to "conserve and steward lands and waters of Westmoreland County that harbor ecological, scenic or recreational qualities to offer a healthier and more sustainable future for all."

To learn more about the Westmoreland Land Trust and its mission please visit the following links:
  • Westmoreland Land Trust website:

  • Westmoreland County's website:

  • Pittsburgh Tribune Review:

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Rerko Successful in Federal District Court of Western Pennsylvania

Quatrini Rafferty partner Tereasa Rerko recently obtained a Remand of a Social Security Disability case that was appealed to Federal District Court for the Western District located in Pittsburgh.

The Court agreed with Ms. Rerko's argument that the Administrative Law Judge who decided the case at the hearing level did not use the correct standard when evaluating what side effects were caused by the Claimant's pain medication, and, how those side effects impacted the Claimant's ability to work on a full-time basis. The case will now go back for another hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.

The case, Lickenfelt v. Astrue, 2008 WL 2275538 (Western District of Pa.), has been published in the Federal Court Reporter, and in the future will affect other cases with the same issues.

Friday, September 19, 2008

New QRG Radio "Legal Check Up" shows added to website!

We recently had our newest "Legal Check Up" shows archived. They can be found here:

Listen today!

Navigating Legal Issues in Psychiatry, Disability and Workers' Compensation

QRG partner Vincent J. Quatrini, Jr., was a featured speaker at the 10th Annual Behavioral Health and Society Seminar: The Law, The Mind and Community Wellness held at Chestnut Ridge Inn on the Green in Blairsville, Pennsylvania on September 12, 2008. The event, which was attended by over 200 health care provides and advocates, was formed to address strategies for enchancing the ability of individuals with mental illness to lead successful and fulfilling lives.

The event was sponsored by Torrence State Hospital, Cambria-Somerset Council for Education of Health Professionals, Inc., Fayette County Mental Health/Mental Retardation, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Mental Health America of Westmoreland County, PA Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Administrators and S'eclairer Englightening Self With Knowledge.

Mr. Quatrini's presentation, "Navigating Legal Issues in Psychiatry, Disability and Workers' Compensation," focused on the uphill legal battles facing individuals suffering from mental health challenges.