As society faces times of uncertainty and unrest through the continued pandemic, Pond Lehocky Giordano remains committed helping put injured and disabled workers’ lives back together. To further its commitment to its clients, the firm is giving back with the annual Pond Lehocky Giordano Annual Scholarship. This year’s recipient of the $5,000 award is the son of a local union carpenter, Aidan Blakla.
Blakla shared in his essay and video about the struggles he and has family faced when he was born with several heart defects. Blakla had multiple open-heart surgeries before he was two years old, and more as a child. When his father got hurt on the job, the family struggled to pay both medical bills and keep food on the table. They turned to Pond Lehocky Giordano for help.
After overcoming many hardships and winning their workers’ compensation case, Blakla is now 19 years old and is heading into his second year at Holy Family University in Pennsylvania, pursuing a degree in radiologic sciences.
“Never in a million years did I think I’d be selected as the winner,” Blakla shared. “The Pond Lehocky Scholarship will cover the entire remaining balance for next year, saving my family a lot of money. I am honored and extremely grateful.”
Pond Lehocky Giordano Annual Scholarship aids the friends, family members and colleagues of injured workers in the pursuit of higher education. The team at Pond Lehocky Giordano witnesses every day the traumatic effects work injuries have on families, who can be left shaken to the core. The death or disability of a breadwinner can leave the family teetering on financial disaster. Parents, who had big dreams for the children, are left with crushing realization that they cannot help with their children fulfill those dreams because of the onerous, ever-increasing expense of education.
With the scholarship, the Pond Lehocky Giordano reaffirms that its dedication to provide holistic care to injured and disabled workers that extends beyond the legal process. Providing a scholarship to those impacted by work injuries recognizes the struggles clients face to be made whole again.