» Cutting-Edge Balancing Wheelchair Benefits Vets, Notes Veterans Disability Attorney

Cutting-Edge Balancing Wheelchair Benefits Vets, Notes Veterans Disability Attorney

Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 27, 2013 - A new technology may help vets in more ways than one.

Legal Help for Veterans is a law firm helping veterans get the benefits they deserve.

A new wheeled chair which resembles a wheelchair but can go up stairs, over curbs and can even balance on two wheels to allow the rider to "stand" on two feet is an elegant solution for many disabled vets and civilians alike. The chair is the iBOT, invented Dean Kamen, the creator of the Segway.

The iBOT runs on the typical four wheels, can balance on two wheels when height is needed, and can traverse up stairs and go over curbs with no problem. This new mobility is changing the lives of the few people who can use them, but they are not widely available and new iBOTS are not being manufactured.

The Huey 091 Foundation is working to provide an iBOT for any vet who wants one, whether from a recent conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan or from a previous conflict. Huey 091 is asking for donations from the public to jump start an iBOT manufacturing and support program which specifically employs veterans to build and service the iBOTS, potentially employing a yet-undetermined number of skilled vets. The foundation is hoping to get the support of the Veterans Administration, as well.

"The dual goals of outfitting more vets with iBOTs and employing vets to manufacture and service iBOTS could be of benefit to multiple groups," notes veterans disability lawyer James Fausone.

Governmental red tape, a lack of interest from the medical community and the exorbitant cost (currently at more than $25,000) all stand in the way of getting the iBOT into the marketplace. That shut down means even current iBOTs that will need to be serviced to continue running smoothly for the few people who use them will not get the maintenance they need.

The iBOT has exceptional balance due to six gyroscopes which correct and adjust when the rider shifts their weight. It also modifies its position to allow the rider to “stand,” letting the individual see over large crowds. The standing feature is an added benefit, say advocates, for combat vets who may experience anxiety when seated in a typical lower wheelchair in a crowd.

James G. Fausone is a Veterans disability attorney and Veterans attorney with Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC. To learn more or to contact a Veterans disability attorney or Veterans attorney call 1.800.693.4800 or visit http://www.legalhelpforveterans.com.

Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC
41700 West Six Mile Road, Suite 101
Northville, MI 48168
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