It is not always the working class who find themselves losing control of their finances. In many cases, even those in South Carolina who have health insurance and financial resources may face desperate times if a chronic or serious illness leaves them with overwhelming medical debt. In fact, one of President Trump’s advisers once filed for bankruptcy due to mounting medical bills.

Dan Scavino, social media coordinator for the president, started his career as a golf caddy before rising to an executive in Donald Trump’s golfing industry. He also ran his own business from his half-million-dollar home where he lived with his wife, their two children and their dogs. He drove high-end vehicles and enjoyed the good life. Then his wife contracted Lyme disease from a tick bite.

For 10 years, she suffered the debilitating neurological symptoms that accompany Lyme disease, which is also difficult to diagnose. The cost of countless diagnostic tests and multiple treatment courses quickly began to mount for Scavino and his wife. Her condition deteriorated, causing him to quit his job to care for her, and soon, they had spent over $300,000 seeking help for her and were over $50,000 in debt to several medical facilities. It was then that Mr. Scavino filed for bankruptcy.

While not everyone in South Carolina can relate to having so much luxury on the line, many understand the frustration of being unable to meet one’s basic needs because of crushing medical debt after an illness or injury. Fortunately, bankruptcy may be an option for relieving the burden of debt and allowing one a fresh financial start. To learn if they qualify for certain types of bankruptcy, many contact an attorney who is known for compassion and dedication toward those who are struggling to get free from debt.

Source: thedailybeast.com, “The Trump Aide Bankrupted by a Single Illness”, Brandy Zadronzy, June 23, 2017