Law Office of William F. Underwood - January 2019

NOW WHAT? Navigating Work-Related Neck and Back Injuries

When you injure your back or neck at work, the path forward may not be clear. Spinal injuries are tricky, and the effects these impairments can have on your overall health can range from minor to severe — and sometimes this isn’t apparent until weeks or months later. Below are some steps you should take both before and after a back and neck injury and important hindrances to avoid in order to get the claim you deserve. Before You’re Injured First, provide your employer with your medical history. You don’t have to include information you’re uncomfortable sharing, but offering this overview before you’re injured will make the process smoother if you come to any further harm. Next, take time to understand your rights. For example, most workplaces in Georgia have a list of physicians who will treat their employees after work-related accidents. If there isn’t a list, an employee can choose their physician. The injured party can also change physicians once throughout their case. After an Injury When reporting an injury, your memory is best right after the event happens. Waiting to report the incident will not only look suspicious, but it will also hinder your ability to remember what happened. After you report an injury, consult a lawyer even if the event seems minor. They’re the expert in helping you seek and obtain the compensation you deserve.

Actions to Avoid Most employers want to know when you’re injured, so don’t ignore or play off your pain to avoid embarrassment or cause any trouble. On the opposite side, don’t flip between multiple doctors or ignore treatment to get an answer that will pad your case more. Sticking to one or two physicians will make you appear more credible and serve your case better. Most importantly, never talk to an insurance adjuster before talking to an attorney. Adjusters determine what happened and the payout that is allowed as a result, but their loyalties align with the insurance company, not with you.

Don’t live with a neck or back injury without proper compensation. Find out how the

Law Office of William F. Underwood, III, P.C. can help you by calling 229-888-0888.

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Peanut Butter and Berry French Toast

Ingredients •

8 slices brioche, 1/2-inch thick 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

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2 cups cornflakes

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2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 large eggs

2 cups mixed berries

1/8 cup heavy cream 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Powdered sugar, to sprinkle Maple syrup, for serving

Directions 1. On a large baking sheet lined with wax paper, place 4 slices of brioche and spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on each. Cover with remaining slices, creating sandwiches. 2. In a pie plate, beat eggs with cream and vanilla. In another, coarsely crush the cornflakes. 3. Lightly soak sandwiches in the egg mixture, then dredge in cornflakes, pressing to adhere. Return to baking sheet. 4. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Once melted and up to temperature, add sandwiches, cooking on one side until golden and crisp, about 2–3 minutes. 5. Return sandwiches to baking sheet, add remaining butter, and repeat on other side. 6. Top sandwiches with berries, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and serve with maple syrup. | 3

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