Law Office of William F. Underwood - July 2019

229-888-0888 • www.puttingpeoplefirst.law Justice MONTHLY On the Hook CELEBRATING THE SUMMER DAYS SPENT AT SEA N othing can compare to a Georgia summer, when the sweaty, sticky weather usually hovers around 90 degrees. As a kid, I could often be found on my bike, cruising down local trails and hopping off for a quick dip in a local blue hole or someone’s backyard pool. If we weren’t biking around town, my friends and I were probably on the baseball diamond or trying our hand at a new video game in someone’s house.

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While the majority of my summer days were spent pedaling through southern Georgia, it’s the few days I spent off my bike that really stick out. These are the days my dad and I would load up the car and head three hours west to the Gulf of Mexico to go saltwater fishing. We were never the die-hard, wake-up-early fishermen, and our days on the gulf were more like leisurely boat rides with a few poles in the water. But they were always fun adventures. Dad had been deep-sea fishing in the past, so he was familiar with angling big fish, such as marlin. But when I joined him, we were typically fishing for mackerel, mahi-mahi, and amberjacks. We’d spent most of the day hoping our patience would pay off in the form of a big haul, but when there is a nice breeze and great company with you, sitting in the boat with quiet lines is never that bad either. After hooking and reeling in a few catches, we would clean up our fish and take them to the local hook and cook restaurant just off the marina. It really doesn’t get any fresher than that. Of course, like all experienced fishermen, we have fishing tales to tell. I still remember the day my dad caught a large amberjack, and this fish fought with all it had to avoid being caught. My dad was wrestling with that fish for a while! Meanwhile, the biggest thing I ever caught was some garbage. There’s nothing quite like the heart-racing adrenaline of thinking you have a story-worthy fish on the line, only to discover it’s some selfishly discarded human junk.

If it was just Dad and me on these expeditions, our days were pretty much just about fishing. But if my stepmom, sister, or some friends would join us, we usually stopped at the beach for a lazy afternoon. My dad was always inviting friends and peers from the legal field on his fishing adventures, which were often navigated by our friend, “Captain” Dan Ricketson. Whether or not we were able to put a pole in the water and catch our supper didn’t matter too much to Dad. He was content to spend the day in the boat or along the Florida coast. In fact, for a while, he and my stepmom spent nearly every weekend down there. It’s been a while since I have been back to our fishing spot, and reliving these old memories has me hankering for another fishing trip. This summer, I’m going to see if I can sneak away for an extended weekend trip. Who knows, maybe I’ll catch a bigger amberjack than Dad did. -William F. “Trey” Underwood, III

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Even though road trips offer you a break from the monotony of your office, the stiffness in your muscles and joints that comes from sitting in one position for too long can follow you onto the road if you’re not careful. Whether in front of a laptop or behind the wheel, taking the opportunity to stretch and exercise on your summer road trip is a great way to prevent the soreness from following you back to the office. Here are a few stretches to keep in mind for the next rest stop. For theNeck Reach your left arm over the top of your head and touch your right ear. Then, gently pull your head to the left and hold it there for 15 seconds. Repeat this process with your right arm. LIMBERING UP

FOR YOUR NEXT ROAD TRIP

For the Chest Stand in front of a door frame with one hand pressed on either side and your elbows at 90-degree angles, then lean forward. This will cause your chest muscles to open up. Hold this position for 15 seconds. You can do a similar stretch by bending downward while keeping your hands on your car door in front of you, stretching your entire upper body. For theHips While you’re driving, a good way to prevent sore hips is by making sure your knees are slightly elevated above them in your seat. Once you have the opportunity to stop, try doing some hip flexors. Kneel on one knee, slowly push your pelvis forward, squeeze your shoulders back, and open your chest. Hold this position for 15 seconds, then repeat while kneeling on the other knee. For the Legs To stretch out your hamstrings, place your right heel on a small step. Extend your arms upward, and then lean your upper body forward. You’ll feel a pull in the back of your upper leg. Once you’ve done this for about 15–30 seconds, repeat the process with your left heel. The road may be long, but that doesn’t mean you have to feel it in your muscles. If you stop every couple of hours and take some time to limber up, your body will thank you.

MASSIVE PROBLEMS

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU SEEK COMPENSATION IN A MASS TORT CASE

Personal injury litigation protects victims from negligent drivers, insurance companies, and businesses, but another subset of civil law is designed to aid the masses of people who face injuries due to a company’s oversight. Mass tort cases often involve litigation after a defective product has left hundreds, if not thousands, of people injured and in need of compensation. This component of civil law is recognizable to anyone who catches an infomercial about these cases on late- night television, but these cheesy commercials are no laughing matter. They help spread the word of attorneys fighting for well- deserving clients. Millions of dollars in compensation have been awarded to injured hernia mesh patients, thousands of soldiers are joining lawsuits after 3M was recently ordered to pay the government $9 million for selling defective earplugs to the military, and a middle-aged gardener was just awarded an incredible sum after Roundup was found to be the cause of his cancer. Subsequently, these products are no longer sold in these defective capacities, and the credit for this level of consumer safety goes to mass tort cases.

the thousands of people injured by a negligent company, it can be difficult to feel like your voice is being heard. Our firm’s job is to be your advocate as we work with the law firms bringing these lawsuits to court.

When you work with us, you can expect the following:

1. We provide an explanation of your rights, making sure you understand this process and what to expect moving forward. 2. We will help you collect and file the appropriate paperwork. This includes compiling medical bills, collecting records, and managing your intake process with the firm that is bringing the case to court. 3. We will consistently keep you up-to-date on your case. You deserve a local representative who is going to make sure you get what you deserve. Don’t let a negligent company get away with causing you and your family pain. Learn more about how the legal experts at the Law Offices of William F. Underwood, III, P.C. can help you by calling 229-888-0888 or visit PuttingPeopleFirst.law.

At the Law Offices of William F. Underwood, III, P.C., we have joined the fight against these irresponsible companies. When you’re one of

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BE A LOCAL TOURIST! Explore Albany by Visiting These Gems

Explore Exotic Lands at Chehaw Chehaw offers recreation, exploration, and conservation education for family members of all ages. Each year, more than 10,000 visitors are treated to regular zoo favorites, like zebras, cheetahs, black bears, and rhinos, along with a few unique inhabitants, like rare birds and lizards. Hop on the African Veldt Ride for a free zip through the park’s seven largest herds, or see one of your favorite animals eat its supper with zookeeper demonstrations. If you’re feeling more adventurous, hook up the RV or pitch a tent in the park’s campground! Embrace Culture at the AlbanyMuseumof Art Featuring three galleries, an auditorium, and a classroom, the Albany Museum of Art is home to many notable collections. The museum often hosts events for people of all ages, and its artwork is rotated regularly, which means no two trips will ever be the same. Swing in for the summer art camps or peruse the newest artwork. Regardless of what you choose to do, you will always learn something new when you visit the Albany Museum of Art. No matter how well you prepare for this summer’s adventures, accidents happen. If you or a loved one are injured while enjoying Albany’s treasures, The Law Offices of William F. Underwood, III, P.C. can help. Call 229-888-0888 to learn more, and have a safe summer! We Value You! At the Law Offices of William F. Underwood, III, P.C., the trust we build with our clients is our most valuable asset. To show our appreciation, we would like to thank the following clients who have referred others to us since our June newsletter: Jessie Melton, Eusebio Mitchell, Tujuana Allen, Darrey Wright, LaTausha Martin, Haylee Strom, and Mary Harrison. Your recommendation is greatly treasured by everyone at our office. Clients can also leave their comments on our services through Google reviews ! These statements give us critical feedback and help other clients facing stressful life situations to find a dependable lawyer. Previous and current clients can also receive free notary services at our office. Learn more about this service by giving us a call at 229-888-0888.

Few things are as American as the family road trip, but sometimes getting away can be a hassle. Between busy summer sports schedules and coordinating time off work, taking a vacation just isn’t an option for everyone. Luckily, Albany, Georgia, is a destination worth exploring. Check out these three local staples for all the rejuvenation of a vacation without ever leaving the region. Chill Out at RadiumSprings Gardens Escape to our local sanctuary! Steeped in Georgia history, Radium Springs Gardens pumps 70,000 gallons of 68-degree water every minute, making it one of the largest blue hole springs in the state. See the sight of the former Radium Springs Casino, or soak up the sunshine as you walk along crystal-clear waters and observe beautiful plant life. Dubbed one of Georgia’s seven natural wonders, Radium Springs Gardens is a must-see this summer.

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So often, we talk to our friends, coworkers, and loved ones without actually saying anything. We’ll beat around the bush on important

Those who tend to judge a book by its cover may make the mistake of associating the word “fierce” with “aggressive.” However, as a master of meaningful communication, Scott has found that it’s important not to force emotions one way or the other. As she observes, “If your behavior contradicts your values, your body knows.” Instead of relying on fake bravado or false modesty,

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