A t Kelly Law Offices, all of our experienced attorneys strive to reach a single goal: achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients while guiding them through the stressful legal process, allowing them to focus solely on recovery. Although we’re all committed to this goal, our teammembers have different backgrounds, experiences, and approaches. In 2017, you heard from each of us in the newsletter. We outlined our individual successes, hobbies, and hopes for the future. As we move into 2018, we wanted to reintroduce ourselves for all of our readers who either missed our previous issues or simply wanted a closer look at our firm. TimKelly Whenever anyone asks Tim Kelly what he does for a living, he never tells them that he’s a lawyer or a personal injury attorney. Instead, he says he helps injured people. That’s the reason why he got into law in the first place, and that’s the reason he comes into work each morning. An avid rider himself, Tim has a particular passion for helping injured motorcyclists receive the compensation they need to get back on their feet and back to their normal lives. Beth Brown Beth’s been a proud member of the Kelly Law team for over 15 years, and in that time, she’s developed a breadth of skills that are evident in every case she takes. For her, one of the most satisfying aspects of the job is exhausting every possible avenue to recovery for the people we serve, leaving no stone unturned in the quest for justice. She knows —despite what many Americans might think — that our clients rarely want to end up in court. But if it comes to that, Beth will fight tooth and nail to get them each and every penny they deserve. OFFICES IN NORTHWEST INDIANA AND SOUTH BEND Meet the Team
Michael Massucci For Michael Massucci, injury law is more than just a career — it’s a personal mission. One fateful night in 2006, a drunk driver cut through a red light, forcing an unavoidable impact with Michael’s vehicle. In the ensuing months, he experienced the complexities injured people have to deal with firsthand, gaining a unique, intimate understanding of the intense struggles his clients face. This renewed his drive as a personal injury attorney. He’s dedicated to relieving the stress and pain of his clients to the greatest degree possible. Joseph Bombagetti For Joe, personal injury work isn’t just about obtaining money for his clients or winning cases. It’s about establishing a meaningful relationship with everyone who comes into his office. So much of what he does stretches beyond the courtroom. He works tirelessly to counsel his clients through every step of the process in a way they can understand and be completely on board with. He knows that going through a serious injury can be more than just painful, it can be psychologically debilitating. But, with the right guidance, it’s possible to move on and thrive. As all of us move into 2018, we’re excited to continue serving our incredible, inspiring clients in the coming year. We’re grateful for each and every one of you. After all, without the support of the people we serve, such meaningful work would simply not be possible.
So, thank you, and we wish a happy new year to all of our current, past, and future clients. Here’s hoping 2018 is the best year yet!
NEW YEAR, NEW TECH! 3 of 2018’s Most Futuristic Gadgets Along with a collection of short-lived resolutions, each new year brings a staggering array of wild technology. Here are a few of the coolest new gadgets predicted to hit the scene in 2018. A Microwave That Doubles as a Flash Fridge For a couple of years now, the Spanish-Korean company Frigondas has been developing a microwave that, in addition to perfectly warming up your leftovers, comes equipped with the ability to rapidly cool down foods. Not only can you use it to freeze fresh foods for later use, but you can toss a beer inside and let it chill in just a couple of minutes. A ‘Hybrid Reality Environment’ From Science Fiction Composed of 72 LCD panels, a 20-speaker immersive surround sound system, and an optical motion tracking system powered by 10 separate cameras, Cave2 is half virtual reality, half insanely futuristic whiteboard. After donning a pair of 3-D glasses, users, namely scientists and engineers, can fully immerse themselves in whatever they want, whether it’s a visualization of data that describes our solar system or, as exhibited in a recent demonstration, a model of Chicago, complete with real-time crime data. Has a Brain Injury Ruined Your Life? More Than a Knock on the Head The ancient Egyptians believed a person’s heart held their mind and soul, and that one’s heart must be lighter than a feather to enter the afterlife. While we can’t speak for the soul, today we know our mind — all our memories, thoughts, and personality — resides within the brain. For something so valuable, our brains are easily damaged. The Centers for Disease Control reports there are over 2.8 million traumatic brain injury (TBI)-related emergency room visits across the country every year. The Mayfield Clinic cites motorcycle accidents as one of the most common causes of TBIs. SERVICE HIGHLIGHT
A TV That Generates Sound With Its Screen Yeah, yeah — another new, bigger, shinier TV. Big deal, right? At first glance, Sony’s new 65-inch Bravia A1E television looks just like another high-end display among many. 4K resolution, HDR technology, and OLED display round out the buzzwords that come standard on TV ads these days. But one look at the massive TV reveals this is a bit of a different beast than its competition. Instead of mounting on the wall or sitting an ordinary vertical television stand, the new Bravia TV comes equipped with a stand that leans directly on the
floor. There’s no visible stand or border. The processor and other essential components are all housed in its back unit. But what’s really interesting about this TV is the way it generates sound. Examining the unit, you’ll discover there’s not a single speaker to be found. Instead, Sony’s equipped the screen itself with four actuators that turn the entire screen into a sound- emitting device — a new technology called “Acoustic Surface.”
is so extreme that it can drastically change a person’s personality and demeanor.
• Physical — Since the brain controls the rest of your body, physical damage can be severe. Physical pain and loss of motor skills have been reported. TBIs can also lead to loss of vision or hearing, constant ringing in the ears, headaches and chronic migraines, comas, and seizures. • Psychological — Research suggests TBIs and concussions may lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, dementia, depression, and the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. After a brain injury, neuropsychological treatment is necessary in order to have a chance at overcoming any deficiencies. This treatment often lasts a lifetime and runs between $85,000 and $3 million! Unfortunately, many top brain injury treatment facilities don’t take insurance. When a facility does accept insurance, the insurance company may refuse to pay for treatment. If the need for treatment is the result of someone else’s negligence, the patient may be entitled to compensation to help cover the bill. A traumatic brain injury can be a life-changing event for both the victim and loved ones. If you’re struggling to recover, don’t suffer alone. Reach out to a team of experienced attorneys who can help procure the appropriate compensation, so you have the greatest opportunity to live your best life.
Traumatic brain injuries lead to different types of impairment:
• Cognitive — People commonly suffer from memory loss after a head injury. In many cases, the cognitive damage
BEARTOOTH PASS IN MONTANA AND WYOMING
Winter has settled in, and the landscape is a frozen wasteland. Many of us have put our bikes into storage, but that doesn’t mean we can’t fantasize about the roads we’d be riding if the weather was better. Here are three of the most renowned paths in the U.S. to visualize yourself cruising down while you’re stuck inside this month. THE TAIL OF THE DRAGON IN TENNESSEE
If you’re looking to elevate your next riding experience, this is the place to do it — literally. Rising to almost 11,000 feet at its peak, this 69-mile highway is almost always closed for the winter due to poor conditions. But come late spring, you can find as many motorcycles as cars on this zigzagging trail
through glaciers, sheer cliff faces, and forests that dapple the mountainside. ARKANSAS PIG TRAIL Starting in the town of Ozark, this 19-mile pass takes riders through a curving tunnel of richly forested land dotted with wildflowers. While it’s not as difficult as the other two destination rides, the Pig Trail may win on scenery. Take the ride in early autumn and you’ll be greeted by a staggering array of fall colors as you wind through one of the most beautiful places in the country.
Many a fender has been claimed by the aptly named “Tree of Shame” along this 11-mile stretch beside the Great Smoky Mountains. The road packs a whopping 318 curves, a technical challenge not for the faint of heart (or the inexperienced). While you’re sandwiched between the mountains and the Cherokee National Forest, the folks at the roads website assure us, “It’s not a road to sightsee on … no need to look at the wooded roadside when the curves are coming at you rapid-fire.”
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1 leftover turkey carcass
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6 scallions, divided
4 ounces bacon
8 slices ginger
4 portions fresh, not instant, ramen noodles 2 cups leftover turkey, shredded
6 dried shiitake mushrooms
16 cups water
DIRECTIONS 1. Remove most of the meat from the turkey carcass, shred, and set aside. Put carcass in a large stockpot, along with 3 scallions, ginger, mushrooms, and water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 3 hours. 2. Place eggs in a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, then immediately
3. Cook bacon until crisp. Drain, chop, and set aside. Chop remaining scallions. 4. Once the broth is done
simmering, prepare the fresh noodles according to package directions. Divide noodles among 4 bowls and cover with broth. Add shredded turkey, chopped scallions, chopped bacon, and an egg to each bowl.
remove pot from heat and let sit for 4 minutes. Transfer eggs to an ice bath to cool.
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Your Dog’s Favorite Music DON’T STOP RETRIEVIN’
Looking for new ways to spend time with your dog? Is fetch just a little too overdone? Is your furry friend’s anxiety getting the better of them? Try putting on some Bob Marley. Studies have shown that classical music calms canine nerves, but did you know Rover may actually have his own taste in music? Recently, a study from the Scottish SPCA and the University of Glasgow, published in the journal Physiology and Behavior, concluded that dogs may have their own music preferences. And while pups tend to enjoy many genres, the most popular seem to be soft rock and reggae.
Researchers also measured the dogs’ heart rates during each tune. When dogs listened to reggae and soft rock, their
heart rates were significantly lower, which indicates a reduction in stress. And, even though the dogs specifically enjoyed different music genres, their physiological and behavioral changes remained constant over the five-day study. Professor Neil Evans at the University of Glasgow suggested that this study may not represent the musical tastes of all dogs. “Overall,” he writes, “the response to different genres was mixed, highlighting the possibility that, like humans, our canine friends have their own individual music preferences.” So, the next time it’s too rainy to go to the dog park, put on a doggie- friendly playlist for them to enjoy. Who knows? Maybe your dog has the same taste in music as you!
The study, which evaluated kenneled dogs’ preferences for soft rock, Motown, pop, reggae, and classical music, revealed that dogs spend significantly more time lying down and less time standing when any music plays. And while music didn’t seem to persuade the dogs to quit barking, the pups were significantly more likely to bark once the music stopped.
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