Bader Scott Injury Lawyers - November 2019

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WE’RE THANKFUL FOR YOU HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

W ith Thanksgiving just around the corner, we here at Bader Scott are feeling particularly thankful for our clients. We’ve been blessed with their trust, and it’s something we never take for granted. Every year, more than 10,000 people call our firm looking for help. Thankfully, we can provide it and support them through some of the most difficult times in their lives. If there’s anything we can do to help you this holiday season, don’t hesitate to give us a call. First and foremost, I’d like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! When November arrives, I always take a moment to appreciate not only my family and my clients but also everyone who works for me at Bader Scott. I’m incredibly thankful for our staff’s deep commitment to the firm and the sacrifices they make coming into work every day to create a positive experience for our clients. I’m thankful for their families, too, for supporting them even as they work long hours. It takes a village to build a law firm, and Bader Scott’s success wouldn’t have been possible without all of you.

W hile most people are loading their tables with turkey and cranberry sauce this Thanksgiving, my family will be pulling out all the

stops for a traditional Puerto Rican feast. Our centerpiece is a smoky, roasted pork leg spiced with Caribbean seasoning, garlic, butter, salt, and pepper (just

writing about it is making my mouth water because it’s that good). Everyone fights over it, including my parents, my brothers, my sister, and all our kids. We complement the pork with arroz con gandules , a typical Puerto Rican dish of yellow rice and pigeon peas, and fried plantains called tostones . Oh, and it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without pasteles , the little boiled packets of mashed Caribbean vegetables wrapped in banana leaves my mom and grandma make every year. They always say it’s a labor of love because it takes a whole day to make a batch. The little snacks are so labor intensive that they often make between 50 and 200 at a time, freezing the extras for later. On top of all that, my mom bakes massive quantities of fresh Cuban bread (let’s just say carbs are important in my family). The whole affair goes down at my parents’ house in Columbus, Georgia, and we always eat at 12 p.m. on the dot and then spend the rest of the day watching football games on TV. It’s a nice break from the office, but, when I think about work, I always realize there’s a lot to be thankful for there, too. In particular, I’ve been feeling grateful this year for the rest of the Bader Scott leadership team. It’s really something to work with a group that strives not to be complacent and constantly drives me to achieve higher heights. Thank you for all you do!

“Every year, more than 10,000 people call our firm looking for help. Thankfully, we can provide it and support them through some of the most difficult times in their lives.”

On a lighter note, my family is abandoning our usual Thanksgiving traditions this year to head off on a Caribbean Cruise, and I couldn’t be more excited. Most years, we opt for a low-key celebration at my parents’ house with my uncles and our spouses and kids. We dig into a traditional Thanksgiving spread of turkey, stuffing, yams, and either green bean or mushroom casserole and lounge around watching football. I always enjoy those holidays — I love any excuse to spend more time with my fiancée and our daughters — but it will be nice to shake things up and relax in the tropics. Of course, even though I’ll be out of the country for a while, Bader Scott’s doors will stay open to anyone who needs our help during the holidays. If you need an experienced, compassionate lawyer by your side, don’t hesitate to give my team a call.

–Luis Scott, Managing Partner

–Seth Bader, Founder and Owner

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TEACH A LESSON ABOUT VOTING THIS ELECTION DAY! YOUR VOTE MATTERS, AND, SOMEDAY, YOUR KID’S WILL TOO!

The 2020 presidential election is heating up, but Election Day 2019 still requires citizens’ voices to decide the fate of their cities, counties, states, and judgeships. As the U.S. enjoys a relatively quiet election day on Tuesday, Nov. 5, use the opportunity to teach your children about their civic duty and the power of voting. FOR THE YOUNG KIDDOS There’s no reason why children can’t be involved in local elections. Let your kids tag along to the voting area, and ask for help from city workers and local representatives to answer your kids’ questions. You can even set up your own family election by holding a vote over what to have for dinner or where the next family vacation should be located. If you’re looking for bedtime books to feed their curiosity, try out fun reads like “O, Say Can You See? America’s Symbols, Landmarks, and Inspiring Words” by Sheila Keenan. Various websites, like KidsVotingUSA.org, also have ample resources for educators and families. FOR NEW VOTERS Turning 18 comes with the newfound responsibility of voting for our country’s leaders, and, for new voters, the system, ballots, and restrictions can be confusing. Start by walking your teen

through the registration process, which can be done in person at your municipality’s office or online at USA.gov or Vote. org. Next, talk with your teen about what’s at stake in

the upcoming election. Be careful not to seed your language with opinions so your teen can develop their own

view. Direct them to resources like Ballotpedia.org, where they can find information, practice voting, and see local sample ballots. And, of course, when Election Day rolls around, celebrate their first vote! DON’T FORGET ABOUT YOU! Voting is a right and privilege that comes with U.S. citizenship. Don’t miss your opportunity to have your voice heard. Learn more about your local election by visiting Ballotpedia.org or contacting your municipality, and be sure to register to vote if you haven’t already. Remember, your kids learn by watching what you do, not just by listening to what you say. Inspire them to get involved and, when the time comes, exercise their right to vote!

MEET MANNY SIGUENZA THE MAN BEHIND OUR PERSONAL INJURY DEPARTMENT

In the nearly three years he’s worked for us, Manny Siguenza has pulled double duty, building our personal injury department from the ground up while also earning his bachelor’s in criminal justice from Georgia Highlands College. For most people, just one of those tasks would be overwhelming, but Manny has done an incredible job with both. With his guidance, our personal injury department has grown from a single man to nearly 30 employees and even won Personal Injury Department of the Year — and we can’t thank him enough for enabling us to help so many more clients. To hear him tell it, the road to success was an uphill battle. “It was extremely difficult,” Manny says. “It was hard because I wanted to make sure everything was running efficiently, without any terminations, and make sure our clients got what they needed. That’s why I’d stay 12–14 hours every day. In 2017, I took three days off.” Because of his dedication, Manny was promoted to personal injury director. He now oversees the whole department, training new employees, and making

sure every client is matched with the best possible representation. He says that, ultimately, making a difference in the lives of those clients is what really matters. “Being able to help our clients through this settlement is definitely what it’s all about. [...] I think that a lot of people, they come in here as clients, but they leave as friends and family members. That’s how we see it. And the reason people refer clients to us when they leave is we take care of them,” he says. When he isn’t working, Manny likes to go for hour-long runs and spend time with his friends and family. Though his mind is always churning, he makes an effort to wind down each week. “Even weekends, I’m still working, but I think it’s very important to take time and step away from work, then come back next week and give it all you’ve got,” he said.

Manny, you give it your all every day. Thank you for everything you do!

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THE TRUTH ABOUT WHIPLASH THE DURATION, THE SYMPTOMS, AND YOUR CHANCE AT COMPENSATION

Whiplash is the most common injury people experience after a car accident. For most, the pain and stiffness dissipate after a few days, and the remaining suffering ends after a few weeks. But for a surprising number of people — 12–50% of those affected according to the Cleveland Clinic — it continues after a year. So, what exactly are the symptoms of whiplash, and what are your odds of winning compensation if it happens to you? Whiplash occurs when the neck moves rapidly backward, then forward, which is why it’s a typical injury for people in collisions. Short- term symptoms include neck, shoulder, and back pain; a tingling or pins-and-needles feeling in the neck; headaches; and a reduced range of motion. If those initial problems are particularly pronounced, the long-term effects can be even worse, including chronic stiffness in the neck, tinnitus, dizziness, blurry vision, numbness in the arms and hands, and even personality changes.

For example, they may require ongoing medical care, including regular doctor and chiropractor visits. Because of that financial burden, victims of car accidents can and do sue over whiplash injuries — and, if they can prove another party was negligent and is liable for the crash, then they can win. Typically, whiplash cases settle for awards between $2,500 and $10,000, but, in cases where the whiplash includes nerve damage and other long-term complications, those numbers can jump to six figures. That means if you’re the victim of a car crash and come away with whiplash, it’s well worth looking into your legal options. Only a personal injury claim lawyer can confidently tell you whether the claim is worth pursuing. If you’re suffering from whiplash and want to win the compensation you deserve, call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today at 678-329-3097 for a free case evaluation. We’re always ready to help.

As you can imagine, those issues can have a big impact on the life of the person suffering.

TAKE A BREAK

TURKEY SANDWICH THE BEST LEFTOVER

INGREDIENTS

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2 slices sourdough bread 2 tbsp Dijon mustard

2 slices Swiss cheese

1/3 cup shredded leftover turkey 3 tbsp leftover cranberry sauce 1/3 cup leftover dressing or stuffing

2 tbsp leftover gravy

1 tbsp butter, room temperature

Note: Don’t worry if you don’t have all the leftovers required.

DIRECTIONS

1. Coat inside of each bread slice with mustard and a slice of cheese. Place turkey and cranberry sauce on one slice and dressing and gravy on the other. 2. Combine sandwich and spread butter on both sides. 3. In a panini maker or large skillet, grill until crispy and golden brown. 4. Slice and serve.

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WE’RE THANKFUL FOR YOU

TEACHING KIDS THE POWER OF VOTING

MEET MANNY SIGUENZA

THE TRUTH ABOUT WHIPLASH

THE BEST LEFTOVER TURKEY SANDWICH

THE GIFT OF GIVING

SUPPORTING THE PEOPLE YOU BELIEVE IN CELEBRATING GIVING TUESDAY

November is usually all about Thanksgiving, but it isn’t the only holiday that encourages generosity. Giving Tuesday is a phenomenal celebration in which millions of people from across the globe are inspired to spend 24 hours giving back to the communities they love. ORIGIN AND GOAL Giving Tuesday is celebrated every year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, and this year, the holiday lands on Dec. 3! It was established in 2012 by the United Nations Foundation and New York’s 92nd Street Y as a response to consumer-driven holidays like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The purpose of the holiday was to spread the spirit of giving, not only for the people in our nation but individuals across the world. The goal is “to create a massive wave of generosity that lasts well beyond that day and touches every person on the planet.” TECHNOLOGY AT ITS BEST Through the use of social media and technology, the organization hopes to encourage and spread

generosity on a global scale using the hashtag #GivingTuesday. The website states that “... technology and social media could be used to make generosity go viral; that people fundamentally want to give and talk about giving.” Through massive social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, the individuals and companies participating in Giving Tuesday can spread their missions and messages all over the world, encouraging others to do the same. HOW YOU CAN CELEBRATE Now is the perfect opportunity to support your community and the causes you believe in. The best part of this holiday is that “giving” doesn’t just refer to donating money. People can give back by volunteering their time to help a nonprofit business, donating goods and food, or just buying a stranger some lunch. Even the smallest actions can have the biggest impact. If you’re interested in participating in Giving Tuesday, get together with your friends, family, sports team members, or neighbors to brainstorm on how you can give back. To learn more about how you can participate, visit GivingTuesday.org .

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