Bader Scott Injury Lawyers - March 2020



03 .2020


D id you know that March is Women’s History Month? Between that and the fact that International Women’s Day falls on Sunday, March 8, this seemed like the perfect time to highlight some of the powerful women that keep our operations running here at Bader Scott. It’s no secret we have a lot of incredible ladies in our office. In fact, I’d guess women make up 65% of our team. That shouldn’t be a big surprise because since 2017, more women have been graduating from law school than men (in 2018, the split between female and male law students was 52.39% to 47.51%), but it’s actually pretty rare in my experience. From the statistics I’ve heard, women in the legal field are a lot more likely to end up in support roles like legal assistant than heading up their own department or leading the charge in the courtroom. It’s hard to imagine gender bias isn’t somehow at play there. However, that’s just not how we do things at Bader Scott. We always hire the best and promote the best, regardless of gender, and in recent years, that means a lot of strong women have risen to the top in our firm. Four ladies in particular come to mind.

STEPHANIE CASTRO I can’t leave out Stephanie Castro, our director of compliance! She came to us with over 15 years of experience in operational management and runs our Bader Scott University training program and our legal and professional compliance department. Stephanie is the queen of efficiency and is

always streamlining our operations to make sure things run as smoothly as possible. Not only does she do amazing work at the office but she also goes home and takes care of three kids on top of that! Talk about impressive.

MARISA MCKAIN Last but certainly not least, I want to shout out Marisa McKain, our workers’ compensation director. If you read our January newsletter, you already know all about Marissa because she was featured on Pg. 2. Suffice it to say, she has done a fantastic job developing and implementing our workers’ compensation program. She oversees a team of 35 assistants

LUISA CASTRO One of the most impressive people on our team is Luisa Castro, our director of operations. She leads all of our nonattorney staff, which comes out to about 125 employees. It takes an incredibly organized, dedicated, and skilled person to take the reins on a department that large, and I’m always impressed by how easy Luisa makes it look! GABRIELLE VELASQUEZ Gabby Velasquez is another incredible asset. She’s our intake director, which means she oversees our entire intake department. When clients call into our firm, she and her team are responsible for making them feel comfortable, taking down their information, and directing them to the best person to take their consultation or handle their case. This is a big responsibility, and one of the most important parts of the work we do.

and support staff, and her coworkers describe her as “a workers’ compensation powerhouse” — a title I think is well-deserved.

If you decide to work with us on a case, know that you’ll be in capable hands, including those of these four ladies. From me, Seth, and all of the men and women we work with, happy Women’s History Month, and happy International Women’s Day!

–Luis Scott, Managing Partner

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When a teenager is involved in sports, it’s easy to show support for their passion. You take them to practice, go to their games, celebrate their victories, and help them learn from their losses. But what if your teen is more into arts than athletics? Without a literal sideline to cheer from, helping your child grow and develop in fields like writing, painting, and photography can feel — well, abstract. But make no mistake, parents can show concrete support in a few ways to help their budding artist grow and excel in the arts. STARS TO STRIVE FOR Just as many young athletes have star players they look up to and try to emulate on the field, aspiring artists can look to those making waves in their artistic fields today. Often, school courses focus on “the classics,” which can just feel like homework to an aspiring artist. This is where you can help. Introduce the work of contemporary artists to your teen, or better yet, give your teen opportunities to discover them on their own. Trips to museums and libraries can be just as impactful on growing artists as going to a ball game. NO. 1 FAN You may not have to drive your high schooler to writing practice, but you can still give them the tools and support they need to hone

their passion. The most obvious way is by asking to see their writing or art, but keep in mind many teens may not be willing to share something that personal. Still, reminding them you’re

genuinely interested in their work can help them stick with their passion. Indirect gestures like buying them quality art supplies can also show them you value their craft. THE BIG LEAGUES Sure, there’s no varsity watercolor portrait team, but student artists can strive for important milestones. School clubs like student newspapers can provide a semiprofessional outlet for young artists, and there are myriad creative outlets outside the classroom as well. Community galleries, youth anthologies, coffee shop open mics — these are all amazing opportunities for your teen to take their work to the next level. Just as most teen athletes won’t be professional players, you don’t have to expect your artist to be the next Ursula K. Le Guin or Banksy. Whatever their interests are, helping your child explore their passions and enjoy a discipline will leave them with skills and memories they’ll draw upon the rest of their life.


Jessica Joa-Alfaro is one of the most whip-smart, hardworking legal assistants at our firm. But over her more than eight years with Bader Scott, she’s worn a dozen different hats. “I did everything from HR to bookkeeping, literally anything that needed to be done because we weren’t as big back then as we are now. Now we have a lot of different individuals on our team and can spread out the responsibilities, but back then, there were only five of us,” she says. “I went wherever I was needed, whenever I was needed.” Jessica’s versatility proved invaluable. During her day-to-day work, she’s the master of putting out fires. She stays busy scheduling depositions and mediations, making sure the attorney she works with directly has everything he needs, and checking in on clients. Her goal, she says, is always “to make sure everything is flowing as smoothly as possible.”

hear her tell it, she snagged a job as a file clerk during her sophomore year of undergrad and never looked back. “What I really love about my job is helping people in all kinds of different situations,” she says. “We can’t solve all of their issues, but we can at least help them in one aspect of their lives by making things easier and helping them find some sort of resolution. That’s the biggest motivator for me.” Jessica has shared custody of a Pomeranian- Chihuahua mix named Charlie, so when she’s not in the office, you can probably find her hanging out with her pup at home or taking him on a walk down the BeltLine. In the rest of her spare time, she loves trying new restaurants (especially Italian ones), dancing, and cheering on the Atlanta Braves, Hawks, and Falcons. Jessica, Bader Scott just wouldn’t be the same without you. From all of us on the team, thank you for all you do!

Since her time in college as a political science major, Jessica has been passionate about law. To



The TV show “Paw Patrol Rescue Pets” can make all dogs seem friendly to strangers, but this assumption can be tragically wrong. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 36% of households in the U.S. include at least one dog, and nearly 59% of dog-bite incidents include children as victims. While we want our kids to make memorable and positive connections with animals, we also want to educate them on how to behave around them. HOW DO I PROTECT MY CHILD FROM DOG BITES? Never let a child run up to a dog you don’t know. The best tactic to gain a dog’s trust right away is through familiarizing it with your scent. Let the dog approach and sniff you. Think about Chris Pratt from “Jurassic World” and his famous slow pose with arms stretched out for the raptors to sniff — he didn’t run up to them because he knew that would make a dangerous first impression. Why is your scent so important? Well, dogs usually have long slits in their nose for a reason; they have 300 million olfactory receptors for their sense of smell, and the part of their brain dedicated to analyzing scent is 40 times bigger

than ours. If a dog seems friendly, hold out your hand slowly, and lower your palm for more sniffing.

While a child might have fun surprising their parents or siblings, they shouldn’t do that to a dog, especially while the dog is eating, sleeping, or nursing its pups. However, there are some situations where we can’t avoid a hostile dog. If an angry dog approaches, tell your child to hold still and don’t run! The dog will chase them by instinct. HOW BAD CAN A DOG BITE GET? Any puncture wound can lead to infection. It’ll often include germs that live inside the dog’s mouth, but it can even become MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant staph infection. The worst injuries from dog bites can require emergency room treatment and plastic surgery. There’s also a chance (albeit, uncommon) the victim would need to be treated for rabies, a very dangerous virus. If your child is bitten, clean the wound before applying antibiotic cream and a clean bandage. If you see signs of infection, consider a dog bite lawyer at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers. Many homeowner’s insurance policies cover dog-bite injuries, and we can help you find out if yours is one of them.




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2 salmon fillets (10 oz total)

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp ghee

1 tbsp garlic, minced

1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped

Zest from 1 orange

1/3 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice

1 tsp tapioca starch


1. Heat oven to 425 F, and line a sheet pan with parchment paper. 2. Salt each fillet with 1/2 tsp salt. Bake for 6–8 minutes. 3. In a saucepan, combine ghee and garlic and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes. 4. Add rosemary, zest, and juice. Cook for another 3 minutes. 5. Stir in tapioca starch until lumps disappear and mixture thickens. 6. Plate salmon and top with orange sauce.




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Staying Stateside for St. Paddy’s?


There’s no place quite like Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day. What was once a purely religious holiday to honor the legend of St. Patrick chasing all the snakes out of the country has turned into a global celebration. But if a trip to Ireland isn’t in the budget, check out these three little- known stateside destinations that are just as festive. SHORT AND SWEET IN ARKANSAS Thanks to the clever thinking of some Irish friends meeting for a pint at a bar on one of the shortest streets in the world, Bridge Street in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the First Ever 17th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade will travel 98 feet once again this year. Don’t assume the turnout isn’t robust just because the distance is staggeringly low. The parade lasts for hours, drawing thousands of people to watch celebrities, musicians, bands, floats, and Miss Arkansas glide by. The event also features a Blarney stone kissing contest and a parade king and queen. A LITTLE LUCK IN AMERICA’S HEARTLAND O’Neill, Nebraska, is home to the world’s largest shamrock and more unique St. Patrick’s Day traditions. This Irish community doubles down

on its heritage every March with a traditional parade, music, and Irish dancing. But the town also hosts a popular dodgeball tournament and donkey basketball. What could be better than pummeling your opponents in dodgeball and outpacing the competition while riding a donkey in the school gymnasium? Perhaps enjoying a pint or two with your teammates afterward. And O’Neill is just the spot to do it. OHIO’S LITTLE PIECE OF IRELAND You may not be able to fly to Ireland, but you can visit a little piece of it right in the U.S. Head to Dublin, Ohio, this St. Patrick’s Day for a traditional celebration sure to put a wee bit o’ pep in your step. Partake in a traditional Irish breakfast or enjoy a parade complete with bagpipers and Irish dancers. Boasting one of the largest celebrations in the U.S., Dublin is an affordable alternative for those looking to celebrate the Irish way.


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