Law Office Of William F. Underwood - February 2020


On Oct. 28 last year, President Donald Trump tweeted a photo that quickly went viral. It showed an adorable snapshot of a bright-eyed Belgian Malinois, tongue lolling, still wearing its camo military vest. In the caption, President Trump explained that the pup, Conan, was a national hero who was instrumental in taking down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. With four years in special operations forces and roughly 50 missions under his collar, Conan was selected to be part of the team that pursued al-Baghdadi through a network of underground tunnels in northwest Syria, where the terrorist ultimately died. It’s unclear whether Conan was there to track al- Baghdadi or to spot improvised explosive devices that may have been planted on the route, but either way, he performed well.

on duty within the week. Meanwhile, President Trump invited the brave pup to the White House and tweeted out a doctored photo that showed him awarding Conan a Medal of Honor. President Trump captioned the photo “AMERICAN HERO!” and he’s not alone in his appreciation for the hardworking dogs that have been helping our military since World War II. “To me, they’re the first line of defense,” United States War Dogs Association President Ron Aiello told Vox after the news about Conan came out. “They’re such a great asset to our military today.” Military dogs are put up for adoption after 6–8 years in the service, which means a lucky civilian could take Conan in as early as 2022! Meanwhile, dozens of other smart canine heroes are looking for homes. To learn more about military and other working dog adoptions, visit domestic workers from having to follow this policy. However, many employers in these fields still offer some form of workers’ protection. Truck drivers also fall into a special category when it comes to workers’ compensation insurance. Many drivers are considered independent contractors, which exempts their employer — if they have one — from protecting them via workers’ compensation insurance. In addition, some employers attempt to categorize their employees as independent contractors even when that is not the case. Common examples where this regularly happens include contracting, roofing, landscaping, or construction companies. However, it is unethical to label an employee who is not an independent contractor as such. This limits the protections workers are afforded, especially in these potentially dangerous fields. But there are solutions for those who are not covered by their employers. Independent contractors and other workers are allowed to purchase and hold workers’ compensation insurance of their own, which protects them in the event of an injury, accident, or illness. Your work should be a safe place where you can earn an honest living without fear of a sudden accident or injury limiting your cash flow and debilitating your family. You deserve protection and compensation after a workplace incident, and the team at the Law Offices of William F. Underwood, III, P.C. can help. Inquire about our workers’ compensation assistance today by calling 229-888-0888.

According to NBC News, Conan was injured by some live electrical cables during the mission, but he recovered quickly and was back


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Workers across the U.S. have social activists like Upton Sinclair and the Industrial Revolution’s railroad protestors to thank for the employment rights we enjoy today, including workers’ compensation. In 1911, Wisconsin became the first state to sign a workers’ compensation bill into law, and by 1948, every state in the nation protected their workers with similar laws.

Today, it’s nearly impossible to find a job without some form of protection via workers’ compensation. Employers pay into state and federal funds, which are then distributed among workers who are injured, sick, or debilitated on the job. (This includes employees who were injured during travel for work.) In Georgia, businesses that employ three or more employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance, but the state exempts farms, railroad carriers, U.S. government agencies, and

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