Rinehardt Injury Attorneys - October 2021

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This fall marks the 35th year since I raised my right hand to be sworn in as a newly minted attorney. Of course, passing the bar bestowed upon me the right to practice law, but I soon discovered that doing the job of a lawyer would take much more than book smarts. It was my good fortune to start my legal career in a law firm with great lawyers whose example I could follow. I gained insight by attending seminars, reading trial practice books, and watching jury trials. With experience and mentorship, I achieved my goal — I learned the skills and techniques to tell the stories of people who were injured through no fault of their own.

In telling the stories of our clients, we see firsthand the multitude of ways a traumatic injury disrupts and destroys lives. We see the tears and hear the stories of frustration, fear, and desperation. There is the financial strain of medical bills and lost wages. The entire family endures emotional stress. To be sure, the injured person must have tremendous courage to gut out the days filled with pain and the long, restless nights. The family members must show compassion and sacrifice in caring for the injured person.

miraculous. This thing we witness is more than mere survival; what we see time after time is resilience — the injured person rises to meet the challenges and overcomes the obstacles placed in their path because of the injury. Life may never be the same as before, but with persistence and determination, a new life is fashioned out of the wreckage. In place of misery, light springs forth and even joy. They can smile and laugh again. How do we explain this ability to not just endure, but to thrive? How do we account for the capacity to appreciate what’s left and not dwell on what has been taken? Is it faith? Love? Hope? I suspect it is a combination of all of these. As I think about the resilience of the folks we represent, so too have I seen tremendous resilience in how we as a community have dealt with the trials and tragedies wrought by the pandemic. It is the resilience shown by so many this past year and half that gives me optimism for the future. After 35 years of practice, I am still amazed when I see our clients turn that corner, when the resilience kicks in like a glimmer of hope, and they adapt and thrive again. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” –Nelson Mandela

But amid all the pain and hardship, again and again, we see something bordering on


John and Hillary on the night he was sworn in by the Ohio Supreme Court in 1986


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Prepping for the holidays is exciting and fun, but it requires tons of planning, cooking, decorating, and cleaning. To avoid getting bogged down while preparing for cheerful celebrations with friends and family, try these easy ways to get your house sparkling clean and ready to host. Roll the Ceilings When it comes to ceilings, especially if they are textured, thoroughly cleaning off dust, dander, and cobwebs can be challenging. When you use a broom, chunks typically go flying around and make a larger mess. However, if you whip out a painting roller, dampen it, and roll your ceilings just like you are painting, you are sure to get the job done! Socks on Your Hands Have you ever run a finger along a panel of your blinds and it comes up black? Blinds tend to be huge dust collectors. By throwing some socks on your hands, you can get back to clean blinds. All you have to do is find a pair of old socks, “glove up,” and dampen them. From there, if you grip each individual

blind panel and slide your hand along the length of it, you will gather tons of nasty dirt and dust onto the sock. Cleaning Balls Utilizing tennis balls for your house chores may sound strange. However, when drying a bulky bed comforter in your dryer, adding a few tennis balls will ensure the stuffing does not gather all to one side. The balls help keep everything nice and even. Pillowcases and Fans Your ceiling fans collect all of the nasties — dirt, dust, bugs, and allergens. For an easy way to clean them without spreading all the grime around your home, turn to old pillowcases! Simply slip the pillowcase over each individual fan blade and then wipe. All of the debris will end up in the pillowcase itself. A clean home is the key to happy living and is paramount for hosting over the holidays. With these tricks up your sleeve, you are now a cleaning expert!

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5th Annual Thanks-GIVE-away

INSPIRATION CORNER KEITH TORBERT When John first opened Rinehardt Law Firm in 2001, he invested in case management software. Since that time, we have been blessed to work with Keith Torbert in all matters of technical support. Keith is a brilliant information technology professional. With endless patience, there is seemingly no problem he can’t solve. But what really inspires us about Keith is his generosity, spirituality, and compassion. With boundless energy, Keith works a full-time job in IT and part-time as a consultant for law firms. He and his wife, Marlene, also home school their seven (yes, seven!) children. Keith is an ordained minister and serves as the pastor at Daniel Missionary Baptist Church in

For the fifth year running, Rinehardt Injury Attorneys are putting turkeys on tables for those families in our community who are facing adversity or hardship and need a helping hand.

We will be giving away 250 turkeys on a first come, first served basis on Nov. 22 (time TBD).

historic Tuskegee, Alabama. Through his church, Keith has led mission trips to Peru to help those in need. Keith lives by the expression: “Love people the way you want to be loved, and treat people the way you want to be treated.”

Thanksgiving is a time to gather around the table, share a special meal, and give thanks. Rinehardt Injury Attorneys want every family in our community to have the opportunity to enjoy the holiday without financial stress.

Keith on a mission trip to Lima, Peru, in December 2020, where he built a computer lab for an orphanage so the kids could continue school during COVID-19.

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How to Build and Cultivate Resilience

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

Hillary has been making this soup every fall season for many years. It is an office favorite — and when made with vegetable stock and without the optional half-and-half or cheese, it is not only healthy but also vegan! Either way, it is delicious and satisfying on a cold autumn or winter day. The hardest part is peeling and chopping the butternut squash. After that, it comes together very quickly, especially if you have a handheld immersion blender. If not, you can use a blender, food processor, or even a potato masher (but your soup will not be as creamy).

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus is credited with saying “Change is the only constant in life.” People and the world around us are ever-changing, and we consistently must adapt to new experiences. Not all changes are created equal, though. Many people experience changes that leave them with lasting emotional trauma, but some people come out of these experiences stronger than before thanks to their resilient nature. Resilience is typically defined as a person’s ability to bounce back and grow after dealing with difficult changes or situations. And luckily, it’s possible to grow and fortify your resilience to become a stronger individual in the face of adversity. Developing the right conditions, as well as improving upon them, is a great way to build your resilience. Finding people who have shared experiences and similar characteristics can help you grow. People who experience emotional trauma tend to isolate themselves, but surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals can help you overcome these obstacles. If anything, it helps to know you’re not alone. Additionally, you need to ensure that you’re taking care of yourself, body and soul. Self-care may be all the rage right now, but that doesn’t take away from its effectiveness. Proper nutrition and a good night’s sleep can help make you feel better inside and out. Drugs, alcohol, and other negative outlets can take away from your resilience while making you reliant on damaging entities. Surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals and improving your diet can only take you so far, though. You also need to find a true purpose in life and work toward it. Knowing and understanding what you desire gives you a determination that will be difficult to break. This means you will become more resilient in order to reach your goals and won’t let anything stop you. While growing resilience is a surefire way to improve your experience in the workplace, it can also have great benefits for your personal life. Making small adjustments now can create a stronger version of yourself to tackle all of life’s obstacles.


• 3 tbsp good olive oil • 2 yellow onions, chopped

• 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie filling) • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into chunks • 3 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth • 2 tsp kosher salt • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper • 1 cup half-and-half (optional) • Grated Parmesan cheese or croutons, for serving (optional)


1. In a heavy-bottomed stockpot, heat the oil, add the onions, and cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, or until translucent. 2. Add the pumpkin purée, butternut squash, chicken or vegetable broth, salt, and pepper. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes, until the butternut squash is very tender. 3. Blend with an immersion blender or process the mixture in batches in a food processor or blender. You can also process the mixture through the medium blade of a food mill or use a potato masher for a more rustic soup. 4. Return to the pot, add the half-and-half (if using) and heat slowly. Serve hot with garnishes, if desired.


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The Miracle of Resilience

Deep-Cleaning Hacks for the Holidays

Inspiration Corner

5th Annual Thanks-GIVE-away


Cultivate Resilience

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup


Corn Maze Safety



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Wear proper footwear. Ensure that you and your family all have proper footwear, preferably closed-toed shoes, while exploring the maze. You never know what kind of critters or potentially harmful hazards may appear in your path. Eat beforehand and stay hydrated. Be sure to eat before setting out into the maze and don’t bring any glass bottles with you, as it can be dangerous if broken. Furthermore, do not consume alcohol before or while enjoying your time at the corn maze. Be prepared. Accidents can happen, usually at the most unexpected times! It is important to always have a first-aid kit handy. Be sure to call 911 in an emergency and let staff know what is going on.

Fall brings apple cider, pumpkin patches, fun seasonal outfits, and corn mazes. Unless you are visiting a “haunted” corn maze, you and your family probably won’t be chased by a chainsaw-wielding serial killer while you try to navigate through. However, safety risks are still present. Here are five safety tips to keep the fun coming during your next corn maze experience. Follow the rules. At the entrance to each corn maze, there should be a sign stating the rules for visitors. For the safety of yourself, your children, and others, be sure to read each rule and follow along. Always accompany your kids in the corn maze — it is a maze, after all! Watch for tripping and fire hazards. Keep your eyes peeled for any obstacles on the path, including holes, bumps, ruts, and corn stalks. While navigating a maze, it can be easy to forget to look down while searching for the exit. To prevent fires, you should also avoid smoking and never use matches or lighters.

As long as safety is the top priority this fall, fun will be had by all!


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