Christmas Law Firm January 2019

3 WIVES’ TALES PROVEN TRUE

“Make a face like that, and it’ll stay that way forever.” You may have heard something like this from Mom’s book of wisdom. Maybe you never disputed the idea that mother knows best. But as you grew up, it slowly became clear that hair doesn’t grow back faster and thicker if you shave it, cracking your knuckles doesn’t cause arthritis, and gum doesn’t stay in your stomach for months after you swallow it. After a whirlwind of wives’ tales over the years, many common claims have been put under scrutiny. Wives’ tales have been known as pseudoscience and blind intuition, but even as many were disproved, some surprisingly proved to hold weight. Here are three wives’ tales that have proven to be true. Garlic Cures Colds For decades, moms have professed the healing properties of garlic, suggesting it can cure colds and help the body fight sickness. It turns out they were absolutely right. Garlic has antiviral properties that strengthen the immune system and nutrients that help combat illnesses. The effects of garlic can actually be more effective than over-the- counter flu medications. Some studies

show that regular consumption of raw garlic lessens the likelihood of getting a cold, so if you feel a tickle in your throat, try a clove before you open the medicine cabinet. Heartburn Means a Hairy Baby It’s hard to list wives’ tales without bringing up one about pregnancy. Many are solely based on intuition, but a few that sound odd are legitimate. In 2007, a study done by Johns Hopkins attempted to debunk the myth that heartburn during pregnancy would mean a hairy baby at birth. Instead of proving it wrong, they found that 82 percent of women with severe heartburn during pregnancy gave birth to hairy babies. Turns out the hormones that cause heartburn in pregnant women also affect fetal hair growth. Joint Pain Predicts the Weather Did you ever look at your mom with skepticism when she would predict rain because her knees hurt? If so, you might owe your mom an apology, because there is a scientific connection. The drop in barometric pressure that’s common during storm weather causes pain in arthritic joints.

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D on ’ t F all P rey to T hese M yths What You Shou l d Know About Sl i p and Fa l l Acc i dent s

When cold winter temperatures combine with weeks of rain, the possibility of slipping and falling increases. Even if you are an expert at dodging all the puddles from your car to your office, once you get inside the front door, you can still slip on the water brought in on the bottom of a coworker’s shoe. For this reason, our team here at Christmas Law Firm wants to dispel two of the most common myths pertaining to personal injury lawsuits that you and many others might have fallen prey to. Myth 1: There Is No Case Because the vast majority of slip and fall cases occur purely by accident, many people believe that a lawsuit is not a viable option. This is untrue, and it deters many injured people from consulting with a lawyer who can help them get compensation for their thousands of dollars in medical bills and loss of work. These falls are often the result of negligence by a store manager or property owner, and if the accident could have been prevented, the injured party should be compensated.

Myth 2: There Are No Time Constraints While the decision to sue is subjective and completely depends on the injured party in question, there is a statute of limitations to keep in mind if you were recently hurt as the result of someone else’s negligence. In most states, the clock starts the moment you were injured, and you typically have approximately two years to file your case. Because slip and fall cases are more prevalent this time of year, it’s imperative that you can discern fact from fiction regarding these types of personal injury cases. If you have suffered a slip and fall injury in the Summerville, Charleston, or Mt. Pleasant area, be sure to reach out to our team as soon as you can so we can advise you of your options.

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