Dickerson Oxton - May 2020

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MAY 2020

ANIMAL BITES

CAR ACCIDENTS

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

Shaping The Future A THANK-YOU TO TEACHERS

BICYCLE/ MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS

Dear Readers,

In sixth grade, I had a teacher who helped me

BRAIN & SPINAL CORD INJURIES

I hope this newsletter finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy in light of recent events. At the time of writing, the spread of COVID-19 has shut down much of the country, including our schools. Before the closures, many teachers risked infection by continuing to show up and perform their already difficult jobs. After shut downs started taking effect, many of these educators then worked tirelessly to get their students resources remotely. In light of these events, it’s fitting that Teachers’ Day is observed this month. Showing some appreciation for those who helped educate us is important during any year, but the current circumstances really underscore that point. So, in the spirit of gratitude, I wanted to take the time to acknowledge the many dedicated teachers who helped prepare me for the world and the work I do within it. My first great memory of a teacher was from the fourth grade. Our family was moving that year, which made it tough on me to find friends and a sense of stability. And

embrace my competitive side. She was a tough instructor who demanded quality work, but as long as you put in the effort, she could be sweet. She would hold these geography contests using one of those old-school pull- down maps. She’d name a country and you had to beat your opponent to pointing to it. We had a bracket system and I won the whole competition. I was so proud and I earned a very valuable Snickers bar as a prize. My seventh grade teacher was the exact opposite of the strict teaching style I’d grown accustomed to the year before. He was a comical guy, which was ideal for a year where I was starting to get into debate. I was nervous to begin with, but his humorous demeanor really helped put me at ease. As someone who essentially debates for a living now, it’s safe to say he did a pretty great job. And that brings me to law school. At Creighton University in Omaha, I had a fantastic trial and tort professor by the name of Kenneth Melilli. He was a master at making tough subjects light and understandable and probably played the biggest role in shaping my career as it exists today. But his most important lesson was that to really succeed, you have to care about what you do. That’s a lesson both Tom and I have taken to heart in building this firm.

BURN INJURIES

CONSTRUCTION INJURIES

NURSING HOME ABUSE

SLIP & FALL ACCIDENTS

then, of course, there was the class bully. He didn’t target me specifically; he was pretty good at spreading around his teasing to just about everyone, but one day he really got to me. Thankfully, I had a teacher who paid attention. She was a no-nonsense gal, and to this day I remember what she said to comfort me. “Focus on yourself.” At a time when a child can be extremely caught up in what other kids think of them, this was important advice for me to hear. It’s a motto I’ve carried with me ever since.

BOATING ACCIDENTS

Here’s to all our teachers can teach us,

TRUCK ACCIDENTS

–Chelsea Dickerson

PHARMACEUTICAL & DRUG INJURIES

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