Monast Law Office - December 2017

CREATIVE GIFT WRAP ALTERNATIVES

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to go. Add some simple lace or a ribbon for an old-timey feel or get creative with stamps and hand-drawn artwork. This wrap job lets your imagination run wild. Old Maps and Calendars These days, pretty much every phone has a built-in GPS, so you probably won’t need the map from your 1999 road trip anytime soon. If you still have an old map, why not use that for wrapping? The unusual designs guarantee your gifts will be one of a kind. And don’t worry if there are notes scrawled across the paper. Old events or directions will add some unique flair to the presents. Furoshiki Fabric is an excellent substitute for wrapping paper. You can use a scarf to create two gifts in one or pull out scraps of fabric from old projects. The traditional Japanese practice of furoshiki is all about wrapping goods in fabric. Described as “functional fabric origami,” you’d be amazed at how a few well-placed folds can turn your gift into a work of art. Learn how to wrap anything, from boxes to bottles, at ceas.ku.edu/furoshiki-instructional-videos. You don’t have to follow the same gift wrap habits year after year. After the effort you put into finding just the right present, you should be able to make your gift wrap just as special. Find a method that’s uniquely you and get started!

magical about seeing a stack of presents wrapped in bright, multicolored paper. However, that enchanting scene quickly

evaporates a few hours later when all those wads of wrapping paper and plastic bows are chucked unceremoniously into the garbage. What if we told you there are countless

ways you can still enjoy wrapping and unwrapping presents, without all the waste? Here are a few creative gift wrap alternatives to consider this holiday season. Brown Paper Bags With the holiday season comes holiday shopping, and if you opt out of plastic grocery bags, you’re sure to have a surplus of brown paper bags in the pantry. Drop a present into the bag, tape it shut, and you’re good

James W.

J ames W. sustained two industrial injuries while working as an electrician. The first happened when he suffered an electrical shock that jolted him off a 15-foot ladder. This resulted in two surgeries — a posterior fusion at L5-S1 and artificial disc replacement at L4-5 with an anterior fusion at L5-S1. After he returned to work, he developed pain and numbness in both hands from performing repetitive work as an electrician. He underwent bilateral carpal tunnel release and bilateral ulnar nerve release procedures. He attempted vocational retraining to return to work but was unable to continue. We were successful in having him granted lifetime permanent total disability compensation by the Ohio Industrial Commission and suggested he also apply for Social Security Disability. Social Security denied his application initially and upon reconsideration. Prior to a hearing scheduled before an administrative law judge, we submitted a prehearing memorandum summarizing the voluminous medical record and presenting the limitations resulting from James’ failed back syndrome and spinal epidural fibrosis. The administrative law judge granted a fully favorable on-the-record decision without need to attend a hearing. This resulted in nearly three years of back benefits, as well as Medicare coverage for James.

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