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Though people are always asking me why I became an attorney, I find it difficult to come up with a satisfactory answer — really, it’s just something I’ve wanted to do for nearly as long as I can remember. But as someone who’s had her mind set on the law since she was young, it’s a true passion that drives a huge Why Every Case Matters
part of my life. I just love working with our wonderful clients, advocating for these individuals who are going through an incredibly difficult time and providing guidance to see them through. So many people call us wondering if their injury matters, if it’s of a caliber that would even warrant us to take the case. These people downplay the damage that’s been done to their lives, ignoring nagging pain or even a physical inability to do something they love. But every injury matters, regardless of how minor you think it is. This is especially true if the injury was inflicted due to another person’s carelessness. You may think your pain is small when compared to an unexpected death or a paralyzing accident, but almost always, there’s something we can do to help you.
“ Every day, I get to truly make a difference in the lives of people who need our help. ”
been offered. She was thrilled. Not only had we avoided the long process of litigation, but we’d secured plenty of compensation so she could seek the treatment she needed and get back to her normal life without worry. Before I came to Driggs, Bills & Day, I worked in insurance for about 10 years. So I’m well-acquainted with all the strategies and philosophies behind the offers they make, the investigations they do, and their concerns and fears. And while I don’t necessarily think their goal is to trick their clients out of the money
I remember one such case when a client came into my office, reluctant to meet with me. Though she definitely had a serious injury and hadn’t been getting anywhere with the insurance company, she was worried about taking any sort of legal action. Understandably, she was concerned that it would simply drag out the process, resulting in litigation that could take years to resolve. For her, the future was all doom and gloom, and it took a lot of convincing that it could be otherwise. I assured her that no matter what course we took, the case was still firmly in her hands — we wouldn’t move forward without her full consent.
they deserve, I know from my time on both sides that in the process of avoiding insurance fraud, tons of regular injured people, who are trying to secure the funds they need to move on with their lives, get overlooked. That’s where we come in, ensuring that every valid claim gets the attention it deserves. Every day, I get to truly make a difference in the lives of people who need our help. I may not be able to explain why I became a lawyer, but I can tell you with certainty that I can’t imagine a career that could possibly mean more to me. –Ashley Wilson
In the end, she agreed to have us file a complaint against the insurance company, resulting in an offer from them for 10 times the $10,000 she’d initially
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NEED A LITTLE SPICE IN YOUR LIFE?
Spices and herbs add much more than flavor and aroma to your favorite beverages and treats. They also offer many health benefits. When properly utilized, these spice rack staples can ease a variety of symptoms. Ready to find your new holistic health kick? Read on. Nutmeg This spice, known for its earthy, nutty flavor, has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial
If you have morning sickness, raw ginger might do the trick. Just ask the people of ancient China. Like many spices, ginger’s use as a supplement goes back centuries. Southeast Asian countries used it to ease their own common ailments. Call it tried and true. Peppermint You can use peppermint as an essential
oil, steep the leaves for tea, or take a supplement capsule. Each form comes with its own benefits. As an essential oil, peppermint is great for treating colds. It’s a mild decongestant, and it
properties. Want to calm nagging pain? This spice has been used to treat joint pain and arthritis. It can even be used to remedy bad breath. Nutmeg is most potent when it’s freshly grated, so it’s recommended you purchase whole nutmeg seed, found in most specialty food stores. You can incorporate nutmeg into your diet by taking it as a supplement in capsule form or simply
helps with coughs and stuffed-up noses. It also soothes sore throats and headaches. Rub
sprinkling it into your next chai tea. Your achy joints will thank you. Ginger This root is an essential natural anti-inflammatory. It can help ease an upset stomach and finally tame your nausea. You can safely eat it raw, candied, as a supplement, in tea, or in baked goods. Ginger is most effective when it’s ingested raw or in capsule form.
one or two drops under your nose, on your temples, or over your
sinuses and feel the relief wash over you. Even further, a study published by The BMJ found that when administered as a capsule, peppermint helped reduce the symptoms of IBS in a majority of patients.
“The Advocates are great! Mark Stewart was my attorney, and he was very helpful and always explained things to me really well. I highly recommended them!” –Karilynn T. “I was seriously injured in a car accident. The Advocates were super nice and settled my case. They were able to significantly drop my medical bills, so I was able to have some of the settlement money left over. After everything, my attorney called me asking if there was anything else they could do for me. Super nice.” –Alexandria Erickson
“Would recommend these guys because of their dedication, focus, and professionalism to anyone without hesitation.” –Kyle Stauffer “They have done an amazing job handling all of my needs and taking care of the things I wouldn’t have been able to do on my own. I would definitely recommend the Advocates to anyone!” –Jared Mayer
If you would refer our services to a friend or family member, please leave a review on our Google or Yelp pages.
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Stay Safe on Winter Roads
Winter may be in its last month for the year, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it. With temperatures still reaching bitter lows outside and snow continuing to accumulate, it’s important to be aware of conditions. Winter awareness and preparation becomes especially important when driving, since the slightest mistake can have catastrophic results. Even if you already have, it’s worth inspecting your vehicle to make sure everything is in order. First, check your tire pressure. Ensure that it matches the manufacturer-recommended PSI on the sticker on your vehicle’s driver door or inside its manual. Then, check your windshield wiper blades. Are they wiping off water properly or dirtying your windshield and making the problem worse? Besides considering replacing the blades, you may want to flush out your washer fluid and replace it with a type made specifically for winter. Do you keep an emergency safety kit in your car? If not, we’d highly recommend you pick one up. From our experience with car accident clients, we know that a safety kit can make all the difference in a sticky winter situation.
help you drive safely in the snow and ice, including road conditions, weather updates, driving tips, snowplow updates, and even vehicle prep checklists. But perhaps the most valuable advice they provide is their tagline: “Ice and snow, take it slow.” It’s good advice for everyone on the road during winter. If you find yourself hurrying while the roads are icy, plan ahead next time and give yourself some wiggle room. It can mean the difference between making it to your destination safely and a potentially fatal collision. In our firm, we see people every day whose lives have been tarnished by serious accidents, many of which occur in the midst of winter storms. With this in mind, anything that could help prevent a dangerous accident this season is worth trying. We hope you stay safe during this last month of winter. In the meantime, be prepared, and be careful.
If you check out the Utah Department of Public Safety website (publicsafety.utah.gov), you can find all kinds of useful information to
Dress to the
Hong Kong Egg Tarts
Recipe inspired by AllRecipes.com.
Celebrate Chinese New Year in style with these egg tarts! Originally a Portuguese delicacy, these marketplace treats were influenced by British custard tarts and eventually became a Hong Kong staple.
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1 cup confectioners’ sugar 3 cups all-purpose flour
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2/3 cup white sugar 1 1/2 cups water 1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup butter
Looks aren’t everything, but they certainly say a lot. In fact, appearance affects others in such a way that by simply looking nice, we are perceived as kinder, more sensitive, outgoing, interesting, and even wealthier.* This simple act of dressing up really makes us seem more awesome. While there’s no need to change out of our sweats for a lazy weekend, a little effort in an outfit for a special day can make a big difference in your relationship. Surprise your lover with a new outfit for your next date and see the sparks fly when you’re both dressed to the nines. *Dion, K., Berscheid, E., & Walster, E. (1972). What is beautiful is good. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
10 eggs, beaten
1. In a medium bowl, mix
sugar and water; bring to a boil. Simmer until sugar is dissolved, then let cool. Strain remaining 9 eggs through a sieve, then whisk in sugar mixture. Stir in evaporated milk and a dash of vanilla. Strain the mixture again and fill tart shells.
confectioners’ sugar and flour. Mix in butter with a fork until crumbly. Stir in 1 beaten egg and a dash of vanilla until
doughy. Shape dough into 1 1/2-inch balls and press into tart molds. Use 2 fingers to fold down edges of dough. 2. Heat oven to 450 F. In a medium saucepan, combine white
3. Bake 15–20 minutes, until golden brown.
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Inside This Issue
Every Injury Matters to Us, No Matter How ‘Small’
3 Holistic Remedies Hiding in Your Kitchen
Hear From Satisfied Clients
Winter Road Safety 101
Craving Dessert for Chinese New Year?
Have You Heard of Ruby Chocolate?
Chocolate lovers, rejoice! After 80 years, a new variety of chocolate has finally graced the world: ruby chocolate. This naturally pink chocolate, created by Swiss chocolatier Barry Callebaut, is not milky like milk chocolate, sweet like white chocolate, or bitter like dark chocolate. Instead, Callebaut describes the flavor of his confection as a “tension between berry fruitiness and luscious smoothness.” Unfortunately, while ruby chocolate sounds like a wonderful treat, it is not yet available to consumers. CHOCOLATE FACTS
So, as you wait for ruby chocolate to be stocked in your local grocery store or candy boutique, satisfy your chocolate cravings with some sweet facts about your favorite treat. Imposters! The names of certain chocolates can be very misleading. German chocolate cake, for example, is not named after the country of Germany. It’s actually an American dessert that was first baked in 1852, named for its creator, Sam German, and originally called “German’s chocolate cake.” White chocolate also suffers from a mistaken identity. Made primarily from cocoa butter, white chocolate does not contain any cocoa solids, which means it’s not technically chocolate. What’s in a Name? The ancient Mayans are credited as the first people to grow and consume chocolate. However, the word “chocolate” comes from the later Aztec civilization. The Aztecs loved a bitter, spicy beverage made from cacao beans called “xocoatl.” And since we’re on the
topic of words, the scientific name for the tree that grows cacao beans, Theobroma cacao, is a Greek word, which translates to “food of the gods.” This just proves cocoa connoisseurs were right all along — chocolate really is divine. A Sweet Deal Speaking of the Aztecs, their civilization loved chocolate so much that cacao seeds were used as a form of currency in Mesoamerica. During the American Revolution, chocolate was still accepted as payment, sometimes used in soldiers’ rations in lieu of wages. Even today, chocolate remains a valuable commodity. The chocolate industry is worth around $110 billion a year. Humans have enjoyed the sweet pleasures of chocolate for thousands of years. And with so many chapters of candy history left to explore, namely ruby chocolate’s eventual entrance, it’s clear the treat won’t go out of style any time soon.
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