Smith Wallis & Scott November 2018

nationalist provided the spark that would eventually burn down much of Europe. A chain reaction of land disputes, pre-emptive attacks, and strategic alliances brought over 30 countries into World War I. The Great War that ravaged Europe resulted in a devastating loss of life, but from those ashes rose a renewed appreciation for the importance of peace and a global effort to ensure its place in the future. THE RESTORATION OF PEACE In 1918, Germany surrendered unconditionally, and the armistice ended the fighting at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, though the war did not officially end until the signing of the Treaty of Versailles the following July. An estimated 16 million soldiers and civilians died in just four years, making it one of the deadliest conflicts in modern history. VETERANS DAY Originally called Armistice Day, Veterans Day was first observed on Nov. 11, 1919, to honor the one-year anniversary of the armistice, and it became a U.S. holiday in 1938. Today, Veterans Day celebrates veterans who served their country honorably. The U.K., France, Australia, and Canada also commemorate their veterans in November. If you know a veteran, thank them for their service this month. A HISTORIC VETERANS DAY Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the End of WorldWar I

This year, Veterans Day takes on particular historic significance: Nov. 11, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War. Countries around the world will commemorate the signing of this peace agreement with moments of silence, centennial ceremonies, and historical exhibits. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day is a celebration of life. It’s a day to honor the power of peace and the living veterans across the globe who have served their countries. This November, take a moment to remember the war that helped shape the international community’s dedication to peace and thank the individuals who served to defend it. THE GREAT WAR By 1914, a world war had been years in the making, but the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire by a Serbian SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF A SPINAL CORD INJURY What to Look Out for After an Accident One of the most difficult things we see in our line of work is someone who has suffered a spinal cord injury as the result of an accident. Often, these injuries can be life-altering and cause lasting damage. In the event that you or a loved one is injured, understanding some of the warning signs and symptoms that could signal a spinal cord injury may be vastly beneficial. Before you do anything, if you suspect that your back or neck may have been injured in your accident, consult a physician right away. It’s always crucial to seek medical attention immediately after any accident, but it’s paramount for a spinal cord injury. Not only is this step important if your accident ends up becoming a legal matter, but it’s also necessary to protect your health and safety. A spinal cord injury happens when there is damage to any part of the spine or nerves at the end of the spinal canal, and damage to this important part of the body can have a temporary or permanent effect on your mobility and senses. There are some signs to be aware of that could signal this type of injury. According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the emergency warning signs of a spinal injury after an accident may include the following: extreme back pain or pressure in the neck, head, or back; weakness or paralysis in any part of the body; numbness or tingling in hands, fingers, feet, or toes; and difficulty with balance and walking. The neck being out of position could also

signal a spinal cord injury. Following this kind of injury, you may feel loss of movement or bladder control, pain, or intense tingling as a result of damaged nerve fibers in the spinal cord. Knowing what the condition is and recognizing some of these symptoms can help you in case you are ever faced with this situation. After you seek medical help, reach out to Smith, Wallis & Scott so we can help you get the compensation you deserve.


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