Kunkel Law Firm November 2018

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Gregory Kunkel, Esq.

Every fall, as kids head back to school, workers’

compensation lawyers from across the Commonwealth meet in Hershey for the annual Fall Section Meeting of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s (PBA) Workers’ Compensation Section. I have been attending the Fall Section Meeting since 1992, when I was young lawyer eager to learn more about the practice of workers’ compensation law. Looking back, I’m amazed at the changes that I have seen in the practice of workers’ compensation law. In 2012, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recognized that lawyers may be certified by the PBA as a “Specialist in the Practice of Workers’ Compensation Law.” Attendance at the Fall Section Meeting has grown from a handful of lawyers to over 500 lawyers a year. This year’s presentations covered topics ranging from significant court decisions impacting injured workers to the emerging use of medical marijuana to treat chronic pain and the new“gig” economy.


“There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.” –O. Henry

In our lifetimes, Thanksgiving hasn’t changed all that much. Sure, you may have modernized the menu and begun posting your family photos to Instagram, but the tried-and-true quartet of family, football, grub, and gratitude has been in place for generations. While it’s easy to take holiday traditions as a given, each one has a fascinating history all its own. Christmas trees, Valentine’s chocolate, and other de rigueur activities often have strange, unexpected origins. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the backstories behind some of the essential Thanksgiving traditions. TURKEY Unlike other items on this list, it’s likely that turkey has been a staple of Thanksgivings since the first Thanksgiving in 1621. At the time, the holiday didn’t even have a name, and it was still more than 200 years away from being officially recognized by Abraham Lincoln. There are only two primary source documents detailing the meal between the Massachusetts colonists and the Wampanoag natives, and one of them mentions the famous Thanksgiving bird explicitly. Plymouth County Governor William Bradford described the menu in his journal “Of Plymouth Plantation,”which is one of the earliest accounts of life in colonial America. “Besides waterfowl,” he wrote, “there was great store of wild turkeys, of which they took many, besides venison, etc.” As the colonists moved throughout the continent, they brought turkeys with them. In fact, there was even a specific role, called a “turkey drover,” for the person who would shepherd the birds from one part of the country to another.

As the law continues to evolve, it is more important than ever for injured workers to consult a Certified Workers’ Compensa- tion Specialist to protect their rights.


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