Law Office of William F. Underwood - May 2020


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MAY 2020


W ith the late-winter outbreak of COVID-19, the baseball world has been a little unusual. Like many sporting leagues, the MLB has postponed its games while the pandemic makes its way across the U.S. But that doesn’t have to stop us from talking about baseball! Growing up, I was always more of a fan than I was an athlete. If you are an avid reader of my newsletter, then you know that I made some great memories out on the ball diamond. But I couldn’t get enough of the pros. I’m not sure where my fixation came from, but like many little kids, I dreamt about someday becoming a professional baseball player. When I wasn’t daydreaming about being on the field, I was probably either playing baseball or watching my favorite athletes. I can still remember seeing the Atlanta Braves take on the Minnesota Twins in the 1991 World Series when I was 10 years old. The city was electric as the Braves took the field and rolled over the Twins, heading into Minnesota with a winning streak. I felt lucky to get to see them play in person, and everyone was in high spirits as the Braves finished the series. Sadly, they didn’t win the World Series that year. They kept it close, taking the series to the very last game, where the Twins won that elusive seventh game to take the World Series championship. The Braves would go on to win a World Series in my lifetime, defeating the Cleveland Indians in 1995. (However, at that time, I think I was more into my motorcycles.) Like many kids in that era, I had piles of baseball cards. Today, these cards are essentially worthless since they were mass- produced, but back in the day, it was exciting to crack open a new pack and sort through my loot. I have a few valuable cards, like Ken Griffey Jr. and Greg Maddux, but the others are just worth some change. Nevertheless, I can’t seem to give them up. Not yet, anyway.

I’ll admit that watching baseball on TV isn’t as exciting as it used to be. Nothing can compare to a day at the ballpark. We used to have a minor league team here in Albany. The Albany Polecats were a farm team under the Baltimore Orioles and found some success in our city in the early 1990s. As a kid, I always found their skunk mascot so strange, but the games were always fun! I hope to take my fiancée, Priscila, to the ballpark soon! Baseball is pretty foreign to her since she is from Brazil. I can’t wait to share this piece of myself with her. Baseball has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and while my professional slugger dreams never came true, it’s still something I cherish today.

So regardless of how this season turns out, go, Braves!

-William F. “Trey” Underwood, III

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Summertime is synonymous with many childhood experiences: hours splashing in the pool, sleepaway camp, and snow cones, to name a few. A quintessential summer destination that isn’t as common these days is the drive-in theater, yet many childhood memories are built on this little bit of nostalgia. The first drive-in theater opened in 1933 in Camden, New Jersey. At the time, films cost 25 cents per person, plus 25 cents per car, and drive-ins usually got movies in the second run, after they’d shown at indoor theaters. The trend started off slow, but by the ‘50s, Americans had fully embraced the outdoor theater experience. The ‘80s brought a charismatic Michael J. Fox to audiences in “Back to the Future,” and shortly after, “The Sandlot” hit the big screen and gave us lines that we’d quote for the next decade (“You’re killin’ me, Smalls!”). As of 2018, USA Today estimated that only about 330 drive-in theaters still exist in the United States. But if you don’t have one in your area, there’s a way you can enjoy the outdoor movie experience without having to leave your backyard. Your outdoor cinema starts with a projector. If you don’t have one, they are readily available to purchase at most big-box stores. For playing the movie, you’ll need a laptop and streaming service or a DVD or Blu-ray player. You’ll connect these devices

to your projector through an HDMI port. As long as you’re not broadcasting to the whole neighborhood, stereo or computer speakers should be just fine, but you can also opt for a Bluetooth speaker that will give your audio a big boost. Next, you’ll need a flat surface to display the movie. A plain, white bedsheet makes a good screen, or you can make your own with white fabric from craft stores or online. Cushions, blankets, and outdoor hanging lights add a fun touch to your cinema. Just be sure to turn the lights off before the movie begins — and silence those cellphones!

Once your setup is complete, select your movie, get the popcorn popping, and enjoy some movie magic right in your backyard.


BP partnered with the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) early on after the spill, promising to do its part to expedite the claims process and get those suffering from damage the payments they needed. Later, reports indicated that BP’s measures to cut costs could have directly caused the spill, qualifying the claims as mass tort negligence. However, according to the American Bar Association, BP now “vigorously disputes” the program. While thousands of payments have been made as a result of the spill, arguments over the process, qualifications, and the bar at which payment measurements should be set continue to slow the mass tort claims in the court system. While BP now disputes the need for the claims, the court system continues to process the damages claimants make, offering hope to those who sustained lasting damage from the careless spill. At the Law Offices of William F. Underwood, P.C., we believe you deserve compensation after company negligence leaves you injured or without proper regular pay. Give us a call at 229-888- 0888 to learn more about the mass tort cases we are currently helping clients with.

After One of America’s Largest Environmental Catastrophes

More than 10 years ago this spring, nearly 5 million gallons of oil spilled out into the Gulf of Mexico just off the coast of Louisiana in what became known as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In what’s now considered the largest marine oil spill in the history of petroleum, British Petroleum’s (BP) Macondo Prospect oil rig exploded and began

dumping oil into the ocean. The result was years of ecological damage across the coast from Mississippi to Florida and one of the largest environmental disasters in U.S. history. The prolonged disaster caused mass chaos, uncertainty, and destruction to businesses and homeowners across the coast. According to experts, the Gulf ’s fishing and tourism industry rakes in upward of $4.5 billion each year, and as the oil continued to leak, seep into wildlife, and spread across the coast, this industry shouldered the brunt of the cost.

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Finding Support After an Injury


You shouldn’t have to heal alone. Today, there are resources designed to help you focus on healing, care for your daily needs, and put you in a position to seamlessly continue with your life after an injury. Below are three ways to find support when you need it most. Online Groups The digital world has connected us in ways we couldn’t have possibly imagined. The availability of support groups (through social media platforms) is just one way that technology has positively impacted our lives. Connecting with those who have also been injured can help you find peace as you heal. Platforms like Facebook have groups for injured workers, those facing complications frommedical conditions or products, and people who are healing after a car accident. Besides support, these groups also offer additional resources that can help with the healing process. Local Support Whether you coordinate extra help through your family or a program in your community, you can find resources designed to help you with everyday tasks, including transportation to appointments or work, food preparation and delivery, and general household care. Coordinate

with your family to establish a schedule or look into resources that can help your family provide the care you need to heal. It can be uncomfortable to ask for help, but

We Value You! At the Law Offices of William F. Underwood, III, P.C., the trust we build with our clients is our most valuable asset. To show our appreciation, we would like to thank our clients who have referred others to us since our April newsletter: Marcus Washington, Dontavious Sanders, and Jasmine Williams. Your recommendations are greatly treasured by everyone at our office. Clients can also leave their comments on our services through Google Reviews ! These statements give us critical feedback and help other clients facing stressful life situations find dependable lawyers. Previous and current clients can also receive free notary services at our office. Learn more about this service by giving us a call at 229-888-0888. it can often be one of the best ways to help with your healing. After all, you should continue to focus on your well-being Legal Help Seeking an attorney’s help can feel daunting, but it could be one of the best decisions you make toward healing. Attorneys can guide you through the entire legal process after your injury, including filing claims and suggesting your next steps. Your attorney can also serve as a link to various resources that may be necessary for your healing process. Their job is to help you heal and get the compensation you need. Our team is more than willing to provide the legal help you or a loved one need while healing from an injury. Learn more about how we can help by calling us today.


Ingredients •

2 heads garlic, cloves separated

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1/2 cup chili oil

1/3 cup oyster sauce

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3 thumbs ginger, chopped

1/3 cup toasted sesame oil

1 cup hoisin sauce 3/4 cup fish sauce 2/3 cup honey 2/3 cup rice wine

5 lbs boneless pork shoulder, flattened 3/4 cup brown sugar

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1 tbsp molasses

Directions 1.

In a blender, purée garlic, ginger, hoisin sauce, fish sauce, honey, rice wine, chili oil, oyster sauce, and toasted sesame oil until smooth. 2. Reserve and chill 1 1/2 cups for later use. 3. In a bag, add the remaining mixture and pork shoulder. Marinate for at least 8 hours. 4. Using a convection plate on the grill, cook pork until the thickest part reaches an internal temperature of 140–145 F. 5. In a large saucepan, simmer brown sugar, molasses, and reserved marinade for 6–8 minutes. 6. Baste the pork with the brown sugar glaze for 2 minutes before serving.

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inside Why I Still Love Baseball PAGE 1

The Timeless Charm of the Drive-In Movie PAGE 2 Attorneys Continue to Fight for the Gulf After Deepwater Horizon PAGE 2

3 Ways to Find Support After an Injury PAGE 3

Sticky and Sweet Pork ‘Ribs’ PAGE 3

How to Avoid Allergies This Spring PAGE 4


Change immediately after spending time outdoors.

Spring has off icially sprung. Grass is growing, flowers are blooming, and longer days are here again. And while the arrival of spring is a cause for celebration, for outdoor enthusiasts who suffer from seasonal allergies, the season is bittersweet. For many, this time of the year is characterized by stuffy noses, burning eyes, and sneezing. But according to WebMD, even severe allergy sufferers can enjoy the outdoors without worrying about allergies by taking the following precautions.

If you suffer from seasonal allergies but still love to exercise outdoors, build a habit of showering and changing immediately after coming back inside. While you were out crushing that 30-mile bike ride, pollen was slowly accumulating in your hair and on your clothes. And while 30 minutes of outdoor exercise will, according to WebMD, completely coat your nasal membrane with allergens, showering and laundering your clothing will limit your exposure while indoors.

Watch pollen counts.

You can usually f ind information about local pollen levels on the internet or in your local newspaper. If pollen counts are through the roof, consider hitting the indoor gym instead of running outside. In general, pollen counts are highest on warm and breezy mornings and lowest when it is cool and rainy. Plan your outdoor pursuits accordingly.

Medicate, medicate, medicate.

Depending on the severity of your allergies, medication, not prevention, will likely provide the best relief available. Every person is different, so ask your doctor about the best medicine for you, and make sure

you understand how you’re supposed to use it before dismissing its eff icacy. Some allergy medicines can take as long as three weeks to reach their full effectiveness.

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