GA Injury Advocates July 2019

Auto Injury T R I B U N E

July 2019

Can You Pass the Beef Tongue? A TASTE OF MEXICO CITY

I n the summer months, one of the main things my family does is travel. We try to take at least one big trip together once a year, to bond and reconnect. I’ll be honest, it’s much easier to travel when it’s just my wife and me, but I like exploring new places with my kids. Being somewhere different really brings the family together. My favorite trip I’ve ever been on was going down to Mexico City with my family. I’ve been to many different places in Mexico, but I was not aware of just how much history Mexico City holds. Mexico City was initially built by the ancient Aztecs and called Teotihuacán . Their city would eventually become one of the largest and most powerful in pre-Columbian America. Centuries later, after Hernán Cortés conquered Teotihuacán in the 1500s, the Spanish built Mexico City on its ruins. There was a brief period of time in the 1860s when the French occupied Mexico City and built a ton of beautiful buildings that are still standing today. While in Mexico City, we were able to visit Catedral Metropolitana de la Asunción de la Santísima Virgen María a los cielo , which, in English, translates to the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary into Heavens. Believe it or not, this building actually earned such an elaborate name. The Cathedral was molded after the Gothic cathedrals in Spain, with

restaurant, and it was phenomenal. They served the meat in some kind of sauce I don’t remember the name of, but I could have eaten it all day while the mariachi band played in the background. After dinner, we finished off our meal with spicy hot chocolate and some sweet bread. Even the bread was so different than the bread you find in the United States, and every bite was delicious. and find the local eateries. A lot of tourist destinations will “Americanize” their food because some people won’t eat unfamiliar foods. This is fine if you’re not an adventurous eater, but if you really want to get to know the culture and their local cuisine, you have to do a little more work. I promise it’s worth it. Eating beef tongue might sound crazy to some people, but if you’re open to trying something new, you just might discover your new favorite dish. “I love learning about the history and the culture of the places we visit.” When people talk to me about their trips, I always encourage them to get out of the hotel

a massive wood door, ornate facades, and multiple altars. We also went to the president’s castle, Chapultepec Castle, which was built atop a tall hill and has the best views of the whole city. I love learning about the history and the culture of the places we visit. That’s part of the reason Mexico City was such a great trip. The other reason was the food. In my family, the No. 1 thing everyone likes to do is eat. When we start planning a trip, we spend a big chunk of time plotting out the best restaurants and cafés in the area. We’ll spend hours in a single restaurant, enjoying the food and soaking in the atmosphere. There’s a lot of great food to be eaten in Mexico City, but my favorite meal was lengua , or beef tongue. I had some at this great

–Ramiro Rodriguez, Jr. El Abogado Ramiro (El Abogado Amigo) y su equipo hablan español


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Get More Out of Your Grill This Summer



During the summer, the backyard grill becomes the place to be. It’s the best site for sharing grilled meat and memories. But as you grill this summer, why not take a step out of your “meat comfort zone?” Whether you prefer gas or charcoal, just about any backyard grill can be transformed into an all-purpose, high- temperature oven. Get ready to kick some of your favorite foods up a notch! Here are three foods that are great for grilling. Pizza Making your own pizza at home is incredibly easy. You can make your own dough or buy it at the grocery store. Roll it out, add all your favorite toppings, then toss it on the grill. Just make sure your pizza will fit on the grill first! You may need to make smaller personal pizzas if you have a smaller grill. Pro Tip: The hotter you can get your grill, the better. At 500–600 F, it may only take a few minutes to completely cook the pizza, so don’t leave the grill. This is the best time to use a pizza stone (if you have one) to ensure a golden-brown crust, but you can place the pizza directly on the grill. Bread There’s nothing like making your own artisan bread at home, and you can do it right in the grill. You can create your own flatbread, rolls, or full loaves with just about any bread recipe. It all comes down to time and temperature control. 500 F tends to be a safe bet. If it’s too hot, you’ll overbake the outside while the inside remains raw. Salsa You can kick up the flavor of any homemade salsa by first grilling each ingredient you want in your salsa, such as tomatoes, jalapeño, onion, or garlic. This includes salsa with fruit, such as mangoes or peaches. Allow each ingredient to get a light char, but be sure to


Amid the devastation of the wildfires that tore through California in the fall of 2017, a few heroic tales rose up to give people hope. One such tale was of Odin, a loyal Great Pyrenees guard dog. Along with his sister, Tessa, and eight rescue goats, Odin is part of the Hendel family. It was mid-October when the Hendels were awoken by the smell of smoke, a fierce orange sky, and sounds of destruction — urgent warnings from Mother Nature. Gathering everyone as quickly as they could, the Hendels got their human family members and Tessa in the car, but Odin, seated proudly next to the eight goats, refused to get in. Try as they might, the Hendels could not get him to come with them, and there wasn’t enough room in the car for the eight goats. With the firestorm quickly approaching and the risk of losing even more family members increasing with each passing minute, the Hendels made the heart-wrenching decision to leave Odin and the goats behind. The family made it to safety with Tessa in tow, relieved to be together but heartbroken that Odin and the goats weren’t with them. After several agonizing days, it was finally safe enough for them to return home and survey the destruction. What did the Hendels find? Ashes, rubble, their barn and home burned to the ground — and Odin. There he was, still guarding his eight goats and some small deer that had sought shelter with the brave canine. Weakened, burned, and limping, but nevertheless steadfast, Odin had never left his goats, even as the fire raged around them. Odin wagged his tail as he saw his family, happy to see they were also safe. The Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue and the Goatlandia Animal Sanctuary provided temporary shelter for the goats and pups while the Hendels rebuilt their barn. Odin received all the care he needed, along with a lot of love and treats. Today, Odin and his goats are back with their family, rebuilding their lives after this devastating wildfire. But the Hendels, and anyone who’s heard the story, won’t soon forget the bravery of Odin, the amazing pup.

remove the charred skin of the tomatoes after grilling. Leaving it on can result in a burnt flavor rather than a smoky one.



Earlier this year, the Atlanta City Council voted to enforce stricter regulations on e-scooters, like Bird and Lime. We covered these new regulations in a previous edition of the newsletter, but as the weather improves, more of these e-scooters have taken to the streets. Some have ended up in places they are actually forbidden to be. The Atlanta BeltLine is one of the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment programs in the United States. Based on former railroad corridors that formerly encircled Atlanta, the planned 33 miles of multi-use trails are meant to provide pedestrians safe access to schools, housing, jobs, and amenities. The BeltLine has become a hot spot for new parks, art installations, and e-scooters. However, despite their popularity, e-scooters are not allowed on the BeltLine. Motorized vehicles are strictly forbidden from the multi-use pathways of the BeltLine. Electric wheelchairs and official government vehicles are the only exceptions. Yet despite this rule and Bird’s own app marking the Eastside Trail as “forbidden” this summer, you’ll likely still see e-scooters zipping along the BeltLine. Most people aren’t aware that electric scooters, which are often left along the trail, aren’t allowed. Mismanagement has created a strong outcry against e-scooters, but this form of public transportation can be beneficial when used

safely. If you intend on using an e-scooter this summer, keep these safety tips in mind:

• Wear a helmet. Plan ahead for your e-scooter trip and bring along a federally regulated helmet. The speed limit for e-scooters in Atlanta is 15 mph, which is still fast enough to cause serious harm if you’re in a wreck while not wearing a helmet. • Ride solo. Bird and Lime e-scooters are only designed to carry one rider at a time. Doubling up increases your chances of an accident. • Check the equipment. Before you hop on a public e-scooter, check the tire treads and test the brake, throttle, and lights. If anything isn’t working, report the damage and find another scooter. • Stay aware. Treat riding e-scooters the same way you would treat getting behind the wheel of a car. Don’t operate an e-scooter after you’ve been drinking, watch for pedestrians, use caution around cars, and stay aware of your surroundings at all times. Make sure you are allowed to use an e-scooter in a given area before starting your ride. E-scooters look like they’re here to stay, so we must all do our part to make sure they are used safely.





The main course on the Fourth of July almost always works with paleo diets, but that isn’t always the case with sides and appetizers. This salad offers a great way to enjoy some paleo fare without having to resort to only eating grilled meats.


1 small shallot, thinly sliced

1 tbsp aged balsamic vinegar

4–5 medium tomatoes, preferably heirloom, seeded and cut into wedges

1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

6–10 medium basil leaves, cut into ribbons


1. Place shallots in balsamic vinegar for 15 minutes. Drain and pat dry using paper towels. 2. Assemble tomatoes on a plate, top with basil and shallots, and season with salt and pepper.

3. Drizzle olive oil over top of salad and serve immediately.

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Get Even More Out of Your Grill This Grilling Season! The Wrong Kind of Bird Watching Paleo Tomato Basil Salad What’s Going On at Kennestone Hospital?



The History and Future of Kennestone Hospital

When Kennestone Hospital opened in 1950, it was one of the first integrated hospitals in Cobb County. The hospital was named after the two Georgia landmarks patients could see from the windows: Kennesaw Mountain and Stone Mountain. Since its opening, Kennestone — now called WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center — has aimed to offer citizens of Cobb County and metro Atlanta the highest quality of medical care. Kennestone is home to Georgia’s business emergency department (ED), and in 2018, the hospital broke ground on a $126 million expansion on a new emergency department, set to be complete in spring 2020. The current ED was designed to treat 60,000 patients a year. In 2017, Kennestone’s ED treated 145,000 patients, making it the fifth busiest ED in the country. This expansion is a long time coming. The new four-story building, which will connect to the existing building through a second-story walkway, is nearly quadruple the size of the old ED. The hospital administration claims the expansion will be able to handle between 185,000 and 220,000 emergency visits annually, which would

give Kennestone the second highest volume of visits in the U.S.

This expansion aims to do more than increase the number of patients the hospital can serve. Mary Chatman, president of Kennestone Hospital, has discussed an emphasis on improving patient experience across the board. One special feature included in the new expansion will be a separate entrance into the emergency department for kids. “Our current ED is pretty scary sometimes for children in that everyone comes through that same front door,” said Chatman. “In this new ED, [children] will come through a separate door and … their family is able to travel with them and even stay in the room with them. The rooms are large enough that if you have mom and dad and three siblings, they all are able to go in there and see what’s happening and calm the child.” For almost 70 years, Kennestone Hospital has served our community well. We’re pleased to see the hospital taking steps to improve their facilities so they can continue to serve Cobb County for generations to come.

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