Brauns Law October 2017


October 2017


How Do We Face Our Fears? To Lose It All

With Halloween coming up, fear is often a theme of October. Scary movie marathons take up the weekends, kids beg to visit a haunted house, and fake blood is a staple of many Halloween decorations. But while the fears of Halloween are all for fun, in fact, fear is a big psychological drive for us — especially the fear of loss. If you’re afraid to lose what you have, you may never take the necessary risks in life for growth, and you can get stuck. This can lead to a person becoming less assertive about their needs and ultimately losing what they wanted to keep in the first place. That being said, fear of loss isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Last month, I talked about a time when my family lost everything when I was 14. Fear of losing a secure lifestyle pushed me to overcome great challenges and do more in life than I would have initially thought possible. In personal injury law, a fear of loss can be difficult to manage. As a lawyer, I needed to learn when to leave an offer on the table because my client could get more in a trial. There’s an underlying fear that I might be wrong. When an offer has a lot of zeroes, it can be easy to worry you won’t see a bigger number down the road. But when I know there’s a possibility I can get more for my client and they can be better taken care of, I can’t let a fear of loss dictate my moves. In my career, I have also learned to help my clients address their fear of loss. When you suffer from an injury and lose your paycheck (as is the case with clients in a personal injury case), your life can quickly fall apart. It may only be two to four weeks, but that’s more than enough time for the dominos to fall, creating immense financial pressure. My clients have good reason to fear loss. Unable to pay their bills, they risk losing their cellphone, their car, and even the roof over their head. There’s a lot of time between the day

“ My clients have good

reason to fear loss. Unable to pay their bills, they risk losing their cellphone, their car, and even the roof over their head. ”

you get injured and the day you finally receive the settlement check. While clients struggle to survive in no man’s land, we do what we can to see they reach the other side. We’ve done everything from finding support groups and shelters to helping clients apply for the right loans that can get them through tough spots. In some situations, we have even reached out to landlords and asked them to please bear with us until our client has the ability to get on top of their payments. This is a scary time for people, but I’ve found the best way to overcome your fears is to remember that you don’t have to face them alone. We deal with this every day, and whatever we can do to help the client, we’re prepared to do it. - David Brauns


The end of summer doesn’t have to signal an end to fun. How about sweater weather, Halloween parties, and football season? The list goes on and on. In fact, fall might be the most interesting season of them all. Here are five facts you probably didn’t know about the season. 1. It was originally called “harvest.” In a world that was far more agricultural, the season was defined by the harvesting of crops. It’s also a reference to the harvest moon, which was essential to farmers during the season. 2. Fall babies tend to be impressive. Not only does the world’s most common birthday, October 5th, land in fall, but those babies have built an impressive resume. The British Department for Education found that they tend to do better in school, and also tend to live longer. 3. Weight gain is most common in the fall. It’s not only the Halloween candy or Thanksgiving turkey. Researchers believe it’s primarily caused by lower levels of vitamin D. As the days shorten 5 FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT FALL

and temperatures drop, we tend to get less sun. It’s another reason to be careful about diet and exercise this season.

4. Autumn is good for the economy. “Leaf peeping,” which is a slang term for fall foliage tourism, is more than just a funny name. It’s also a $3 billion industry in New England alone. 5. People fall in love more in the fall. Men’s and women’s testosterone levels tend to spike in the autumn, which makes women even more attractive to men. A data study on Facebook also found that more people change their relationship status from “single” to “in a relationship” during the fall than any other season.


Suffering an accident is hard, but medical bills and insurance companies can make a rough time infinitely worse. Our goal is to help make that burden lighter. Thank you to all our clients who trusted us with their cases, and to all our clients who continue to show us their trust by letting us handle cases for their friends and family. This month, we offer our special thanks to ...

“They were so respectful. I felt like family every time I would call. They made me feel special. I love them so much and still do. I would recommend them to everyone who needs a good, wonderful lawyer. The Brauns family are very loving people. They let me know that they were really concerned about my health. They work with love and understanding of your health. They find you the best doctors. Yes, they’re very loving

people. I love you all. David and my team, thank you so much for

everything.” –Cynthia F.

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How We Can Keep Our Motorcyclists Safe

The sun on your skin. The wind on your face. Just you, the road, and the setting sun, baby. Yes, motorcycles are fast, fun, and liberating. But nothing brings the fun to a screeching halt like an accident. Whether you’re on two wheels or four, everyone on the road is responsible for the safety of our most vulnerable drivers. Motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to die in an accident, according to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis. If we all abide by the following guidelines, we can bring that number down significantly. For Car and Truck Drivers If you’ve been driving for years it can be hard to make a change, since much of your driving is habit-based. However, looking out for motorcyclists is an implementation that can and will save lives. The biggest key is awareness. Look for them on the road and recognize them when you see them. The second key is distance. Motorcycles look farther away than other vehicles because they are smaller. They ORANGE-BALSAMIC LAMB CHOPS Impress any dinner guest with this surprisingly quick and easy-to-make meal.

WORD SEARCH October also frequently break by easing off the throttle or downshifting, neither of which activate the brake lights. A following distance of 3–4 seconds is safer for everyone. For Those on Two Wheels If you’re legally operating a motorcycle in the United States, it means you passed a motorcycle safety class. Nothing we can tell you about safety will be news. Yet, how many times do you see someone driving down the road in a T-shirt and no helmet? When you hit the road, you have a responsibility to yourself and your loved ones to be properly protected by your clothing and helmet. That doesn’t mean biking uncomfortably. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation encourages you to “dress for the ride as well as the crash.” Uncomfortable riders are more likely to get into an accident. These simple practices will save lives. We love our bikers, so whether your preferred mode of transportation is on two wheels or four, be careful out there!

Directions 1. Combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, rind, and juice in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add lamb to bag; turn to coat well. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. Remove lamb from bag and add salt and pepper. Ingredients • 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided • 2 teaspoons grated orange rind • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice • 8 (4-ounce) lamb rib chops, trimmed

• 1 teaspoon kosher salt • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper • Cooking spray • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

with cooking spray. Add lamb and cook 2 minutes each side. 3. Place vinegar in a small skillet over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Cook 3 minutes or until vinegar is syrupy. Drizzle



vinegar and remaining teaspoon oil over lamb.

2. Heat a large grill pan over

medium-high heat. Coat pan

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What Are You Afraid Of?

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5 Fascinating Facts About Fall

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The Benefits of Essential Oils

USE DIFFUSERS TO REAP THE BENEFITS OF ESSENTIAL OILS If you’ve stopped by a health store recently, you’ve no doubt seen a huge selection of essential oils. These liquids, which contain concentrated, natural aroma compounds found in plants, are the basis of aromatherapy, one of the most popular trends in holistic health. Aromatherapy involves applying these oils to the skin or spraying them into the air. Skin application requires that you use diluted oils, because aromatic compounds are strong and can cause irritation. As a result of these concerns, many essential oil acolytes have turned to diffusers to get the benefits of aromatherapy in a safe, wonderful-smelling manner. In addition to filling your house with an all-natural, appealing perfume, aromatherapy has been touted as a way to help with everything from stress and insomnia to cognitive function and mood enhancement. To receive these benefits, you’ll need to pick up a diffuser and some oils. With so many options, though, how do you know which one is right for you? There is no shortage of methods to diffuse essential oils. Nebulizing diffusers don’t require any heat source, instead atomizing the essential oils. They are extremely effective, but they are also large and expensive. Ultrasonic diffusers are similarly heatless, preserving the oils. This type of diffuser can also work as a humidifier, making it a valuable multitasker. Heat and evaporative diffusers are cheaper

options, but they tend to alter oils or separate particles according to size.

Once you decide on the best diffuser for your home, you need to select a few essential oils and put your new toy to use. Lemon oil is antibacterial and antiseptic, and will freshen your environment. Cinnamon oil can clear congestion and has a homey, autumnal scent. Eucalyptus oil is an air purifier, but its scent is strong and not for everybody. If you want to de-stress, try rosemary oil, which decreases your cortisol levels. Take note that you should alert your doctor before partaking in aromatherapy if you’re pregnant, nursing, or on any medication. While most essential oils are perfectly safe to diffuse, the compounds in certain oils can combine with medication and trigger adverse side effects. Once you begin diffusing, you’ll never go back to commercial, chemical scent sprays. The benefits are evident, and the results smell sweet.

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