Bader Scott Injury Lawyers - February 2020

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AT HOME AND AT WORK, SUCCESS IS A TEAM EFFORT THE POWER OF PARTNERSHIP

W ith Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about partnership this month. At home, my fiancée Ana is my partner, and her hard work helping run our household makes my life easier and more fulfilled. I don’t know what I’d do without her! At the office, I’m lucky enough to have a similar partnership with Luis. He’s my right hand, and together we’ve pushed Bader Scott to become bigger and better. Though my partnership with Luis is still fairly new, it has been vital for propelling my firm forward. In part, I think this is because we have great chemistry: Something clicked from the moment we met, and I knew we’d work well together. However, I also think it comes down to the power of partnership itself. At home or at work, there are three main ingredients every partnership needs to be successful: visionary alignment, a shared strategy, and a mutual set of core values. If you don’t have common goals for the future, an agreed-upon path for how to get there, and shared ethics and beliefs to guide you along the way, you won’t get very far as a duo.

I agree with Seth on partnerships 100% — and I’ve even had a front-row seat to his dedication. Before I officially came onboard at Bader Scott, the two of us spent an entire month hunkered down at

his house, working on nailing down the three things that make a partnership tick. It was that important to him that we were on the same page with Bader Scott’s best interests at heart. Then and only then did we announce we’d be working together. That process was important to me, too, because I’ve seen the value of a strong partnership up close. My wife, Rachel, and I built our marriage on the foundation of visionary alignment, shared strategy, and mutual core values. Before we pulled the trigger on getting hitched, we talked extensively about our vision for the future, including how many kids we’d have, what type of house we’d live in, and what kind of vacations we’d take. Then, we discussed how we’d accomplish those things. We decided we’d work for a few years before having kids, for example, and sacrifice some vacations early on in order to save money and pay off our debts. Rachel and I even talked about our core values as a couple, like being diverse, generous, and respectful at all times. We promised to have fun together and always look forward to coming home. Those discussions weren’t so different from the ones I had with Seth. In both cases, we had to come to an agreement before moving forward to accomplish the big things we’ve done since. Bader Scott has grown from 25 employees to 150 and counting! There’s no denying all the hard work we’ve put in has paid off.

“There are three main ingredients every partnership needs to be successful: visionary alignment, a shared strategy, and a mutual set of core values.”

Luis and I definitely share a vision, strategy, and set of values for Bader Scott. We’re both working toward growth — personally, professionally, and financially. In fact, growth is so important to us and the firm that we’ve made it an acronym outlining our core values: Gratitude, Respect, Openheartedness, Winning, Trust, and Humility. This Valentine’s Day, while I’ll certainly spoil Ana, I’ll also think of all the partners in my life who have helped make it a success. I hope you do the same!

–Luis Scott, Managing Partner

–Seth Bader, Founder

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FEB. 14 IS NATIONAL DONOR DAY GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE

JOIN A DONOR DASH. Donor Dash fundraising events pop up all over the country on National Donor Day. These noncompetitive 5K running and walking events are designed to bring donors and recipients together and

With all the cards, chocolates, and expensive dinners, it’s easy to get cynical about Valentine’s Day. However, National Donor Day also falls on Feb. 14, and it can refocus our attention back on the real meaning of the day: love. In the U.S., 20 people die each day while waiting for an organ transplant. Losing loved ones is one of the most painful aspects of the human experience, and while it is unavoidable, organ donation offers a pathway to help prevent that loss and keep more love in the world.

keep hope alive for those who are currently waiting for a donation. To learn more, or to register for an event, check out DonorAlliance.org.

PARTICIPATE IN #STARTTHECONVERSATION. Donor Alliance, a nonprofit that works to promote organ donation, began the #StartTheConversation campaign as a way to help spread awareness about organ and tissue donation. Starting the conversation can be as simple as sharing that you registered with your friends and family or as personal as sharing a story about how organ donation has touched your life or the lives of your loved ones. Don’t let another Valentine’s Day come and go in a tide of cellophane, candy hearts, and cheesy cards. This year, get involved in National Donor Day. After all, what better way is there to express the value of love than to give the gift of life?

In the spirit of that love, here are a few ways you can get involved with National Donor Day this Feb. 14.

REGISTER AS AN ORGAN DONOR. Signing yourself up is easy and can be done either online or in person at your local Department of Motor Vehicles. You’ll need official identification to register. Registration is not permanent and you will always have the option to change your mind. Once registered, you will not need to carry your donor card with you, as your status exists in the registry.

MEET EDWARD MEJIA ONE OF OUR AMBITIOUS LEGAL ASSISTANTS

Edward Mejia is so dedicated to the law that he’s chosen it as a career twice. In his home country of Nicaragua, Edward is a licensed attorney. He spent years working in international trade law before moving to the U.S. to study English, intending to return home after mastering the language. Instead, he decided to stay — even though that meant starting his career over. Edward isn’t one to give up easily, so he enrolled at Michigan State University College of Law and graduated with a degree designed for lawyers educated overseas. All along, he says, his motivation has been to help people. “When I was a kid, my mother was robbed, and I found out she wasn’t legally represented the right way,” Edward explains. “That made me decide to study law, so that I could represent people the right way and assist them in situations where they needed a lawyer. I was a kid when that happened, but I found it really unfair that she couldn’t get a good result. The person who robbed her was free, and she was scared even just going to her job.” Edward’s background spanning international trade, immigration, criminal, and personal injury law made him an excellent fit, and we brought him on board as

a legal assistant two years ago. Since then, he has excelled in his work, which involves keeping in constant touch with our clients, their insurance companies, and their medical providers. “Our main concern is that the client gets to the point that we call ‘maximum medical improvement,’” he says. “We want to be sure that they get the best treatment possible.” On top of giving 110% in the office, Edward is pursuing a master’s degree, and plans to take the Georgia Bar exam this year. He already belongs to the Georgia Hispanic Bar Association, where he was elected twice as Director of Membership. When he isn’t working, he spends his time volunteering and hiking with his Dalmatian, Blue, who he plans to train as a therapy dog. “I want to bring him to hospitals to see children who have cancer,” Edward says. “I’d love to bring some joy to those kids.”

Edward, you’re truly inspiring. From all of us on the Bader Scott team, thank you for everything you do!

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JUSTICE IS SERVED! BADER SCOTT WINS $450,000 FOR A CAR-CRASH VICTIM

On May 3, 2019, disaster struck one of our clients. The client, a man in his late 30s, was driving on Georgia State Route 400 in Forsyth County when a 2007 Mack 700 — a massive truck weighing roughly 73,000 pounds when empty — smashed into his car from behind. The impact propelled our client’s head into his steering wheel, fracturing his nose and knocking him unconscious. Because the truck was so large, his vehicle was completely destroyed, too. Luckily, our client survived the crash, but he ended up with a concussion and lacerations to his forehead and scalp. To heal, he needed to see a plastic surgeon for his facial injuries, a neurologist for his concussion, and other doctors for his remaining wounds, aches, and pains. All of these visits added up quickly, and he ended up with medical bills totaling a staggering $142,000.

At that point, he turned to our team for help, and we faced off with the truck driver’s insurance company to win our client the compensation he deserved. The insurance company begged us to settle without a suit, offering $300,000 to compensate for our client’s injuries. In our view, that wasn’t enough considering all he’d been through, so we went back to the negotiating table. In the end, the truck driver’s insurance company agreed to pay out $450,000 — enough money for our client to get back on his feet. If you’re in that client’s shoes right now or know someone who is, our team here at Bader Scott can help. The effects of a car crash can be devastating, and we believe no driver who has been a victim of this kind of tragedy should be left to pay their medical bills alone. To set up a free consultation today, visit TheBaderLawFirm. com or call 404-888-8888.

EASY SHRIMP SCAMPI

TAKE A BREAK

INGREDIENTS

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4 tbsp butter 4 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp minced garlic

1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/2 tsp oregano

1/2 cup dry white wine 1/4 cup lemon juice 8 oz cooked linguine

1/4 cup parsley

DIRECTIONS

1. In a skillet over medium heat, melt 2 tbsp of butter with 2 tbsp of olive oil. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes. 2. Add shrimp and oregano, stirring frequently until shrimp is pink. Remove shrimp from skillet. 3. Add wine and lemon juice to skillet and bring the mixture to a boil. 4. Stir in remaining butter and olive oil and cook until butter is melted. 5. Add cooked shrimp to skillet and cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. 6. In a serving bowl, top cooked linguine with shrimp mixture. Garnish with parsley and serve. Inspired by The Blond Cook

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

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The Power of Partnership

Give the Gift of Life

Meet Ambitious Legal Assistant Edward Mejia

Bader Scott Wins $450,000 for a Car-Crash Victim

Easy Shrimp Scampi

Your Epic Adventure Awaits

MYTHICAL ADVENTURES AWAIT IN THE MEDITERRANEAN CREATE YOUR OWN ODYSSEY

One of the oldest stories in Western literature is Homer’s “The Odyssey.” This epic poem tells the story of Odysseus and his long journey home after the Trojan War. While Odysseus’ travels were fraught with mythical monsters and magic, many of the places he visited are said to be inspired by real islands in the Mediterranean. Even today, travelers flock to these islands looking for peace, adventure, and epic stories of their own. SICILY, ITALY One of the most popular stories in “The Odyssey” is the tale of Odysseus rescuing his crew from Polyphemus, a man-eating Cyclops. It’s said that Polyphemus made his home on what is now modern-day Sicily. Fortunately, there are no Cyclopes in Sicily today; there are only cultural festivals, world-class golf courses, and delicious food. GOZO, MALTA While Odysseus’ journey was perilous, he did enjoy one peaceful stop. Odysseus spent seven years on the mythical island of Ogygia, home of the nymph Calypso. Historians

suspect that Ogygia was Gaudos, now modern-day Gozo, Malta. Gozo is home to the Ggantija temples, which are older than the Egyptian pyramids. In addition to exploring its archaeological marvels, Gozo’s visitors can also enjoy snorkeling, horseback riding, and other memorable adventures. ITHACA, GREECE If you want to chart your own odyssey, make your final stop Odysseus’ home, the island of Ithaca. Covered in lush greenery and quaint villages, Ithaca is a wonderful place to relax at the end of your trip. Visitors can enjoy their morning coffee by a seaside cafe before lounging on a secluded beach for the rest of the day. It’s no wonder why Odysseus fought so hard to get back to Ithaca! With dozens of other islands to explore, the Mediterranean is the perfect place to plan your own odyssey — minus the mythical monsters, of course.

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