Law Office of William F. Underwood - March 2021

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MARCH 2021

Meet Isabella Underwood! INTRODUCING OUR DAUGHTER

Shortly after Priscila and I were married in May, she came by the office after hours. I was unwinding with my guitar, and it seemed like any other day — and then we received the best news of our lives: Priscila was pregnant!

and uncles can’t wait to meet Isabella, and I think my mom was more excited than we were! We had bought her a mug that read “promoted from dog grandma to human grandma,” and when it finally sunk in, she was thrilled! She’s been anxious to have a grandchild of her own after watching many of her friends become grandparents, and she’s enjoyed every moment she’s been able to spend with Isabella.

We were both very excited and surprised at how fast it had happened. We knew we wanted to start a family right away, and

we felt extremely lucky to find out we were going to have a baby so soon after our wedding. Now, I’m excited to announce that our baby is here! Vivian Isabella Underwood was born on Jan. 18, and she and Priscila are both healthy and doing well. It’s absolutely surreal — and exhausting — to have her here with us. It’s like

Throughout this entire pregnancy, I’ve been incredibly grateful for Priscila. She kept us on track, knowing just when we needed to buy something and what steps we had to take to ensure we were prepared for Isabella’s arrival. She’s already a great mom. As we celebrate the first few months of our daughter’s life, it’s hard to believe we’re actually parents. It’s hard to describe the feeling that overwhelms you when you suddenly become

we’ve held our breaths for nine months, waiting for this very moment, and now that it’s here, it’s better than we could have ever imagined. We found out Isabella was going to be a girl pretty early on in Priscila’s pregnancy, and Priscila was so excited to buy dresses and little girl clothes for our daughter. We also decided to call her Isabella because Priscila has loved the name for as long

responsible for another life, but Isabella has already brought so much joy to our family. (Her furry siblings don’t seem to notice that she’s there, but our cat, Lenny, did give us a guilt trip at first, of course.)

As a personal injury attorney, I tend to think about the worst possible scenario,

as she could remember. As she put it, “It’s a name that sounds the same in English and in Portuguese,” which blends our two cultures together perfectly. One of the best parts about Isabella’s arrival is the reactions from our families. My family in particular has been especially excited to have another baby to spoil because it’s been a long time since any of us have had a young child to dote on. All of my aunts

and that was certainly the case throughout Priscila’s pregnancy and labor. And I’m sure that won’t change as a parent! But with all the excitement and joy Isabella has brought us in these past few months, I can’t wait to see what’s in store for our future.

-William F. “Trey” Underwood, III

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IMPROVE PATIENCE AND REDUCE STRESS

WITH THESE 4 TIPS

DON’T GO IT ALONE WHY YOU SHOULDN’T REPRESENT YOURSELF IN A PERSONAL INJURY CASE amplifies anxiety. Practicing deep breathing can help reduce stress and frustration by relaxing your body and mind. This is as simple as taking a few quiet moments to inhale through the nose, drawing your breath into the belly and lungs. Count to four to help you focus as you inhale. Then exhale slowly through your mouth. After a few repetitions, you will find that your mind and body feel calmer. Switch Focus When agitated, it’s common for our thoughts to center on the irritant. Though it may feel difficult to do when you’re stressed out, switching your focus will help you calm down and be more patient. For instance, if you find yourself growing more and more In this fast-paced world, it can be easy to grow impatient. Things as small as waiting for a slow website to load or waiting in a long line for coffee can sometimes leave people feeling frustrated and anxious. Practicing patience helps reduce stress and helps you realize it's okay if something takes a few extra minutes. If you find yourself feeling impatient, here are a few helpful tips. Breathe Deeply When you feel stressed, your breathing gets shallow, which There are many instances where hiring an attorney is a wise decision. If you and your spouse choose to divorce, an attorney can ensure your marriage ends fairly, while a criminal attorney is an advocate you want in your corner should you ever be arrested. However, when it comes to personal injury, some people ask, “Do I really need an attorney?”

frustrated by hitting red lights as you drive, try focusing on green instead. Looking for passing cars, signs, trees, or anything that is green will help break that hyper-focus and shift it from negative to positive. Soon, those red lights will be less bothersome. Meditate A great way to increase your patience is by meditating, a combination of the first two tips — focus and breathing. Meditation helps people constructively manage thoughts by allowing them to practice observing their thoughts from a neutral perspective. Regular meditation can reduce stress and improve patience throughout the day. Even just 5–10 minutes of daily practice can have a tremendous impact over time. Practice Acceptance While the above tips can help you improve your patience, sometimes you must simply accept that some things can’t be rushed. There will be times when we cannot control the outcome: A red light will change to green when it changes and no sooner. Learning to accept that can help people let go of their frustration, become more understanding of their situation, and greatly improve their patience.

Of all the parties involved in an accident, the insurance company is the entity you should be the wariest of because they are in the money business. Their goal isn’t to help; it’s to make money. Attorneys are well-versed in speaking to insurance companies and can advise you on how best to report and seek compensation, whether this is done through mediation or in court. Furthermore, an experienced lawyer can help you navigate this process. Remember, you’re not an expert in post-accident mitigation and compensation, but attorneys are. They know how to discern what steps need to be taken next, what forms need to be filed, and how to best discuss your options with the insurance company. When you choose to represent yourself in a personal injury case, you run the risk of not being compensated properly for your injuries by greedy insurance companies, and you’re asking yourself to become the expert. So, don’t go it alone. The Law Offices of William F. Underwood, III, P.C. can help you after an accident. If you or a loved one is injured, call us at 229-888-0888.

The answer is often a resounding, “Yes!”

There are many parties involved in an accident, and not everyone has your best interests in mind. There are the people who were actually in the collision, the witnesses, the first responders and doctors, any construction and mechanic crews who repair property damage, and the insurance adjusters who determine the cost of the accident. An attorney can be the one person who advocates for you while also understanding the complexities, motivations, and reporting done by each person involved. An attorney will know which medical reports are pertinent and which ones can establish a proper background. They will know which details need to be gathered from first responders, and most importantly, they will know how to talk to the insurance company.

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FINE NOW, PAIN LATER COMMON SIGNS OF A DELAYED INJURY AFTER AN ACCIDENT

This can be very serious and should prompt an immediate visit to your doctor.

For some car accident victims, the onset of injuries or pain in the days, weeks, or months following an accident can create more uncertainty and concern. This may be more common than you may think. As your body recovers, injuries or pain can become more evident. It’s common to experience any of the following delayed pain symptoms after an accident. Headaches and Neck or Shoulder Pain: This may be a sign that you have experienced a head or neck injury, a concussion, whiplash, and — in some rare cases — a blood clot. While headaches are common, they shouldn’t be ignored. They’re actually powerful signals from your body that something is wrong. Back Pain: When your body experiences an extreme amount of force, like that of a car accident, your spine takes the brunt of it. This can cause disc slippage, vertebrae cracks, bruising, or other spinal issues. Numbness and Tingling: Nerve damage or spinal cord injuries can leave your arms and legs feeling tingly or numb, which can result in a loss of function of the limb that is experiencing the symptoms.

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 February newsletter: Adonis Lewis 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. Abdominal Pain: This could signal a few things. You could simply have a bruise or laceration from the seat belt, or you could have sustained a muscle injury or damage to your organs upon impact. Changes in Mood: While this may not appear with physical symptoms, mood changes could point to a concussion or other brain issues. If left untreated, this could be very dangerous. The most important step to take when you feel pain after a car accident — no matter how long it has been — is to seek professional help . Visit your doctor immediately and include a thorough and detailed description of your pain. Let your doctor know that you were in an accident recently so that those details appear in their report. This could be vital should you choose to file a personal injury claim. After an accident, your focus should be on your healing. Let our team at the Law Offices of William F. Underwood, III, P.C., take care of your legal needs. Call 229-888-0888 for a free case consultation today.

ENGLISH GROUND BEEF PASTIES

Ingredients • 3/4 lb ground beef • 1 medium onion, diced • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced • 2 sheets store-bought puff pastry dough Directions 1. Preheat your oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. In a large bowl, combine the beef, onion, and potatoes. 3. Roll out the pastry dough into roughly 10-inch circles or squares. 4. Spoon 1/2 of the beef mixture onto each sheet of dough, then top the mixture with parsley, salt, and pepper. 5. Fold the edges of the dough over the filling, pinching

• 1 tsp dried parsley • Salt and pepper, to taste • 1/4 cup beef broth (as needed)

each pasty shut and tucking in both ends. 6. Transfer the pasties to the prepared baking sheet, then cut several small slits in each pasty for ventilation. Bake for 45 minutes. 7. Remove the pasties from the oven and reduce the heat to 350 F. Spoon 1 tsp beef broth into each slit, then bake for an additional 15 minutes.

Thank you for trusting us to serve you!

8. Serve and enjoy!

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Trey and Priscila Become Parents! PAGE 1

How to Be More Patient and Less Stressed PAGE 2 You’re Not Alone: Why Hiring an Attorney Is the Best Choice PAGE 2

What Should You Do When You Experienced Delayed Pain After an Accident? PAGE 3

English Ground Beef Pasties PAGE 3

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CORN DOGS AND BASKETBALL An American Tradition

It’s no coincidence that National Corn Dog Day is March 20 — the third Saturday of the month. This day is traditionally the first Saturday of March Madness, otherwise known as the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. But wait. What do corn dogs and a basketball tournament have to do with one another? Turns out, National Corn Dog Day has everything to do with March Madness. The “holiday” began in March 1992 when two Corvallis, Oregon, high school students needed a snack while watching a basketball game. They got some corn dogs and called it good. But somehow, this simple snack and sport pairing turned into something huge. In fact, eating corn dogs while watching March Madness caught on like wildfire — and the teens didn’t even have Instagram to promote it! Though it’s not clear how, it spread across Oregon and eventually the rest of the country. It’s likely that people just heard about it from friends and family and thought it was a great idea. The corn dog, like basketball, is an American creation. In the 1920s, the creators toyed around with the idea of fried foods on a stick. They battered and fried everything from cheese to

bananas, but it was the battered sausages that really stood out, and the corn dog was born. By the 1940s, the convenient creation had popped up at state fairs and drive-in restaurants all over the country.

In 2012, in honor of the original Corn Dog Day, the then- governor of Oregon issued an official proclamation naming March 17 National Corn Dog Day in the state. Several companies jumped on the bandwagon as well, including Foster Farms (a maker of frozen corn dogs, among many other meat products) and the Pabst Brewing Company.

While it’s not an “official” national day recognized by the U.S. Congress, it’s celebrated with thousands of events every March. And it’s grown beyond its U.S. roots. An article printed in The Oregonian in 2009 revealed that National Corn Dog Day parties have been celebrated on nearly every continent — including Antarctica!

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