Kunkel Law Firm - October 2018

OCTOBER 2018 KunkelCase Files 800-467-5272 • www.KunkelLawFirm.com • GKunkel@KunkelLawFirm.com


Gregory Kunkel, Esq.

Most states enacted workers’ compensation laws in the early 20th century as a means to humanely compensate workers who were injured in the course of their employment. Many workers, however, continue to fall through the cracks of the system. I recently watched a televised interview with Amazon employee Vickie Shannon Allen who injured her back while working at an Amazon fulfillment warehouse. Ms. Allen reported that Amazon initially refused to permit her to continue working because she was unable to reach with her right arm due to the work injury. She attended physical therapy only to re-injure herself when she attempted to return to work. Ms. Allen turned down a small settlement offer and, after months of no income due to her injury, Ms. Allen is now living out of her car and speaking out against how Amazon treats injured workers. The best advice I can offer to avoid the dire situation described by Ms. Allen is to contact an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer as

apples bats & chicken feed Secret Origins of Halloween Traditions

What’s scarier than being at a Halloween party without a good costume? Being at a Halloween party without anything interesting to add, of course! Avoid this nightmare scenario by learning the fascinating history behind everyone’s favorite Halloween traditions.


Halloween decorations tend to rely on scary or supernatural themes. Cobwebs, skeletons, and ghosts crowd the scene, but there are usually a few bats in there as well. Compared to jangling skeletons, these little mammals aren’t that scary. While bats do risk carrying rabies, for the most part, bats are more likely to help people by eating mosquitoes than harm anyone. So why are they part of our creepy Halloween decor? Bats were associated with Halloween long before the first trick-or-treaters. When celebrating the ancient festival Samhain — a precursor to Halloween — the Celts lit huge bonfires. These fires attracted insects, which in turn attracted bats looking for a midnight snack. Bats came to be linked to Samhain and that tradition was carried into modern Halloween. Giving out apples instead of candy is a surefire way to get your house egged by angry trick- or-treaters. On a night that’s all about candy and sweets, how did we come to play a game involving fruit? Surprisingly, the old game of bobbing for apples has roots in some more romantic traditions. Bobbing for apples was part fortune-telling game and part courting ritual in 18th-century England. A young woman would write the name of her suitor on an apple and put it in a basin of water. If she could grab the apple in one bite, it meant that she and her suitor were WHAT’S UPWITH BOBBING FOR APPLES?

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