Christmas Law Firm - May/June 2019


A Homemade Meal

Teacher Appreciation Week runs from May 6–10 this year, and there are plenty of ways students of all ages can thank their educators for everything they do. Being a teacher isn’t an easy job, and the people who make it their profession are passionate about helping kids learn. Depending on how old your child is, they may need a parent’s help in showing their appreciation. Here are a few ways parents and children can appreciate teachers together. Thank-You Notes This gesture is simple and sweet and can be very thoughtful. Telling a teacher what makes them outstanding can often be just as valuable as a gift. Help your child write an appreciative note and then write one yourself. Teachers often have to maintain the happiness of students, administrators, and parents. Your card could relieve some of the stress of that balancing act and let them know that you acknowledge their efforts.

Making a homemade meal (or dessert) shows teachers that you went the extra mile to appreciate their hard work. You could make a favorite dish of yours or try to find a new recipe online. Either way, encourage your child to help you with the process so that the meal is truly a gift from both of you. Donating School Supplies Many teachers use their own money to buy school supplies for their classroom. This is just one of the ways teachers go above and beyond on a daily basis, and buying some extra school supplies can help ease that cost. Take your child shopping with you and help them pick out supplies that you know their teacher will appreciate. Your children spend several hours a day with their teachers, so fostering relationships with them is vital. Use this day to help your children understand the importance of teachers, to teach them the power of gratitude, and to encourage them to show respect for everyone who helps them in life.

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C heck O ut O ne of O ur R ecent S ettlements ! Making a Sad Part of Life a Little Brighter Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) involve damage to the skull or the brain, which is caused by some type of physical force. Sadly, these kinds of impairments happen more frequently in South Carolina than one might think. In fact, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), an average of 1,117 deaths, 2,800 hospital discharges, and 11,500 emergency room visits occur each year due to TBIs. The impetus for these types of injuries vary, but falling happens to be the biggest nonfatal reason for TBIs, accounting for 35 percent of all recorded incidents. Automobile crashes are second at 22 percent, followed by being struck by something at 11 percent, and assaults at 10 percent. One family here in South Carolina suffered a terrible tragedy last year after their young child received a TBI in a semitruck accident. While there isn’t much solace that can be offered to families in situations like this, our legal team at Christmas Law Firm wanted to do all we

could to prevent the child’s parents from drowning under a mountain of medical costs. Fortunately, we were able to get them a settlement of $10,290,290. While it won’t take away their child’s injury, it will help reduce their stress in other areas of life. As an experienced Charleston personal injury lawyer, Gary Christmas has represented hundreds of clients throughout his career and continues to vigorously fight to help injured people receive compensation. If you or someone you know is the victim of a TBI, please don’t hesitate to give our office a call.


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