December 2018 Newsletter

  • January 24, 2019
  • Steinger

In This Issue…
• SIG Attorney Publishes Inspiring Children’s Book
• Are Seasonal Workers Covered by Workers’ Compensation?
• What Is Your Duty of Care to Santa Claus as an Invitee?
• Recipe of the Month: White Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sugar Cookies
• What’s Happening Around Florida
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SIG Attorney Publishes
Inspiring Children’s Book
We are proud to support our attorney, Alejandro Garcia-Halenar, on publishing his
second children’s book, The Adventures of Little Miss Crazy Hair: The Girl with Curl. The
book is about an imaginative and adventurous girl who learns that what makes her
different from others doesn’t make her odd – it makes her special and unique. The book
follows the award-winning authors’ first book, Xander’s Story, published in January 2018.
With a diverse team of attorneys across the state, our firm encourages employees to use
their talents in more ways than just practicing law. The firm proudly supports Alejandro’s
writing achievements and awaits his future educational and inspiring children’s books.
To order a copy of The Adventures of Little Miss Crazy Hair, please visit Amazon.com or
Chris, Alex, and “Little Miss Crazy Hair”
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Are Seasonal Workers Covered
by Workers’ Compensation?
Those who are injured at work in Florida, including seasonal workers, are generally
Workers’ Compensation (WC) insurance can help pay your medical bills and other
expenses and can help you avoid loss of income with temporary or permanent disability
benefits. WC benefits vary based on your accident and the severity of your injury, as well
as how long you have been employed.
Seasonal Workers Have Higher On-the-Job Injury Rates
All workers have the right to a safe workplace. However, for several key reasons,
seasonal workers experience higher injury rates as compared to other workers who are
full-time and who work around the year:
Unfamiliarity with the workplace.
Less training due to other priorities or limited time availability.
Retail workers during the holiday season experience high levels of stress which,
when coupled with fatigue, can make them more prone to injury.
You can reduce your risk of injury. Ask for the proper training and get all your questions
and concerns answered. Read all safety information. Familiarize yourself with your
workplace, keeping an eye out for any hazards. Be sure to look out for and report any
unsafe workplace conditions.
What to Do If You Are Injured at Work
If you are hurt at work or suffer a work-related illness:
Get first aid or emergency medical help right away.
Report the incident to your supervisor or manager within 30 days.
Take photos of your injuries and the scene in case they are needed to prove your
claim.
Get a copy of the accident report.
Apply for WC benefits to cover your medical care and treatments and have some
of your income replaced so you have time to recover.
Your employer should file an accident report with the insurance carrier and you will then
be contacted directly. If your claim is denied or if it is taking an unreasonable amount of
time to be settled, please contact us for help with your Workers’ Compensation case.
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What Is Your Duty of Care to
Santa Claus as an Invitee?
Christmas Eve is fast approaching! Soon your children will be setting up milk and
cookies for Santa Claus’s visit, along with carrots for the reindeer. They also have written
letters to Santa with their wish lists, inviting him for a visit.
Do you realize that by exchanging milk and cookies for wrapped gifts, you have
established Santa Claus as a “business invitee” who is permitted to enter your premises
for a business dealing? That technically makes good old Santa a potential premises
liability victim!
The law requires that property owners must correct hazards, or at least warn a business
invitee about them.
The solution? Post hazard warning signs about your house and yard well before
Christmas Eve to warn Santa about any unsafe spots, such as:
The jumble of holiday decoration lighting cords that creates a tripping hazard .
The outdoor hose left stretched across your entryway.
The broken handrail and missing step on your outdoor stairs that could trigger a
nasty fall.
The cozy but slippery throw rug right in front of the fireplace.
Oh and let’s not forget Fido! You may be responsible if your dog takes a bite out of
Santa’s fur-trimmed suit.
Unfortunately, even with the appropriate warning signs, a court may rule that you did not
properly maintain your premises in a reasonably safe condition.
Here is one last thought – don’t under any circumstances allow Santa Claus up on your
slippery roof – it’s much too dangerous!
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If you or any family member has been injured in an auto accident or motorcycle accident
or any other type of personal injury , it’s important to get an attorney experienced in these
types of cases involved immediately. Call (800) 561-4214 for your initial free
determine whether you need a lawyer for any incident or any personal injury case.
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Recipe of the Month
White Chocolate Dipped
Peppermint Sugar Cookies
What would make a cookie more festive then dipping it in white chocolate and covering it
with peppermint candy? This is the ultimate Christmas cookie – they should definitely be
on your holiday cookie tray!
Ingredients
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (scoop and level to measure)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup (8 oz) unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 tsp peppermint extract
2 1/2 cups (15 oz) white chocolate chips
2 1/2 Tbsp shortening
1/3 cup peppermint bits or finely crushed candy canes
Directions
For the cookies:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and cream of tartar for 20
seconds, set aside.
3. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream
together sugar and butter until combined. Mix in egg then mix in egg yolk, vanilla
and peppermint extract.
4. With mixer set on low speed slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until
combined (dough with will thick, so stop mixer and mix by hand to get flour at
bottom if needed).
5. Scoop dough out 1 1/2 Tbsp at a time and shape into balls. Transfer to a baking
sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone liner, spacing cookies 2-inches
apart (chill dough balls that aren’t currently baking in refrigerator on plates). Bake
in preheated oven 10 – 11 minutes (cookies should appear slightly under-baked).
Remove from oven and allow to rest several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to
cool completely.
For the coating:
1. Place chocolate chips and shortening in a medium microwave safe bowl and heat
in microwave on 50% power in 20 second intervals, stirring well between intervals
until melted and smooth.
2. Dip half of cooled cookies in white chocolate allowing excess to run off (or slide
bottom slightly along edge of bowl) then transfer to wax paper and immediately
sprinkle with peppermint bits.
3. Allow to set at room temperature or in refrigerator. Store in an airtight container at
room temperature.
Recipe courtesy of Cooking Classy
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What’s Happening Around Florida
Jan 5
Savannas Preserve State Park
Environmental Education Center
Port Saint Lucie, FL
Jan 18 – 20
Bark Deco Show and Deco Kids Club
Miami Beach
Jan 18 – Feb 3
West Palm Beach, FL
Jan 20
Mentalist
Mizner Park
Boca Raton, FL
Jan 26
Downtown West Palm Beach, FL
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